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Issue 1252: June 22, 2016

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Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: Is the top shelf of a pharmacy-grade storage unit acceptable for vaccine storage if…read more


TOP STORIES


FEATURED RESOURCES


JOURNAL ARTICLES AND NEWSLETTERS


EDUCATION AND TRAINING


CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS

 


TOP STORIES


Reminder: “10 Steps to Implementing Standing Orders for Immunization in Your Practice Setting” now available

IAC's standing orders workshops are completed, but you can still benefit by reviewing 10 Steps to Implementing Standing Orders for Immunization in Your Practice Setting. This six-page “cookbook” about how to implement standing orders has been presented in 22 workshops across the U.S. over the past nine months. It provides step-by-step guidance about developing and implementing standing orders in your practice.

Standing orders are written protocols approved by a physician or other authorized practitioner that allow qualified healthcare professionals (who are eligible to do so under state law, such as registered nurses or pharmacists) to assess the need for and administer vaccine to patients meeting certain criteria, such as age or underlying medical condition. The qualified healthcare professionals must also be eligible by state law to administer certain medications, such as epinephrine, under standing orders should a medical emergency (rare event) occur.

Having standing orders in place streamlines your practice workflow by eliminating the need to obtain an individual physician’s order to vaccinate each patient. Standing orders carried out by nurses or other qualified healthcare professionals are the most consistently effective means for increasing vaccination rates and reducing missed opportunities for vaccination, improving the quality of care for patients.

Standing orders are straightforward to use. The challenge is to integrate them into the practice setting so they can be used to their full potential. This process requires some preparation up front to assure that everyone in the practice understands both the reasons why standing orders are being implemented and how their roles contribute to successful implementation of them. The new resource from IAC includes suggested steps to help you work through this process.

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FDA approves changes in dosing language for YF-Vax for the prevention of yellow fever

On June 15, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved revisions in the package insert for YF-Vax (Sanofi Pasteur, Inc.) for the prevention of yellow fever. The insert has been modified to reflect changes to International Health Regulations and WHO/ACIP recommendations. 

More information is available on the FDA approved products web page.

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Winners of the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit video contest announced

Earlier this year, the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit held a contest asking the public to create videos promoting adult immunization. 

The first place video is The Truth About Vaccines, created by a group of recent pharmacy school graduates. The video has been viewed over 1,800 times. 

The second place video, Adults Need Immunizations As Well, was created by a current pharmacy student. The video has been viewed over 1,200 times. 

Feel free to share these videos with patients and staff!

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IAC Spotlight! IAC updates Email News Services listings

IAC recently updated its web page titled Email News Services. The page compiles immunization email news sources to help keep providers up to date. Providers can simply subscribe to them.

The web page of email news services is a part of IAC's Directory of Immunization Resources web section. The directory of resources provides a wealth of helpful information for immunization providers. 

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2016 HPV vaccination toolkit available online from ACOG

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released an updated HPV vaccine resources toolkit to help providers and their staff communicate the importance of HPV vaccination to patients. The toolkit includes many ready-to-use resources and frequently asked questions.

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Free bulk quantities of pneumococcal and zoster vaccination laminated pocket guides available from IAC for distribution within your organization or at conferences

IAC is pleased to announce the availability of bulk quantities of two newly updated laminated pocket guides for use by healthcare professionals, yours free for the ordering! The guides address issues related to the administration of (1) pneumococcal conjugate (PCV13) and polysaccharide (PPSV23) vaccines and (2) zoster vaccine. 
 
These concise pocket guides provide front-line healthcare personnel with quick reference information highlighting: 

  • Indications and contraindications for each vaccine
  • Targeted populations to be vaccinated
  • Details on how to administer the vaccines
  • Talking points for discussions with patients 

Each guide is laminated for durability, and the compact size (3¾" x 6¾") is designed to fit in a shirt or lab coat pocket.
 
The pocket guides are available at no cost to your organization. However, to assist us in controlling our mailing costs, we ask that you order in bulk (with a minimum order of 25) and that you manage the distribution of the guides (e.g., through internal networks, educational forums, member meetings, mass mailings) to your constituents.
 
To view the pocket guides and place your order, please visit www.immunize.org/pocketguides or click on either image below. These cards are for healthcare professional use only, not for distribution to patients.

Laminated Child and Teen Laminated Schedule     


 Laminated Child and Teen Laminated Schedule
 
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FEATURED RESOURCES

Now available! IAC's sturdy laminated versions of the 2016 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2016 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order a supply for your healthcare setting today!


IAC's laminated versions of the 2016 U.S. child/teen immunization schedule and the 2016 U.S. adult immunization schedule are covered with a tough, washable coating; they will stand up to a year's worth of use in every area of your healthcare setting where immunizations are given. Both schedules are eight pages (i.e., four double-sided pages) and are folded to measure 8.5" x 11". 

Laminated Child and Teen Laminated Schedule

Adult Laminated Immunization Schedules

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
1–4 copies: $7.50 each
5–19 copies: $5.50 each
20–99 copies: $4.50 each
100–499 copies: $4.00 each
500–999 copies: $3.50 each

For quotes on customizing or placing orders for 1,000 copies or more, call (651) 647-9009 or email admininfo@immunize.org.

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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Download Dr. Gary Marshall's The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (“The Purple Book") as a new app for iOS devices or purchase as a print book

The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians (“The Purple Book,” 2015) is a comprehensive source of practical, up-to-date information for vaccine providers and educators. Its author, Gary S. Marshall, MD, has drawn together the latest vaccine science and guidance into a concise, user-friendly, practical resource for the private office, public health clinic, academic medical center, and hospital. This book is now available as a new app for iOS devices.

Information about the iOS app version of The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians

The Vaccine Handbook App contains the 5th edition of the book, updated with the latest immunization schedules and recommendations. The app enhances the utility of an already valuable print resource by including functions like keyword search, internal links, bookmarking, quick access to schedules and tables, hyperlinks to external sources, and the ability for real-time updates. A resources section provides ready access to authoritative immunization-related websites. Available through a collaboration between the publisher and Sanofi Pasteur, registration as well as reporting under Open Payments is required. (Offer void in Minnesota.) Click on the image below to visit the relevant App Store page to download this resource today.
Download new app!
Information about the print version of The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians

The fifth edition of this valuable guide (560 pages) is available on IAC's website at www.immunize.org/vaccine-handbook. The price of the handbook is $29.95 each, plus shipping charges. Discount pricing is available for more than 10 copies. Order copies for your staff or for distribution at an upcoming conference.

Quantity Discount Pricing

  • 1–10 books: no discount + shipping
  • 11–50 books: 5% + shipping
  • 51–100 books: 10% + shipping
  • 101–500 books: 15% + shipping
  • 501–1000 books: 20% + shipping

For quotes on larger quantities, email admininfo@immunize.org.

Order your copy today! Click on the image below to visit the "Shop IAC: The Vaccine Handbook" web page.
Order your copy of The Vaccine Handbook today!
About the Author
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 the areas of vaccine research, advocacy, and education.

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JOURNAL ARTICLES AND NEWSLETTERS


May issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available

CDC recently released the May 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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Study investigates most effective interventions to increase HPV vaccine uptake

A study recently published in Pediatrics, titled Interventions to Improve HPV Vaccine Uptake: A Systematic Review, analyzes effectiveness of interventions to increase HPV vaccine uptake. A selection from the abstract is reprinted below.

CONTEXT
The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is a safe, effective cancer prevention method that is underutilized in the United States. Despite increased understanding of barriers to vaccination, rates remain low. Globally, developed and developing nations have achieved high rates of vaccination.

OBJECTIVE
Identification of effective strategies is necessary to optimize uptake of the HPV vaccine. We systematically reviewed the literature for national and international interventions that have successfully increased HPV vaccine uptake.

CONCLUSIONS
Population-based vaccination strategies that increased vaccine availability reached the greatest number of adolescents and were most successful in achieving high rates of vaccination.


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EDUCATION AND TRAINING


NFID to offer webinar about June ACIP meeting

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) will be offering a webinar, titled Updates from June 2016 ACIP Meeting, on July 7, at 12:00 p.m. (ET). William Schaffner, MD, NFID medical director and liaison to ACIP, will discuss updates from the June 2016 ACIP meeting, including updated recommendations for adult vaccination. Continuing medical education and continuing nursing education credits are available.

Access registration information.

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Weekly CDC webinar series on "The Pink Book" chapter topics continues through September 21; register now

CDC is presenting a 15-part webinar series to provide a chapter-by-chapter overview of the 13th edition of Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (also known as "The Pink Book"). This is a live series of one-hour webinars that started June 1. Recordings of sessions will be available online after each webinar. All sessions begin at 12:00 p.m. (ET). Information about receiving continuing education credit will be available for each session after it is archived. CE credit may be available for up to a year after the date it was live.

Registration and more information is available on CDC's Pink Book Webinar Series web page.

Download Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Order Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

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CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS


Final June ACIP meeting agenda available

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recently posted the instructions for accessing the webcast for the June 22–23 meeting. More information on viewing, the final agenda, and instructions for public comment are available on the ACIP web page.

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Reminder: Registration open for CDC’s 47th National Immunization Conference on September 13–15

Registration is still open for the 47th National Immunization Conference (NIC), scheduled for September 13–15 at the Hilton Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme of the conference is Immunization: It Takes a Community. This three-day conference will include three plenary sessions, 12 breakout sessions, workshops, two immunization Q&A sessions, posters, exhibits, and the Hilleman Lecture. The meeting will highlight the following major topics:

  • Adult Immunization
  • Immunization Information Systems
  • Programmatic Issues
  • Health and Risk Communications
  • Epidemiology and Surveillance
  • Childhood and Adolescent Immunization 

There is no charge to attend the conference, but space is limited. The organizers recommend registering well in advance of the registration deadline of August 22, 2016, to guarantee availability.

Access the conference web page.

For questions related to the 47th NIC, email NIPNIC@cdc.gov.

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NFID Clinical Vaccinology Course scheduled for November 4–6 in Philadelphia  

The National Foundation of Infectious Disease's Fall 2016 Clinical Vaccinology Course will be held November 4–6 in Phoenix, AZ. This 2.5-day course focuses on new developments and issues related to the use of vaccines. Expert faculty provide the latest information on vaccines, including updated recommendations for vaccinations across the lifespan, and innovative and practical strategies for ensuring timely and appropriate immunization. Continuing education credit is available for attendees.

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ASK THE EXPERTS

Question of the Week

Is the top shelf of a pharmacy-grade storage unit acceptable for vaccine storage if there is a fan directly above it?

Generally speaking, CDC recommends avoiding the top shelf and the areas near vents due to temperature fluctuations. However, most pharmaceutical-grade units have more uniform temperatures than household units under normal operating conditions. During a power outage, the top shelf is an area of caution for all units as the temperatures increase most quickly there. In this instance, it would be best to check with the manufacturer to see if the top shelf is appropriate for storage in your unit.

About IAC's Question of the Week

Each week, IAC Express highlights a new, topical, or important-to-reiterate Q&A. This feature is a cooperative venture between IAC and CDC. William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, IAC's associate director for immunization education, chooses a new Q&A to feature every week from a set of Q&As prepared by experts at CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

We hope you enjoy this new feature and find it helpful when dealing with difficult real-life scenarios in your vaccination practice. Please encourage your healthcare professional colleagues to sign up to receive IAC Express at www.immunize.org/subscribe.

If you have a question for the CDC immunization experts, you can email them directly at nipinfo@cdc.gov. There is no charge for this service.

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