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IAC Express 2008
Issue number 764: November 17, 2008
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Contents of this Issue
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  1. IAC redesigns three important web sections
  2. IAC revises its child and adult immunization summaries
  3. Three organizations launch a national awareness campaign about fighting influenza in child care settings
  4. Google Flu Trends website initiated
  5. Reminder: Be sure to watch and share the CDC/Families Fighting Flu video featuring personal stories about influenza
  6. Important: Be sure to give influenza vaccine throughout the influenza season--through spring 2009
  7. Second edition of "The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians" now available
  8. MMWR announces annual conference on vaccine research to be held April 27-29 in Baltimore
 
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 764: November 17, 2008
1.  IAC redesigns three important web sections

Website redesign continues at IAC's website for healthcare professionals, www.immunize.org! The changes to three sections are geared to make it easy for visitors to stay informed of the updates to our website and to stay apprised of the news and activities in the world of immunization. You can easily find the links to the redesigned sections at the center of our home page at http://www.immunize.org Read on for details.

"What's New at IAC" is a chronological list of new and revised IAC materials. Look for the new subsections that make it easier to find selected material such as recently updated VISs, print materials, and web sections. Here's the link: http://www.immunize.org/new

The "New Releases" web section features just-published VISs from CDC, recommendations from ACIP, vaccine policy statements from AAP, position papers from WHO, clinically relevant press releases, and more. Here's the link: http://www.immunize.org/newreleases

The third web section, "Vaccines and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in the News," provides the opening paragraph and URL for various news articles, features, opinion pieces, and editorials published in the news media about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases. The entries are arranged chronologically and are also indexed by disease and topic. Here's the link: http://www.immunize.org/vaccinenews

All three sections are updated throughout the week, so check back often.

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2 IAC revises its child and adult immunization summaries

IAC updated its "Summary of Recommendations for Childhood and Adolescent Immunization" to reflect many recent changes in recommendations and licensure, including changes to the Tdap, varicella, MMR, influenza, rotavirus, Hib, PCV, PPSV, and hepatitis A sections.

To access the updated piece, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2010.pdf

IAC updated its "Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization" to reflect many recent changes in recommendations and licensure, including changes to the influenza, PPSV, zoster, Tdap, varicella, MMR, and HPV sections.

To access the updated piece, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2011.pdf

IAC's Print Materials web section offers healthcare professionals and the public approximately 250 FREE English-language materials (many also available in translation), which we encourage website users to print out, copy, and distribute widely. To access all of IAC's free print materials, go to: http://www.immunize.org/printmaterials

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3 Three organizations launch a national awareness campaign about fighting influenza in child care settings

The National Association of Child Care Professionals (NACCP), Families Fighting Flu, and the Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition have launched a national awareness campaign, "Fighting Flu in Child Care Settings: Building Blocks to Increase Influenza Awareness."

The campaign aims to educate parents about the seriousness of influenza in children. More than 1,300 child care centers will receive educational materials in English and Spanish about influenza and the importance of vaccination.

To download the campaign fact sheet in English and/or Spanish, and a colorful brochure about preventing influenza in child care settings, go to the NACCP website at http://www.naccp.org

To view parental responses to a survey about influenza, go to
http://www.familiesfightingflu.org/common/media/Child_Care_Survey_Results_2008.pdf

For more background information, a podcast, and photographs, go to: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/fff/35765

More resources for combating influenza in children can be found on the following websites:

Families Fighting Flu
http://www.familiesfightingflu.org

Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition
http://preventchildhoodinfluenza.org

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4 Google Flu Trends website initiated

On November 11, Google.org launched Google Flu Trends, http://www.google.org/flutrends, a website that provides real-time influenza-like illness (ILI) estimates based on public search queries on Google.com. Google Flu Trends allows researchers, epidemiologists, public health officials, and the general public to learn more about current ILI activity levels in each state.

Through an initiative called Predict and Prevent, Google.org and CDC's Influenza Division collaborated in the development of this surveillance system. Estimates of ILI are based on the relative frequency of influenza-related web search queries. Google developed this model by determining which web-search queries correlated best with state-based ILI and laboratory data available on the CDC influenza surveillance website. In the final model there are consistently high correlations between Google Flu Trends estimates and both ILI and influenza virologic surveillance data.

Validation is still ongoing. Recently some state health departments shared their historical ILI and laboratory data with Google to further test the model on a regional and state level.

Google Flu Trends will display national, regional, and state ILI estimates by date. The data displayed are Google.org model estimates and not state surveillance data. Levels of activity (minimal to intense) will also be displayed using a color-coded scheme based on an increase in standard deviations above the baseline. Influenza prevention messages, a link to the CDC website, current influenza-related news articles, and an  influenza vaccination locator will also be displayed on the website.

To access this innovative new resource, go to:
http://www.google.org/flutrends

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5 Reminder: Be sure to watch and share the CDC/Families Fighting Flu video featuring personal stories about influenza

Families Fighting Flu (FFF) and CDC have collaborated on a video titled "Why Flu Vaccination Matters: Personal Stories from Families Affected by Flu." Be sure you watch it and that parents know about it too.

The 7-minute video can be accessed from the FFF website at http://www.familiesfightingflu.org/media, from YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/cdcflu, or by clicking on the photo link at the top right of IAC's home page at http://www.immunize.org

Families Fighting Flu is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization established in 2004, made up of families and healthcare practitioners. Each family has experienced first-hand the death of a child due to influenza or has had a child experience severe medical complications from influenza. FFF is dedicated to educating people about the severity of influenza and the importance of vaccinating children against influenza every year.

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6 Important: Be sure to give influenza vaccine throughout the influenza season--through spring 2009

Influenza vaccine for the 2008-09 influenza season is available. Vaccination should continue through the spring months of 2009. Visit the following websites often to find the information you need to keep vaccinating. Both are continually updated with the latest resources.

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

CDC's Seasonal Flu web section at http://www.cdc.gov/flu

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7 Second edition of "The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians" now available

The second edition of "The Vaccine Handbook: A Practical Guide for Clinicians" by Gary Marshall, MD, is now available for purchase.

The "Purple Book" contains practical advice for the practitioner on vaccine infrastructure, standards and regulations, business aspects of vaccine practice, general recommendations, schedules, special circumstances, and how to address a patient's concerns about vaccines. Specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases, the rationale for vaccine use, and available products is included. The book is targeted to pediatricians, family practitioners, internists, obstetricians, residents, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

For ordering information, go to:
http://www.pcibooks.com/book_info.php?id=49

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8 MMWR announces annual conference on vaccine research to be held April 27-29 in Baltimore

CDC published a Notice to Readers titled "Twelfth Annual Conference on Vaccine Research" in the November 14 issue of MMWR. The article follows in its entirety.


CDC and 11 other national and international agencies and organizations will collaborate with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases in sponsoring the Twelfth Annual Conference on Vaccine Research, April 27-29, 2009, at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland. The conference is the largest scientific forum devoted exclusively to the research and development of all vaccines and related technologies for prevention and treatment of disease through immunization. The conference brings together the diverse fields of human and veterinary vaccinology to encourage cross-fertilization of ideas and approaches among researchers otherwise focused on specific diseases or methods.

Twenty invited speakers at five symposia will discuss vaccine safety, immunization programs for global health, synergy between veterinary and human vaccine development, and tuberculosis and malaria vaccines. Six oral sessions and posters will include presentations selected through peer review from among submitted abstracts.

A travel grant program to subsidize attendees from countries with limited resources has an application deadline of December 7, 2008. Deadline for online submission of general abstracts is January 26, 2009. Abstracts from eligible authors may be designated for consideration for the Maurice R. Hilleman Early-Stage Career Investigator Award, which provides $10,000 for research expenses and a travel stipend and registration for the 2010 conference.

Additional information about the preliminary program, travel grants, abstract submission, registration, hotel accommodation, and exhibition space is available at http://www.nfid.org/conferences/vaccine09, by email (vaccine@nfid.org), by fax (301) 907-0878, by telephone (301) 656-0003, ext 19, and by mail (NFID, Suite 750, 4733 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814-5278).


To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5745a6.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5745.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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