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February is Black History Month in the U.S. and every year the Association for the Study of African American Life and History chooses a theme for this observance.
Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history. Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. The Black History Month 2024 theme is “African Americans and the Arts,” African American art is infused with African, Caribbean, and the Black American lived experiences. In the fields of visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of cultural expression, the African American influence has been paramount. To participate in black history month join Open Arms Food Pantry and Resource Center on their 8th Annual Los Angeles Black History Month Festival.
Where to Get Vaccinated
ICLAC continues to partner with Better Brothers Los Angeles
On January 27th Better Brothers Los Angeles hosted a Brunch, Talk and Learn event to present Keith Boykin’s new book, Why Does Everything Have to be About Race? After the book presentation, the audience had an opportunity to talk with the panel about the intersections of race, health, and other social aspects that affect the Black community. Dr. Leo Moore with the Los Angeles County Department Health (LAC DPH) joined this panel to talk about health concerns, access to healthcare services, and how it relates to issues of race.
Promoting health and wellbeing was a key component of this event. LAC DPH was onsite providing vaccines (Mpox, flu and COVID) and COVID test kits. Charles Drew University was also present providing blood pressure screenings.
WHERE TO GET VACCINATED:
Have any questions about immunization or public health? Los Angeles County provides real people you can communicate with on the phone. Please feel free to use this opportunity to address any public health concerns.
You can also Click here to access LA County free or low-cost vaccination clinics.
LA County Department of Public Health is partnering with LA County Library to provide FREE flu vaccinations, the updated 2023-24 COVID-19 vaccine, and Mpox vaccine. Health insurance is not required but will be requested if insured. Click here for vaccine clinic schedules.
LA COUNTY VACCINE, COVID-19 NEWS, UPDATES & MORE
Public Health Confirms Measles Case in Los Angeles County
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has confirmed one case of measles in a resident who traveled through Los Angeles International (LAX) airport while infectious on January 25, 2024. This is the first case of measles in LA County since February of 2020.
Public Health is currently investigating multiple exposures related to this case. Locations where people may have been exposed include the airplane, the Tom Bradley International Terminal, and a chain restaurant in Northridge. See press release for more details.
LA County healthcare providers should be on alert for additional measles cases. Healthcare providers should 1) assure that their patients are up to date on measles-containing vaccine (MMR or MMRV) or are otherwise immune, 2) immunize all international travelers aged 6 months or older for whom there is no documentation of immunity, and 3) immediately report suspect measles to Public Health. Additional guidance for healthcare providers, as well as resources for the public, may be accessed here.
Public Health Update in COVID Cases
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) reports that the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses remains elevated despite some COVID-19 metrics — including cases, hospitalizations, and deaths — decreasing slightly over the past week. Click here to learn more.
Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order an additional 4 free at-home tests beginning November 20. If you did not order tests this fall, you may place two orders for a total of 8 tests.
Your order of COVID tests is completely free – you won’t even pay for shipping.
Click here to order.
2024 Immunization Schedules are now available and effective immediately.
Reminder: the schedules summarize final recommendations that were previously adopted and made official by the CDC director. Click here to access schedules.
Urgent Need to Increase Immunization Coverage for Influenza, COVID-19, and RSV and Use of Authorized/Approved Therapeutics in the Setting of Increased Respiratory Disease Activity During the 2023 – 2024 Winter Season. Click Here to read more.
NEWS, TOWNHALLS, WEBINARS AND EVENTS
Webinar: Weekly CDPH Immunization Updates for Providers
Every Friday, from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM PT
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) hosts a weekly session for California providers, to provide Immunization Branch updates. including COVID-19, RSV, Flu and other relevant vaccine and program updates. Each session also provides an opportunity for attendees to ask questions of CDPH Panelists and Subject Matter Experts (SMEs).
Webinar: Community Health Care Workers 101: Making a Difference in Public Health
Feb 13, 2024, 12:00pm -1:00pm PT
The California Immunization Coalition invites you to attend the CIC Ed Hour where we will discuss the important work Community Health Workers (CHW) are doing to support public health in California and the nation.
Training: VFA Vaccine Ordering 101 for Providers
Feb 22, 2024, 11:00am PT
Description: Are you a provider who will be ordering VFA vaccine in myCAvax? You are invited to join CDPH for a one-hour ‘VFA Vaccine Ordering 101 for Providers’ session focused on basic navigation of myCAvax and placing vaccine orders. There will be an opportunity for Q&A with CDPH.
Conference/webinar: Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Meeting
February 28-29, 2024
The ACIP holds three regular meetings each year, in addition to emergency sessions, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. The purpose is to review scientific data and vote on vaccine recommendations. Meetings are open to the public and available online via live webcast.
Click here to read more.
Julissa Soto, our guest speaker at last Fall Vaccine Forum, will be at the 2nd International Conference on Vaccine Research and Decelopment this Srping in Munich, Germany. Julissa will be presenting The Power of Cultural Validation in Immunization Equity. Click here to learn more about the conference.
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