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 Wasserman, Executive 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 24: HPV 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 visithttp://www.childrensimmunization.org/join
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 www.TeamVaccine.com
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
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
April 18-21: Colorado Academy of Family Physicians 2013 Annual Scientific Conference, Cheyenne Mountain Conference Center, Colorado Springs. For more information, visitwww.coloradoafp.org 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 9-10: 34th 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 email@example.com
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