CA Access News

August 2010

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is a great way to rally local organizations in your immunization education efforts. Communities are encouraged to plan local health screenings or fairs, media events and other related immunization outreach efforts during the month of August to promote the benefits of immunization.

The medical and public-health communities long have recognized the tremendous value of vaccines and immunization, which in some instances have eradicated devastating diseases and made enormous inroads in infectious disease prevention. Vaccines harness the power of the immune system to prevent disease before it occurs and some therapeutic vaccines target life-threatening diseases, such as cancer and HIV, after they have progressed. Read more

 

Innovation is Alive and Well in California

New Report Shows California Companies Developing 58 Drugs for Diabetes

Pharmaceutical research and biotechnology companies based in California are researching and developing 58 new medicines for diabetes, a chronic disease that afflicts 220 million patients worldwide, including 23.6 million Americans, a new report shows. Read more

Partner Spotlight

California Immunization Coalition (CIC)

Mission
The California Immunization Coalition is a non-profit, public-private partnership dedicated to achieving and maintaining full immunization protection for all Californians to promote health and prevent serious illness.

About
The California Immunization Coalition provides networking and partnership opportunities for you and your organization, and offers access to greater expertise by calling on a wide range of organizations and individuals. The Coalition has the ability to leverage resources and can advocate for change at the state, regional and local levels.

CIC is dedicated to assisting local and statewide communities fight the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases and their effects by raising immunization levels across the lifespan. Governed by a Board of Directors, CIC's efforts are guided by a strategic plan updated annually and carried out through volunteer committees and work groups.

This spring CIC launched their Shot by Shot project, a storybank of real-life stories, told by survivors, family members, friends, and health care providers, bringing first-hand experiences to new generations. With the success of vaccines, we don't often see diseases like meningitis, polio, and hepatitis, but the diseases still touch people in our own communities and cause suffering and death worldwide. The stories are available to be used by community groups, parent groups, providers, etc.

Web site
http://www.immunizeca.org

Calendar

September 16, 2010
Advocacy Training: How to Effectively Communicate with Policymakers and the Media
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce
The Bourns Boardroom
3985 University Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501
Please RSVP to Arlen at (323) 466-3445 or arlen@cerrell.com.
RSVP

September 23, 2010
Advocacy Training: How to Effectively Communicate with Policymakers and the Media
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Asian Americans for Community Involvement
2400 Moorpark Avenue, 2nd Floor, Room 210
San Jose, CA 95128
Please RSVP to Maria at (916) 658-0144 or maria@perrycom.com.
RSVP

Check out our CPAT partner events occurring this month!


Would you like to see your organization's event listed? Contact Amy Wall at awall@perrycom.com to help advertise your upcoming event.

Welcome New Partners

Join Now

Do you know a group who would be interested in joining CPAT? Please send your referrals to:

Northern California - Contact Amy Wall at awall@perrycom.com

Southern California - Contact Brandon Stephenson at brandon@cerrell.com

In the News

CPAT Partner News

The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program has been selected to compete for a 250K grant from the PEPSI REFRESH Project. Vote at http://www.refresheverything.com/bbhop to help the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program conduct barbershop health screenings in 50-cities across the US.

News

National Immunization Awareness Month
Record Gazette, Banning/Beaumont/Cherry Valley, August 3, 2010
August is National Immunization Awareness Month and, as kids get ready to start preschool and kindergarten, First 5 Riverside provides parents and caregivers answers to frequently asked questions about vaccinations. Remember to also consult with a family doctor for your child's specific needs.

Solano County officials urge vaccinations for H1N1, whooping cough
The Reporter, Vacaville, CA, July 21, 2010
They are more than just coughs and runny noses: H1N1 and pertussis (whooping cough) are two preventable diseases, say Solano County health officials. That's why they are emphasizing the need to be vaccinated, as the first day of school inches closer and special free clinics during the summer are wrapping up.

AIDS Will Be Conquered
The Huffington Post, July 29, 2010
Through its six days of presentations for 19,000 attendees, hundreds of seminars and more than 4,000 scientific 'posters' examining every aspect of AIDS, the single message that stands out from the XVIII International AIDS Conference, which ended in Vienna last week, is the cumulative progress on every front -- prevention, treatment, basic science and human rights. At the Conference, however, activists and community groups highlighted another direction for treatment progress -- immune-based therapies. Yet, therapeutic vaccines have been the stepchildren of research attention and funding; progress here has been made mainly by smaller biotechnology companies. "Therapeutic vaccines and drugs that stop the HIV-induced hyperactivation of the immune system are our best chance," states David Miller, a nonstop and highly knowledgeable Bronx treatment activist. "But the National Institutes of Health isn't putting money into this. They just keep studying old drugs."

Immunizations Needed on Back-to School Lists
Lompoc Record, August 3, 2010
With thousands of students preparing to enroll in area schools this month, childhood immunizations should be as standard back-to-school fare as backpacks, notebooks and pens, say county public health officials and school district representatives.

School Nurses in Sacramento Tackle Low Meningitis Vaccination Rates
Fox Business, July 13, 2010
The California School Nurses Organization, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services, Sacramento Healthy Community Immunization Coalition, and California Immunization Coalition joined the Voices of Meningitis campaign to urge parents to vaccinate preteens and teens in Sacramento against meningococcal disease, a rare but serious bacterial infection that can cause meningitis and take the life of a child in just a single day.

Interesting Information

Find a Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Vaccination Clinic Near You.

Click to review the July 27, 2010 county-by-county rates.

Click to hear what pertussis (whooping cough) sounds like.

  • California's epidemic of pertussis (whooping cough) shows no signs of slowing. As of July 27, the number of illnesses from the disease this year had climbed to 2,174, a six-fold increase from the 349 illnesses reported for the same period last year. In addition, a San Diego County infant has become the seventh to die from pertussis this year.
  • California is on pace to have the most cases of pertussis reported in more than half a century. Infants are having the highest rates at 1.1 case for every 1,000 infants.
  • Because immunity from pertussis vaccine or disease wears off, Californians--especially family members and caregivers of infants--should make sure they get their shots.
  • In addition to the typical series of five childhood pertussis immunizations, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends an adolescent-adult pertussis booster vaccine (Tdap) for everyone 10 years or older who has not yet received it, especially:
    • Women of childbearing age, before, during, or immediately after pregnancy, and
    • Other people, including household contacts, caregivers, and health care workers, who have contact with pregnant women or infants.
  • Children 7-9 years of age who did not receive all of their routine childhood shots are recommended to receive a Tdap booster dose.
  • A typical case of pertussis in children and adults starts with a cough and runny nose for one-to-two weeks, followed by weeks to months of rapid coughing fits that sometimes ends with a whooping sound. Fever is rare.
  • The diagnosis of pertussis is often delayed in young infants, whose are less likely to have a notable cough--caregivers and health care providers should consider the possibility of pertussis in infants with coughs or colds to help in prompt diagnosis and treatment.

Source: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/Pages/NR10-051.aspx. For additional information on whooping cough and immunizations in California, or to access this information in Spanish, visit http://www.cdph.ca.gov.

 

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