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Issue 1346
 

Issue 1346: January 24, 2018


TOP STORIES


WORLD NEWS


FEATURED RESOURCES


EDUCATION AND TRAINING


CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS

 


TOP STORIES


CDC, AAP, and AAFP update and post their 14 childhood-immunization "basic" disease fact sheets in English and Spanish

CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians have updated their childhood-immunization “basic” disease fact sheets in English and Spanish, and they are now available on CDC’s website.

Each of the 14 fact sheets provides an overview of a vaccine-preventable disease and related vaccine information. These fact sheets were co-developed by CDC, AAP and AAFP for use with parents of children 0–2 years old. They are part of the Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents web section, which also includes communication guidance and vaccine safety resources. The fact sheets can be viewed online as HTML pages or printed for distribution in clinicians' offices and at community health events.

There are updated fact sheets on the following diseases:

CDC will be retiring their in-depth disease fact sheets this spring.

Any questions can be sent to CDC by emailing childhoodvaccines@cdc.gov.

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AAP invites all immunizers to join its Community of Immunizers Listserv and to subscribe to the AAP Immunization Initiatives Newsletter 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) would like to invite all immunizers to join its Community of Immunizers Listserv. The Community of Immunizers Listserv is currently comprised of approximately 180 immunizers, including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical assistants, and other office staff. It allows users to communicate with fellow immunizers, ask questions, and share ideas, resources, and successes! Email immunize@aap.org and include IZCOMMUNITY and your role as an immunization advocate to request to be added to the Community of Immunizers Listserv.

AAP also provides information and many resources through its AAP Immunization Initiatives Newsletter, including updates, events, research, and other resources for healthcare professionals. To subscribe, send an email to immunize@aap.org, with the word "newsletter" in the "subject" field.

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IAC Spotlight! IAC's recently updated its Clinic Tools: Administering Vaccines web page, the "go-to" place for accessing a wide variety of valuable resources

IAC's Clinic Tools: Administering Vaccines web page on immunize.org is the "go-to" place for resources on vaccine administration. Updated this month, this web page makes it easy to find a wide variety of educational materials, resources, and tools related to vaccine administration from IAC and from IAC partner organizations. This web page can be found by selecting the "Clinic Tools" tab (third from the left) in the light gray banner across the top of every immunize.org web page and then selecting "Administering Vaccines" in the drop-down menu.

In the left-hand column of the page you will find IAC's educational materials related to vaccine administration. From here, you can access handouts and standing orders as well as links to other related resources available on immunize.org. 

The right-hand column of the page includes resources from CDC and other partner organizations. For example, the second resource listed under CDC, the Vaccination Administration Resource Library, brings readers directly to the web page with CDC's e-Learn 18 vaccine administration video clips. These video clips, ranging from around three to nine minutes in length, have been excerpted for quick access from the e-Learn course. In this column, additional vaccine administration educational resources can be accessed from other IAC partners as well, including the Alliance for Immunization in Michigan, California Department of Public Health's EZ-IZ website, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Visit the Clinic Tools: Administering Vaccines web page on immunize.org.

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Southeast Michigan hepatitis A outbreak continues to rise; now with 677 cases and 22 deaths

Southeast Michigan’s hepatitis A outbreak, which has continued to rise, now has 677 cases and 22 deaths across 15 counties, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The outbreak, which began in August 2016, has appeared to spread through person-to-person contact and drug use. The national shortage of the hepatitis A vaccine has led to prioritizing vaccination efforts to reach the people who are the most at risk and the areas with the most cases. Outside of Michigan, San Diego has been the hardest hit by a hepatitis A outbreak, with almost 600 cases and 20 deaths since August 2016. 

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January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month 

Cervical Cancer Awareness Month is an annual observance in January that can be used to highlight the need to improve HPV vaccination coverage. CDC has suggested sharing the following resources, accessible on their website, for raising awareness of cervical cancer:

Access additional resources on the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable website.

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IAC's new 142-page book, Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide, describes how to implement adult vaccination services in your healthcare setting and provides a review for staff who already vaccinate adults; IAC Guide available for free download or purchase

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) recently announced the publication of its new book, Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide (Guide).



This completely updated guide on adult immunization (originally published in 2004) provides easy-to-use, practical information covering important “how-to” activities to help providers enhance their existing adult immunization services or introduce them into any clinical setting, including:

  • setting up for vaccination services,
  • storing and handling vaccines,
  • deciding which people should receive which vaccines,
  • administering vaccines,
  • documenting vaccinations (including legal issues), and
  • understanding financial considerations and billing information. 

In addition, the Guide is filled with hundreds of web addresses and references to help providers stay up to date on the latest immunization information, both now and in the future.

Two options are available to obtain a copy of the updated Guide:

  • Purchase a copy
    A limited number of printed editions of this 142-page book are available for purchase at www.immunize.org/shop. The Guide’s lie-flat binding and 10 tabbed sections make it easy to locate the information being sought. Purchased copies are delivered in a box that includes Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults, a 25-minute training DVD developed by the California Department of Public Health. Also included are several selected IAC print materials, such as the "Skills Checklist for Vaccine Administration," an assessment tool to assist in evaluating the skill level of staff who administer vaccines.
  • Download for free and print it yourself
    The entire Guide is available to download/print free of charge at www.immunize.org/guide. The downloaded version is suitable for double-sided printing. Options are available online to download the entire book or selected chapters.

The development of the Guide was supported by the National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Expert staff from both agencies also provided early technical review of the content.

The Guide is a uniquely valuable resource to assist providers in increasing adult immunization rates. Be sure to get a copy today!

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WORLD NEWS


WHO publishes report from the December meeting of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety in this week's Weekly Epidemiological Record

WHO published a report from the meeting of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety, held on December 6–7, 2017, in the January 19 issue of its Weekly Epidemiological Record. The report is titled Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety, 6–7 December 2017.

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FEATURED RESOURCES


Influenza is spreading and serious; please keep vaccinating your patients

According to CDC, during the week of January 7–13, 2018, influenza activity increased in the United States. The geographic spread of influenza in Puerto Rico and 49 states was reported as widespread; Guam reported regional activity; the District of Columbia and one state reported local activity; and the U.S. Virgin Islands reported sporadic activity. Ten influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported.

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


Hep B United and Coalition Against Hepatitis for People of African Origin sponsor webinar, “Hepatitis B in Sub-Saharan Africa,” February 8

Hep B United and the Coalition against Hepatitis for People of African Origin (CHIPO) are sponsoring a webinar titled "Hepatitis B in Sub-Saharan Africa," on February 7 at 12:00 p.m. (ET). 

The speakers will use anthropological research in their discussion of the barriers to understanding, prevention, and treatment of hepatitis B infection among the populations in Sub-Saharan Africa. In this region, some communities have rates of infection up to 29%. The speakers are: Tamara Giles-Vernick, PhD, Director of Research and Group Leader, Medical Anthropology and Environment, Department of Infection and Epidemiology, Institut Pasteur, and Yusuke Shimakawa, MD, PhD, Senior Epidemiologist, Epidemiology of Emerging Diseases, Department of Infection and Epidemiology, Institut Pasteur.

Register for the webinar.

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Immunize Nevada sponsors all-day Adult Immunization Summit webinar on February 16

Immunize Nevada is sponsoring an all-day Adult Immunization Summit webinar on February 16 from 9:00–2:30 p.m. Pacific Time (12:00–5:30 p.m. ET). This webinar is part of their NILE (Nevada Immunization Learning Exchange) webinar series. The day-long webinar will include four consecutive sessions; register individually for each one.

The titles of the four sessions are:

  • Pharmacists' Role within the Immunization Neighborhood
  • Adult Immunizations
  • Pneumococcal Vaccines for Adults
  • Nevada Web IZ: Adult Immunization Improvement Project

Register on the Immunize Nevada NILE Webinars web page. 

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CDC has rescheduled #PreteenVaxScene webinar, “An Interprofessional Approach to HPV and Oropharyngeal Cancer Prevention Education,” for February 21

CDC has rescheduled its #PreteenVaxScene webinar, “An Interprofessional Approach to HPV and Oropharyngeal Cancer Prevention Education,” for February 21, 2:00 p.m. (ET). This webinar had originally been scheduled for January 8. 


ACIP will hold its next meeting on February 21–22 in Atlanta. The draft agenda is now available online. To attend the meeting, ACIP attendees (participants and visitors) must register online. The registration deadline for non-U.S. citizens is January 24; for U.S. citizens, it's February 5. Registration is not required to watch the meeting via webcast or listen to the proceedings via phone. See the first link below for the toll-free phone number and passcode.

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Register now for the annual California Immunization Coalition Summit, April 16–17

Register now for the 2018 California Immunization Coalition (CIC) Summit titled "Onward and Upward," which will be held in Sacramento on April 16–17. The CIC Summit web page provides information and additional details, and it lists the following objectives for the event:

  • provide support and technical assistance to enhance existing education, communication, and outreach efforts
  • facilitate the sharing of successful strategies and best practices to strengthen local and statewide advocacy efforts
  • encourage the adoption of programs for healthcare providers to promote and deliver immunizations across the lifespan
  • review new recommendations, issues and trends in immunizations and vaccine-preventable diseases

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