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June 2016 Back to top
IAC Express: Issue 1253
June 29, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: We did a hepatitis B panel for a new hospital employee from Gambia…read more
Top Stories
ACIP votes that live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) should not be used during the 2016–2017 flu season
IAC provides summary article about votes taken at June 22–23 ACIP meeting
FDA approves plans for first human Zika vaccine trial
Free bulk quantities of pneumococcal and zoster vaccination laminated pocket guides available from IAC for distribution within your organization and at conferences
IAC Handouts
Reminder: "10 Steps to Implementing Standing Orders for Immunization in Your Practice Setting" now available
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC posts Yiddish-language translations of the HPV9 and Meningococcal ACWY VISs
World News
WHO publishes report on maternal and neonatal tetanus prevention in Indonesia
Featured Resources
Vaccine Education Center's newsletter for healthcare professionals includes a rabies Q&A and other new resources
CDC's "You are the key to HPV cancer prevention" slide deck for providers available in Spanish
Now available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2016 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2016 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Download Dr. Gary Marshall's The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (“The Purple Book") as a new app for iOS devices or purchase as a print book
Journal Articles and Newsletters
Studies find association between rotavirus vaccination and reduction of childhood seizures
Education and Training
Time sensitive! VICNetwork webinar about social media will be held today (Wednesday), June 29, at 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Weekly CDC webinar series on "The Pink Book" chapter topics continues through September 21; register now
Conferences and Meetings
Registration deadline for October 19–20 ACIP meeting is September 28 for non-U.S. citizens and October 10 for citizens
North Dakota Immunization Conference scheduled for August 3–4
IAC Express: Issue 1252
June 22, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: Is the top shelf of a pharmacy-grade storage unit acceptable for vaccine storage if…read more
Top Stories
Reminder: “10 Steps to Implementing Standing Orders for Immunization in Your Practice Setting” now available
FDA approves changes in dosing language for YF-Vax for the prevention of yellow fever
Winners of the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit video contest announced
IAC Spotlight! IAC updates Email News Services listings
2016 HPV vaccination toolkit available online from ACOG
Free bulk quantities of pneumococcal and zoster vaccination laminated pocket guides available from IAC for distribution within your organization or at conferences
Featured Resources
Now available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2016 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2016 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Download Dr. Gary Marshall's The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (“The Purple Book") as a new app for iOS devices or purchase as a print book
Journal Articles and Newsletters
May issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
Study investigates most effective interventions to increase HPV vaccine uptake
Education and Training
NFID to offer webinar about June ACIP meeting
Weekly CDC webinar series on "The Pink Book" chapter topics continues through September 21; register now
Conferences and Meetings
Final June ACIP meeting agenda available
Reminder: Registration open for CDC’s 47th National Immunization Conference on September 13–15
NFID Clinical Vaccinology Course scheduled for November 4–6 in Philadelphia
IAC Express: Issue 1251
June 15, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: We have a 20-week-old infant who was born prematurely. The infant has never…read more
Top Stories
Reminder! May issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are available online
New! IAC releases “10 Steps to Implementing Standing Orders for Immunization in Your Practice Setting”
FDA approves Vaxchora for the prevention of cholera
MMWR reports on 2015–2016 influenza season in the United States and 2016–2017 vaccine composition
IAC Spotlight! IAC updates Vaccine Timeline of historic dates and events
NFID releases report: “Addressing the Challenges of Influenza Vaccination on U.S. College Campuses”
Free bulk quantities of pneumococcal and zoster vaccination laminated pocket guides available from IAC for distribution within your organization
IAC Handouts
IAC updates “Decision to Not Vaccinate My Child”
Featured Resources
CDC 2016 easy-to-read immunization schedule for preteens and teens now available in Spanish
Now available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2016 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2016 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Download Dr. Gary Marshall's The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (“The Purple Book") as a new app for iOS devices or purchase as a print book
Journal Articles and Newsletters
Study finds reduction in HPV infection and related conditions since vaccine’s introduction
Education and Training
Ohio AAP offers free webinar on HPV vaccination
Weekly CDC webinar series on "The Pink Book" chapter topics continues through September 21; register now
Conferences and Meetings
2016 Nevada Health Conference scheduled for October 17–18
Webcast instructions for June ACIP meeting now available
IAC Express: Issue 1250
June 8, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: My 7-year-old patient has had only 1 dose of tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine…read more
Top Stories
Reminder! May issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are available online
Nineteen cases of measles in nine states confirmed by CDC so far in 2016
MMWR reports on a case of human rabies contracted in Wyoming
IAC enrolls 10 new birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; two previously honored institutions qualify for additional years
Free bulk quantities of pneumococcal and zoster vaccination laminated pocket guides available from IAC for distribution within your organization
Register now for an IAC "Take a Stand™" workshop on the use of standing orders in Philadelphia or Baltimore in June; related workshop to be offered at the Iowa Immunization Coalition Conference on June 15
Applications to host 2017 National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships due July 15
IAC Handouts
IAC updates “Administering Vaccines: Dose, Route, Site, and Needle Size”
IAC revises “Notification of Vaccination Letter Template”
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC posts translations of the meningococcal (MCV4/MPSV4) VIS in Bengali, Haitian Creole, Polish, and Urdu languages
IAC posts translations of the HPV9 VIS in Bengali, Haitian Creole, Polish, and Urdu languages
World News
WHO reports on outbreaks of influenza in the southern hemisphere in this week's Weekly Epidemiological Report
Featured Resources
CDC’s Vaccines and Immunizations web page updated to be mobile friendly
CDC Health Information for International Travel (“The Yellow Book”) now available for download as an app for iOS or Android mobile devices
Now available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2016 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2016 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Download Dr. Gary Marshall's The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (“The Purple Book") as a new app for iOS devices or purchase as a print book
Education and Training
NFID offers free online educational program about seasonal influenza in older adults
Weekly CDC webinar series on "The Pink Book" chapter topics continues through September 21; register now
IAC Express Special Edition - Ask the Experts: Issue 1249
June 2, 2016
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Q: What is the recommended time to do hepatitis B testing for evidence of success or failure of immunoprophylaxis given at birth to an infant born to a hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)-positive mother?
Q: I work in occupational health and have some patients who are off schedule for their hepatitis B vaccine series. They came back for dose #2 in 4 to 6 months rather than getting it 1 month later. In this situation, what is the correct timing for dose #3? And how long must the interval be between doses before I am required to restart the series?
DTaP/Tdap/Td Vaccines
Q: The U.S. immunization schedule indicates that DTaP #4 is recommended at age 15–18 months. However, the footnote says that dose #4 can be given at age 12 months as long as the minimal interval of 6 months has been met. If the minimal interval is met, is it acceptable to give DTaP #4 to a 12-month-old in order to avoid a missed opportunity to vaccinate?
Q: A 16-year-old has a written record of receiving doses of DTaP at ages 2 months and 5 months and one dose of Tdap at age 15 years. Since she has had three doses of pertussis-containing vaccine, would she still need two additional doses of Td?
Q: For a person entering a long-term-care facility at age 70 or older, if we cannot document that the resident has had a primary series of three doses of tetanus-containing vaccine, is the right course of action upon admission to give a Tdap first, then a Td in 1 to 2 months, followed by a Td in 6 to 12 months, and then a Td booster every 10 years?
Q: If a patient is receiving a tetanus-containing vaccine after an injury and there is no history of any prior tetanus vaccine (e.g., an Amish person who has previously declined vaccination), how much tetanus protection will one dose provide? Also, what is the time frame that the tetanus toxoid needs to be given following an injury?
MMR Vaccine
Q: During a mumps outbreak, should a 6-month-old baby be vaccinated with MMR as we do during a measles outbreak?
Q: Would you consider a healthcare worker with two documented doses of MMR vaccine to be immune, even if the serology for one or more of the antigens comes back negative?
Meningococcal Vaccines
Q: I have a 7-year-old patient with congenital asplenia. She has already received PCV13 and meningococcal conjugate vaccine. Would you consider giving her meningococcal B vaccine?
Q: I have an otherwise healthy 26-year-old patient with HIV infection who received one dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4, MenACWY: Menactra, Sanofi Pasteur; Menveo, GSK) three years ago. Should he receive one or two doses now? Will he need booster doses later?
Q: Are microbiologists recommended to receive meningococcal B vaccine? And if so, how frequently?
Pneumococcal Vaccines
Q: Does a patient younger than age 65 years who smokes marijuana on a daily basis, but doesn’t smoke cigarettes, need to receive pneumococcal polysaccharide (PPSV) vaccine?
Q: Is a patient younger than age 65 years who recently had a prostatectomy with lymph node dissection for prostate cancer a candidate for PPSV? The patient is believed to be cancer-free and is on no chemotherapy.
Q: I have patients who are in their 70s and 80s and remember getting a pneumococcal vaccine a few years ago. Should we assume that this was PPSV? Should I assume that it was given before the 65th birthday?
Zoster Vaccine
Q: If a patient received dose #1 of varicella vaccine at age 60 years, should we administer zoster vaccine as dose #2?
Q: A dose of zoster vaccine was inadvertently given to a patient receiving chemotherapy for colon cancer. We realize this was an error, so please advise us on what to do now.
Healthcare Personnel
Q: Which vaccines are recommended for healthcare personnel (HCP)?
Q: Should HCP be vaccinated routinely against hepatitis A?
Q: I am a nurse who received the hepatitis B vaccine series more than 10 years ago and had a positive follow-up antibody titer for anti-HBs (at least 10 mIU/mL) at that time. At present, my titer is negative (less than 10 mIU/ mL). What should I do now?
Vaccine Storage and Handling
Q: How long is a vaccine viable if it has been stored in the refrigerator in a syringe?
Miscellaneous Questions
Q: I understand that certain vaccines contain aluminum and/or formaldehyde. Could you provide me with the research showing the "safe" amounts of aluminum and formaldehyde that can be injected per pound of body weight?
IAC Express: Issue 1248
June 1, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: A child was inadvertently administered the first dose of rotavirus vaccine at five…read more
Top Stories
Reminder! May issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are available online
MMWR reports on response to cases of serogroup B meningococcal disease at a university
MMWR reports on chemoprophylaxis to a case of meningococcal disease at an elementary school
CDC Division of Viral Hepatitis releases its five-year strategic plan
Register now for an IAC "Take a Stand™" workshop on the use of standing orders in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, or Baltimore in June; related workshop to be offered at the Iowa Immunization Coalition Conference on June 15
Register for the 2016 Iowa Immunization Coalition Conference
Free bulk quantities of pneumococcal and zoster vaccination laminated pocket guides available from IAC for distribution within your organization
IAC Handouts
IAC updates eight translations of its educational handout for parents: "Immunizations for Babies"
World News
WHO reports on April 2016 meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization
Featured Resources
Download Dr. Gary Marshall's The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (“The Purple Book") as a new app for iOS devices or purchase as a print book
Now available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2016 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2016 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Education and Training
Register now for the 2016 CDC webinar series on "The Pink Book" chapter topics, starting June 1
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May 2016 Back to top
IAC Express: Issue 1247
May 25, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: A provider has a 54-year-old woman with rheumatoid arthritis who had been on…read more
Top Stories
New! May 2016 issue of Vaccinate Adults is available online
Reminder: May 2016 issue of Needle Tips is also available online
IAC Spotlight! IAC enrolls nine new birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; twelve previously honored institutions qualify for additional years
Free bulk quantities of pneumococcal and zoster vaccination laminated pocket guides available from IAC for distribution within your organization
Register now for an IAC "Take a Stand™" workshop on the use of standing orders in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, or Baltimore in June; related workshop to be offered at the Iowa Immunization Conference on June 15
IAC Handouts
IAC updates educational handout about hepatitis B virus infection for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
World News
WHO reports on work of the Smallpox Secretariat and global preparedness
Featured Resources
Download Dr. Gary Marshall's The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (“The Purple Book") as a new app for iOS devices or purchase as a print book
Now available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2016 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2016 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Education and Training
NFID to offer webinar on travel vaccines
Conferences and Meetings
Draft agenda for June ACIP meeting now available
Save the date: Hawaii Immunization Coalition to offer CDC's “Pink Book” course January 10–11, 2017
IAC Express: Issue 1246
May 18, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: An expired dose of ProQuad (MMRV, Merck) was given to a patient. We assume…read more
Top Stories
New! May 2016 issue of Needle Tips is now available online
CDC offers resources about mumps targeted to college students and healthcare professionals
Download Dr. Gary Marshall's The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (“The Purple Book") as a new app for iOS devices or purchase as a print book
IAC Spotlight! Free bulk quantities of pneumococcal and zoster vaccination laminated pocket guides now available from IAC for distribution within your organization
MMWR reports on Hepatitis Awareness Month and Hepatitis Testing Day
Vaccine Education Center releases Vax Pack Hero, a program designed for elementary-school age children
Register now for an IAC "Take a Stand™" workshop on the use of standing orders in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, or Baltimore in June; related workshop to be offered at the Iowa Immunization Conference on June 15
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC posts four translations of the HPV9 VIS
Official Releases and Announcements
NIH news release announces that investigational malaria vaccine protected healthy U.S. adults for more than one year
World News
CDC and WHO report on global progress toward polio eradication in this week's MMWR and Weekly Epidemiological Report, respectively
Featured Resources
Now available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2016 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2016 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Education and Training
Register now for the 2016 CDC webinar series on "The Pink Book" chapter topics
IAC Express: Issue 1245
May 11, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: We have a 40 lb six-year-old patient who has been taking 15 mg of methotrexate weekly…read more
Top Stories
Download Dr. Gary Marshall's The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians ("The Purple Book") as an app for iOS devices or purchase as a print book
Institute for Safe Medication Practices reports on hospital in Brazil where 50 employees received a dose of insulin instead of influenza vaccine; same error has been reported many times globally, including in the United States
Free bulk quantities of pneumococcal and zoster vaccination laminated pocket guides available from IAC for distribution within your organization
CDC launches Clean Hands Count campaign
IAC Spotlight! Easy-to-access slide deck with speaker notes on meningococcal ACWY disease prevention and how to increase second dose coverage is available for healthcare professionals' use
Watch a new Medscape module on meningococcal serogroup B vaccination
Two healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
Register now for an IAC "Take a Stand™" workshop on the use of standing orders in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, or Baltimore in June; related workshop to be offered at the Iowa Immunization Conference on June 15
Join Voices for Vaccines on a May 19 conference call with law professor Dr. Dorit Rubinstein Reiss on parental rights
IAC Handouts
IAC updates "Emergency Response Worksheet," a resource that helps healthcare professionals handle vaccine storage temperature excursions
IAC makes correction to patient handout "You are not alone! Information for young adults who are chronically infected with hepatitis B virus"
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC posts 13 translations of the Meningococcal ACWY VIS
IAC posts 10 translations of the HPV9 VIS
Official Releases and Announcements
CDC's 2014 viral hepatitis surveillance report is now available
World News
CDC and WHO report on laboratory support for global measles and rubella elimination in this week's MMWR and Weekly Epidemiological Report, respectively
Featured Resources
Now available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2016 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2016 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
Study finds that vaccinating pregnant women against influenza protects their infants
Education and Training
National Partnership on Adolescent Immunization training modules on quality improvement stress HPV vaccination
IAC Express: Issue 1244
May 4, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: If a patient has a history of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak but no current leak…read more
Top Stories
Six measles cases confirmed in Memphis area outbreak
Download Dr. Gary Marshall's The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians ("The Purple Book") as an app for iOS devices or purchase as a print book
CDC marks World Immunization Week by sharing historical highlights and future strategies
Visit CDC's "Keep the Momentum Going" web page for ideas to keep the NIIW energy alive
CDC reports on FDA approval for use of Hiberix as a 3-dose primary Hib vaccination series
FDA provides updated information about yellow fever vaccine shortage
National Meningitis Association to host an inaugural panel discussion in New York City on May 9
CDC publishes MMWR Surveillance Summary about certain health behaviors, chronic diseases, and conditions; includes information on influenza and pneumococcal vaccination rates
IAC enrolls seven new birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; two previously honored institutions qualify for second year
IAC Spotlight! IAC's 84-page HepB birth dose guidebook Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns is available free online or as a hard copy for purchase
Reminder: IAC and Med-IQ developed two free CME courses on adult immunization
IAC’s "Take a Stand™" workshops are highly successful across the nation: Register NOW for a session in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, or Baltimore in June
IAC Handouts
IAC revises its medical chart vaccine administration record forms for documenting child, teen, and adult vaccine administration
IAC updates healthcare professional resource "Hepatitis B Facts: Testing and Vaccination"
IAC updates three educational handouts about chronic hepatitis B virus infection for parents and patients
IAC posts updated Spanish-language translations of "Top Ten Reasons to Protect Your Child by Vaccinating" and "Human Papillomavirus (HPV): A parent's guide to preteen and teen HPV vaccination"
Vaccine Information Statements
IAC posts Thai-language translation of the Tdap Vaccine VIS
Official Releases and Announcements
It's Hepatitis Awareness Month; fifth annual national Hepatitis Testing Day scheduled for May 19
Featured Resources
Now available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2016 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2016 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians, a.k.a. "The Purple Book," by Dr. Gary Marshall available for purchase from IAC
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC publishes article about healthcare-associated hepatitis A outbreak in Texas
March and April issues of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available online
Education and Training
University of Pittsburgh develops training module on maximizing adult vaccination rates; continuing education credit available for physicians
CDC Learning Connection offers public health training developed by CDC, CDC partners, and other federal agencies
Conferences and Training
Reminder: Registration open for CDC’s 47th National Immunization Conference on September 13–15
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April 2016 Back to top
IAC Express: Issue 1243
April 27, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: I have read that HPV vaccine should not be administered to pregnant women…read more
Top Stories
FDA approves changes to vaccine administration schedule for Trumenba vaccine (MenB; Pfizer)
Visit the newly designed CDC immunization website for parents
California Immunization Coalition's ShotByShot website has new look and functionality
IAC Spotlight! "Like" IAC on Facebook and "follow" IAC on Twitter!
Now available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2016 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2016 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
IAC's "Take a Stand™" workshops are highly successful across the nation: Register NOW for a session in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, or Baltimore in June
National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships is coming in May; register and reserve your room now
IAC Handouts
IAC updates "It's Federal Law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements" to include new VIS dates
IAC posts recently revised handout, "Vaccinations for Preteens and Teens, Age 11–19 Years"
World News
Global switch to bivalent OPV from trivalent OPV occurring from April 17 to May 1
Featured Resources
The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians, a.k.a. "The Purple Book," by Dr. Gary Marshall available for purchase from IAC
Education and Training
CDC adds a video for providers as part of their "You are the key to HPV cancer prevention" campaign; continuing education credit available
CDC to sponsor a #PreteenVaxScene webinar on improving HPV vaccination rates on May 19
Conferences and Training
Video footage of presentations from the February 2016 ACIP now available; register now for June ACIP meeting
Minnesota's immunization conference scheduled for September 8–9
IAC Express: Issue 1242
April 20, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: I have a female patient who has a non-immune rubella titer two months after…read more
Top Stories
It's National Infant Immunization Week and CDC names Childhood Immunization Champion Award winners
American Society of Clinical Oncology urges more aggressive use of HPV vaccination to prevent cancer
New! Simplified flowchart for MCV4 immunization in adolescents now available
NFID publishes call to action to improve adolescent vaccination rates
New HPV brief released by CHOP's Policy Lab and Vaccine Education Center
IAC posts corrected Spanish translation of the PCV13 VIS
Institute of Medicine publishes the first phase of a report on eliminating hepatitis B and C in the United States
Now available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2016 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2016 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
IAC's "Take a Stand™" workshops are highly successful across the nation: Register NOW for a June session in Boston, New York,
Philadelphia, or Baltimore
Featured Resources
NFID launches new shingles awareness campaign targeted to people age 60 and older
Influenza is serious; vaccination is recommended for nearly everyone, so please keep vaccinating your patients
The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians, a.k.a. "The Purple Book," by Dr. Gary Marshall available for purchase from IAC
Education and Training
CDC updates its "You Call the Shots" module on rotavirus vaccine; free CE credit available
IAC Express: Issue 1241
April 13, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: Zoster vaccine was inadvertently given to a patient taking Humira…read more
Top Stories
Reminder! March issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are available online
Reminder: National Infant Immunization Week begins this Saturday, April 16
Now available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2016 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2016 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
IAC enrolls eight new birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; nine previously honored institutions qualify for additional years
IAC's "Take a Stand™" workshops are highly successful across the nation: Register NOW for a session in Atlanta in April or Boston, New York, Philadelphia, or Baltimore in June
IAC Spotlight! IAC offers vaccination recommendation summaries for healthcare professionals
IAC Handouts
New! IAC develops hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) checklist for nurses working with women in labor and delivery
IAC updates its staff resource "Current Dates of Vaccine Information Statements"
World News
CDC publishes information about global polio surveillance systems
Featured Resources
CDC publishes easy-to-read 2016 immunization schedule for preteens and teens
Influenza is serious; vaccination is recommended for nearly everyone, so please keep vaccinating your patients
The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians, a.k.a. "The Purple Book," by Dr. Gary Marshall available for purchase from IAC
Journal Articles and Newsletters
Influenza vaccination during pregnancy may reduce the risk of stillbirth
Education and Training
Continuing education credit is available for watching Vaccine Education Center's archived webinar featuring Dr. Paul Offit
CDC's March 16 "Current Issues in Immunization NetConference" on the 2016 immunization schedules now archived; continuing education credit available
IAC Express: Issue 1240
April 6, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: We have a two-month-old male with his second episode of meningococcemia…read more
Top Stories
Reminder! March issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are available online
Now available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2016 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2016 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
CDC estimates one in 68 school-age children have autism; no change from previous estimate
CDC publishes 2016 binational immunization schedule for children who received some vaccines in Mexico
NAIIS announces 2016 Immunization Excellence Award winners
IAC's "Take a Stand™" workshops are highly successful across the nation: Register NOW for a session in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, or Atlanta in April
IAC Spotlight! Vaccine package inserts and FDA web pages on immunize.org have been updated
Three healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
Join CDC in a social media Thunderclap to promote childhood immunization on April 18
Join Voices for Vaccines for an April 14 conference call about online vaccine advocacy
Voting is open! NAIIS 2016 adult vaccine video contest entries now posted
IAC Handouts
IAC makes an additional revision to "Vaccinations for Pregnant Women," a handout developed in collaboration with ACOG
Vaccine Information Statements
CDC releases final versions of HPV 9 and Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine Information Statements
Featured Resources
Influenza is serious; vaccination is recommended for nearly everyone, so please keep vaccinating your patients
The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians, a.k.a. "The Purple Book," by Dr. Gary Marshall available for purchase from IAC
Journal Articles and Newsletters
Analysis shows the global burden of influenza in pediatric respiratory hospitalizations
Education and Training
CDC updates its "You Call the Shots" module on Tdap/Td; free CE credit available
Conferences and Meetings
Presentation slides from February ACIP meeting are now available; next meeting scheduled for June 22–23
IAC Express Special Edition - Ask the Experts: Issue 1239
April 4, 2016
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Q: An 18-year-old with a documented hepatitis B series as a child was seen for a school-required titer of antibody to hepatitis B surface antigen (anti-HBs). She has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and receives immunoglobulin (IG) infusions every month. Her last treatment with an IG infusion was three weeks prior to her blood draw. The anti-HBs titer was positive. Could the IG infusion from three weeks ago cause her anti-HBs to be false positive? If so, how long should she wait to have another anti-HBs drawn?
Q: A physician ordered a 40-mcg dose of hepatitis B vaccine for a hemodialysis patient. The clinic does not stock the Recombivax HB 40-mcg/dose dialysis formulation (Merck) and would like to give 2 doses of Engerix-B 20-mcg/dose (GSK) for each dose in the series. Is this acceptable?
Meningococcal ACWY Vaccines
Q: I have an HIV-positive 64-year-old patient who received meningococcal conjugate vaccine last week. Was this the correct vaccine for this patient or should he have gotten MPSV4 due to his age? Also, should this patient get another dose in 2 months?
Q: We have a 68-year-old who has been asplenic since 2009. She had one dose of meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine (MPSV4, Menomune, Sanofi Pasteur) in 2009, but no subsequent dose. She is now due for a booster. Should she receive 2 doses of MenACWY, 2 months apart, to catch up, or just one dose?
Meningococcal B Vaccines
Q: I know the schedule for Trumenba (meningococcal serogroup B vaccine, Pfizer) is 0, 2, and 6 months. What are the MINIMUM intervals between doses of Trumenba and Bexsero (meningococcal serogroup B vaccine, GSK)? Our immunization information system needs to know the minimum intervals in order to assure that patients are appropriately vaccinated.
Q: I have a patient who was given Trumenba in August. Two months later she was given a dose of Bexsero. How should I proceed with her MenB vaccination series? We stock both vaccines.
Q: My 8-year-old patient had a bone marrow transplant and has just finished the posttransplant re-vaccination process. Should I offer her vaccination with a MenB vaccine now or wait two years until she is 10 years old?
DTaP/Tdap Vaccines
Q: Can Quadracel (DTaP-IPV, Sanofi Pasteur) be used to complete a series with vaccines other than Daptacel (DTaP, Sanofi Pasteur) or Pentacel (DTaP-IPV-Hib, Sanofi Pasteur)?
Q: There is a debate within my clinical department about not allowing influenza vaccine to be given with DTaP and PCV13. Are there data that state these should not be given concomitantly?
Q: One of our staff inadvertently gave Tdap to an infant instead of DTaP. Now what should be done?
Q: We would like to avoid stocking both Tdap and Td vaccines. Is CDC likely to recommend that Tdap completely replace Td in the immunization schedule in the near future?
General Vaccine Questions
Q: We have a question concerning delaying vaccinations for an infant born to a heroin-addicted mother. We had a foster parent come into our health department requesting only certain vaccines for a 3-month-old, stating that the private physician recommends delaying the schedule due to the possible residual effects of the heroin. The baby appeared to be healthy.
Q: What is the provider’s liability when using standing order protocols?
Q: The protective cap on a single-dose vial was removed but the vaccine was not needed. No needle punctured the rubber seal. According to CDC’s Vaccine Storage & Handling Toolkit, the vial without the cap should be discarded at the end of workday. If no needle punctured the seal, what is the reasoning for discarding the vaccine?
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March 2016 Back to top
IAC Express: Issue 1238
March 30, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: I have a patient who is a medical student about to start clinical rotations…read more
Top Stories
Reminder! March issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are available online
Now available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2016 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2016 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Reminder: National Infant Immunization Week to be held April 16–23
IAC Spotlight! Photos of vaccine-preventable diseases illustrate the importance of vaccination
IAC’s "Take a Stand™" workshops are highly successful across the nation: Register NOW for a session in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, or Atlanta in April
Check out the third phase of CDC's Know Hepatitis B campaign, designed to promote hepatitis B testing among Asian Americans
Official Releases and Announcements
ACOG publishes committee opinion on integrating immunization services into practice
WHO publishes updated position paper on polio vaccines
Featured Resources
Influenza is spreading and serious; please keep vaccinating your patients
The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians, a.k.a. "The Purple Book," by Dr. Gary Marshall available for purchase from IAC
Conferences and Meetings
Reminder: National Immunization Conference abstract submission deadline is April 13
IAC Express Special Edition - Shop IAC: Issue 1237
March 28, 2016
Top Stories
Now available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2016 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2016 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
IAC's 84-page HepB birth dose guidebook Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns is now available in hard copy for purchase
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 1236
March 23, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: Does an adult younger than age 65 years with beta thalassemia minor…read more
Top Stories
New! March 2016 issue of Vaccinate Adults is available online
Reminder: March 2016 issue of Needle Tips is available online
Now available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2016 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2016 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!
Dr. Nancy Messonnier is named new director of CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
CDC publishes ACIP recommendations for use of vaccinia virus smallpox vaccine in laboratory and healthcare personnel
JAMA publishes article on the association between vaccine refusal and vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States
IAC enrolls one new birthing institution into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; four previously honored institutions qualify for a third time
IAC’s "Take a Stand™" workshops are highly successful across the nation: Register NOW for a session in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, or Atlanta in April
Please help AAP by completing a quick online survey about vaccine 2D barcoding
CDC corrects Spanish-language version of its 2016 easy-to-read childhood immunization schedule
Reminder: IAC's 84-page HepB birth dose guidebook Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns is now available in hard copy for purchase
IAC Handouts
IAC updates and renames its checklist for contraindications and precautions for teen vaccination to include MenB
Official Releases and Announcements
National Institutes of Health reports on successful trial of an experimental dengue vaccine
World News
WHO reports on characteristics and development of candidate vaccine viruses for pandemic preparedness
Featured Resources
Influenza is spreading and serious; please keep vaccinating your patients
The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians, a.k.a. "The Purple Book," by Dr. Gary Marshall available for purchase from IAC
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC reports on human rabies case in Missouri
New study supports the recommendation to vaccinate surgical inpatients against influenza
Education and Training
CDC updates its "You Call the Shots" module on hepatitis B; free CE credit available
NFID to offer webinars on vaccines for immunocompromised adults, shingles vaccines, and travel vaccines
Conferences and Meetings
Reminder: the National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships is coming up in May
IAC Express Special Edition - Ask the Experts: Issue 1235
March 22, 2016
Pneumococcal Vaccine
Q: If a provider does not yet stock pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13, Prevnar 13, Pfizer) for adults age 65 years and older but stocks pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23, Pneumovax 23, Merck), should that provider refer patients to another provider to ensure they receive the PCV13 dose first? Or should the provider not miss an opportunity to give the PPSV23 and refer patients elsewhere for PCV13 in a year?
Q: We have a healthy 66-year-old patient who received a dose of PPSV23 in January then received a dose of PCV13 five months later at a different facility. Should the PCV13 dose be repeated since it was given earlier than the 1-year interval recommended by ACIP?
Q: Diabetes is an indication for giving PPSV23 to patients younger than age 65 years. Does this include both insulin- and non-insulin-dependent diabetes?
Q: For adults without high-risk conditions, a 1-year interval is recommended between PCV13 and PPSV23 vaccines. What is the definition of a year? Does it need to be exactly one year? We have provided PCV13 to some individuals during flu season this year and told them to get the PPSV23 next year when they get their flu shot. What if they received their flu shot in November this year, but return for their flu shot in October next year?
Q: Why is there no recommendation for patients older than 65 years to get a booster dose of PPSV23 if they first received it at age 65 years or older? It seems to me that their protection against pneumococcal disease would benefit from a booster dose of PPSV23 five or ten years after the first dose.
Q: I have a patient who takes adalimumab (Humira) for rheumatoid arthritis. Does a person who takes adalimumab meet the definition of immunosuppression for the purposes of PCV13 vaccination?
Q: A healthy child received only one dose of PCV at age 10 months. She is now 6 years old. Our state requires one dose of PCV13 after the first birthday for school attendance. Her physician says because she is older than 59 months, she does not need another dose of PCV13. What should we do in this situation?
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?
Q: We have an 18-year-old male patient with a history of chickenpox disease. He now has shingles. We are unsure what to advise for future vaccination. Should we administer zoster vaccine?
Q: My patient is a 66-year-old male with a condition that requires treatment with intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) once a month. Can he receive zoster vaccine?
Q: Before administering zoster vaccine is it necessary to ask if the person has ever had chickenpox or shingles?
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 recommendation (not to test) 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?
IAC Express: Issue 1234
March 16, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: We have a 61-year-old patient who is taking 500 mg of valacyclovir (Valtrex) daily…read more
Top Stories
New! March issue of Needle Tips is available online
WHO reports on recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2016–2017 Northern Hemisphere influenza season
Reminder: National Infant Immunization Week to be held April 16–23
IAC updates multiple web pages about state laws and mandates related to vaccines
IAC Spotlight! Six healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
IAC's "Take a Stand™" workshops are highly successful across the nation: Register NOW for a session in Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, or Atlanta in April
Join Voices for Vaccines on March 17 for a conference call with three mothers who will discuss their children's battles with vaccine-preventable diseases
CDC publishes errata on February 19 report on administration errors involving Menveo meningococcal conjugate vaccine
IAC Handouts
IAC updates "Vaccinations for Pregnant Women," a handout developed in collaboration with ACOG
IAC updates its "Guide to Contraindications and Precautions to Commonly Used Vaccines" and "Guide to Contraindications and Precautions to Commonly Used Vaccines in Adults"
IAC updates "Human Papillomavirus: A Parent’s Guide to Preteen and Teen HPV Vaccination"
Featured Resources
Influenza is spreading and serious; please keep vaccinating your patients
The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians, a.k.a. "The Purple Book," by Dr. Gary Marshall available for purchase from IAC
Journal Articles and Newsletters
February issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
Study shows that state laws mandating influenza immunization for healthcare personnel increase vaccination rates
Education and Training
March 23 VICNetwork webinar to focus on norovirus, including issues and challenges related to norovirus vaccine development
IAC Express: Issue 1233
March 9, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: An adult patient with asplenia received Menactra two weeks after a dose of PCV13…read more
Top Stories
IAC's 84-page HepB birth dose guidebook Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns is now available in hard copy for purchase
CDC releases Spanish-language version of the 2016 easy-to-read adult immunization schedule
IAC's Take a Stand™" workshops are highly successful across the nation: Register NOW for a session in Seattle, Phoenix, or Tucson in March
IAC Handouts
IAC updates its "Questions and Answers" handouts about influenza and pneumococcal disease and vaccines
IAC updates eight patient vaccination schedules in its suite of handouts focused on adults, including those in risk groups
IAC revises "Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Live Attenuated Intranasal Influenza Vaccination"
World News
CDC and WHO report on progress toward measles elimination in Nepal in this week's MMWR and Weekly Epidemiological Report, respectively
Featured Resources
Voices for Vaccines releases new toolkit to guide conversations with vaccine-hesitant family and friends
VEC's Vaccines and Teens: The Busy Social Years booklet updated to include information about HPV9 and meningococcal B vaccines
Influenza is spreading and serious; please keep vaccinating your patients
The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians, a.k.a. "The Purple Book," by Dr. Gary Marshall available for purchase from IAC
Journal Articles and Newsletters
Study describes the importance of healthcare providers in parental decisions about HPV vaccination
CDC publishes surveillance report on malaria in the United States
Conferences and Meetings
Idaho Immunization Summit scheduled for November 2–4 in Boise; meeting will include CDC's "Pink Book" course
IAC Express: Issue 1232
March 2, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: I have a patient who is traveling internationally and needs MMR vaccine…read more
Top Stories
Vaccine Education Center plans Current Issues in Vaccines webinar on March 23
Pediatrics publishes study showing a decrease in the prevalence of HPV after introduction of the HPV vaccination program in the United States
CDC reports that influenza vaccine effectiveness is approximately 60% this season
IAC Spotlight! "Ask the Experts" web section about HPV vaccination updated
IAC’s “Take a Stand™” workshops proving highly successful around the country: Register NOW for a session in Seattle, Phoenix, or Tucson in March
Reminder: Two free CME courses on adult immunization available through IAC and Med-IQ
Reminder: Submissions for the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit adult vaccine video contest due by March 21
Featured Resources
Influenza is spreading and serious; please keep vaccinating your patients
The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians, a.k.a. "The Purple Book," by Dr. Gary Marshall available for purchase from IAC
Journal Articles and Newsletters
New research shows a vaccination program of 9vHPV for both genders can improve health outcomes and save costs
Education and Training
CDC updates its "You Call the Shots" module on pneumococcal vaccination; free CE credit available
Conferences and Meetings
October 2015 ACIP meeting minutes are now available; ACIP will meet next on June 22–23
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February 2016 Back to top
IAC Express: Issue 1231
February 24, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: Although licensed by the Food and Drug Administration for use through age 4…read more
Top Stories
CDC reports on vaccine administration errors with the meningococcal conjugate vaccine Menveo
New slide deck on meningococcal disease prevention and how to increase second dose coverage is available for healthcare professionals' use
IAC Spotlight! Six healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
IAC enrolls five new birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; one previously honored institution qualifies for two additional years
Deadline extended to February 26 for nominating candidates for the 2016 NAIIS Immunization Excellence Awards
IAC's "Take a Stand™" workshops proving highly successful around the country: Register NOW for a session in Seattle, Phoenix, or Tucson in March
VEC’s #BeLikeBen campaign offers an opportunity to recognize those making a difference in their communities
IAC Handouts
IAC updates "Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Vaccines for Children and Teens" and "Screening Checklist for Contraindications
to Vaccines for Adults"
IAC corrects recently updated handout, "Vaccinations for Preteens and Teens, Age 11–19 Years"
IAC revises "Guidance for Developing Admission Orders in Labor & Delivery and Newborn Units to Prevent Hepatitis B Virus Transmission" and "Sample Text for Developing Admission Orders in Newborn Units for the Hepatitis B Vaccine Birth Dose" to include new guidance on 9–12 month post-vaccination serology
New: IAC updates handout about hepatitis B virus transmission and divides into separate pieces, one about transmission in medical settings and one about transmission in the community
IAC reviews "Top Ten Reasons to Protect Your Child by Vaccinating" and posts Arabic translation of this handout for parents
Featured Resources
NFID offers coloring books in English and Spanish to teach children about influenza prevention
Influenza is spreading and serious; please keep vaccinating your patients
The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians, a.k.a. "The Purple Book," by Dr. Gary Marshall available for purchase from IAC
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC reports on influenza activity in the U.S. from October 4–February 6
JAMA publishes article about the benefits of vaccination and the importance of sustainable vaccine pricing
WHO publishes article about risk communication in the World Epidemiological Record
Education and Training
NFID to offer March 4 webinar about the February ACIP meeting and an April 5 webinar about vaccines for immunocompromised adults
Conferences and Meetings
Reminder: Poster deadline for the National Conference on Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships is February 29
IAC Express: Issue 1230
February 17, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: Do we need to wait for the vaccine to reach room temperature before…read more
Top Stories
CDC reports on influenza-related hospitalizations and poverty levels
CDC publishes MMWR Supplement on strategies for reducing health disparities in the U.S.; includes chapter on disparities in hepatitis A virus disease in the U.S.
Registration now open for CDC’s 47th National Immunization Conference on September 13–15
IAC Spotlight! Standing orders templates can help practices and clinics improve vaccination rates
IAC's "Take a Stand™" workshops proving highly successful around the country: Register NOW for a session in Seattle, Phoenix, or Tucson in March
Featured Resources
CDC offers online quiz for healthcare professionals about use of antivirals during the influenza season
The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians, a.k.a. "The Purple Book," by Dr. Gary Marshall available for purchase from IAC
Journal Articles and Newsletters
CDC and WHO report on circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus outbreaks in five countries in this week's MMWR and Weekly Epidemiological Report, respectively
"Health Affairs" issue focuses on vaccination, with a special emphasis on the value of vaccines
Study finds that less than half of U.S. infants receive recommended influenza vaccination
Education and Training
Access archived webinars from CDC and the Vaccine Education Center
IAC Express: Issue 1229
February 10, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: If someone is older than 55 years and had their spleen removed…read more
Top Stories
CDC publishes two articles about the release of the 2016 childhood and adult immunization schedules; both previously published as MMWR Early Releases
CDC reports on surveillance of vaccination coverage among adults in 2014
National Vaccine Program Office releases National Adult Immunization Plan
"Ask the Experts" web section about Hib vaccination updated
IAC’s “Take a Stand™” workshops proving highly successful around the country: Register NOW for the next sessions in Texas (February 16–19)
February is Heart Month; patients with heart disease are at high risk of influenza complications
U.S. cancer centers call for improved HPV vaccination rates to help prevent HPV-associated cancers
Reminder: Nominations are now open for the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit Excellence Awards; submission deadline is February 15
UNITY Consortium invites practices to apply for participation in a new study about adolescent vaccination
Join Voices for Vaccines on February 17 for a conference call featuring Dr. David Gorski, author of the Respectful Insolence blog
National Vaccine Program Office solicits proposals for conducting research related to vaccine confidence and hesitancy
IAC Handouts
IAC updates three parent-friendly vaccine schedules for children and adolescents to include meningococcal B vaccine
IAC updates "Healthcare Personnel Vaccination Recommendations" to include meningococcal B vaccination for microbiologists who are routinely exposed to isolates of Neisseria meningitidis
Official Releases and Announcements
AAP publishes 2016 recommended childhood and adolescent immunization schedule online
Featured Resources
Influenza is spreading and serious; CDC releases guidance on antiviral treatment
The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians, a.k.a. "The Purple Book," by Dr. Gary Marshall available for purchase from IAC
Journal Articles and Newsletters
January issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
Education and Training
CDC updates its "You Call the Shots" module on meningococcal vaccine; free CE credit available
Conferences and Meetings
Reminder: Early bird registration deadline is February 12 for National Conference on Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships; poster deadline is February 29
IAC Express: Issue 1228
February 3, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: We have an 18-year-old male who had a history of chickenpox disease…read more
Top Stories
2016 U.S. recommended immunization schedules for 0 through 18 years and "catch up" now available
2016 U.S. recommended immunization schedule for adults now available
National Infant Immunization Week scheduled for April 16–23; visit CDC's website for resources
Nominations are now open for the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit Excellence Awards; submission deadline is February 15
CDC reports increase in hepatitis B virus infection related to injection drug use in Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia
CDC's Health Advisory Network issues advisory about infection control practices and hepatitis C transmission in dialysis units
IAC’s “Take a Stand™” workshops proving highly successful around the country: Register NOW for the next sessions in Texas (February 16–19)
IAC Spotlight! Download free vaccine storage and handling resources from immunize.org
National Conference on Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships calls for poster presentations; poster deadline is February 29 and early bird registration deadline is February 12
Official Releases and Announcements
MMWR publishes announcement about 50 years of global immunization at CDC
World News
WHO publishes position paper on malaria vaccines in the Weekly Epidemiological Report
Featured Resources
AAP offers case studies in an online training format that demonstrate effective vaccine safety communication; slide deck and discussion guide also available
CDC launches website that provides forecasts of influenza activity made by external research groups
ACOG updates its toolkit for influenza immunization during pregnancy
Influenza is spreading and serious; please keep vaccinating your patients
The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians, a.k.a. "The Purple Book," by Dr. Gary Marshall available for purchase from IAC
Journal Articles and Newsletters
New study shows that 90 percent of participants had evidence of protection 30 years after hepatitis B vaccination
Education and Training
CDC updates its "You Call the Shots" module on HPV; free CE credit available
Conferences and Meetings
Draft agenda for February ACIP meeting now available online
Express Special Edition - CDC Health Advisory: Issue 1227
February 1, 2016
Special Edition: CDC Health Advisory
CDC's Health Alert Network publishes an advisory urging rapid antiviral treatment of very ill and high-risk suspect influenza patients without waiting for testing
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January 2016 Back to top
IAC Express: Issue 1226
January 27, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: What is the schedule for hepatitis B vaccination for infants weighing…read more
Top Stories
Reminder: CDC requests nominations for its Childhood Immunization Champion Awards
IAC's "Take a Stand™" workshops proving highly successful around the country: Register NOW for the next sessions in Texas (February 16–19)
"Ask the Experts" web sections about influenza and pneumococcal vaccines updated
Enter the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit adult vaccine video contest
There's still time to apply for the Gerontological Society of America's 2016 ICAMP Academies; application deadline for first academy is January 31
CMS has initiated a National Coverage Analysis process for adding hepatitis B screening as a covered Medicare preventive service; comments accepted until February 20
IAC enrolls one new birthing institution into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; nine previously honored institutions qualify for additional years
IAC Spotlight! Many handouts and VISs are available for patients and parents who don't read English
World News
WHO reports on December meeting of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety
Featured Resources
Influenza is spreading and serious; please keep vaccinating your patients
The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians, a.k.a. "The Purple Book," by Dr. Gary Marshall available for purchase from IAC
Journal Articles and Newsletters
Study finds HPV vaccination rates highest in low-income and Hispanic communities
CDC reports on tetanus cases after voluntary male circumcision for HIV prevention in Eastern and Southern Africa
Education and Training
CDC updates its "You Call the Shots" modules on vaccine storage and handling and the VFC program; free CE credit available
Earn CME credit for reading a journal article about sustained transmission of pertussis in vaccinated children in a Florida daycare
NFID Clinical Vaccinology Course scheduled for March 18–20 in Phoenix
IAC Express: Issue 1225
January 20, 2016
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: An 86-year-old patient came in today and stated he needed a pneumococcal vaccine…read more
Top Stories
Reminder! December issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are available online
IAC Spotlight! Three healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
Reminder: CDC requests nominations for its Childhood Immunization Champion Awards