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Issue 1075
IAC Express: Weekly immunization news and information
Issue 1075: September 10, 2013

TOP STORIES

IAC HANDOUTS

FEATURED RESOURCES

JOURNAL ARTICLES AND NEWSLETTERS

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS



TOP STORIES

Reminder: September 2013 issue of Needle Tips is online

The September issue of Needle Tips is online.
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IAC's resources can help you learn more about the importance of giving the hepatitis B birth dose to newborns

In July, the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) launched an initiative urging the nation’s hospitals to Give birth to the end of Hep B. IAC has created the Protect Newborns web section, which features related resources from its new campaign.

The centerpiece of the initiative is IAC’s new, comprehensive guidebook, Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns. The free 84-page book contains a wide range of resources to help birthing institutions establish, implement, and optimize their hepatitis B vaccine birth dose policies. The resources include background information about medical errors and educational materials for staff and parents. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reviewed and endorsed IAC’s birth dose guidebook.

Complementing the guidebook is IAC’s new Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll, which recognizes birthing institutions that have attained a birth dose coverage rate of 90% or greater and have met specific additional criteria. These criteria help define the important elements of a birth dose policy needed to ensure newborns are protected from hepatitis B virus infection, even when medical errors occur.

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IAC Spotlight! Please refer parents and patients to www.vaccineinformation.org, IAC's website for the public

This past year, we completed a major transformation of our website for the public, www.vaccineinformation.org, making it one of the most user-friendly sources of scientifically accurate and easily navigable immunization information on the Web today. Titled “Vaccine Information You Need,” the website offers parents, other adults, legislators, the media, and all interested Web users a one-stop shop for learning about vaccines and their importance.

Information on the website is organized into sections based on the four age groups listed below. This arrangement allows visitors to easily find vaccine schedules and other information pertinent to people of a specific age:
Highlights of Vaccineinformation.org
  • Vaccines You Need: Detailed information about the immunization schedules, arranged by age group—infants and children, preteens, teens, and adults
  • Personal Testimonies: Stories of suffering and loss from vaccine-preventable diseases, organized by age group and disease
  • Video Library: Searchable collection of videos and public service announcements about vaccine-preventable diseases and the importance of vaccination
  • Vaccine-Preventable Diseases: Information and resources for all vaccine-preventable diseases, including those associated with international travel
  • Vaccine Basics: Basic and helpful information on vaccines and vaccination, ranging from “Paying for Vaccines” to “How Vaccines Work”
  • Resources: Frequently updated listing of helpful resources, including brochures, blogs, videos, and more, for people in all age groups who seek information about vaccines
If you have a website, blog, or Facebook page, please link to www.vaccineinformation.org.

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IAC HANDOUTS

IAC updates "Guides for determining the number of doses of influenza vaccine to give children age 6 months through 8 years during the 2013–2014 influenza season" and "How to administer intramuscular, intradermal and intranasal influenza vaccines" 

IAC recently revised the following two handouts.
  1. IAC changed the dates in the title of Guides for determining the number of doses of influenza vaccine to give to children age 6 months through 8 years during the 2013–2014 influenza season. Note: CDC has not changed its information for determining the number of doses to give children in this age group; the information is the same as it was in the 2012–13 influenza season.
     
  2. In the professional resource titled How to administer intramuscular, intradermal, and intranasal influenza vaccines, IAC deleted references to "trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV)" and replaced them with "inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV)" and added "recombinant hemagglutinin (RIV)" to the section on administering intramuscular injections.
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 "Hepatitis B and Healthcare Personnel"

IAC recently updated Hepatitis B and Healthcare Personnel: CDC answers frequently asked questions about how to protect healthcare personnel. Information in Table 1 was revised, as was information about vaccinating healthcare personnel during pregnancy.

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FEATURED RESOURCES

Vaccine Education Center's free mobile app for iPhones educates parents about vaccines

The Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has launched a free mobile app for iPhones. It is described in a short video by VEC Director Dr. Paul Offit. Titled Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know, the app offers parents information about vaccines, the diseases they prevent, and common vaccine safety concerns.

The VEC app is available for free download from the iTunes app store.

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Vaccine Education Center updates its fact sheet on influenza

The Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia recently released an updated fact sheet, Influenza: What you should know. It is also available in Spanish.

The fact sheet is available online for downloading or can be ordered for $4 per 50-sheet tear pad, plus shipping.

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CDC publishes information on 2013–14 influenza vaccine production
[The following is cross posted from the August issue of CDC's Immunization Works electronic newsletter.]

Manufacturers have begun shipping flu vaccines for the 2013–2014 season. Between 135 million and 139 million doses of vaccine are being produced. While some vaccine will be available in August, ample supplies should be available by September and October. Everyone six months of age and older should get a yearly flu vaccine, ideally by October. Please visit the CDC flu website for all the latest information and updates.

IAC Express editor's note: Most of the information for healthcare professionals on the CDC influenza website has not yet been updated for the 2013–14 influenza season. IAC Express will inform readers when updates are made.

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JOURNAL ARTICLES AND NEWSLETTERS

August issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available

CDC recently released the August 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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CDC's surveillance of waterborne disease outbreaks includes information on viral hepatitis

CDC published Surveillance for Waterborne Disease Outbreaks Associated with Drinking Water and Other Nonrecreational Water—United States, 2009–2010 in the September 6 issue of MMWR (pages 714–720). Table 1 and Table 2, which present statistical information on characteristics and etiology of waterborne disease outbreaks, include information on viral hepatitis in general and hepatitis A in particular.

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Reminder: Vaccine Education Center plans September 11 webinar on rotavirus and intussusception

The Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will present a free one-hour webinar, beginning at noon (ET) on September 11. Part of its Current Issues in Vaccines series, Rotavirus and Intussusception: What Do We Know Now? will feature Paul Offit, MD, director of VEC.

Registration (required) is open now.

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CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS

Reminder: Registration deadline for October 23–24 ACIP meeting is September 30 for non-citizens and October 7 for citizens

Registration deadline for October 23–24 ACIP meeting is September 30 for non-citizens and October 7 for citizens
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will hold its next meeting on October 23–24 in Atlanta at CDC's Clifton Road campus. To attend the meeting, ACIP attendees (participants and visitors) must register online. Registration is not required to watch the live webcast of the meeting.

The ACIP meeting web section will be updated with detailed information about the meeting, including live webcast instructions and the meeting agenda. Be sure to check back often.

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Meeting on vaccination and pathogen evolution is planned for November 25–27 in Annecy, France
A program titled Vaccination: An Evolutionary Engine for Species? is planned for November 25–27 at Les Pensieres Conference Center, Annecy, France.

Online registration is available.

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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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