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Immunization Action Coalition
IAC Express 2009
Issue number 843: December 28, 2009
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Contents of this Issue
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  1. A special edition of Needle Tips that focuses on seasonal and H1N1 influenza is now online
  2. CDC's Health Alert Network (HAN) announces voluntary recall of certain lots of nasal-spray H1N1 influenza vaccine
 
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 843: December 28, 2009
1.  A special edition of Needle Tips that focuses on seasonal and H1N1 influenza is now online

The January 2010 special edition of Needle Tips is now online and available for viewing, downloading, and printing at http://www.immunize.org/nt Comprising both seasonal and H1N1 influenza information, this special issue focuses on vaccine recommendations and patient education.

Here are a few of the topics included in the issue:

  • Ask the Experts
  • Emergency Warning Signs for People with Influenza
  • Pregnant Women and the Flu
  • Novel H1N1: What you should know
  • Standing Orders for Administering H1N1 Vaccine
  • Influenza Products for the 2009-10 Influenza Season
  • Declination of Seasonal Influenza Vaccination
  • Declination of H1N1 Influenza Vaccination

On the Needle Tips web page, you will find a link for displaying and printing the entire 16-page PDF of this issue. There is also a table of contents for viewing and printing individual sections.

If you would like to download the entire issue right now, click here: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n42/n42.pdf

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2 CDC's Health Alert Network (HAN) announces voluntary recall of certain lots of nasal-spray H1N1 influenza vaccine

On December 23, CDC's Health Alert Network issued a CDC Health Update titled "MedImmune Monovalent 2009 (H1N1) Influenza Nasal Spray Vaccine--Shortened Shelf Life of Certain Lots: MedImmune announces limited, voluntary, non-safety-related recall of remaining unused product." The summary is reprinted below.


On December 18 and 21, MedImmune notified CDC and FDA that the potency of 13 lots of monovalent 2009 (H1N1) nasal spray vaccine had decreased below a pre-specified limit or were at risk of falling below that limit in the next week. This slight decrease in vaccine potency is not expected to have an impact on the protective response to vaccination. There are no safety concerns with these lots of 2009 H1N1 vaccine. All lots successfully passed pre-release testing for purity, potency, and safety. However, because their potency is now or might soon be below the specified lower limit, MedImmune will send providers directions for returning any unused vaccine from these lots.

The potency of these lots is now or might soon be slightly below the specified range for the product. CDC and FDA are in agreement that the slight decrease in vaccine potency is not expected to have an impact on the protective response to vaccination. For this reason, there is no need to revaccinate persons who have received vaccine from these lots.

People who received vaccine from the recalled lots do not need to take any action. Children and adults aged 10 years and older who received the vaccine do not need any further doses of vaccine. As is recommended for all 2009 H1N1 vaccines, all children younger than 10 years old should get the recommended two doses of 2009 H1N1 vaccine approximately a month apart. Therefore, children younger than 10 years old who have only received one dose of vaccine thus far should still receive a second dose of 2009 H1N1 vaccine. It is best to use the same type of vaccine for the first and second doses.


To read the complete HAN CDC Health Update, which includes lot numbers, go to:
http://www2a.cdc.gov/HAN/ArchiveSys/ViewMsgV.asp?AlertNum=00304

For Q&As related to the withdrawn vaccine see
http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/sprayrecall_qa.htm

For more information, call CDC's toll-free information line, (800) CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348, which is available 24 hours a day, every day.

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