The public health community is overflowing with encouragement and ideas about how to communicate about immunizations, vaccine safety and educational resources. Whether you’re exchanging outreach strategies or looking for community resources or tips, the VIC Network Blog is the place. See what we’re talking about, and join the discussion.

The purpose of this Blog is to provide a convenient format for professionals, health advocates and community stakeholders to exchange information and ideas for protecting children, adolescents and adults from vaccine preventable diseases.

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VICNetwork Webinar – A New Campaign to Protect Babies from Whooping Cough: Resources for National Infant Immunization Week and Beyond

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

11:00 am – 12:00 noon Pacific / 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern

This webinar will provide an overview of National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) and available planning resources, as well as introduce a new campaign, Born With Protection, aimed at protecting babies from pertussis, or whooping cough.  Pertussis can cause serious illness in young infants; however, babies cannot start their own DTaP vaccination series until they are two months old. Tdap vaccination of women during the third trimester of pregnancy can help protect infants when they are most vulnerable, yet coverage with this vaccine during pregnancy remains low.



  • Provide background on National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW)
  • Highlight CDC resources available to help plan NIIW events
  • Review the recommendation for Tdap vaccination during the 3rd trimester of every pregnancy
  • Share findings from CDC research about Tdap vaccine during pregnancy, including how those research findings have informed our communication efforts
  • Discuss how to access and share educational materials available from CDC 

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J Mullen headshot-smJenny Mullen is the Lead for the Childhood Immunizations Communication Team in NCIRD’s Health Communication Science Office. In this role, Jenny leads efforts to develop research-based messages and materials and conduct communications activities to raise awareness among parents and healthcare professionals about the value and benefits of vaccinating children according to the CDC’s recommended immunization schedule. More recently, she collaborated with NCIRD’s Division of Bacterial Diseases to lead the development of the Born with Protection Against Whooping Cough campaign.



Fisher photoAllison Kennedy Fisher is a health communications specialist with CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. She has been at CDC since 2002, first in the Immunization Safety Office before joining the Immunization Services Division in 2006 and the Health Communication Science Office in 2013. Her areas of research interest include: adolescent vaccines, health and risk communication, health care decision-making behavior, and vaccine acceptance and hesitancy.  Allison’s experience includes conducting communication and epidemiologic research; writing scientific manuscripts; and writing health education and health communication materials. She has authored or co-authored articles on parent and health care provider immunization attitudes and behaviors, and has presented at national conferences and meetings on various aspects of childhood and pre-teen immunization and communication research.

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VICNetwork Webinar – March 4, 2015 – 11am PT / 2pm ET – Save the Date

More information on the VICNetwork Webinar will be announced soon.

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Next VICNetwork Webinar

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National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID)

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Are You Ready for Flu?

Thanks to all our presenters and participants. I know some of your questions did not get answered during the live event. We are in the process of collecting the responses and will post the Q&A soon.

In the meantime, if you didn’t get a chance to complete our online evaluation, please do so now.

For those of you that missed the webinar, it was recorded and has been posted along with the presentations under Events – Archived Webinars.

Thank you

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