On October 19, 2016, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) updated recommendations for hepatitis B and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines:
- Hepatitis B: ACIP recommended that infants be immunized within 24 hours of birth and removed policy language allowing a delay in some circumstances, to increase
- HPV: ACIP recommended that adolescents under age 15 years need only two doses of HPV vaccine instead of three, to improve lagging completion rates, while still providing protection against the infection.
For more updates, go to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Vaccine-preventable hepatitis A cases are being found in Hawaii. Wash hands, and get vaccinated! For the latest updates, go to http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/hepatitis-a-outbreak-2016/.
Congratulations to Chelsea Tadena from Lanai Community Health Center for being named the CDC’s 2016 Childhood Immunization Champion for Hawaii! We are so proud of the great work you have done to ensure that the keiki of Lanai stay healthy and disease-free!
Congrats to Board Member, May Rose Dela Cruz! We are excited to share May Rose’s recently published article:
The article provides wonderful insight into the particular challenges and opportunities in increasing HPV immunizations in our local communities. Check it out!
We are excited to announce that Hawaii Pacific University will be hosting a screening of the powerful HPV documentary, Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic, on April 7. The screening is open to all HPU students and staff, and Planned Parenthood volunteers.
For more info, download the HPU Someone You Love Flyer.
The HIC Board recently approved the HIC Strategic Plan for 2016-2020. Check it out to see how you can join our efforts!
Watch a PSA from our President, Gwen Navarrete-Klapperich!
Mahalo to Olelo Programming for their generosity in making this PSA!
In January 2016, we were excited to join the inaugural meeting of the Vaccine-Preventable Cancers Workgroup. We look forward to working with our community partners to reduce cancer by increasing hepatitis B and HPV immunizations!