Sending Office: Honorable Charles J. “Chuck” Fleischmann
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Tuesday, September 25, 11 am – 12 pm
Rayburn 2103

Dear Colleague,

As the flu season approaches, please join the Baby Caucus at a briefing to explore barriers to immunization and evidence-based solutions for healthcare workers and policy makers.  Since there is no approved vaccine for babies under 6 months
of age, it is an imperative that pregnant mothers, older siblings, and adults reduce the risk of transmission through timely immunization. This briefing examines the role that targeted community outreach, healthcare policy, and advances in biomedical treatment
play in mitigating the threat this communicable disease presents to pediatric patients and infants of color.

Last year, the Center for Disease Control confirmed 180 pediatric deaths in the 2017-2018 flu season,
a loss that fell disproportionately on families with infants under 6 months of age, American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children, and African American children. Newborns are particularly susceptible to infectious diseases, and disparities in pediatric
immunization and mortality reveal larger disparities in health care access that demand policy interventions at every level.

What can you do to prevent disparate health outcomes for newborns and communities of color this year? Join us to explore how researchers, health care providers, and communities are taking proactive steps to protect young children from the threat of communicable
diseases, and how we can target resources to enhance resiliency in vulnerable populations during the 2018-19 flu season. While you’re at the briefing, get protected yourself. We will
provide free flu shots for Congressional staff at the briefing, so please bring your staff ID. We welcome insights from the following speakers for an-depth discussion of the issue:

Dr. Barney Graham, MD, PhDSenior Investigator, Vaccine Research Center, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA


Dr. Sandra C. Quinn, PhD Director of Maternal and Child Health PhD Program at the University of Maryland; Senior Associate Director of Maryland Center for Health Equity, College Park, Maryland, USA


Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD –
Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Early Childhood; Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin, USA


For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Holly Hendrix at



Rosa L. DeLauro                                                                      Charles J. Fleischmann
Member of Congress                                                                Member of Congress

Baby Caucus Co-Chair                                                             Baby Caucus Co-Chair


Related Event Information

Event Location: Rayburn 2103
Event Start: 9/25/2018 11:00:00 AM
Event End: 9/25/2018 12:00:00 PM

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