Immunization Coalitions Network News

Network News – November 12, 2018


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Save the date: IZCoalitions Network webinar on November 20 to feature Dr. Paul Offit discussing the challenge of communicating vaccine science to the public

Please save the date! Dr. Paul Offit, director, Vaccine Education Center, professor of pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, will discuss “The Challenge of Communicating Vaccine Science to the Public” on the next IZCoalitions webinar. This 1-hour webinar for immunization coalition leaders, members, and those who collaborate with coalitions is scheduled for Tuesday, November 20, at 2:00 p.m. ET (1:00 p.m. CT). There will be plenty of time for questions!

Dr. Offit is a pediatrician and vaccine researcher who is even better known for his straightforward responses to anti-vaccine claims. Learn more about his work by checking out the links below.

We will send an invitation from ReadyTalk shortly before the webinar. When you register, you will receive a link to access the event on November 20.

Hope you all can make it!

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Hotel reservations can now be made for the 2019 National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships in Hawaii

The Hawaii Immunization Coalition and the Hawaii Public Health Institute will be co-hosting the 2019 National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships to be held November 13–15, 2019. The organizers wish to let everyone know that reservations can now be made at the Ala Moana Hotel.

Check out the logo and/or reserve your hotel room!

The link to the conference can also be found on Hawaii Public Health Institute’s home page at

Be sure to mark your calendars for this opportunity to connect with immunization partners throughout the country. Registration information will be available soon.

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IAC’s new 65+ Flu Defense website features tools and resources for healthcare professionals serving adults age 65 and older

Last month, IAC and Seqirus launched the new 65+ Flu Defense website at to help with vaccinating adults 65 years of age and older.

The website equips healthcare professionals with information, tools, and resources needed to proactively discuss flu vaccination with patients age 65 and older and to better communicate the impact of flu and its complications in older adults.

Annual influenza vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza, but vaccination coverage among older adults in the U.S. has stagnated, and in some years has declined significantly over the previous season’s rate. In the 2016–2017 season, only 65.3% of adults age 65 and older were vaccinated against influenza.

Seniors are at greater risk of severe complications from influenza, due both to their increased likelihood of having chronic conditions and to the decline of their immune systems as they age.

As a healthcare professional, your strong, confident recommendation for flu vaccine is a very powerful and persuasive tool in determining if your patients are vaccinated.

65+ Flu Defense is divided into several easy-to-use topic areas, including:

Two new patient handouts are also available on the website:

Be sure to check out the information and printable materials for your patients available on the 65+ Flu Defense website at to help your efforts in protecting this vulnerable population.

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Deborah L. Wexler, MD
Executive Director

Litjen (L.J) Tan, MS, PhD
Chief Strategy Officer

Sharon G. Humiston, MD, MPH
Associate Director for Research

Teresa A. Anderson, DDS, MPH
Coalitions Network Project Manager

Julie R. Murphy, MA
Senior Administrator for Grants and Leadership
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services. The Coalition also facilitates communication about the safety, efficacy, and use of vaccines within the broad immunization community of patients, parents, health care organizations, and government health agencies. Click here for more information on IAC.