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Immunization Action Coalition
IAC Express 2007
Issue number 640: January 16, 2007
 
Contents of this Issue
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  1. FDA approves refrigerated formulation of FluMist
  2. CDC posts revised interim varicella VIS
  3. Reminder: Be sure to continue administering influenza vaccine during the early months of 2007
  4. IAC revises its online Ask the Experts information on hepatitis A vaccine and general vaccine questions
  5. IAC updates its provider-education piece on administering IM injections
  6. January issue of CDC's Immunization Works electronic newsletter now available
  7. CDC releases revised edition of its vaccine management handbook
  8. MMWR notifies readers of upcoming Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases broadcast
  9. January 10 issue of IAC's Hep Express newsletter now online
  10. ACIP meeting scheduled for February 21–22 in Atlanta
  11. Every Child By Two videos available on YouTube
  12. California's Immunization Branch develops materials to promote the use of Tdap vaccine
  13. Coalition building course offered March 21 in Columbia, MD
  14. New grant opportunity available for the AA/NHOPI community; deadline for applications is February 28
 
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 640: January 16, 2007
1.  FDA approves refrigerated formulation of FluMist

On January 5, FDA approved a new formulation of MedImmune's influenza virus vaccine live, intranasal, known as FluMist. The original biologics license has been supplemented to include the conversion of the frozen formulation to a liquid formulation that can be stored in a refrigerator.

FluMist is licensed for preventing influenza in healthy children and adults from age 5 years to age 49 years.

To read the FDA product approval information, go to:
http://www.fda.gov/cber/products/inflmed010507.htm

To read the package insert, go to:
http://www.fda.gov/cber/label/inflmed010507LB.pdf

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2 CDC posts revised interim varicella VIS

On January 10, CDC released a revised interim VIS for varicella. It includes changes to reflect the new two-dose schedule for children and the availability of the measles-mumps-rubella-varicella (MMRV) vaccine. After ACIP publishes these updated recommendations in MMWR, a final varicella VIS will be developed.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the updated (l/10/07) interim VIS from the CDC website, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/VIS/vis-varicella.pdf

To access it from the IAC website, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/varic07.pdf

For information about the use of VISs, and for VISs in more than 30 languages, visit IAC's VIS web section at http://www.immunize.org/vis

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

Remember, influenza vaccination should continue through 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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4 IAC revises its online Ask the Experts information on hepatitis A vaccine and general vaccine questions

The IAC website recently posted updated Ask the Experts information on hepatitis A disease and vaccine and general vaccine questions. IAC extends thanks to the following hepatitis and immunization experts for reviewing and revising these Ask the Experts web pages to reflect the most current information: Eric E. Mast, MD, MPH, chief, Prevention Branch, and Joanna Buffington, MD, MPH, medical epidemiologist; both are with CDC's Division of Viral Hepatitis, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. Andrew T. Kroger, MD, MPH, medical officer, and William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, medical epidemiologist; both are with CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Linda A. Moyer, RN, consultant to the Immunization Action Coalition.

To access the hepatitis A vaccine Ask the Experts, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2021a.htm

To access the general vaccine Ask the Experts, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2021f.htm

All IAC's online Ask the Experts sections have recently been updated. To access the Ask the Experts table of contents for all vaccines, go to: http://www.immunize.org/askexperts Be sure to visit this web section often.

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5 IAC updates its provider-education piece on administering IM injections

IAC recently revised its provider-education piece "How to Administer Intramuscular (IM) Injections." Needle size information was revised to conform to new recommendations from CDC's "General Recommendations on Immunization: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)," published on December 1, 2006.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the piece, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2020.pdf

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6 January issue of CDC's Immunization Works electronic newsletter now available

The January issue of Immunization Works, a monthly email newsletter published by CDC, is available on NIP's website. CDC's Immunization Works Monthly Update is provided to national healthcare provider and consumer groups for distribution to their members and constituencies. The immunization information provided is non-proprietary and is encouraged to be widely disseminated.

CDC is conducting a brief evaluation of Immunization Works in order to make it more useful to readers. Each article includes two short questions; CDC thanks readers for providing their feedback.

Most of the information in the January issue has already appeared in previous issues of IAC Express. Following is the text of three articles we have not covered.


OTHER NEWS AND SUMMARIES
GETTING FLU VACCINE MESSAGES TO THE PUBLIC: In August 2006, CDC launched a multi-pronged education campaign concerning influenza vaccination. Using print ads, radio and television public service announcements (PSAs), and many other mediums, the campaign has spread messages about flu vaccination far and wide. As of December 5, 2006, 12,939 broadcast and radio stations have aired at least one of CDC's campaign products, with 470 of these stations located in "Top 10" U.S. media markets. Based on the overall size of each station, it is estimated that 634 million audience members have been exposed to CDC messages. In addition to campaign activities that were planned well in advance of the influenza vaccination season, CDC worked rapidly with their campaign contractor, the Academy for Educational Development (AED), on a plan to promote the first National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), held November 27 to December 3. AED produced NIVW radio and television public service announcements and a full-page print ad for placement in USA Today. The radio and television ads played in 96 markets, covering 67% of the U.S. population, reaching a potential audience of 155.8 million, including Spanish- and English-speaking individuals. The USA Today ad reached a potential audience of 2.2 million readers.

As always, partners play a critical role in shaping our campaign messages. Groups such as the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), Association of Immunization Managers (AIM), Association of State and Territorial Officials (ASTHO), and the Influenza Vaccine Summit played a key role in defining the rationale for and purpose of NIVW. Partners are also vital for getting our campaign materials distributed to public and provider audiences. For example, over a two-month period, the New York Medical Society mailed out over 40,000 of our posters promoting healthcare worker vaccination to its members.

Working with the media and partners to map out a campaign across the country proved that an important vaccination message could be delivered quickly and with real impact. Utilizing new means of outreach (via the web and targeted new media outlets) helped the campaign reach a broad audience. The campaign will continue through the end of January 2007.

MEETINGS, CONFERENCES & RESOURCES
CDC MATERIALS TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE: Due to circumstances beyond CDC's control, all CDC materials—including National Immunization Program (NIP) materials—are temporarily unavailable for order. CDC deeply regrets the inconvenience and appreciates your patience until ordering can resume (possibly in the next two weeks). In the meantime, please visit the NIP website at http://www.cdc.gov/nip, where the majority of our materials are available for download. An update concerning this issue will be included in the next edition of Immunization Works.

INTERNATIONAL IMMUNIZATION JOB OPENINGS: CDC's Global Immunizations Division (GID) is currently recruiting for many exciting and challenging positions. Interested candidates may send a letter of interest and CV to NIPglobaljobs@cdc.gov [specific positions are listed at http://www2.cdc.gov/nip/isd/immunizationworks/news11.asp?uid=&eid=&lid=11]

To access the complete January issue from the NIP website, go to: http://www2.cdc.gov/nip/isd/immunizationworks

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7 CDC releases revised edition of its vaccine management handbook

Earlier in January, CDC posted the revised edition of its 16-page publication "Vaccine Management: Recommendations for Storage and Handling of Selected Biologicals." This handbook outlines information on shipping, storing, reconstituting, and using a variety of single-antigen and combination vaccines, toxoids, and immune globulins.

To download this document in ready-to-print (PDF) format, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/vac_mgt_book.pdf

To access this document in web-text (HTML) format, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/vac_mgt_book.htm

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8 MMWR notifies readers of upcoming Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases broadcast

CDC published "Notice to Readers: Satellite Broadcast: Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases " in the January 12 issue of MMWR. The article is reprinted below in its entirety.


CDC and the Public Health Training Network will present the satellite broadcast/web cast series, Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases. This series is scheduled for four consecutive Thursdays from 12 noon to 4 p.m., on January 25 and February 1, 8, and 15, 2007.

Session 1 includes an overview of general immunization concepts and principles and vaccine safety, storage and handling, and administration. Session 2 topics include pertussis, pneumococcal disease (childhood), polio, rotavirus, and Haemophilus influenzae type b. Session 3 topics include measles, rubella, varicella, zoster, and meningococcal disease. Session 4 topics include hepatitis B, hepatitis A, influenza, human papillomavirus, and pneumococcal disease (adult). A live question-and-answer session will be conducted via toll-free telephone lines. Continuing Education (CE) credits will be provided.

Additional information regarding the series is available at http://www2.cdc.gov/phtn/epv07/default.asp Information for site administrators regarding establishing and registering a viewing location is available at http://www.cdc.gov/phtnonline This website also is appropriate for individual participants who wish to register to view the broadcast from a specific location, or who seek CE credit. No registration is necessary to access the web casts via an Internet connection. The link to the live web casts is available at http://www2.cdc.gov/phtn/webcast/epv07/default.asp The web casts will be accessible through an Internet connection until March 15, 2007. The program will become available as a self-study DVD and Internet-based program in March 2007.


To access a web-text (HTML) version of this article, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5601a5.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5601.pdf

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

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9 January 10 issue of IAC's Hep Express newsletter now online

The January 10 issue of Hep Express, an electronic newsletter published by IAC, is now available online. It is intended for health professionals, program planners, and advocates involved in prevention, screening, and treatment of viral hepatitis.

IAC Express has already covered most of the information presented in the January 10 Hep Express. Following are the titles and a small amount of information about articles we have not yet covered.

  • "Viral Hepatitis Prevention Board adds new resources to its website" (go to http://www.vhpb.org to access presentations from two international meetings and the latest issue of the Viral Hepatitis newsletter).
     
  • "Hepatitis B Foundation offers online CME course about hepatitis B in Asian and Pacific Islanders" (go to http://www.hepb.org/hepb_course/API_course.php to access the four modules of an online course about the global burden of hepatitis B, with particular emphasis on the Asian and Pacific Islander population).

To access the January 10 issue, go to:
http://www.hepprograms.org/hepexpress/issue51.asp

To sign up for a free subscription to Hep Express and otherIAC publications, go:
http://www.immunize.org/subscribe

To access previous issues of Hep Express, go to:
http://www.hepprograms.org/hepexpress

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10.  ACIP meeting scheduled for February 21–22 in Atlanta

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will hold its next meeting on February 21-22 at CDC's Clifton Road campus in Atlanta. The meeting is open to the general public.

To speed security clearance, ACIP attendees (participants and visitors) should register online. All non-U.S. citizens are required to register online AND complete the Access Request Form at least three weeks in advance of an ACIP meeting. (i.e., by January 18 for the February 21-22 meeting). Non-U.S. citizens will not be allowed to register on site.

To register online, go to:
http://www2.cdc.gov/nip/ACIP/februaryRegistration.asp

To print the Access Request Form for non-U.S. citizens, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/ACIP/mtg_access_req_form.doc

For more information, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/ACIP/dates.htm or contact Dee Gardner by phone at (404) 639-8836 or by email at DGardner@cdc.gov

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11.  Every Child By Two videos available on YouTube

Every Child By Two (ECBT) has placed three of its public service announcements on the popular website YouTube.

To view "Vaccine Safety," narrated by Walter Orenstein, MD, former U.S. assistant surgeon general, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHDOczllImA&mode=related&search=

To view "Immunize on Time," narrated by Rosalynn Carter, former first lady, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbS5XOKGLt4&mode=related&search=

To view "Immunization Registries," narrated by Rosalynn Carter, former first lady, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckIT7oey4_g&mode=related&search=

To visit the ECBT website, go to: http://www.ecbt.org

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12.  California's Immunization Branch develops materials to promote the use of Tdap vaccine

The California Department of Health Services, Immunization Branch, has launched a campaign to promote the use of tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine in adults and healthcare workers. Check out the four flyers listed below, developed as part of this campaign.

(1) "Parents: Protect Yourself and Your Children from Whooping Cough"

To access this flyer in ready-to-print (PDF) format, go to:
http://www.dhs.ca.gov/ps/dcdc/izgroup/pdf/IMM-847.pdf

(2) "Grandparents: Protect Yourself and Your Grandbaby from Whooping Cough"

To access this flyer in ready-to-print (PDF) format, go to:
http://www.dhs.ca.gov/ps/dcdc/izgroup/pdf/IMM-843.pdf

(3) "If You Work in a Health Setting. . . It's Time for Your Tetanus Booster!"

To access this flyer in ready-to-print (PDF) format, go to:
http://www.dhs.ca.gov/ps/dcdc/izgroup/pdf/IMM-846.pdf

(4) "Tetanus Prophylaxis in Wound Management"

To access this flyer in ready-to-print (PDF) format, go to:
http://www.dhs.ca.gov/ps/dcdc/izgroup/pdf/IMM-154_WEB.pdf

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13.  Coalition building course offered March 21 in Columbia, MD

The Maryland Partnership for Prevention has announced the second session of its three-part Coalition University training series. The series is designed to provide the multi-disciplinary skill set necessary for creating, maintaining, and participating in successful coalitions.

The second course in the series is scheduled for March 21 at the Sheraton Columbia Hotel in Columbia, MD.

To download the Coalition University class schedule and registration information in ready-to-print (PDF) format, go to: http://www.edcp.org/pdf/Coalition_University_06-07_Registration_Materials.pdf

For additional information, email mdpartnershipforprevention@msn.com or call (410) 902-4677.

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14.  New grant opportunity available for the AA/NHOPI community; deadline for applications is February 28

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) have announced a new community grant opportunity available to the Asian American/Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHOPI) communities.

The Health Through Action-Community Partnerships Grant Program is a multi-year program designed to strengthen and bolster community approaches to improving the health of vulnerable AA/NHOPI individuals and families.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation and APIAHF anticipate awarding grants of up to $150,000 per year for four years to approximately eight communities. The eight communities will represent diverse AA/NHOPI subgroups, urban and rural areas, population sizes, and geographic locations.

Each community collaborative will select a pressing local health or healthcare issue as a starting point, build on community assets, and identify and work on priority areas to strengthen the capacity of their collaborative to impact change.

Interested parties must submit a Letter of Intent no later than February 28. Guidelines for the Letter of Intent and more information about the grant can be found on the APIAHF website at http://www.apiahf.org/programs/hta

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