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July 2019 Back to top
IAC Express Issue 1436
July 17, 2019
Top Stories
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CDC shares information about anticipated delayed delivery of Sanofi flu vaccine and AstraZeneca's limited supply of FluMist
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New! "FLU VACCINE" buttons and stickers now available for purchase from IAC
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NOTE: IAC Express summary article on the June ACIP meeting inadvertently omitted a change in the routine MenB vaccination guidance
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AAP News publishes letter to the editor from three medical experts posing the question: "When a parent requests a vaccine exemption, what will you do?"
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Mark your calendar! Dr. Sharon G. Humiston, IAC's associate director for research, will present a webinar on adolescent immunization and the 16-year platform on August 14 at 1:00 p.m. (ET)
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IAC Spotlight! IAC's "Talking about Vaccines: Adjuvants and Ingredients" web page features resources to help providers answer parents' questions
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CDC calls on medical professionals to recognize symptoms and report suspected cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM)
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Total number of U.S. measles cases for 2019 climbs to 1,123 with 14 new cases reported since last week
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Voices for Vaccines releases new podcast episode titled "Rotary's Polio Mission"
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates its two pieces on the medical management of vaccine reactions in community settings—one pertaining to children and teens, and the other to adults
World News
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WHO reports on June 2019 meeting of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety in this week's Weekly Epidemiological Record
Featured Resources
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New "Why Take the Chance" video from the Meningitis B Action Project highlights need for MenB vaccine to protect teens and college students
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Still available! IAC's sturdy laminated 2019 U.S. child/adolescent immunization schedules—order some for your exam rooms today! Bulk purchase prices available.
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IAC's comprehensive Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide is available for free download either by chapter or in its entirety (142 pages)
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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Vaccine Education Center resources about fetal cells include new video and accompanying article
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Researchers find that providing parents with an educational handout before doctor's visit increases flu vaccination rates
Education and Training
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Reminder: Weekly CDC webinar series on "The Pink Book" chapter topics runs through September 25; register now
Conferences and Meetings
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Reminder: 2019 Northwest Immunization Conference, sponsored by Immunize Oregon, will be held August 13–15 in Portland
IAC Express Special Edition - Ask the Experts: Issue 1435
July 16, 2019
Administering Vaccines
Q: How many vaccines can be given during an office visit?
Q: Some single dose vials contain more than the recommended dosage of the vaccine. Should we administer the recommended dose of the vaccine, or the entire contents of the vial even if it contains more than the recommended dose?
Q: A child wiggled when we were injecting a dose of vaccine, and approximately half the dose was lost. Should we revaccinate the child? If so, when?
Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine
Q: Who is recommended to be vaccinated against meningococcal ACWY disease?
Q: Should college students be vaccinated against meningococcal ACWY disease?
Q: Several healthy adult college students from outside the U.S. (ages 24 years and older) presented to our clinic. They will be living in a residence hall. None have a record of having received MenACWY. Should they receive a dose of MenACWY now?
MMR Vaccine
Q: What are the current recommendations for the use of MMR vaccine?
Q: For which adults are 0, 1, or 2 doses of MMR vaccine recommended to prevent measles?
Q: Have recommendations for MMR vaccination of children or adults changed in light of the current measles outbreaks?
Q: Do any adults need "booster" doses of MMR vaccine to prevent measles?
DTaP and Tdap Vaccines
Q: If a dose of DTaP or Tdap is inadvertently given to a patient for whom the product is not indicated (e.g., wrong age group), how do we rectify the situation?
Pneumococcal Vaccines
Q: For whom is PPSV23 recommended?
Q: Rather than giving PCV13 first and waiting 8 weeks to give PPSV23 as recommended for an immunocompromised child (2 years or older) or adult patient, we inadvertently gave both vaccines at the same visit. We are looking for guidance.
Precautions and Contraindications
Q: Do people who received chemotherapy need their vaccines repeated?
Q: I have a healthy 5-year-old patient whose close household contact (her mother) is immunocompromised due to cancer chemotherapy. Can I administer live vaccines to the healthy child?
Travel Vaccines
Q: When not given on the same day, is the interval between yellow fever and MMR vaccines 4 weeks (28 days) or 30 days? I have seen the yellow fever and live virus vaccine recommendations published both ways.
Vaccine Storage and Handling
Q: What type of thermometers should be used for measuring temperatures in a vaccine storage unit? What type of thermometers should NOT be used for this purpose?
Q: Please provide guidance for transporting our vaccine to an off-site location.
Q: What should we do if a dose of expired vaccine is given to a patient?
Q: Where can I get the most up-to-date information about vaccine storage and handling?
Zoster Vaccine
Q: I am having trouble getting RZV (Shingrix) for my patients. What should I do during the shortage?
Q: Should people who haven't had chickenpox be vaccinated with zoster vaccine?
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: Should healthcare personnel in long-term care facilities be tested to see if they have had chickenpox before taking care of someone who has received ZVL?
Q: How should zoster vaccine be transported to an off-site clinic location?
IAC Express Issue 1434
July 10, 2019
Top Stories
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Total number of U.S. measles cases for 2019 climbs to 1,109 with 14 new cases reported since last week
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CDC publishes "Health-Related Workplace Absenteeism Among Full-Time Workers—United States, 2017–18 Influenza Season" in this week's MMWR
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New! "FLU VACCINE" buttons and stickers now available for purchase from IAC
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Clarification: IAC adds more information to last week's article about change in storage temperature requirements for Vaxchora (Emergent Biosolutions) oral cholera vaccine; the product currently available still requires frozen storage
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CDC publishes new web page on MMR vaccination recommendations for international travelers and for people living in or traveling domestically to areas with ongoing measles outbreaks in the U.S.
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June's Technically Speaking column by IAC's executive director titled "Looking for New Tools and Resources to Help Increase Your Clinic's HPV Vaccination Rates? Here Are Some Great Ones!" now available on IAC's website
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IAC Spotlight! Just in case you missed them—these IAC materials and web pages were updated during May and June
World News
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CDC and WHO publish "Genetic Characterization of Measles and Rubella Viruses Detected Through Global Measles and Rubella Elimination Surveillance, 2016–2018" in this week's MMWR and Weekly Epidemiological Record, respectively
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New study identifies causes of severe pneumonia in children from Africa and Asia
Featured Resources
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Still available! IAC's sturdy laminated 2019 U.S. child/adolescent immunization schedules—order some for your exam rooms today! Bulk purchase prices available.
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IAC's comprehensive Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide is available for free download either by chapter or in its entirety (142 pages)
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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June issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
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The Lancet publishes study showing remarkable effectiveness of HPV vaccine
Education and Training
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Reminder: Weekly CDC webinar series on "The Pink Book" chapter topics runs through September 25; register now
Conferences and Meetings
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Reminder: 2019 National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships scheduled for November 13–15 in Honolulu; register by August 31 to receive early bird rate
IAC Express Issue 1433
July 3, 2019
Top Stories
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Total number of U.S. measles cases for 2019 climbs to 1,095 with 18 new cases reported since last week
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IAC provides a summary article about votes taken at June 26–27 ACIP meeting
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New! "FLU VACCINE" buttons and stickers now available for purchase from IAC
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IAC Spotlight! IAC's "Talking about Vaccines: Importance of Vaccines" web page features resources to help providers communicate with parents and patients about how vaccines save lives
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FDA approves change in storage temperature requirements for Vaxchora (Emergent Biosolutions) oral cholera vaccine
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Two healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates its two standing orders templates for administering meningococcal ACWY vaccine—one for children and teens and the other for adults
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IAC posts updated handout for the public titled "Meningococcal: Questions and Answers"
Vaccine Information Statements
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New and updated Bengali-language VIS translations now available
World News
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WHO reports on validation of elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus in Chad
Featured Resources
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Still available! IAC's sturdy laminated 2019 U.S. child/adolescent immunization schedules—order some for your exam rooms today! Bulk purchase prices available.
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IAC's comprehensive Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide is available for free download either by chapter or in its entirety (142 pages)
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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New international study collects opinions from people in 140 countries about science and health, with a focus on vaccines
Education and Training
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NFID to summarize the June ACIP meeting in July 18 webinar
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Reminder: Weekly CDC webinar series on "The Pink Book" chapter topics runs through September 25; register now
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Want to learn more about immunization and improve your clinical skills? Check out these archived webinars and training modules from CDC and other organizations!
Conferences and Meetings
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American Immunization Registry Association annual meeting to be held August 13–15; early registration ends July 14
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2019 Arkansas Immunization Summit to be held August 16; early registration ends July 15
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Texas Immunization Conference scheduled for October 23–25; early registration ends September 13
June 2019 Back to top
IAC Express Issue 1432
June 26, 2019
Top Stories
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Total number of U.S. measles cases for 2019 climbs to 1,077 with 33 new cases reported since last week
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CDC notifies partners and providers of MMR vaccination recommendations for international travelers and for people living in or traveling domestically to areas with ongoing measles outbreaks in the U.S.
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FDA issues Public Health Alert concerning hepatitis A virus contamination of Kroger brand frozen blackberries and Costco Kirkland Signature Brand Three Berry Blend
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CDC publishes report on influenza activity in the U.S. during the 2018–19 season and the composition of the 2019–20 influenza vaccine in this week's MMWR
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IAC Spotlight! Explore IAC's "Ask the Experts" web section for answers to more than 1,000 Q&As from CDC experts about vaccine recommendations, administration, storage and handling, scheduling, and more
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Washington Post reports on a foundation that has contributed more than 3 million dollars to anti-vaccine groups in recent years
Featured Resources
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Still available! IAC's sturdy laminated 2019 U.S. child/adolescent immunization schedules—order some for your exam rooms today! Bulk purchase prices available.
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IAC's comprehensive Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide is available for free download either by chapter or in its entirety (142 pages)
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia publishes June issue of its newsletter Vaccine Update for Healthcare Professionals
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Two studies find rotavirus vaccine administration may be linked to reduction in type 1 diabetes in children
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CDC publishes "Trends in the Laboratory Detection of Rotavirus before and after Implementation of Routine Rotavirus Vaccination—United States, 2000–2018" in this week's MMWR
Education and Training
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Reminder: Weekly CDC webinar series on "The Pink Book" chapter topics runs through September 25; register now
Conferences and Meetings
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Washington State Immunization Summit, hosted by WithinReach and WA State Department of Health, to take place on October 8
IAC Express Issue 1431
June 19, 2019
Top Stories
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New York State eliminates non-medical exemptions for vaccination
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Total number of U.S. measles cases for 2019 climbs to 1,044 with 22 new cases reported since last week
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CDC reports on trends in human rabies deaths and exposures in the United States
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It's Pride Month: CDC reminds providers to vaccinate men who have sex with men against hepatitis A
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CDC publishes report about administration of expired injectable influenza vaccine
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IAC Spotlight! IAC's "Talking about Vaccines: Vaccine Safety" web page features information from many organizations to help providers communicate with parents and patients
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Digital marketing email service MailChimp curtails promotion of anti-vaccine misinformation
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IAC enrolls 7 new birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll;13 previously honored institutions qualify for additional years' honors
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates Spanish-language version of "Questions Parents Ask about Vaccinations for Babies"
Official Releases and Announcements
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CDC reflects on the 10-year anniversary of the H1N1 influenza pandemic
World News
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WHO reports on progress toward measles eradication in Pakistan in this week's Weekly Epidemiological Record
Featured Resources
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Still available! IAC’s sturdy laminated 2019 U.S. child/adolescent immunization schedules—order some for your exam rooms today! Bulk purchase prices available.
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IAC's 142-page book, Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide, describes how to implement adult vaccination services in your healthcare setting and provides a review for staff who already vaccinate adults; IAC Guide available for free download
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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New England Journal of Medicine publishes article about allowing adolescents to independently consent to vaccination
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Pediatrics publishes study about the decline in pediatric herpes zoster cases and the relationship to varicella vaccination
Education and Training
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Reminder: Weekly CDC webinar series on "The Pink Book" chapter topics runs through September 25; register now
IAC Express Issue 1430
June 12, 2019
Top Stories
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Total number of U.S. measles cases for 2019 climbs to 1,022 with 41 new cases reported since last week
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As measles cases surpass 1,000, HHS Secretary Alex Azar issues statement reinforcing commitment to vaccination as part of HHS news release
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May's Technically Speaking column by IAC executive director titled "How to Protect Children, Adults, and Healthcare Personnel from Measles" now available on IAC's website
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New York Times publishes opinion piece titled "When Defending Vaccines Gets Ugly"
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2019 National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships scheduled for November 13–15 in Honolulu; abstract deadline has been extended to June 30
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IAC Spotlight! IAC's Immunization Partners web page features organizations that work with IAC
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Nominations for the 2020 NFID Awards to recognize leaders and heroes of public health are due July 1
World News
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CDC publishes "Progress Toward Measles Elimination—Pakistan, 2000–2018" in this week's MMWR
Featured Resources
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CDC's Resources for Health Care Providers web section offers a variety of tools on vaccine administration, safety, and more
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Hepatitis B Foundation releases "Randy's Story" to raise awareness about discrimination in the U.S. armed forces against those living with chronic hepatitis B
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Still available! IAC's sturdy laminated 2019 U.S. child/adolescent immunization schedules—order some for your exam rooms today! Bulk purchase prices available.
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IAC's 142-page book, Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide, describes how to implement adult vaccination services in your healthcare setting and provides a review for staff who already vaccinate adults; IAC Guide available for free download
Education and Training
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CDC offers webinar archive for clinicians titled "Most Measles Cases in 25 Years: Is This the End of Measles Elimination in the United States?"
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Reminder: Weekly CDC webinar series on "The Pink Book" chapter topics runs June 5 through September 25; register now
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NFID offers June 19 webinar on managing outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases
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NACCHO to offer 5-part webinar series on public health communications; first session on "Principles to Address Vaccine Resistance and Hesitancy" scheduled for June 13
Conferences and Meetings
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Tune in to CDC's ACIP meeting June 26–27 (Wednesday and Thursday) via live webcast
IAC Express Issue 1429
June 5, 2019
Top Stories
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AAP invites state and national organizations to sign on to a joint letter in support of the VACCINES Act of 2019
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Total number of U.S. measles cases for 2019 climbs to 981 with 41 new cases reported since last week
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IAC Spotlight! Just in case you missed them—these IAC materials and web pages were updated during April and May
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2019 National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS) presentations, posters, and award winners now available online
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Five healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
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Voices for Vaccines releases new podcast episode that features Dr. Paul Offit discussing the current measles outbreaks
IAC Handouts
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IAC posts updated handout for the public titled "Pneumococcus: Questions and Answers"
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IAC updates "Standing Orders for Administering Rotavirus Vaccine to Infants"
World News
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WHO reports on the April meeting of the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization
Featured Resources
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AAP's website offers guidance for preparing for the 2019–20 influenza season
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AAP releases new guide about using immunization information systems and two-dimensional barcode scanning
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CDC updates the diphtheria and lab support chapters of its Manual for the Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
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Still available! IAC’s sturdy laminated 2019 U.S. child/adolescent immunization schedules—order them for your exam rooms today! Bulk purchase prices available.
•
IAC's 142-page book, Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide, describes how to implement adult vaccination services in your healthcare setting and provides a review for staff who already vaccinate adults; IAC Guide available for free download
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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May issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
Education and Training
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Reminder: Weekly CDC webinar series on "The Pink Book" chapter topics runs June 5 through September 25; register now
May 2019 Back to top
IAC Express Special Edition - Ask the Experts: Issue 1428
May 30, 2019
Measles and MMR Vaccination
Q: What is the current situation with measles in the U.S.?
Q: What are the current recommendations for the use of MMR vaccine?
Q: What are the signs and symptoms healthcare providers should look for in diagnosing measles?
Q: What should our clinic do if we suspect a patient has measles?
Q: When is it appropriate to use MMR vaccine for post-exposure prophylaxis?
Q: What is considered acceptable evidence of immunity?
Q: For which adults are 0, 1, or 2 doses of MMR vaccine recommended to prevent measles?
Q: Given the outbreaks of measles in the U.S., should all healthcare personnel, including those born before 1957, have 2 doses of MMR vaccine?
Q: Would you consider healthcare personnel with 2 documented doses of MMR vaccine to be immune even if their serology for 1 or more of the antigens comes back negative?
Q: Have recommendations for MMR vaccination of children or adults changed in light of the current outbreak?
Q: How soon can we give the second dose of MMR vaccine to a child vaccinated at 12 months old?
Q: If there is an outbreak in my area, can we vaccinate children younger than 12 months?
Q: If we give a child a dose of MMR vaccine at 6 months of age because they are in a community with cases of measles, when should we give the next dose?
Q: Do any adults need “booster” doses of MMR vaccine to prevent measles?
Q: A patient who was born before 1957 and is not a healthcare worker wants to get the MMR vaccine before international travel. Does he need a dose of MMR?
Q: Under what circumstances should adults be considered for testing for measles-specific antibody prior to getting vaccinated?
Q: What are the contraindications and precautions for MMR vaccine?
Q: We have many patients who are immunocompromised and cannot get the MMR vaccine. How should we advise our patients?
Q: What is the recommended length of time a woman should wait after receiving rubella (MMR) vaccine before becoming pregnant?
Q: How soon after delivery can MMR be given to the mother?
Q: How should teenage girls and women of child-bearing age be screened for pregnancy before MMR vaccination?
Q: If a pregnant woman inadvertently receives MMR vaccine, how should she be advised?
IAC Express Issue 1427
May 29, 2019
Top Stories
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Maine eliminates non-medical exemptions to vaccination
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Washington State passes law to eliminate philosophical exemptions to MMR vaccination
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Total number of U.S. measles cases for 2019 climbs to 940 in 26 states, with 60 new cases reported since last week
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IAC enrolls 9 new birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; 21 previously honored institutions qualify for additional years' honors
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IAC Spotlight: Check out the unsolicited feedback IAC receives about its work every week
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Deadline for abstracts for the National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships extended until June 30; presentations especially requested for the coalitions track
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates "Need Help Responding to Vaccine-Hesitant Parents?"
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IAC revises "Standing Orders for Administering Pneumococcal Vaccines (PCV13 and PPSV23) to Adults" and "Standing Orders for Administering Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine to Children and Teens"
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IAC revises "Standing Orders for Administering Human Papillomavirus Vaccine to Children and Teens"
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Spanish-language version of "Vaccinations for Adults without a Spleen" was updated to match the English-language version
Vaccine Information Statements
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IAC posts updated Japanese-language translations of the hepatitis B and DTaP VISs
Official Releases and Announcements
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WHO requests feedback from healthcare professionals for Draft Zero of its "Immunization Agenda 2030"
World News
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Vaccine Confidence Project provides links to news articles about the consequences of vaccine hesitancy around the world
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CDC and WHO report on progress toward polio eradication worldwide in this week's MMWR and Weekly Epidemiological Record, respectively
Featured Resources
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CDC updates the measles chapter of its Manual for the Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
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WHO has updated its online library of vaccine safety resources contributed by organizations around the world
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Shot by Shot offers "Scotty's Story," a compelling video to promote meningococcal vaccination
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CDC offers guidance for people visiting pigs during fair season
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Still available! IAC’s sturdy laminated versions of the 2019 U.S. child/adolescent immunization schedule and the 2019 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order them for your exam rooms today! Bulk purchase prices available.
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IAC's 142-page book, Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide, describes how to implement adult vaccination services in your healthcare setting and provides a review for staff who already vaccinate adults; IAC Guide available for free download
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia publishes May issue of its newsletter Vaccine Update for Healthcare Professionals
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Bioethicist publishes 10 steps to consider to protect communities from further vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks
Education and Training
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Webinar titled "HPV Vaccination: Tools for Training Your Staff" scheduled for June 13
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Reminder: Weekly CDC webinar series on "The Pink Book" chapter topics runs June 5 through September 25; register now
IAC Express Issue 1426
May 22, 2019
Top Stories
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CDC issues "Dear Provider" letter with recommendations regarding adult immunization against measles in response to increase in measles cases
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Total number of U.S. measles cases for 2019 climbs to 880 with 41 new cases reported since last week
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CDC publishes "Notes from the Field: Measles Outbreaks from Imported Cases in Orthodox Jewish Communities—New York and New Jersey," 2018–2019 in this week's MMWR
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CDC publishes "Notes from the Field: Community Outbreak of Measles—Clark County, Washington, 2019–2019" in this week's MMWR
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IAC Spotlight! IAC's newly updated “Talking about Vaccines: Autism” web page on immunize.org provides an extensive range of resources to help you respond to concerns about vaccines and autism
Vaccine Information Statements
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IAC posts revised translation of MMR VIS in Simplified Chinese
Featured Resources
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Video on vaccines from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has generated over 4 million views since May 12
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National Public Health Information Coalition publishes article titled "These Moms Warn What Measles May Do to Your Baby"
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Immunization Techniques video on vaccine administration from the California Department of Public Health remains available online for free and as DVD
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Still available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2019 U.S. child/adolescent immunization schedule and the 2019 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order them for your exam rooms today! Bulk purchase prices available.
•
IAC's 142-page book, Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide, describes how to implement adult vaccination services in your healthcare setting and provides a review for staff who already vaccinate adults; IAC Guide available for free download
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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May's Parents PACK newsletter from Vaccine Education Center features video discussing limitations of blood tests in determining immunity
Education and Training
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Webinar on strategies for building school immunization rates, hosted by state of Washington organizations, scheduled for June 4
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Weekly CDC webinar series on "The Pink Book" chapter topics runs June 5 through September 25; register now
Conferences and Meetings
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Immunize Oregon to hold 2019 Northwest Immunization Conference on August 13–15 in Portland; early registration open
IAC Express Issue 1425
May 15, 2019
Top Stories
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Total number of U.S. measles cases for 2019 climbs to 839 with 75 new cases reported since last week
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Three close family members of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. publish an editorial decrying his promotion of vaccine misinformation
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IAC Spotlight: IAC's "Talking about Vaccines" web page about MMR vaccination has been updated
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CDC reports that hepatitis A cases have increased almost 300% from 2016–18, mostly related to widespread nationwide outbreaks among people reporting drug use or homelessness
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"Ask the Experts: Zoster (shingles)" web page recently updated
 
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New podcast series from NPR radio affiliate explores the history of vaccine innovation and success alongside the spread of vaccine misinformation
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Influenza activity continues to decrease but 5 additional pediatric deaths still reported
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April's Technically Speaking column by IAC executive director Dr. Deborah Wexler is titled "Refresher! Use of Pneumococcal Vaccines in Infants and Children, as Well as in Children with Health Conditions"
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Voices for Vaccines releases new podcast episode about National Infant Immunization Week and the measles outbreak
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates "MMR Vaccine Does Not Cause Autism. Examine the evidence!" with additional study
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IAC revises "Reliable Sources of Immunization Information: Where Parents Can Go to Find Answers!"
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IAC revises resource for healthcare professionals titled "Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine Recommendations by Age and Risk Factor"
Official Releases and Announcements
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CDC publishes announcement about Hepatitis Awareness Month and Testing Day
World News
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WHO reports that 34,300 cases of measles were recorded in European region in the first two months of 2019, triple the number of cases in the same period last year
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Gavi announces that inactivated polio vaccine has been introduced in all countries worldwide
Featured Resources
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AAFP and STFM offer free Shots Immunizations app updated with the 2019 schedules
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Hepatitis B Foundation publishes report on the need to increase hepatitis B awareness and prevention in the nail salon workforce
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Still available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2019 U.S. child/adolescent immunization schedule and the 2019 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order them for your exam rooms today! Bulk purchase prices available.
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IAC's 142-page book, Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide, describes how to implement adult vaccination services in your healthcare setting and provides a review for staff who already vaccinate adults; IAC Guide available for free download
Education and Training
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Reminder: "A Strategic Response to Hepatitis A Outbreak: From the Big Picture to the Nitty Gritty" webinar to be held May 22
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CDC to host webinar on May 29 titled "Adolescent Vaccines: How Pharmacists Can Make Strong Recommendations and Referrals"
Conferences and Meetings
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Draft agenda for June ACIP meeting now available
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Reminder: Abstracts for National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships due by May 20
IAC Express Issue 1424
May 8, 2019
Top Stories
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Following the MMWR Early Release last week of an article on the increase in U.S. measles cases, CDC published the same article in the current issue of MMWR
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Total measles cases in the U.S. for 2019 climb to 764 with 60 new cases reported since last week
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CDC's measles outbreak digital toolkits with resources for healthcare providers and local/state health departments now available
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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month; promote hepatitis awareness and prepare for May 19, national Hepatitis Testing Day
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FDA announces approval of Dengvaxia (Sanofi Pasteur) for prevention of dengue disease in endemic regions
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IAC Spotlight! Just in case you missed them—these IAC materials and web pages were updated during March and April
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"Ask the Experts: Meningococcal ACWY" web page recently updated
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Influenza activity has continued to decrease but remains elevated; 5 additional pediatric deaths reported
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates its resource for healthcare professionals titled "Don't Be Guilty of These Preventable Errors in Vaccine Administration!"
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IAC updates its handout for patients titled "Vaccination for Adults without a Spleen"
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IAC revises its handout for adults titled "Vaccinations for Adults with Chronic Liver Disease or Infection"
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IAC revises its resource for healthcare professionals titled "Quick Chart of Vaccine-Preventable Disease Terms in Multiple Languages"
Vaccine Information Statements
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IAC posts new Hindi translations of the DTaP, pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13), and typhoid VISs
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IAC posts updated Nepali and Oromo translations of the hepatitis B VIS
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Updated Amharic, Karen, Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili, and Oromo translations of the MenACWY VIS now available
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IAC posts new or updated Karen, Oromo, and Tigrinya translations of the DTaP VIS
World News
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UNICEF press release states 20 million children annually missed first dose of measles vaccine in past 8 years, contributing to global outbreaks
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CDC and WHO report on progress toward measles elimination in the European region, 2009–2018, in this week's MMWR and Weekly Epidemiological Record, respectively
Featured Resources
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National Public Health Information Coalition releases new Measles Communication Resources website
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Still available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2019 U.S. child/adolescent immunization schedule and the 2019 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order them for your exam rooms today! Bulk purchase prices available.
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Check out CDC's "#HowIRecommend HPV Vaccination Video Series" web page with peer-to-peer advice from nurse practitioners and other practicing clinicians on effectively recommending HPV vaccines
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IAC's 142-page book, Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide, describes how to implement adult vaccination services in your healthcare setting and provides a review for staff who already vaccinate adults; IAC Guide available for free download
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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April issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
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CDC publishes "University-Based Outbreaks of Meningococcal Disease Caused by Serogroup B, United States, 2013–2018" in the March issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases
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Viewpoint article titled "The Physician-Scientist: Defending Vaccines and Combating Antiscience" by Dr. Peter Hotez published by The Journal of Clinical Investigation
Education and Training
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NACCHO webinar on strategic responses to hepatitis A outbreaks scheduled for May 22
IAC Express Issue 1423
May 1, 2019
Top Stories
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CDC issues an MMWR Early Release on measles cases and holds a media briefing on multi-state measles outbreak as number of cases increases
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Measles cases in the U.S. hit a new record; CDC and HHS issue statements that measles cases are now the highest since the disease was eliminated in 2000
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AAP urges tougher vaccination laws as measles cases hit new high
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FDA issues statement about MMR vaccine safety and efficacy; urges public to get timely vaccinations
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Opinion piece by former first lady Rosalynn Carter about disinformation as the new barrier to measles vaccination published in USA Today
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It's National Infant Immunization Week; CDC names Childhood Immunization Champion Award winners
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CDC states current flu season is the longest in a decade; influenza activity decreased again this week but remains elevated
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IAC Spotlight! Visit IAC's updated "Vaccines" web section for information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent
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Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia creates new web section on the human immune system
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WHO issues report on vaccine safety communication
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ShotByShot.org adds "Dash's Story" to its collection of stories about people with vaccine-preventable diseases
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates its popular "Summary of Recommendations for Child/Teen Immunization" and "Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization"
World News
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UNICEF launches #VaccinesWork campaign to inspire support for vaccines and highlight social norms
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WHO issues press release about landmark malaria vaccine campaign to be launched in Malawi
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UNICEF publishes article about the power of vaccines and unified efforts of doctors and parents to address the measles outbreak in Ukraine
Featured Resources
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Still available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2019 U.S. child/adolescent immunization schedule and the 2019 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order them for your exam rooms today! Bulk purchase prices available.
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Families Fighting Flu launches expanded website to inform different audiences about flu and flu vaccines
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IAC's 142-page book, Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide, describes how to implement adult vaccination services in your healthcare setting and provides a review for staff who already vaccinate adults; IAC Guide available for free download
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia publishes April issue of its newsletter Vaccine Update for Healthcare Professionals
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Dr. Anthony Fauci and colleagues issue perspective article titled "Measles in 2019—Going Backward" in the New England Journal of Medicine
Education and Training
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CDC offers archived webinar titled "#HowIRecommend Flu Vaccine: How to Make Recommendations that Matter to Patients"
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Register now: Dr. L.J Tan, IAC's chief strategy officer, will present a webinar on the standards of adult immunization practice on May 7
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CDC offers May 29 webinar on how pharmacists can promote HPV vaccination
April 2019 Back to top
IAC Express Issue 1422
April 24, 2019
Top Stories
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Total number of U.S. measles cases for 2019 climbs to 626 with 71 new cases reported since last week
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Dr. Paul Offit discusses measles and MMR vaccination in CNN interview
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Reminder! National Infant Immunization Week is April 27–May 4; many resources available to help you plan activities
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CDC publishes report on the number of cases of high-grade cervical lesions diagnosed among women; reduction in cases demonstrates impact of the HPV vaccination program
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Influenza activity decreased again this week but remains elevated; CDC reports an estimate of up to 57,300 influenza-related deaths so far this season
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IAC Spotlight! The "Favorites" tab at the top of every page on immunize.org brings you to 18 of the most popular web sections on IAC's website
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IAC enrolls 6 new birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; 11 previously honored institutions qualify for additional years' honors
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Available now! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2019 U.S. child/adolescent immunization schedule and the 2019 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order them for your exam rooms today! Bulk purchase prices available.
World News
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WHO reports that measles cases increased 300% in the first three months of 2019 compared to the first three months of 2018
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World Immunization Week is the last week of April; read about heroic efforts around the world to protect people from vaccine-preventable diseases
Featured Resources
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Vaccine Education Center updates its "Vaccines and Autism: What You Should Know" Q&A sheet
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IAC's 142-page book, Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide, describes how to implement adult vaccination services in your healthcare setting and provides a review for staff who already vaccinate adults; IAC Guide available for free download
Education and Training
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"There's an App for That: Increasing HPV Vaccination Rates" webinar scheduled for May 21
IAC Express Issue 1421
April 17, 2019
Top Stories
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Total U.S. measles cases for 2019 climb to 555 this week with 90 new cases reported since last week; CDC issues important measles outbreak information to its partners
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New York City's health commissioner declares measles emergency, requiring vaccinations in parts of Brooklyn
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IAC Spotlight! IAC's "Talking About Vaccines: Religious Concerns" web page contains a wide variety of resources to help you answer questions from parents and patients who have religious concerns about immunization
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Vaxopedia website releases new post titled "Which Measles Records Will We Break This Year?"
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Reminder! National Infant Immunization Week is April 27–May 4; many resources available to help you plan activities
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Influenza activity decreased this week but remains elevated; CDC reports an estimate of up to 50,900 influenza-related deaths so far this season
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Five healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month; promote hepatitis awareness by using #HepAware19
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Join the Meningitis B Action Project in a Day of Action against Meningitis B on April 24
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Voices for Vaccines releases new podcast episode titled "Ethan Lindenberger, the Internet, and Teen Advocacy"
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Polio worker killed in Mohmand, Pakistan; reports of other workers killed
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Available now! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2019 U.S. child/adolescent immunization schedule and the 2019 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order them for your exam rooms today! Bulk purchase prices available.
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates "Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib): Questions and Answers" handout
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IAC updates its patient handout, "Vaccines Work!"
Official Releases and Announcements
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NIH issues news release announcing the first-in-human trial of a universal influenza vaccine candidate
World News
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Sudan launches large-scale vaccination campaign to immunize over 11 million children against measles and polio
Featured Resources
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IAC's 142-page book, Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide, describes how to implement adult vaccination services in your healthcare setting and provides a review for staff who already vaccinate adults; IAC Guide available for free download
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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CDC publishes "Notes from the Field: Acute Hepatitis A Virus Infection Among Previously Vaccinated Persons with HIV Infection: Implications for Postexposure Prophylaxis—Tennessee, 2018" in this week's MMWR
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CDC publishes "Notes from the Field: Hepatitis A Outbreak Associated with Drug Use and Homelessness—West Virginia, 2018" in this week's MMWR
Education and Training
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NACCHO and partner organizations offer May 1 webinar on perinatal hepatitis B prevention
Conferences and Meetings
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Registration open for June 26–27, 2019 ACIP meeting
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2019 National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships scheduled for November 13–15 in Honolulu; presentation and poster abstract deadline is May 20
IAC Express Issue 1420
April 10, 2019
Top Stories
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Available now! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2019 U.S. child/adolescent immunization schedule and the 2019 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order them for your exam rooms today! Bulk purchase prices available.
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Total U.S. measles cases for 2019 climb to 465 this week—largest weekly increase in case numbers this year
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March's Technically Speaking column by IAC executive director Dr. Deborah Wexler is titled "With Measles 'Breaking Out' All Over the United States, Here Are Some Good Educational Resources"
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Dr. Paul Offit responds to mumps outbreaks with Medscape commentary titled "What Will It Take to Eradicate Mumps?"
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Reminder! National Infant Immunization Week is April 27–May 4; many resources available to help you plan activities
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Influenza activity decreased this week but remains elevated; CDC reports an estimate of up to 50,900 influenza-related deaths so far this season
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IAC Spotlight! IAC's "Clinic Tools: Scheduling Vaccines" web page contains a wide variety of educational materials to help you vaccinate your patients on schedule and "catch-up" those who are behind
World News
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Global spread of measles surging, with widespread outbreaks in 10 countries
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Following a cyclone in Mozambique, 1,500 cases of cholera have occurred; WHO, UNICEF, and partners begin cholera vaccination campaign with 900,000 doses
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CDC and WHO report on "Tracking Progress Toward Polio Eradication—Worldwide, 2017–2018" in this week's MMWR and Weekly Epidemiological Record, respectively
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WHO reports on "Epidemic Meningitis Control in Countries in the African Meningitis Belt, 2018" in this week's Weekly Epidemiological Record
Featured Resources
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IAC's 142-page book, Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide, describes how to implement adult vaccination services in your healthcare setting and provides a review for staff who already vaccinate adults; IAC Guide available for free download
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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Study published in the BMJ finds routine HPV vaccination of girls aged 12–13 led to dramatic reduction of preinvasive cervical disease
Education and Training
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CDC updates "You Call the Shots" module on MMR; free CE credit available
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Registration is open for the Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases ("The Pink Book") course in Atlanta, May 28–30
IAC Express Issue 1419
April 3, 2019
Top Stories
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Available now! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2019 U.S. child/adolescent immunization schedule and the 2019 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order them for your exam rooms today! Bulk purchase prices available.
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CDC issues Health Alert Network (HAN) advisory due to the widespread continuation of influenza along with an increase in influenza A(H3N2) activity
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Influenza remains widespread; CDC reports an estimate of up to 46,800 influenza-related deaths so far this season
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National Infant Immunization Week, celebrating its 25th anniversary, to be held April 27–May 4; newly launched 2019 digital media toolkit available now
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73 more cases of measles reported by CDC this week, bringing the reported total of U.S. measles cases this year to 387, which surpasses the 12-month total for 2018
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New York's Rockland County declares state of emergency for measles and bars unvaccinated children and teens from public places
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Philadelphia Department of Public Health issues health alert following mumps outbreak of 106 cases at Temple University; Temple holds large-scale campaign to vaccinate students
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IAC Spotlight! Visit IAC's newly updated Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) web section for VISs in up to 50 languages, as well as information about their use
IAC Handouts
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IAC posts revised "Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Vaccines for Children and Teens" and "Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Vaccines for Adults"
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IAC updates "Guide to Contraindications and Precautions to Commonly Used Vaccines" and "Guide to Contraindications and Precautions to Commonly Used Vaccines in Adults"
Vaccine Information Statements
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IAC updates Thai translation of the DTaP VIS
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IAC posts new Punjabi translation of the PPSV VIS
World News
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WHO publishes "Addendum to the 'Recommended Composition of Influenza Virus Vaccines for Use in the 2019–2020 Northern Hemisphere Influenza Season'" in this week's Weekly Epidemiological Record
Featured Resources
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Vaxopedia website releases new post titled "Who's Who in the Anti-Vaccine Movement—2019 Edition"
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GW Public Health Online posts resources with visuals on the history of measles in the U.S. and on the development of vaccines
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IAC's 142-page book, Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide, describes how to implement adult vaccination services in your healthcare setting and provides a review for staff who already vaccinate adults; IAC Guide available for free download
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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March issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
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Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia publishes March issue of its newsletter Vaccine Update for Healthcare Professionals
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CDC publishes "Imported Toxin-Producing Cutaneous Diphtheria—Minnesota, Washington, and New Mexico, 2015–2018" in this week's MMWR
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The journal Vaccine publishes "It's Not All about Autism: The Emerging Landscape of Anti-Vaccination Sentiment on Facebook"
March 2019 Back to top
IAC Express Issue 1418
March 27, 2019
Top Stories
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Available now! IAC’s sturdy laminated versions of the 2019 U.S. child/adolescent immunization schedule and the 2019 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order them for your exam rooms today! Bulk purchase prices available.
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CDC issues a Health Alert Network (HAN) advisory due to widespread outbreaks of hepatitis A among people who use drugs and people experiencing homelessness
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Elimination of non-medical vaccine exemptions ranked the top priority at AAP's Annual Leadership Forum
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CDC director and other officials write New York Times opinion piece titled "This Is the Truth About Vaccines"
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New York Times Opinion releases a short video titled "Fool House Rock: How Measles Is Making a Comeback"
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AMA writes Facebook, Pinterest, Amazon, Google, YouTube, and Twitter executives about their management of misleading anti-vaccine content
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Influenza remains widespread; CDC reports 8 additional pediatric deaths from influenza in the U.S.
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AAP News reports AAP will have no flu vaccine preference in 2019–20 season
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Ask the Experts Q&A web page titled Storage and Handling recently updated
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IAC Spotlight! Three healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
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IAC enrolls 5 new birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; 13 honored institutions qualify for additional years' honors
Official Releases and Announcements
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WHO publishes final recommendations for the composition of influenza virus vaccines for the 2019–20 northern hemisphere influenza season
World News
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Italy reinstates law for mandatory vaccination for schoolchildren; parents who don't vaccinate are subject to fines and many children not allowed to attend school
Featured Resources
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CDC launches third video in its new animated video series for parents, "How Vaccines Work"
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ACOG offers new toolkit: Optimizing Immunization Programs in Obstetric-Gynecologic Practices
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Jimmy Kimmel Live segment from 2015 on the anti-vaccine movement still packs a punch
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IAC's 142-page book, Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide, describes how to implement adult vaccination services in your healthcare setting and provides a review for staff who already vaccinate adults; IAC Guide available for free download
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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Jezebel investigates questionable financial practices of autism "charity" Generation Rescue
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Policies for Action publishes article on the recent measles outbreaks and state exemption rates and policies
Education and Training
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Reminder: Vaccine Education Center's Current Issues in Vaccines webinar scheduled for April 3
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"Preventing HPV Cancers through Health Systems: A Tale from Three Systems" webinar scheduled for April 10
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NFID offers April 25 webinar on improving healthcare personnel immunization rates
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Webinar about affordable ways to improve HPV vaccination quality set for April 30
IAC Express Special Edition - Shop IAC: Issue 1417
March 21, 2019
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IAC Express Issue 1416
March 20, 2019
Top Stories
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Available now! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2019 U.S. child/adolescent immunization schedule and the 2019 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order them for your exam rooms today!
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CDC's latest update on 2019 U.S. measles cases shows preliminary estimate of 228 cases across 12 states as of March 7
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Influenza remains widespread; CDC reports an estimate of up to 35,500 influenza-related deaths so far this season
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Voices for Vaccines releases new podcast episode on updates from the February ACIP meeting and March 5 U.S. Senate HELP committee hearing on vaccine-preventable outbreaks
IAC Handouts
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IAC revises handout for parents titled "Questions Parents Ask about Vaccinations for Babies"
Vaccine Information Statements
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IAC posts new Hindi translations of the Hib, polio, and rotavirus VISs
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IAC updates Burmese translations of the DTaP and MenACWY VISs
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IAC posts corrected Nepali translations of seven VISs
World News
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WHO releases "Global Influenza Strategy for 2019–2030"
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WHO publishes report on the International Coordinating Group on Vaccine Provision and its impact in 2018 in this week's Weekly Epidemiological Record
Featured Resources
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Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia "Vaccine Safety References" web section now easier to find
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IAC's 142-page book, Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide, describes how to implement adult vaccination services in your healthcare setting and provides a review for staff who already vaccinate adults; IAC Guide available for free download
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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Journal of Pediatrics publishes assessment of state-specific HPV vaccination among male adolescents in relation to provider recommendation
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March's Parents PACK newsletter from Vaccine Education Center includes tips for talking about vaccines when you disagree with a relative
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CDC publishes "Resurgence of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in Venezuela as a Regional Public Health Threat in the Americas" in the April issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases
Education and Training
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CDC offers webinar titled "HPV Vaccine: What You Need to Know" on Thursday, March 21 as part of its Prevention Works webinar series
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APHA Men's Health Caucus to host webinar titled "Perceptions of HPV Prevention in Men and Boys" on March 28
IAC Express Issue 1415
March 13, 2019
Top Stories
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U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) holds hearing: "Vaccines Save Lives: What Is Driving Preventable Disease Outbreaks?"
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U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (California) receives official responses from Facebook and Google regarding his letter about anti-vaccine misinformation
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AAP president urges tech companies to combat vaccine misinformation online
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Facebook taking steps to stop vaccine misinformation
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Dr. Paul Offit responds to measles outbreaks with opinion piece titled "Facebook, Twitter are blocking dangerous antivaccine posts. It's about time."
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A nationwide cohort study published in Annals of Internal Medicine finds MMR vaccine is not linked to autism; adds to body of evidence confirming MMR vaccine safety
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IAC Spotlight! Find a comprehensive range of valuable measles information and ready-to-print materials for patients and staff on IAC's website
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's presidents highlight facts on vaccine safety in light of measles outbreaks
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February's Technically Speaking column by IAC executive director Dr. Deborah Wexler is titled "Questions about Proper Vaccine Storage and Handling? CDC's Redesigned Toolkit Has Answers!"
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CDC publishes "Notes from the Field: Tetanus in an Unvaccinated Child—Oregon, 2017" in this week's MMWR
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Influenza remains widespread; CDC reports 8 additional pediatric deaths from influenza in the U.S.
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates "Standing Orders for Administering Hepatitis A Vaccine to Adults"
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IAC updates "Supplies You May Need at an Immunization Clinic"
World News
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UNICEF warns that global surge of measles cases is a growing threat to children
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CDC and WHO publish "Update on Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus Outbreaks—Democratic Republic of the Congo and Horn of Africa, 2017–2018" in this week's MMWR and Weekly Epidemiological Record, respectively
Featured Resources
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IAC's 142-page book, Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide, describes how to implement adult vaccination services in your healthcare setting and provides a review for staff who already vaccinate adults; IAC Guide available for free download
Education and Training
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Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition to offer March 20 webinar on hepatitis B in immigrant populations
IAC Express Issue 1414
March 6, 2019
Top Stories
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CDC requests healthcare providers' help in containing measles outbreaks; 159 measles cases from 10 states reported
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CDC's Travelers' Health Update publishes information for clinicians and the public about measles prevention during international travel
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CDC publishes report on measles outbreak in era of stricter immunization requirements in California
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Influenza remains widespread; CDC reports 15 additional pediatric deaths from influenza in the U.S.
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IAC provides a summary article about votes taken at February 26–27 ACIP meeting
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