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What kind of organization is the Immunization Action Coalition?
 
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What does IAC's website offer healthcare professionals?
 
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Besides the immunize.org website, what does IAC offer healthcare professionals?
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What services does IAC offer patients, parents, and the general public?
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How can I find a specific ready-to-print handout available from IAC?
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Your website is great, but it's so big! How can I find what I'm looking for?
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How do I subscribe to your weekly newsletter, IAC Express?
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I need a Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) in a certain language. Where will I find this?
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Where can I get standing orders templates for administering all vaccines?
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How do I get permission to use one of the IAC handouts in our clinic/on our website? Can we make changes?
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How do I get permission to use one of the photos of vaccine-preventable diseases on your website?
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Q: What kind of organization is the Immunization Action Coalition?
A: The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. You can read more about IAC, including information about staff members and consultants, advisory board, board of directors, sources of funding, and more at www.immunize.org/aboutus.
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Q: What does IAC's website offer healthcare professionals?
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IAC's flagship website, www.immunize.org, is a treasure trove of immunization information.
IAC has developed about 250 ready-to-print resources for healthcare professionals and their patients available at www.immunize.org/handouts. Many of the parent/patient pieces are available in multiple translations.
The website's Favorites, Handouts & Staff Materials, Clinic Tools, Vaccine Information Statements, Vaccines, and Talking about Vaccines sections provide links to not only IAC pieces, but also resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and other organizations. See the blue tabs at the top of each web page to locate these sections.
We are a clearinghouse for Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) in up to 50 translations (see additional information in separate Q&A below). Visit www.immunize.org/vis.
Our Ask the Experts Q&A archive contains over 1,000 answers to both common and unusual questions about providing vaccines. See www.immunize.org/askexperts.
The News and Information section features links to breaking news about immunization: www.immunize.org/news
All ACIP recommendations can be accessed at www.immunize.org/acip. You can sort by date or vaccine.
All vaccine package inserts can be viewed at www.immunize.org/fda.
IACís online Honor Rolls for Patient Safety recognize institutions that have done a stellar job in vaccinating newborns against hepatitis B and mandating that healthcare personnel receive influenza vaccination. Visit www.immunize.org/honor-roll.
IAC has developed a number of PowerPoint slide sets about immunization issues (such as preventing errors) and vaccine-preventable diseases. You may wish to mix and match the information from several presentations to meet your needs. Visit www.immunize.org/resources/res_powerpoint.asp to view the presentations in PDF format or to order them in PowerPoint format.
IAC Executive Director Dr. Deborah Wexler writes Technically Speaking, a column featured in each issue of Vaccine Update, the monthly e-newsletter from the Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Technically Speaking columns are reprinted on IAC's website at www.immunize.org/technically-speaking and cover practical topics in immunization delivery such as vaccine administration techniques, storage and handling, contraindications and precautions, and scheduling.
And much more!
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Q: Besides the immunize.org website, what does IAC offer healthcare professionals?
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IAC publishes a free weekly e-newsletter, IAC Express, available at www.immunize.org/express. (See additional information in separate Q&A below)
IAC coordinates the National Network for Immunization Coalitions, a communication network among immunization coalitions and nonprofit organizations around the nation with webinars, conference calls, a private listserv discussion group, and a website, www.immunizationcoalitions.org, that provides access to an online database of local, state, regional, and national immunization coalitions. If you want more information about joining this network, email info@immunizationcoalitions.org.
IAC and Sanofi Pasteur have partnered to develop a website with resources to help promote giving meningococcal ACWY vaccine (MenACWY) at age 16 years: www.give2menacwy.org.
IAC has partnered with Seqirus to develop a website to help promote influenza vaccination for older adults: www.influenza-defense.org.
We also provide personal assistance with answers to your questions at admin@immunize.org
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Q: What services does IAC offer patients, parents, and the general public?
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IAC has a special website designed for patients, parents, and the general public: www.vaccineinformation.org.
We also have many handouts for patients and parents available at www.immunize.org/handouts/discussing-vaccines-parents.asp and www.immunize.org/handouts/vaccine-schedules.asp.
Many are available in Spanish and other languages.
Patients also appreciate the many VIS translations available at www.immunize.org/vis/?f=9.
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Q: How can I find a specific ready-to-print handout available from IAC?
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All handouts can be accessed from www.immunize.org/handouts. From this page, you can sort by topic (such as administering vaccines, storage and handling, vaccine hesitancy), vaccine type, available languages, or view all.
If you want to see the most recently added or revised handouts, go to www.immunize.org/new. All new or updated materials on the website (including VISs and web sections) are listed with the most recent items first.
If you know the name of the piece or its item number, you can use the Google custom search feature on the top of each web page to find it.
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Q: Your website is great, but it's so big! How can I find what I'm looking for?
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Every web page has an alphabetical site index at the bottom of the page that will help you navigate. You can also use the Google custom search feature on the top of each web page.
If all else fails, call or email us for help! Telephone: (651) 647-9009, email: admin@immunize.org.
Once you find your favorite web pages, bookmark them as one of your "favorites." When we update any page we always keep the URL the same, so by saving the address, you will always be directed to the most recent version.
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Q: How do I subscribe to your weekly newsletter, IAC Express?
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To sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter, IAC Express, just go to www.immunize.org/subscribe. IAC Express provides up-to-date information about new ACIP vaccine recommendations, FDA vaccine approvals, newly released Vaccine Information Statements and translations, new immunization resources from IAC and other organizations, world and national immunization news, important published studies, and continuing education opportunities such as webinars and conferences, many of which provide free CE credit.
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Q: I need a Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) in a certain language. Where will I find this?
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IAC has a cooperative agreement with CDC that enables us to provide VIS translations in several languages for routinely recommended vaccines for children and adults:
Spanish
Arabic
Chinese (Simplified and Traditional)
French
Russian
Somali
Vietnamese
These are the most commonly used second languages in the U.S. We have up to 50 other translations on our website at www.immunize.org/vis/?f=9. These additional VIS translations have been donated by other organizations, our generous translation partners.
Unfortunately, IAC has only limited funding to translate VISs, so we cannot provide translations by request.
Please note that unique VISs do not exist for certain combination vaccines (e.g., Pentacel, Pediarix, Twinrix), so in instances like these you should provide a VIS for each vaccine component. Also, a VIS is not released for a new vaccine until after the ACIP has voted on recommendations for its use.
To be notified whenever CDC releases a new VIS, or whenever a new translation becomes available, please subscribe to our free weekly electronic news service, IAC Express: www.immunize.org/subscribe.
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Q: Where can I get standing orders templates for administering all vaccines?
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IAC has developed sample standing orders for all vaccines routinely given to infants, children, teens, and adults that can be accessed at www.immunize.org/standing-orders.
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Q: How do I get permission to use one of the IAC handouts in our clinic/on our website? Can we make changes?
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Our print immunization information at www.immunize.org/handouts is copyright free and we encourage people to use it. You can adapt a piece to better suit your needs. If you change a piece in any way, please remove our footer and use the "adapted from IAC" language found at www.immunize.org/citeiac.
As we update our materials frequently, it is best to always check the website to make sure you have the most recent version of a piece.
If you want to include an IAC handout on your website, we prefer you link to our piece on our website (if you are using it without changes), instead of posting a copy of the PDF on your website. This will ensure your users are always getting the most current version, as we keep the URL the same when we update all of our materials.
Although we don't require written permission to reprint or distribute our materials, we do appreciate knowing a little bit more about how you plan to use these resources as this helps us with funding. If you could email admin@immunize.org any details of target audience, size of distribution, etc., that would be great!
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Q: How do I get permission to use one of the photos of vaccine-preventable diseases on your website?
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You are free to use any of the photos at www.immunize.org/photos that are NOT copyrighted. The majority of images in this photo section are in the public domain and can be reproduced freely. As a courtesy, please credit the source of the image (e.g., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or World Health Organization).
Images accompanied by the COPYRIGHT symbol are posted with the permission of the copyright holders and may not be reproduced without the express permission of the copyright holder (not IAC). Contact information is provided in the source line (email address, link to website) to enable you to contact the source and ask permission directly.
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Q: Where can I get educational videos to show to parents?
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IAC has collected 250 photographs and almost 100 video clips related to vaccine-preventable diseases and made them available online.
Photograph collection: www.immunize.org/photos
Video collection: www.vaccineinformation.org/videos (page also includes links to videos from other organizations)
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Q: Still have questions?
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Ask the Experts
IAC experts answer challenging and timely questions about vaccines and their administration.
Email CDC: nipinfo@cdc.gov
If you are a healthcare professional with a technical question about vaccines or immunization, please email CDC's immunization experts.
Email IAC: admin@immunize.org
If you don't find an answer to your question, please email us.
State Immunization Program Managers
Your local and state health department immunization programs are available to answer your questions. Visit the above link for a list of phone numbers for state health department immunization programs.
 
This page was updated on January 14, 2020.
This page was reviewed on October 21, 2019.
 
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