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The Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition (CCIC): Shot to Shot newsletter

Posted almost 6 years ago by Janel Saunders

Shot by Shot Newsletter 




 - Upcoming Events
 - Provider Education
 - Public Policy Update
 - New Membership
 - New Blog
 - SOUP! 2013 
 - Reminder-Recall
 - Updates from CDC
    and ACIP



Host an educational event in your

To make arrangements for one of our experts to visit your constituency, pleaseemail us.



The 2013 Child/Adolescent Immunization Schedule is Out!

Stay tuned for information on how to order 2013 pocket-size immunization schedule cards for your practice. Cards are expected to arrive in March. 




Parents say vaccines are safe

Ignore the Fear Mongering: Whooping Cough Vaccine Works

8 Vaccines Every Man Needs

Depression May Stifle Shingles Vaccine Response

This Year's Flu Vaccine Falters In Protecting Elderly

In U.S., flu vaccine worked in just over half of those who got it

Why Pregnant Women Should Get Flu Shots

A 'Needleless' Vaccination Even Mothers Will Love!

In Global Push for Vaccination, Moms Give Kids a Shot@Life

A Needle Made of Sugar Could Deliver Your Next Vaccination

Bacteria Boost Vaccine Effectiveness

Teenagers behind biggest measles outbreak in 18 years

Measles cases hit 18-year high in England and Wale

CDC reports increasing use of immunization information systems

New Whooping Cough Strain in U.S. May Be Resistant to Vaccine

New Whooping Cough Strain in US Raises Questions

One Less Cancer to Worry About (If Only)\
Experimental Tuberculosis Vaccine Fails To Protect Infants

Elbert, Colo., district closes amid raging student, staff illnesses

Vaccinating Against McCarthyism 

Vaccine group funds cervical cancer immunizations for poor

Flu in Colorado: 'elevated, but leveling off'

CDC: Pandemic vaccine prevented 1 million cases, 300 deaths

Pertussis Outbreaks on the Decline, but Immunization Gaps Still Exist











February 2013 



This month, Americans honored and celebrated U.S. Presidents, Black History, their sweethearts, heart health, a few famous groundhogs (FYI- it's going to be an early spring!), and the NFL. Here at CCIC, we've been doing some celebrating of our own. The 2013 legislative session is well underway; CCIC launched the new Team Vaccine blog and a new membership structure; SOUP! is just a few weeks away; the 2013 immunization schedule cards are expected in March; and there are many great immunization and public-health related events planned for spring 2013. 

As always, thank you for all you do to ensure that the littlest members of our community are protected. We hope you’ll join us at the joint CCIC-CAIC meeting on March 28 for more exciting news, updates and immunization information.



Stephanie WassermanExecutive Director
Meredith Kersten, Communications Manager
Camron Bridgford, Membership and Development Manager 
Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition



Upcoming Meetings and Events

Joint CAIC-CCIC Meeting Thursday, March 28, 12 - 1:30 p.m., Children's Hospital Colorado, Mt. Yale. For more information contact Camron or Erica Bloom



2013 Provider Education
  • March 25“Selective, Delayed and Alternative Vaccine Schedules" presented by Rachel Herlihy, MD, MPH, 12-1:15 p.m., Children’s Hospital Colorado, Mt. Harvard Conference Room
  • April 7"What the Heck is in Vaccines?”presented by Robert Brayden, MD, 12-1:15 p.m., Children’s Hospital Colorado, Mt. Harvard Conference Room

  • May 22: Stephanie Wasserman, MSPH, and Jamie D’Amico, RN, MSN, CNS, will speak to the Jefferson County Child Care Association about immunizations in the childcare setting from 7:30-9 p.m. at the Clement Community Center, 1580 Yarrow, Lakewood, CO 80214. 

  • June 24HPV and Adolescent Vaccines, Rosemary Spence, RN, MA, 12-1:30 p.m. at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Mt. Harvard Conference Room
For more information on these or other CCIC provider education events and to RSVP, please contact Camron.


CCIC Public Policy Update

Improving Access to Childhood Immunizations Bill 

In the next several weeks, a bill sponsored by Senator Irene Aguilar (D-Denver) will be introduced into the Colorado general assembly entitled “Improving Access to Childhood Immunizations.” The goals of the legislation are to increase access to vaccines by eliminating barriers to providers and patients and to maximize cost and administrative efficiencies that are absent in the current system. A key component of the bill will be to direct the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to engage in a stakeholder process to discuss a wide variety of issues related to vaccine financing, order and delivery, inventory management and vaccine shortage response. 

We would appreciate hearing from Colorado immunization providers, including pediatricians, family practice doctors and local public health agencies, about their experiences in terms of successes and barriers to accessing, financing and delivering immunizations in their practices. Stories from the field will help inform the legislative process as well as the stakeholder engagement. 

To tell your story or for more information about the legislation, please contact Stephanie.


New CCIC Membership Structure

As CCIC continues to revitalize and expand, we are pleased to announce a new membership structure to strengthen commitment, engagement and investment with our coalition.

To ensure CCIC can continue to provide members with many free resources, including immunization schedule cards, Immunize for Good materials, coalition building activities and provider education opportunities, please consider becoming a CCIC member at a level suitable for you! 

To join our growing coalition and receive its great benefits, please visit



New Team Vaccine Blog

We are excited to announcethe launch of our new blog,Team Vaccine, which will feature doctors, nurses, parents, researchers, advocates and community members who are passionate about immunization and protecting kids from vaccine-preventable disease. 

As a team of contributors, we aim to provide a diverse array of stories and experiences, along with evidence-based research and facts, to enrich the discussion on children’s immunizations. We’ll cover it all – from current vaccine news and hot topics to the hard science – to give parents and our community up-to-date, reliable information on vaccines. 

Please check out and share with your friends and family! If you are interested in joining our growing team of contributors, please contact Meredith



Tickets on Sale for SOUP! 2013

The Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition's 6th annual SOUP! (Shots Offer Unrivaled Protection) event will take placeMonday, April 22, 
from 6-9 p.m. at History

Colorado Center.


The soup-tasting event will raise funds and awareness for childhood immunizations and honor the Big Shot of the Year, Seth Mnookin, author of The Panic Virus: The True Story Behind the Vaccine-Autism Controversy and the 2013 Sure Shots, Emily Anderson and Christie Hage.


Tickets: $50 Individual, $90 Couple, or $35 for Professionals Under 35. Table Sponsorships begin at $500 and include marketing benefits and 8 tickets to the event.


Reminder: CDPHE Materials for Order

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Immunization Sections offers several free materials to encourage seasonal influenza and pertussis immunization, adolescent vaccination, and healthcare worker vaccination. Materials are also available from thePriceless Prevention campaign, which serves to encourage patients to get immunizations in reference to the new health care laws. 

To view and order materials for your practice or organization, click here


Upcoming Conferences

  • April 18-21: Colorado Academy of Family Physicians 2013 Annual Scientific Conference, Cheyenne Mountain Conference Center, Colorado Springs. For more information, or call 720.248.3797.

  • April 26: Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses Conference, St. Francis Medical Center, 6001 E. Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs

  • April 27: Colorado Chapter AAP Annual Meeting: “Climbing New Heights, Table Mountain Inn, Golden 
    View the conference brochure

  • April 29-30: Pediatric Advanced Practice Conference, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora

  • May 9-1034th Annual Perinatal Clinical Update, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora


Eligible Providers May Include their Practice Name and Number for County-Wide Immunization Recall Notice Starting March 2013

Are you a primary care provider located in ADAMS, EL PASO, JEFFERSON, GRAND, LOGAN, OTERO, RIO GRANDE, WELD county? Does your practice participate in the state immunization registry (CIIS)? 

If so, your practice can opt to have your practice’s name and telephone number included on a county-wide recall notice (phone calls and postcards) going out to parents of children 19-25 months old who need at least one shot according to CIIS. The recall program will be paid for by a grant and conducted centrally through the state. Each parent will receive up to three letters and/or phone calls reminding them that their child is in need of shots. Notices will appear to come from the local health department and CIIS. 

If you would like your practice name and information to be listed on the recall notice you must respond to this announcement. You will be identified as a patient’s provider if you are listed as the default provider within CIIS. Please contact Sarah McCauley at or 303-724-6927 by March 1, 2013.


Updates from CDC and ACIP 

  • CDC published Updated Recommendations for Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid, and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine (Tdap) in Pregnant Women— Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2012 in the February 22 issue of MMWR (pages 131-135).
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently launched new English-language materials to educate parents of children younger than age two years about vaccine-preventable diseases and childhood vaccines. These include:

    • A 4-minute video about the importance of following the recommended vaccine schedule.
    • Two new animated public service announcements (PSAs) about vaccine-preventable diseases and the important role that vaccination plays in children’s health and wellness.
    • An infographic titled The Journey of Your Child’s Vaccine, which explains vaccine development, how vaccines are added to the recommended schedule, and vaccine safety monitoring.
  • CDC requests nominations for Childhood Immunization Champion Awards 
    The CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award is an annual award that recognizes individuals who make a significant contribution toward improving public health through their work in childhood immunization. 

    Each year, up to one CDC Immunization Champion from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia will be honored. 

    The suggested due date is March 1, 2013, but states may have selected a unique deadline. 
    Please contact your state immunization program to confirm your state’s deadline. Awardees will be announced during National Infant Immunization Week, April 20-27, 2013.
  • On January 25, FDA approved the use of Prevnar 13, the pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine (PCV13; Pfizer Inc.), for prevention of invasive pneumococcal disease in children and adolescents age 6 through 17 years caused by serotypes contained in the vaccine.
  • CDC published Noninfluenza Vaccination Coverage Among Adults—United States, 2011 in the February 1 issue of MMWR (pages 66–72).

Information above obtained from IAC, 2013




The Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition (CCIC) promotes improved access, delivery, and demand for children's vaccinations to keep Colorado healthy.