|Organizations : Advocacy Groups
- AVAC is the AIDS Vaccine
Advocacy Coalition. The subhead of the organization's website, "Because the world
could have an HIV vaccine," just about tells its story, but visit their pages anyway
for an example of a very usable content-rich site.
- Every Child By Two (ECBT)
is a voluntary organization in the U.S. formed to raise awareness of the critical need for
timely immunization and to foster a systematic way to immunize all of the country's
children by the age of two.
- The Immunization Action Coalition
(IAC), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization,
works to increase immunization rates and prevent disease by creating and distributing educational
materials for health professionals and the public that enhance the delivery of safe and
effective immunization services. Its publications include NEEDLE TIPS and the Hepatitis B Coalition
News, VACCINATE ADULTS!, and VACCINATE WOMEN, with a combined circulation of
400,000. IAC also maintains four Web sites and two listservs. The Immunization
Action Coalition is a member of the Allied Vaccine
Immunization Division of the State of Texas
Department of Health maintains an informative web page. The icon, Immunize Your
Little Texan By Two, the "Shots Across Texas" logo that links to
information about federal funds
for local coalitions, is particularly attractive. This is one of the better-realized
government websites in the vaccine field.
- NPI, the National Partnership for Immunization, promotes immunization across the human life span. NPI is a joint program of National Healthy Mothers, the Healthy Babies Coalition and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.
Coalition for Adult Immunization, composed of more than 90 U.S. medical and health
care associations, advocacy groups, voluntary organizations, vaccine manufacturers, and
government health agencies, aims at improving the immunization status of adults to levels
specified by the U.S. Public Health Service in Healthy People 2000.
is a parent group whose highest priority is to seek the best
care for their own children and to prevent other children from
being harmed by infectious diseases. PKIDs is funded by
parents, individuals, foundations and corporations, including
unrestricted grants from pharmaceutical companies. PKIDs
is a member of the Allied
- The Albert B. Sabin Vaccine
Institute (SVI) is a nonprofit public organization that promotes the
rapid development and worldwide distribution of vaccines. SVI focuses on
research, public policy issues, and public awareness of the benefits of
vaccination. Their Web site explains the basic history and science of
vaccination, and describes current programs such as their hookworm vaccine