State of the ImmUnion
How strong are the country’s defenses against vaccine-preventable diseases and how well are U.S. citizens protected? What can we do to make our “ImmUnion” stronger and more resilient in the face of emerging health threats?
Every Child By Two (ECBT) has shared a special report on the State of Our Nation’s “ImmUnion” with members of Congress to highlight the power of vaccines and suggest areas of action to fortify the health of our nation. While the medical community has the ability to protect Americans of all ages from deadly infectious diseases, public health workers continue to battle disease outbreaks across the nation that threaten the health and wellbeing of our citizens. Many Americans continue to lack access to life-saving vaccines that can protect themselves, their families and their communities from preventable diseases, while others fail to realize that vaccines are available to protect them from many different life-threatening diseases.
This comprehensive 2017 State of the ImmUnion Report highlights the successes of vaccines, the economic and societal savings incurred from vaccines, challenges facing the public health system, and key areas we must focus on to achieve optimal protection for all Americans.
ECBT is hopeful that this report will not only help congressional leaders learn more about the vaccination rates in their home states, but that it will also help public health advocates prioritizing the benefits of immunizations in the years ahead.
2017 Immunization Webinar for WIC Staff
The 2017 Immunization Webinar for WIC Staff was hosted by ECBT on August 29, 2017. The archived webinar is now available.
During this archived one-hour webinar, you will learn about vaccination recommendations for infants, children and pregnant women; key messages regarding the immunization schedule, vaccines and vaccine safety; and you will receive an overview on how to review a child’s immunization record to determine up-to-date status of your WIC clients.
Opening remarks are presented by Jennifer Zavolinsky, Director, Outreach Initiatives, Every Child By Two; Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President and CEO, National WIC Association (NWA); and Anne Bartholomew, Branch Chief, Nutrition Services, Supplemental Food Programs Division, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, USDA Food and Nutrition Service. The main presenter for this webinar is Dr. Nancy Messonnier, Director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Accompanying the webinar is the Vaccines 101: Information for WIC Staff booklet. The booklet, which was updated in 2017, can also be used as a stand-alone educational piece.
Vaccinate Your Family
Every Child By Two (ECBT) has expanded our mission to protect families and individuals from vaccine-preventable diseases by raising awareness of the critical need for timely immunizations for people of all ages, increasing the public’s understanding of the benefits of vaccines, increasing confidence in the safety of vaccines, ensuring that all families have access to life-saving vaccines, and advocating for policies that support timely vaccination.
In conjunction with this expanded mission, both the Vaccinate Your Baby (VYB) website and Facebook page were been replaced with the Vaccinate Your Family website and Vaccinate Your Family Facebook page.
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Vaccine-Preventable Diseases eBook
Every Child By Two is happy to present our Vaccine-Preventable Diseases eBook. This interactive eBook includes important information on vaccine-preventable diseases including a description of each disease and its symptoms and its prevention through immunization. On each disease page you will find an interesting fact about the disease. The eBook can also be downloaded and printed. We hope that you find it to be a useful tool.