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Issue 1021
IAC Express: Weekly immunization news and information
IAC Express 1021: October 23, 2012

TOP STORIES

IAC HANDOUTS

FEATURED RESOURCES

JOURNAL ARTICLES AND NEWSLETTERS

EDUCATION AND TRAINING


TOP STORIES

New: October 2012 issue of Vaccinate Adults is now online
The October 2012 issue of Vaccinate Adults is now online.
Download the October issue of Vaccinate Adults
This issue presents an array of materials that healthcare professionals can rely on to vaccinate adults. Readers will find several updated pieces on adult vaccination.

The issue also includes the "Ask the Experts" column from CDC medical epidemiologist Andrew T. Kroger, MD, MPH; nurse educator Donna L. Weaver, RN, MN; and medical officer Iyabode Akinsanya-Beysolow, MD, MPH.

Note: Vaccinate Adults is an abbreviated version of Needle Tips with the pediatric content removed.

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Reminder: October 2012 issue of Needle Tips available online
The October 2012 issue of Needle Tips is now online.
Download October issue of Needle Tips
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Spotlight on immunize.org: News and Information web section
Looking for up-to-the-minute news and information about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases? Look no further. IAC’s News and Information web section helps you stay current on news and activities pertaining to immunization. Information sources include the federal government, professional societies, national and international organizations, and specialized and mainstream media. In addition, the News and Information home page features live feeds from Google News and IAC’s tweets on Twitter.

From the immunize.org home page, you can access it from either the central feature box or the "Guide to immunize.org."

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World Polio Day is October 24
CDC published Announcement: World Polio Day—October 24, 2012 in the October 19 issue of MMWR (page 843). It is reprinted below.

World Polio Day (October 24) was established by Rotary International over a decade ago to commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led the first team to develop a vaccine against poliomyelitis. Use of this inactivated poliovirus vaccine and subsequent widespread use of the oral poliovirus vaccine developed by Albert Sabin led to establishment of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) in 1988. Since then, GPEI has reduced polio worldwide by 99%; however, in 2012, transmission of indigenous wild poliovirus has continued uninterrupted in three countries (Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan). In April 2012, the World Health Assembly declared the completion of polio eradication a programmatic emergency for global public health.

As of October 9, 2012, a total of 162 polio cases had been reported during the year, with 97% reported from three countries (Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan). The number of polio cases reported is the lowest number ever recorded worldwide during a 9-month period.

Eradication of polio is an important public health priority for CDC. On December 2, 2011, the CDC Emergency Operations Center was activated to strengthen the agency's partnership engagement through GPEI. Additional information regarding CDC's polio eradication activities is available, and additional information about GPEI and the global partnership is available.


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IAC HANDOUTS

IAC updates Q&As on four diseases and vaccines: tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and hepatitis A
IAC recently revised the following four patient-and-parent handouts.
  1. Tetanus: Questions and Answers
  2. Diphtheria: Questions and Answers
  3. Pertussis (Whooping Cough): Questions and Answers
  4. Hepatitis A: Questions and Answers
The tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis Q&As now reflect CDC's recommendation to give a one-time dose of Tdap vaccine to unvaccinated adults of any age, including women in the second or third trimester of pregnancy. In addition, the pertussis Q&A was renamed; it was formerly titled "Pertussis: Questions and Answers." The hepatitis A Q&A was updated with 2009 statistics on the number of acute cases of hepatitis A and number of hospitalizations.

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FEATURED RESOURCES

NACCHO's billing tool kit can help health departments bill third-party payers for immunization services
The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) recently developed and posted a billing tool kit for immunization programs. It contains more than 150 resources, templates, and tools that local health departments can use to develop capacity to bill third-party payers for immunization services. In creating the tool kit, NACCHO collected resources from state billing guides, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, state and local health departments, insurance companies, and vendors of products such as electronic medical records and electronic medical claims clearinghouses.

The tool kit provides information that health departments can use to start billing public- and private-sector payers for immunization services. It offers details on the credentialing and contracting processes, submitting claims, and establishing billing procedures for other clinical services.

Readers interested in viewing or downloading tools need to log into or create a NACCHO account. It is not necessary to be associated with a health department to access the tools in the billing tool kit (or any other tools) on the NACCHO website.

Readers who would like to share related tools, resources, or best practices, are encouraged to email rgehring@naccho.org. All tools and resources will be credited to their original author and organization.

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JOURNAL ARTICLES AND NEWSLETTERS

MMWR corrects error that appeared in August 31 report on vaccination coverage among teens age 13–17
CDC published Errata: Vol. 61 / No. 34 in the October 19 issue of MMWR (page 844). It is reprinted below.

In the report "National and State Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13–17 Years—United States, 2011," [pages 671–677] an error occurred in the fourth footnote under Table 3 on page 676. That footnote should read, "Tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine on or after age 10 years."

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Vaccine Education Center plans November 14 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 November 14. Current Issues in Vaccines–Winter 2012 will feature VEC director Paul Offit, MD, discussing the following topics:
  • New pertussis vaccine recommendations
  • New meningococcal vaccine recommendations
  • HPV vaccine update
  • Rotavirus vaccine update
  • Influenza vaccine update
Registration (required) is open now.

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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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