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Issue 1083
IAC Express: Weekly immunization news and information
Issue 1083: October 15, 2013

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING



TOP STORIES

IAC Spotlight! Ten more healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll

IAC urges qualifying healthcare organizations to apply for its Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll. 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 300 organizations are now enrolled.

Since September 17, when IAC Express last reported on the Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll, the following 10 organizations have been enrolled.

Newly added healthcare organizations

  • Carteret General Hospital, Morehead City, NC
  • Chemung County Health Center, Elmira, NY
  • Community Memorial Hospital, Hamilton, NY
  • EvergreenHealth, Kirkland, WA
  • Guthrie Health: Corning Hospital, Corning, NY
  • Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital, Dixon, IL
  • Lorien Columbia, Columbia, MD
  • Lynn Community Health Center, Lynn, MA
  • St. Joseph Mercy Hospital-Oakland, Pontiac, MI
  • Women and Infants Hospital, Providence, RI
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MMWR to only publish reports on immediate health threats during federal government shutdown

CDC published Notice to Readers: MMWR publications during the lapse in government funding in the October 11 issue of MMWR (page 819). The notice is published below.

Because of the current lapse in government funding, MMWR is able to publish and distribute only reports on immediate health threats.

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IAC HANDOUTS

"Vaccinations for Pregnant Women" patient handout now available in Spanish

IAC, in partnership with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, recently developed Vaccinations for Pregnant Women. This patient handout informs pregnant women about which vaccinations are specifically recommended, which are allowed if indicated, and which are contraindicated during pregnancy. This resource is now available in a Spanish-language translation.

"Vaccinations for Pregnant Women" is part of a suite of five handouts that focuses on adults in risk groups for vaccination. All are now available in Spanish as well as English, and "Vaccinations for Adults: You're never too old to get immunized!" is also available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese.

Here are the four other handouts in the suite:
All these handouts, as well as available translations, can be accessed from IAC's Patient Schedules web page.

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 Facts: Testing and Vaccination"

IAC recently updated its healthcare professional handout Hepatitis B Facts: Testing and Vaccination to include the ACIP recommendation to vaccinate people with diabetes who are younger than age 60 years.

Access all IAC's Hepatitis B Handouts for patients and healthcare professionals.

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IAC updates "If you, your parents, or your children were born in any of these places..." in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Vietnamese

IAC reviewed the patient handout If you, your parents, or your children were born in any of these places... and verified that all the information was current. The date was changed to 10/13 on the bottom of this piece, as well as on the Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Vietnamese translations. This handout is written for audiences from countries where hepatitis B is common.

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VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS

IAC posts translations of influenza VISs in Portuguese

IAC recently posted Portuguese translations of the inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) VIS and the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) VIS. IAC thanks the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for these translations.

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IAC WEB SECTIONS

IAC creates gateway page for its two honor rolls for patient safety

IAC now sponsors two honor rolls that recognize medical institutions that meet exacting standards in protecting patients from influenza and hepatitis B. You can now access either honor roll from a new gateway web page titled Honor Roll for Patient Safety: Recognizing Outstanding Vaccination Efforts in Healthcare Settings.

The Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll represents champions who have taken the lead in mandating influenza vaccination within their organization or institution.

The Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that have attained high coverage rates for administering hepatitis B vaccine at birth.

IAC encourages qualifying healthcare organizations to apply to either or both of these honor rolls.

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FEATURED RESOURCES

Influenza is serious; be sure to vaccinate everyone age 6 months and older!

Vaccination remains the single most effective means of preventing influenza, and is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older. If you don't provide influenza vaccination in your clinic, please recommend vaccination to your patients and refer them elsewhere or to the HealthMap Vaccine Finder to locate sites near their workplaces or homes 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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Limited-time offer—50% off 2013 laminated immunization schedules (use coupon code IAC50)

This special offer won’t last long! Use Coupon Code IAC50 when purchasing full sized (6 pages, folded to 8.5x11”) laminated versions of either or both 2013 U.S. immunization schedules—child/teen and adult!

2013 Laminated schedules are printed in color for easy reading, come complete with essential tables and footnotes, and include contraindications and precautions—a feature that will help you make an on-the-spot determination about the safety of vaccinating patients of any age.

PRICING—Enter the Coupon Code IAC50 to get the sale price in the shopping cart.

1–4: $7.50 each—SALE $3.75 each
5–19: $5.50 each—SALE $2.75 each
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100–499: $4.00 each—SALE $2.00 each
500–999: $3.50 each—SALE $1.75 each


IAC's Laminated Child and Teen Immunization SchedulesIAC's Laminated Adult Immunization Schedules
You can access specific information on both schedules, view images of both, order online, or download an order form at the Shop IAC: Laminated Schedules web page.

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING

New Jersey Immunization Network to offer October 22 webinar on adult vaccination

The New Jersey Immunization Network will present a 1-hour webinar titled Vaccines and Adults: Our Collective Challenge beginning at noon (ET) on October 22. The webinar will feature Dr. Barbara Montana, MD, MPH, FACP, medical director, Communicable Disease Service, New Jersey Department of Health; and Maria C. Lanzi, ANP, MPH, a board certified adult nurse practitioner and co-chair of the Adult Immunization Committee of the New Jersey Immunization Network.

Access additional information on webinar content, as well as the registration form

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