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ICLAC Newsletter – October 2023

Welcome to the monthly edition of the ICLAC newsletter.

The newsletter is published the last week of each month for upcoimg month.

 Editor, Arely Briseño, MPH, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

Associate Editor Victoria Jones, MPH, CDC Public Health Associate Program, hosted by the

 Los Angeles County Public Health Vaccine Preventable Disease Control Team.

ICLAC Community Spotlight

ICLAC Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month!

From September 15th to October 15th, we celebrate the diverse and vibrant cultures of the Hispanic and Latino communities. Today, Hispanics and Latinos represent nearly half of LA County's population. We recognize and applaud the invaluable efforts the Hispanics and Latinos who have championed the cause of health, unity, and progress in LA County and across the country. This year’s Hispanic Heritage Month theme, Todos Somos, Somos Uno: We Are All, We Are One, highlighting the wide range of cultures, ethnicities, and perspectives of this community and the power of its diversity.

Thank you to all who joined the Fall Vaccine Forum!

If you missed the Final Forum for 2023, above are the English and Spanish recordings.

You can download the presentation here.

For the first time in the Coalition’s history, we provided simultaneous Spanish translations of the Vaccine Forum for promotoras that work directly with our communities in Los Angeles County! Special recognition and immense gratitude to the Mujeres Extraordinarias Foundation for their generous sponsorship to make this possible in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month!

Free COVID-19 Tests Now Available!

FREE! At-home COVID-19 test kits – As of September 25, 2023, residential households in the U.S. can order one set of #4 free at-home tests from USPS.com again.

Fill out this form to order your test kits today!

WHERE TO GET VACCINATED

Find Everything you need to know about immunizations for the Fall!

LA County Vaccine , COVID News, Updates & More

LA County COVID-19 Case Rates

As of September 19, Los Angeles County reported an average of 475 COVID-19 cases, down from 558 the week prior. Reported cases do not include home tests, so the actual number of COVID infections in the community is much higher. This past week, there was an average of 597 hospital admissions per day. While nearly twice as high as the number of COVID-19-positive hospitalizations a month ago, it is a small decrease from the previous week. For more information, please visit the LA County COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard.

COVID-19 Resources

  • COVID-19 Updates: When to Wear a Mask (English|Spanish)
  • COVID-19 Updates: Learn About Symptoms and What To Do If You Are Sick (English)
  • Reducing the Risk of COVID-19 Infographic (English)

Should Long COVID Patients Get the Flu, RSV, and New Booster Shots?

This article evaluates the current guidelines available to make vaccine recommendations to patients experiencing long COVID. Click here to read the full article.

COVID Cases are on the rise in the U.S. and Around the World

According to the lasts data from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID hospitalizations and deaths are continuing to rise. Click here for the full story from Fortune Well.

Cross Sectional Study on COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Hesitancy among Hispanic Adults.

The results of this study were used to inform targeted community outreach strategies and public health campaigns to increase booster vaccine uptake in Puerto Rico. Click here to read the full article.

RSV Updates

CDC recommended the first respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine for pregnant people to protect their newborn from severe RSV illness. RSV is the leading cause of hospitalization for U.S. infants. CDC recommends seasonal administration of one dose of RSV vaccine for pregnant people during weeks 32 through 36 of pregnancy. 

There are now two new tools to protect infants against severe RSV disease: seasonal (Sept-Mar) vaccination of pregnant people at 32-36 weeks of gestation, or immunization of infants aged <8 months with nirsevimab.

Flu Updates

CDC launched a new digital flu vaccine campaign called Wild to Mild to share key information with the public about flu vaccine. The campaign focuses on encouraging flu vaccination among higher risk groups, especially pregnant people and children, given drops in vaccination uptake in those groups since the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for resources to help promote Wild to Mild flu campaign!

Infectious Respiratory Disease Vaccination Updates for 2023-2024 Virus Season 

This is the first virus season where vaccines are available for the three infectious respiratory diseases responsible for most hospitalizations – COVID-19, RSV and flu. Vaccines.gov has been updated to include a vaccination locator for both COVID-19 and flu.  

NEW! Pneumococcal Pneumonia Resources for Healthcare Professionals 

The American Lung Association has created a new webpage to house resources for healthcare professionals to stay updated on pneumococcal pneumonia vaccination guidelines, educate patients, and increase vaccine confidence. Visit the website to download a poster to share in provider offices, download a vaccination appointment referral card and access other helpful resources such as educational videos for patients, conversation tips, and more. 

New Events, Webinars and Townhalls

Webinar: Everyday Counts: School Attendance and the Link to Mental Health October 5th, 2023, 9:00 am (PDT)

The American Academy of Pediatrics will be hosting a free webinar, led by experts Heidi Schumacher, MD, FAAP and Tia Brumsted, MSW, LICSW, NCSSW, to review the current state of school attendance and chronic absenteeism, discuss the connection between school attendance and student , family, and staff health, with an emphasis on mental health, in addition to reviewing evidence-based models from school and community settings to support student wellbeing and school attendance.

SAVE THE DATE: National Town Hall
Thursday, October 5th 4:00- 5 PM PST via Zoom

National Council of Negro Women is Hosting a National Town Hall on Flu. Over 1,000 African American leaders from across the US to join this important night to discuss the upcoming flu season. Refer to their website for more information.

Help! Make it Make Sense Podcast

Do you get overwhelmed by science? Join Dr. Toni and Dr. Aimee on their Help! Make it Make Sense podcast where they kicked off season 3 discussing updates on COVID-19 vaccines and the all the tools we available to us in 2023.

Community Engagement Alliance Consultative Resource webinars now streaming on YouTube

Community Engagement Alliance Consultative Resource (CEACR) Speaker Series webinars on YouTube. Focusing on promoting inclusive participation in research, these webinars feature experts in academic, clinical, and community-based settings speaking on topics like language justice and humanizing research processes.

Any guidance provided is as of:

September 26, 2023

We are working hard to make sure we provide the most accurate information, but please note that the situation is constantly developing so what is shared above is subject to change. Please check www.VaccinateLACounty.com for current information.

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