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Issue 1024
IAC Express: Weekly immunization news and information
Issue 1024: November 6, 2012

TOP STORIES

IAC HANDOUTS

IAC WEB SECTIONS

FEATURED RESOURCES

EDUCATION AND TRAINING


TOP STORIES

Reminder: October 2012 issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults available online
The October 2012 issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are available online. Vaccinate Adults is an abbreviated version of Needle Tips with the pediatric content removed.

Click on the images below to download the entire October 2012 issues (PDF) of Needle Tips and/or Vaccinate Adults.

October 2012 issue of Needle TipsOctober 2012 issue of Vaccinate Adults
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Spotlight on immunize.org: Six more healthcare organizations join IAC's Honor Roll for Patient Safety
IAC urges qualifying healthcare organizations to apply for its Honor Roll for Patient Safety. The honor roll recognizes hospitals, medical practices, professional organizations, and government entities that have taken a stand for patient safety by implementing mandatory influenza vaccination policies for healthcare personnel. More than 200 organizations are now enrolled.

Since October 2, when IAC Express last reported on the Honor Roll for Patient Safety, the following six organizations have been enrolled.

Newly added government entities and healthcare organizations
Government entity: Rhode Island Department of Health (on October 6, 2012, IAC Express published an article about Rhode Island's new requirements for mandatory influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel; a related Rhode Island government press release is available)

Healthcare organizations: Rockville General Hospital, Vernon, CT; Valley View Regional Hospital, Ada, OK; HealthTexas Provider Network, Dallas, TX; Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI; and Community Pediatrics, Beaver Dam, WI.

Related links
  • Listing of all honorees by state
  • Position statements from professional societies and leading healthcare organizations in support of mandatory influenza vaccination
  • Honor roll web section, which includes access to the application form (see gold trophy cup in right column, and click on the words Apply for the Honor Roll)
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Educate adult patients about vaccines using CDC's broad assortment of resources 
Stating that "thousands of adults in the United States die each year from diseases they could have been vaccinated against and that many adults remain unvaccinated because they are unaware or misinformed about the need for vaccines beyond childhood," CDC has created a resource-rich web section titled Resources for Educating Adult Patients about Vaccines. Healthcare professionals (HCPs) are encouraged to explore the web page to find materials to educate their patient population.

Materials include the following:
To access all the adult vaccination resources available, be sure to check CDC's Resources for Educating Adult Patients about Vaccines web section.

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CDC publishes report on routine vaccination coverage across the globe in 2011
CDC published Global Routine Vaccination Coverage, 2011 in the November 2 issue of MMWR (pages 883–885). A press summary of the article is reprinted below.

Although progress continues to be made, many children, especially those in less developed countries, remain at risk for vaccine-preventable diseases. Global coverage with third dose of diphtheria–tetanus–pertussis vaccine (DTP) substantially improved from less than 5 percent in 1974 to 83 percent in 2011. However, approximately 22.4 million children in 2011 still did not receive some or all routinely recommended childhood vaccines, leaving them susceptible to vaccine-preventable causes of disease and death. Over half of these children are in three countries (India, Nigeria, and Indonesia) and 62 percent never received the first dose of DTP vaccine. Coverage with other vaccines was 88 percent for bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccine, 84 percent for third dose of poliovirus vaccine, 84 percent for first dose of measles-containing vaccine, 75 percent for third dose of hepatitis B vaccine, and 43 percent for third dose of Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine.

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CDC publishes evaluation of 11 commercially available rapid influenza diagnostic tests
CDC published Evaluation of 11 Commercially Available Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests—United States, 2011–2012 in the November 2 issue of MMWR (pages 873–876). A press summary of the article is reprinted below.

Rapid influenza diagnostic tests (RIDTs) are widely used in clinical practice, but their ability to detect influenza infections can vary considerably, and sometimes negative as well as positive test results can be inaccurate. This variability highlights the importance of clinician education on the use and interpretation of RIDTs, as well as the need to consistently evaluate the performance of RIDTs and to promote development of better RIDTs. This publication evaluates the performance of 11 commercially available RIDTs in detecting 23 circulating seasonal influenza viruses. In addition, it establishes a new methodology for routine evaluation of RIDTs and provides recommendations on practices for obtaining the best results from RIDTs.

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IAC HANDOUTS

IAC updates its standing orders templates for administering HPV vaccine
IAC recently updated its two standing orders templates for administering HPV vaccine. IAC revised the section dealing with injection site and needle size on Standing Orders for Administering Human Papillomavirus Vaccine to Children and Teens and Standing Orders for Administering Human Papillomavirus Vaccine to Adults.

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IAC WEB SECTIONS

IAC updates online Ask the Experts Q&A web section on influenza disease and vaccines
Based on content review by vaccine experts at CDC, IAC recently updated the influenza section of Ask the Experts.

To access Ask the Experts sections for other vaccines and diseases, see the Ask the Experts index page.

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FEATURED RESOURCES

Reminder: Fourth edition of The Vaccine Handbook available
Published earlier this year, the fourth edition of The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (“The Purple Book”), written by Gary Marshall, MD, is considered a vital source of practical, up-to-date information for vaccine providers and educators. Its driving purpose is to draw together the latest vaccine science and guidance into a concise, user-friendly, practical resource that can be used in either the classroom or the clinical setting. Though the handbook is replete with scientific background and references, its language is accessible. The handbook contains specific chapters on each vaccine licensed in the United States and provides complete, authoritative recommendations. It discusses how vaccines are developed, tested, and licensed; how vaccine policy is made; what constitutes the vaccine safety net; vaccine providers' legal obligations; billing procedures; and office logistics.

Gary Marshall, MD, is professor of pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky, where he serves as chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and director of the Pediatric Clinical Trials Unit. In addition to being a busy clinician, he is nationally known for his work in vaccine research, advocacy, and education.

The fourth edition contains a foreword by Deborah L. Wexler, MD, executive director, Immunization Action Coalition, which is partnering with the publisher, Professional Communications, Inc. (PCI), to promote the new edition.

The IAC website has additional information about the handbook.

Access ordering information by visiting the PCI website or by calling 800-337-9838.

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HealthMap Vaccine Finder lets influenza vaccination providers list their clinics and lets public find influenza vaccination providers
Influenza vaccination providers who want to list their clinic, pharmacy, health department, or other venue with HealthMap Vaccine Finder can sign up using an online form. Contact the HealthMap team at vaccine@healthmap.org with questions regarding this program.

In addition, the public can find influenza vaccination clinics, pharmacies, and other influenza vaccination venues by using the free, online HealthMap Vaccine Finder. Users can find vaccination providers for all four types of influenza vaccine: intramuscular, intradermal, nasal spray, and high dose.

HealthMap is a team of researchers, epidemiologists, and software developers at Children's Hospital Boston.

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Influenza vaccination is recommended for nearly everyone, so please keep vaccinating your patients
Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older, so please continue to vaccinate your patients.

If you don't provide influenza vaccination in your clinic, please recommend vaccination to your patients and refer them to the HealthMap Vaccine Finder (see the IAC Express article above) to locate sites near their workplace or home that offer influenza vaccination services.

Following is a list of resources related to influenza disease and vaccination for healthcare professionals and the public.
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EDUCATION AND TRAINING

VICNetwork schedules November 14 webinar on whooping cough
Titled “Whooping Cough at Record Levels . . . and Not Slowing Down,” the VICNetwork's November 14 webinar will cover emerging trends in pertussis epidemiology, ACIP pertussis recommendations, pertussis diagnosis, and materials and resources for pertussis education and outreach. Presenters include Alison Patti and Yvonne Garcia, both with CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. The webinar begins at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT).

Registrations are being accepted.

The Virtual Immunization Communication (VIC) Network is a project of the National Public Health Information Coalition and the California Immunization Coalition.

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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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