Immunization Coalitions Network News

Network News – January 21, 2016


The following provides a link to the recording and follow-up information related to the IZCoalitions Network webinar of January 13, featuring Dr. Paul Offit discussing alternative vaccination schedules.

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Follow-up from January 13 webinar with Dr. Paul Offit

On January 13, the IZCoalitions Network sponsored a one-hour webinar featuring Paul Offit, MD, director, Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Offit discussed so-called alternative vaccination schedules and how to work with parents who request a delayed schedule for their children.

If you were not one of the nearly 150 people who participated in this very informative webinar, you can now access the archived webinar.

You can also access Dr. Offit’s slide set in PDF format here: Choosing an Alternative Vaccine Schedule

Four IZcoalitions Network participants made announcements at the end of the webinar.

  1. Joan Lane, program manager, Southwestern Area Health Education Center (AHEC) of Connecticut, told participants about an online self-study program on HPV vaccination created by CDC and the National AHEC Organization, for which continuing education credit can be awarded (1.5. ACCME credit hours for physicians, 1.4 ANCC contact hours for nurses, and 1.4 ACPE contact hours for pharmacists). Go to and click on the “FREE CE OPPORTUNITY” button on the home page.
  2. Lisa Robertson, executive director, Indiana Immunization Coalition, announced that continuing education credit is now available for pharmacists for watching the documentary Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic. The film is available at no charge through the Indiana University School of Medicine as an online CME activity worth 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for physicians and for 1.5 credit hours (0.15 CEU) for pharmacists and pharmacy techs. Click here for more information.
  3. Nadine Gartner introduced herself and the new immunization coalition, Boost Oregon. This group plans to focus on working with vaccine-hesitant parents and the providers who work with them, and Nadine requested help from any coalitions who could share ideas as to what works and doesn’t work, resources, etc. You can email Nadine at
  4. Dr. Deborah Wexler, executive director, Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), reminded participants of two new IAC projects.To help educate providers about the MCV4 booster vaccination, IAC, in collaboration with Sanofi Pasteur, launchedMCV4: You’re Not Done If You Give Just One; Give 2 Doses to Strengthen Protection. This initiative was developed to raise awareness about the extremely low immunization rates for MCV4 booster doses, help healthcare providers know their second dose MCV4 coverage rate, and supply tools for providers to increase rates and help close the MCV4 booster gap. Visit the website to find out more. The second initiative was developed with support from Pfizer, and is called Take a Stand™, a national effort designed to improve adult immunization rates by increasing the use of standing orders in medical practices. You can find out if one of the free workshops led by national experts will be coming to your area by going to the website

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Early bird registration open for the National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships; meeting scheduled for May 25–27 in Indianapolis

Registration is now open for the 12th National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships, Ready. Set. Vaccinate!, to be held in Indianapolis on May 25–27. This is a great opportunity for coalition leaders to learn from expert speakers and network with members of immunization coalitions from around the nation. The early bird registration rate is only available until February 12, so plan to register soon.

Note: This conference was formerly known as the National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions. The goal of the National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships is to improve community health by enhancing the effectiveness of coalitions and partners through training in relevant coalition management and health promotion topics, as well as to provide networking and professional development opportunities.

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