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Immunization Action Coalition
IAC Express 2008
Issue number 711: February 11, 2008
 
Contents of this Issue
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  1. IZTA plans teleconference on parents' vaccine concerns on March 4
  2. Free "Shots 2008" software for childhood, adolescent, and catch-up immunization schedules now available
  3. IAC updates "Hepatitis B Facts: Testing and Vaccination"
  4. Sanofi pasteur provides information on proper use of ActHIB
  5. CDC provides new influenza resources for providers and the public
  6. National Conference on Immunization & Health Coalitions extends abstract deadline to February 15
  7. American Council on Science and Health offers new resource for patients and parents
  8. MMWR notifies readers about requirements for health economic studies presented to ACIP
  9. WHO issues position paper on typhoid vaccines
 
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 711: February 11, 2008
1.  IZTA plans teleconference on parents' vaccine concerns on March 4

The Immunization Coalitions Technical Assistance Network (IZTA) plans a conference call on March 4. The goal of the call is to help healthcare providers address parents' concerns about vaccine safety and effectiveness. IZTA is a program of the Center for Health Communication, Academy for Educational Development.

The presenter, Dr. Benjamin Levi, is a philosopher/ethics expert and pediatrician. He is an associate professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Humanities at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and maintains an active clinical general pediatrics practice.

The call will be held at 3PM, ET. To register, send an email to izta@aed.org Include this message: "Sign me up for the Addressing Parents' Concerns Call."

For additional information, or to access earlier programs, go to: http://www.izta.org/confcall.cfm

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2 Free "Shots 2008" software for childhood, adolescent, and catch-up immunization schedules now available

The "Shots 2008" quick-reference guides to the childhood, adolescent, and catch-up immunization schedules are now available for Palm-OS handhelds and Pocket-PCs handhelds. Both are available on the website of the Group on Immunization Education of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

To access "Shots 2008" for Palm-OS handhelds and Pocket-PCs handhelds, as well as "Shots 2008 Online," go to:
http://www.immunizationed.org/anypage.aspx?pagename=shotshome

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3 IAC updates "Hepatitis B Facts: Testing and Vaccination"

IAC made minor changes to its health professional education piece, "Hepatitis B Facts: Testing and Vaccination."

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the updated piece, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2110.pdf

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4 Sanofi pasteur provides information on proper use of ActHIB

On January 28, CDC forwarded information from sanofi pasteur to immunization partners. The 2-page document describes details about the proper use of ActHIB vaccine, including information about how to reconstitute this product. In light of the current Hib vaccine shortage, this resource may be helpful to providers who are unfamiliar with this product.

To access the information sheet, go to:
http://www.vaccineshoppe.com/assets/pdf/ActHIBPISummary.pdf

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5 CDC provides new influenza resources for providers and the public

CDC has recently posted several new resources online.

1) The transcript for a February 8 news conference on seasonal activity influenza can be accessed at
http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/transcripts/2008/t080208.htm

2) To promote continuing vaccination during the entire influenza season, CDC has started a 'late season' influenza vaccination web page at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/late-season.htm A link on this page, http://www.cdc.gov/flu/NIVW/activities.htm, lists late season activities including flu shot clinics and media events.

3) Questions and answers about the 2007-2008 influenza season can be accessed at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/season.htm

4) A new section for the public titled "Taking Care of Yourself: What to Do if You Get Sick with Flu" can be accessed at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/takingcare.htm

5) A new web page titled "Questions & Answers: Influenza Antiviral Drug Resistance" can be accessed at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/antiviralresistance.htm

6) A summary of current influenza activity in chart format, "FluView," can be accessed at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm

The home page of CDC's Seasonal Flu web section is http://www.cdc.gov/flu

In addition, visit the following website to find the information you need to keep vaccinating into the spring.

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

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6 National Conference on Immunization & Health Coalitions extends abstract deadline to February 15

The abstract deadline has been extended to February 15th for the 8th National Conference on Immunization & Health Coalitions, which will be held May 21-23, in San Francisco.

The goal of the conference is to discuss ways public/private collaborations can prevent disease, increase health access, reduce health disparities, educate new populations, build community health infrastructure, and improve important health outcomes across the lifespan. The agenda will teach participants skills to start, maintain, and make health coalitions more effective.

For more information about the conference, go to:
http://www.sfimmunize.org/page2.html

For information about abstract submission, go to:
http://www.sfimmunize.org/call%20for%20abstracts%20and%20guidelines.pdf

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7 American Council on Science and Health offers new resource for patients and parents

The American Council on Science and Health has developed a new resource about celebrity-touted health myths and science. Their publication, "Celebrities Vs. Science," includes a section where Paul Offit, MD, responds to claims about vaccination by Jenny McCarthy and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

This 8-page document can be printed by going to http://www.acsh.org/publications/pubID.1668/pub_detail.asp and following the instructions for downloading.

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8 MMWR notifies readers about requirements for health economic studies presented to ACIP

CDC published "Notice to Readers: Guidance for Presentation of Economic Studies to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices" in the February 8 issue of MMWR. The article is reprinted below in its entirety, excluding one reference.


The charter of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) states that committee deliberations on the appropriate use of vaccines should include consideration of population-based studies such as efficacy, cost-benefit, and risk-benefit analyses. As the number and cost of vaccines have increased, economic analyses have become an essential aspect of the development of policy recommendations for their use. To ensure that economic data presented to the ACIP and its working groups are of the highest scientific quality, readily understandable, and uniform in presentation, CDC economists have developed Guidance for Health Economics Studies Presented to the ACIP. This guidance, approved by ACIP on June 27, 2007, mandates formal technical review of any economic study before its presentation to the ACIP, effective as of the ACIP meeting, June 25-26, 2008.

The Guidance requires that all economic data presented to the ACIP be reviewed by anonymous peer reviewers within CDC. When a reviewer with a particular area of economic expertise is not available within CDC, external reviewers may be used. Materials to be submitted for review must include a report that provides the methods and results of the study, slides, and other presentation materials as needed. The report and other materials must be sent to the appropriate ACIP working group no later than 8 weeks before the ACIP general meeting or working group meeting at which the analysis is scheduled to be presented. Reviewers will consult with relevant CDC subject-matter experts and return comments and questions in writing to the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases lead economist (or designee) at least 4 weeks in advance of the formal presentation. Additional details are included in the guidance document, which is available at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/acip/economic-studies.htm


To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5705a5.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5705.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 WHO issues position paper on typhoid vaccines

The February 8 issue of the WHO periodical "Weekly Epidemiological Record" covered the latest WHO position paper on typhoid vaccines. To access it, go to:
http://www.who.int/wer/2008/wer8306.pdf

A collection of WHO position papers on vaccines is available in alphabetical order at
http://www.who.int/immunization/documents/positionpapers

They are available in chronological order on the IAC website at
http://www.immunize.org/who

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