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.

Note: The opinions expressed by those contributing to this forum do not necessarily reflect the position(s) of the VICNetwork or our funders and we reserve the right to remove any content that is deemed to be inappropriate or off-topic.

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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

Please stay tuned for the next VICNetwork Webinar to be scheduled soon.


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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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Are You Ready for Flu? – Register for the VICNetwork Webinar: August 13, 2014 – 11am PT / 2pm ET

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Are You Ready for Flu? 

CDC’s Recommendations and Communication Plans for the 2014-2015 Influenza Season

 Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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

Our August webinar will provide an overview of the 2014-15 influenza season and information about this year’s flu vaccine communication campaign plan for the general public along with new materials that will assist with reaching Hispanic, African American and American Indian/Alaska Native populations.


By attending this webinar, participants will gain increased knowledge of

  • Influenza vaccination recommendations formulations and supply for the 2014-2015 flu season;
  • Key communication considerations and planned strategies for the 2014-2015 flu season;
  • Grassroots approaches for effectively reaching disparate populations with flu vaccination messages.

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Dr Bresee - modifiedJoseph Bresee, M.D., FAAP, is chief of the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch in CDC’s Influenza Division, and is a captain in the U.S. Public Health Service. His branch is responsible for conducting influenza surveillance, working to understand influenza disease burden, helping to derive appropriate vaccine and antiviral use policies to prevent seasonal influenza, detecting and preventing avian influenza and pandemic influenza, and providing technical expertise to global public health partners.


CindyCindy Fowler is a health communication specialist in the Health Communication Science Office for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She has served the CDC for the past 12 years in numerous capacities, focusing most of her efforts in managing and supporting national campaign work, including influenza and childhood vaccines. She has also served in a communications role during several of CDC’s emergency preparedness and response activities, including for the 2014 Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) response, 2013 H7N9 influenza response, and 2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Task Force.

Carlos VCarlos Velázquez, MA  is the Senior Vice President of Community Engagement for HMA Associates, Inc., a cultural communications firm based in Washington, DC. He has more than 20 years of experience in the health communications and policy arena.  He has managed national social marketing campaigns that address health disparities in immunization, HIV, tobacco, infant mortality, and violence. He is an award-winning speaker, writer, and community organizer.  He is currently the Project Director for the CDC’s National Influenza Vaccination Promotion Campaign for Health Disparate Populations.


Blake_Harper_croppedBlake Harper, MPH Mr. Harper brings several years of experience working at the national level to develop effective and innovative public health strategies for a variety of governmental and non-governmental contractors including the CDC. As the Public Health Manager at the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), Mr. Harper provides expertise in public health, health care, vulnerable populations, and American Indian and Alaska Native issues

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