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Shot by Shot Newsletter

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Shot by Shot Newsletter
October 2013

In this Issue

- Meetings & Events
- NCIHC 2014
- Introducing Liz
- Career Scholarly
   Teaching Awards
- Denver Health,
   Hep B Honor Roll
- CIIS Expansion
- SB 222
- Shot of the Month
- Updates from CDC
   & ACIP

Vaccines in the News

Polio outbreak in Syria threatens whole region, WHO says

HPV Vaccination Used Less in Southern States: Study

More than 40 percent of child flu death victims were healthy: Study

Setting the record straight: Debunking ALL the flu vaccine myths

Study: Number of antigens in vaccines unrelated to neuropsychological outcomes

Brazil to produce measles and rubella vaccine for poor countries

Cervical cancer vaccine misses minority women, study finds

New HPV vaccine promises to prevent 85% of invasive cervical cancer

Early results in large trial affirm high-dose flu vaccine for seniors

Scandinavia study finds HPV vaccine safe

Flu Season Off to Slow Start

HPV Oral Cancer: Vaccines to the Rescue?

Delayed Measles Vax May Be More Effective

Pertussis vaccine in teens may reduce infant hospitalizations

New Survey Sheds Light on Low HPV Vaccination Rate

Pertussis and Influenza Hit Home for Me

Children With Doctor Visits Get More Flu Vaccinations

After tough season last winter, flu vaccine push begins

Delaying Measles Vaccine May Increase Risk of Seizures

GAVI Alliance on Track to Immunise a Quarter of a Billion Children by 2015 and Prevent Nearly 4 Million Deaths

Hope for a Malaria Vaccine

15 Things You Need to Know About Vaccines

Double-Dose Chicken Pox Vax Better Than Single

Prevnar 13 Cuts Pneumococcal Rate in Kids

Q&A with Dr. Paul Offit

Whooping Cough Outbreak Fueled by Vaccination Refusals

A Risky Science Communication Environment for Vaccines

Culture, Language Influence HPV Vaccine Uptake

Reasons for skipping HPV vaccines differ between Spanish-, English-speaking parents

If You Distrust Vaccines, You're More Likely to Think NASA Faked the Moon Landings

Colorado announces new flu vaccine options


It's Halloween!
As all the little ghosts and goblins prepare to trick or treat, we want to thank you for the many ways you treat our communities. With flu season officially on, there's no doubt your staff is busy stocking and administering flu shots. Please keep in mind that, while not as sweet as the treats you'll be passing out tonight, each flu vaccine you give could save a child's life.

We are grateful for the work you do to keep Colorado kids healthy, and we're especially proud to see several of our partners recognized this month for their successes as educators and role models in the field of immunization.

We hope to see you at the November 7 coalition meeting!

Yours ghouly,

Stephanie Wasserman, Executive Director
Meredith Kersten, Communications Manager
Elizabeth Lutz, Program and Membership Manager

Upcoming Meetings and Events

  • November 7: CCIC Coalition Meeting9-10:30 a.m., Mt. Princeton Conference Room, Children's Hospital Colorado. Amanda Dempsey, MD, PhD, MPH, University of Colorado School of Medicine, will present her research on alternative vaccine schedules. For more information, contact LizPlease note changed date, time and location. 
  • November 13: Pediatric Infectious Diseases in Colorado-Update 2013, Children's Hospital Colorado. For more information, visit the Children's Hospital Colorado website.

2013 Provider Education

  • December 5: Ethics of Vaccines, presented by Robert Brayden, MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Mt. Harvard, Conference Room, Children's Hospital Colorado. For more information, contact Liz.

Save the Date: 11th National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions (NCIHC) - May 21-23, 2014, Seattle, WA

The conference theme is “Partnering for Prevention from Sea to Summit,” featuring keynote speakers including David Williams, Bill Foege, Wendy Sue Swanson, and Sara Rosenbaum.

NCIHC is currently accepting abstracts on topics including policy and advocacy, coalition development, communications, and more. To learn more and submit your abstract by Dec. 6,

Welcome New CCIC Program and Membership Manager Liz Lutz!

CCIC is excited to introduce to the newest member of our team, Elizabeth Lutz. Liz holds a BS in International Business and Management from the University  of South Carolina and will complete her MPH at the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) in December 2013. Her research at the CSPH has focused on immunization decisions and vaccine safety, and she continues to collaborate with the Center for Global Health on the development of a Pan American Health Organization vaccine safety training course to be delivered to healthcare workers in the Region of the Americas. Prior to completing her MPH, Liz has had many years of experience in marketing and managing adult education programs.

In her free time, Liz enjoys traveling, spending time with family, and exploring the Colorado outdoors with a love for skiing, hiking and biking. 

You may reach Liz at
or 720-777-5339.

Dr. Robert Brayden and Dr. Allison Kempe named
2013 Career Teaching Scholars

Congratulations to former CCIC Board Chair Robert Brayden, MD, and CCIC friend and immunization champion, Allison Kempe, MD, MPH, recipients of theCareer Teaching Scholars Award for 2013!

The Children's Hospital Colorado Department of Pediatrics will honor Drs. Brayden and Kempe, along with two clinical faculty, for their outstanding outstanding contributions to pediatric education throughout their careers during Pediatric Grand Rounds on December 13 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in the Mt. Oxford Auditorium at Children’s Hospital Colorado. A reception in the lobby will immediately follow. This event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Children's Hospital Colorado's gifted teachers.

Denver Health Reports 91% Coverage Rate for Hep B Birth Dose

Congratulations to Denver Health on its inclusion in the Immunization Action Coalition's Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll!

The Immunization Action Coalition's Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll recognizes U.S. birthing institutions that have attained a birth dose coverage rate of 90% or greater and have met specific additional criteria. These criteria help define the important elements of a birth dose policy that are needed to ensure newborns do not fall through the cracks when medical errors occur.

To be included in the Immunization Action Coalition's Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll, a birthing institution must have:
  • Achieved, over a 12-month period, a coverage rate of 90% or greater for administering hepatitis B vaccine before hospital discharge to all newborns (regardless of weight), including those whose parents refuse vaccination.
  • Implemented written policies, procedures, and protocols to protect all newborns from hepatitis B virus infection prior to hospital discharge. The following criteria are generally required, but exceptions may be made.
View the full Honor Roll list.

CIIS Expansion Stakeholder Process Update

The Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) Expansion Stakeholder Group kicked off October 10 with presentations from two national experts, Teresa Hoyle, the chair of the board of trustees of Every Child By Two and senior public health consultant for the Public Health Informatics Institute, and Mary Beth Kurilo, director of the Oregon ALERT Immunization Information System and president of the American Immunization Registry Association. Stakeholders learned about the current state of CIIS, and over the course of several meetings, will discuss and make recommendations on optimizing registry functionality and interoperability and other considerations.

To learn more about the CIIS Expansion Stakeholder process, please contactStephanie

Senate Bill 222 Update

The SB222 Taskforce met in October to learn more from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment about vaccine access data in Colorado and to start to identify Taskforce subcommittees. Participants also held small group discussions to address barriers and needs for improving the immunization system.  Some suggested ideas for Taskforce subcommittees included, but were not limited to: insurance contracting; financial issues (purchasing); provider capacity; data; communications and successes from other states. The November meeting will continue the discussion on Taskforce structure and goals. 

To join CDPHE’s SB222 Taskforce mailing list, please click here. If you have specific questions about the Taskforce, please contact Dr. Rachel Herlihy, Deputy Director, Disease Control and Environmental Epidemiology Division of CDPHE,

"Shot" of the Month

The 'Immunize for Good' campaign received a Gold award in the Communications Program-External category at the October 24 Colorado Healthcare Communicators' Gold Leaf Awards ceremony and banquet.

Congratulations to everyone who has contributed to this campaign and to all the 2013 Gold Leaf Award winners!

Have a "shot" to share? Please email us!

Updates from CDC & ACIP

The Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition (CCIC) strategically mobilizes diverse partners and families to advance children’s health through immunizations. 

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