Flu vaccine information for pregnant women

“We’re approaching the dead of winter, and along with holiday cheer, we often see an increase in the number of state employees getting sick. Did you know that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (the CDC) recommends that people get the flu vaccine every year to reduce the risk of contracting the flu and passing it to others?

They specifically recommend that pregnant women get the flu vaccine, since the flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in healthy non-pregnant women, and studies have shown that getting the shot before the baby is born provides them with antibody protection for a few months after birth. If you have more questions about the CDC’s recommendation, the research that’s been done on the safety of the flu shot, or more information about receiving a flu shot while pregnant or nursing, please check out the CDC’s page, or take a look at these links below:

Several studies conducted by the CDC and partners support the safety of the flu vaccine for pregnant women and their babies.

  1. Review of reports to the Vaccine Adverse Reporting System (VAERS)(https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/ensuringsafety/monitoring/vaers/index.html)(Moro et al, 2011, Moro et al, 2011, Moro et al, 2017) found no evidence to suggest a link between pregnancy complications or adverse fetal outcomes among pregnant women and flu shots.
  2. A study using VSD(https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/ensuringsafety/monitoring/vsd/index.html)data (Irving et al, 2013) found no increased risk of miscarriage among pregnant women who received flu vaccines in the 2005-06 or 2006-07 flu seasons.
  3. A large study using VSD(https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/ensuringsafety/monitoring/vsd/index.html)data (Kharbanda et al, 2013) found no increased risk for adverse obstetric events (like chorioamnionitis, pre-eclampsia, or gestational hypertension) for pregnant women who received the flu vaccine from 2002 to 2009 when compared to pregnant woman who were not vaccinated.
  4. A VSDstudy (Nordin et al, 2014) compared pregnant women who received the flu shot with an equal number of pregnant women who did not receive the flu shot during the 2004-05 and 2008-09 flu seasons. The study found no differences between the two groups in the rates of premature delivery or small for gestational age infants.
  5. A large August 2017 study using VSD data found that the babies of women who received the flu shot during their first trimester had no increased risk of having children with major birth defects.”

Following… yet setting a distinct path…

Peggy Joan Mzxie

Peggy Joan Maxie born August 18, 1936 moved to Seattle in 1942 with her single mother. Peggy earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Seattle University in 1970. Through a stroke of fate, Peggy Maxie ran her first campaign for State House of Representatives 37th District while attending graduate school at the University of Washington. She became the first African American woman elected to public office in Washington State (1971-1982). She served as a legislator while completing her thesis on no-fault divorce law in 1972, which the legislature passed the following year. Ms. Maxie worked to keep the 37th district, Seattle’s mostly-black Central Area, from a devastating redistricting plan. In 1973, Peggy was the prime sponsor of the Landlord-Tenant Act, which established landlord responsibilities. Ms. Maxie chaired the higher education committee, helped fund the U of W School of Social Work and sponsored several education bills. In 1981, the University of Washington acknowledged her community workshops on participatory democracy, which she considered her greatest accomplishment.

Federal Proposed Legislation H.R. 3317 – 115th Congress (2017-2018)

Official Title as Introduced: To amend title 18, United States Code, to increase the penalty for female genital mutilation, and for other purposes.

This bill would increase the penalty for female genital mutilation from five years imprisonment to 15 years. The bill would also express that the states put laws in place that require healthcare professional, teachers, and other school employees to report to local law enforcement any instance of suspected female genital mutilation.

Get informed https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3317/titles?r=1

And then Let Your Voice be Heard: Go to My Vote and contact your representatives.

Washington State Turn-Out for the November 7, 2017, General Election

The votes from statewide and local elections November 7th have now been counted, and the results are officially certified. The Washington Secretary of State’s website shows our voting turn-out statewide at approximately 37%. This means that elected officials at the city and county levels, as well as fire district levies and other ballot measures, were decided by roughly one out of every three Washingtonians.

In August of 2016, the Pew Research Center ranked the U.S. 31st out of 35 countries for voter turnout based on the voting age populace, among the mostly democratic nations. In a separate study, the Pew Research Center showed how voter turn-out varies significantly amongst different ethnic and rational groups in the U.S. There is still work to do to address barriers that may make it more difficult for some groups of people to vote.

Despite systemic barriers, suffrage cannot not be taken for granted. We fought hard for the right of women to vote. A right Washington women didn’t gain until 1910 (after having it briefly and seeing it taken away again in the 1880s)..

Men and women can have their voices heard by turning out to vote. Only through exercising our right to vote can we select leaders and make decisions for our communities that represent our collective consensus.

Being able to vote is a precious and basic democratic right. We must strive to boost turn-out in all elections, including local ones. Because, as the saying goes, “decisions are made by those who show up.”

Making the Legislature Work for You

Chris Vance spoke at the ICSEW November General Membership meeting about the legislative process of bills in Washington state. A lengthy process with many avenues of change, collaboration, and voting allow very few bills to make it to the final vote. Typically, a bill travels through nine steps and will move from the rules committee, to the opposing house, to floor action, and finally to concurrence and conference. Many things influence the passage of a bill including final cutoff dates, “importance”, and supporters. It is incredibly important to have a well written bill, to talk to people you want to support the bill, to have the right people testify, and to pass the rules committee. Getting a bill through the Legislature takes diligence, patience, and an ability to state the value and importance of passing the bill. So get out there, get to know your legislators, get press coverage, make a stand, run for office, be the change you want to see in the world.

How a Bill Really Becomes A Law Adobe PDF Document


2017 Action Workshops

Over 70 people participated in the Action Workshop in Olympia this last Saturday, November 25, 2017.
Up Next: Saturday, December 2, in Tacoma.  Keynote speakers will address state policy and funding for homelessness – State Policy and Funding.  The keynote speakers are: Sen. Jeannie Darneille, 27th Legislative District, her focus will be legislative prospects for policy and funding, and Tess Colby, Pierce County Human Services Department, who will describe the state’s relationship to local government on homelessness.

Participants will also hear from League of Women Voters of Washington Contract (LWVWA) Lobbyist Nancy Sapiro on expectations for the upcoming legislative session.  LWVWA Lobby Team members will share expectations in their areas during the “speed dating” section of the workshop.  A session on how to influence legislators will also be included.

Logistics:  First United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 621 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma WA.  Registration and Networking starts at 9 a.m. and workshop starts at 9:30 a.m.  Cost of $25 includes all materials and lunch. You can register and learn more here.

The third and final workshop for the season will be on January 6 in Seattle with keynote speakers addressing revenue issues.

REGISTER for any of the workshops here

Let Your Voice Be Heard – Be Your Own Advocate

One important key to being involved and heard in the political process is to be informed.

The Countable – Contact Congress App can make staying informed quick and easy. The App also can streamline the process of contacting your lawmaker, so you can tell them how you want them to vote on bills under consideration.

You can use Countable to:

  • Read clear and succinct summaries of upcoming and active legislation.
  • Directly tell your lawmakers how to vote on those bills by clicking “Yea” or “Nay”.
  • Follow up on how your elected officials voted on bills, so you can hold them accountable in the next election cycle.

Countable is available for free online, on iOS, and Android devices.

Find out more at: https://www.countable.us/about/us



Golf anyone….

JoAnne Gunderson Carner

JoAnne Gunderson Carner born in Kirkland, April 4, 1939. Golfing was life for “The Great Gundy” and her 43 victories on the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour earned her an induction in the World Golf Hall of Fame. A student at Arizona State University, JoAnn won the national intercollegiate individual golf championship. Between 1956 and 1968, JoAnne Carner dominated amateur golf, accumulating five U.S. Women’s Amateur titles. In 1969, Ms. Carner won the Burdine’s Invitational the last amateur to win an LPGA Tour until 2012. Ms. Carner’s golf career continued when she won two U.S. Women’s Opens in 1971 and 1976. She was a pioneer for women in professional sports, the second player in history to cross the $1 million mark in career earnings, a long career into the 1990’s, and in 2004 she competed in 10 tournaments and became the oldest player to qualify for the LPGA Tour at 65. Breaking the barriers of sports, encouraging other women to play to their passion.

Federal Tax Reform Bill

The House tax reform bill was announced last week. Have you reviewed the bill? Do you know how it can affects you?

Please follow this link for more information on the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (H.R. 1).

Get informed and then get heard.

Go to My Vote and find out who is your U.S. Representative.

Let your voice be heard! Be your own advocate.

Act now!