Category Archives: Health

Polk County Immunization Workshop! November 4th – at Florida Poly.

We invite you to participate in our free, Annual Immunization Workshop on Saturday, November 4, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The workshop will be held at the Florida Polytechnic University campus at 4700 Research Way, Lakeland, FL 33805.

 Keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Alix Casler (Orlando Health – Chief of Pediatrics)

Increasing HPV Vaccination Rates

  • Dr. Greg Savel (Myrtle Ave Pediatrics, Clearwater)

Reducing Vaccine Hesitancy – Increasing Coverage

  • Dr. Daniel Haight (USF/ Lakeland Regional Health)

Travel, Rabies and latest information on vaccine developments

CEUs for Nurses.  Refreshments.  Vendors and prizes.

Eventbrite - Polk County Immunization Coalition Immunization Workshop


Our Life Without Emily: Flu, Fear, Guilt and Regret

Take the time to talk to someone you care about to ask if their son or daughter or grandchild or neice or nephew has been been vaccinated against the flu this year.

Shot of Prevention

By Joe Lastinger, Board Member, Families Fighting Flu

1525360_10151953693783780_1550060010_nMy daughter, Emily, should have started high school this year full of excitement and potential. Her teachers would ask her, “Are you Chris’s little sister?” or “Are you Andrew’s little sister?” In my head I imagine her earning high marks in advanced classes, joining student council, playing volleyball and basketball and having a great group of close friends. Now I realize that it might not have turned out that way. It’s quite possible that Emily would have entered high school at the peak of her teenage rebellion and might not even be on speaking terms with her mom and me. We will never know, because she died suddenly and tragically from influenza when she was only 3½-years-old.

Emily died from influenza in 2004. She died in our bed, in her pajamas, watching cartoons – just hours before we were scheduled to take…

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A 13 Minute DVD Increases HPV Vaccination

Can a strategy to increase HPV vaccination rates be as simple as a 13-minute DVD?

To increase HPV vaccination rates in their area, researchers from the University of Kentucky PRC developed a video called “1-2-3 Pap,” a 13-minute educational and motivational DVD that features women and health care providers from Appalachian Kentucky. To test the video, researchers recruited 344 young women in community settings such as local health departments, outdoor festivals, and shopping centers. All of the participants received the first dose of the vaccine at the time of enrollment. Half of the women then watched the DVD on individual laptops, and the other half received an informational pamphlet. All the participants then received phone call reminders to complete doses 2 and 3 of the vaccine series.

Read More Here.

View the latest CDC Immunization Update Webinar!

Improving the Health of Children and Adults through Vaccines: Updates and Recommendations for Clinicians
Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Vaccine Apps for your Phones!

Vaccine Education Center’s free mobile app for iPhones educates parents about vaccines

The Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has launched a free mobile app for iPhones. It is described in a short video by VEC Director Dr. Paul Offit. Titled Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know, the app offers parents information about vaccines, the diseases they prevent, and common vaccine safety concerns.

The VEC app is available for free download from the iTunes app store.

Related Link
• Access additional immunization-related apps on IAC’s Apps web page

Influenza Guidance

Influenza Guidance

Influenza Guidance

The 2013-2014 influenza vaccines include those that are trivalent (protects against 3 strains) and quadrivalent (protects against 4 strains). Both types of vaccine contain new strains from the previous season. Because of the new strains and the fact that immunity drops up to 50% 6-12 months after vaccination, influenza vaccine is recommended every year for all those over 6 months of age.

Please note the AAP Recommendations for Influenza Immunization of Children, 2013-14 will be released Sept 2, 2013 and published in the October issue of Pediatrics.

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Grandparents’ Corner

Image: Sounds of Pertussis Logo Bar

March of Dimes, Sanofi Pasteur Launch Grandparents’ Corner

The March of Dimes and Sanofi Pasteur are excited to announce the availability of Grandparents’ Corner, a new online resource from the Sounds of Pertussis® Campaign to help grandparents learn more about pertussis, also known as whooping cough, and the importance of adult tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination. Researchers found when it could be determined how an infant caught pertussis, family members — including grandparents — were responsible for spreading the disease in up to 80 percent of cases.1

“As grandparents, it’s our responsibility to carry on the legacy of our families, which means prioritizing their health and happiness,” said Dr. Arthur Kornhaber, a psychiatrist and expert in the area of Grandparent Communication. “The first step for grandparents to help protect their families from health risks like pertussis is to learn more themselves and speak with their children to ensure the entire family is educated on the topic. Families should then work together to make sure anyone who comes in contact with their newborn is up-to-date on their adult Tdap vaccination.”

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