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Immunization Action Coalition
IAC Express 2008
Issue number 737: June 16, 2008
 
Contents of this Issue
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  1. AAP News publishes a pediatrics practice's vaccine policy statement that other practices are free to use or modify
  2. New book: "Do Vaccines Cause That?! A Guide for Evaluating Vaccine Safety Concerns" answers parents' questions
  3. Immunization resources for teens and adults now in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese
  4. Updated! IAC revises its VIS resource "It's Federal Law!" and a hepatitis B brochure for pre-teens
  5. Teen immunization advocates will find practical, time-saving resources in ASHA's 2008 "Give It A Shot" toolkit
  6. CDC announces important vaccination information for international travel during summer 2008
  7. International Vaccine Institute released its latest annual report--"Children, Vaccines and a Better World"--celebrating its first ten years of operations
  8. HHS awards contracts for faster influenza diagnostic tests; CDC finds some avian influenza strains have properties that could increase potential to infect humans
  9. CDC reports on two U.S. cases of cutaneous anthrax associated with drum making using goat hides from West Africa
  10. South Carolina Older Adult Immunization Workshop scheduled for June 25 in Columbia, SC
  11. PATH's RHO Cervical Cancer web section offers online information resources
 
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 737: June 16, 2008
1.  AAP News publishes a pediatrics practice's vaccine policy statement that other practices are free to use or modify

The May 2008 issue of AAP News published two articles related to parents refusal to vaccinate (1) "Letter to the Editor: Vaccinating children 'absolutely the right thing to do'" and (2) "Letter to the Editor: All Star Pediatrics' Vaccine Policy Statement." Medical practices are encouraged to download the All Star Pediatrics policy statement at no charge and reproduce, edit, and distribute as they see fit.

"Letter to the Editor: Vaccinating children 'absolutely the right thing to do'" is reprinted immediately below in its entirety. Portions of "Letter to the Editor: All Star Pediatrics' Vaccine Policy Statement" are also reprinted. A link to the entire text of the vaccine policy statement is given at the end of this IAC Express article.


"LETTER TO THE EDITOR: VACCINATING CHILDREN 'ABSOLUTELY THE RIGHT THING TO DO'"

Our practice has experienced a marked increase in parents requesting to delay or decline vaccinations. This may be a result of recent appearances by celebrities claiming that vaccines harmed their children in some way or as a result of the tremendous increase in the numbers of vaccines and injections in recent years.

My colleagues and I find ourselves spending an inordinate amount of time defending our use of vaccines in each well-child check, as well as during increasing numbers of telephone inquiries. Furthermore, we found ourselves on the defensive side more often than not.

In response to this heightened demand on our time and energy, we developed a vaccine policy statement that is posted in every exam room and given out at our "meet and greet" talks as well as the one month well check. The response has been tremendous! New parents clearly know where we stand in the vaccine "controversy," and our established patient families have expressed their appreciation for confirming choices they made with their children.

The statement also has been a tremendous time saver for all of us. In the spirit of Benjamin Franklin (see statement below), readers should feel free to reproduce, edit and distribute the information in any way they please.

Bradley J. Dyer, M.D., FAAP
All Star Pediatrics, Lionville, PA


"LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ALL STAR PEDIATRICS' VACCINE POLICY STATEMENT"

We firmly believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.

We firmly believe in the safety of our vaccines.

We firmly believe that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

We firmly believe, based on all available literature, evidence and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities. We firmly believe that thimerosal, a preservative that has been in vaccines for decades and remains in some vaccines, does not cause autism or other developmental disabilities.

We firmly believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as health care providers, and that you can perform as parents/caregivers. The recommended vaccines and their schedule given are the results of years and years of scientific study and data-gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians. . . .


To read the full text of "Letter to the Editor: All Star Pediatrics' Vaccine Policy Statement," go to: http://www.cispimmunize.org/pro/pro_main.html Scroll down and click on the link titled Communicating with Parents about Immunization. On that page, scroll down and click on the link titled Resources on Parental Refusal to Vaccinate and then click on the link titled Sample Office Policy/Letter to Parents about Refusal to Vaccinate.

Note: You will find an array of material for educating vaccine-hesitant parents on AAP's Resources on Parental Refusal to Vaccinate webpage.

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2 New book: "Do Vaccines Cause That?! A Guide for Evaluating Vaccine Safety Concerns" answers parents' questions

 On June 11, Immunizations for Public Health Press issued a press release announcing that a new book, "Do Vaccines Cause That?! A Guide for Evaluating Vaccine Safety Concerns," is now available. The book is written by Martin G. Myers, MD, and Diego Pineda, both of whom are with the National Network for Immunization Information (NNii). The press release is reprinted below.


Almost 70% of parents who refuse to vaccinate their children do so because they believe vaccines may cause harm. Indeed vaccines have been blamed for causing asthma, autism, diabetes, and many other conditions--most of which have causes that are incompletely understood. Some parents believe that vaccines can "overwhelm the immune system."

To respond to these concerns about vaccine safety, the National Network for Immunization Information (NNii) writing team of Martin G. Myers, MD, and Diego Pineda have written a book titled "Do Vaccines Cause That?! A Guide for Evaluating Vaccine Safety Concerns."

"The authors of this volume have recognized the absolute need to provide parents with clearly understandable, science-based information about vaccines, immunization, and vaccine safety," write Samuel Katz, MD, of Duke University, and Louis Sullivan, MD, of Morehouse School of Medicine, in the foreword to the book.

This 272-page book is divided in two sections. The first section tells parents how best to weigh and evaluate what they read or hear about vaccine safety, emphasizing how scientists determine whether a vaccine actually causes a specific effect. The second section deals specifically with vaccine safety concerns such as asthma, autism, and autoimmune diseases, among others. The overall theme is to help parents arrive at conclusions based on science.

Dr. Myers is an internationally recognized vaccine expert and former director of the National Vaccine Program Office. He is presently a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB). Mr. Pineda has been NNii's science writer since 2004.

"Do Vaccines Cause That?!" is available for $14.95 at Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com) and DoVaccinesCauseThat.com (http://www.dovaccinescausethat.com), where the electronic version is also available for just $12.95.

To access the press release and additional information, go to:
http://www.dovaccinescausethat.com/pressroom

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3 Immunization resources for teens and adults now in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese

 IAC now offers two of its popular teen and adult vaccination resources in languages in addition to English. The resources are "Are You 11-19 Years Old? Then you need to be vaccinated against these serious diseases!" and "Vaccinations for Adults: You're NEVER too old to get immunized!" Both are now available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese. Links to all follow.

Remember: IAC's Print Materials web section has more than 175 FREE, ready-to-print resources for healthcare professionals and the public. To access them, go to: http://www.immunize.org/printmaterials

"ARE YOU 11-19 YEARS OLD?"
For the Spanish version of "Are You 11-19 Years Old?" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020-01.pdf

For the Arabic version of "Are You 11-19 Years Old?" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020-20.pdf

For the Chinese version of "Are You 11-19 Years Old?" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020-08.pdf

For the French version of "Are You 11-19 Years Old?" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020-10.pdf

For the Korean version of "Are You 11-19 Years Old?" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020-09.pdf

For the Russian version of "Are You 11-19 Years Old?" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020-07.pdf

For the Vietnamese version of "Are You 11-19 Years Old?" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020-05.pdf

For the English version of "Are You 11-19 Years Old?" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020.pdf


"VACCINATIONS FOR ADULTS"
For the Spanish version of "Vaccinations for Adults" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030-01.pdf

For the Arabic version of "Vaccinations for Adults" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030-20.pdf

For the Chinese version of "Vaccinations for Adults" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030-08.pdf

For the French version of "Vaccinations for Adults" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030-10.pdf

For the Korean version of "Vaccinations for Adults" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030-09.pdf

For the Russian version of "Vaccinations for Adults" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030-07.pdf

For the Vietnamese version of "Vaccinations for Adults" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030-05.pdf

For the English version of "Vaccinations for Adults" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030.pdf

To access more FREE, ready-to-print translations from the IAC website, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/printmaterials/translations.asp

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4 Updated! IAC revises its VIS resource "It's Federal Law!" and a hepatitis B brochure for pre-teens

 IAC recently revised two of its print resource: (1) "It's Federal Law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)" and (2) the pre-teen hepatitis B brochure "Every Year, Thousands of People Are Infected with Hepatitis B Virus, Including Teens." The brochure was previously titled "Every Day Teens Are Infected with Hepatitis B Virus."

The VIS issue dates listed on "It's Federal Law!" were updated. To access the revised "It's Federal Law!" go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2027.pdf

Substantive changes were made throughout "Every Year, Thousands of People Are Infected with Hepatitis B Virus, Including Teens." To access the revised brochure, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4100.pdf

IAC's Print Materials web section has more than 175 FREE, ready-to-print resources for healthcare professionals and the public. To access them, go to: http://www.immunize.org/printmaterials

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5 Teen immunization advocates will find practical, time-saving resources in ASHA's 2008 "Give It A Shot" toolkit

 The bookstore on the website of the American School Health Association (ASHA) recently posted ordering and downloading information for the second edition (2008) of the "Give It a Shot" toolkit. The toolkit is formally titled "Give It a Shot! A Toolkit for Nurses and Other Immunization Champions Working with Secondary Schools." It was edited by Lynda Boyer-Chu, RN, MPH, a school nurse in the San Francisco Unified School District, and Susan F. Wooley, PhD, executive director of the American School Health Association.

The toolkit includes the following:

  • A 64-page manual
  • Current information on adolescent immunizations
  • Tips on incorporating immunization messages into your work
  • A CD that contains many of the handouts described in the manual
  • Three colorful posters to promote awareness
  • A DVD featuring a parent-friendly video titled "Vaccines: Separating Fact from Fear" and a youth-friendly video titled "The Case of the Missing Shots"

The manual, which includes a continuing education exam and answer sheet, can be downloaded at no charge. The toolkit is available to ASHA members for $19.95 and to non-members for $24.95.

For additional information, go to: http://www.ashaweb.org Click on the tab titled Bookstore. Bookstore products are arranged alphabetically. Scroll down to "Give It a Shot" to access the toolkit listing.

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6 CDC announces important vaccination information for international travel during summer 2008

 On June 9, CDC's Travelers' Health web section posted an announcement informing international travelers about the importance of getting routine or travel-related vaccines before departing. This is of particular significance to those traveling to the EURO 2008 Soccer Games, the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as to other international destinations in summer 2008.

To access the announcement, as well as information and links to pertinent travel vaccine information, go to:
http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentVaccinesSummer2008.aspx

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7 International Vaccine Institute released its latest annual report--"Children, Vaccines and a Better World"--celebrating its first ten years of operations

 [The following is cross posted from Vaccines: The Week in Review electronic newsletter, 6/9/08.]

The International Vaccine Institute released its latest annual report--"Children, Vaccines and a Better World"--celebrating its first ten years of operations. The 116-page document provides analysis of IVI's program initiatives across the immunization spectrum. The report is available at http://www.ivi.int/publication/annual_report/2007/annual_report1_2007_5MB.pdf

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8 HHS awards contracts for faster influenza diagnostic tests; CDC finds some avian influenza strains have properties that could increase potential to infect humans

 The federal government recently issued the following news releases related to developments in avian influenza:

On June 12, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a news release titled "HHS Awards Contracts for the Development of Faster Influenza Diagnostic Tests." To access it, go to:
http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2008pres/06/20080612a.html

On June 10, CDC issued a news release titled "CDC Finds Some Bird Flu Strains Have Acquired Properties that Might Enhance Potential to Infect Humans." To access it, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2008/r080610a.htm

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9 CDC reports on two U.S. cases of cutaneous anthrax associated with drum making using goat hides from West Africa

 CDC published "Cutaneous Anthrax Associated with Drum Making Using Goat Hides from West Africa--Connecticut, 2007" in the June 13 issue of MMWR. A summary made available to the press is reprinted below in its entirety.


The findings underscore the potential hazard of working with untreated animal hides from areas with epizootic anthrax and the potential for secondary cases from environmental contamination. Until a process for certifying that imported hides from West Africa are free of anthrax exists, drum-makers should follow current disinfection guidelines to reduce the risk for disease.

This report summarizes results of the joint epidemiologic and environmental investigation lead conducted by public health officials, environmental agencies, and law enforcement authorities. Last August, the Connecticut Department of Public Health was notified by a physician of two suspect cutaneous anthrax cases involving a drum-maker working with untreated goat hides from Guinea and his child. The individuals recovered and the investigation indicated the exposures were unintentional.


To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5723a3.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5723.pdf

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

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10.  South Carolina Older Adult Immunization Workshop scheduled for June 25 in Columbia, SC

 The Carolinas Center for Medical Excellence announced that the South Carolina Older Adult Immunization Workshop will be held on June 25 at the South Carolina Hospital Association in Columbia, SC. The workshop, which is free, is limited to the first 150 registrants.

For additional information, go to: http://www.thecarolinascenter.org In the column titled Upcoming Events, scroll down to the pertinent link.

Questions? Contact Darius Jones at DJones2@scqio.sdps.org or (803)251-2215 or (800) 922-3089.

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11.  PATH's RHO Cervical Cancer web section offers online information resources

 PATH's RHO Cervical Cancer web section is an online information resource for health program managers and decision-makers working in developing countries and low-resource settings.

To access the web section, go to: http://www.rho.org

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