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Consumer Health Minute: Vaccines

Posted by on June 18th, 2019 Posted in: Blog, Health Literacy/Consumer Health, Health Observances, Public Libraries, Training & Education
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According to the CDC the number of measles cases in the first five months of 2019 has surpassed the total number of cases each year for the past 25 years. More than likely, your community has been affected even by just reading the news, social media, or knowing someone living in areas that have reported cases. Some of your patrons may be asking questions, stating opinions or perhaps wanting to know what can be done. However, your library system may be hesitant to address this topic as vaccines can be a very sensitive subject and difficult to address.

Two upcoming webinars are focusing on immunizations which may provide some helpful information for libraries, particularly public libraries. Both of these sessions are free and will be recorded for viewing later.

  • Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. PT (adjust to your time zone)
    FDLP webinar: “Measles, Immunizations, and Finding Accurate Health Information with MedlinePlus”
    Presenters:  Aimee Gogan and Andrew Plumer (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
    Register on the FDLP website
  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. PT (adjust to your time zone)
    PNR Rendezvous webinar: “Libraries Connecting Communities to Vaccine Information & Resources”
    Presenter: Rachel G. Firebaugh, Pharm.D., MPH, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy
    Registration is encouraged but not required

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Carolyn Martin is the Consumer Health Coordinator for the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region. She works with various libraries and community organizations to increase health literacy in their communities.

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Developed resources reported in this program are supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH) under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012343 with the University of Washington.

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