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Issue 1017
IAC Express: Weekly immunization news and information
IAC Express 1017: September 25, 2012

TOP STORIES

IAC HANDOUTS

OFFICIAL RELEASES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

JOURNAL ARTICLES

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS


TOP STORIES

Spotlight on immunize.org: access influenza videos and public service announcements
IAC is featuring a collection of videos about influenza and the importance of annual vaccination for the 2012-13 influenza season. The influenza-related videos include personal testimonies from parents who have suffered the tragic loss of their children due to influenza, as well as educational information from expert commentators. The featured videos are from the following organizations: American Lung Association, American Nurses Association, American Pharmacists Association, California Immunization Coalition’s Shot-by-Shot project, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services, Every Child by Two, Families Fighting Flu, Medscape, National Council on Aging, PKIDs, University of Pittsburgh, and state health departments.

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American Pharmacists Association offers videos on vaccine administration
The American Pharmacists Association (APhA) has released two training videos about administering vaccines. To access these videos, go to APHA's Immunization Center web section and scroll down the page. The "Injection Technique Video" includes instruction on intramuscular, subcutaneous, and intranasal vaccine administration. The "Fluzone Administration Video" concentrates on intradermal vaccine administration (for Fluzone Intradermal only). You will find other immunization resources for pharmacists on this page as well.

For referral to more vaccination resources for pharmacists, visit IAC's Pharmacists and Immunization web section.

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Actress Sarah Chalke spearheads American Lung Association's Faces of Influenza campaign 
The American Lung Association, with the support of actress Sarah Chalke, is issuing a call to action to mothers across the country to help protect themselves and their loved ones against influenza by getting vaccinated this and every year. Faces of Influenza is a national educational awareness initiative of the American Lung Association that educates the public about the seriousness of influenza and the need for immunization. Sarah Chalke, actress and mother, is joining Faces of Influenza as the national spokesperson for the 2012-2013 influenza season. She joins other celebrities, health officials, and everyday people as they share their personal experiences with influenza disease and encourage annual influenza vaccination.

The 2012–2013 grassroots campaign tool kit, as well as video public service announcements, can be accessed and downloaded from the Faces of Influenza campaign website.
 
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Vote & Vax helps providers set up influenza vaccination clinics at or near polling places
Vote & Vax is a national program of the community health organization SPARC (Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration) that works with local public health providers to assist them in launching vaccination clinics at or near polling places across the country.

It is great way to connect with the 120 million Americans who vote in national elections, approximately 70% of whom are over age 50 years. In 2008, the project delivered 21,434 influenza vaccinations at 331 locations in 42 states and the District of Columbia, with almost half (47.7%) being "new" recipients, meaning they had either not received influenza vaccination in the preceding year or would not have otherwise been vaccinated.

The Vote & Vax website provides resources and technical assistance for healthcare professionals interested in setting up an influenza vaccination clinic at or near a polling site on November 6. Consider becoming part of this project!

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IAC HANDOUTS

IAC updates seven educational materials related to preventing perinatal hepatitis B transmission
IAC recently updated seven educational materials related to perinatal hepatitis B prevention. Revisions include updated statistics and resources, title changes, and other minor edits. The seven pieces are
  1. Guidance for Developing Admission Orders in Labor & Delivery and Newborn Units to Prevent Hepatitis B Virus Transmission
  2. Sample Text for Developing Admission Orders in Newborn Units for the Hepatitis B Vaccine Birth Dose
  3. Give the Birth Dose... Hepatitis B vaccine at birth saves lives!
  4. States Report Hundreds of Medical Errors in Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention
  5. Medical Errors Put infants at Risk for Chronic Hepatitis B Virus Infection—Six Case Reports.
  6. Unprotected Infant Dies of Fulminant Hepatitis B
  7. Two More Infants Chronically Infected with Hepatitis B Virus . . . the Medical Errors Continue
IAC's Handouts for Patients and 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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OFFICIAL RELEASES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition releases five-year progress report on infant and child influenza immunization rates
The Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC), an activity of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, was established in 2007 to encourage and support the movement toward universal influenza pediatric immunization. In September, CIIC released a report titled Improving Childhood Influenza Immunization Rates that summarizes the issues, the successes, and new challenges to be addressed.

CIIC offers more resources for healthcare professionals and members of the public on its website Prevent Childhood Influenza.

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JOURNAL ARTICLES

CDC publishes report on vaccine-derived polioviruses worldwide
CDC published Update on Vaccine-Derived Polioviruses — Worldwide, April 2011–June 2012 in the September 21 issue of MMWR (pages 741-746). The first five sentences are reprinted below.

In 1988, the World Health Assembly resolved to eradicate poliomyelitis worldwide. One of the main tools used in polio eradication efforts has been the live, attenuated oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV). This inexpensive vaccine is administered easily by mouth, makes recent recipients resistant to infection by wild polioviruses (WPVs), and provides long-term protection against paralytic disease through durable humoral immunity. Nonetheless, rare cases of vaccine-associated paralytic poliomyelitis can occur both among immunologically normal OPV recipients and their contacts and among persons who are immunodeficient. In addition, vaccine-derived polioviruses (VDPVs) can emerge to cause polio outbreaks in areas with low OPV coverage and can replicate for years in persons who are immunodeficient. This report updates previous surveillance summaries and describes VDPVs detected worldwide during April 2011–June 2012.

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Families Fighting Flu offers webinar on influenza
Families Fighting Flu (FFF) is sponsoring a free webinar on October 2 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET. Featured speakers will be William Schaffner, MD, immediate past-president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, who will speak about the upcoming influenza season, and FFF board member and parent, Jennifer Lastinger, who will share her personal story about losing her daughter to influenza.

Pre-registration is required.

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NFID news conference on influenza and pneumococcal disease scheduled for September 27
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is hosting a 1-hour news conference on September 27 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Titled What the Public Needs to Know this Influenza Season, the conference will feature leading experts discussing influenza and pneumococcal disease and vaccination coverage. Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be the keynote speaker; William Schaffner, MD, immediate past president, NFID, will moderate the event.

Interested individuals can participate via live webcast or teleconference.

Teleconference call-in: (800) 755-1805

Webcast registration information

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CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS

Minnesota Department of Health immunization conference to take place November 1-2
The Minnesota Department of Health's "Got Your Shots?" immunization conference will be held in Mankato, MN, on November 1-2. Featured speakers include Paul Offit, MD, Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Donna Weaver, RN, MN, NCIRD, CDC.

Conference agenda and registration information

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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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