Reno, NV (September 15, 2014) – Immunize Nevada Executive Director Heidi Parker was one of five speakers featured in a national Immunization Action Coalition webinar on Thursday, September 11. Nearly 100 immunization coalition leaders, members and collaborators tuned in for the online event, “What’s New in 2014-2015 for Influenza Vaccination.”
Parker described the Nevada coalition’s communications efforts in a presentation titled, “InFLUencing Nevada to Get Vaccinated,” a program that has earned an award from the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit for Immunize Nevada.
Other speakers included Joseph Bresee, MD, FAAP, chief, Epidemiology and Prevention, Influenza Division, CDC; Cindy Fowler, health communication specialist, CDC; and Diane Peterson, associate director for immunization projects, IAC.
“We’re doing well in communicating the need for Nevadans to get protected from the flu. That’s being recognized at a national level, but we can always do better,” said Parker. “Last year, we had the highest flu rate in the United States. This year, we’re hoping to be one of the lowest. The flu is serious, and a quick and easy flu vaccination is your best option for not getting it this year.”
More information, including the “Flu Vaccine Finder” is available at www.influencenevada.org/healthcare-providers.
Immunize Nevada exists to support community partners to successfully implement effective immunization efforts throughout Nevada; advocate for, inform and educate about the need for and benefits of vaccines; and facilitate greater collaboration statewide to achieve Nevada’s immunization priorities. Through outreach, advocacy and education, Immunize Nevada will create a pro-immunization environment that results in a dramatic increase in immunization rates to exceed the national average by 2020. For more information, visit ImmunizeNevada.org
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