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IAC Express 2007
Issue number 668: June 6, 2007
 
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  1. We invite your organization to join more than 120 organizations in urging ACIP to expand its influenza vaccination recommendations to include all children through age 18 years
 
Abbreviations
AAFP, American Academy of Family Physicians; AAP, American Academy of Pediatrics; ACIP, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices; AMA, American Medical Association; CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; FDA, Food and Drug Administration; IAC, Immunization Action Coalition; MMWR, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; NCIRD, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases; NIVS, National Influenza Vaccine Summit; VIS, Vaccine Information Statement; VPD, vaccine-preventable disease; WHO, World Health Organization.
  
Issue 668: June 6, 2007
1.  We invite your organization to join more than 120 organizations in urging ACIP to expand its influenza vaccination recommendations to include all children through age 18 years
No government funds have been used to produce this article.

In February, more than 120 national, state, and local organizations sent a joint letter concerning influenza vaccination recommendations to CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The letter urged ACIP to support an immediate expanded recommendation for routine influenza vaccination of school-age children through age 18 years. More than 40 national organizations are signatories, including the American Medical Association, the American Nurses Association, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the National Association of County & City Health Officials, the American Hospital Association, and the American Lung Association.

Though ACIP didn't vote on this specific influenza recommendation at its February meeting, the recommendation is still under consideration. With the next ACIP meeting coming up at the end of June, we are seeking additional signing organizations to demonstrate to ACIP the broad support across the nation for expanding influenza vaccination recommendations to protect ALL our nation's children.

National organizations, state and local health departments, coalitions, hospitals, universities, community health centers, private practices, and other organizations are all welcome to sign on. If your organization would like to be included as a signing organization in time for the June 27-28 ACIP meeting, please sign on to the letter by close of business Friday, June 15. To view a copy of the letter and sign on to it, go to: http://www.preventinfluenza.org/ACIPletter

If your organization is not able to make a decision by the June 15 deadline, sign on when you can, and we will add your organization's name to the signer list. The joint draft letter will be updated every few days with new organization names. To view it, go to: http://www.preventinfluenza.org/ACIPletter/ACIP_letter_jun07.pdf

Please forward this e-message to colleagues in organizations that might also want to sign on. Thank you to the many of you who have already signed on since January 2007.


Amy Pisani
Executive Director
Every Child By Two

Claire Hannan
Executive Director
Association of Immunization Managers

Paul A. Offit, MD
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Director, Vaccine Education Center
Professor of Pediatrics
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Deborah Wexler, MD
Executive Director
Immunization Action Coalition
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