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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
CHECK OUT THESE ITEMS FROM SHOP IAC
New! 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.
Now's a great time to place an order for IAC's personal patient record cards and the Immunization Techniques DVD. For greater discounts, make bulk purchases!
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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IAC Spotlight! IAC creates separate web page for its print materials related to vaccine contraindications and precautions
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Ask the Experts Q&A web page titled Vaccine Administration recently updated
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Pinterest, YouTube, and Amazon make changes to counter vaccine misinformation
Vaccine Information Statements
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New or updated Bengali, Haitian Creole, Italian, Polish, Urdu, and Yiddish translations of the DTaP and MenACWY VISs now available
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IAC posts Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean translations of the rotavirus VIS
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IAC posts Indonesian-language version of the hepatitis B VIS
World News
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CDC and WHO report on progress toward hepatitis B control, including perinatal transmission, in the Western Pacific Region
Featured Resources
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CDC updates its job aids that help providers properly catch up children who are behind schedule with PCV13, Hib, DTaP, and Tdap
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Reminder: "65+ Flu Defense" website features information and resources for healthcare professionals serving adults age 65 and older
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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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February issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
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Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia publishes February issue of its newsletter Vaccine Update for Healthcare Professionals
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Clinical Infectious Diseases publishes article titled "Principal Controversies in Vaccine Safety in the United States"
Education and Training
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CDC to offer March 13 webinar about the changes in the 2019 child/teen and adult immunization schedules
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National Infant Immunization Week scheduled for April 27–May 4; CDC to offer related planning webinar on March 12
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Vaccine Education Center plans Current Issues in Vaccines webinar on April 3
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NACCHO and Hep B United to offer 3-part webinar series on local strategies to eliminate hepatitis B; first session scheduled for March 20
February 2019 Back to top
IAC Express Issue 1413
February 27, 2019
Top Stories
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Measles outbreak continues in five states; 64 cases confirmed in Washington State
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Influenza remains widespread across the nation; CDC reports 19,100 deaths so far this season so keep vaccinating your patients
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IAC Spotlight! IAC's "Clinic Tools: Vaccine Storage and Handling" web page provides resources from IAC and CDC to help ensure you're doing everything you can to safeguard your vaccine supply
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The 16 Vaccine campaign from the National Meningitis Association highlights the importance of the second dose of MenACWY at the 16-year-old checkup
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CDC issues clinical guidance for providers during the Recombivax HB vaccine shortage
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February is American Heart Month; patients with heart disease are at high risk of influenza complications
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Six healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
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National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit soliciting nominations for its 2019 Immunization Excellence Awards; deadline extended to March 1
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates "After the Shots…What to Do if Your Child Has Discomfort"
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IAC updates its Spanish translation of "Keep Your Kids Safe—Get Them Vaccinated Every Fall or Winter!"
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IAC updates its Spanish translation of "Should You Be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis A?"
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IAC updates its Spanish translation of "Protect Yourself from Whooping Cough...Get Vaccinated!"
Official Releases and Announcements
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WHO publishes "Recommended Composition of Influenza Virus Vaccines for Use in the 2019–2020 Northern Hemisphere Influenza Season"
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WHO publishes position paper on pneumococcal conjugate vaccines in infants and children in this week's Weekly Epidemiological Record
Featured Resources
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine creates new web page titled "Vaccines Are Safe"
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CDC launches second video in its new animated video series for parents, "How Vaccines Work"
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Vaxopedia website releases new post titled "A Legislative Guide to Advocating for Stronger Vaccine Laws"
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Hepatitis B Foundation releases new #justB video titled "Heng's Story" to empower people affected by hepatitis B, raise awareness, and end stigma
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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 publishes study about Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries and predictors of vaccine receipt
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Vaccine publishes study about provider time and costs to vaccinate adult patients
Education and Training
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NFID offers webinar on March 19 at noon on updates from the February ACIP meeting
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AAP hosts webinar titled "Spring 2019 HPV Vaccination Update: Supporting Your Office Efforts" scheduled for March 26
Conferences and Meetings
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Wyoming Immunization Conference to be held May 21–22 in Casper
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2019 Iowa Immunization Summit to be held June 19–20 in Altoona; "Pink Book" training scheduled for the first day
IAC Express Issue 1412
February 20, 2019
Top Stories
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ACIP publishes recommendations for the use of hepatitis A vaccine for people experiencing homelessness
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CDC provides update on influenza activity in the United States through February 2; influenza remains widespread so keep vaccinating your patients
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CDC publishes interim estimates of the 2018–19 influenza vaccine effectiveness
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The 25th anniversary of National Infant Immunization Week is in April
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IAC Spotlight! Invite your colleagues to sign up for IAC Express with the new easy-to-access link on the top of every web page
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CDC publishes study about university-based outbreaks of meningococcal disease caused by serogroup B
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IAC enrolls 13 new birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; 19 previously honored institutions qualify for additional years' honors
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Voices for Vaccines releases two podcasts: one about HPV vaccination and a second about a new conspiracy theory
Official Releases and Announcements
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HHS proposes new rules to improve the interoperability of health information
World News
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Measles killed 72 children and adults in WHO's European Region in 2018
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WHO reports on meetings of two influenza working groups in this week's Weekly Epidemiological Record
Featured Resources
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Reminder: New "65+ Flu Defense" website features information and resources for healthcare professionals serving adults age 65 and older
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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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February's Parents PACK newsletter from the Vaccine Education Center includes article on the importance of understanding the latest scientific information in its historical context
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CDC publishes study of the 2017–18 influenza season severity in Minnesota and Utah
Conferences and Meetings
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Tune in to CDC's ACIP meeting February 27–28 (Wednesday and Thursday) via live webcast
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American Immunization Registry Association 2019 meeting to be held August 13–15 in Indianapolis
IAC Express Issue 1411
February 13, 2019
Top Stories
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MMWR publishes "ACIP Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents Aged 18 Years or Younger—U.S., 2019"
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MMWR publishes "ACIP Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years or Older—U.S., 2019"
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CDC redesigns its "Immunization Schedules" web section to provide easier access to information and schedule-related resources
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Measles outbreak continues in Washington State; 53 cases confirmed
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U.S. Surgeon General featured in video on the importance of getting vaccinated to protect yourself and others against measles
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Dr. Paul Offit responds to measles outbreaks with Medscape commentary titled "Measles: Will It Take a Death to Get Kids Vaccinated?"
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Influenza remains widespread; CDC reports 4 additional pediatric deaths from influenza in the U.S.
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IAC Spotlight! Six new "Handouts" categories developed, making IAC's ready-to-print educational materials even easier to locate
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Vaccinate Your Family releases special report on the state of our nation's "ImmUnion" and shares it with members of Congress
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January's Technically Speaking column by IAC executive director Dr. Deborah Wexler is titled "Want to Avoid Vaccination Errors? These Print Materials and Slide Sets Will Help You!"
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Nominations deadline for the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit Excellence Awards is February 15
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates its patient handout titled "Vaccines Work: CDC Statistics Demonstrate Dramatic Declines in Vaccine-Preventable Diseases"
Official Releases and Announcements
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American Pharmacists Association issues revised guidelines for pharmacy-based immunization advocacy and administration
Featured Resources
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American College of Physicians presents videos providing an overview of the 2019 adult vaccine recommendations
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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 and WHO report on vaccine-derived poliovirus in Papua, New Guinea, in this week's MMWR and Weekly Epidemiological Record, respectively
Education and Training
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CDC web page provides recent updates to "The Pink Book" chapters and appendices
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MMWR and Medscape offer free continuing education activity titled "Update: Recommendations of the ACIP for Use of Hepatitis A Vaccine for Postexposure Prophylaxis and for Preexposure Prophylaxis for International Travel"
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Immunize Nevada hosts webinar titled "Social Networking for Disease Prevention" scheduled for February 20; CEU available
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HepB United offers webinar on February 21 titled "Hepatitis B: Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions—Focus on Transmission and Prevention"
Conferences and Meetings
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Reminder: 2019 Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research, April 3–5 in Baltimore; agenda and schedule available
IAC Express Issue 1410
February 6, 2019
Top Stories
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2019 U.S. recommended immunization schedules for children and adolescents as well as for adults now available on CDC's website
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Influenza now widespread in 45 states; CDC reports 2 additional pediatric deaths from influenza in the U.S., bringing total to 24
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State of Washington measles outbreak grows, with 49 cases confirmed; number of measles cases rises to 130 in Rockland County, New York
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CDC publishes report on postlicensure safety surveillance of recombinant zoster vaccine
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IAC Spotlight! IAC's "Clinic Tools: Screening for Vaccine Contraindications and Precautions" web page provides resources from IAC and CDC to help you assess if it is safe to vaccinate your patient at that day's visit
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AAP invites all immunizers to join its Community of Immunizers Listserv and to subscribe to the AAP Immunization Initiatives Newsletter
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates its popular handout for parents titled "After the Shots: What to Do If Your Child Has Discomfort"
Vaccine Information Statements
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IAC posts updated Japanese translation of the Meningococcal ACWY VIS
Featured Resources
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New AAP video promotes "HPV Vaccine: Same Way, Same Day," its role-play simulation app that helps providers introduce HPV vaccine and address parents' concerns
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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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January issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
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CDC publishes "Notes from the Field: Mumps Outbreak in a Recently Vaccinated Population—Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia, August–December, 2017" in this week's MMWR
Education and Training
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Today! NFID offers webinar on February 6 at noon on strategies for increasing adult vaccination rates
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New email course for learning about immunization information systems available from Public Health Informatics Institute
Conferences and Meetings
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Draft agenda for February ACIP meeting now available
IAC Express Special Edition - Ask the Experts: Issue 1409
February 4, 2019
HPV Vaccine
Q: Please describe the HPV vaccines available in the United States.
Q: What are the recommendations for use of HPV vaccine?
Q: If a 30-year-old female patient insists that she wants to receive HPV vaccine, can I give it to her?
Hepatitis A Vaccines
Q: Who is recommended to receive hepatitis A vaccine?
Q: For hepatitis A vaccination, the recommended interval between the 2-dose series is at least 6 months. Is this the same as 24 weeks?
Q: What are the recommendations for postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) for hepatitis A?
Q: ACIP now recommends routine hepatitis A vaccination for people experiencing homelessness. Can you provide a definition of "experiencing homelessness"?
Q: To complete a 21-year-old patient's hepatitis A vaccine series, how many adult doses should I give if the patient received a single dose of pediatric hepatitis A vaccine 5 years ago?
Q: Which travelers are recommended to receive hepatitis A vaccine?
Q: What are the hepatitis A vaccination recommendations for vaccination of travelers to protect them from HAV infection?
Q: Can Twinrix (HepA-HepB; GSK) be used for people planning international travel?
Q: How should hepatitis A vaccine be stored?
Varicella Vaccine
Q: Can varicella vaccine be used as postexposure prophylaxis for a 9-month-old who was exposed to herpes zoster?
Q: A 10-year-old girl came to our immunization clinic, and the nurse noted crusted lesions on her arms and legs. The parent said the child had chickenpox a week earlier. The girl was not ill, so we administered the vaccines she needed. But now I wonder if her recent case of chickenpox might interfere with her immune response to vaccines.
Q: How should varicella vaccine be stored in my clinic?
Q: I was told by a coworker that varicella vaccine can be stored at refrigerator temperature for up to three days and still be used. Is this true?
Varicella Zoster Immune Globulin
Q: What is varicella zoster immune globulin (VZIG)?
Q: In what circumstances should I consider giving VZIG?
Q: Which groups of patients are eligible for VZIG?
Q: What is the recommended dosage of VZIG?
Zoster Vaccines
Q: How are zoster vaccines administered?
Q: A patient was inadvertently given RZV by the subcutaneous rather than the intramuscular route. Does the dose need to be repeated?
Q: When reconstituted, the volume of ZVL is 0.65 mL. Should 0.65 mL or 0.5 mL be administered to the patient?
Q: When reconstituted, the volume of RZV is more than 0.5 mL. Should the entire volume of reconstituted vaccine be administered or just 0.5 mL as indicated in the package insert?
Q: We inadvertently gave ZVL rather than RZV. Can the dose of ZVL be counted as the first dose of the RZV series?
Q: While giving a dose of RZV (Shingrix), the syringe came loose from the needle and part of the dose was lost. Will the patient be protected with this partial dose or does it need to be repeated?
Q: My medical assistant inadvertently administered a 0.5 mL dose of the RZV (Shingrix) diluent only. The dose did not contain any antigen. When can we administer a properly reconstituted dose?
Q: Several doses (antigen and diluent) of RZV were mistakenly stored in our office freezer. One of these doses was administered to a patient. Is this dose valid and if not, when can it be repeated?
January 2019 Back to top
IAC Express Issue 1408
January 30, 2019
Top Stories
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State of Washington health officials and governor declare public health emergency due to measles outbreak in Vancouver, WA, and Portland, OR, area; 35 cases confirmed
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CDC releases updated version of its Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit
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FDA approves use of the 0.5 mL dose of Sanofi's Fluzone Quadrivalent influenza vaccine to include children age 6 through 35 months
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IAC Spotlight! IAC's ACIP web section on immunize.org provides links to ACIP recommendations from 1991 to the present as well as other valuable information
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IAC enrolls 3 new birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; 22 previously honored institutions qualify for additional years' honors
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Reminder: Nominations for CDC's Childhood Immunization Champion Awards due by February 8
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Reminder: Watch this unique series of six online training sessions to help you implement standing orders protocols for adult immunization in your healthcare setting
Official Releases and Announcements
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WHO publishes list of "Ten Threats to Global Health in 2019": vaccine hesitancy makes the list
World News
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WHO publishes report from the December meeting of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety in this week's Weekly Epidemiological Record
Featured Resources
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Influenza remains widespread; CDC reports 3 additional pediatric deaths from influenza in the U.S.
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AAP posts information to guide providers in prebooking pediatric influenza vaccine for the 2019–20 flu season
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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 January issue of its newsletter Vaccine Update for Healthcare Professionals
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New York Times publishes opinion piece titled "How to Inoculate Against Anti-Vaxxers"
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Vaccine publishes study about parents' lack of awareness of meningococcal B vaccines and impact on vaccine use
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Pediatrics publishes study of HPV vaccine effectiveness and herd protection in young women
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MMWR publishes graph of the percentage of adults who had an influenza vaccination in the past 12 months, by gender and asthma status
Education and Training
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CDC to offer February 7 webinar on cholera vaccines and travelers
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CDC to offer webinar titled "Perspectives on Oropharyngeal Cancer" on February 13; discussion includes importance of HPV vaccination to prevent this cancer
IAC Express Issue 1407
January 23, 2019
Top Stories
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FDA has approved expanded use of Sanofi's Adacel Tdap vaccine for repeat dose
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CDC reports 3 additional pediatric deaths from influenza in the U.S., bringing total to 19; keep vaccinating your patients
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IAC Spotlight! Discover how to find what's new and updated on immunize.org
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Eleven healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
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CDC requests nominations for its Childhood Immunization Champion Awards; submissions due by February 8
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National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit soliciting nominations for its 2019 Immunization Excellence Awards
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates "Which Vaccines Do I Need Today?," a checklist for adult patients to help with assessing their immunization needs
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IAC revises its easy-to-read Q&A handout for adult patients titled "Protect Yourself from Whooping Cough ... Get Vaccinated!"
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IAC updates parent piece, "Hepatitis B Shots Are Recommended for All New Babies"
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IAC reformats "Rotavirus: Questions and Answers"
World News
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CDC reports on typhoid fever outbreak in Zimbabwe
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Drones start delivering vaccines to remote areas in the world
Featured Resources
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CDC launches first video in its new animated video series for parents, "How Vaccines Work"
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NFID shares 30-second video, "Don't Be a Dreaded Spreader," that encourages influenza vaccination
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Washington State Department of Health releases second edition of its educational manual for health promoters and community health workers, The Importance of Adult Immunizations; available in English and Spanish
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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 to sponsor January 29 webinar for clinicians about the 2018–19 influenza season and recommendations
IAC Express Issue 1406
January 16, 2019
Top Stories
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CDC releases preliminary estimates of the cumulative numbers of flu illnesses, medical visits, and hospitalizations so far this season in the U.S.—between 6 to 7 million people have been sick with flu
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January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month; many resources are available for you and your patients
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ZDoggMD explains the urgency of hepatitis B vaccination for newborns in online presentation titled "Why Vaccinate So Early?"; CME/CEU available
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American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists posts "Strategies for Integrating Immunizations into Routine Obstetric-Gynecologic Care" tip sheet and final report from its adult immunization project
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O, The Oprah Magazine publishes article titled "5 Myths about the Flu Shot, Debunked"
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IAC Spotlight! On the "View All Materials" pages on IAC's website you can find links to more than 300 IAC patient handouts, staff education materials, and slide sets available on immunize.org
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December's Technically Speaking column by IAC executive director Dr. Deborah Wexler is titled "Looking Back Over 2018 Can Help Ensure Optimal Vaccination Practices in 2019"
IAC Handouts
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IAC revises "Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B Vaccines: Be Sure Your Patients Get the Correct Dose"
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IAC updates its standing orders templates for administering hepatitis A vaccine to children/teens as well as to adults
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IAC updates its 4-page handout for patients and healthcare professionals titled "Hepatitis A: Questions and Answers"
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IAC revises its hepatitis A questionnaire for adults: "Should You Be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis A?"
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IAC updates its handout for patients: "Hepatitis A Is a Serious Liver Disease…Vaccination Can Protect You"
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IAC revises "Standing Orders for Administering Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine to Children"
World News
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The Journal of Infectious Diseases releases "Eradicating Measles—A Call for an Exceptional Coordinated Global Effort"
Featured Resources
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January's Parent's PACK newsletter from the Vaccine Education Center includes video about viral infections and why shingles and HPV can remain in host long-term
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The VaccinesWork.org community blogging platform from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, posts interactive map of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks
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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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Nature publishes analysis of the research and development of new vaccines and the outlook for the future
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CDC publishes report on establishing a baseline for 2015–2016 cervical cancer screening coverage in India in this week's MMWR
Education and Training
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Us vs. HPV, a free webinar series on HPV prevention, is scheduled for January 22–28
Conferences and Meetings
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Reminder: Registration open for February 27–28 ACIP meeting
IAC Express Issue 1405
January 9, 2019
Top Stories
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CDC reports that influenza is increasing across the U.S. and 13 children have died this season; please keep vaccinating your patients
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IAC Spotlight! Find a comprehensive range of valuable influenza educational materials you need on IAC's "Influenza Handouts" web page
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Pediatrics publishes study by CDC authors finding that college students are more likely than their nonstudent peers to contract meningococcal disease
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CDC launches new pneumococcal vaccination mobile app for vaccine providers
Featured Resources
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Vaxopedia website provides immunization information to help educate parents about vaccines
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Reminder: New "65+ Flu Defense" website features information and resources for healthcare professionals serving adults age 65 and older
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Hepatitis B Foundation releases six new #justB stories to empower people affected by hepatitis B, raise awareness, and end stigma
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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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Obstetrics & Gynecology journal publishes "Obstetrician-Gynecologists' Strategies to Address Vaccine Refusal among Pregnant Women"
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CDC publishes report on death of Virginia resident from rabies contracted in India
Education and Training
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New Medscape CME/CE program titled "Preventing Meningococcal B Disease: Challenges and Opportunities" now online
IAC Express Issue 1404
January 2, 2019
Top Stories
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CDC reports that flu activity is elevated and 11 children have died of influenza; please keep vaccinating your patients
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FDA licenses pediatric hexavalent vaccine developed by Sanofi and Merck; not available in the U.S. until 2020 or later
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IAC Spotlight! Package Inserts & FDA Product Approvals web page on immunize.org is a popular destination for website visitors
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CDC announces 2018 HPV Vaccine Is Cancer Prevention Champion award winners
IAC Handouts
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IAC revises "Using Standing Orders for Administering Vaccines: What You Should Know"
Official Releases and Announcements
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services soliciting comments regarding the Healthy People 2030 objectives through January 17
World News
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WHO publishes a review of the 2018 influenza season in the southern hemisphere
Featured Resources
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Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia updates two of its 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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Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia publishes December issue of its newsletter Vaccine Update for Healthcare Professionals
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December issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
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CDC reports on rabies in a dog imported from Egypt in MMWR
Education and Training
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CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds to present "Preventing Cervical Cancer in the 21st Century" on January 15
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New CDC Medscape commentary available about rotavirus outbreaks in the post-vaccine era
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Reminder: CDC's 15-part webinar series about "The Pink Book" available online; continuing education credit is available
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