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Immunization Action Coalition
IAC Express 2007
Issue number 639: January 2, 2007
 
Contents of this Issue
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  1. New: CDC, AAP, and AAFP release the 2007 Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Ages 0-18 Years
  2. Reminder: Be sure to continue administering influenza vaccine during the early months of 2007
  3. Don't miss it: January 10, kaisernetwork.org will present a live web cast about administering HPV vaccine
  4. Registration begins January 10 for the satellite broadcast Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
  5. IAC updates its hepatitis C screening questionnaire for adult patients
  6. Time's running out: January 12 is the early-bird registration deadline for the 2007 National Immunization Conference
  7. February 9 is the nomination deadline for the fourth annual "Natalie J. Smith, MD, Award"
  8. Tenth Annual Conference on Vaccine Research scheduled for April 30-May 2 in Baltimore
 
Abbreviations
AAFP, American Academy of Family Physicians; AAP, American Academy of Pediatrics; ACIP, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices; AMA, American Medical Association; CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; FDA, Food and Drug Administration; IAC, Immunization Action Coalition; MMWR, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; NCIRD, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases; NIVS, National Influenza Vaccine Summit; VIS, Vaccine Information Statement; VPD, vaccine-preventable disease; WHO, World Health Organization.
  
Issue 639: January 2, 2007
1.  New: CDC, AAP, and AAFP release the 2007 Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Ages 0-18 Years

CDC, AAP, and AAFP have endorsed and released the "Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0-18 Years—United States, 2007". On January 5, CDC published the schedule as an MMWR QuickGuide; it is reprinted below in its entirety, excluding references, two figures, and a table.

Additional materials. AAP published an article about the 2007 schedule in the January 2007 issue of the journal Pediatrics and also issued a press release. CDC issued a press release about the schedule. Links to the Pediatrics article, AAP press release, and CDC press release are given at the end of this IAC Express article.


The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) periodically reviews the recommended immunization schedule for persons aged 0-18 years to ensure that the schedule is current with changes in vaccine formulations and reflects revised recommendations for the use of licensed vaccines, including those newly licensed.

The changes to the previous childhood and adolescent immunization schedule, published January 2006, are as follows:
  • The new rotavirus vaccine (Rota) is recommended in a 3-dose schedule at ages 2, 4, and 6 months. The first dose should be administered at ages 6 weeks through 12 weeks with subsequent doses administered at 4-10 week intervals. Rotavirus vaccination should not be initiated for infants aged >12 weeks and should not be administered after age 32 weeks.
     
  • The influenza vaccine is now recommended for all children aged 6-59 months.
     
  • Varicella vaccine recommendations are updated. The first dose should be administered at age 12-15 months, and a newly recommended second dose should be administered at age 4-6 years.
     
  • The new human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) is recommended in a 3-dose schedule with the second and third doses administered 2 and 6 months after the first dose. Routine vaccination with HPV is recommended for females aged 11-12 years; the vaccination series can be started in females as young as age 9 years; and a catch-up vaccination is recommended for females aged 13-26 years who have not been vaccinated previously or who have not completed the full vaccine series.
     
  • The main change to the format of the schedule is the division of the recommendation into two schedules: one schedule for persons aged 0-6 years and another for persons aged 7-18 years. Special populations are represented with purple bars; the 11-12 years assessment is emphasized with the bold, capitalized fonts in the title of that column. Rota, HPV, and varicella vaccines are incorporated in the catch-up immunization schedule.

Vaccine Information Statements
The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act requires that healthcare providers provide parents or patients with copies of Vaccine Information Statements before administering each dose of the vaccines listed in the schedule. Additional information is available from state health departments and from CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/vis

Detailed recommendations for using vaccines are available from package inserts, ACIP statements on specific vaccines, and the 2003 Red Book. ACIP statements for each recommended childhood vaccine are available from CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/acip-list.htm In addition, guidance for obtaining and completing a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System form is available at http://www.vaers.hhs.gov or by telephone, (800) 822-7967.


To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the MMWR QuickGuide, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/wk/mm5551-Immunization.pdf

To access a web-text (HTML) version of it, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5551a7.htm

To receive a FREE electronic subscription to MMWR (which includes new ACIP statements), go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/mmwrsubscribe.html

Additional material
AAP. In the January 2007 issue of Pediatrics, AAP published "Recommended Immunization Schedules for Children and Adolescents—United States, 2007" as a policy statement from its Committee on Infectious Diseases.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the article, go to:
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/119/1/207

On January 2, AAP issued a press release, "AAP Issues Recommended 2007 Immunization Schedule."

To access it, go to:
http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/jan07immsch.htm

CDC. On January 4, CDC issued a press release, "Health Groups Release New Immunization Schedules."

To access it, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/2007/r070104.htm

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2 Reminder: Be sure to continue administering influenza vaccine during the early months of 2007

Remember, influenza vaccination should continue in the early months of 2007. Visit the following websites often to find the information you need to keep vaccinating. Both are continually updated with the latest resources.

The National Influenza Vaccine Summit website at http://www.preventinfluenza.org

CDC's Influenza web section at http://www.cdc.gov/flu

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3 Don't miss it: January 10, kaisernetwork.org will present a live web cast about administering HPV vaccine

On January 3, kaisernetwork.org, a service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, announced that it will host a live web cast on implementing human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. It will be held January 10 at 2PM ET. The announcement is reprinted below.


On Wednesday, January 10, at 2PM ET, a panel of experts will address the implementation of the new vaccine against human papillomavirus (HPV) during a live web cast of Ask the Experts, a kaisernetwork.org program. Send questions in advance to ask@kaisernetwork.org

WHAT: This live web cast will focus on questions such as What are the guidelines for who should get the vaccine and at what age? Who will pay for it? What is the best way to ensure access to the vaccine? Kaisernetwork.org Managing Editor Jill Braden Balderas, MPH, will moderate the discussion.

WHO: The panel of experts:

Anne Schuchat, MD, director, National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Renee Jenkins, MD, professor and chair, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Howard University College of Medicine

Alina Salganicoff, PhD, vice president and director, Women's Health Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation

WHEN: Wednesday, January 10, at 2PM ET.

WHERE: Watch the live web cast on kaisernetwork.org

HOW: The panel of experts will take your phone calls and emails. Send questions in advance to ask@kaisernetwork.org or call (888) 524-7378 during the live broadcast.

Please note: The toll-free phone number will function only during the live program and is only for submitting questions to the panelists. The program is accessible via web cast on the Internet and not via teleconference. If you have never viewed a web cast before, please test your media player in advance of the live web cast at http://www.kaisernetwork.org/healthcast/howtoview



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4 Registration begins January 10 for the satellite broadcast Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

The CDC website now has updated information on the satellite broadcast of Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. Online registration for continuing education credit will open on January 10 (details are at the end of this article).

Dates and times:
Presented in four sessions, the course will be held on consecutive Thursdays: January 25, and February 1, 8, and 15. All sessions will be broadcast from 12 noon ET to 4PM ET. The broadcast will feature a question-and-answer session in which participants nationwide can interact with the course instructors by toll-free telephone lines.

Each of the four sessions can be viewed independently for CE credit. Each will have a live web cast, available through the Internet for one month following the broadcast. To access the web casts, go to: http://www2a.cdc.gov/PHTN/webcast/epv07

In addition to online registration information, the updated material includes the following (taken from the course overview at http://www2.cdc.gov/phtn/epv07).

The four-session outline:
Session One will cover principles of vaccination, general recommendations on immunization, and vaccine storage, handling, and administration and vaccine safety. Session Two will cover pertussis, pneumococcal disease (childhood), polio, rotavirus, and Hib. Session Three will cover measles, rubella, varicella, zoster, and meningococcal disease. Session Four will cover hepatitis B, hepatitis A, influenza, HPV, and pneumococcal disease (adult).

If you have questions regarding program content, email nipinfo@cdc.gov

The faculty:
William Atkinson, MD, MPH; Andrew Kroger, MD, MPH; Judy Schmidt, RN, EdD; Donna Weaver, RN, MN. All are with CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

Course materials:
Participants are strongly encouraged to obtain the primary course text, Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. This is accessible online at no charge at http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/pink It is also available in hard copy from the Public Health Foundation (PHF). The new 10th edition will become available sometime in February. Order by phone at (877) 252-1200 or visit the PHF website at http://bookstore.phf.org/prod463.htm

Beginning the Monday before each broadcast, course participants are encouraged to visit the Broadcast Updates and Resources website at http://www.cdc.gov/nip/ed/UpdatesandResources.htm to download and print slide sets and other materials that will be useful to have in print format during each session.

Registration and Continuing Education (CE) Credit: You do NOT need to register to participate in the web cast.

For CE credit, you must register online at http://www2a.cdc.gov/phtnonline In addition, you need to complete the course evaluation. CE credit for this program will expire on March 15.

For questions about registration, call (800) 418-7246 or email ce@cdc.gov

In the coming weeks, IAC Express will update readers on additional information about the course.

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5 IAC updates its hepatitis C screening questionnaire for adult patients

IAC recently revised it patient-education form "Should You Be Tested for Hepatitis C? A screening questionnaire for adults." Information was added to tell patients that they can be tested for hepatitis C virus (HCV) without indicating if they are in a specific risk group for contracting HCV. In addition, minor revisions were also made.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the piece, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2192hepc.pdf

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6 Time's running out: January 12 is the early-bird registration deadline for the 2007 National Immunization Conference

Yikes! Here it is January 8 and you haven't registered for this year's National Immunization Conference (NIC)! Lucky for you, the people in charge at NIC have posted everything you need online.

Where is it and when is it? NIC is scheduled for March 5-8, in Kansas City, MO.

What does registration cost and how do I register? The fee for early-bird registration is $200. Wait until January 13, and it's $225 for standard registration; wait until February 17, and it's $250 for late and onsite registration. To register online, go to: http://conferences.taskforce.org/nic/2007nic.htm

What's happening at NIC this year?
For comprehensive program information, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/nic

For additional information, contact the NIC conference planning team at (404) 639-8225 or nipnic@cdc.gov

To plan some fun in Kansas City, visit the official tourism website at http://www.visitkc.com

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7 February 9 is the nomination deadline for the fourth annual "Natalie J. Smith, MD, Award"

The Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) is seeking nominations for the 2007 "Natalie J. Smith, MD, Award." The award, which will be presented at the National Immunization Conference in Kansas City, MO, in March, was established to honor the memory of Dr. Smith's outstanding management and leadership skills in the area of state and national vaccine-preventable disease programs. Eligible candidates are current or recently retired immunization program managers who are designated as the persons primarily responsible for directing the 64 city, state, or territorial immunization programs directly funded by the National Immunization Program. The deadline for nominations is February 9.

Dr. Smith, who died in 2003 at age 41, was deputy director, National Immunization Program, CDC. Prior to accepting the NIP position, she served for eight years as chief, Immunization Branch, California Department of Health Services. Dr. Smith served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and as chair of the Association of Immunization Managers. She wrote numerous significant publications on immunization and was a frequent presenter and consultant on immunization-related issues.

To access more information about the award, including the nomination criteria and a 2007 nomination form, go to: http://www.immunizationmanagers.org/pdfs/NatalieJSmithAwardNominationForm2007.doc

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8 Tenth Annual Conference on Vaccine Research scheduled for April 30-May 2 in Baltimore

CDC published "Notice to Readers: Tenth Annual Conference on Vaccine Research" in the January 5 issue of MMWR. The notice is reprinted below in its entirety.


CDC and 11 other national and international agencies and organizations will collaborate with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases to sponsor the Tenth Annual Conference on Vaccine Research: Basic Science, Product Development, and Clinical and Field Studies, to be held April 30-May 2, 2007, at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland. The conference has become the largest forum devoted exclusively to the research and development of vaccines and related technologies for the prevention and treatment of disease through immunization, bringing together human and veterinary vaccinology researchers.

Eighteen speakers will participate in various symposia on immune memory, maternal immunization to protect newborns, vaccination of persons who are immunocompromised, host factors, influenza, animal model hosts, and vaccine-development constructs and topics. Two poster and six oral sessions will feature presentations selected through peer review of submitted abstracts.

The deadline for online submission of abstracts is February 2, 2007. Information about the preliminary program, abstract submission, registration, hotel accommodation, and exhibition space is available at http://www.nfid.org/conferences/vaccine07 and by e-mail (vaccine@nfid.org), fax [(301) 907-0878], telephone [(301) 656-0003, ext. 19], and mail (National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, 4733 Bethesda Avenue, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20814).


To access a web-text (HTML) version of the notice, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5551a4.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5551.pdf

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