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Immunization Action Coalition
IAC Express 2008
Issue number 746: August 6, 2008
 
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  1. Now's a great time to place an order for IAC's top-quality products, especially if you need to spend fiscal year-end dollars by September 30! For greater discounts, make bulk purchases!
  2. Please consider a contribution to support IAC's work
 
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 746: August 6, 2008
1.  Now's a great time to place an order for IAC's top-quality products, especially if you need to spend fiscal year-end dollars by September 30! For greater discounts, make bulk purchases!

 Private practices, public clinics, corporations, and health departments find IAC's immunization products to be of great value in simplifying and improving the quality of vaccination delivery. We hope you will take this opportunity to add to your supply of immunization products by placing an order soon. Making purchases in August or September is a smart move--before influenza vaccination season is in full swing, and for those whose fiscal year ends on September 30, before your fiscal year-end dollars run out. If you can make major or bulk purchases, please do--and receive quantity discounts.

We'd like to call your attention to an exciting addition to IAC's product line: the 2008 edition of the CD-ROM Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit. Developed by CDC, the toolkit offers health professionals practical information and guidelines. Read the Product Descriptions section below for complete information.

If you're familiar with IAC's top-quality immunization products and want to receive a discount on them, just go to our "Shop IAC" web page now: http://www.immunize.org/shop

IAC'S IMMUNIZATION PRODUCTS
The ten IAC immunization products listed below will save you valuable staff time and improve the quality of immunization delivery. Product descriptions follow the list.

  1. CD-ROM: Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit
  2. Padded Screening Questionnaire for Adult Immunization
  3. Padded Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization
  4. Laminated Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents Ages 0-18 Years--United States, 2008 (includes Guide to Contraindications and Precautions to Commonly Used Vaccines in Children and Teens)
  5. Laminated Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule United States, October 2007-September 2008 (includes Guide to Contraindications and Precautions to Commonly Used Vaccines in Adults)
  6. Adult Immunization Record Cards
  7. Child and Teen Immunization Record Cards
  8. Lifetime Immunization Record Cards
  9. DVD: "Immunization Techniques: Safe, Effective, Caring"
  10. VHS Video: "Immunization Techniques: Safe, Effective, Caring"


PRODUCT DESCRIPTIONS
IAC offers five types of immunization products with individual products within each type. The five product types are (1) a toolkit, (2) padded screening questionnaires, (3) laminated U.S. immunization schedules, (4) immunization record cards, and (5) an immunization techniques training video in two formats. Details on each follow.

At $15, the CD-ROM Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit is one of today's best immunization values. It provides everything you need to know about vaccine storage and handling in one CD-ROM. It includes the following:

  • Guidelines for vaccine storage and handling
  • Video: How to Protect Your Vaccine Supply
  • Video: Top 10 Storage and Handling Errors
  • Interactive game and resources including forms, checklists, posters, and contact information

Prices start at $15 each for 1-4 copies and drop to $12 each for 5-19 copies, $10 each for 20-99 copies. For quotes on larger quantities or customizing, call (651) 647-9009 or email admininfo@immunize.org


The two padded screening questionnaires for contraindications and precautions to vaccines are

  • Screening Questionnaire for Adult Immunization
  • Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization

If you are you looking for a quick, easy, and thorough way for you and your patients to determine if they have contraindications and precautions to vaccination, look no further! IAC has two new products--a padded Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization and a second padded Screening Questionnaire for Adult Immunization--that solve the problem easily. Using these simple 1-page questionnaires, patients check boxes "yes" or "no" while waiting to be seen. Their answers are then ready for your review.

The questionnaires come in convenient tear-off pads of 100 sheets. The price per pad is economical (discounts for 2 pads or more), so you'll be able to keep pads at the receptionist's desk, the nurse's station, and in every exam room. Each pad comes with four reference sheets for health professionals, which are printed on cardstock. To learn more about the padded questionnaires, or to order online or download an order form, visit http://www.immunize.org/shop

Prices start at $16 each for one pad and drop to $12 each for two pads, $11 each for three pads, and $10 each for four pads. For quotes on larger quantities or customizing, call (651) 647-9009 or email admininfo@immunize.org


The two laminated U.S. immunization schedules are

  • Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents Ages 0-18 Years--United States, 2008 (includes Guide to Contraindications and Precautions to Commonly Used Vaccines in Children and Teens)
     
  • Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule United States, October 2007-September 2008 (includes Guide to Contraindications and Precautions to Commonly Used Vaccines in Adults)

IAC's laminated versions of the current U.S. immunization schedules are a must for every exam room in your practice. They are available for two age groups: (1) the child/teen immunization schedule is for people ages 0-18 years (updated for use in 2008 and approved by ACIP/AAP/AAFP); (2) the adult schedule is for everyone else (updated for use in October 2007-September 2008 and approved by ACIP/AAFP/ACOG/ACP).

As an added feature, this year, IAC added a "Guide to Contraindications and Precautions to Commonly Used Vaccines in Children and Teens" to the laminated child/teen schedule. In addition, IAC added a "Guide to Contraindications and Precautions to Commonly Used Vaccines in Adults" to the laminated adult schedule. IAC adapted both of the guides to contraindications and precautions from "General Recommendations on Immunization: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices," which was published in MMWR on December 1, 2006. Healthcare professionals will find the guides valuable in making an on-the-spot determination about appropriateness of vaccinating any patient.

Both laminated schedules will withstand heavy-duty use, come complete with essential footnotes, and are printed in color for easy reading. Each schedule has six pages (printed back-to-back) and measures 8.5" x 11" when folded. To learn more about the schedules and to view images of each, or to order online or download an order form, visit http://www.immunize.org/shop

Prices start at $6 each for 1-4 copies and drop to $4 each for 5-19 copies. Discount pricing is available for 20 or more copies. For quotes on customizing or placing orders in excess of 999 schedules, call (651) 647-9009 or email admininfo@immunize.org


The three immunization record cards are

  • Adult Immunization Record Cards
  • Child and Teen Immunization Record Cards
  • Lifetime Immunization Record Cards

IAC now offers three types of vaccination record card: the popular adult card (more than 5 million sold) and two new types of cards--one for recording child and teen vaccinations and another for recording lifetime vaccinations.

The cards offer health professionals a way to help any patient maintain a permanent record of their vaccinations. A patient-held card is handy for patients when they enter school, change healthcare providers, or travel abroad.

Each type of card is designed for a specific age group and lists all vaccines recommended for people in the age group. Features of the cards include the following:

  • All recently licensed vaccines: MCV, HPV, Rota, Tdap, zoster
  • A column to record the due date for next vaccine dose
  • Space for patient's name and birth date on both sides (helpful when photocopying)
  • Space for patient I.D. number

The cards are printed on durable rip-, smudge-, and water-proof paper. Sized to fit in a wallet, they are brightly colored to stand out. To learn more about IAC's cards and to view images of each, or to order online or download an order form, visit http://www.immunize.org/shop

To request sample cards, email admininfo@immunize.org

Pricing starts at one box (250 cards) for $35. The first order of a 250-card box comes with a 30-day, money-back guarantee. Discounts are available for larger orders: two boxes, $32.50 each; three boxes, $30 each; four boxes, $27.50 each.

In recent years, many states, health plans, and corporate partners have placed large orders for IAC's record cards and had them customized with special colors, logos, and text. For quotes on customizing or placing orders in excess of 200 boxes, call (651) 647-9009 or email admininfo@immunize.org


The vaccine administration training video, "Immunization Techniques: Safe, Effective, Caring," comes in two formats:

  • DVD: "Immunization Techniques: Safe, Effective, Caring"
  • VHS videotape: "Immunization Techniques: Safe, Effective, Caring"

If you vaccinate children or adults, your practice needs this training video. Developed in 2001 by the California Department of Health Services Immunization Branch in collaboration with a team of national experts, the video is considered a vital immunization tool. In fact, since IAC began distributing it, we have delivered orders for 23,000 copies.

In a short 35 minutes, it teaches best practices for administering intramuscular (IM) and subcutaneous (SC) vaccines to infants, children, and adults. It is designed for use as a "hands-on" instructional program for new staff and as a refresher course for experienced vaccinators.

The video is available in DVD and VHS videotape formats. For information about the two formats and the print materials included with each, or to order online or to download an order form, visit http://www.immunize.org/shop

In October 2007, we reduced the price of the "Immunization Techniques: Safe, Effective, Caring" video or DVD to a remarkable $10.50 per copy. Previously the VHS videotape was priced at $30 and the DVD at $35.

For quotes on placing orders in excess of 500 copies, call (651) 647-9009 or email admininfo@immunize.org

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2 Please consider a contribution to support IAC's work

We thought it would be good to remind those IAC Express subscribers who might wish to support IAC's work that we are a 501(c)3 charitable organization and that contributions made before the end of the year can be tax deductible for 2008.

To donate, visit http://www.immunize.org/support or send a check to Immunization Action Coalition, 1573 Selby Ave., Suite 234, Saint Paul, MN, 55104.

The staff of IAC thank you for your support---financial and otherwise---over the past 11 years we've been publishing IAC Express and to tell you how much all of us at IAC look forward to continuing our collaboration with you in years to come.

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