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Issue 1276: November 23, 2016

Ask the Experts
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: Is there any contraindication to administering Tdap vaccine and Rhogam at the same…read more


TOP STORIES


IAC HANDOUTS


VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS


WORLD NEWS


FEATURED RESOURCES


EDUCATION AND TRAINING



TOP STORIES


National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 4–10; CDC has many resources available to help with your activities

National Influenza Vaccination Week will be held December 4–10 this year. This event highlights the importance of continuing influenza vaccination throughout the season. Resources to encourage vaccination—in English and Spanish—are available on CDC's Free Resources: Influenza web page. Web buttons, badges, and banners are available from CDC as well.

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IAC Spotlight! IAC's PowerPoint slide sets about four immunization topics are available

IAC’s PowerPoint Slide Set web page includes four different educational presentations. The page was most recently updated to include Dr. William L. Atkinson's presentation from his webinar “Adolescent Immunization: Where We Are Now and How We Can Do Better." At the link above, you can view the PDF version of the following four presentation and request the full PowerPoint slide set and speaker notes.

  • Adolescent Immunization: Where We Are Now and How We Can Do Better
  • Common Immunization Myths and Misconceptions
  • A Photo Collection of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
  • To Err Is Human; Not To Err Is Better! Vaccination Errors and How To Prevent Them

In addition to the slide sets, the archived webinar of “Adolescent Immunization: Where We Are Now and How We Can Do Better” is now available on the home page of IAC’s main website at www.immunize.org. To view it, scroll down to the middle of the page to Dr. Atkinson’s photo and click on the link.

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Join Voices for Vaccines for a December 9 conference call about the movie Vaxxed

Join Voices for Vaccines (VFV) on December 9 at 12:00 p.m. (ET) for a conference call with science and neurodiversity blogger, Matt Carey. He will go through what one needs to know about the movie Vaxxed and the controversy surrounding it. The call is free and open to the public, but you must register online.

For those unable to call in, there will be a simultaneous Twitter chat with the hashtag #VFVcall. Questions asked prior to the call via Twitter will be addressed in the call.

Voices for Vaccines is a national organization of parents and others who are dedicated to raising the level of the voices of immunization supporters. VFV invites everyone who appreciates vaccines to become a member of their organization. Please spread the word to your friends and colleagues to register for the conference call and to join VFV!

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IAC HANDOUTS


IAC posts updated screening checklist for adults titled “Which Vaccines Do I Need Today?”

IAC recently updated its handout for adults titled Which Vaccines Do I Need Today? The meningococcal section has been divided into two sections, MenACWY and MenB, and has been updated to reflect the new ACIP recommendation to vaccinate adults with HIV infection with MenACWY vaccine, along with other minor revisions.

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IAC updated its “Checklist for Safe Vaccine Storage and Handling”

IAC recently updated its educational tool for healthcare professionals titled Checklist for Safe Vaccine Storage and Handling. Changes were made in the "Maintain Correct Temperatures" section, including but not limited to a revision of the lower limit on storage of refrigerated vaccines from 35 degrees to now be 36 degrees. This change was made to conform to CDC's new guidance.

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“Protect yourself from meningococcal disease...Get vaccinated!” and “Meningococcal disease is serious...Make sure your child is protected!” now available in Spanish

Updated in September, IAC's handout for teens and adults Protect yourself from meningococcal disease...Get vaccinated! is now available in Spanish. IAC's handout for parents Meningococcal disease is serious...Make sure your child is protected! is also now available in Spanish.

For your reference: English-language version of Protect yourself from meningococcal disease...Get vaccinated!

For your reference: English-language version of Meningococcal disease is serious...Make sure your child is protected

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“Vaccinations for Infants and Children, Age 0–10 Years” now available in Spanish

Updated in February, IAC's handout for parents Vaccinations for Infants and Children, Age 0–10 Years is now available in Spanish.

For your reference: English-language version.

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IAC posts updated handout “Vaccinations for Adults with HIV Infection”

IAC recently updated its handout for the public titled Vaccinations for Adults with HIV Infection. The meningococcal section has been divided into two sections, MenACWY and MenB, and has been updated to reflect the new ACIP recommendation to vaccinate adults with HIV infection with MenACWY vaccine.

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VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS


HPV9 VIS now available in Tagalog

IAC recently posted a Tagalog translation of the VIS for the HPV9 vaccine. IAC thanks the California Department of Public Health for this translation.

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Tdap VIS now available in Farsi

IAC posted a Farsi translation of the Tdap VIS. IAC thanks the California Department of Public Health for this translation.

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WORLD NEWS


CDC and WHO report on global routine vaccination coverage in this week's MMWR and WER, respectively

CDC published Global Routine Vaccination Coverage, 2015 in the November 18 issue of MMWR (pages 1270–73). On the same day, WHO's Weekly Epidemiological Record published a similar article titled Global routine vaccination coverage, 2015. A media summary of the MMWR article is reprinted below.

In 1974, the World Health Organization (WHO) established the Expanded Program on Immunization to provide protection against six vaccine-preventable diseases through routine infant immunization. Since then, global coverage with vaccines to prevent tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, and measles has increased from <5% to ≥85%, and additional vaccines have been added to the recommended schedule. However, global coverage with the third dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, the first dose of measles-containing vaccine and the third dose of polio vaccine has not improved from 84%–86% since 2010; wide disparities in coverage exist across WHO regions, countries, districts and communities. Improvements in equity of access are necessary to reach and sustain higher coverage and to increase protection from vaccine-preventable diseases.

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FEATURED RESOURCES


Influenza is serious; many resources are available to help healthcare professionals vaccinate patients

Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. If you don't provide influenza vaccination in your clinic, please recommend vaccination to your patients and refer them to a clinic or pharmacy that provides vaccines 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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EDUCATION AND TRAINING


NFID to offer webinar “Vaccines to Mitigate Risk During Travel” on December 7
 
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) will present a one-hour webinar at 12:00 noon (ET) on December 7. Vaccines to Mitigate Risk During Travel will be moderated by William Schaffner, MD, medical director, NFID and Wilbur H. Chen, MD, MS, associate professor of medicine, director, University of Maryland Travelers' Health Clinic.

Registration (required) is open now.

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Current Issues in Immunization Netconferences on HPV9 and Vaccines in Pregnancy now archived on CDC website

CDC recently archived the October 26 NetConference titled Recommendations for HPV Vaccination: 2016 Update and the November 2 NetConference titled Vaccines during Pregnancy: A Strong Record of Safety.

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ASK THE EXPERTS

Question of the Week

Is there any contraindication to administering Tdap vaccine and Rhogam at the same time to a pregnant woman?

No. Tdap is an inactivated vaccine and may be administered at the same time as Rhogam (in a separate site with a separate syringe).


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 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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