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Issue 1285
Issue 1285: January 11, 2017

Ask the Experts
Ask the Experts—Question of the Week: When I was 5 years old, I had Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) unrelated to…read more


TOP STORIES


IAC HANDOUTS


VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS


WORLD NEWS


FEATURED RESOURCES


JOURNAL ARTICLES AND NEWSLETTERS


EDUCATION AND TRAINING

 


TOP STORIES


Reminder! December issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are available online

The December issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are now available online. Vaccinate Adults is an abbreviated version of Needle Tips with the pediatric content removed. Both publications focus on ACIP recommendations for MenB and MenACWY vaccination, and also include information on the new 2-dose HPV recommendation. A number of related resources for healthcare providers, patients, and parents are provided, including updated standing orders templates and recommendation summaries for MenB and MenACWY.

Click on the images below to download the December issues (PDF) of Needle Tips and/or Vaccinate Adults.

Download the November issue of Needle TipsDownload the November issue of Vaccinate Adults

Needle Tips: View the Table of ContentsAsk the Experts section, magazine viewer, and back issues.

Vaccinate Adults: View the Table of ContentsAsk the Experts section, magazine viewer, and back issues.

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IAC's Ask the Experts Human Papillomavirus (HPV) web section newly updated

IAC and CDC experts recently updated the Ask the Experts web section relating to human papillomavirus (HPV). Questions and answers were reviewed to align with the most current ACIP recommendations.

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CDC reports on a case of human rabies in Puerto Rico

CDC published Human Rabies—Puerto Rico, 2015 in the January 5 issue of MMWR (pages 1474–76). A media summary of the MMWR article is reprinted below.
 
The first human rabies death related to a mongoose bite has been reported in Puerto Rico. It is only the third documented human rabies death on the island in the past 100 years. This is also the first reported case of human rabies linked to a mongoose bite in North America. Mongooses are the primary vector of rabies in Puerto Rico. In fact, 40 percent of the mongoose population in Puerto Rico has evidence of exposure to rabies virus. Rabies is preventable if adequate treatment is administered following exposure. However, limited awareness of rabies prevention by the general public likely contributed to the patient’s death and exposure of community members, who later required post-exposure prophylaxis. Health care workers initially didn’t consider rabies as a diagnosis, which led to unnecessary exposures of health care workers which could have been prevented through use of standard precautions such as gloves. This case also highlights the need for environmental control solutions to reduce mongoose rabies in Puerto Rico.


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Documentary film on Dr. Maurice Hilleman, inventor of many vaccines, including MMR, now available

The documentary film Hilleman—A Perilous Quest to Save the World's Children is now available on DVD and Blu-RayAn excerpt from The Vaccine Makers Project is reprinted below. 

This documentary tells the inspiring story of Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman, a man with a singular, unwavering focus: to eliminate the diseases of children. From his poverty-stricken youth on the plains of Montana, he came to prevent pandemic flu, develop the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, and invent the first-ever vaccine against human cancer. Now through exclusive interviews with Dr. Hilleman and his peers, rare archival footage, and 3-D animation, this film puts a human face to vaccine science, revealing the character that drove this bold, complex, and heroic man.

The film trailer can be viewed at www.HillemanFilm.com.

The complete documentary can be ordered on DVD or Blu-Ray from the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Single copies are $12 each plus shipping. Quantity discounts are available. Access the print order form with all pricing options for purchasing this inspiring documentary.

You'll also find information about all purchase options—online, email, phone, fax, and U.S. Mail—for the DVD, as well as other VEC educational materials, on their website.

Both the DVD and Blu-Ray formats include an educational bonus feature: 9 computer animations that describe vaccines and the immune system.

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IAC HANDOUTS


IAC posts screening questionnaire for IIV in Spanish

IAC recently posted an updated Spanish translation of its handout Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Inactivated Injectable Influenza Vaccination

The English-language version is available here.

Access all of IAC's screening checklists.

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VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS


IAC posts Punjabi translation of the influenza VIS

IAC recently posted a Punjabi translation of the VIS for influenza vaccine. IAC thanks Stacy Satvinder de Peralta and Gurinder Singh Grewal for the translation.

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WORLD NEWS


CDC and WHO report on detection of Sabin-like type 2 poliovirus from sewage in Hyderabad and Ahmedabad, India

CDC published Notes from the Field: Detection of Sabin-Like Type 2 Poliovirus from Sewage After Global Cessation of Trivalent Oral Poliovirus Vaccine—Hyderabad and Ahmedabad, India, August–September 2016 in the January 6 issue of MMWR (pages 1493–94). The World Health Organization (WHO) published a similar article titled Detection of Sabin-like type 2 poliovirus after global cessation of trivalent oral poliovirus vaccine in Hyderabad and Ahmedabad, India, August–September 2016 in the January 6 issue of its Weekly Epidemiological Record. An excerpt from the MMWR article is reprinted below.
 
During September 2–October 4, 2016, four sewage samples collected during August 3–September 19 (Hyderabad, Telangana State, India) and one sewage sample collected on August 30 (Ahmedabad, Gujarat State, India) tested positive for Sabin-like type 2 polioviruses. These polioviruses were detected approximately 4 months after April 25, 2016, when India officially ceased use of trivalent oral poliovirus vaccine (tOPV), containing Sabin attenuated types 1, 2, and 3 polioviruses, and switched to bivalent OPV (bOPV), containing Sabin attenuated types 1 and 3 polioviruses.


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WHO reports on status of new vaccine introduction worldwide 

The World Health Organization (WHO) published Status of new vaccine introduction – worldwide, September 2016 in the January 6 issue of the Weekly Epidemiological Record. A section of the report is reprinted below.

Historically, new vaccines became available in low- and middle-income countries only decades after their introduction in high-income countries. Today, however, vaccines are being introduced more rapidly thanks to support from global partners, including WHO and UNICEF, who assist in prequalifying and procuring vaccines, and the GAVI Alliance (GAVI), which provides funding and influences vaccine markets through forecasting and assurances of demand in low-income countries in exchange for lower vaccine prices.

This report uses data from 194 countries on vaccine introduction obtained from the WHO immunization data website; the status of new vaccine introduction is also presented by 73 countries that have been eligible for GAVI support at any time since 2000.


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FEATURED RESOURCES


Influenza is spreading and serious; please keep vaccinating your 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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JOURNAL ARTICLES AND NEWSLETTERS


December issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available

CDC recently released the December 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


CDC to host #PreteenVaxScene webinar titled “HPV Vaccination Partner Toolkit” on January 12

Join CDC on January 12 at 3:00 p.m. (ET) for the next #PreteenVaxScene webinar, “HPV Vaccination Partner Toolkit.” Jill Roark of the Adolescent Immunization Communications team will be walking through the toolkit, highlighting the resources and information available for HPV cancer prevention partners and programs.

Registration (required) is open now.

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ASK THE EXPERTS

Question of the Week

When I was 5 years old, I had Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) unrelated to vaccination. I am now 35 with no residual effects of the GBS. I am a nurse and my facility requires employees to receive influenza vaccine. Is it safe for me to be vaccinated?   

Yes. A history of GBS unrelated to influenza vaccine is not a contraindication or precaution to influenza vaccination. GBS within 6 weeks following a previous dose of influenza vaccine is considered a precaution for use of influenza vaccines.


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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