Congratulations to Maricel Abad, our recently elected HIC President! Maricel was recently chosen by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as Hawaii’s 2013 Childhood Immunization Champion. The award, given jointly by the CDC and the CDC Foundation, honors individuals who are doing an exemplary job of going above and beyond to promote or foster childhood immunizations in their communities. Read the DOH press release.
We are so proud to have Maricel as our President and colleague in our continuing efforts to raise awareness and vaccinations within our state. Mahalo for all that you do, Maricel!
The results are in. Here is your elected Hawai`i Immunization Coalition Board for 2013-2015:
- Maricel Abad-President
- Judy Strait Jones-Vice President/Program Chair
- Thaddeus Pham-Treasurer
- Gail Ogawa
- Kathryn Sthay
- Dee Helber
Members-At-Large: Patrice Cheng, Scott Enders, Jodie Shinagawa, Holly Taylor.
Congratulations to our Board Members! To read more about them, click here.
A big mahalo to all of our members and supporters who joined us at the Outrigger Canoe Club on April 4 for our workshop,The Affordable Care Act in Hawaii – How it Impacts Me.
For free resources from the workshop and to see more about the workshop, go to our Events and Meetings page.
The Hawaii Immunization Coalition is currently open for membership for 2013
We’re happy to announce there is no price increase for 2013 - Membership fees remain $15/per calendar year (January-December 2013).
Membership renewals and new HIC member applications are available. Payment can be made online via credit card or check. Click here to join!
Stay up to date!
Download and read the latest 2013 immunization schedules for children/adolescents and adults as well as catchup schedules.
Need a flu vaccine? Use the CDC’s Flu Vaccine Finder for the closest location to you! When you get to the website, just enter your zip code in the box on the right hand side. Then flu clinics within 15 miles of your home will pop up!
Read about the latest updates from the Hawai`i Department of Health’s Immunization Program. Click here to read the Vaccines for Children (VFC) newsletter!
A pediatric study of the pneumococcal vaccine PHiD-CV10 showed efficacy rates of 100% and 92% for the 3+1 and 2+1 vaccination schedules, respectively. “For the first time, effectiveness of a 2+1 schedule in infants was confirmed in a clinical trial,” Finnish researchers reported in the journal, The Lancet. This is good news for parents and children because this will replace PCV7 for prevention of pneumococcal disease in children. The new vaccine protects against serotype 19A, which has become the most common pneumococcal serotype and is often resistant to antibiotics. Learn more here.
An updated policy statement, “Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2012-2013” has been early released online in Pediatrics. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends annual trivalent seasonal influenza immunization for all individuals 6 months of age and older, including all children, adolescents and young adults. The policy statement includes guidance on vaccine formulations, dosing, and administration, as well as current treatment guidance for antiviral medications. Click here for more info.