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This Black History Month, the Health and Human Service Office of Minority Health is highlighting the roles food insecurity and nutrition have on common health disparities faced by Black and African American communities, such as the increased risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and maternal and infant mortality.

Save the Date: Preteen Vaccine Week is February 26 – March 4, 2023

This Preteen Vaccine Week (PVW) toolkit was created to help your organization promote Preteen Vaccine Week.

The campaign kit contains all the information and tools you need to plan for and conduct a fun and informative immunization campaign to raise awareness about Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis), HPV, meningococcal, COVID-19 and other vaccines (like flu and varicella) for boys and girls, as well as to promote the preteen doctor visit.

Prepare for Preteen Vaccine Week with the PVW 2023 Toolkit



Jerry P. Abraham – Kedren Vaccines

Dr. Jerry P. Abraham, MD MPH CMQ, serves as an advocate for equal access to public health and healthcare for all people across Los Angeles. He has spent his career working to innovate and democratize healthcare delivery in order to put patients first and to break down institutional barriers that keep underserved groups from receiving care.

Full Bio Here

Throughout Dr. Abraham’s time working as the Director & Chief Vaccinologist of Kedren Vaccines and as Co-Director of the CDU-KEDREN Mobile Street Medicine program, he has fought for several minority groups’ right to reliable and nondiscriminatory treatment including advocacy for Black, LatinX, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian-Native Alaskan, and LGBTQIA+ communities. Dr Abraham also served as an integral member of the COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Committee for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health throughout the pandemic.

Dr. Abraham will be honored as a KJLH Proven Achiever on March 3, 2023 in Marina Del Rey, CA. Owned by American Singer-Songwriter Stevie Wonder,  KJLH is an Urban Adult Contemporary radio station that can be heard across the entire Los Angeles area on 102.3 FM.



The Autism Society of America's Vaccine Education Initiative: Connect and Protect

February 21, 2023 | 1:00 pm PT / 4:00 ET
Join this discussion on health equity to learn about grassroots messaging, key lessons learned, evidence-based practices, and opportunities for community impact from The Autism Society of America's Vaccine Education Initiative.

Improving the Vaccination Experience: Reducing Pain and Anxiety for Children and Adults

February 28, 2023 | 10:00 am PT
In this free, live, 1-hour webinar hosted by Immunize.org, learn more about reducing vaccination pain and anxiety, and simple evidence-based strategies developed and promoted by the experts behind the organization HELP Eliminate Pain in Kids and Adults.


February 6, 2023 – COVID-19 Situational Update

LA County continues to see declines in the numbers of COVID-19 cases reported across LA County.

  • The average number of reported cases is just over 1,000 cases, remaining relatively stable from the 7-day average of 960 cases that we reported the previous week.
  • This past week, there was an average of 109 hospital admissions per day. Numbers are steady and significantly less than January 2, about a month ago, when LA County reported 211 admissions per day.
  • LA County is currently reporting an average of 13 deaths per day, a slight decrease from what we saw for most of January.
  • Using the CDC’s Community Levels framework, this week LA County remains in the Low Community Levelwith a reported case rate of 69 new cases per 100,000 people, nominally higher than last week.
  • Visit the LAC DPH Vaccine Data Dashboard for COVID-19 vaccination info in LA County.



ABC News: ‘I Felt Powerless’: Black Americans Suffering From Long COVID Say They Have Trouble Accessing Care
Throughout the pandemic, Black Americans have made up a disproportionate share of cases, hospitalizations and deaths compared to any other racial or ethnic group. Now, doctors and advocates are warning the Black community is facing another barrier: access to long COVID care. (Kekatos, 2/6)

KHN News: A Technicality Could Keep RSV Shots From Kids in Need
The Vaccines for Children program, which buys more than half the pediatric vaccines in the U.S., may not cover the RSV shot for babies because it’s not technically a vaccine. (Arthur Allen, 2/7)

AP: California Won’t Require COVID Vaccine To Attend Schools
Children in California won’t have to get the coronavirus vaccine to attend schools, state public health officials confirmed Friday, ending one of the last major restrictions of the pandemic in the nation’s most populous state. (Beam, 2/3)

Any guidance provided is as of:

February 7, 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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