Category Archives: Polk County, Florida

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


National Influenza Vaccination Week Dec 7-13 2014

From Florida’s Immunization Section in Tallahassee: We are pleased to remind our immunization partners about the upcoming observance of National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW).

National Influenza Vaccination Week is an annual observance to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination though the holiday season and beyond. This year NIVW is scheduled for December 7–13, 2014.

  • Flu vaccination activity drops after the end of November. The CDC and partners want to remind the public that even through the holiday season is upon us it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine. As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness vaccination can provide protection against the flu
  • CDC Recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6-months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against influenza disease.

A goal of NIVW is to communicate the importance of flu vaccination for people who are at high risk for developing flu-related complications: Young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions and people 65-years and older. A full list of “People at High Risk of Developing Flu–Related Complications” is available at:

There are many choices available for flu vaccine, both in terms of where to get vaccinated and what vaccine to get. Millions of doses of influenza vaccine have been administered to people safely for decades. Once vaccinated people can enjoy their holiday season knowing they protected themselves and their loved ones against the flu.

Please visit the CDC resource site at: to obtain educational and promotional materials to encourage community participation for NIVW activities. 

A Mom’s Story – suffering from a case of meningitis continues after 11 years

A Mom’s Story

The above article focuses our attention on a mom’s experience after her daughter suffered from meningitis as an infant 11 years ago.  She begins by mentioning the recent death of a Lakeland area high school student.

The Polk County Immunization Coalition works to communicate information about vaccines and immunizations to our community to help families avoid the tragic effects of vaccine-preventable diseases.




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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