Our Goal… Community Immunity

The Allegheny County Immunization Coalition is Western Pennsylvania’s leading resource for timely, accurate information on vaccines and immunization, and the diseases they prevent.

The 14th Annual Immunization Update was held on October 30, 2019.

Thanks to all who participated in this year’s educational conference!

2019 ACIC ConferenceOver 250 attendees participated in the 14th Annual Immunization Conference held at the Monroeville Convention Center.  The conference is a vital educational and informative networking event.

Charles R. Rinaldo, PHD
Charles R. Rinaldo, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Professor, and Chair, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Graduate School of Public Health, Professor, Pathology, School of Medicine, describes “Vaccines for the prevention and cure of HIV Infection: Ending the epidemic. He was our kick-off speaker at the 14th annual Allegheny County Immunization Conference.

 

Lee Harrison, MD
Lee H. Harrison, MD, University of Pittsburgh, Professor Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Graduate School of Public Health, Associate Chief of Epidemiology and Education, School of Medicine provides and update on Vaccine for Bacterial Meningitis. National, State and local immunization rates were reviewed as well discussing opportunities for helping patients better understand herd immunity.

 

Donald B. Middleton, MD
Donald B. Middleton, MD, Professor Family Medicine, UPMC St. Margaret, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine provides an update on the 2019 – 2020 Influenza Vaccination. Dr. Middleton discusses his work with his patients and how he educates them on the need for protection at the 2019 Immunization Conference.

 

2019 Poster Review Session

New this year was an opportunity to share additional scholarly work regarding immunizations within Western Pennsylvania. The four inaugural posters and their presenters are shown below. Based on the overwhelming response to this new addition, we will look to further expand this educational exchange opportunity at next year’s program.

Andrea Collins
Ms. Andrea Collins provided an update titled: “ALLEGHENY COUNTY SCHOOL IMMUNIZATION SURVEY, 2018 – 2019”

 

Jennifer elil
Ms. Jennifer Elil provided an update titled: “PROMOTING HEPATITIS A VACCINATION WITHIN VULNERABLE POPULATIONS IN PITTSBURGH, PA.”

 

Claire Steiner
Ms. Claire Steiner provided an update titled: “AN EVIDENCE-BASED PROTOCOL TO IMPROVE HPV VACCINE INITIATION RATES AT A COUNTY IMMUNIZATION CLINIC.”

 

Nicole Fazio
Ms. Nicole Fazio provided an update titled: “EVALUATIONS OF INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL REALITY CONVERSATIONS TO IMPROVE PRIMARY CARE PROVIDERS’ RECOMMENDATION QUALITY FOR HPV VACCINE AND SUBSEQUENT HPV VACCINE RATES”

Final Comments from this year’s Allegheny County Immunization Coalition Conference:

On behalf of the Allegheny County Immunization Coalition (ACIC) Executive Board, we would like to extend a sincere Thank You for all who attended and participated in the 14th Annual Immunization Conference.

Without your help, the conference would not have been the success that it was.

We thank you for your support and sharing your expertise with all the conference attendees. Your help and assistance is helping everyone with our goal of achieving “Community Immunity”!

Respectfully,

RK Bair
RK-Bair, Chair, Allegheny County Immunization Coalition

 

Everyone Needs Vaccines!

Immunization saves lives. It protects the lives of those you care about as well as future generations to come. Everyone benefits from vaccination:

  • Children of all ages
  • Adults
  • Health care workers

Working for Community Awareness!

ACIC’s Nina Tatar (2nd from left) and other Infection Prevention colleagues at a ReSolve Community Lunch “Hep A Vaccination Event.”

Executive Committee Chair-Elect, Nina Tatar and other Infection Prevention colleagues are hard at work in the community promoting vaccination awareness. On June 29, 2019, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital hosted a lunch at the ReSolve Crisis Center. The volunteers provided, lunch, resources for preventing illnesses in our community, and FREE Hepatitis A vaccines. Are you passionate about spreading the word in the community? Please email info@immunizeallegheny.org to get involved with ACIC at other community outreach opportunities in Allegheny County.

Reasons to Get Vaccinated

  • Vaccine-preventable diseases still exist.
  • Vaccines keep you healthy.
  • Everyone deserves a healthy life and future.
  • Healthy people can get sick too.
  • Vaccines are safe and effective.
  • Vaccine preventable diseases are expensive.
  • When you get sick, others are at risk!
  • Vaccines save lives.
  • Immunizations have the power to protect.
  • Saying no to vaccine is saying yes to disease.
  • Immunizations protect everyone.
  • High vaccinations rates benefit communities.

This site provides:

  • Information you can trust
  • School Immunization Regulations
  • Resources for providers & pharmacists
  • Helpful information for parents
  • Calendar of Coalition events
  • And much more!

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