Northern Indiana Measles Outbreak

The following is a partial statment from the Indiana Health Alert Network:

The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has been notified of five (5) confirmed cases of measles in Northeastern Indiana. Community exposures may have occurred and area residents may have been exposed. These cases appear to be related to an international exposure and subsequent transmission among unvaccinated individuals. Individuals who have received two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine are unlikely to be infected.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness, transmitted by respiratory droplets, with a secondary attack rate of up to 90% in susceptible persons.

Click here for more information about measles

Welcome the IIC’s new Director

Greetings, IIC Members.

I am honored to serve as your new Executive Director. With a rich background in public health practice and coalition development I am eager to serve the Indiana Immunization Coalition, Inc. Having worked for the State Department of Health, IU Health/HealthNet, the March of Dimes, and Indiana University I am well acquainted with Indiana’s public health system. Furthermore, I have served on a variety of statewide and local coalitions/executive advisory committees.
I earned my Bachelor of Science from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana with a concentration in Public Health Promotion and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. I completed my Master of Science in Strategic Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. I have also been a Certified Health Education Specialist, since April 2006.

IIC will undergo positive change in 2011. The Board of Directors and IIC staff are exploring new ways to connect and energize the IIC membership. I welcome your feedback and ideas along the way. Please do not hesitate to call or email. My contact information is below.

I look forward to working with you. Together, we will reduce the spread of vaccine-preventable disease through immunization advocacy, education, promotion, and statewide collaborative partnerships.

Thank you,

Sarah Childers-Strawbridge, MSM, CHES
Executive Director
Indiana Immunization Coalition, Inc.
2344 Broadway Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205

Phone: 317-628-7116
Email: director@inimcoalition.org

IIC Welcomes a new Executive Director

Greetings, IIC Members,

I am honored to serve as your new Executive Director. With a rich background in public health practice and coalition development I am eager to serve the Indiana Immunization Coalition, Inc. Having worked for the State Department of Health, IU Health/HealthNet, the March of Dimes, and Indiana University I am well acquainted with Indiana’s public health system. Furthermore, I have served on a variety of statewide and local coalitions/executive advisory committees.
I earned my Bachelor of Science from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana with a concentration in Public Health Promotion and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. I completed my Master of Science in Strategic Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. I have also been a Certified Health Education Specialist, since April 2006.

IIC will undergo positive change in 2011. The Board of Directors and IIC staff are exploring new ways to connect and energize the IIC membership. I welcome your feedback and ideas along the way. Please do not hesitate to call or email. My contact information is below.

I look forward to working with you. Together, we will reduce the spread of vaccine-preventable disease through immunization advocacy, education, promotion, and statewide collaborative partnerships.

Thank you,

Sarah Childers-Strawbridge, MSM, CHES
Executive Director
Indiana Immunization Coalition, Inc.
2344 Broadway Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205

Phone: 317-628-7116
Email: director@inimcoalition.org

Tdap Vac and Friends Visit the Classroom

Pertussis, also known as “Whooping Cough,” is making a comeback. When you get the Tdap Vaccine, not only are you protecting yourself, but you are also reducing the chance of transmitting the disease to someone else. Infants are especially vulnerable to Pertussis. Two infants right here in Indiana have died from Pertussis in the last year or so. These two deaths could have been prevented. The infants may have contracted Pertussis through contact with parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, even the healthcare workers.

Click here to check out the Tdap Vac video. The Tdap Vac video and website were created for the purpose of educating youth and their parents about the dangers of pertussis (whooping cough) and the availability of a vaccine to prevent pertussis in adolescents and adults.

The Vaccine Song

This upbeat tune covers many vaccine misconceptions and highlights the benefits of how vaccines can help prevent vaccine preventable diseases.

“Click Here” to see the Vaccine Song

Website Launch

The Vaccinate Indiana website will be launched and live very soon. The Vaccianate Indiana website provides you with great information about the advantages of vaccinations.

You will also be able to see news and headlines from across Indiana, the United States, and the World. You can also get updates from the Vaccinate Indiana Facebook and Twitter feeds.

ACIP urges pertussis vaccination for health workers

Feb 23, 2011 (CIDRAP News) – In the wake of a bad year for pertussis (whooping cough) in 2010, the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended today that healthcare personnel (HCP) get vaccinated against the disease and that employers should foot the bill.      (Click Here to Read More)

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