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Immunization Action Coalition
IAC Express 2007
Issue number 682: September 04, 2007
 
Contents of this Issue
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  1. CDC releases information on vaccination coverage of children
  2. CDC releases information on vaccination coverage of adolescents
  3. CDC offers new HPV education and training products
  4. Miss the 2007 Immunization Update broadcast? View it online!
  5. IAC updates patient- and professional-education materials
  6. August 30 issue of IAC's Hep Express electronic newsletter now available online
  7. CDC's influenza web section posts new influenza information
  8. Online coloring materials make it fun for kids to learn immunization basics
  9. ACIP meeting scheduled for October 24-25
  10. Pandemic flu conference to take place in Washington, DC, October 29-31
  11. Phacilitate Vaccine Forum scheduled for January 28-30 in Washington, DC
 
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 682: September 4, 2007
1.  CDC releases information on vaccination coverage of children

CDC published "National, State, and Local Area Vaccination Coverage Among Children Aged 19-35 Months--United States, 2006" in the August 31 issue of MMWR. A summary made available to the press is reprinted below in its entirety.


As of 2006, vaccination coverage is on target to meet the nation's healthy people 2010 goal for the routinely recommended childhood vaccination series, but children who live below the poverty level are less likely to be vaccinated than children who live at or above the poverty level. Additional measures are needed to deliver vaccines to children who live below the poverty level.

The nation's childhood immunization rates remain at or near record levels for the series of routinely recommended vaccines, according to 2006 estimates released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The current rate of 77% is below the nation's objective of 80% for the recommended vaccine series but may be on target to meet the nation's goal by 2010. Racial disparity in vaccination coverage of the recommended series was also reported between black and white children, but according to the CDC, the disparity was associated with the differential distribution of poor children within the racial/ethnic populations. According to 2005 census figures, nearly 41% of black children <5 years of age lived below the poverty level compared to 16% of white children. Children living below the poverty level were vaccinated less often than children living at or above the poverty level; and coverage did not differ across racial/ethnic populations of children who lived below the poverty level, nor of children who lived at or above the poverty level. The Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) can pay for childhood vaccines for uninsured and underinsured children. Other programs such as the State Child Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) can also assist families with children who need vaccinations. In addition to sustained high coverage of the recommended vaccine series, there were notable increases in national coverage rates for pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and varicella vaccine as a result of collaborative efforts between national, state, and local immunization programs to achieve and sustain national immunization coverage goals.


To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5634a2.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5634.pdf

To read a related press release, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/2007/r070830.htm

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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2 CDC releases information on vaccination coverage of adolescents

CDC published "National Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13-17 Years--United States, 2006" in the August 31 issue of MMWR. A summary made available to the press is reprinted below in its entirety.


Healthy People 2010 objectives for vaccination coverage of adolescents ages 13-15 years have not been met, especially for Td and Tdap vaccines and varicella vaccines, and we need to continue to build awareness of the vaccination recommendations among parents and healthcare providers to increase coverage rates among adolescents. The NIS-Teen will be conducted annually to monitor coverage with recommended vaccinations.

In 2006, for the first time, the National Immunization Survey (NIS) collected provider-reported vaccination information for adolescents aged 13–17 years (NIS-Teen) to estimate vaccination coverage of recommended vaccines. Vaccination coverage was >=80% for three or more doses of hepatitis B vaccine (Hep B) and two or more doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, and >=60% for one or more doses of tetanus-diphtheria (Td) or tetanus, reduced diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine, and one or more doses of varicella vaccine among adolescents without a history of varicella disease. Coverage of Tdap and meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) was low, 11% and 12%, respectively. Recommendations for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine had not been published at the time of the survey. Healthy People 2010 objectives for adolescents ages 13-15 years (>=90% coverage for 3 or more doses of Hep B, two or more doses of MMR, one or more doses of Td booster, and one or more doses of varicella among adolescents without previous varicella disease) had not been met. Routine healthcare visits for adolescents should be encouraged, with emphasis on a healthcare visit at ages 11–12 years for receipt of recommended vaccinations, and providers should continue to assess the need for recommended vaccinations at every opportunity.


To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5634a3.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5634.pdf

To read a related press release, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/2007/r070830.htm

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3 CDC offers new HPV education and training products

On August 28, CDC announced several updates regarding CDC's human papillomavirus (HPV) education and training products. Details follow.

FOR THE PUBLIC AND PATIENTS
(1) "Common Questions about HPV and Cervical Cancer: For Women Who Have HPV"

To access a web-text (HTML) version, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/std/HPV/common-questions.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/std/HPV/common-questions/common-questions.pdf

(2) "HPV and Men" fact sheet
To access a web-text (HTML) version, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/std/HPV/STDFact-HPV-and-men.htm

(3) "Questions and Answers for Parents of Preteens about Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and the HPV Vaccine"

These one- and two-page HPV flyers are available at
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/spec-grps/preteens-adol/07gallery/flyers.htm#qahpv

(4) A variety of HPV vaccine posters for parents of preteen girls are available at
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/spec-grps/preteens-adol/07gallery/posters.htm

FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS
(1) "Human Papillomavirus: HPV Information for Clinicians"

To access this brochure in both English and Spanish and related counseling messages, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/std/HPV/hpv-clinicians-brochure.htm

(2) "MMWR QuickStats: Prevalence of HPV Infection Among Sexually Active Females Aged 14-59 Years, by Age Group--National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2003–2004"

To access this MMWR article, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5633a5.htm

(3) "CDC Immunization Update 2007" (satellite webcast), which includes a Vaccine Briefs Segment addressing HPV vaccine recommendations, scheduling, and special considerations.

To view the webcast, go to:
http://www2a.cdc.gov/phtn/webcast/immup-2007/default.asp
 
You can also access slides of individual segments at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/ed/imzupdate07/imup07-slides.htm
The HPV-specific material is found at
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/ed/imzupdate07/downloads/update07-briefs.ppt

CDC's HPV main web page is located at http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv

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4 Miss the 2007 Immunization Update broadcast? View it online!

Immunization Update 2007, which was broadcast August 9, is now available as a self-study program in web-on-demand and slide formats. Faculty presenters include William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH; Donna L. Weaver, RN, MN; and Andrew T. Kroger, MD, MPH.

To access the web-on-demand version, go to:
http://www2a.cdc.gov/phtn/webcast/immup-2007/default.asp

To access slides and other resources related to the program, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/ed/imzupdate07/imup07-slides.htm

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5 IAC updates patient- and professional-education materials

IAC recently made minor changes to eight of its print educational materials. Details follow.

(1) To access the newly revised piece "Vaccinations for Adults—You're NEVER too old to get immunized!" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030.pdf

(2) To access the newly revised piece "If you have HIV infection, which vaccinations do you need?" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4041.pdf

(3) To access the newly revised piece "If you have hepatitis C infection, which vaccinations do you need?" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4042.pdf
 
(4) To access the newly revised piece "First do no harm--Protect patients by making sure all staff receive yearly influenza vaccine!" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2014.pdf

(5) To access the newly revised piece "Guidelines for Standing Orders in Labor & Delivery and Nursery Units to Prevent Hepatitis B Virus Transmission to Newborns," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2130.pdf

(6) To access the newly revised piece "Are you 11-19 years old? Then you need to be vaccinated against these serious diseases!"
go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020.pdf

(7) To access the newly revised piece, "Do I need any vaccinations today?" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4036.pdf

(8) To access the newly revised piece, "Screening Questionnaire for Adult Immunization," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4065.pdf

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6 August 30 issue of IAC's Hep Express electronic newsletter now available online

The August 30 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 some of the information presented in the August 30 Hep Express; titles of articles we have not yet covered follow.

  • Hepatitis B Foundation adds another Expert Speaker presentation to its website
     
  • Journal articles you may have missed

To access the August 30 issue, go to:
http://www.hepprograms.org/hepexpress/issue60.asp

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

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

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7 CDC's influenza web section posts new influenza information

CDC recently added two new resources to its Influenza web section:

(1) "Influenza (Flu) Research"

(2) "Questions & Answers: 2006-07 Influenza (Flu) Season" (updated with final information for last season)

To access these materials, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/whatsnew.htm#new and click on the pertinent links.

To access a broad range of continually updated information on seasonal influenza, avian influenza, swine influenza, and pandemic influenza, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu

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8 Online coloring materials make it fun for kids to learn immunization basics

Coloring materials are a great way to amuse your littlest patients--and teach them about immunization--while they wait in your office. The websites of Every Child by Two (ECBT) and IAC offer free materials that you can download to keep your waiting room well stocked.

To access ECBT's 16-page coloring book in English, "Your Friends at the Zoo Say Immunize by Two," go to:
http://www.ecbt.org/resources/media/pdf/coloringbook.pdf

To access the same coloring book in Spanish, go to:
http://www.ecbt.org/resources/media/pdf/2006ECBTColoringBookSpanish.pdf

You can also order ten or more free copies of the book (you pay shipping) at http://www.ecbt.org/resources/coloringbook.cfm

To access IAC's one-page coloring sheet featuring IAC's favorite superheroes, the Dynamic Duo, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/news.d/U6023.pdf

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9 ACIP meeting scheduled for October 24-25

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will hold its next meeting on October 24-25 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 by October 19.

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

For more information, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/acip/meetings.htm#dates or call (404) 639-8836.

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10.  Pandemic flu conference to take place in Washington, DC, October 29-31

The second annual "End-to-End Preparedness for Pandemic Influenza Conference" will take place in Washington, DC, from October 29 through October 31.

This year's theme is "Extending the Enterprise." Participants will search for ways to effectively extend the preparedness enterprise to include new types of partnerships between industry and government.

For more information, visit http://www.apha.org/programs/pubhealthcalendar/infocastflu1029.htm or call (818) 888-4444.

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11.  Phacilitate Vaccine Forum scheduled for January 28-30 in Washington, DC

The Phacilitate Vaccine Forum will be held in Washington DC, on January 28-30, 2008. The conference is intended for senior level industry and public sector figures driving the development of novel prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines. The program will feature a mixture of business, regulatory, investment, and public policy topics.

For more information, go to: http://www.phacilitate.co.uk/wv

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