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Issue 1001: June 26, 2012




CDC updates information on avian influenza, highly pathogenic H5N1 viruses, pediatric influenza deaths, and influenza vaccination of pregnant women during 2009–10
On June 21, CDC posted updated information about avian influenza and highly pathogenic H5N1 viruses. These updates include information about the current avian influenza situation, past outbreaks in North America, H5N1 in birds and mammals, and H5N1 virus infections in humans, including the prevention and treatment of avian influenza virus infection in humans.

CDC’s FluView weekly influenza surveillance report for week 24 (which ended June 16) includes information about three influenza-associated pediatric deaths that were reported to CDC during the week. A total of 29 influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported during the 2011–2012 season. Note: Cumulative data from past weeks are included in the surveillance report for week 24.

CDC's newly posted fact sheet, Influenza Vaccination Among Women with a Recent Live Birth: Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring Systems (PRAMS), 2009–10 Influenza Season, includes previously published state-specific PRAMS data from 29 states and New York City on seasonal and/or pH1N1 flu vaccination among women who had a live birth from September 1, 2009 through May 31, 2010. It also includes new information on vaccination coverage among the combined 29 states and New York City by maternal age, race/ethnicity, Medicaid and private insurance status, WIC participation, and provider recommendation for or offer of vaccination.

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Spotlight on immunize.org: Immunization schedules web section offers quick access to child, teen, and adult schedules and schedulers for 2012
Looking for an easy way to find the 2012 recommended immunization schedules for children and adolescents, as well as adults? They're all in one place on immunize.org! Visit the Immunization Schedules web section on immunize.org for one-stop access to all the official schedules and schedulers.

In addition to the CDC schedules and schedulers, this section offers links to IAC’s laminated versions of the schedules, which are based on CDC’s schedules and available for purchase. The laminated schedules come complete with essential footnotes and are printed in color for easy reading. Each schedule has six pages (i.e., three double-sided pages), and measures 8.5" x 11" when folded.

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National Council on Aging educates older adults about seriousness of influenza and importance of vaccination
On June 19, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) issued a press release announcing that it is spearheading a new initiative to help protect older adults from influenza in the upcoming flu season. Titled Flu + You, the initiative aims to educate older adults and their caregivers about the seriousness of influenza, the importance of annual influenza immunization, and available vaccine options.

Here are links to some of the components of the Flu + You web section:
A nonprofit service and advocacy organization, NCOA is a national voice for older Americans and the community organizations that serve them.

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Presentations from the 2012 National Adult Immunization Summit and 2012 National Influenza Vaccine Summit now online
The 2012 National Adult Immunization Summit (NAIS) and the 2012 National Influenza Vaccine Summit (NIVS) were held in Atlanta on May 15–17.

The meeting was the inaugural NAIS. It was co-hosted by the American Medical Association, CDC, and National Vaccine Program Office. According to the meeting agenda, "NAIS is charged to contribute to increasing immunization rates of ACIP-recommended vaccines and reducing the burden of vaccine-preventable diseases by identifying specific actions that will lead to increased vaccine coverage in adults." The slide presentations, which are now posted online, furnish detailed information on the steps NAIS is taking to meet these goals.

NIVS focused on an overview of the 2011–2012 influenza season; the benefits of current influenza vaccines and future directions; and optimizing strategies for reaching high-priority groups, according to the 2012 meeting agenda. The slide presentations, which are posted online, indicate the scope of the discussions and provide examples of programs that have been successful in increasing influenza vaccination coverage.

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AAFP, American Academy of Family Physicians; AAP, American Academy of Pediatrics; ACIP, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices; AMA, American Medical Association; CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; FDA, Food and Drug Administration; IAC, Immunization Action Coalition; MMWR, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; NCIRD, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases; NIVS, National Influenza Vaccine Summit; VIS, Vaccine Information Statement; VPD, vaccine-preventable disease; WHO, World Health Organization.
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