Immunization Coalitions Network News

Network News – June 8, 2020


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Save the date! IAC’s IZCoalitions Network webinar on June 25 will feature CDC’s Tara Jatlaoui, MD, MPH, discussing how to increase vaccination rates during COVID-19 pandemic

Save the date! IAC’s IZCoalitions Network will host a webinar on June 25 at 1:00 p.m. (ET) featuring CDC’s Tara Jatlaoui, MD, MPH, discussing how to increase vaccination rates during the COVID-19 pandemic, an ACIP update by IAC’s Dr. Kelly Moore, and a brief presentation of IAC’s new Repository of Resources for Maintaining Immunization during the COVID-19 Pandemic by Lisa Jacques-Carroll.

Registration will be available soon.

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IAC launches the Repository of Resources for Maintaining Immunization during COVID-19 Pandemic

On May 19, IAC launched the Repository of Resources for Maintaining Immunization during the COVID-19 Pandemic to assist in maintaining routine immunization rates during the COVID-19 pandemic. Located on the National Network of Immunization Coalitions website, a project of IAC, this repository includes links to both national and state-level policies and guidance; advocacy materials, including talking points, webinars, press releases, articles, and social media posts; and telehealth resources. These resources are intended for healthcare settings, state and local health departments, professional societies, immunization coalitions, advocacy groups, and the community to use in their efforts to sustain routine immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The more than 100 resources that appear in the repository come from the federal government, nationally recognized healthcare organizations, state health departments, state immunization coalitions, and other organizations devoted to disseminating accurate immunization information.

These resources can be sorted and searched by date, title, geographic area, source, type, category, or setting.

If you have a resource that you would like to see in the repository, please send a message to info@immunizationcoalitions.org.

Access the repository to view and to search through the range of valuable resources available to support the patients, families, and communities you serve.

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IAC launches its MenB Vaccination Honor Roll recognizing colleges and universities that require or recommend the vaccine to protect students

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has just launched a MenB Vaccination Honor Roll to provide national recognition for colleges and universities that have established policies requiring or recommending meningococcal serogroup B (MenB) vaccination to protect their students and to prevent outbreaks. The MenB Vaccination Honor Roll recognizes exemplary institutions that have taken the lead in establishing such policies. To date, IAC has identified 38 colleges and universities that require MenB vaccination and 215 that recommend it.

To qualify for the MenB Vaccination Honor Roll, an institution must have a policy requiring or recommending MenB vaccination for students.

Colleges and universities added to the MenB Vaccination Honor Roll will be announced in IAC’s weekly immunization e-newsletter, IAC Express, emailed to more than 50,000 subscribers every Wednesday. You can subscribe to IAC Express at www.immunize.org/express.

The Honor Roll web page also includes great resources such as news stories about meningitis B outbreaks, personal stories from families affected by meningitis B, journal articles, and links to organizations that work to prevent meningitis.

Please help us to grow the honor roll! Alert us at menB@immunize.org if you know of a college or university that requires or recommends MenB vaccination for its students. Also, colleges and universities may apply on the website for honor roll recognition.

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Vaccinate Your Family adds communication materials around vaccinating during the COVID-19 pandemic to their website

Various shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders have helped slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. However, restrictions have resulted in a decrease in the number of children getting their recommended vaccinations, leaving children vulnerable to vaccine-preventable diseases. Healthcare organizations need to promote childhood and adolescent vaccinations, including reaching out to parents of patients who are overdue for their recommended vaccines. Vaccinating children and teens is of the utmost importance, especially during the pandemic. Parents need to schedule and attend well-child checkups, seek vaccination on schedule, and communicate with their healthcare provider to make sure children are up to date on all their vaccinations.

Vaccinate Your Family has added three new communication materials to share with your coalition, which are listed below.

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Indiana Immunization Coalition offers access to the film “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic”; nurses, physicians, and pharmacists can get free CE credit

Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic is a feature-length documentary that presents the struggles and triumphs of five women whose lives were changed forever by this deadly virus. Directed by Frederic Lumiere and narrated by Vanessa Williams, the film interweaves personal stories with facts about this common and potentially deadly virus. The goal of this project is to raise awareness about HPV and cervical cancer.

The film has been made available through the Indiana University School of Medicine, in partnership with the Indiana Immunization Coalition and Lumiere Media, as a free online CME activity worth 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit for physicians and for 1.5 credit hours (0.15 CEU) for pharmacists and pharmacy techs.

Indiana Immunization Coalition is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91). This activity is approved for 1.91 Contact Hours (for live view), and 1.3 Contact Hours (for online view).

For further information, contact lori@vaccinateindiana.org. For additional Free HPV vaccine resources, visit www.vaccinateindiana.org and login.

Get your free screening of the documentary.

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Agenda for the virtual ACIP meeting on June 24 now available; register to provide oral public comment

You can now register to make an oral public comment at the web-enabled June 2020 Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting. The oral public comment session will occur on June 24 during the ACIP meeting, which will be held virtually. To accommodate the interest in participation, each speaker will be limited to 3 minutes. A lottery may be conducted to determine the speakers should there be more people requesting to speak than can be reasonably accommodated.

Register to make an oral public comment.

No registration is required to watch the live June ACIP meeting or listen via telephone. The agenda for the June ACIP meeting has been posted. Topics include meningococcal diseases, influenza, and SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).

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Texas Perinatal Hepatitis B Virtual Summit to be held on June 25; CE available

The Texas Department of State Health Services will hold Texas Perinatal Hepatitis B Virtual Summit virtually on June 25 from 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (CT). Experts will share, discuss, and recommend strategies to prevent and decrease the incidence of hepatitis B transmission and improve the care of those at risk for perinatal hepatitis B.

Registration is free and CE credit is offered for multiple disciplines.

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Please make sure your coalition’s information is up to date on immunizationcoalitions.org, the website of the National Network for Immunization Coalitions

The National Network for Immunization Coalitions website at www.immunizationcoalitions.org is a place to learn about immunization coalitions, their locations, missions, activities, newsletters, and how to engage with them. The website promotes the activities of immunization coalitions and nonprofits, offers resources of importance to the network, and provides a searchable online database of local, state, regional, and national immunization coalitions. Interested supporters of immunization can find contacts, resources, ideas, and volunteer opportunities.

There are now 135 immunization coalitions and nonprofits listed on this website; view their pages here. If your coalition is not listed, or your information needs to be updated, please email info@immunizationcoalitions.org.

New coalitions and nonprofits are encouraged to include their information on the National Network for Immunization Coalitions website. New information can be added at any time by emailing info@immunizationcoalitions.org.

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Be sure you’re subscribed to IAC’s weekly e-newsletter, IAC Express, to stay current on ACIP recommendations, FDA licensures, immunization resources from many organizations, and more

IAC Express, the free weekly e-newsletter produced by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), is emailed to more than 50,000 opt-in subscribers every Wednesday morning, providing articles that succinctly summarize the week’s important immunization developments.

IAC Express keeps you informed about new and updated vaccine recommendations from CDC and new vaccine licensures by the FDA. You’ll read about newly posted Vaccine Information Statements and their translations and become acquainted with new immunization education materials from IAC, CDC, AAP, and other organizations.

IAC Express also provides updates on online and in-person educational opportunities, many offering free continuing education credit.

To view the most recent issue of IAC Express, visit www.immunize.org/express.

To subscribe, simply provide your name and email address at www.immunize.org/subscribe. We will never share your contact information.

Subscribe today to have the latest in vaccine news and resources at your fingertips.

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“Shop IAC” on immunize.org offers many resources for your practice. Order laminated 2020 U.S. immunization schedules today!

On the Shop IAC web page you will find many resources such as laminated vaccination schedules, personal immunization record cards, pins for your lapel, and more! Your purchases will help IAC keep delivering free, educational materials to healthcare professionals and to the public.

IAC’s laminated versions of the 2020 U.S. child/adolescent immunization schedule and the 2020 U.S. adult immunization schedule are ideal for use in any busy healthcare setting where vaccinations are given.

The schedules’ coating can be wiped down, and they’re durable enough to stand up to a year’s worth of use. Visit the Shop IAC: Laminated Schedules web page for more information on the schedules.

IAC’s three personal immunization record cards—child & teen, adult, and lifetime—are printed on durable rip-, smudge-, and water-proof paper. Sized to fit in a wallet when folded, the cards are brightly colored to stand out. Give these nearly indestructible personal record cards to your patients. They’re sold in boxes of 250.

You too can show your support for vaccination with IAC’s elegantly designed “Vaccines Save Lives” pin on your lapel. The pin makes a refined statement in hard black enamel with gold lettering and edges, measuring 1.125″ x 0.75”. Order yours today to show how much you value immunizations!

Related Links:

IAC’s Laminated Child/Adolescent Immunization Schedule (0–18 years)
IAC’s Laminated Adult Immunization Schedule (19 and older)
IAC’s Laminated Schedules print-ready order form (PDF)
IAC’s Child & Teen Immunization Record Cards
IAC’s Adult Immunization Record Cards
IAC’s Lifetime Immunization Record Cards
IAC’s “Vaccines Save Lives” pins
IAC’s Shop IAC gateway page

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Deborah L. Wexler, MD
Executive Director
deborah@immunize.org

Litjen (L.J) Tan, MS, PhD
Chief Strategy Officer
lj.tan@immunize.org

Sharon G. Humiston, MD, MPH
Associate Director for Research
sharon@immunize.org

Lisa Jacques-Carroll, MA
Coalitions Network Project Manager
lisa.jacques@immunize.org

Taryn Chapman, MS
Contributing Editor
Taryn.Chapman@immunize.org

Julie R. Murphy, MA
Senior Administrator for Grants and Leadership
julie@immunize.org

 

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.