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

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Next VICNetwork Webinar

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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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