Health—General & Rehabilitative

Immunization Action Coalition

aka IAC

Saint Paul, MN


The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) 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. IAC facilitates communication about the safety, efficacy, and use of vaccines within the broad immunization community of patients, parents, healthcare organizations, and government health agencies. Physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals at every level of the immunization community, including both the public and private sectors, rely on IAC’s projects in their daily work to increase immunization rates across the age span.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Dr. Deborah L. Wexler

Main Address

2550 University Avenue West Suite 415 North

Saint Paul, MN 55114 USA


immunization, vaccination, vaccine, influenza vaccine, flu shot, flu prevention, MMR vaccine, vaccine preventable disease, vaccine safety, vaccine concerns, vaccine information, pneumonia vaccine





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Health Program (E70)

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Immunizations for 17 vaccine-preventable diseases are currently available and recommended to be administrated across the lifespan. Vaccine-preventable diseases remain a threat to the population. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 42,000 adults and 300 children in the United States die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases.
Vaccines are among the most cost-effective clinical prevention services but immunization is complicated by: ongoing updates to vaccine recommendations, changes in products and schedules, storage and handling requirements, administration details, communication with patients, and education of staff. Healthcare professionals, their patients, and policy makers are time-strapped and need concise, accurate resources that provide answers about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases.

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Partnering for Immunization

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The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) mission is to help 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.
Partnering for Immunization
In addition, IAC recognizes that it is important to foster partnerships in order to have greater impact within our mission. We work together with a wide variety of people and organizations in order to help develop answers and address issues related to immunization, including state and national vaccine policies.

IAC's websites, handouts, and publications provide easily accessible and accurate resources with quick answers about vaccines and the diseases they prevent. IAC specializes in providing concise, up-to-date, practical, scientifically-proven information for immunization providers in all settings. Handouts and materials are created for use by healthcare professionals, parents, and people of all ages, and are based on Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations with technical accuracy confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control.
Partnering for Immunization
IAC supports development of projects and programs which support vaccination services for private practices, health systems and networks, local and state public health departments, coalitions, pharmacies, hospitals, occupational health, educational institutions, professional medical associations and societies, and numerous other organizations involved in providing immunization services. We participate in hundreds of webinars, conference calls, and conferences each year, advocating for immunization. Many of our staff members are nationally recognized immunization experts and speakers, and have written articles or reviews for major medical publications. IAC is regularly contacted by the media to provide authoritative information on immunization topics.

IAC has a talented and dedicated staff of more than 20 individuals, including our founder and Executive Director, Deborah Wexler, MD, many of whom are highly recognized experts in the field of immunization, including:
Teresa A. Anderson, DDS, MPH
William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH
Sharon G. Humiston, MD, MPH, FAAP
Mary Beth Koslap-Petraco, NDP, PNP-BC, CPNP, FAANP
Sarah Landry, MA
Diane Peterson
Lynn Pollock, RN, MSN
Beth Rowe-West, BSN
Litjen (L.J) Tan, MS, PhD
Patricia Vranesich, RN, BSN
Laurel Wood, MPA

Our organization is fiscally responsible, spending approximately 90% of its funds on our programs.

Our two websites at and serve more than 30,000 visits per day. IAC educational materials for health professionals and the public are in demand, with over 4.2 million downloads of 250 handouts and Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) occurring annually. IAC materials continually rank high in Google searches for immunization or vaccine related items. We have over 50,000 opt in subscribers to our weekly email news service, "IAC Express." Our recent survey of "IAC Express" readers overwhelmingly indicated their support of IAC's efforts. One of the highest utilized resources on is "Ask the Experts," where over 1,100 questions and answers on vaccines from CDC immunization experts are available. We respond to hundreds of emails and phone calls from healthcare professionals and the public requesting information. We receive ongoing, unsolicited feedback from the immunization community that lets us know what we are doing right and where we could be more effective. We utilize feedback to keep IAC relevant in a rapidly changing medical environment.
Partnering for Immunization
Our staff works together with a wide variety of individuals and organizations, including vaccine-involved federal agencies, state health departments, professional medical associations, vaccine manufacturers, and immunization coalitions to help promote and resolve issues related to immunization. Often our efforts result in changes to policy and increases in immunization rates. Our partnership efforts also help immunization coalitions connect with each other to share strategies and avoid unnecessary duplication of effort. IAC also provides prompt, authoritative responses to ongoing requests from the media.

IAC has established itself as the nation's premier source of child, teen, and adult immunization information for healthcare professionals and their patients. We will continue to keep up to date the wide range of educational materials on our websites and to broadcast our weekly email news service, "IAC Express."
A comprehensive variety of immunization education resources is needed for patients, parents, all levels of healthcare professionals and administration. It is important to be able to provide answers to questions not only for patients, but also for healthcare personnel new to immunization, and to help more experienced staff stay up-to-date, knowledgeable, and confident, which in turn supports immunization programs.
Partnering for Immunization
IAC has established relationships with organizations at every level of the nation's immunization community. We will continue to participate actively in national, state, local, and international efforts with stakeholders such as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 317 Coalition, National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS), National Network for Immunization Coalitions, Association for Immunization Managers, Immunization Alliance, International Vaccine Stability Working Group, European Scientific Working Group of the EU Influenza Summit, Asian Pacific Alliance for the Control of Influenza, Voices for Vaccines, state and local health departments, networks, and manufacturers.
Through our collaborations, we will continue to carry out special projects like the ones that produced our standing orders workshops, the website, and the "Vaccinating Adults: Step-by-Step Guide." We will also continue to partner with the Centers for Disease Control and the National Vaccine Program Office to manage NAIIS.

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