Organizations and professional societies focusing on vaccines/VPDs
The 317 Coalition was formed by a group of leaders in the national
immunization community to focus on advocating for increased 317
funding from Congress to ensure that children and adults receive
recommended vaccines to protect them from disease.
This coalition of nonprofit organizations offers a searchable collection
of websites that present valid scientific information about vaccines.
Academy of Pediatrics
AAP is the professional organization for medical doctors
specializing in the care of children. Immunizations are one of several
strategic priorities for the AAP. To learn more about its chapters,
campaigns, and the Childhood Immunization Support Program, click here. For information by phone, call (847) 434-4000.
College Health Association
ACHA is an advocacy organization for college and university health.
ACHA provides advocacy, education, communications, products, and
services, and promotes research and culturally competent practices
to enhance its members' ability to advance the health of all students
and the campus community. For more information, call (410) 859-1500.
ANA is a full service professional association for the nation's
entire registered nurse population. For more information,
call (800) 274-4262 (800-274-4ANA).
APhA is the national professional society of pharmacists
dedicated to providing immunization resources and training
to pharmacists in all practice settings. APhA's policies
encourage all pharmacists to take one of three roles: educator,
facilitator, and/or immunizer. For more information, call
(202) 628-4410 or visit APhA's
Pharmacist Immunization Center.
School Health Association
ASHA unites the many professionals working in schools
who are committed to
safeguarding the health of school-aged children. ASHA has
developed a toolkit on
adolescent immunization for school/public health nurses working
schools, called Give it a Shot!, which can be ordered from
Travel Health Nurses Association
The American Travel Health Nurses Association (ATHNA) is a non- profit
professional organization that supports all U.S. nurses who provide travel
health care. Source of standing orders and protocols for international
travel-related immunization. To access ATHNA's Travel Clinic Manual, Click
for Prevention Teaching and Research
APTR is a national professional association dedicated to advancing individual
and community health promotion and disease prevention through education
of physicians and other health professionals. The website includes access
to information on training programs for both doctors and nurses in the
area of immunization. For information by phone, call (202) 463.0550 or
toll-free: (866) 520-APTR.
| Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC)
APIC's mission is to improve health and patient safety by reducing risks
of infection and other adverse outcomes. The Association's members have
primary responsibility for infection control and hospital epidemiology in
healthcare settings around the globe. APIC's members include nurses,
epidemiologists, physicians, quality and patient safety professionals,
healthcare executives, microbiologists, clinical pathologists, laboratory
technologists, and public health practitioners.
Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research, Texas Children's Hospital
The Center for Vaccine Awareness and Research provides online vaccine
education resources for patients and health professionals. The center's
physicians receive funding from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention and other nonprofit organizations to study delivery and
effectiveness of vaccines. The Center is one of only two programs in the
United States currently conducting National Institutes of Health-funded
research on vaccines for pregnant women. For more information, email email@example.com
| Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC)
CIIC was established by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
(NFID) to protect infants, children and adolescents from influenza by
communicating with "one strong voice" the need to make influenza
immunization a national health priority. CIIC seeks to address and
improve the low influenza immunization rates among children. Contact
CIIC, call (212) 886-2277 or email: CIIC@nfid.org.
College of Physicians of Philadelphia
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia have created the History of
Vaccines website (www.historyofvaccines.org).
This unique and comprehensive educational website explores the role of
immunization in the human experience and examines its continuing
contributions to public health.
Edward Jenner Society
The mission of the society is to create an organization that engages,
supports, and sustains the professional goals and interests of
vaccinologists around the world, and perpetuates the memory of Dr.
Edward Jenner. The society promotes all aspects of vaccine research. The
headquarters of the society is located at the Edward Jenner Museum in
Berkeley, Gloucestershire in the UK (www.jennermuseum.com),
which was Jenner's home and where Jenner conducted his famous
Child By Two (ECBT)
Through this organization, Rosalynn Carter (former First Lady of the United
States) and Betty Bumpers (former First Lady of Arkansas/wife of Arkansas
Senator Dale Bumpers) have focused their efforts over the past three decades
toward the goal of reducing infant mortality through timely immunization.
For more information, call (202) 783-7034.
| Global Polio Eradication
This global polio partnership is spearheaded by the World Health
Organization, Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
Polio News is the Global Polio Eradication Initiative online
newsletter, which is available in English and French.
on Immunization Education
GIE is part of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. The Group's
website provides immunization information to family practice and other
primary care educators. Publishers of "Standing Orders Program Toolkit" and quick reference guides to the
Childhood, Adolescent, and Adult Immunization Schedules for the United
States for mobile devices.
This organization publishes an array of information for health
professionals and their patients about immunization. Online publications
include Needle Tips, Vaccinate Adults!, and IAC Express. IAC's weekly
email news service. Print materials are
available free on the website. For more information, call (651) 647-9009
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
| Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) represents physicians,
scientists and other healthcare professionals who specialize in
infectious diseases. IDSA works to monitor and favorably impact
immunization policy development. To view IDSA's immunization-related
statements and other useful policy resources, click here. To contact IDSA, call (703) 299-0200.
| Institute of Medicine (IOM)
The IOM is a private, nonprofit institution that provides health policy
advice under a congressional charter granted to the National Academy of
Sciences. The IOM has conducted many vaccine safety studies, and has
also released reports on national immunization infrastructure and
funding. All IOM reports are available at www.iom.edu/reports, or you can order copies by calling (202)
334-2352 or visiting the online catalog at: www.nap.edu IAC also provides links to all the vaccination-related
IOM reports at www.immunize.org/iom
Pediatric Health Services
Dr. Jane Aronson is a pediatrician specializing in adoption medicine. Her
website was designed to educate families hoping to adopt children both
domestically and from abroad.
Sharps Injury Prevention Society
ISIPS is an international group of medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers,
organizations, healthcare professionals, medical waste disposal experts
and others that are joining forces to provide education, information, and
product knowledge that will help reduce the number of sharps injuries that
occur each year. They publish a free newsletter which can be read online
or received electronically by signing up on the website.
| International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC)
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has established IVAC
to increase access to lifesaving vaccines by overcoming many of the
obstacles that often delay vaccine usage and distribution. IVAC will
also serve as a source of vaccine policy information and analysis and
will develop and use evidence to advocate for improved global health
policies and their implementation. Projects undertaken by IVAC are
supported by grants from the GAVI Alliance and the Bill & Melinda Gates
for Vaccine Safety
IVS was established in 1997 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public
Health. IVS is committed to investigating vaccine safety issues and providing
timely and objective information on vaccine safety to health care providers,
| Migrant Clinicians Network
MCN is the oldest and largest clinical network for the mobile
underserved. The organization works to eliminate health disparities
among migrant and seasonal farmworkers and other vulnerable mobile
populations, including initiatives to improve immunization coverage.
Immunization educational materials are available, including the Pepin
Comic Book series in English and Spanish to help clinicians educate
parents about the importance of getting their children vaccinated.
Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
NASTAD is dedicated to reducing the incidence of HIV infection, providing
quality care to persons living with HIV/AIDs, and developing responsible
and compassionate public policies. NASTAD has published several documents
about the prevention of viral hepatitis, with an emphasis on integration
| National Association for School Nurses (NASN)
NASN is the expert voice for optimal student health and for professional
development of school nurses. The organization also represents school
nurses on relevant national and federal committees.
| National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO)
NACCHO is the national organization representing local health
departments. NACCHO supports efforts that protect and improve the health
of all people and all communities by promoting national policy,
developing resources and programs, seeking health equity, and supporting
effective local public health practice and systems.
Foundation for Infectious Diseases
NFID is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging and sponsoring
public and professional education about infectious diseases, supporting
research and training in infectious diseases, and aiding in the prevention
and treatment of infectious diseases. Their website includes special sections
on diphtheria and tetanus protection, prevention and treatment of Neisseria
meningitidis, and influenza information, including resource materials for
providers conducting pediatric influenza vaccination programs. For more
information, call (301) 656-0003, or email: email@example.com.
NMA, the largest professional organization for African-American physicians
in the United States, publishes materials and newsletters for health professionals
and their patients on immunization issues. For more information, call (202)
Network for Immunization Information (NNii)
This partnership of professional medical organizations provides objective,
science-based information about immunizations and vaccines. NNii offers
many resources for clinicians and the public, including a kit titled "
Communicating with Patients about Immunization" and an email news
service. For more information, call (409) 772-0199 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
| Pediatrics Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS)
Membership in PIDS is open to physicians, doctoral-level scientists, and
other persons who have training or are in the course of training in
infectious diseases or its related disciplines. The PIDS mission is to
enhance the health of infants, children, and adolescents by promoting
excellence in diagnosis, management and diseases through clinical care,
education, research and advocacy.
(Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases)
This organization offers information and resources for parents looking
for support services, counseling, referrals, and information concerning
their children who have infectious diseases. PKIDs' Communications Made
Easy program, www.pkids.org/cme, helps immunization educators learn the ropes of
social marketing and traditional and social media. Also, visit PKIDs
website about immunization specifically geared to teens and young
adults, www.getvaxed.org. For more information, call (877) 557-5437 or
The Sabin Vaccine Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to carrying
on the work of Dr Albert Sabin. The Institute promotes rapid scientific
advances in vaccine development, delivery, and distribution worldwide.
The Sabin Vaccine Institute website has an international scope, with a
focus on selected diseases. The site includes some unique vaccine safety
resources, including audio discussions of vaccine safety issues with experts
and a supportive "Open statement on vaccines," signed by experts
in the field. For more information, call (202)
| Safe Injection Practices Coalition
Coalition partners include the following organizations: Accreditation
Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC), American Association of
Nurse Anesthetists (AANA), Ambulatory Surgery Foundation, Association
for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc (APIC), BD
(Becton, Dickinson and Company), Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), CDC Foundation, HONOReform Foundation, Nebraska
Medical Association (NMA), and Nevada State Medical Association (NSMA).
In 2009, the Coalition launched the One & Only Campaign, which is an
education and awareness campaign aimed at both healthcare providers and
the public to increase proper adherence to safe injection practices to
prevent disease transmission from the misuse of needles, syringes, and
medication vials in outpatient settings.
| Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM)
SAHM is the only national organization (with members from 30 countries
worldwide) dedicated exclusively to advancing the health and well-being
of adolescents. SAHM has issued a position paper on Adolescent
Immunization and provides educational resources on vaccine-preventable
diseases. For more information, e-mail email@example.com
Vaccine Error Reporting Program (VERP)
VERP, from the
Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), is an online website to report vaccine
procedural errors. ISMP is a nonprofit, federally-certified patient safety organization, respected worldwide as the premier resource for medication safety
information. Founded in 1994, ISMP works closely with healthcare practitioners and institutions, regulatory agencies, consumers and professional
organizations to provide education about medication errors and prevention. VERP was created to allow healthcare professionals to report vaccine errors
anonymously; ISMP guarantees confidentiality concerning the information it receives. The purpose of VERP is to capture the unique causes and consequences of
vaccine-related errors. By collecting and quantifying information about these errors, ISMP will be better able to advocate for changes in vaccine names,
labeling or other appropriate modifications that could reduce the likelihood of vaccine errors in the future.
Vaccine Ethics.org is a production of the University of Pennsylvania Center
for Bioethics. The Penn Center for Bioethics is a leader in bioethics research
and its deployment in the ethical, efficient, and compassionate practice
of the life sciences and medicine. Under the leadership of founding director
Arthur L. Caplan, Ph.D., the Center has over 35 senior fellows and associates with appointments in a number of University of Pennsylvania schools and
departments including medicine, law, nursing, business, education, philosophy,
sociology, religious studies, public policy, and public health.
Information for the Public and Health Professionals
The Immunization Action Coalition started this website in 2002 to provide
reliable immunization information to patients, parents, and the media.
The site includes information about all vaccine-preventable diseases and
a collection of photographs and video footage.
Investigation and Online Information Network (VIOLIN)
VIOLIN is a web-based central resource that integrates vaccine literature
data mining, vaccine research data curation and storage, and curated vaccine
data analysis for vaccines and vaccine candidates developed against various
pathogens with high priority in public health and biological safety. The
VIOLIN system has been created and maintained at the University of Michigan,
Ann Arbor, MI. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
call (734) 615-2455.
| Voices For Vaccines
Voices For Vaccines (VFV) is an advocacy organization for vaccines.
VFV's mission is to provide clear, accessible, and science-based
information about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases. VFV is a
program of the Task Force for Child Survival and Development. To join
and receive VFV's newsletter, click here.
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Women In Government is a national, 501(c)(3), non-profit, bi-partisan
organization of women state legislators addressing complex public policy
issues, including legislative policy regarding the human papillomavirus
(HPV) vaccine and the elimination of cervical cancer. The organization
publishes a quarterly newsletter on cervical cancer prevention policy
titled, Prevention Connection. To access the newsletter, go to www.womeningovernment.org For more information, call (202)
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