CA Access News

August 2008

In this Issue: Features | Partner Spotlight | Calendar | Welcome New Partners | In the News | Interesting Information


Immunization Registries: Improving Immunizations through Enhanced Tracking

By Andrew Resignato,
Director, San Francisco Immunization Coalition


Immunizations are disease prevention health interventions that have proven successful in reducing the prevalence of many deadly and costly diseases. Diseases like Haemophilus influenzae type b (bacterial meningitis), measles, polio, rubella and more have been nearly eliminated by widespread vaccination in the U.S.

But while we have come a long way with the amount of diseases vaccines have controlled or eliminated, we need to do a better job of keeping track of the vaccines given to patients.


Pharmaceutical Marketing in Perspective

One role of pharmaceutical research companies is to provide information about their medicines to health care professionals. This interaction between pharmaceutical representatives and health care professionals is often referred to as “marketing and promotion.” Without it, health care professionals would be less likely to have the latest, accurate information available regarding prescription medicines, which play an increasing role in effective health care.

Click on the link below to learn more about:

  • The value of pharmaceutical marketing and promotion
  • The patterns of prescribing among health care practitioners and how they relate to pharmaceutical marketing
  • The role of pharmaceutical marketing among the full range of influences on physician prescribing

Read Pharmaceutical Marketing in Perspective (PDF)


Partner Spotlight

Community Health Alliance of PasadenaCommunity Health Alliance of Pasadena

The mission of Community Health Alliance of Pasadena is to provide high quality, accessible and culturally sensitive health care and related services in an environment of care and mutual respect in the greater Pasadena area.

Taking into account the unique needs and characteristics of the community they serve, the Community Health Alliance of Pasadena provides a continuum of care throughout the lifecycle for children and adults. CHAP’s medical and dental clinics have provided service to over 150,000 patients since 1998. They provide services to insured and uninsured residents of the San Gabriel Valley, and any resident of Los Angeles County. CHAP works with a variety of health plans in their dental and medical clinics and will not decline service to patients if they are unable to pay for care.

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In the News

Public health comes into play when sick days aren't paid. Coming to work sick and spreading disease among co-workers can take a toll.
Los Angeles Times
July 7, 2008
Paid sick time has long been considered an economic issue, not a health issue. But public health is directly affected when employees go to work while sick.

US advisory panel OK's 2 new combination vaccines
San Jose Mercury News
June 26, 2008
A federal advisory panel endorsed two new combination vaccines designed to reduce the number of needle sticks that young children must endure to get the recommended immunizations.

HEALTHY OUTLOOK: Whooping cough outbreak underscores need for immunizations
Oakland Tribune
May 20, 2008
A recent whooping cough outbreak at a private school in El Sobrante illustrates how important it is for children to be immunized against preventable diseases. At least 17 children at the school have fallen ill with the highly infectious respiratory illness, whooping cough (also known as pertussis), which can be dangerous in young children.

Link between vaccine, autism is disputed
Los Angeles Times
May 2, 2008
In the nation’s last major measles outbreak, which struck in 1989-91, the virus was spread largely by unvaccinated, low-income children who lacked healthcare access. Now, scientists are worried about outbreaks being fueled by clusters of people who are not vaccinated as a matter of choice, rather than access.


Interesting Information

Facts About Adult Immunization

  • Each year on average in the U.S., about 50,000 adults die from vaccine-preventable diseases or their complications.
  • Each year during the flu seasons, 5 percent to 20 percent of the U.S. population is infected with the influenza virus. Flu shots help to reduce physician visits, lost work days, and antibiotic use.
  • 10 million people worldwide are infected with the Hepatitis A virus each year. The virus, most commonly transmitted by the fecal-oral route via contaminated food or drinking water, can be prevented by vaccination
  • The hepatitis B virus (HBV) is 100 times more infectious than HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
  • Almost all reported cases of tetanus occur in persons who either have never been vaccinated or who completed their primary series but have not had a booster vaccination in the past 10 years.
  • Approximately 20 percent of people infected with mumps do not exhibit symptoms of the illness.
  • Less than 5 percent of adults are susceptible to infection by the chickenpox virus, but adults are much more likely to die from chickenpox than are children.

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