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Issue 1027
IAC Express: Weekly immunization news and information
Issue 1027: November 20, 2012

TOP STORIES

IAC HANDOUTS

IAC WEB SECTIONS

VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS
OFFICIAL RELEASES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

FEATURED RESOURCES

JOURNAL ARTICLES AND NEWSLETTERS

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS



TOP STORIES

National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 2–8; CDC makes a multitude of resources available
This year, National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is planned for December 2–8. The week-long event is intended to educate the healthcare community about the importance of the following:
  • Promoting vaccination throughout the flu season, before and after the holidays, and into January and beyond
  • Highlighting the importance of universal flu vaccination for everyone age 6 months and older
  • Putting special focus on people at high-risk for complications from flu, particularly those with asthma, diabetes, heart and lung conditions, as well as pregnant women, children, and seniors
  • Addressing disparities in vaccination coverage by developing partnerships with grassroots organizations and trusted messengers
CDC offers the healthcare community many resources to help spread the word about the importance of influenza vaccination in 2012–13. Following is an overview of them.
  • Resources specific to NIVW 2012 (includes links to print materials, a press kit to use to access media outlets, web tools, and more)
  • An electronic form on which community organizations and state and local health departments can list the activities they have planned for NIVW
  • Information for CDC’s flu prevention partners (includes web content syndication and subscription services; videos, public service announcements, and podcasts; web buttons, e-cards, and badges; and more)
  • Resources to help decrease disparities in vaccination coverage among various populations (e.g., among American Indian and Alaska Native populations)
  • Free downloadable materials (includes influenza-related mobile content [e.g., mobile web, mobile apps], web tools, print resources, video/audio tools, and more)
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Bulk quantities of pocket guides for influenza, pneumococcal, Tdap, and zoster vaccines are available—FREE!—from the National Influenza Vaccine Summit and IAC
To aid in efforts to vaccinate against four diseases—influenza, pneumococcal, pertussis, and shingles—IAC and the National Influenza Vaccine Summit (NIVS) invite IAC Express readers to place orders now for bulk quantities of the following pocket guides:
  • 2012–13 Influenza Vaccine Pocket Information Guide (created by IAC in collaboration with NIVS)
  • Pneumococcal Vaccine Pocket Guide (created by IAC in collaboration with NIVS)
  • Tdap Vaccine Pocket Information Guide (created by IAC)
  • Herpes Zoster Vaccine Pocket Information Guide (created by IAC)
All are free—you can order them in the hundreds or thousands!

These laminated, 3.75 x 6.75-inch, 2-color cards serve as a convenient reference for front-line healthcare professionals who vaccinate patients. Place a bulk order now, and your organization will be ready to educate healthcare professionals at upcoming immunization training sessions and conferences. Each staff person who administers influenza, pneumococcal, Tdap, or zoster vaccine needs these handy resources.

Related Links
  • Preview an image of the influenza pocket guide
  • Preview an image of the pneumococcal pocket guide
  • Preview an image of the Tdap pocket guide
  • Preview an image of the zoster pocket guide
These pocket guides are designed to be used by healthcare professionals only; THEY ARE NOT PATIENT HANDOUTS.

How to Order

Place your order today using IAC's online order form! There is no cost for the pocket guides, shipping, or handling within the U.S.

If you have questions, email admininfo@immunize.org

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Dr. Chesley Richards named director of NCIRD's Immunization Services Division
[The following is a portion of an article that appeared in the October 2012 issue of CDC's Immunization Works electronic newsletter.]

Welcome Dr. Richards: The Immunization Services Division (ISD), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), welcomes its new Director, Chesley Richards, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P. He began his appointment with ISD in August, after completing transition work as Director of CDC's Office of Prevention through Health-care. Dr. Richards brings a wealth of experience in public health, health-care systems, clinical and academic medicine, and prevention leadership to this position.

Please read more about Dr. Richards in the October 2012 issue of Immunization Works.

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IAC Spotlight! Newly developed educational materials for patients and staff on immunize.org
To help healthcare professionals carry out their immunization activities, IAC wants to remind you that in the past year we have created several new educational materials for patients and staff. Please review them to see if they might be of help to you in your work setting.
  1. Cocooning Protects Babies
  2. Influenza Vaccination of People with a History of Egg Allergy
  3. Meningococcal Vaccination Recommendations by Age and/or Risk Factor
  4. Current Dates of Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)
  5. Tips for Locating Old Immunization Records
  6. Decision to Not Vaccinate My Child
  7. How to Administer Intramuscular, Intradermal, and Intranasal Influenza Vaccines
  8. Keep Your Kids Safe–Get Them Vaccinated Every Fall or Winter!
Related Links

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IAC HANDOUTS

IAC updates "Recommendations for Pneumococcal Vaccine Use in Children and Teens"
IAC recently revised the health professional resource Recommendations for Pneumococcal Vaccine Use in Children and Teens. Updates included revising information about PPSV revaccination. In addition, the title was changed from "Recommendations for Pneumococcal Vaccine Use in Children." Minor wording changes were also made. Please be sure to use the updated version.

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 WEB SECTIONS

IAC updates online Ask the Experts Q&A web section on pneumococcal disease and vaccines
Based on content review by vaccine experts at CDC, IAC recently updated the pneumococcal 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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VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS

CDC issues updated multi-vaccine VIS
On November 16, CDC posted an updated and redesigned multi-vaccine VIS. The main content change was adding intussusception (bowel blockage) as a rare adverse event for rotavirus vaccine.

CDC encourages providers to use the updated VIS. Providers who prefer to use up existing stocks of the multi-vaccine VIS are advised to (1) give the parent the rotavirus vaccine VIS or (2) discuss intussusception as a rare adverse event with the parent or (3) provide the parent with a brief printed supplement about intussusception, using the wording found on the rotavirus vaccine VIS.
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OFFICIAL RELEASES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

AAP announces that the Red Book Online now includes full text of the new Spanish 2012 Red Book
On November 14, the American Academy of Pediatrics announced that the Red Book Online now includes the full text of the new Spanish 2012 Red Book.

The print version of the Spanish edition of the Red Book will be published in January 2013. You can order it now.

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FEATURED RESOURCES

Influenza vaccination is recommended for nearly everyone, so please vaccinate 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 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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CDC launches new website on Haemophilus influenzae disease
[The following is cross posted from the October 2012 issue of CDC's Immunization Works electronic newsletter.]

New Haemophilus influenzae Disease Website: A new website has been launched for Haemophilus influenzae disease. This user-friendly website provides a comprehensive experience for those seeking information about H. influenzae disease.

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CDC's influenza iPad app for healthcare professionals is available for free download
A new CDC influenza iPad application for clinicians and healthcare professionals is available for free download on iTunes. The application makes it easy for iPad users to find CDC’s latest recommendations and influenza activity updates. When the user's iPad is connected to the internet, new information and content will update automatically.

Related Link
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JOURNAL ARTICLES AND NEWSLETTERS

October issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
CDC recently released the October issue of its monthly newsletter Immunization Works and posted it on the website of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). The newsletter offers the immunization community information about current topics. The information is in the public domain and can be reproduced and circulated widely.

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Register soon for CDC's November 29 NetConference on vaccine storage and handling
CDC will present a Current Issues in Immunization NetConference on November 29 from noon to 1 p.m., ET. Dr. Chesley Richards, MD, MPH, FACP, director, Immunization Services Division, NCIRD, will speak on the impact and importance of proper vaccine storage and handling.
Patricia Beckenhaupt, RN, MS, MPH, public health analyst, will discuss updated vaccine storage recommendations. JoEllen Wolicki, RN, BSN, nurse educator, will address storage and handling best practices and resources for providers.

Registration, which is required, will close on November 28 or when the course is full.

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Families Fighting Flu offers free November 29 webinar to teach moms and moms-to-be how to protect themselves and their children from influenza
Families Fighting Flu is sponsoring a free webinar on November 29 from noon to 1 p.m. ET. The webinar is intended to teach how pregnant women, new moms, (including those who are breast-feeding), and young children can be protected against influenza. The presenter is Kevin Ault, MD, professor, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine.

Advance registration is required.

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CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS

CDC posts presentation slides from the October 24–25 ACIP meeting and publishes brief meeting update
On November 15, CDC posted the presentation slides shown at the October 24–25 ACIP meeting.

CDC also published a brief update of the meeting in the October 2012 issue of CDC's Immunization Works electronic newsletter. The update is reprinted below.

ACIP Meeting: The most recent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting was held on October 24-25, 2012, in Atlanta, Georgia. The Committee voted to approve changes to the 2013 infant/child/adolescent immunization schedule, and the 2013 adult immunization schedule. Changes were also approved for the pertussis (pregnant women), meningococcal, and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine recommendations.

The ACIP also discussed managing Hepatitis B of health-care workers, human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) safety, rotavirus surveillance, and influenza surveillance.

The meeting minutes will be posted in the near future on the new and improved ACIP meeting web page along with presentation slides and additional information. Once the voted items become official they will be posted in the
MMWR.

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November 30 is the deadline for coalitions to apply to host the 2014 National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions
[The following is a portion of an article that appeared in the October 2012 issue of CDC's Immunization Works electronic newsletter.]

Seeking Host Coalition for the 2014 National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions: The National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions (NCIHC) is a gathering of coalition leaders, staff and board members; public health workers and experts; and community advocates. The conference occurs every two years and is the product of a national volunteer planning committee. . . .

Please consider hosting the National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions! Applications must be submitted on or before Friday, November 30. More details including the application form can be found on the application host web page
[located on IAC's Immunization Coalitions website].

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CDC announces the Annual Conference on Vaccine Research will be held in Baltimore on April 22–24, 2013
CDC published Announcements: 16th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research in the November 16 issue of MMWR (page 927). Portions of the article are reprinted below.

The 16th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research, the largest scientific forum devoted exclusively to research and development of vaccines and related technologies for prevention and treatment of disease through immunization, will be held April 22–24, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference brings together the diverse fields of human and veterinary vaccinology to encourage collaboration and multidisciplinary approaches among methodologic experts and experts in specific diseases. . . .

The conference is being sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), in collaboration with CDC and 11 other national and international agencies and organizations. Additional information is available from NFID electronically, or by e-mail, fax (301-907-0878), telephone (301-656-0003, ext. 19), or mail (NFID, Suite 750, 4733 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814-5278).


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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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