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Immunization Action Coalition
IAC Express 2007
Issue number 697: November 28, 2007
 
Contents of this Issue
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  1. National Influenza Vaccine Summit redesigns the homepage of its www.preventinfluenza.org website
  2. Families Fighting Flu and CDC designate November 27 as Children's Flu Vaccination Day
  3. Saying it's a matter of patient safety, NFID urges healthcare professionals to commit to annual influenza vaccination
  4. NFID's public education initiative, "Talk Flu to Me," offers multimedia resources in English and Spanish
  5. CDC's Flu Gallery offers print and electronic resources for promoting influenza vaccination
 
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 697: November 28, 2007
1.  National Influenza Vaccine Summit redesigns the homepage of its www.preventinfluenza.org website

The National Influenza Vaccine Summit (NIVS) recently finished a complete redesign of the homepage of its website, (www.preventinfluenza.org). The homepage now offers a more user-friendly and attractive display of the website's four major sections.

(1) For patients
Refer patients to this section to find information on locating an influenza clinic, learning the benefits of influenza vaccination, and finding links to useful sources of influenza information.

To access materials for patients, go to:
http://www.preventinfluenza.org/patients.asp

(2) For healthcare professionals
Here, healthcare professionals can learn about the production and distribution of influenza vaccine; influenza disease, including current activity; current vaccination recommendations; statements from major healthcare organizations about the importance of vaccinating healthcare professionals; and tools to help with administering vaccine.

To access materials for professionals, go to:
http://www.preventinfluenza.org/professionals.asp

(3) About the National Influenza Vaccine Summit (NIVS)
At this section, interested people can learn about and view presentations from the Summit's meetings, read newsletters distributed to Summit members, and find information about award-winning programs that have increased influenza immunization rates.

To access NIVS materials, go to:
http://www.preventinfluenza.org/nivs.asp

(4) News and media
This is a source for influenza-related news stories, public service announcements, and press releases.

To access news and media materials, go to:
http://www.preventinfluenza.org/media.asp

As an added feature, the website's newly redesigned homepage offers users access to a scrolling display of miscellaneous items such influenza-related videos and links to influenza advocacy materials and organizations. The new configuration makes it simple for most users to gain access to all parts of the website on their computer monitors, without printing or reading multiple pages.

Visit the NIVS homepage often at http://www.preventinfluenza.org

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2 Families Fighting Flu and CDC designate November 27 as Children's Flu Vaccination Day

Families Fighting Flu, in partnership with CDC, is bringing attention to the critical need to get children vaccinated against influenza by designating November 27 (the second day of National Influenza Vaccination Week) as Children's Flu Vaccination Day. Portions of a press release issued by Families Fighting Flu are reprinted below.


Families Fighting Flu, Inc., (FFF), together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health organizations, are reminding parents today to get their children, and those who live with and care for them, vaccinated against influenza, or "the flu." Vaccination is the single best means of protecting children from the flu and preventing the spread of influenza, which can lead to hospitalization and even death. To help raise awareness about the critical importance of annual pediatric influenza vaccination, November 27th has been designated as Children's Flu Vaccination Day, which occurs during the CDC's National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW, November 26th through December 2nd, 2007). . . ."

"Today we are strongly encouraging all parents to vaccinate their children against the flu," said Richard Kanowitz, president of Families Fighting Flu. Kanowitz's four-year-old daughter, Amanda, died suddenly in March 2004 from influenza; Amanda had not been vaccinated against the flu. "Before our daughter died, we had no idea that healthy children could die from the flu--a virus that may be avoided with a simple annual vaccination. We sincerely hope that Children's Flu Vaccination Day will serve to educate parents about the critical importance of annual flu vaccination in children, and motivate them to get their children vaccinated as soon as possible. A simple shot could very well save your child's life...."


To access the complete press release in ready-to-print (PDF) format, go to:
http://www.preventinfluenza.org/summit_special_112707.pdf

For more information about Families Fighting Flu, go to:
http://www.familiesfightingflu.org

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3 Saying it's a matter of patient safety, NFID urges healthcare professionals to commit to annual influenza vaccination

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) recently launched an innovative campaign to increase influenza immunization rates among healthcare professionals. Currently, only about one-third (34 percent) of professionals receive influenza vaccine.

Termed GIVe (the acronym for Get Influenza Vaccine every year), the campaign urges health professionals to "take the pledge" and commit to protect themselves and their patients by getting vaccinated annually. The campaign includes a flyer of influenza myths and facts, an online pledge that healthcare professionals can email to their co-workers, and a press release explaining the campaign.

To learn more about the campaign and to access the materials, go to: http://www.nfid.org/GIVe

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4 NFID's public education initiative, "Talk Flu to Me," offers multimedia resources in English and Spanish

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) has launched a new multimedia initiative, "Talk Flu To Me," to increase awareness of the severity of influenza and the benefits of annual influenza vaccination. The multimedia resources include public service announcements (PSAs) in English and Spanish. NFID created a new website, www.TalkFluToMe.org, to make the PSAs and additional influenza educational resources available to healthcare professionals, the public, and the media.

NFID's campaign also focuses attention on influenza and at-risk populations, including children, adults age 50 years and older, and adults and children with diabetes.

To access NFID's ready-to-use resources for improving annual influenza vaccination among people at high risk for influenza and its complications, go to: http://www.talkflutome.org/population

To access all of the influenza initiative resources for patients, parents, and healthcare professionals, go to:
http://www.talkflutome.org/healthcare

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5 CDC's Flu Gallery offers print and electronic resources for promoting influenza vaccination

CDC'S Flu Gallery gives healthcare professionals the resources they need to promote influenza vaccination to parents, patients, and communities. These include the following:

  • 2007-08 flu season posters
  • Parents guide for 2007-08 flu season
  • Flu posters from previous seasons
  • CDC Influenza Awareness Campaign: Media toolkit
  • National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) posters
  • NIVW public service announcements (PSAs)
  • Seasonal flu podcasts
  • Flu prevention ecards

To access these resources, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/flugallery Scroll down and click on the pertinent link.

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