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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, healthcare organizations, and government health agencies.
For more than two decades, 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 age span.

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 25,000 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 30 languages and some alternative formats. Users download more than 6 million ready-to-copy (PDF) documents from the website annually. IAC makes daily additions and updates to the content of www.immunize.org.
Website for the Public 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 5.000 visitors per day. The website contains information about vaccine safety and the overall importance of immunization, featuring hundreds of vaccine-preventable disease photos and video clips.
Immunization Coalitions Network www.immunizationcoalitions.org
Launched in 2001 as www.izcoalitions.org, this website provides access to an online database of local, state, regional, national, and international immunization coalitions. The website enables cooperation and sharing of news and resources between coalition members. The database also 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 ranges from 16 to 28 pages, is CDC-reviewed, and is published four times 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 were distributed to an average of 160,000 adult medicine specialists per issue. VA ranges from 12 to 24 pages and is published four times per year targeted at internal medicine specialists, cardiologists, pulmonologists, infectious disease specialists, occupational medicine specialists, nephrologists, and geriatricians. 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 more than 50,000 opt-in subscribers every Wednesday, IACX provides up-to-date information about FDA vaccine approvals, new Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices vaccine recommendations, newly released Vaccine Information Statements, new immunization resources and current events, and journal articles. Frontline 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 1,250 issues published since IACX's inception in 1997 are available online at www.immunize.org/express.
Ask the Experts
Ask the Experts is a recurring feature of Needle Tips, Vaccinate Adults, IAC Express, and www.immunize.org in which CDC experts answer challenging and timely questions about vaccines and their administration. More than 1,000 Q&As are available online at www.immunize.org/askexperts.
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.
Handouts (Educational materials for staff and patients)
IAC is the most relied-upon source of CDC-reviewed immunization materials for healthcare professionals and their patients, providing more than three million downloads annually. We create, update, and distribute more than 250 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 2015 The Pink Book (Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases) includes 6 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.
Translations of Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)
Since 2011, IAC has served as the CDC-funded national repository for translations of Vaccine Information Statements which federal law requires be handed to every person at the time they receive a vaccination. The IAC library of VIS translations includes more than 30 languages. Comprehensive and easy to navigate access to the library is available at www.immunize.org/vis.

Additional IAC Materials

Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns Guide
This comprehensive guidebook is a complete resource for helping hospitals and birthing centers establish, implement, and optimize their birth dose policies.
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.
Laminated Immunization Schedules
Official immunization schedules for children (0-18 years old) and adults. Both are laminated and washable for heavy-duty use, complete with essential footnotes, and printed in color for easy reading.
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-age-span use.
The Vaccine Handbook - "The Purple Book"
The 5th edition of The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians ("The Purple Book") is considered a vital source of practical, up-to-date information for vaccine providers and educators.

Form 990

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This page was updated on July 8, 2016
This page was reviewed on July 8, 2016
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