Home
|
About IAC
|
Contact
|
A-Z Index
|
Donate
|
Shop
|
SUBSCRIBE
Immunization Action Coalition
IAC Express 2008
Issue number 767: December 1, 2008
Please click here to subscribe to IAC Express as well as other FREE IAC periodicals.
Federal employees, including military, may contribute to IAC by using code #10612 on their Combined Federal Campaign pledge cards.
Contents of this Issue
Select a title to jump to the article.
  1. FDA stresses the importance of healthcare organizations ensuring that employees are vaccinated against influenza
  2. Important: Be sure to give influenza vaccine throughout the influenza season--through spring 2009
  3. MMWR notifies readers that a CDC webcast, The Immunization Encounter: Critical Issues, is set for December 18
  4. Today is World AIDS Day
  5. December 16 is the date for IZTA's teleconference on issues and trends in adolescent immunization
  6. ACIP meeting scheduled for February 25-26, 2009, in Atlanta; February 2 is deadline for non-U.S. citizens to register
 
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 767: December 1, 2008
1.  FDA stresses the importance of healthcare organizations ensuring that employees are vaccinated against influenza

FDA recently posted a statement and a video on its website that urge healthcare organizations to make sure influenza vaccination programs are available to healthcare personnel (HCP). A portion of the statement is printed below. Links to English- and Spanish-language versions of the complete statement are given at the end of this IAC Express article, as are links to the video and a related toolkit.


Despite the benefits of immunization, CDC estimates that only 40 percent of the nation's HCP are vaccinated each year. Studies have shown that low vaccination rates among HCP contribute to influenza outbreaks in hospitals and other healthcare settings, needlessly putting patients at an increased risk of contracting influenza and suffering from its potential major complications. Annual immunization of caregivers protects employees, their families and patients, and may reduce influenza-related deaths among persons at high risk for complications from influenza.

HCP refers to all paid and unpaid persons working in healthcare settings who have the potential for exposure to patients and/or to infectious materials, including body substances, contaminated medical supplies and equipment, contaminated environmental surfaces, or contaminated air. . . .

One hospital evaluated the impact of vaccination on HCP and hospitalized patients and saw an increase in immunization coverage from 4 percent to 67 percent over 12 flu seasons. During that timeframe, laboratory-confirmed influenza cases among HCP decreased from 42 percent to 9 percent. In addition, nosocomial (hospital-acquired) influenza cases among patients decreased from 32 percent to 0 percent.


To access the statement in English, go to:
http://www.fda.gov/cber/flu/fluhealthcare.htm

To access the statement in Spanish, go to:
http://www.fda.gov/cber/flu/fluhealthcareesp.htm

To access the video, go to:
http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/psn/transcript.cfm?show=81#4

To access a related resource from the Department of Health and Human Resources titled Health Care Personnel Initiative to Improve Influenza Vaccination Toolkit, go to: http://www.hhs.gov/ophs/programs/initiatives/vacctoolkit/index.html

Back to top
   
2 Important: Be sure to give influenza vaccine throughout the influenza season--through spring 2009

Influenza vaccine for the 2008-09 influenza season is widely available, and the supply is robust. If you run out of vaccine in your work setting, please place another order. Influenza vaccination efforts should continue through the holiday season and into the spring months of 2009.

Don't forget that December 8-14 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. CDC's Seasonal Flu website offers a large selection of information and resources related to this annual event. To access them, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw

For abundant information about influenza vaccination, visit the following two websites often. They 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

Back to top
   
3 MMWR notifies readers that a CDC webcast, The Immunization Encounter: Critical Issues, is set for December 18

CDC published "Notice to Readers: The Immunization Encounter: Critical Issues" in the November 28 issue of MMWR. The notice is reprinted below in its entirety.


CDC will present a webcast, The Immunization Encounter: Critical Issues, on December 18, 2008. The broadcast will occur during 12 noon-2PM EST. The program will address issues related to the routine encounter at an immunization clinic. Topics include patient and parent communication and education, vaccine storage and handling, preparing for medical emergencies, screening for contraindications and precautions to vaccination, vaccine administration, records and documentation, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, and the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Continuing education credits will be offered.

Additional information about the program is available at http://www2a.cdc.gov/phtn/imm-encounter2008 No registration is necessary to access the webcast via an Internet connection. The link to the webcast is available at http://www2a.cdc.gov/phtn/webcast/imm-encounter2008 The webcast will be accessible through an Internet connection until January 20, 2009, and will become available as a self-study DVD and Internet-based program in January 2009.


To access a web-text (HTML) version of the notice, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5747a4.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5747.pdf

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

Back to top
   
4 Today is World AIDS Day

CDC published a brief article, "World AIDS Day--December 1, 2008," in the November 28 issue of MMWR. The article is reprinted below in its entirety, excluding references.


December 1 is World AIDS Day. Begun in 1998, World AIDS Day draws attention to the current status of the human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) pandemic. According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, in 2007, approximately 33 million persons worldwide were living with HIV, 2.7 million persons worldwide were newly infected, and 2 million died from AIDS-related causes.

In 2006, an estimated 1.1 million persons in the United States were living with HIV, and 56,300 were newly infected. HIV infection in the United States disproportionately affects blacks, Hispanics, and men (of all races/ethnicities) who have sex with men. During 2006, the rates of new infections in the United States were estimated to be 83.8 per 100,000 population among blacks, 29.4 per 100,000 among Hispanics, and 11.5 per 100,000 among whites.

Information about World AIDS Day is available at http://www.cdc.gov/features/worldaidsday Information about CDC's international HIV/AIDS program is available at http://www.cdc.gov/globalaids Information about CDC's domestic HIV/AIDS program is available at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv


To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5747a1.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5747.pdf

Back to top
   
5 December 16 is the date for IZTA's teleconference on issues and trends in adolescent immunization

The Immunization Coalitions Technical Assistance Network (IZTA) December 16 conference call will present a panel discussion on current issues and trends in adolescent immunization. IZTA is a program of the Center for Health Communication, Academy for Educational Development.

CDC's Dr. Nada Jain will present recent data from the National Immunization Survey about adolescent immunization rates. Researcher and pediatrician Dr. Matthew Daley will present study findings on the attitudes and practices of pediatricians and family physicians regarding the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

The call will be held at 1PM, ET. To register, send an email to izta@aed.org Include this message: "Sign me up for the adolescent immunization call."

To access earlier programs, go to:
http://www.izta.org/confcall.cfm

Back to top
   
6 ACIP meeting scheduled for February 25-26, 2009, in Atlanta; February 2 is deadline for non-U.S. citizens to register


The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will hold its next meeting on February 25-26, 2009, at CDC's Clifton Road campus in Atlanta. The meeting is open to the general public.

To attend the ACIP meeting at the Clifton Road campus, ACIP attendees (participants and visitors) must register online. The online registration deadline for the February 25-26 meeting for non-U.S. citizens is February 2. The deadline for U.S. citizens is February 9.

To access the online registration form, go to:
http://www2a.cdc.gov/nip/ACIP/FebruaryRegistration.asp

To access detailed information about the meeting, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/acip/meetings.htm#register There you will find links to the meeting agenda, driving directions, and other useful material.

Back to top
   
Immunization Action Coalition  •  1573 Selby Ave  •  St. Paul, MN 55104
tel 651-647-9009  •  fax 651-647-9131
 
This website is supported in part by a cooperative agreement from the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (Grant No. 5U38IP000290) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA. The website content is the sole responsibility of IAC and does not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.