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December 2012 Back to top
IAC Express: Issue 1032
December 18, 2012
Top Stories
Happy holidays from all of us at IAC!
IAC welcomes Dr. William Atkinson as associate director for immunization education
AAP and WHO concur that a UN committee's proposal to remove thimerosal from vaccines would put global immunization efforts at risk
AAP's Red Book Online issues special alert about an erratum to AAP's 2012–13 Influenza Policy Statement
IAC Spotlight! Ten vaccine-related slide set presentations available from IAC, CDC, and other trusted sources
IAC Handouts
IAC updates its professional-education resource "Vaccines with Diluents: How to Use Them"
IAC updates, redesigns, and renames its template "Notification of Vaccination Letter"
Featured Resources
CDC website has a huge compendium of resources for promoting childhood vaccination
Vial mix-up chart pictures the vials and packaging for various Tdap and DTaP vaccine products
Influenza vaccination is recommended for nearly everyone, so please vaccinate your patients
Journal Articles
CDC publishes article on establishing surveillance networks for acute meningitis and encephalitis syndromes in Bangladesh, China, and India
Education and Training
Free CE credit available for viewing CDC's video on unsafe injection practices
Clinical Vaccinology course scheduled for Chicago on March 8–10; early registration ends on January 21
IAC Express Special Edition - Donate to IAC: Issue 1031
December 12, 2012
Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution
IAC Express: Issue 1030
December 11, 2012
Top Stories
CDC publishes provisional ACIP recommendations for use of Tdap in pregnant women
CDC publishes provisional ACIP recommendations for prevention of measles, rubella, congenital rubella syndrome, and mumps
IAC Spotlight! Collection of practical and clinically relevant journal articles
IAC Handouts
IAC updates its "After the Shots" handout to include important information from the FDA about acetaminophen products for infants and children
Featured Resources
Vaccine Education Center's new video about meningococcal disease is targeted to college students
CDC develops handout to help adults determine what vaccines they may need
Influenza vaccination is recommended for nearly everyone, so please vaccinate your patients
Journal Articles
CDC reports on 2011 mumps outbreak on a California university campus
CDC publishes update on global influenza activity
Conferences and Meetings
Save the date: 2013 National Immunization Conference to be held June 3–6 in Atlanta
IAC Express: Issue 1029
December 4, 2012
Top Stories
CDC announces December 2–8 is National Influenza Vaccination Week
New and important: CDC releases its Vaccine Storage & Handling Toolkit and related resources
IAC Spotlight! Twelve more healthcare organizations join IAC's Honor Roll for Patient Safety
CDC to present a December 13 NetConference on what's new in preventing measles, mumps, and rubella
CDC releases digital press kit on the impact of unsafe injection practices
IAC Handouts
IAC updates "It's Federal Law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statement (VISs)" and "Current Dates of Vaccine Information Statements"
Official Releases and Announcements
December 21 is the deadline to submit funding proposals for evidence-based HPV and adult immunization projects
Featured Resources
Looking for a good laugh? Canadian comedian Rick Mercer makes a fast-paced, accurate pitch for getting a flu shot
Influenza vaccination is recommended for nearly everyone, so please vaccinate your patients
The Joint Commission issues "Improving Patient and Worker Safety" monograph
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November 2012 Back to top
IAC Express: Issue 1028
November 27, 2012
Top Stories
FDA approves first seasonal influenza vaccine manufactured using cell culture technology
IAC Spotlight! Influenza handouts for patients and staff
Reminder: Be sure to register for CDC's November 29 NetConference on vaccine storage and handling
IAC Handouts
IAC updates patient handout "Pneumococcus: Questions and Answers"
Featured Resources
Influenza vaccination is recommended for nearly everyone, so please vaccinate your patients
Journal Articles and Newsletters
MMWR prints errata to measles information published in "Final 2011 Reports of Nationally Notifiable Infectious Diseases"
Education and Training
Reminder: Families Fighting Flu offers November 29 webinar to teach moms and moms-to-be how to protect themselves and their children from influenza
Conferences and Meetings
ACIP meeting scheduled for Atlanta on February 20–21, 2013; registration deadline is February 4
IAC Express: Issue 1027
November 20, 2012
Top Stories
National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 2–8; CDC makes a multitude of resources available
Bulk quantities of pocket guides for influenza, pneumococcal, Tdap, and zoster vaccines are available—FREE!—from the National Influenza Vaccine Summit and IAC
Dr. Chesley Richards named director of NCIRD's Immunization Services Division
IAC Spotlight! Newly developed educational materials for patients and staff on immunize.org
IAC Handouts
IAC updates "Recommendations for Pneumococcal Vaccine Use in Children and Teens"
IAC Web Sections
IAC updates online Ask the Experts Q&A web section on pneumococcal disease and vaccines
Vaccine Information Statements
CDC issues updated multi-vaccine VIS
Official Releases and Announcements
AAP announces that the Red Book Online now includes full text of the new Spanish 2012 Red Book
Featured Resources
Influenza vaccination is recommended for nearly everyone, so please vaccinate your patients
CDC launches new website on Haemophilus influenzae disease
CDC's influenza iPad app for healthcare professionals is available for free download
Journal Articles and Newsletters
October issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
Education and Training
Register soon for CDC's November 29 NetConference on vaccine storage and handling
Families Fighting Flu offers free November 29 webinar to teach moms and moms-to-be how to protect themselves and their children from influenza
Conferences and Meetings
CDC posts presentation slides from the October 24–25 ACIP meeting and publishes brief meeting update
November 30 is the deadline for coalitions to apply to host the 2014 National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions
CDC announces the Annual Conference on Vaccine Research will be held in Baltimore on April 22–24, 2013
IAC Express Special Edition - Shop IAC: Issue 1026
November 14, 2012
Top Stories:
Now's a great time to buy IAC's top-quality products, especially if you need to spend year-end dollars. Make bulk purchases for great discounts!
Please consider a contribution to support IAC's work
IAC Express: Issue 1025
November 13, 2012
Top Stories
MMWR announces fourth annual World Pneumonia Day was observed on Monday, November 12
IAC Spotlight! Translations of Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) on immunize.org
IAC Handouts
IAC updates "Influenza: Questions and Answers"
Featured Resources
Vaccine Education Center publishes new materials on the immunization schedule; updates three existing resources
Influenza vaccination is recommended for nearly everyone, so please vaccinate your patients
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes guidance for preventing and controlling certain infectious diseases—including viral hepatitis—in illicit drug users
CDC reports on recent progress Nigeria made toward eradicating poliomyelitis
IAC Express: Issue 1024
November 6, 2012
Top Stories
Reminder: October 2012 issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults available online
Spotlight on immunize.org: Six more healthcare organizations join IAC's Honor Roll for Patient Safety
Educate adult patients about vaccines using CDC's broad assortment of resources
CDC publishes report on routine vaccination coverage across the globe in 2011
CDC publishes evaluation of 11 commercially available rapid influenza diagnostic tests
IAC Handouts
IAC updates its standing orders templates for administering HPV vaccine
IAC Web Sections
IAC updates online Ask the Experts Q&A web section on influenza disease and vaccines
Featured Resources
Reminder: Fourth edition of The Vaccine Handbook available
HealthMap Vaccine Finder lets influenza vaccination providers list their clinics and lets public find influenza vaccination providers
Influenza vaccination is recommended for nearly everyone, so please keep vaccinating your patients
Education and Training
VICNetwork schedules November 14 webinar on whooping cough
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October 2012 Back to top
IAC Express Special Edition - Ask the Experts: Issue 1023
October 31, 2012
Questions and Answers:
Q: Which formulations of influenza vaccines (i.e., nasal spray, intradermal, injectable high-dose, and injectable standard-dose) are recommend­ed for various age groups?
Q: Can a clinic vaccinate children younger than age 3 years with a 0.25 mL dose of influenza vaccine taken from a multi-dose vial of Fluzone (TIV; sanofi)? The multi-dose vial contains thimerosal as a preservative.
Q: In recommending influenza vaccination for people age 65 and older, does CDC prefer that healthcare professionals administer high-dose influenza vaccine or standard-dose influenza vaccine?
Q: If a patient received a dose of influenza vaccine in June (e.g., for international travel), how long should the patient wait before getting vaccinated with the next season’s flu vaccine?
Q: Can adolescents and adults who have been exposed to pertussis be vaccinated if they haven’t had a one-time dose of Tdap yet?
Q: Should a person who received 2 doses of varicella vaccine be vaccinated with zoster vaccine when they turn 60?
Q: Can we accept receipt of a single documented dose of zoster vaccine as proof of varicella immunity in a healthcare employee who has no other evidence of immunity?
Q: I work in employee health. Several hospital employees have told me they have had chickenpox, but their titers show no antibodies. Should I offer varicella vaccination to them even though they insist they’ve had the illness?
Q: Does the recommendation to administer hepatitis B vaccine to diabetics younger than age 60 extend to women with gestational diabetes?
Q: I still am not clear about the need for testing if the hepatitis B vaccine series was completed many years ago—can you advise?
Q: Should women who have not received HPV vaccine get Pap tests more often than women who have received HPV vaccine?
Q: Is it acceptable practice to administer MMR, Tdap, and influenza vaccines to a postpartum mom at the same time as administering RhoGam?
IAC Express: Issue 1022
October 29, 2012
Top Stories
Reminder: October 2012 issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults available online
ACIP votes to recommend that pregnant women receive Tdap vaccination during each pregnancy
ACIP votes to recommend meningococcal vaccination for high-risk infants starting at age 2 months
New: Sixth edition of Vaccines, the definitive vaccine textbook, now available for order
Spotlight on immunize.org: subscribe to immunization-related email news services from CDC, AAP, VEC, and more
CDC publishes information about two-dimensional vaccine barcoding
IAC Handouts
IAC updates its healthcare professional Q&A "Hepatitis B and Healthcare Personnel"
IAC updates six standing orders templates for vaccine administration
Featured Resources
California's new interactive training on conducting a vaccine inventory available to all
MMWR iPad app available for free download
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes report on recent progress Chad made toward eradicating polio
Education and Training
Medscape features CDC expert explaining new ACIP recommendations to give PCV13 to high-risk adults
IAC Express: Issue 1021
October 23, 2012
Top Stories
New: October 2012 issue of Vaccinate Adults is now online
Reminder: October 2012 issue of Needle Tips available online
Spotlight on immunize.org: News and Information web section
World Polio Day is October 24
IAC Handouts
IAC updates Q&As on four diseases and vaccines: tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and hepatitis A
Featured Resources
NACCHO's billing toolbox can help health departments bill third-party payers for immunization services
Journal Articles and Newsletters
MMWR corrects error that appeared in August 31 report on vaccination coverage among teens age 13–17
Education and Training
Vaccine Education Center plans November 14 webinar on current vaccine issues
IAC Express: Issue 1020
October 16, 2012
Top Stories
New! October 2012 issue of Needle Tips now online
CDC publishes recommendations for use of PCV13 and PPSV23 in adults with immunocompromising conditions
Rhode Island Department of Health adopts new influenza prevention regulations for healthcare personnel
Spotlight on immunize.org: IAC in the News web section
IAC Handouts
IAC develops new handout for families: "Cocooning Protects Babies"
IAC updates "First Do No Harm: Mandatory Influenza Vaccination Policies for Healthcare Personnel (HCP) Help Protect Patients"
Featured Resources
CDC releases FAQs about its interim vaccine storage and handling guidance document
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC reports on vaccination recall letter study in Montana
IAC Express: Issue 1019
October 9, 2012
Top Stories
CDC makes important changes to its recommendations for vaccine storage and handling
Spotlight on immunize.org: reminder to consider using IAC’s newest educational materials for patients and staff
Shortage of Pentacel and Daptacel vaccines to continue throughout March 2013
CDC publishes report on U.S.-acquired human rabies in which onset and diagnosis occurred abroad
CDC publishes an update on U.S. and worldwide influenza activity during May 20–September 22, 2012
CDC publishes report on recent progress Afghanistan and Pakistan made in eradicating poliomyelitis
IAC Handouts
IAC's checklists for vaccine contraindications have all been updated
Official Releases and Announcements
Minnesota Department of Health updates its Tdap recommendations to include 10-year-olds
Featured Resources
CDC posts lots of resources to help immunization professionals promote influenza vaccination
CMS's Provider Communication Group distributes information about Medicare to providers
Journal Articles and Newsletters
September 2012 issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
CDC corrects information published in the September 28 MMWR on influenza H3N2v hospitalizations
Education and Training
CDC posts web-on-demand version of the August 16 broadcast of Immunization Update; CE credit available
Conferences and Meetings
ACIP meeting scheduled for October 24–25 in Atlanta; registration deadline is Wednesday, October 10
Missouri Immunization Conference planned for November 15–16 in St. Louis
IAC Express: Issue 1018
October 2, 2012
Top Stories
CDC publishes report on influenza vaccination of U.S. healthcare personnel during the 2011–12 influenza season
Spotlight on immunize.org: eight more healthcare organizations join IAC's Honor Roll for Patient Safety
CDC publishes report on influenza vaccination of pregnant women during the 2011–12 influenza season
Press release and video of NFID's September 27 influenza press conference now online
CDC publishes report on hospitalizations related to influenza A (H3N2)v in Ohio in 2012
CDC's final state-level 2011–12 influenza vaccination coverage estimates are now online
CDC publishes report on postvaccination serologic test results of infants exposed to hepatitis B virus at birth
IAC Handouts
Updated "Vaccinations for Adults: You’re never too old to get immunized!" now available in seven languages
Official Releases and Announcements
CDC's Travelers' Health web section reports thousands of cases of measles in Europe
Featured Resources
2012 Red Book mobile download available for Apple and Android users as part of Red Book Online subscription
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September 2012 Back to top
IAC Express: Issue 1017
September 25, 2012
Top Stories
Spotlight on immunize.org: access influenza videos and public service announcements
American Pharmacists Association offers videos about vaccine administration
Actress Sarah Chalke spearheads American Lung Association's Faces of Influenza campaign
Vote & Vax helps providers set up influenza vaccination clinics at or near polling places
IAC Handouts
IAC updates seven educational materials related to preventing perinatal hepatitis B transmission
Official Releases and Announcements
Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition releases five-year report on infant and child influenza immunization rates
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes report on vaccine-derived polioviruses worldwide
Education and Training
Families Fighting Flu offers webinar on influenza
NFID news conference on influenza and pneumococcal disease scheduled for September 27
Conferences and Meetings
Minnesota Department of Health immunization conference to take place November 1–2
IAC Express: Issue 1016
September 18, 2012
Top Stories
CDC releases provisional ACIP recommendations for PCV13 use in adults with immunocompromising conditions
American Academy of Pediatrics releases 2012–13 influenza policy statement
Afghanistan vaccinates over 5.7 million children in combined measles and polio campaign
Spotlight on immunize.org: IAC's new Apps for Immunization web section
IAC Handouts
New staff-education piece: "Influenza Vaccination of People with a History of Egg Allergy"
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC reports on 2 cases of avian influenza A (H7N3) virus infection in Mexico
Education and Training
Vaccine Education Center's September 12 webinar rescheduled for October 3
Register soon for CDC's September 25 NetConference
Clinical Vaccinology course to be held in Miami on November 2–4; early registration ends September 21
IAC Express: Issue 1015
September 11, 2012
Top Stories
Spotlight on immunize.org: IAC’S influenza handouts web section
CDC publishes report on 2011 national, state, and local vaccination coverage among children age 19–35 months
Reminder: August 2012 issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults available online
IAC Handouts
IAC corrects "Influenza Vaccine Products for the 2012–2013 Influenza Season"
IAC's influenza screening questionnaires for contraindications now available in Spanish
IAC updates 3 viral hepatitis handouts for the public, including "Hepatitis A, B, and C: Learn the differences"
Journal Articles and Newsletters
August 2012 issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
Education and Training
Register soon for CDC's September 20 NetConference
IAC Express Special Edition - Ask the Experts: Issue 1014
September 5, 2012
Questions and Answers:
Q: Which children younger than age 9 years will need 2 doses of influenza vaccine in the 2012–13 influenza season?
Q: What is the latest ACIP guidance on influenza vaccination and egg allergy?
Q: Why do we vaccinate pregnant women against influenza when it is not recommended to vaccinate infants younger than age 6 months?
Q: A child received a 0.25 mL dose of inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV) at age 34 months. She is scheduled to return for the second dose at age 36 months. Should she receive a 0.25 mL dose or a 0.5 mL dose?
Q: Now that FDA has licensed Prevnar 13 (PCV13; Pfizer) for adults, does ACIP have recommendations for its use?
Q: I am confused about which adults to vaccinate with Tdap vaccine and which product to use. Please help!
Q: Who should get a second dose of Tdap vaccine?
Q: If Cervarix (HPV2; GSK) is inadvertently administered to a male, does the dose need to be repeated with Gardasil (HPV4; Merck)?
Q: If a healthcare worker does not have a history of varicella vaccination or disease but has had a clinically diagnosed case of shingles, does she or he still need varicella vaccination?
Q: ACIP recommends that adolescents who receive the first dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) at age 13–15 years receive a one-time booster dose at age 16–18 years. Given how hard it is to get teens into a medical office, is it okay to give the doses close together if the opportunity arises? For example, if a patient got the first dose at age 15, and then came back for a sports physical at age 16, could we give the second dose of MCV4 then or should we try to space it out as far as possible (age 18)?
Q: Can you switch brands of rabies vaccine to complete the 4-dose series?
IAC Express: Issue 1013
September 4, 2012
Top Stories
Reminder: August 2012 issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults available online
CDC publishes report on 2011 national and state vaccination coverage among adolescents age 13–17
CDC to expand efforts to promote HPV vaccination to physicians, teens, and parents
CDC reports nation's first influenza H3N2v-associated death, as well as more cases and hospitalizations
Study indicates children with neurologic disorders have high risk of death from influenza
Spotlight on immunize.org: five more healthcare organizations join IAC's Honor Roll for Patient Safety
HealthMap Vaccine Finder directs users to nearby locations that give influenza vaccinations
IAC Handouts
IAC updates "Screening Questionnaire for Inactivated Injectable Influenza Vaccination" and "Screening Questionnaire for Live Attenuated Intranasal Influenza Vaccination"
IAC updates "Guides for determining the number of doses of influenza vaccine to give to children ages 6 months through 8 years during the 2012–2013 influenza season"
IAC updates "Standing Orders for Administering Influenza Vaccine to Adults" and "Standing Orders for Administering Influenza Vaccines to Children and Adolescents"
IAC updates "Influenza Vaccine Products for the 2012–2013 Influenza Season"
Featured Resources
FDA posts guidance on storing and using temperature-sensitive biological products during severe weather
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes report on measles outbreaks and transmission in the Horn of Africa during 2010–11
2011 National Immunization Survey included households with only cell phone service
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August 2012 Back to top
IAC Express Special Edition - Shop IAC: Issue 1012
August 29, 2012
Top Stories
Please consider a contribution to support IAC's work
Now's a great time to order IAC's top-quality immunization products! Get a 10 percent discount on all IAC products purchased by September 30!
IAC Express: Issue 1011
August 28, 2012
Top Stories
New: August 2012 issue of Vaccinate Adults is now online
Reminder: August 2012 issue of Needle Tips available online
CDC updates influenza H3N2v case count; recommends those at high risk for influenza complications avoid swine barns and contact with pigs
CDC publishes report on vaccination coverage among kindergartners during 2011–12 school year
Spotlight on immunize.org: Visit "What's New at IAC"
Official Releases and Announcements
"Leading by Example" initiative calls on healthcare, business, and community leaders to commit to influenza vaccination
"Flu + You" campaign plans regional events to encourage older adults to get annual influenza vaccination
Education and Training
Reminder: Vaccine Education Center plans September 12 webinar on current vaccine issues
Conferences and Meetings
Texas Immunization Summit and Fall Fete scheduled for September 27–28 in Houston
IAC Express: Issue 1010
August 21, 2012
Top Stories
New: August 2012 issue of Needle Tips now online
CDC publishes 2012–13 recommendations for prevention and control of influenza with vaccines
CDC updates influenza A (H3N2v) case counts as of August 17 and posts new H3N2v information
CDC publishes report in MMWR on evaluation of rapid influenza diagnostic tests for detection of H3N2v viruses
CDC publishes recommendations for identifying chronic hepatitis C infection among people born during 1945–1965
Spotlight on immunize.org: New! H3N2v influenza web section
Vaccine Information Statements
VISs for 2012–13 influenza vaccine now available in up to 25 languages
VIS for MMR vaccine now available in Indonesian
Official Releases and Announcements
FDA approves the 2012–13 influenza vaccine formulation for manufacturers licensed to produce and distribute influenza vaccine in the United States
CDC publishes final 2011 reports of nationally notifiable infectious diseases
Featured Resources
Advocacy for Vaccines guide can help school nurses promote adult vaccination within the school community
CDC updates its atlas of data on HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STDs, and tuberculosis
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes report on evolution of varicella surveillance in selected U.S. states during 2000–2010
Scanned 1952–1982 issues of MMWR available online
IAC Express: Issue 1009
August 14, 2012
Top Stories
CDC reports sharp increase in number of U.S. cases of influenza A (H3N2v) infections and releases information about human contact with pigs
CDC posts information for clinicians about human infections with H3N2v virus
CDC publishes MMWR Early Release about evaluation of rapid influenza diagnostic tests for detection of H3N2v viruses
Spotlight on immunize.org: influenza section offers one-stop access to vaccination resources
Reminder: CDC's August 16 Immunization Update will cover recent immunization developments
IAC Handouts
IAC updates two handouts that advise patients with hepatitis C or HIV which vaccinations they need
IAC updates "Meningococcal Vaccination Recommendations by Age and/or Risk Factor"
Official Releases and Announcements
September 1 is application deadline for the Epidemic Intelligence Service's July 2013–June 2015 program
Featured Resources
Pertussis Protection Campaign aims to increase Tdap vaccination of Minnesota's healthcare professionals
American College of Physicians' Guide to Adult Immunization now available as a FREE App
Journal Articles and Newsletters
July 2012 issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
Education and Training
Archived recording of VICNetwork's July 25 "Influenza Update" webinar now available
Conferences and Meetings
Archived video broadcast of the June 2012 ACIP meeting now available
IAC Express: Issue 1008
August 7, 2012
Top Stories
CDC issues Health Advisory on increase in Influenza A(H3N2v) infections in three U.S. states
CDC study indicates people who are regularly exposed to rabies virus can survive without vaccination
August is National Immunization Awareness Month
Spotlight on immunize.org: six more healthcare organizations join IAC's Honor Roll for Patient Safety
IAC Handouts
IAC updates two staff-education pieces that show how to administer IM and SC vaccine injections
IAC makes extensive revisions to its adult screening questionnaire "Do I Need Any Vaccinations Today?"
IAC revises "Standing Orders for Administering Pneumococcal (PPSV23 and PCV13) Vaccine to Adults"
IAC corrects error on its patient handout "Vaccinations for Adults: You're never too old to get immunized!"
IAC updates a URL on its patient handout "Tips for Locating Old Immunization Records"
IAC Web Sections
IAC updates online Ask the Experts Q&A section on diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccines
Featured Resources
New: CDC print materials encourage influenza vaccination among Native Americans and Alaska Natives
Education and Training
Public Health Work's August 22 Immunization Strategies program offers free CE credit
NCIRD Director Dr. Anne Schuchat to speak about preteen vaccination at VICNetwork's August 28 webinar
Conferences and Meetings
American Public Health Association annual meeting planned for October 27–31 in San Francisco
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July 2012 Back to top
IAC Express: Issue 1007
July 31, 2012
Top Stories
Spotlight on immunize.org: IAC's "Ask the Experts" Q&As give you the answers
CDC's August 16 Immunization Update to cover the most recent and significant developments in immunization
MMWR announces that July 28 was the observation of World Hepatitis Day
CDC publishes report on 2012 influenza A(H3N2) outbreak among people and swine in Indiana
IAC Handouts
New staff-education piece: "Meningococcal Vaccination Recommendations by Age and/or Risk Factor"
IAC updates its patient handout "Vaccinations for Adults: You're never too old to get immunized!"
Official Releases and Announcements
WHO publishes Hajj travel requirements and report of Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety
Journal Articles and Newsletters
MMWR supplement presents CDC's vision for public health surveillance in the 21st century
Education and Training
Vaccine Education Center plans September 12 webinar on current vaccine issues
Clinical Vaccinology course scheduled for November 2–4 in Miami
IAC Express: Issue 1006
July 24, 2012
Top Stories
CDC publishes report on the 2012 pertussis epidemic in Washington state
Severe varicella reported in an immunocompromised child exposed to an unvaccinated sibling with varicella
Tuesday, July 24, is last day to register for CDC's July 26 NetConference on influenza, pertussis, and childhood immunization
Spotlight on immunize.org: IAC provides resources and vaccination information on hepatitis B
Please consider signing the End of Polio petition
IAC Handouts
IAC updates its staff education document "Healthcare Personnel Vaccination Recommendations"
Featured Resources
Partnership for Prevention report shows businesses how to conduct work site influenza immunization programs
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes erratum to "Updated CDC Recommendations for the Management of Hepatitis B Virus–Infected Health-Care Providers and Students"
IAC Express: Issue 1005
July 17, 2012
Top Stories
New: Spanish-language translations of the 2012–13 influenza vaccine VISs now available, including a large-print version
Spotlight on immunize.org: where you'll find hundreds of images/photos related to vaccination and VPDs
IAC Handouts
IAC updates staff-education materials on recommended dose, route, site, and needle size for vaccine administration
IAC updates standing orders for administering meningococcal vaccine to adults
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC adds 2D bar codes to its translations of VISs for HPV (Gardasil), Japanese encephalitis, meningococcal, and Td/Tdap vaccines
IAC posts VIS translations in Bengali, Haitian Creole, and Polish
Official Releases and Announcements
WHO issues updated position paper on hepatitis A vaccines
Featured Resources
2010 edition of The Forgotten Story includes accounts of the dangers of vaccine-preventable diseases
Conferences and Meetings
CDC website posts presentation slide sets from the June ACIP meeting
Immunize Georgia conference scheduled for September 13 in Macon
IAC Express Special Edition - Ask the Experts: Issue 1004
July 11, 2012
Questions and Answers:
Q: What are the minimum intervals for giving the 3-dose series of Twinrix (hepatitis A-hepatitis B vaccine; GSK)?
Q: When reconstituting a vaccine with the manufacturer-supplied diluent, should the clinic nurse administer exactly 0.5 mL and then discard the rest?
Q: Should we fill out a report with the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) if a patient faints after getting a vaccination, even if no injury or complication resulted?
Q: If a new version of a VIS becomes available, is it legal for us to use up the outdated VISs or do we have to discard them and provide the most up-to-date version?
Q: A 10-year-old girl came to our immunization clinic, and the nurse noted crusted lesions on her arms and legs. The parent said the child had had chickenpox a week earlier. The girl was not ill, so we vaccinated her. But now I am wondering if her recent case of chickenpox might interfere with her immune response to vaccines.
Q: A child wiggled when we were injecting a dose of vaccine, and approximately half the dose was lost. Should we revaccinate the child? If so, when?
Q: Should a healthcare worker who has just received a dose of a live virus vaccine (varicella, MMR, LAIV, yellow fever) stay away from work for a certain number of days?
Q: How long must a patient wait after receiving zoster vaccine to start treatment with an immunosuppressive drug?
Q: Should we withhold rotavirus vaccine from an infant if someone in the household is receiving chemotherapy for cancer?
Q: If a patient recently received a blood product, when can he or she receive MMR vaccine?
IAC Express: Issue 1003
July 10, 2012
Top Stories
New: CDC issues VISs for the 2012–13 influenza vaccines—for translations, stay tuned
CDC issues recommendations on managing healthcare providers and students with hepatitis B virus infection
Spotlight on immunize.org: “Technically Speaking” column from IAC’s executive director covers practical topics in delivering vaccination services
IAC Handouts
IAC updates "It's Federal Law" and "Current Dates of VISs" with new influenza vaccine VIS dates
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC posts VIS translations in Armenian, Cambodian, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Karen, Korean, Portuguese, Tagalog, and Yiddish
Education and Training
CDC and America's Health Insurance Plans schedule webinars to improve public health third-party billing and reimbursement processes for vaccine delivery
VICNetwork to host July 25 webinar on CDC's strategies and plans for the 2012–13 influenza season
American Society of Heath-System Pharmacists plans webinars on increasing adult immunization in hospitals
IAC Express: Issue 1002
July 3, 2012
Top Stories
CDC publishes recommendations for use of Tdap vaccine in adults age 65 years and older
"Adult Immunization Resources" listing now available online
Spotlight on immunize.org: seven more healthcare organizations join IAC's Honor Roll
Every Child By Two News discusses the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act
CDC reports on progress in U.S. Immunization Information Systems in 2010
IAC Handouts
IAC revises its staff education piece "Hepatitis A, B, and C: Learn the Differences"
Featured Resources
CDC's "Information for Health Care Professionals about Adolescent Vaccines" is packed with useful material
CDC's fact sheets give parents easy-to-understand information about vaccines for preteens and teens
Reminder: CDC's Pink Book is available in print, online, and as an e-Book
Journal Articles and Newsletters
June issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
Education and Training
The Immunization Partnership plans July 19 webinar on effectively engaging immunization coalition members
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June 2012 Back to top
IAC Express: Issue 1001
June 26, 2012
Top Stories
CDC updates information on avian influenza, highly pathogenic H5N1 viruses, pediatric influenza deaths, and influenza vaccination of pregnant women during 2009–10
Spotlight on immunize.org: Immunization schedules web section offers quick access to child, teen, and adult schedules and schedulers for 2012
Featured Resources
National Council on Aging educates older adults about seriousness of influenza and importance of vaccination
Conferences and Meetings
Presentations from the 2012 National Adult Immunization Summit and 2012 National Influenza Vaccine Summit now online
IAC Express: Issue 1000
June 19, 2012
Top Stories
FDA approves Menhibrix, a new combination vaccine for infants from GlaxoSmithKline
ECBT offers resources for vaccine advocates
Spotlight on immunize.org: News and Information
IAC Handouts
IAC creates new staff education piece of current VIS dates and updates "It's Federal Law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)"
Official Releases and Announcements
AAP releases 2012 editions of Red Book and Red Book Online
MMWR supplement reports on clinical preventive services among adults, including influenza vaccination
Featured Resources
CDC offers interactive vaccine schedulers for infants, adolescents, and adults
History of Vaccines website now offers Spanish translations of some sections
2010 edition of The Forgotten Story includes accounts of the dangers of vaccine-preventable diseases
GAVI Alliance Progress Report 2011 now available online
Education and Training
CDC offers one-hour training course on infection control in hemodialysis settings
IAC Express: Issue 999
June 12, 2012
Top Stories
HHS Office of Inspector General finds vulnerabilities in vaccine management among VFC program providers
CDC publishes report summarizing U.S. influenza activity during the 2011–12 influenza season
AAP endorses WHO recommendation to retain thimerosal use in global vaccine supply
Spotlight on immunize.org: where you'll find up-to-date vaccine package inserts and contact information for vaccine manufacturers
IAC Handouts
IAC updates "Vaccinations for Adults: You're NEVER too old to get immunized!"
Featured Resources
Vaccine Education Center updates resources on autism, thimerosal, and the safety of giving children multiple vaccinations
Education and Training
CDC posts archive of its Immunization NetConference "Coughing up the Facts on Pertussis"
Conferences and Meetings
International Rotavirus Symposium scheduled for September 19–21 in Bangkok, Thailand
IAC Express Special Edition - Shop IAC: Issue 998
June 6, 2012
Top Stories:
Now is the time to order IAC's valuable immunization products. Quantity discounts available.
Please consider a contribution to support IAC's work
IAC Express: Issue 997
June 5, 2012
Top Stories
CDC publishes article about FDA licensure of Prevnar 13 (PCV13) for use in adults
CDC publishes article on a 2011 measles outbreak linked to an arriving refugee in Los Angeles County
Spotlight on immunize.org: Quick access to ACIP recommendations
Vaccine Information Statements
CDC releases a new VIS for typhoid vaccine
IAC posts translations of the hepatitis B vaccine VIS in Armenian, Farsi, Hmong, Korean, and Tagalog
IAC adds 2D bar codes to its translations of VISs for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and polio vaccines
Official Releases and Announcements
CDC publishes "Summary of Notifiable Diseases, United States, 2010"
Featured Resources
CDC's updated webpage on current pertussis outbreaks gives healthcare professionals valuable resources
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes note about a 2012 investigation of a false-positive measles test in Maine
CDC publishes erratum to an article on characteristics associated with influenza vaccination of preschoolers
Education and Training
Save the dates: The Immunization Partnership plans two webinars, one for June 12 and one for July 19
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IAC Express: Issue 996
May 29, 2012
Top Stories
Reminder: May issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults available online
Spotlight on immunize.org: Clinic Resources
Official Releases and Announcements
CDC has vaccination information for travelers to the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games
Featured Resources
CDC's new website for parents has solid information on child/teen vaccines and the diseases they prevent
CDC offers easy-to-read, easy-to-scan immunization schedules for children, preteens/teens, and adults
Journal Articles and Newsletters
May issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
Conferences and Meetings
Minutes of the February 2012 ACIP meeting now online
Presentations from National Adult Immunization Summit and National Influenza Vaccine Summit now online
IAC Express: Issue 995
May 22, 2012
Top Stories
New: May 2012 issue of Vaccinate Adults is now online
Reminder: May issue of Needle Tips available online
Spotlight on immunize.org: nine more healthcare organizations join IAC's Honor Roll
Report suggests viral hepatitis infections were possibly associated with healthcare delivery in New York City
Report indicates outbreaks of hepatitis B virus infection were related to assisted blood glucose monitoring
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC posts Thai and Turkish translations of the MMR vaccine VIS
Official Releases and Announcements
CDC announces that May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, and May 19 is National Hepatitis Testing Day
CDC to issue draft guidelines proposing that all baby boomers get a one-time test for hepatitis C infection
IOM seeks public comment on paper about safety evaluation of different childhood immunization schedules
Featured Resources
Updated edition of The Forgotten Story includes new accounts of the dangers of vaccine-preventable diseases
Vaccine Confidence Project launches new website
New national campaign aims to end hepatitis B in high-risk Asian American and Pacific Islander populations
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes report on progress toward worldwide interruption of polio from January 2011 to March 2012
Education and Training
American College of Physicians' webinar on communicating risks and benefits of vaccination to be held July 18
IAC Express: Issue 994
May 15, 2012
Top Stories
New: May 2012 issue of Needle Tips is now online
CDC publishes guidance for vaccinating children during the 2012 Pentacel and Daptacel shortage
CDC's "Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases 2012" course now in web-on-demand format
IAC Handouts
IAC updates standing orders for administering HPV and Tdap/Td vaccines to adults
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC posts newly updated VIS for MMR vaccine in seven languages
CDC makes minor wording change in its recently published VIS for MMR vaccine
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes information about ACIP's new framework for developing immunization recommendations
Conferences and Meetings
Reminder: National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions planned for May 23–25 in New Orleans
IAC Express: Issue 993
May 8, 2012
Top Stories
New: IAC's "Tips for Locating Old Immunization Records" contains often-requested information
National Influenza Vaccine Summit announces recipients of its 2012 Immunization Excellence Awards
Spotlight on immunize.org: IAC's Featured Resources
IAC Handouts
IAC updates "It's Federal Law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)"
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC posts six new VIS translations in Karen
Official Releases and Announcements
Measles & Rubella Initiative releases strategic plan to reduce measles and rubella deaths in 2012–2020
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes report on fatal case of human rabies in a U.S. Army soldier in New York in 2011
April issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
CDC publishes report on comparison of meningococcal disease surveillance systems during 2005–08
Education and Training
New: CDC announces addition of HPV module to its "You Call the Shots" training course—free CE credit is available
Conferences and Meetings
ACIP meeting scheduled for June 20–21 in Atlanta; registration deadline is June 6
American Immunization Registry Association to meet in St. Paul on September 19–20; May 15 is abstract deadline
IAC Express Special Edition - Ask the Experts: Issue 992
May 2, 2012
Questions and Answers:
Q: Please review the new recommendations for the use of Tdap in people 65 years and older.
Q: Is there an upper age limit for Tdap administration? For example, should I vaccinate an 85-year-old?
Q: If HPV vaccine is given subcutaneously (SC) instead of intramuscularly (IM), does the dose need to be repeated?
Q: Which children should receive PPSV vaccine (in addition to PCV7 and/or 13)? At what age should they receive it? What about older high-risk children who never received PCV13—should they get it now?
Q: Which adults need to receive PPSV prior to age 65 years?
Q: Which adults should receive a second dose of PPSV?
Q: PCV13 is now licensed for use in adults, but I don't see anything about it in the 2012 adult immunization schedule. How should it be used?
IAC Express: Issue 991
May 1, 2012
Top Stories
Spotlight on immunize.org: IAC promotes The Vaccine Handbook
CDC website updated with information on the shortage of Pentacel and Daptacel vaccines
United Nations Foundation launches Shot@Life campaign to increase childhood vaccination worldwide
CDC publishes report on severe coinfection with influenza A(H3N2) virus and Staphylococcus aureus
IAC updates online Ask the Experts Q&A section on HPV vaccine and also an HPV patient-education print handout
Vaccine Information Statements
CDC releases updated VIS for MMR vaccine; it is the first VIS to include a 2-D barcode
Featured Resources
American Pharmacists Association publishes second edition of its immunization handbook
Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating
Education and Training
Don't miss the Wednesday, May 2, netconference for nurses on reducing vaccine administration errors
Conferences and Meetings
Reminder: National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions planned for May 23–25 in New Orleans
North Dakota State Immunization Conference planned for June 12–13 in Bismarck, ND
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IAC Express: Issue 990
April 24, 2012
Top Stories
CDC announces that it's National Infant Immunization Week—April 21–28
CDC honors IAC's associate director as a Childhood Immunization Champion
CDC announces 39 recipients of the new Childhood Immunization Champion Award
CDC publishes report on U.S. measles cases during 2011
Vaccine shortage: sanofi pasteur announces supply delay for its Pentacel and Daptacel vaccines
Spotlight on immunize.org: IAC's measles section offers one-stop access to vaccination information
CDC publishes report on the U.S. incidence of HPV-associated cancers during 2004–2008
ACOG publishes committee opinion regarding administering Tdap vaccine during pregnancy
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC posts 21 new VIS translations in eight languages
Featured Resources
Be sure to visit CDC's newly redesigned "Preteen and Teen Vaccines" web section
CDC releases report on stakeholder meetings on meningococcal vaccines for children
ACOG's Immunization for Women website is a source of up-to-date information for patients and providers
Updated edition of The Forgotten Story includes new accounts of the dangers of vaccine-preventable diseases
Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes article on tracking progress toward global polio eradication during 2010–11
Education and Training
Don't miss tomorrow's (April 25) netconference on vaccination of healthcare personnel, for nurses, by nurses
IAC Express: Issue 989
April 17, 2012
Top Stories
National Infant Immunization Week is on its way—April 21 through April 28
Spotlight on immunize.org: handouts for parents of infants
CDC publishes report on rabies risk assessment after exposure to a bat on an airplane
IAC Handouts
Updated "Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization" now available in seven languages
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC posts Thai translation of the VIS for Td/Tdap vaccines
Featured Resources
If you vaccinate children and teens, be sure to download AAP's immunization training guide and procedure manual
AAP posts videos to help providers talk with parents about vaccine safety concerns
CDC launches two user-friendly websites—one on meningococcal disease and one on meningitis
Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes report on antibodies cross-reactive to influenza A(H3N2) variant virus and impact of 2010–11 seasonal influenza vaccine on cross-reactive antibodies
March issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
Education and Training
CDC, IAC, ANA, and NNINA present series of netconferences developed for nurses and others who provide immunizations
Conferences and Meetings
Reminder: National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions planned for May 23–25 in New Orleans
Texas plans perinatal hepatitis B prevention conference for May 15–16 in Austin; free CE credit available
ACIP posts live archive of its February 22–23 meeting
CDC hosts 61st Annual Epidemic Intelligence Services Conference on April 16–20 in Atlanta
Vaccines to take center stage at the New York Academy of Sciences' May 11 symposium on HIV/AIDS
Vaccines Discovery and Development conference planned for San Francisco on July 9–10
IAC Express: Issue 988
April 10, 2012
Top Stories
Spotlight on immunize.org: videos on pertussis (whooping cough)
CDC publishes report on meningococcal disease outbreak in an elementary school
CDC publishes report on influenza outbreaks at two correctional facilities
IAC Handouts
IAC updates "Should You Be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis B?"
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC posts nine new VIS translations
Featured Resources
American College of Physicians releases free iPhone/iPad app for adult immunization
Education and Training
CDC, IAC, ANA, and NNINA present series of netconferences developed for nurses and others who provide immunizations
IAC Express: Issue 987
April 3, 2012
Top Stories
Spotlight on immunize.org: New! "Cocooning" web section
IAC Executive Director Dr. Deborah L. Wexler urges adult vaccination in TV interview
FDA approves extended period for administering VariZIG for postexposure prophylaxis of varicella
Featured Resources
CDC, IAC, ANA, and NNINA schedule three netconferences for nurses and other immunization providers
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes summary of 2008 surveillance of prevalence of autism spectrum disorders
Education and Training
Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine Preventable Diseases course planned for May 9–10 in Fredericksburg, VA
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IAC Express Special Edition - Shop IAC: Issue 986
March 28, 2012
Top Stories:
IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2012 U.S. child/teen and adult immunization schedules are now available. Order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Now's a great time to place an order for the Immunization Techniques DVD and IAC's personal patient record cards! For greater discounts, make bulk purchases!
IAC Express: Issue 985
March 27, 2012
Top Stories
CDC releases provisional ACIP recommendations for Tdap use in people age 65 and older
CDC advises providers to use all the schedules and footnotes in the 2012 U.S. Childhood Immunization Schedule
Spotlight on immunize.org: where you'll find information on upcoming immunization events and conferences
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC posts updated VISs for polio and Td/Tdap vaccines in six additional languages
Featured Resources
Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes report on progress made toward global polio eradication in Africa in 2011
Conferences and Meetings
Reminder: National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions planned for May 23–25 in New Orleans
IAC Express: Issue 984
March 20, 2012
Top Stories
Spotlight on immunize.org: 21 more healthcare organizations join IAC's Honor Roll
1st National Immunization Conference Online will be March 26–28. It's easy to take part—and it's free!
National Infant Immunization Week scheduled for April 21–28; many resources are available
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC posts newly updated VIS for Gardasil HPV vaccine in seven languages
Featured Resources
Report from American Academy of Microbiology aims to raise public awareness of the value of adult vaccination
Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating
Education and Training
CDC and Emory University schedule "Epidemiology in Action" course for June 11–22 in Atlanta
Conferences and Meetings
CDC website posts presentation slide sets from the February ACIP meeting
IAC Express: Issue 983
March 13, 2012
Top Stories
Spotlight on immunize.org: New! "Pharmacists and Immunization" web section
IAC's executive director receives national recognition from the American Pharmacists Association
IAC updates online Ask the Experts Q&A section related to meningococcal vaccine
IAC Handouts
Now in Turkish: IAC's child/teen screening questionnaire and "Are you 11–19 years old?"
Vaccine Information Statements
VIS for 2011–12 inactivated influenza vaccine now in Nepali and Somali
Official Releases and Announcements
Jordan Report: Accelerated Development of Vaccines 2012 available online
Featured Resources
Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating
Journal Articles and Newsletters
Sign up to receive FOCUS on Vaccine Access, a new newsletter from the International Vaccine Access Center
February issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
Education and Training
March 29 Immunization NetConference to cover CDC's 2012 child/teen and adult immunization schedules
Conferences and Meetings
National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions to feature former First Ladies Rosalynn Carter and Betty Bumpers and author Seth Mnookin
Conference on Vaccine Research to be held in Baltimore on May 7–9
IAC Express: Issue 982
March 6, 2012
Top Stories
Spotlight on immunize.org: translations of Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)
MMWR issues erratum for the 2012 U.S. immunization schedules for children and adolescents
FDA approves first quadrivalent influenza vaccine
IAC Handouts
Dr. Ari Brown's "Clear Answers & Smart Advice About Your Baby's Shots" newly updated
IAC's newly updated Guides to Contraindications and Precautions available
Q&A on meningococcal disease and vaccine now thoroughly revised
IAC's "Are You 11–19 Years Old?" now in Spanish
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC posts three newly updated VISs in seven languages
VIS translations that were out of date now available in French, Somali, and Vietnamese
Official Releases and Announcements
AAP revises its policy statement on recommendations for HPV vaccination to include routine use in males
Featured Resources
Vaccine Education Center publishes updated HPV, rotavirus, and shingles resources
Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating
Education and Training
Vaccine Education Center plans webinar on current vaccine issues for March 14
A DVD of CDC's Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases self-study course is available for ordering
Conferences and Meetings
Hepatitis B Foundation to hold its "2012 B Informed" parent conference in Philadelphia on May 19
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IAC Express: Issue 981
February 28, 2012
Top Stories
ACIP votes to extend the age recommendation for Tdap vaccine to adults age 65 years and older
Spotlight on immunize.org: Most popular web sections and downloads
CDC publishes report on 2009–10 influenza vaccination coverage among pregnant women in 29 states and New York City
CDC publishes report on U.S. influenza activity during October 2, 2011– February 11, 2012
CDC schedules March 1 teleconference on new ideas and resources for National Infant Immunization Week
IAC Handouts
IAC updates "It's Federal Law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)"
IAC corrects an error on "Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization"
Vaccine Information Statements
CDC releases updated VIS for Gardasil HPV vaccine
IAC posts new Indonesian and Turkish VIS translations
Official Releases and Announcements
WHO recommends influenza vaccine composition for the 2012–13 northern hemisphere influenza season
Featured Resources
Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating
Journal Articles and Newsletters
Public Health Reports publishes NVAC's recommendations on adult immunization
Education and Training
American College of Physicians' webinar on quality improvement in immunization to be held on March 13
Clinical Vaccinology course to be held in Chicago on March 9–11
Conferences and Meetings
Be sure to take part in the 1st National Immunization Conference Online on March 26–28
IAC Express Special Edition - Ask the Experts: Issue 980
February 22, 2012
Questions and Answers:
Q: Is it true that ACIP no longer specifies a time interval between administering doses of Td and Tdap to teens and adults?
Q: If a teen or adult patient received a dose of Td vaccine 2 years ago, should I wait approximately 8 more years before administering a dose of Tdap to the patient?
Q: If a teen or adult mistakenly received a dose of Td when they should have received Tdap, what is the optimal time to give the missing Tdap dose?
Q: Is there any reason not to administer Tdap vaccine to adults age 65 and older who want the vaccine but are not in contact with an infant? It seems like it would be a good idea to vaccinate them to protect them, their family, and their community from pertussis.
Q: We intend to start vaccinating family contacts of pregnant women with Tdap to protect the newborn. Can you tell me how long it takes for the Tdap vaccine to provide protection?
Q: Since we know that children with functional or anatomic asplenia are at high risk for contracting Neisseria meningitidis, why aren’t they included in the latest recommendations to vaccinate certain high-risk children against meningococcal disease beginning at age 9 months?
Q: Can we vaccinate a 2-year-old boy with functional or anatomic asplenia against meningococcal disease if he has not completed a series of PCV13?
Q: When people are in their 80s, is it still recommended for them to get the shingles vaccine? I've heard it doesn't work as well in the elderly.
Q: Occasionally we have asplenic adult patients who want to get the Hib vaccine. We know it’s given only to infants and young children, but what about using it in this situation?
Q: ACIP and CDC’s Vaccine Storage and Handling Guide say that refrigerated vaccines should be stored between 35°–46°F, but some vaccine package inserts list 36°–46°F as the proper range. Should I use 35°F or 36°F as the low boundary of the range?
Q: What should I do if my thermometer indicates my refrigerated vaccine has been stored between 32°–34°F? Since the vaccine wasn’t “frozen,” will it be OK to use? And what about people who received the vaccine before we discovered the temperature excursion—will we need to revaccinate them?
Q: Does the federal law that requires providing patients with VISs apply when administering influenza vaccine to employees and volunteers in hospitals or other workplaces?
Q: If you place a needle on a pre-filled syringe and then don't administer the vaccine, how long can you store the pre-filled syringe with the needle attached?
Q: I have a child patient traveling to a country for which Japanese Encephalitis (JE) vaccine is recommended. What can I do to protect her now that JE-Vax is no longer available?
IAC Express: Issue 979
February 21, 2012
Top Stories
Reminder: February issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults available online
Spotlight on immunize.org: Reminder to use IAC’s newly developed and revised educational materials on vaccine refusal
IAC Handouts
IAC updates five standing orders for vaccine administration
IAC updates two popular handouts: "Healthcare Personnel Vaccination Recommendations" and "Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization"
Featured Resources
Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating
Journal Articles and Newsletters
MMWR corrects errors in "Progress on Global Measles Control, 2000–2010," published on February 3
Education and Training
CDC's Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases self-study course available in web-on-demand format
Conferences and Meetings
March 2 is nomination deadline for the National Influenza Vaccine Summit's 2012 Immunization Excellence Awards
Access the live webcast of the February 22–23 ACIP meeting by following the posted instructions
Register by February 24 to receive the early-bird registration rate for the National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions
IAC Express Special Edition - Ask the Experts: Issue 978
February 15, 2012
Questions and Answers:
Q: Please describe the new recommendations for the use of HPV4 vaccine in males and explain how these new recommendations differ from the previous ones.
Q: Is it recommended that patients age 26 years start the HPV vaccination series even though they will be older than 26 when they complete it?
Q: Will patients who have already had genital warts benefit from receiving Gardasil?
Q: If a patient has been sexually active for a number of years, is it still recommended to give HPV vaccine or to complete the HPV vaccine series?
Q: If a patient’s vaccination history indicates she received the third dose of HPV vaccine earlier than the recommended minimum interval of 24 weeks, should she be given a fourth dose?
Q: Will the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program cover HPV vaccination for males?
Q: If HPV vaccine is given subcutaneously instead of intramuscularly, does the dose need to be repeated?
Q: Would you please provide details about the new ACIP recommendations for the use of hepatitis B vaccine in adult diabetic patients?
IAC Express: Issue 977
February 14, 2012
Top Stories
New: February issue of Vaccinate Adults is now online
Reminder: February issue of Needle Tips available online
2012 U.S. Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years now available
National Infant Immunization Week scheduled for April 21–28; many resources are available
CDC's recommendations for influenza antiviral medications remain unchanged
IAC Handouts
IAC updates two of its handouts: "Are you 11–19 years old?" and "It's Federal Law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)"
Official Releases and Announcements
George Washington University report analyzes mandatory influenza vaccination of healthcare workers
Minutes of the October 2011 ACIP meeting now online
Featured Resources
"Shots by STFM" 2012 immunization schedules available for PCs and smart phones
Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating
Journal Articles and Newsletters
Spotlight on immunize.org: IAC’s collection of practical and clinically relevant journal articles
January issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
Conferences and Meetings
February 29 is the date of the VICNetwork's webinar on vaccine hesitancy
March 29 Immunization NetConference to cover CDC's 2012 child/teen and adult immunization schedules
IAC Express: Issue 976
February 7, 2012
Top Stories
New! February 2012 issue of Needle Tips is now online
2012 U.S. Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule is now available
CDC publishes report on adult vaccination coverage
Spotlight on immunize.org: Immunization schedules web section offers quick access to child, teen, and adult schedules for 2012
CDC publishes report on patient who recovered from clinical rabies
CDC publishes report on global measles control
Vaccine Information Statements
CDC releases updated VIS for hepatitis B vaccine
IAC posts new translations of the hepatitis A vaccine VIS in Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese
Official Releases and Announcements
National Influenza Vaccine Summit is accepting nominations for its 2012 Immunization Excellence Awards by March 2
CDC requests nominations for new Childhood Immunization Champion Awards by February 10
Featured Resources
CDC Catch-Up Immunization Scheduler is now online
IAC Handouts
IAC revises its two most popular staff educational materials, Summary of Recommendations for Child/Teen Immunization and Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization
Conferences and Meetings
February 10 is the new deadline for abstracts for the 1st National Immunization Conference Online
Register by February 24 to receive the early-bird registration rate for the National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions
IOM committee meeting on childhood immunization schedule to be held February 9
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IAC Express: Issue 975
January 31, 2012
Top Stories
Spotlight on immunize.org: 28 more healthcare organizations join IAC's Honor Roll
CDC publishes report on use of Tdap in an Arizona emergency department in 2009-10
Vaccine Information Statements
CDC releases updated VIS for Td/Tdap vaccines
Featured Resources
Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating
Journal Articles and Newsletters
Errata in the January 6 MMWR article about receipt of A(H1N1)pdm09 vaccine by U.S. prisons and jails
Education and Training
February 2 is the date of the Red Book webinar on the 2012 childhood immunization schedule
Clinical Vaccinology course to be held in Chicago on March 9-11
Earn free CME/CE credit through the Florida Bureau of Immunization's video programs
Conferences and Meetings
Symposium on Dual Use Research: H5N1 Influenza Virus and Beyond to be held February 2 in New York City
IAC Express: Issue 974
January 24, 2012
Top Stories
CDC publishes report on a 2009 hospital-associated measles outbreak in Pennsylvania
Spotlight on immunize.org: “Technically Speaking” column from IAC’s executive director covers practical topics in delivering vaccination services
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC posts Thai translation of the VIS for inactivated polio vaccine
Official Releases and Announcements
RAND Health publishes a blueprint for improving adult vaccination promotion and delivery in the United States
Featured Resources
Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating
Conferences and Meetings
Conference on Vaccine Research to be held in Baltimore on May 7–9
IAC Express: Issue 973
January 17, 2012
Top Stories
Spotlight on immunize.org: Visit "What's New at IAC"
CDC publishes surveillance report on chronic hepatitis B virus infections in New York City
The Philippines will begin vaccinating children against rotavirus infection in 2012
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC posts Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese VISs for HPV (Cervarix) and hepatitis A vaccines (also in Thai)
Featured Resources
Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating
CDC's new atlas to provide access to data on HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, STDs, and tuberculosis
Education and Training
American College of Physicians' webinar on efficient vaccine ordering planned for February 23
IAC Express: Issue 972
January 10, 2012
Top Stories
Spotlight on immunize.org: HPV-related videos
Influenza can be severe for children and young adults with neurologic and neurodevelopmental conditions
CDC publishes report on fatal 2011 case of imported human rabies in New Jersey
CDC publishes report on receipt of A(H1N1) vaccine by U.S. prisons and jails during 2009–10 influenza season
CDC publishes update on current influenza A(H3N2)v transmission in five U.S. states
Official Releases and Announcements
WHO publishes November 2011 meeting report of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization
Guidelines for safe work practices in medical diagnostic laboratories include information on vaccination
Reminder: Healthcare personnel at long-term care facilities need influenza vaccination
Featured Resources