News - Immunization Initiative

National Infant Immunization Week is this April 22 - 29, and the CDC along with communities across the U.S will highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. EverThrive IL's Immunization Initiative will help promote NIIW through social media and community outreach.

EverThrive IL is now accepting nominations  for the Loretta P. Lacey Community Advocate, Researcher, and the Garry Gardner Health Care Provider Awards! Awardees will be recognized at the 2017 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 13. Find out more here and submit your nomination here.

The Immunizations Initiative Director will lead the initiative's work which focuses on increasing immunizations rates and decreasing the incidence of vaccine-preventable disease across the lifespan. Find the full job description and how to apply here.

Effective October 1, 2016, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has changed the way immunizations are handled for kids covered by the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). 


Join CDPH November 5 and 12 for free family flu clinics across Chicago from 9AM - 2PM. Find the full event flyer here.


Family #FluShot Clinics

Five opportunities to get flu shots for the whole family!


Saturday, November 5
9:00 am - 2:00 pm

EverThrive IL's Immunizations Initiative and Child and Adolescent Health Initiative partnered with the Illinois Department of Public Health and Rush SBHC at Orr Academy to offer the webinar: 2016-2017 Back to School Immunizations and HPV vaccination.

This presentation includes:

-2016-2017 back to school immunization requirements and the HPV vaccination, presented by Jan Daniels, IDPH

-A case example of increasing immunization rates in a SBHC, presented by Lauren Ellis, Rush SBHC at Orr Academy

IDPH is hosting a webinar for community partners working with pregnant women, as the CDC's guidelines for the outbreak continue to evolve. The webinar will brief partners on the latest Illinois guildlines, transmission updates, and prevention messages.

IDPH and EverThrive IL are collaborating on a survey assessing ICARE users’ satisfaction with a variety of functionalities within the ICARE system. Responses provided on this survey are anonymous. The feedback will be used to identify future training needs, assess system functionality, and suggest future improvements. Find and complete the survey here by March 15.


Registration is now open for Innovate, Collaborate, & Elevate: a Maternal & Child Health Conference. Find more information, a full conference schedule, and register today here!

EverThrive IL is now accepting nominations for the Loretta P. Lacey Community Adovcate, Researcher, and the Garry Gardner Health Care Provider Awards. Three outstanding public health professionals will be acknowledged at the 2016 Annual Meeting and Luncheon. Find more information and the nomination form here, submissions are due by Friday, February 26.

Flu Season Begins: Severe Influenza Illness Reported
CDC urges rapid antiviral treatment of very ill and high risk suspect influenza patients without waiting for testing

EverThrive IL is still accepting applications for sponsorship and exhibitors for the 2016 MCH Conference to be held April 20-21 in Oak Lawn, IL. Please submit applications and payment to the EverThrive IL Main Office by Thursday, February 11.

Find exhibitor information and form here.

EverThrive IL saw a lot of change and celebrated many victories in 2015. View the full report here, and become a member today to help us continue our work advocating for families across the state!

Now available just in time for Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, the resource offers providers and health departments tools to spread the word about preventing HPV. Find the full toolkit online here.

Join the EverThrive IL Immunizations Initiative marking Vaccinate Illinois Week this December 6 -12, 2015. Find resources, information, and more here.

EverThrive IL is now accepting abstract submissions for the 2016 Maternal and Child Health Conference held April 20-21, 2016. Find more information here, deadline for submissions is Friday, January 8th.

Changes to state law for parents wishing to exempt their child from school-mandated vaccinations on religious grounds have been covered extensively by news outlets since the measure was signed by Governor Rauner. Most recently, the Chicago Tribune highlighted the issue born out of legislation supported and led by EverThrive IL. The law protects a parents right to religious choice, while increasing public safety and education surrounding the importance of vaccination. The new requirements go into affect on October 16.

Senate Bill 1410 - Certificate for Religious Exemption  was signed into law on August 3, 2015 by Governor Bruce Rauner. This EverThrive IL bill creates a process for religious exemptions of school mandated vaccinations, preserving parental rights while protecting the public health of all Illinoisans. Read more about the legislation here.

CDPH Announces Record Jump in Chicago Teens Receiving HPV Vaccine
City’s comprehensive outreach efforts lead to coverage levels above the national average
July 31, 2015
Press Release
Contacts: Mayor’s Press Office
CDPH confirms new meningitis case in Chicago and expands vaccination locations in response to ongoing outbreak
Commissioner Morita briefs Aldermen on response efforts at City Hall
July 9
Press Release
CDPH has identified a small outbreak of Invasive Meningococcal Disease (IMD) among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Chicago. Although rare, this disease is dangerous and can even be deadly.

The Chicago Tribune published an editorial on SB1410 - Certificate of Religious Refusal, the EverThrive IL lead bill now awaiting the Governor's signature.


The piece describes how the measure will protect Illinois children and communities from preventable diseases. 

Read the editorial in full here.

Three EverThrive IL sponsored bills and a supported bill have made it through the State Senate and House and are on their way to Governor Rauner's desk this legislative session.

Click on the links below for information on each bill. Thanks to all our partnering advocates, stakeholders, and legislators who supported these measures and were essential to their success. 


Gets Political
Janine H. Lewis featured on CLTV discussing the importance of vaccinations.
Watch the segment on CLTV's website»

Beginning with school year 2015-2016, any child entering the sixth and/or twelfth grades will be required to show proof of receiving an immunization containing meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV) in accordance with the recommendations of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The immunization requirement consists of one dose of the MCV4 vaccine for sixth grade entrance and two doses for twelfth grade entrance, unless the first dose was administered to a child who was 16 years of age or older (in which case only one dose would be required at twelfth grade entrance).

Parents of Illinois teens may want to plan a visit to health care providers in the coming months, as a new state law that mandates shots to protect against meningitis technically takes effect New Year's Day. EverThrive Illinois’ Melissa Ponce is quoted on the importance of adolescent vaccines, including Tdap, HPV, influenza, and meningococcal. Read the full article here.

Misinformed patients with Ebola-like symptoms can take up time and resources in busy emergency rooms, and doctors fear the problem may worsen when flu season ramps up. That's one reason why doctors say this year it's especially important for patients to get their flu shots: Fewer flu cases could mean fewer Ebola false alarms. Read the full article here.