SDIC Mission Statement
The mission of SDIC is to increase immunization rates and improve the health of the residents of San Diego County by raising awareness and providing education about vaccine-preventable diseases.
August ls National Immunization Awareness Month!
People of all ages need immunizations to help protect their health from vaccine-preventable diseases like whooping cough, measles and influenza. For more information click here.
Click here to see a list of links to a variety of helpful immunization resources you can use during NIAM and all year long!
Save the Date!
for the Kick the Flu Community Immunization Summit!
The 10th Annual Kick the Flu Community Immunization Summit will be held on Monday, Sept. 15th. As always, you'll get the most up to date information about the flu, vaccines and related issues. It will be a great way to network and share information and ideas with your colleagues in health and social services. See this flyer for more information and to register. We'll see you there!.
Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask Interactive Immunization Webinar was held on August 5th:
See this flyer for information about this free interactive webinarfor parents with vaccine concerns. The webinar featured local experts presenting the facts and answering questions. You can also view a short video about the webinar at https://vimeo.com/100548739.
Check back for archived webinar to view!
The San Diego Immunization Coalition (SDIC) extends its thanks to the students and advisors at chstvFILMS for showing their important immunization documentary Invisible Threat at the June 4th SDIC General Meeting. The film and the discussion afterward were as interesting as they were informative. The film has received acclaim wherever it has been shown, and is a great tool for informing and educating persons about the importance of immunization.
SDIC Congratulates Dr. Rosenblum!
Elizabeth (Betsy) Rosenblum has been named Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Childhood Immunization Champion for California. Recipients of the Childhood Immunization Champions award are individuals who work tirelessly to improve the health and lives of young children by ensuring that immunization is a priority.
Among Dr. Rosenblum’s many achievements, she partnered with public health experts and pharmacists to develop a course called “Thinking Ahead to Your Baby's Vaccines.” This free course is offered to expectant parents in her community to provide accurate information in a supportive setting and helps families make informed decisions about immunization before their babies are born.
To read Dr. Rosenblum’s profile on the CDC’s website, and to learn more about CDC’s Childhood Immunization Champion Award program, please visit:
Measles: What You Need To Know
Measles is a vaccine-preventable disease which is normally rare in the U.S. However, earlier this year, four measles cases were reported in San Diego County. Orange County has reported 21 measles cases and several other counties around the state have reported cases as well. And an outbreak has been reported in New York City. Click here to read more!
Pertussis (whooping cough): Get The Facts
Pertussis activity in San Diego County continues at a very high level. The total number of reported cases for 2014 as of late July is 982. Last year at this time, 121 cases had been reported and a total of 431 cases were reported for all of 2013. Click here to read more!
New 2014 Recommended Immunization Schedules Available!
These easy-to-read schedules show the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention immunization recommendations for people from birth to adulthood. Click on the links below to view and download the schedules
Schedule for 0-6 years and 7-18 years of age.
Schedule for adults 19 years and older.
More information can also be found on the CDC website here.
The Parent Forum Webinar,
Immunizations: Everything You Wanted to Know
but were Afraid to Ask was held November 21, 2013 and is now available to view online.
The webinar addresses the questions and concerns about vaccination which parents of young children (birth to age 5) may have. The webinar presenters were: Mark Sawyer, MD, a leading Pediatric Infectious Disease expert; Eric Courchesne, PhD, a leading expert on Autism and Donald Miller, MD, MPH, FAAP, a respected community Pediatrician.
View this informative webinar and get reliable and accurate information about vaccination.
Click here to view recording of webinar (1 hour, 17 minutes)
During the combined SDIC/SDIR/Coalition Meeting on October 2, 2013, Catherine Martin presented Coalitions: The Power of Connections and Melissa Thun presented CDC/ACIP Seasonal Influenza Recommendations.
Download or view the presentations below:
INFLUENZA VACCINE CLINICS
In the U.S, flu season typically occurs between December and May of each year. Flu vaccine is recommended annually for everyone 6 months of age and older. Flu vaccine will be given at Public Health Centers and other locations throughout the County during September, October, November, December and later.
Click here to view upcoming and ongoing flu clinics in San Diego County!