May Is Hepatitis Awareness Month!
Hepatitis, know the facts!
Millions of Americans are living with chronic viral hepatitis, and many do not know they are infected. Every year, approximately 15,000 Americans die from liver cancer or chronic liver disease associated with viral hepatitis.
Despite this, viral hepatitis is not well known. In fact, as many as 75 percent of the millions of Americans with chronic viral hepatitis don’t know they’re infected.
Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B can both be prevented with vaccines. Cases of Hepatitis A have dramatically declined in the U.S. over the last 20 years largely due to vaccination efforts. The Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for all children at one year of age and for adults who may be at increased risk.
Unfortunately, many people became infected with Hepatitis B before the Hepatitis B vaccine was widely available. The hepatitis B vaccine is now recommended for all infants at birth and for adults who may be at increased risk.
To get additional information about the risk for viral hepatitis, go to CDC’s risk assessment tool You’ll receive a confidential personalized report that you can discuss with your health care provider.
To learn more about Hepatitis Awareness Month, visit: http://www.vaccines.gov
National Infant Immunization Week - April 18-25, 2015
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.
Since 1994, hundreds of communities across the United States have joined together to celebrate the critical role vaccination plays in protecting our children, communities, and public health.
Learn more about NIIW.
2015 MEDICAL ASSISTANT PRESENTATION ONLINE!
If you missed the opportunity to attend this year's Medical Assistant Update, never fear because we do have the presentation available for download! The trainings were well received once again and valuable information was presented and experiences shared among those attending.
CVIC plans to bring the MA Update back again for the 17th straight year in 2016, so don't forget to RSVP when the brochures come out to reserve a seat!! In the meantime, you can brush up on this years training via the presentation.
Click here to view or download. It is a large file, so it might take a few minutes to load.
Resource Links from the Presentation at the January 2015 Central Valley Immunization Coalition General Meeting
If you missed the January 2015 Coalition General Meeting then you missed the presentation given by Angela Swanson, RN, Immunization Coordinator at Kings County Health:
“Vaccine Adverse Events or Side Effects-Educating Your Patients, Parents and Yourself”
Angela shared some great resource web links that we want to pass down to you:
After Shot Care for Parents
VISs and Pink Book
Medical Management of Reactions
VAERS and VERP
Understanding Vaccines Video
Nice web page and video regarding vaccines from PublicHealth.org.
PublicHealth.org is committed to bringing today’s most pressing local, national, and global health issues to the forefront of public discourse.
Access the video and web page here.
How Is Your School Doing?
The Child Care/School Lookup functionality is now available on the Shots for Schools website and is accessed from a 'How is your school doing?' banner on the front page. Click here for a direct link to the Child Care/School look up!
7th Grade Requirement!!
All students entering, advancing or transferring into 7th grade will need proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster immunization (called "Tdap") for school in the fall.
This new school immunization law affects all students in public and private schools.
Pertussis is a very contagious respiratory disease that can be severe and last for months. The immunity received from either early childhood immunization or pertussis disease wears off over time, leaving older students and adults susceptible again to pertussis. Immunization with Tdap can protect students, schools and communities against pertussis.
The Shots For School website provides news and information for schools, parents, and healthcare providers about school immunization requirements in California.
List of Vaccine Patient Resources Now Available!!
During the Central Valley Immunization Coalition quarterly meeting held on November 14, 2012 members were presented with important information about programs and/or services available to the public by various pharmaceutical companies who make vaccines.
If you were not able to attend, the representatives from the pharmaceutical companies shared the links of resources for their company’s vaccine specific program. Click here to see that list.