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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 healthcare 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 healthcare 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 Healthcare Professionals www.immunize.org
Launched in 1994, one of the earliest websites devoted to immunization, www.immunize.org is the premier non-profit web-based resource for practical, user-friendly immunization information available today, serving more than 25,000 visitors per day. The website houses IAC's collection of more than 250 healthcare professional immunization education materials and patient handouts, some in several languages. These materials are available free of charge, and users are encouraged to download them, make copies, and distribute them. This website also makes available all Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) published in the United States in more than 30 languages. Users download more than 8 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 and parents presents straightforward information about vaccine-preventable diseases and their vaccines. Launched in August 2002 with sole funding from CDC, it currently serves about 4,000 visitors per day. The website contains information about vaccines needed by age group, vaccine safety, and the overall importance of immunization, and features more than one hundred 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, and national immunization coalitions. The website enables cooperation and sharing of news and resources between coalition members. The website also allows healthcare professionals, parents, and other immunization advocates to contact immunization coalitions for resources, ideas, or volunteering.

IAC Publications

IAC Express
Currently emailed free of charge to more than 50,000 opt-in subscribers every Wednesday, IAC Express provides up-to-date information about new CDC vaccine recommendations, FDA vaccine approvals, 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 IAC Express for the critical information they need in their day-to-day work. The current issue as well as the more than 1,440 issues published since IAC Express' inception in 1997 are available online at www.immunize.org/express.
Ask the Experts
Ask the Experts is a recurring feature of IAC Express and www.immunize.org in which IAC 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.
Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide
Published in November 2017, this book provides 142 pages of practical information in an easy-to-use format to help you implement or enhance adult immunization services in your healthcare setting. The Guide also includes an abundance of web addresses and references to assist you in staying up to date with the most current information. Developed by staff at the Immunization Action Coalition, the Guide had several early reviews for technical accuracy by subject matter experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Vaccine Program Office.
Handouts (Educational Materials for Staff and Patients)
IAC is the most relied-upon source of immunization education materials for healthcare professionals and their patients, providing more than 5 million downloads annually. We create, update, and distribute more than 250 separate educational pieces, some in several languages, including such widely used and reprinted items as:
  • Summary of Recommendations for Child/Teen Immunization (age birth through 18 years)
  • Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization (age 19 years and older)
  • Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Vaccines for Children and Teens
  • Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Vaccines for Adults
  • How to Administer Intramuscular and Subcutaneous Vaccine Injections
  • Immunizations for Babies – A Guide for Parents
  • When Do Children and Teens Need Vaccinations?
  • Vaccine Administration Record for Children and Teens
  • Vaccinations for Adults – You're Never Too Old to Get Vaccinated!
  • Administering Vaccines: Dose, Route, Site, and Needle Size
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. 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.
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 given 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, you can access the library at www.immunize.org/vis.
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.

Additional IAC Materials

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
As part of a CDC cooperative agreement in 2002, 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.

Form 990

IAC's IRS Form 990s are available from GuideStar, a repository of financial information about nonprofits. Register to view this information (it's free).
 
This page was updated on January 1, 2020.
This page was reviewed on January 1, 2020.
 
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This website is supported in part by a cooperative agreement from the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (Grant No. 6NH23IP22550) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA. The website content is the sole responsibility of IAC and does not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.