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Issue 1007
IAC Express: Weekly immunization news and information
Issue 1007: July 31, 2012

TOP STORIES

IAC HANDOUTS

OFFICIAL RELEASES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

JOURNAL ARTICLES AND NEWSLETTERS

EDUCATION AND TRAINING




TOP STORIES

Spotlight on immunize.org: IAC's "Ask the Experts" Q&As give you the answers
Looking for answers to your questions about Tdap, MCV4, or contraindications to vaccination? Look no further. IAC’s Ask the Experts web section is a compilation of common yet challenging questions and answers (Q&As) about vaccines and their administration. The experts are Andrew T. Kroger, MD, MPH, medical epidemiologist; Donna L. Weaver, RN, MN, nurse educator; and Iyabode Akinsanya-Beysolow, MD, MPH, medical officer. All are at CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. The Q&As have been featured in previous issues of IAC Express, Needle Tips, and Vaccinate Adults.
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CDC's August 16 Immunization Update to cover the most recent and significant developments in immunization
CDC will air Immunization Update 2012 on August 16 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET and will rebroadcast the session on the same day from noon to 2:30 p.m. ET.

The update will cover the following topics:
  • Influenza
  • Pertussis outbreaks and Tdap
  • ACIP recommendations for healthcare personnel
  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine for immunocompromised adults
  • Vaccine storage and handling
  • Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)
  • Vaccine briefs
Presenters include Iyabode Akinsanya-Beysolow, MD, MPH; Andrew Kroger, MD, MPH; Raymond Strikas, MD, MPH; and JoEllen Wolicki, BSN, RN. All are with CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). Other guest experts will participate.

Additional details and registration information are available.

A DVD of the course will be available after September on NCIRD's Education & Training page.

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MMWR announces that July 28 was the observation of World Hepatitis Day
CDC published World Hepatitis Day—July 28, 2012 in the July 27 issue of MMWR (page 545). The first paragraph of the announcement is reprinted below.

July 28, 2012, marks the second annual World Hepatitis Day, established in 2010 by the World Health Organization (WHO). Viral hepatitis is a largely silent epidemic; however, it is the leading cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis around the world. Approximately 500 million persons are living with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection; most are unaware of their infections, which contribute to nearly 1 million deaths annually.

Related Link

Information about World Hepatitis Day and viral hepatitis is available from CDC.

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CDC publishes report on 2012 influenza A(H3N2) outbreak among people and swine in Indiana
CDC published Notes from the Field: Outbreak of Influenza A(H3N2) Virus Among Persons and Swine at a County Fair–Indiana, July 2012 in the July 27 issue of MMWR (page 561). A portion of the article's first paragraph is reprinted below.

During July 12–16, 2012, the Indiana State Department of Health and the Indiana Board of Animal Health identified respiratory illness among swine and persons at a county fair held July 8–14. On July 16, specimens were collected from four persons with respiratory illness; two had become ill on July 12 and sought care at an emergency department, and two were identified as part of the subsequent public health investigation. All four persons were swine exhibitors or family members of swine exhibitors and had close contact with swine. . . .

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IAC HANDOUTS

New staff-education piece: "Meningococcal Vaccination Recommendations by Age and/or Risk Factor"
IAC recently developed a staff-education sheet titled  Meningococcal Vaccination Recommendations by Age and/or Risk Factor. It summarizes the recommendations of CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the use of meningococcal vaccine. The document includes information pertinent to vaccinating patients of various ages and with various risk factors.

Related Links
IAC's Handouts for Patients & Staff web section offers healthcare professionals and the public more than 250 FREE English-language handouts (many also available in translation), which we encourage website users to print out, copy, and distribute widely.

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IAC updates its patient handout "Vaccinations for Adults: You're never too old to get immunized!"
IAC recently revised its patient handout Vaccinations for Adults: You're never too old to get immunized! The revisions reflect ACIP's most recent recommendations for adult pneumococcal vaccination.

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OFFICIAL RELEASES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

WHO publishes Hajj travel requirements and report of Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety
The July 27 issue of the WHO periodical Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) contains an article titled "Health conditions for travellers to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj)." The article includes this statement: This publication in the Weekly Epidemiological Record is to inform visitors of the full requirements for entry into Saudi Arabia; it does not imply an endorsement by WHO of all measures stipulated.

The July 27 WER also has the report of the June 6–7, 2012, meeting of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS).

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JOURNAL ARTICLES AND NEWSLETTERS

MMWR supplement presents CDC's vision for public health surveillance in the 21st century
CDC published CDC's Vision for Public Health Surveillance in the 21st Century in a July 27 MMWR Supplement. The first paragraph of the supplement is reprinted below.

This MMWR supplement summarizes the deliberations of CDC/ATSDR [Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry] scientists and managers who met in September 2009 in Atlanta as part of the 2009 Consultation on CDC/ATSDR's Vision for Public Health Surveillance in the 21st Century. The meeting was convened to reflect on domestic and global public health surveillance practice and to recommend a strategic framework to advance public health surveillance to meet continuing and new challenges. The first report is an adaptation of the keynote address for the meeting, which summarized the history of public health surveillance, the need to reassess its usefulness, the rationale for topics selected for discussion, and the charge to participants. Subsequent reports summarize the discussions of workgroups that addressed specific topics in surveillance science and practices.

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Vaccine Education Center plans September 12 webinar on current vaccine issues
The Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will present a free one-hour webinar, beginning at noon (ET) on September 12. "Current Issues in Vaccines—Fall  2012" will feature VEC director Paul Offit, MD, discussing the following topics:
  • Pneumococcus
  • Pertussis
  • Influenza
  • Meningococcus
  • HPV
Registration (required) is open now.

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Clinical Vaccinology course scheduled for November 2–4  in Miami
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, the Emory Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, and the Emory Vaccine Center are sponsoring a Clinical Vaccinology Course, which will be held in Miami on November 2–4.

Register by the September 21 early-registration deadline and save $100 on the registration fee. Registrations are being accepted online and by mail.

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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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