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Organizations and professional societies focusing on vaccines/VPDs

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317 Coalition
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.
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Allied Vaccine Group
This coalition of nonprofit organizations offers a searchable collection of websites that present valid scientific information about vaccines.
American Academy of Family Physicians
This professional association provides immunization information to providers at: www.aafp.org/online/en/home/clinical/immunizationres.html
American 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.
American 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.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Founded in 1951, ACOG today has over 43,000 members and is the nation's leading group of professionals providing healthcare for women. ACOG's Immunization for Women website (www.immunizationforwomen.org) provides extensive immunization information for obstetricians and gynecologists and their female patients. Contact ACOG by e-mail at immunization@acog.org.
American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM)
The ACP-ASIM's Adult Immunization Initiative goal is to provide resources and tools to support members in their immunization efforts. Information about this initiative can be found at: www.acponline.org/clinical_information/resources/adult_immunization
American Medical Association
The AMA is the largest U.S. professional organization for physicians. Immunization-related resources include vaccine coding guidelines for health professionals, go to www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/physician-resources/solutions-managing-your-practice/coding-billing-insurance/cpt/about-cpt.shtml For more information on immunization, call (800) 621-8335.
American Nurses Association
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).
American Pharmacists Association
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.
American 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 with secondary schools, called Give it a Shot!, which can be ordered from their website.
American 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 here.
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing the state and territorial public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia. ASTHO’s new immunization fact sheets are posted online at www.astho.org/programs/immunization
Association 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.
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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 vaccine@texaschildrenshospital.org
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.
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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 vaccination experiments.
Every 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.
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Global Polio Eradication Initiative
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.
Group 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.
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Immunization Action Coalition
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: admin@immunize.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
International 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.
International Sharps Injury Prevention Society
ISIPS is an international group of medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturers, health 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 Foundation.
Institute 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, journalists, and parents.
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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.
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National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS)
NAIIS was founded in 2000 by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Currently the NAIIS is led by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), the CDC, and the National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO). The NAIIS is dedicated to addressing and resolving adult and influenza immunization issues. The NAIIS is represented by more than 100 public and private organizations.
National Alliance for Hispanic Health
This organization focuses on the health, mental health, and human services needs of the diverse Hispanic communities. For more information, call (202) 387-5000, or email: alliance@hispanichealth.org.
National 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 of services.
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.
National 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: info@nfid.org.
National Medical Association
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) 347-1895.
National 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: nnii@i4ph.org.
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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.
PKIDs (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 email: pkids@pkids.org.
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Sabin Vaccine Institute
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) 842-5025.
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 info@adolescenthealth.org
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Vaccine Education Center (Children's Hospital of Philadelphia)
The Vaccine Education Center provides reliable, up-to-date information about vaccines. Facts about all vaccines are provided on the website as well as other informational materials. To contact the Vaccine Education Center, use this online form.
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
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, psychology, sociology, religious studies, public policy, and public health.
Vaccine 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.
Vaccine 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: zxiang@umich.edu 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
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) 333-0825.
This page was reviewed on February 25, 2014
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