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October 2014 Back to top
IAC Express: Issue 1148
October 21, 2014
Ask the Experts–Question of the Week: A nurse had a leftover drawn-up syringe of influenza vaccine taken from a multi-dose vial. Can we use the vaccine the next day?…read more
Top Stories
Reminder: October issue of Needle Tips is now available online
"Dear Colleague" letter urges healthcare professionals to recommend influenza and Tdap vaccines to their pregnant patients
CDC reports on vaccination coverage among children in kindergarten during the 2013–14 school year
IAC enrolls eight more birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll
CDC develops a new, faster lab test for enterovirus D68 and releases new resources for parents about EV-D68
CDC announces new initiatives to protect healthcare personnel in the U.S. from Ebola
Three articles about Ebola republished in this week's MMWR
IAC Spotlight! One-stop access to more than 50 educational handouts related to adult vaccination for patients and staff
IAC Handouts
IAC updates sample standing orders for administering pneumococcal vaccines to adults
Featured Resources
CDC updates its easy-to-read adult immunization schedule
California Department of Public Health updates parent fact sheet about vaccine concerns
Influenza is serious; many resources are available to help healthcare professionals in vaccinating
Journal Articles and Newsletters
WHO publishes article about development of possible vaccines for pandemic preparedness
Education and Training
Hep B United to offer video chat about hepatitis B virus screening on October 29
New Medscape resources released to help providers discuss HPV vaccination with parents; CME credit available
CDC Expert Commentary on Medscape provides information about using antiviral drugs for influenza
Conferences and Meetings
Meeting on vaccination ecosystem is planned for January 19–21 in Annecy, France
IAC Express: Issue 1147
October 14, 2014
Ask the Experts–Question of the Week: I have a 2-month-old child with a cast for hip dysplasia that completely covers the entire…read more
Top Stories
New! October issue of Needle Tips is now available online
American Liver Foundation endorses IAC's Give Birth to the End of Hep B campaign
IAC enrolls eight more birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll
Translational Neurodegeneration retracts its article about MMR leading to autism
IAC Spotlight! Eleven new videos added to the vaccineinformation.org video library; our searchable collection now numbers more than 165 videos about vaccine-preventable diseases and the importance of immunization
CDC confirms Ebola diagnosis in healthcare worker who provided care for the Dallas index patient
Enhanced Ebola screening to start at five U.S. airports
CDC publishes report about assessment of Ebola disease, healthcare infrastructure, and preparedness in Liberia
CDC NetConference scheduled for October 23; focus will be on adult immunization, including new pneumococcal vaccination recommendations for adults age 65 years and older
CDC updates influenza module in its "You Call the Shots" training course
IAC Handouts
New IAC resource for healthcare professionals: "Using Standing Orders for Administering Vaccines: What You Should Know"
IAC updates sample standing orders for administering polio vaccine to children and teens
IAC updates "Influenza: Questions and Answers"
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC posts Haitian Creole and Portuguese translations of the 2014–15 influenza VISs
Official Releases and Announcements
WHO announces composition of seasonal influenza vaccine for the 2015 southern hemisphere influenza season
October 19–25 is International Infection Prevention Week
Featured Resources
Michigan Department of Community Health offers new adolescent vaccination resources
CDC updates its interactive adolescent immunization scheduler
CDC updates online adolescent and adult vaccine quiz: "What Vaccines Do You Need?"
Influenza is serious; many resources are available to help healthcare professionals in vaccinating
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes report on acute neurologic disease of unknown etiology in Colorado children; same article previously published as an MMWR Early Release
CDC publishes report on cases of acute flaccid paralysis with anterior myelitis in California; same article previously published as an MMWR Early Release
IAC Express: Issue 1146
October 7, 2014
Ask the Experts–Question of the Week: I have a 24-year-old patient who received influenza vaccine in Colombia, South…read more
Top Stories
CDC's Health Alert Network publishes an advisory to help healthcare professionals evaluate patients for possible Ebola disease
CDC publishes three MMWR articles about the Ebola virus outbreak in Africa
CDC publishes MMWR Early Release article about acute neurologic illness of unknown etiology in Colorado children
CDC publishes MMWR Early Release article on cases of acute flaccid paralysis with anterior myelitis in California
CDC reports on influenza activity from May 18 through September 20
IAC Spotlight! Nine more healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
Voices for Vaccines hosts call featuring three moms who were formerly vaccine hesitant on October 14
IAC Handouts
IAC updates "Personal belief exemptions for vaccination put people at risk"
IAC updates "First Do No Harm: Mandatory Influenza Vaccination Policies for Healthcare Personnel Help Protect Patients"
Vaccine Information Statements
CDC releases supplemental information for healthcare providers to accompany the 2014–15 influenza VISs
Official Releases and Announcements
World Pneumonia Day is scheduled for November 12
Featured Resources
AAP to release new Red Book Online on October 9
Just Released: On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss
Influenza is serious; many resources are available to help healthcare professionals in vaccinating
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC reports on typhoid fever surveillance and vaccination in the South-East Asia and Western Pacific Regions in MMWR
Conferences and Meetings
Slides and audio recording now online for the August 2014 special ACIP meeting
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September 2014 Back to top
IAC Express: Issue 1145
September 30, 2014
Ask the Experts–Question of the Week: Can we give Tdap and RhoGam (anti-Rho[D] immune globulin) at the same prenatal…read more
Top Stories
CDC publishes report on Tdap vaccination of pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid
Wall Street Journal features editorial by Dr. Paul Offit about the epidemic of misguided vaccine distrust
National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit offers up-to-date information about adult immunization
IAC Spotlight! Refer parents and patients to www.vaccineinformation.org, IAC's website for the public
CDC publishes updated preparedness and response framework for influenza pandemics
CDC's Health Alert Network publishes an advisory to provide awareness of an acute neurologic syndrome with focal limb weakness in children; CDC is seeking information about other similar neurologic illnesses in all states
IAC Handouts
IAC updates its screening checklists for contraindications and precautions to vaccination for children/teens and adults
IAC updates "Medical Management of Vaccine Reactions in Children and Teens" and "Medical Management of Vaccine Reactions in Adult Patients"
"Keep your kids safe—get them vaccinated every fall or winter!" now available in Arabic, Chinese, and Spanish
Official Releases and Announcements
AAP releases updated recommendations on the use of influenza vaccines in 2014–2015
CDC announces September 28 as World Rabies Day
ACOG releases updated committee opinion on influenza vaccination in pregnancy
Featured Resources
CDC develops new resources to help healthcare professionals and the public understand the new pneumococcal vaccination recommendations for adults
Influenza is serious; many resources are available to aid healthcare professionals in vaccinating
Journal Articles and Newsletters
September issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
CDC publishes an MMWR Supplement about estimating the future number of Ebola cases
New England Journal of Medicine publishes a collection of articles and resources on the Ebola outbreak
IAC Express Special Edition - Shop IAC: Issue 1144
September 24, 2014
Top Stories:
Reminder: place an order for IAC's immunization record cards and "Immunization Techniques" DVD. For greater discounts, make bulk purchases!
You will make a difference: please donate to support IAC!
IAC Express: Issue 1143
September 23, 2014
Ask the Experts–Question of the Week: If the top of a single dose vial of diluent or vaccine is popped off and not used, is there a …read more
Top Stories
CDC publishes ACIP recommendations for use of PCV13 and PPSV23 vaccines in adults age 65 and older
CDC reports on influenza vaccination coverage of healthcare personnel during 2013–14 influenza season
CDC reports on influenza vaccination coverage of pregnant women during 2013–14 influenza season
CDC publishes data on influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel in acute care hospitals
CDC posts final 2013–14 influenza vaccination coverage estimates
NFID releases summary of September 18 news conference on influenza and pneumococcal disease
CDC publishes "Summary of Notifiable Diseases—United States, 2012"
Reminder: October 15 is deadline to apply to host the 2016 National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions
Study about the etiologies of seizures around the time of vaccination published in Pediatrics
IAC Spotlight! Visit IAC's collection of practical and clinically relevant journal articles on vaccination
IAC enrolls seven more birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; one previously honored institution qualifies for a second year
PBS's NOVA "Vaccines—Calling the Shots" is now available for viewing online
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC posts thirteen additional translations of the 2014–15 influenza VISs
Error corrected in recently released Arabic translations of IIV and LAIV influenza VISs
Official Releases and Announcements
CDC details its global influenza work in new annual report
Featured Resources
Texas Children's Hospital develops compelling video to promote influenza vaccination
CDC releases updated toolkit for businesses to help promote influenza vaccination
Influenza is serious; many resources are available to help you vaccinate your patients
Conferences and Meetings
Agenda for October ACIP meeting available; follow the meeting online if you are unable to attend
IAC Express: Issue 1142
September 16, 2014
Ask the Experts–Question of the Week: Our 23-year-old patient has been accepted to a physician assistant program that …read more
Top Stories
CDC's Health Alert Network publishes an advisory to provide awareness of enterovirus D68 as a possible cause of acute unexplained respiratory illness, and to provide guidance to state health departments and healthcare providers
CDC reports on a measles outbreak in an unvaccinated family and a potentially associated international traveler in Florida
Last call! Regular registration rate for National Immunization Conference extended until September 22
IAC Spotlight! Sixteen more healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
NFID news conference on influenza and pneumococcal disease scheduled for September 18
CDC releases HPV vaccination data from 2011 NIS-Teen: nearly half of females age 13–17 years had not received their recommended first dose of HPV vaccine in 2011
Share your influenza prevention activities and ideas on CDC's influenza partner website
Help CDC by completing a survey about National Immunization Awareness Month
To help answer potential questions generated by September 11 Dr. Oz Show, access collected resources for healthcare professionals on the safety of thimerosal in vaccines
IAC Handouts
IAC updates "Administering Vaccines to Adults: Dose, Route, Site, and Needle Size" and "Administering Vaccines: Dose, Route, Site, and Needle Size"
"Declination of Influenza Vaccination" now available in Spanish
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC posts sixteen new translations of the 2014–15 influenza VISs
Official Releases and Announcements
CDC's 2012 Viral Hepatitis Surveillance Report is now available
Featured Resources
HealthMap Vaccine Finder lets the public find provider locations that administer adult vaccinations; now is a good time for providers to list their vaccination services on HealthMap
CDC launches the second phase of the "Know Hepatitis B" campaign
Influenza is serious; many resources are available to aid healthcare professionals in vaccinating
Journal Articles and Newsletters
August issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
CDC publishes an assessment of varicella surveillance and outbreak control practices
CDC reports on measles outbreak in a Micronesian community in King County, Washington
Education and Training
Hep B United to present a webinar on hepatitis B for healthcare professionals on September 30
IAC Express: Issue 1141
September 9, 2014
Ask the Experts–Question of the Week: Can someone with hepatitis C receive zoster vaccine? The prescribing information indicates…read more
Top Stories
New! Spanish-language translations of the 2014–15 influenza vaccine Vaccine Information Statements now available
CDC publishes report on expired live attenuated influenza vaccine being administered
Reminder: PBS's NOVA program to air documentary on vaccines on September 10
IAC Spotlight! Visit "What's New at IAC" to find just-released handouts and translations of Vaccine Information Statements
PKIDs launches Value of Vaccination movement
IAC Handouts
IAC updates six influenza staff resources, including screening checklists, sample standing orders, a guide for patients with egg allergy, and an algorithm for determining the number of vaccine doses needed by children
IAC's parent handout "Measles, mumps, and rubella are serious diseases...make sure your child is protected!" now available in Russian
Official Releases and Announcements
WHO issues roadmap for international response to the Ebola outbreak in Africa
Featured Resources
ACOG releases HPV vaccination toolkit for physicians who provide healthcare to women
Michigan Department of Community Health releases updated toolkit of influenza vaccination resources for colleges and universities
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes article about fatal meningococcal disease in a laboratory worker
Conferences and Meetings
Minnesota Department of Health immunization conference to be held October 27–28
IAC Express: Issue 1140
September 2, 2014
Ask the Experts–Question of the Week: My office recently changed HPV vaccine brands from Gardasil to Cervarix. We have…read more
Top Stories
ACIP publishes compendium of recommendations for the use of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines
CDC publishes report on 2013 national, state, and local vaccination coverage among children age 19–35 months
IAC Spotlight! Access IAC's collection of PowerPoint presentations from IAC, CDC, and other trusted sources
CDC releases statement regarding its 2004 Pediatrics study on MMR vaccination and autism
IAC enrolls seven more birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; seven previously honored institutions qualify for a second year
Reminder: PBS's NOVA program to air documentary on vaccines on September 10
IAC Handouts
IAC updates two popular influenza staff resources: "Influenza Vaccine Products for the 2014–2015 Influenza Season" and "Declination of Influenza Vaccination"
IAC updates its handout for parents titled "Keep your kids safe—get them vaccinated every fall or winter!"
IAC updates its staff education materials: "Current Dates of Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)" and "It's Federal Law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)"
Official Releases and Announcements
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists release Call to Action on HPV vaccination
Featured Resources
New CDC resources help educate adults with chronic health conditions about vaccination
IAC's sturdy laminated version of the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule is still available for purchase—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes report on assessment of rabies exposure risk among U.S. Air Force basic trainees
CDC publishes information about the risks of polio outbreaks in polio-free countries
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August 2014 Back to top
IAC Express: Issue 1139
August 26, 2014
Ask the Experts–Question of the Week: We have a patient with a severe allergy to vancomycin who wants to… read more
Top Stories
CDC publishes update on the recommendations for the use of zoster vaccine
FDA approves use of a needle-free injection system for use with Afluria and issues updated communication to healthcare professionals on use of jet injectors for inactivated influenza vaccine
New York Times features editorial by Dr. Paul Offit about HPV vaccination discussions with parents of preteens
CDC reports on vaccine-associated paralytic poliomyelitis in an immigrant child
IAC Spotlight! Ten more healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
CDC publishes information on the closure of the varicella-zoster virus-containing vaccines pregnancy registry
Reminder: Vaccine Education Center's Current Issues in Vaccines webinar scheduled for September 10
Join the Voices for Vaccines' September 16 conference call featuring Dorit Reiss: What Can the Law Do About Immunization Rates?
IAC Web Sections
IAC updates its Combination Vaccines "Ask the Experts" web section
Featured Resources
IAC's sturdy laminated version of the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule is still available for purchase—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Journal Articles
Important findings from two studies on HPV vaccination published online in Pediatrics on August 18
Education and Training
CDC adds HPV module to its "You Call the Shots" training course
Reminder: Clinical Vaccinology course to be held in Houston on November 7–9
IAC Express: Issue 1138
August 19, 2014
Ask the Experts–Question of the Week: Would you include obstructive sleep apnea as chronic pulmonary… read more
Top Stories
CDC publishes 2014–15 influenza vaccination recommendations in MMWR
New! CDC issues VISs for the 2014–15 influenza vaccines—stay tuned for translations
ACIP votes to recommend a dose of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) in addition to pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) for all adults age 65 years and older
IAC corrects table in its new handout: "DTaP, Tdap, and Td Catch-up Vaccination Recommendations by Prior Vaccine History and Age"
IAC Spotlight! Use IAC’s new series of educational handouts about recommended vaccines for children and adults
Idaho and California experience significant pertussis outbreaks
IAC Handouts
IAC updates "Vaccinations for Adults…You're never too old to get immunized!"
IAC updates "Vaccines with Diluents: How to Use Them"
Featured Resources
CDC offers new hepatitis B PSAs directed toward Asian Pacific Islanders
IAC's sturdy laminated version of the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule is still available for purchase—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
IAC Express: Issue 1137
August 12, 2014
Ask the Experts–Question of the Week: A 16-year-old has a written record of receiving two doses of DTaP at 2 and 5… read more
Top Stories
WHO declares Ebola outbreak in Africa a public health emergency
IAC enrolls seven more birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll
IAC Spotlight! Seven more healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
Training modules on how to assess the need for adult immunization now available on Medscape
Applications now open to host the 2016 National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions; deadline is October 1
IAC Handouts
New! "Zoster Vaccine: CDC Answers Your Questions" features commonly asked Q&As
New! IAC develops "catch-up" guidance table for DTaP, Tdap, and Td vaccination in patients who have fallen behind schedule
IAC updates "When Do Children and Teens Need Vaccinations?"
IAC updates "Do I Need Any Vaccines Today?," a screening questionnaire for adult immunization
IAC redesigns "All kids need hepatitis B shots!"
IAC updates translations of the one-page version of "After the Shots ... What to do if your child has discomfort"
Official Releases and Announcements
WHO publishes health requirements for travelers to Saudi Arabia for the 2014 Hajj and Umra seasons in Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER)
WHO publishes information about cholera in WER
Featured Resources
Every Child By Two's "Daily Clips" has a new look—subscribe today
IAC's sturdy laminated version of the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule is still available for purchase—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
MMWR reports on receipt of recommended clinical preventive services by adults and includes vaccination
Conferences and Meetings
Immunize Georgia Conference scheduled for September 11
IAC Express: Issue 1136
August 5, 2014
Ask the Experts–Question of the Week: What are the CDC guidelines regarding use of multiple dose vaccine vials?… read more
Top Stories
It's National Immunization Awareness Month; learn about many new resources
IAC enrolls the 101st birthing institution into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; comprehensive slide set now available
CDC reports on an outbreak of pertussis in a school and religious community in Florida
Agenda for August ACIP meeting available; follow the meeting online
Reminder: Registration open for the 2014 National Immunization Conference
Merck discontinues production of Comvax vaccine (Hib-HepB)
IAC Spotlight! Immunization resources for your clinic or medical setting from IAC, CDC, and other trusted sources
Invisible Threat documentary available for online viewing; Los Angeles Times features article about the film's production
IAC Web Sections
IAC updates its Hepatitis B "Ask the Experts" web section
Official Releases and Announcements
AAP releases updated recommendations on the use of meningococcal vaccines
WHO publishes guidance on the choice of pertussis vaccines
Featured Resources
HealthMap Vaccine Finder lets the public find provider locations that administer adult vaccinations; now is a good time for providers to list their vaccination services on HealthMap
Minnesota Department of Health develops new video for healthcare professionals on HPV vaccine communication
IAC's sturdy laminated version of the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule is still available for purchase—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Viral Hepatitis Prevention Board updates its website
Journal Articles and Newsletters
July issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
Public Health Reports details contributions of HHS toward global immunization
Education and Training
VICNetwork webinar about influenza scheduled for August 13
Public Health Vaccinology course set for September 3–4 in Atlanta
Conferences and Meetings
Archived video broadcast of the June 2014 ACIP meeting now available
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July 2014 Back to top
IAC Express: Issue 1135
July 29, 2014
Ask the Experts–Question of the Week: We have a 10-year-old getting renal dialysis. The nephrologist will be starting her on… read more
Top Stories
CDC reports on adolescent vaccination coverage rates in 2013
CDC publishes information on HPV vaccination coverage among adolescents and postlicensure safety monitoring
IAC Spotlight! Nine more healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
Celebrate World Hepatitis Day with national leaders via live streaming
CDC publishes article about World Hepatitis Day—July 28, 2014
Clarification of statement about MMR vaccine recommendations for international travel
IAC Handouts
IAC updates "Don’t Be Guilty of These Preventable Errors in Vaccine Storage and Handling!"
IAC redesigns one-page version of "After the Shots ... What to do if your child has discomfort"
Featured Resources
IAC's website offers links to books on immunization for both adults and children
IAC's sturdy laminated version of the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule is still available for purchase—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes article about WHO Global Rotavirus Surveillance Network
CDC reports on progress toward prevention of transfusion-transmitted HBV and HCV infection in sub-Saharan Africa
Conferences and Meetings
October 20–22 Nevada Health Conference includes CDC's Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases course
IAC Express Special Edition - Ask the Experts: Issue 1134
July 24, 2014
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Q: In December 2013, CDC released a new document titled CDC Guidance for Evaluating Health-Care Personnel for Hepatitis B Virus Protection and for Administering Postexposure Management. Does the content of this document update ACIP recommendations on healthcare personnel vaccination and hepatitis B?
Q: Does CDC now recommend routine pre-exposure anti-HBs testing of all healthcare personnel who were previously vaccinated?
Q: If an employee receives both HBIG and hepatitis B vaccine after a needlestick from a patient who is HBsAg positive, how long should one wait to check the employee's response to the vaccine?
Q: At our facility we do routine pre-employment anti-HBs testing regardless of whether the employee has documentation of a hepatitis B vaccination series and consider those who are anti-HBs positive to be immune. Is this the recommended strategy?
Q: Does CDC still recommend routine anti-HBs testing of HCP who are at risk for occupational blood or body fluid exposure following the hepatitis B vaccination series?
Q: Is there now a recommendation for a routine booster dose of hepatitis B vaccine?
Q: Does CDC now recommend restarting the hepatitis B vaccine series in the event the series is interrupted?
IAC Express: Issue 1133
July 22, 2014
Ask the Experts–Question of the Week: Can you please guide me in finding storage containers and bins for vaccines?… read more
Top Stories
Reminder: July issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults available online
Special August 13 ACIP meeting via webinar and phone on adult pneumococcal vaccination
PBS's NOVA program to air documentary on vaccines in September
IAC Spotlight! Vaccineinformation.org Video Library offers extensive and searchable collection of more than 125 videos about vaccine-preventable diseases and the importance of immunization
IAC enrolls four more birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; four previously honored institutions qualify for a second year
CDC NetConference on current topics of interest scheduled for July 30
CDC Twitter chat on vaccinating preteens and teens scheduled for July 28
IAC Handouts
IAC develops two new handouts for patients: "Hepatitis A Vaccine: Reasons to Consider Vaccination" and "Foodborne Hepatitis A Outbreaks in the U.S. Are Well-documented; Vaccine Provides Lifetime Protection"
IAC updates patient handout: "Hepatitis A Is a Serious Liver Disease"
New translation: "HPV: A Parent's Guide to Preteen and Teen HPV Vaccination" now available in Spanish
IAC updates Spanish translation of "Questions Frequently Asked about Hepatitis B"
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC posts multiple updated translations of the VISs for rabies, Japanese encephalitis, typhoid, and yellow fever vaccines
New German Tdap VIS and updated German Td VIS translations now available
Official Releases and Announcements
CDC discontinues distribution of free print copies of MMWR Weekly; free electronic copies and paid subscriptions remain available
Featured Resources
Voices for Vaccines creates new handouts to help vaccine advocates make their case
IAC's sturdy laminated version of the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule is still available for purchase—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Journal Articles
The Joint Commission releases report on preventing infection from the misuse of vials
Dr. Peter Hotez's article provides information on the history and future of vaccine diplomacy
Education and Training
Registration deadline for October 29–30 ACIP meeting is October 6 for non-U.S. citizens and October 13 for citizens
Archived slide sets from the June ACIP meeting now available
IAC Express: Issue 1132
July 15, 2014
Ask the Experts–Question of the Week: We have an adult who was diagnosed with polio as a child with some residual effects. This… read more
Top Stories
The Immunization Action Coalition is relocating!
Reminder: July issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults available online
Measles count continues to rise in Washington state
CDC publishes interim guidance for polio vaccination and travel
Ideas to help you celebrate National Immunization Awareness Month in August
Dr. L.J Tan, IAC's chief strategy officer, moderates Medscape video on improving adult immunization rates
IAC Handouts
IAC offers several immunization schedules designed for patients across the age span
Featured Resources
San Diego partnership creates new immunization handout for pregnant women and their prenatal care providers
IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2014 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
IAC Express Special Edition - Ask the Experts: Issue 1131
July 10, 2014
MMR Vaccine
Q: Many people age 60 years and older do not have records indicating what type of measles vaccine they received as children in the early 1960s. What measles vaccine was most frequently given in that time period? That guidance would assist many older people who would prefer not to be revaccinated.
Varicella Vaccine
Q: Does ACIP recommend giving varicella vaccine to infants before age 1 year if they are traveling internationally?
Tdap Vaccine
Q: We see many 10-year-olds for middle school entry immunization. Is one brand of Tdap preferred for this age group?
Q: Is it acceptable to give breastfeeding mothers Tdap vaccine?
HPV Vaccine
Q: Can human papillomavirus (HPV) be transmitted by non-sexual transmission routes, such as clothing, undergarments, sex toys, or surfaces?
Pneumococcal Vaccine
Q: Is pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine indicated for former smokers?
Zoster Vaccine
Q: I know that ACIP only recommends zoster vaccine for adults age 60 years and older, although it is licensed for use in those 50 years and older. If I choose to vaccinate patients age 50–59 years, are there any criteria as to which patients in this age group might benefit most from zoster vaccination?
Vaccine Storage and Handling
Q: How long do we need to keep our refrigerator/freezer temperature tracking logs?
General Vaccine Questions
Q: What do we legally need to record when giving an immunization to a patient?
Q: In updating immunizations for immigration ("green card") exams, I regularly come across intervals between catch-up vaccine doses that are shorter than ACIP recommendations—most often the last 2 doses of IPV are given less than 6 months apart, but also sometimes the 2 doses of varicella are given less than 3 months apart, and the next-to-last and last Td are given less than 6 months apart. How significant is this in terms of immunity?
Q: Is it standard practice to revaccinate a child who is adopted from another country?
IAC Express: Issue 1130
July 8, 2014
Ask the Experts–Question of the Week: Should adult patients who are not asplenic but who have hypogammaglobulinemia receive… read more
Top Stories
New! July issue of Vaccinate Adults is now available online
Reminder: July issue of Needle Tips is available online
CDC publishes interim guidance for polio vaccination and travel in an MMWR Early Release issued on July 7
IAC Spotlight! Eight more healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
New study published in Pediatrics reinforces the safety of vaccination
Vaccine Education Center plans September 10 Current Issues in Vaccines webinar
Join the Voices for Vaccines' July 11 conference call featuring Shannon Des Roches Rosa
IAC Handouts
IAC updates "After the Shots... What to do if your child has discomfort"
IAC updates "Pneumococcus: Questions and Answers"
Official Releases and Announcements
The Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER) at FDA has a new location
Featured Resources
CDC posts four new vaccine storage and handling fact sheets
Voices for Vaccines provides parents with helpful information about measles
IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2014 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
June issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
Education and Training
Archive of CDC's May 22 "Current Issues in Immunization NetConference" on measles now available online
Reminder: ACOG in partnership with AAP to offer immunization business strategies webinar on July 30
IAC Express: Issue 1129
July 1, 2014
Ask the Experts–Question of the Week: Many travelers do not return for their second dose of hepatitis A vaccine… read more
Top Stories
New! July issue of Needle Tips now available online
ACIP votes to preferentially recommend live nasal spray influenza vaccine when available for healthy children age 2–8 years
CDC updates its Vaccine Storage & Handling Toolkit
IAC Spotlight! "Like" IAC on Facebook and "follow" IAC on Twitter!
CDC releases two new videos to help providers double-check injection practices
National Quality Forum's draft report on adult immunization now available for comment
Registration for National Immunization Conference is now open
Official Releases and Announcements
World Hepatitis Day is July 28
Featured Resources
Download CDC's MMWR app to keep up to date on immunization and other health issues
CDC posts a new adult immunization patient intake form on its website
Vaccine Education Center provides guidance on diagnosing measles
Access presentations and interviews on current vaccine topics by Dr. Paul Offit, including his appearances on "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report" on the Vaccine Education Center website
Vaccine Education Center publishes new fact sheet on tetanus
Ignite! New book explores how community coalitions can get fired up for change
IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2014 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Education and Training
Slides and transcript from HHS webinar on Lyme disease persistence now available
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June 2014 Back to top
IAC Express: Issue 1128
June 24, 2014
Ask the Experts–Question of the Week: I have a five-month-old patient who received hepatitis B vaccine at birth, at 2… read more
Top Stories
CDC publishes ACIP's recommendations for use of MenACWY-CRM vaccine in children age 2–23 months at increased risk for meningococcal disease
Measles outbreak spreads in Ohio; Governor Kasich signs executive order allowing pharmacists to give MMR to people 18 years and older
Plan ahead for National Immunization Awareness Month in August with new toolkit
IAC Spotlight! Personal testimonies on vaccine-preventable diseases; essay by author Roald Dahl about the heartbreaking loss of his 7-year-old daughter Olivia from measles
IAC enrolls five more birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll
CDC's Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity webinar on the status of measles in the U.S.; free Continuing education credit available
IAC Handouts
IAC updates nine translations of "Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Vaccines for Adults"
IAC updates its staff education materials: "Current Dates of Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)" and "It's Federal Law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)"
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC posts 16 new VIS translations, including six for Hib, six for Td, two for typhoid, and two for Japanese encephalitis vaccines
Official Releases and Announcements
WHO publishes position paper on varicella and herpes zoster vaccines
Featured Resources
IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2014 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Education and Training
Minutes from February 2014 ACIP meeting now available; follow June ACIP meeting via live webcast
Presentation slides from National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions now available
IAC Express: Issue 1127
June 17, 2014
Ask the Experts–Question of the Week: Is there any harm in giving an extra dose of MMR to a child of age seven years whose record is lost... read more
Top Stories
California experiencing a pertussis epidemic; 800 new cases reported in the last two weeks
IAC Spotlight! Seven more healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
Study shows rotavirus vaccines are reducing diarrhea-associated hospitalizations in the U.S.
IAC Handouts
IAC releases new handout: "Pre-exposure Management for Healthcare Personnel with a Documented Hepatitis B Vaccine Series Who Have Not Had Post-vaccination Serologic Testing"
IAC updates "Human Papillomavirus (HPV): Questions and Answers" and "Hepatitis A: Questions and Answers"
Vaccine Information Statements
CDC releases updated VIS for adenovirus vaccine
Featured Resources
IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2014 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes report on progress toward measles elimination in the Eastern Mediterranean region
CDC announces recommendation related to use of immunization information systems
IAC Express: Issue 1126
June 10, 2014
Ask the Experts–Question of the Week: For the purpose of vaccine spacing, what constitutes a month: 28 days (4 weeks), 30 days… read more
Top Stories
Remembering Dr. Ciro de Quadros, global public health immunization giant
IAC Spotlight! IAC's "State Information" web section: We've added a new table and map covering exemptions to school and childcare immunization requirements
CDC publishes report on measles in the U.S.; same article previously published as an MMWR Early Release in late May
Review measles assessment, diagnosis, and patient management guidelines in light of the measles outbreaks in the U.S.
CDC publishes report on the 2013–14 influenza season and composition of the 2014–15 influenza vaccines
Save the date! National Immunization Conference scheduled for September 29–30 in Atlanta
IAC Handouts
IAC updates nine translations of "Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Vaccines for Children and Teens"
Featured Resources
Michigan's Alliance for Immunization website is redesigned to offer you easier access to its free immunization resources
Voices for Vaccines creates new flyer to encourage vaccine advocates to join together
IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2014 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
May issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
Education and Training
ACOG in partnership with AAP to offer immunization business strategies webinar on July 30
IAC Express: Issue 1125 - Special Edition: CDC Health Advisory
June 4, 2014
Special Edition: CDC Health Advisory
CDC's Health Alert Network publishes an advisory to clinicians regarding new WHO polio vaccination requirements for travel by residents of and long-term visitors to countries with active polio transmission
IAC Express: Issue 1124
June 3, 2014
Ask the Experts–Question of the Week: Is pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) contraindicated in pregnancy?… read more
Top Stories
CDC releases training video on vaccine storage and handling; continuing education credit available
Please volunteer for a telephone interview with the American Academy of Pediatrics on vaccine storage and handling
Institute for Safe Medication Practices publishes article on reported vaccine diluent errors
IAC enrolls seven more birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll
Presentation slides from the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit now available online
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends HBV screening for populations at high risk of infection
IAC Spotlight! “Technically Speaking” column from IAC’s executive director covers practical topics about delivering vaccination services
IAC Handouts
IAC updates and reformats "Questions Frequently Asked About Hepatitis B"
Featured Resources
Voices for Vaccines offers tools to help parents and others advocate for vaccines
CDC updates ACIP Abbreviations for Vaccines web page
IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2014 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
Meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization publishes summary of April meeting
CDC publishes update on progress toward polio elimination
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IAC Express: Issue 1123 - Special Edition: MMWR Early Release
May 30, 2014
Special Edition: MMWR Early Release
CDC publishes an MMWR Early Release report on record-breaking year in reported cases of measles in the U.S.
IAC Express: Issue 1122
May 27, 2014
Ask the Experts–Question of the Week: If a woman's rubella test result shows she is "not immune" during a prenatal visit… read more
Top Stories
IAC Spotlight! Redesigned "Ask the Experts" web section is user friendly and now includes two new features: "Question of the Week" and "What's New"
CDC releases free iTunes app to help healthcare providers easily access the recommended immunization schedules
NFID releases report on addressing serogroup B meningococcal disease outbreaks on campuses
IAC Handouts
IAC posts new Spanish translations of patient-friendly schedules for high-risk adult patients
Two of IAC's screening questionnaires for adults are now available in Spanish: "Should You Be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis A?" and "Should You Be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis B?"
IAC posts Spanish translation of " Protect Yourself Against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B... A Guide for Gay and Bisexual Men"
IAC updates child and adult screening checklists for contraindications and precautions
Featured Resources
IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2014 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
New study reconfirms that it is best for children to receive the first dose of MMR or MMRV at age 12–15 months
CDC publishes article about rabies death in Texas
Conferences and Meetings
Agenda for June ACIP meeting available; follow the meeting online if you are unable to attend in person
IAC Express: Issue 1121
May 20, 2014
Top Stories
CDC publishes report about two cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection in the U.S.
Network for Public Health Law releases report about immunization waivers
IAC Spotlight! Access up-to-date vaccine package inserts
CDC's May 22 NetConference to focus on measles
IAC Handouts
"Top Ten Reasons to Protect Your Child by Vaccinating" now available in Spanish
IAC updates Spanish translation of "Questions Parents Ask about Vaccinations for Babies"
Featured Resources
IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2014 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC study concludes influenza vaccination prevents hospitalization in older people
April issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
Nominations and Awards
Association of Immunization Managers soliciting nominations for the Natalie J. Smith, M.D. Award
Education and Training
Clinical Vaccinology course to be held in Houston on November 7–9
IAC Express: Issue 1120
May 13, 2014
Top Stories
CDC's Health Alert Network publishes an advisory to alert clinicians about a case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus in Indiana
CDC study shows LAIV being administered to people for whom it is not recommended
IAC Spotlight! Ten more healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
IAC adds new resources to its Adult Vaccination Resource Library
Let CDC know how you celebrated National Infant Immunization Week
Join the Voices for Vaccines' May 16 conference call featuring Karrie Delaney and introducing VFV's Parent Advocacy Toolkit
Final reminder: National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions starts next week
IAC Handouts
Share IAC’s user-friendly immunization schedules with patients and parents
Featured Resources
Binational immunization schedule for Mexico and the U.S. is updated
IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2014 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes announcement about Hepatitis Awareness Month and National Hepatitis Testing Day
CDC publishes article about early identification and care of people with chronic hepatitis B infection
Education and Training
May 15 webinar will discuss national strategies to combat viral hepatitis in the U.S.
IAC Express: Issue 1119
May 6, 2014
Top Stories
WHO Director-General declares the international spread of wild poliovirus in 2014 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern
Coming soon! "Question of the Week" in IAC Express
Association of Immunization Managers releases position statement on personal belief exemptions
IAC clarifies information in IAC Express article about age indications for Tdap products
IAC Spotlight! Unprotected People Reports about vaccine-preventable diseases; essay by author Roald Dahl about the heartbreaking loss of his 7-year-old daughter Olivia from measles
Resources for Hepatitis Awareness Month and Hepatitis Testing Day
Multi-lingual Know Hepatitis B campaign launched during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Featured Resources
IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2014 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
American Academy of Arts & Sciences publishes report calling for more research on parental trust in vaccines
Journal Articles and Newsletters
New study shows that influenza B virus infections can be just as severe as influenza A virus infections
CDC publishes information about an investigation of infectious disease risks at a nontransplant anatomical donation center in Arizona
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IAC Express: Issue 1118
April 29, 2014
Top Stories
It's National Infant Immunization Week! CDC celebrates by naming Childhood Immunization Champion Award winners
Report shows 20-year U.S. immunization program spares millions of children from diseases
CDC publishes report on measles in California in early 2014
The National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit announces 2014 Immunization Excellence Award winners
IAC Spotlight! IAC features more than 35 free parent handouts about infant immunization
IAC enrolls five more birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll
IAC Handouts
IAC updates "Suggestions to Improve Your Immunization Services"
Official Releases and Announcements
American Immunization Registry Association releases white paper on pharmacies and registry reporting
Featured Resources
AAP highlights resources available for NIIW and beyond
PKIDs launches "Your Choice!" immunization campaign targeted at older teens and young adults
IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2014 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes article about tracking progress toward global polio eradication
Education and Training
Archived video broadcast of the February 2014 ACIP meeting now available
Conferences and Meetings
Immunize Nebraska conference scheduled for June 6 in Omaha
Reminder: National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions is less than a month away
IAC Express Special Edition - Ask the Experts: Issue 1117
April 23, 2014
Zoster Vaccine
Q: A long-term care resident age 80 years who received zoster vaccine (Zostavax; Merck) several years ago recently had a mild case of shingles. Is there any recommendation for administering a second dose of vaccine in such a circumstance? Are booster doses ever recommended?
Q: The Zostavax package insert says to inject the vaccine into the deltoid region of the upper arm. We always give subcutaneous vaccines in the triceps area of the arm. Are we wrong?
Q: The Zostavax package insert says that the vaccine is contraindicated in a person with a history of primary or acquired immunodeficiency states, leukemia, lymphoma, or other malignant neoplasms affecting the bone marrow or lymphatic system. Does this mean that a person who was treated for lymphoma many years ago and is now healthy should not receive zoster vaccine?
Q: Can a person age 60 years or older with a diagnosis of an autoimmune disease, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, receive zoster vaccine?
Q: A 65-year-old patient is having major back surgery next week. He is requesting zoster vaccine today. Can I give him the vaccine?
Q: For patients age 60 or older who don't remember having chickenpox in the past, should we test them for varicella immunity before giving zoster vaccine?
Q: We weren't familiar with the recommendations and tested a 60-year-old for varicella antibody because she said she never had chickenpox. Her result was negative. Should this patient receive zoster vaccine or varicella vaccine?
Q: How should zoster vaccine be transported to an off-site clinic location?
Q: If a person was exposed to shingles by a spouse within the last few days, is there a recommended waiting period before the exposed person can receive zoster vaccine?
Q: If zoster vaccine that has been damaged by a temperature excursion has been inadvertently administered to a patient, when should the dose be repeated?
IAC Express: Issue 1116
April 22, 2014
Top Stories
Celebrate Immunization! National Infant Immunization Week starts this Saturday
IAC Spotlight! Unprotected People Reports about vaccine-preventable diseases; Lasker Foundation president's powerful editorial on the dangers of vaccine refusal
Help support the launch of the Invisible Threat by contacting your legislators this week
Immunization advocate, Seattle Mama Doc, releases book for new parents
CDC reports on effective strategies for reducing health disparities, including disparities in vaccination rates
Register by April 25 for the National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions to receive conference room rate
IAC Handouts
IAC updates a storage and handling resource for immunization providers, "Vaccine Handling Tips"
"Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Vaccines for Children and Teens" available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Hmong, Korean, Russian, Turkish, and Vietnamese translations
Featured Resources
ASTHO's Immunization Resource Guide is now available online
CDC offers Spanish-language HPV educational materials for patients, parents, and providers
Newly available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2014 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Vaccine Education Center develops online vaccine trivia game—"Are You Up for the Challenge?"
Influenza season is not over—please keep vaccinating your patients!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
March issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
CDC publishes article about potential zoonotic disease exposure related to a bat festival in Nigeria
Education and Training
CDC offers continuing education opportunity on HPV vaccination
IAC Express Special Edition - Ask the Experts: Issue 1115
April 16, 2014
HPV Vaccines
Q: I read that HPV vaccination rates are still low. What can we do as providers to improve these rates?
DTaP and Tdap
Q: A 17-year-old received a dose of Tdap vaccine when she was 12 years old. She is now pregnant. Should she get another dose of Tdap vaccine?
Q: If Kinrix (DTaP-IPV; GSK) is inadvertently given to a child age 15 through 18 months, as the fourth DTaP dose and the third IPV dose, do the DTaP and IPV doses need to be repeated?
Influenza Vaccine
Q: May Fluzone High-Dose (sanofi) be administered to patients younger than age 65 years?
MMR and Varicella Vaccines
Q: Would you consider a healthcare provider with 2 documented doses of MMR vaccine (Merck) to be immune even if their serology for 1 or more of the antigens comes back negative?
Q: I have patients who claim to remember receiving MMR vaccine but have no written record, or whose parents report the patient has been vaccinated. Should I accept this as evidence of vaccination?
Q: We have adult patients in our practice at high risk for measles, including patients going back to college or preparing for international travel, who don't remember ever receiving MMR vaccine or having had measles disease. How should we manage these patients?
Q: I have a 45-year-old patient who is traveling to Jordan to work with Syrian refugees. She doesn't recall ever getting a second dose of MMR (she didn't go to college and never worked in healthcare). She was rubella immune when pregnant 20 years ago. Her measles titer is negative. Would you recommend a second dose of MMR vaccine?
Q: If a 5-year-old child has never received any doses of MMR or varicella vaccine and now the parents want him to catch up with the combination vaccine MMRV (ProQuad; Merck), what is the spacing requirement between the two doses?
Q: MMRV was mistakenly given to a 31-year-old instead of MMR. Can this be considered a valid dose?
Vaccine Storage and Handling
Q: How long should we monitor the temperature in a new refrigerator before storing vaccines in it?
IAC Express: Issue 1114
April 15, 2014
Top Stories
Reminder: March issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are available online
FDA lowers age of licensure for Adacel vaccine administration from age 11 years to 10 years
Reminder: National Infant Immunization Week is April 26–May 3
CDC publishes article on measles outbreaks associated with children adopted from China
IAC Spotlight! Seventeen more healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
CDC offers new resources for Hepatitis Awareness Month and Hepatitis Testing Day
Join the Voices for Vaccines' conference call featuring Dr. Stanley Plotkin discussing vaccine development
IAC Handouts
IAC updates its guide to popular immunize.org destinations
IAC revises its two medical chart record forms: "Vaccine Administration Record for Children and Teens" and "Vaccine Administration Record for Adults"
Featured Resources
Newly available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2014 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
CDC issues response to report on antiviral effectiveness with influenza
Influenza season is not over—please keep vaccinating your patients!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
New York Times publishes helpful article on understanding autism risk
Education and Training
Archive of CDC's March 12 "Current Issues in Immunization NetConference" now available online
Archived slide sets from the February ACIP meeting now available
Conferences and Meetings
Sabin Vaccine Institute to sponsor 20th Anniversary Scientific Symposium on April 25
IAC Express: Issue 1113
April 8, 2014
Top Stories
Reminder: March issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are available online
More cases of measles identified in New York City; 25 cases confirmed since February 5
Health advisory issued by California Department of Health: 49 measles cases in 2014
Mumps in Ohio: more than 150 cases reported, with the majority of cases linked to the outbreak at Ohio State University
Read Dr. Peter Hotez's blog post "Thoughts on World Autism Awareness Day"
Newly available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2014 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
IAC Spotlight! Reminder to use IAC’s new series of educational materials for patients and parents
New! CDC resources on implementing the "Standards for Adult Immunization Practice"
Something to Talk About: Voices for Vaccines' benefit event at the Mall of America on April 11; tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available
Official Releases and Announcements
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health issues new vaccination recommendations for men at risk of contracting meningitis
Updated federal action plan to combat viral hepatitis released
CDC announcement: April is STD Awareness Month
Featured Resources
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine releases 2014 versions of "Shots Immunizations" mobile app and "Shots Online" for PCs
Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia revises two of its Q&A fact sheets
Influenza is serious; vaccination is recommended for nearly everyone, so please keep vaccinating your patients
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes report on progress toward measles elimination in African region countries, 2011–2012
Conferences and Meetings
2014 California Immunization Coalition Summit will be held in Sacramento, May 4–5
Join your fellow vaccine advocates at the 11th National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions, May 21–23 in Seattle
Registration is open for the 20th Annual Pennsylvania Immunization Conference on June 19
Abstract deadline extended to May 16 for the 11th International Rotavirus Symposium to be held September 3–5 in New Delhi
IAC Express: Issue 1112
April 1, 2014
Top Stories
New! March issue of Vaccinate Adults is now available online
Reminder: March issue of Needle Tips is available online
CDC publishes travel watch for the Philippines due to measles outbreaks; U.S. clinicians should keep measles in mind when seeing patients who have traveled internationally
New York Times publishes editorial on the seriousness of measles by Dr. Paul Offit
New study shows influenza vaccine reduced children's risk of related intensive care admission by 74%
WHO Southeast Asia region certified polio-free
IAC Spotlight! "Apps for Immunization" web section on immunize.org
Something to Talk About: Voices for Vaccines' benefit event at the Mall of America on April 11; tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available
Newly available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2014 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
IAC Handouts
IAC revises two of its most popular staff education materials: "Summary of Recommendations for Child/Teen Immunization" and "Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization"
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC provides nine new translations of the Hib and Td VISs; Spanish translations are also available in rich text format
IAC posts Nepali translation of the inactivated influenza vaccine VIS
Featured Resources
Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia posts two new fact sheets
Influenza season is not over—please keep vaccinating your patients!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes report on invasive cancer incidence that includes information about HPV vaccination
Nominations and Awards
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases award nominations due by May 1
Education and Training
Vaccine Education Center posts archive of "Current Issues in Vaccines" March 19 webina
Earn continuing education credit with CDC's broadcasts, webcasts, and self-study courses
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IAC Express: Issue 1111
March 25, 2014
Top Stories
New! March issue of Needle Tips now available online
Newly available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2014 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Please share the "Dear Colleague" letter about the importance of making a strong recommendation for HPV vaccination
CDC releases update on meningococcal disease at Princeton and Drexel universities
IAC Spotlight! Five more healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
You're invited to Voices for Vaccines' exciting fundraising event at the Mall of America on April 11
Reminder: Register now for the National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions
Featured Resources
CDC's Standards for Adult Immunization Practice web section offers overview of standards and useful resources
Influenza season is not over—please keep vaccinating your patients!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes article on WHO's new global polio vaccination recommendations
CDC publishes report on a combined OPV/IPV vaccination campaign in Kenya
IAC Express Special Edition - Shop IAC: Issue 1110
March 20, 2014
Top Stories:
Now available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2014 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2014 U.S. adult immunization schedule—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 1109
March 18, 2014
Top Stories
Nineteen confirmed cases in New York City measles outbreak; two cases in Connecticut
ISMP publishes recommendations to address system-based causes of vaccine errors
IAC enrolls seven more birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll
CDC and AAP to provide a March 20 webinar-based peer education training on HPV
VICNetwork March 20 webinar to focus on adult vaccination
IAC Spotlight! Ask the Experts web section on measles, mumps, and rubella recently updated
Final reminder: National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit requests nominations for its 2014 Immunization Excellence Awards; deadline is March 25
IAC Handouts
Just released! New educational resource titled "How to Administer Intradermal, Intranasal, and Oral Vaccinations" now available
IAC updates its popular guides to contraindications and precautions
IAC updates its "Questions and Answers" handouts for measles, mumps, and rubella
IAC revises its staff-education document titled "Healthcare Personnel Vaccination Recommendations"
IAC updates its staff education materials: "Current Dates of Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)" and "It's Federal Law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)"
"Hepatitis A, B, and C: Learn the Differences" provides a quick overview of viral hepatitis
Official Releases and Announcements
CDC announces new look for its "Vaccines" website
Featured Resources
CDC Worksite Health Scorecard updated and expanded; now includes questions about vaccine-preventable diseases
Influenza season is not over—please keep vaccinating your patients!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC reports on influenza-like illness and influenza vaccination coverage among workers in the 2009–10 influenza season
IAC Express: Issue 1108
March 11, 2014
Top Stories
CDC honors IAC with its Excellence in Partnering award for leadership in providing VISs in languages other than English
CDC temporarily removes the Multi-vaccine VIS from service until it is updated
National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit launches new website: www.izsummitpartners.org
CDC announces new Twitter account for immunization providers
IAC Spotlight! Personal testimonies on vaccine-preventable diseases; Lasker Foundation President's powerful editorial on the dangers of vaccine refusal
Vaccine Education Center plans March 19 Current Issues in Vaccines webinar
Reminder: National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit requests nominations for its 2014 Immunization Excellence Awards; deadline is March 25
CDC publishes report on impact of Connecticut regulation that requires influenza vaccination of children in licensed child care and preschool programs
IAC Handouts
IAC corrects text in its recently redesigned hepatitis B handout: "Give the Birth Dose... Hepatitis B Vaccine at Birth Saves Lives!"
Official Releases and Announcements
UNICEF announces that IPV will be available to low-income countries for as little as $1 a dose to help implement new WHO polio recommendations
Featured Resources
Influenza season is not over—please keep vaccinating your patients!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
Study finds that childhood immunizations save thousands of lives and billions of dollars in the U.S.
Education and Training
CDC offers video on protecting people with chronic health conditions from influenza
Conferences and Meetings
Registration deadline for June 25–26 ACIP meeting is June 2 for non-citizens and June 9 for citizens
NACCHO annual conference scheduled for July 8–10 in Atlanta; poster submission deadline is March 16
IAC Express: Issue 1107
March 4, 2014
Top Stories
CDC publishes ACIP recommendations for prevention and control of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) disease
AAP News publishes commentary on HPV vaccination by Dr. Michael Brady, chair of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases; useful AAP resources available to help providers increase HPV vaccine uptake
Reminder: National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit requests nominations for its 2014 Immunization Excellence Awards; deadline is March 25
CDC and South Carolina Department of Health and Environment warn of possible hepatitis A exposure at Hilton Head restaurant
Please comment on the new USPSTF draft recommendations for hepatitis B screening by March 10; sample letters and comments available
IAC Spotlight! Quick access to ACIP recommendations on immunize.org
Polio-like illness reported in five California children
IAC Handouts
IAC revises and redesigns two educational pieces about the hepatitis B vaccine birth dose: "Give the Birth Dose... Hepatitis B Vaccine at Birth Saves Lives!" and "Hepatitis B Shots Are Recommended for All New Babies"
IAC updates and redesigns two hepatitis B handouts for adults: "Every Week Hundreds of People Get Hepatitis B" and "Protect Yourself Against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B... A Guide for Gay and Bisexual Men"
IAC updates "Questions Parents Ask About Vaccinations for Babies"
IAC updates sample standing orders templates for administering meningococcal and varicella vaccines to children and teens
IAC posts Hmong translation of "Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Live Attenuated Intranasal Influenza Vaccination"
Official Releases and Announcements
WHO issues updated position paper on polio vaccines
CDC expands its injection safety efforts
Featured Resources
Influenza is serious; vaccination is recommended for nearly everyone, so please keep vaccinating your patients
Journal Articles and Newsletters
January and February issues of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
CDC publishes information about two-dose varicella vaccination coverage in the U.S.
CDC reports on emergence of wildlife rabies on island free from canine rabies for 52 years
Education and Training
CDC updates Influenza module in its "You Call the Shots" training course
Conferences and Meetings
Conference on Vaccine Research posts agenda; early bird registration rate ends March 17
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IAC Express: Issue 1106
February 25, 2014
Top Stories
CDC holds telebriefing about seriousness of influenza this season, especially among adults age 18–64; MMWR publishes three related reports on influenza cases and deaths, seasonal influenza activity, and influenza vaccine effectiveness
"Dear Colleague" letter from CDC and professional societies urges healthcare professionals caring for pregnant women to administer influenza vaccination and treat influenza with antivirals
National Vaccine Advisory Committee publishes "Standards for Adult Immunization Practice"
California Department of Public Health issues health advisory: 14 measles cases in state since beginning of 2014
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issues draft recommendations for HBV screening of high-risk populations; comments solicited
CDC's March 12 NetConference to focus on the 2014 childhood and adult immunization recommendations and on adult immunization practice standards
IAC enrolls nine more birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll
IAC Spotlight! "IAC's Most Popular Web Sections and Downloads" are easy to find on immunize.org home page
IAC Handouts
IAC develops new handout for parents: "Top Ten Reasons to Protect Your Child by Vaccinating"
Use "Skills Checklist for Immunization" to review and promote proper standards with immunization staff
Official Releases and Announcements
WHO requests nominations for current and future vacancies for its Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on immunization
Featured Resources
Influenza is serious; vaccination is recommended for nearly everyone, so please keep vaccinating your patients
Bulk quantities of laminated pocket guides for pneumococcal vaccine are available—free—from the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit and IAC
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes report of varicella-associated death of vaccinated child with leukemia
Conferences and Meetings
Registration now open for 2014 STD Prevention Conference; early bird registration ends April 15
IAC Express: Issue 1105
February 18, 2014
Top Stories
Leading medical organizations release "Dear Colleague" letter that urges healthcare professionals to promote HPV vaccination
President's Cancer Panel releases report on HPV vaccination
ACOG issues "Dear Colleague" letter and algorithm to assess and treat pregnant women with influenza-like illness
IAC's Diane Peterson coauthors new JAMA article on legislative challenges to immunization
IAC Spotlight! Five more healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
IAC Handouts
IAC updates its two screening checklists for contraindications to vaccines
IAC updates provider resource "Emergency Response Worksheet"
IAC revises standing orders templates for administering zoster and varicella vaccines to adults
IAC updates its staff education materials "Current Dates of Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)" and "It's Federal Law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)"
Official Releases and Announcements
U.S. joins 26 countries to accelerate progress against infectious disease threats
Featured Resources
CDC updates its interactive quiz for adolescent and adult immunization
Influenza is serious; vaccination is recommended for nearly everyone, so please keep vaccinating your patients
Bulk quantities of laminated pocket guides for pneumococcal vaccine are available—free—from the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit and IAC
Conferences and Meetings
Archived video broadcast of the October 2013 ACIP meeting now available
IAC Express: Issue 1104
February 11, 2014
Top Stories
CDC publishes details about the 2014 immunization schedules for children/teens and adults in the February 7 issue of MMWR
IAC Spotlight! Immunization Schedules web section offers quick access to child, teen, and adult guidance for 2014
CDC releases updated VISs for Hib and Td vaccines
CDC publishes report on noninfluenza vaccination coverage among adults
CDC offers website content syndication to immunization partners
CDC publishes article about global control and regional elimination of measles
IAC Handouts
New! IAC releases two new handouts for patients with chronic health conditions: "Vaccinations for Adults with Heart Disease" and "Vaccinations for Adults with Lung Disease"
New! IAC develops a standing orders template for Tdap vaccination of pregnant women
IAC updates "Meningococcal Vaccination Recommendations by Age and/or Risk Factors"
IAC revises its standing orders templates for administering rotavirus and PPSV vaccines to children