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The Immunization Action Coalition

IAC Mission Statement

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and effective immunization services. The Coalition also facilitates communication about the safety, efficacy, and use of vaccines within the broad immunization community of patients, parents, health care organizations, and government health agencies.
For more than a decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has worked in concert with and provided financial support to IAC for the purpose of educating health professionals about U.S. vaccine recommendations. CDC recognized IAC's accomplishments in 1997 by awarding it the prestigious Partners in Public Health Award for efforts "instrumental in achieving high levels of routine infant hepatitis B immunization."
Physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals at every level of the immunization community, including both the public and private sectors, rely on many of the following projects in their daily work to increase immunization rates across the lifespan.

IAC Websites

Website for Health Professionals www.immunize.org
Launched in 1994, one of the earliest websites devoted to immunization, www.immunize.org is the largest resource for practical, user-friendly immunization information available today, serving more than 15,000 visitors per day. The website houses all of IAC's informational handouts, which are available free of charge, and users are encouraged to reproduce and redistribute the materials. This website also makes available all Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) published in the United States in up to 50 languages and some alternative formats. In the past twelve months, users downloaded more than five million ready-to-copy (PDF) documents from the website. IAC makes daily additions and updates to the content of www.immunize.org.
Website for the Public and Health Professionals www.vaccineinformation.org
Developed in consultation with CDC, this website for patients, parents, providers, and the media presents straightforward information about vaccine-preventable diseases and their vaccines. Launched in August 2002 with sole funding from CDC, it currently serves about 7.000 visitors per day. The website contains information about vaccine safety and the overall importance of immunization; it currently features hundreds of vaccine-preventable disease photos and video clips.
Online Database of Immunization Coalitions www.izcoalitions.org
Launched in 2001, this website provides access to an online database of local, state, regional, national, and international immunization coalitions. The database allows healthcare professionals, parents, and other immunization advocates to contact immunization coalitions for resources, ideas, or volunteering.

IAC Publications

Needle Tips (NT)
From its first issue in 1994 through the December 2008 issue, IAC distributed more than 4.25 million paper copies of NT-as many as 235,000 copies per issue, delivered to virtually every pediatrician, family physician, and pediatric nurse practitioner nationwide, as well as to every local and state health department. A move to online-only publication occurred with the first issue of 2009. NT was traditionally a 24-page, CDC-reviewed publication that came out twice each year; going forward we plan to publish four issues annually. Frontline healthcare professionals rely on NT for its up-to-date, practice-oriented information on the recommendations for childhood, adolescent, and adult immunization. NT is the only publication of its kind in the United States. Current and past issues are available on our website at www.immunize.org/nt.
Vaccinate Adults (VA)
Like NT, VA converted to online publication in 2009. It was first published in 1997, and more than 2.8 million paper copies have been distributed to an average of 160,000 adult medicine specialists per issue. VA has been a 12‑page, semiannual publication targeted at internal medicine specialists, cardiologists, pulmonologists, infectious disease specialists, occupational medicine specialists, nephrologists, and geriatricians; in accordance with our plans for NT, the frequency of VA will increase. Every issue is CDC-reviewed and provides succinctly written descriptions of adult immunization recommendations. Current and past issues are available on our website at www.immunize.org/va.
IAC Express (IACX)
Currently emailed free of charge to almost 50,000 opt-in subscribers every Monday, IACX provides up-to-date information about FDA vaccine approvals, new ACIP and AAP vaccine recommendations, newly released Vaccine Information Statements, new immunization resources and current events, and journal articles. "Front-line" healthcare professionals, as well as local and state health departments, rely on IACX for the critical information they need in their day-to-day work. The current issue as well as the more than 1,000 issues published since IACX's inception in 1997 are available online at www.immunize.org/express.
Unprotected People (UP) Reports
Since 1998, IAC has collected and published personal stories and case reports of people who have suffered or died from vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs). We believe that UP reports are extremely important in providing parents, the media, and clinicians the information they need to help balance discussions on the value of vaccines. These reports can be particularly effective in countering stories claiming harm from vaccines. More than 100 reports are available online at www.immunize.org/reports.
IAC is the most relied-upon source of CDC-reviewed immunization materials for healthcare professionals and their patients, providing over three million downloads in the past year. We create, update, and distribute more than 275 separate educational pieces including such widely used and reprinted items as:
  • Summary of Recommendations for Childhood and Adolescent Immunization
  • Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization
  • Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization
  • Screening Questionnaire for Adult Immunization
  • How to Administer IM and SC Injections
  • Immunizations for Babies: A Guide for Parents
  • When do Children and Teens Need Vaccinations?
  • Vaccine Administration Record for Children and Teens
CDC's 2012 The Pink Book (Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases) includes 12 reprinted IAC pieces as well as links to IAC's resources. All educational materials are available online free of charge at www.immunize.org/handouts. We have translated many of our patient/parent pieces into Spanish and some into six additional languages: Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Russian, Arabic, and French.

Additional IAC Materials

Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults (DVD)
Created by the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch, 2010, this 25-minute training video teaches best practices for administering injectable, oral, and nasal vaccines to people of all ages.
Personal Immunization Record Cards
In collaboration with CDC, and with input from several state health departments, IAC has created three versions of a personal immunization record card for recording vaccination histories. Versions are available for children, adults, and across-the-lifespan use.
Laminated Immunization Schedules
In March 2006, IAC began producing durable versions of CDC's Recommended Immunization Schedules (for children, adolescents, and adults) for convenient use in medical practices. IAC's copies of the schedules are printed on 80# cardstock, laminated for heavy-duty use, and printed in vivid colors for easy reading.

Form 990

IAC's IRS Form 990s are available from GuideStar, a repository of financial information about nonprofits. Register to view this information (it's free).
This page was reviewed on August 27, 2014
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