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Immunization Action Coalition
IAC Express 2010
Issue number 844: January 4, 2010
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Contents of this Issue
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  1. January 2010 issue of Vaccinate Adults focuses on seasonal and H1N1 influenza
  2. Reminder: January 2010 issue of Needle Tips now available online
  3. Scheduled for January 10-16, National Influenza Vaccination Week will focus on 2009 H1N1 vaccine
  4. New: IAC now has a patient handout that lists emergency warning signs for people with seasonal or H1N1 influenza and a piece that summarizes influenza vaccine products
  5. January is Cervical Health Awareness Month: PKIDS video presents a powerful incentive for HPV vaccination
  6. IAC updates sample standing orders for meningococcal and polio vaccination
  7. Vaccine Education Center videos now available on YouTube
  8. CDC posts Q&As for the public on human papillomavirus vaccine
  9. Register for the National Immunization Conference by February 19 to get the early bird rate
  10. December issue of CDC's Immunization Works electronic newsletter recently released
  11. NCIRD influenza materials are available for ordering or downloading
  12. Updated "Teaching Immunization for Medical Education" (TIME) modules are available for downloading
  13. Discovery Health Channel's Vaccine Update offers free CME credit for physicians
  14. MMWR publishes North Carolina study about the public's intent to receive influenza vaccines
  15. MMWR reports on the impact of influenza-related school closings
 
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 844: January 4, 2010
1.  January 2010 issue of Vaccinate Adults focuses on seasonal and H1N1 influenza

The January 2010 special edition of Vaccinate Adults is now online and available for viewing, downloading, and printing at http://www.immunize.org/va 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

All of the content of this issue of Vaccinate Adults has also been included in the January 2010 special edition of Needle Tips published on December 23, 2009. To access this issue of Needle Tips, go to: http://www.immunize.org/nt

On the Vaccinate Adults 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/va/va25.pdf

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2 Reminder: January 2010 issue of Needle Tips now available online

The January 2010 issue of Needle Tips is now available online for viewing, downloading, and printing. This special issue focuses on seasonal and H1N1 influenza vaccine recommendations and patient education.

This is the third issue of Needle Tips that is online-only. Complete information about this issue of Needle Tips is available at http://www.immunize.org/nt There you will find a link for displaying and printing the entire 16-page PDF of this issue, along with a table of contents for viewing and printing individual sections of Needle Tips.

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

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3 Scheduled for January 10-16, National Influenza Vaccination Week will focus on 2009 H1N1 vaccine

Originally scheduled for December 6-10, National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) has been rescheduled for January 10-16. The emphasis will be on 2009 H1N1 vaccine. NIVW is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination after the holiday season into January and beyond.

CDC encourages state and local health departments and other public health agencies to plan their own NIVW events and submit their plans on the NIVW website at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/NIVW/form.htm

CDC recently updated the NIVW media toolkit extensively to include information about H1N1 influenza. To access the media kit, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/NIVW/toolkit.htm

For a schedule of events and other information about NIVW, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/NIVW

[IAC Express editor's note: Some of the material in this article is cross posted from the December 2009 issue of CDC's Immunization Works electronic newsletter.]

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4 New: IAC now has a patient handout that lists emergency warning signs for people with seasonal or H1N1 influenza and a piece that summarizes influenza vaccine products

IAC recently developed two new print pieces related to seasonal and H1N1 influenza.

"Seek emergency medical care if you or a family member shows the signs below--a life could be at risk!" is designed for  the public. Adapted from CDC, this one-page flyer lists the emergency warning signs for children, teens, and adults with seasonal or H1N1 influenza. Persons with such serious symptoms are advised to go to a hospital emergency room or call 9-1-1. To access this valuable resource, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4073.pdf

"Influenza vaccine products for the 2009-2010 influenza season" is a resource for healthcare professionals. It features tables detailing the various products available for seasonal and H1N1 influenza vaccination. The columns include such information as manufacturer, trade name, presentation, mercury content, and age indication. To access this new resource, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4072.pdf

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5 January is Cervical Health Awareness Month: PKIDS video presents a powerful incentive for HPV vaccination

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to watch and download a powerful 4-minute video from PKIDs about one young mother's struggle with human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer. PKIDS has also formatted the video's message into 30-second and 60-second video and audio public service announcements (PSAs).

The video (and 30- and 60-second PSAs) will be available on the home page of IAC's website through January 11. To access them, go to: http://www.immunize.org and click on the image under the words Video of the Week. It may take a few moments for the video to begin playing; please be patient!

Remember to bookmark IAC's home page to view a new video every Monday. To view an IAC Video of the Week from the past, go to the video archive at http://www.immunize.org/votw

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6 IAC updates sample standing orders for meningococcal and polio vaccination

IAC recently updated 3 standing orders pieces: "Standing Orders for Administering Meningococcal Vaccine to Children & Teens," "Standing Orders for Administering Meningococcal Vaccine to Adults," and "Standing Orders for Administering Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine to Children & Teens."

To access the revised "Standing Orders for Administering Meningococcal Vaccine to Children & Teens," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3081a.pdf

To access the revised "Standing Orders for Administering Meningococcal Vaccine to Adults," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3081.pdf

To access the revised "Standing Orders for Administering Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine to Children & Teens," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3071.pdf

To access a web page with links to all IAC's standing orders protocols for vaccine administration and medical management of vaccine reactions, as well as standing orders for newborn-nursery hepatitis B vaccination, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/standingorders

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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7 Vaccine Education Center videos now available on YouTube

The Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has posted its "Vaccines and Your Baby" and "Vaccines: Separating Fact from Fear" videos on YouTube. The videos have been divided into topic-specific sections so that they can be viewed in part or in their entirety.

To access "Vaccines and Your Baby" on YouTube, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlyCp2YX1gI

To access "Vaccines: Separating Fact from Fear" on YouTube, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CrvznJOt2I

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8 CDC posts Q&As for the public on human papillomavirus vaccine

On December 22, CDC posted "HPV Vaccine: Questions and Answers" on its website. To access the Q&A, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/hpv/vac-faqs.htm

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9 Register for the National Immunization Conference by February 19 to get the early bird rate

The 2010 National Immunization Conference will be held in Atlanta on April 19-22. Register by February 19, and save $25 off the regular registration price of $250.

For complete information on the conference, including the conference goals and objectives, agenda, and online registration, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/nic

For more information, contact the conference planning team by phone at (404) 639-8225 or by email at nipnic@cdc.gov

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10.  December issue of CDC's Immunization Works electronic newsletter recently released

CDC recently released the December issue of its monthly newsletter Immunization Works; it will soon be posted on the website of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). The newsletter offers the immunization community information about current topics. The information is in the public domain and can be reproduced and circulated widely.

Some of the information in the December issue has already appeared in previous issues of IAC Express. Following is the text of some articles we have not covered.


2009 H1N1 AND SEASONAL INFLUENZA UPDATE: Stay Informed!
Information on 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) is updated frequently. Please visit the following websites for the latest updates:

CDC AND MEDSCAPE PARTNERSHIP: CDC and Medscape have collaborated to deliver a special series of commentaries (http://www.medscape.com/partners/cdc/public/cdc-commentary) designed to deliver CDC's authoritative guidance directly to Medscape's physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals. In this series, experts from CDC offer video commentaries on the current topics important to all practicing clinicians, including 2009 H1N1 and seasonal influenza, infection control, travel medicine, and much more. Two commentaries on 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccines are already available; stay tuned for a pertussis commentary.

Issues of Immunization Works are posted on CDC's Vaccines & Immunizations website a few days after publication. To access the December issue, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/news/newsltrs/imwrks Click on the link titled "Dec" under the banner titled "2009 Newsletters Available Online."

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11.  NCIRD influenza materials are available for ordering or downloading

[The following is cross posted from CDC's Immunization Works electronic newsletter, 12/09.]

CDC FLU MATERIALS AVAILABLE FOR ORDER: Select materials are now available for order at NCIRD's publication website at http://wwwn.cdc.gov/pubs/ncird.aspx These materials are tailored specifically to Native Americans and Hispanics, promoting flu vaccination for pregnant women, parents of infants, and young children, including those with diabetes and asthma. The complete list of free, downloadable, flu resources is available on CDC's flu website at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources

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12.  Updated "Teaching Immunization for Medical Education" (TIME) modules are available for downloading

[The following is cross posted from CDC's Immunization Works electronic newsletter, 12/09.]

Updated "Teaching Immunization for Medical Education" (TIME) modules are now available. The TIME series of educational modules was developed through a cooperative agreement between the CDC and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) to improve the immunization knowledge, attitudes, and clinical skills of medical students and residents. These modules have been updated and provide ready-to-use instructional materials that can be integrated into existing medical curricula. They are designed to encourage active, small-group learning, using modest amounts of faculty and learner time. . . .

Updated modules for childhood vaccination, adult vaccination, measles prevention, and pertussis prevention can be downloaded from the APTR website at http://www.aptrweb.org/resources/curriculum_time.html . . . .

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13.  Discovery Health Channel's Vaccine Update offers free CME credit for physicians

[The following is cross posted from CDC's Immunization Works electronic newsletter, 12/09.]

Discovery Health CME, Discovery Health Channel's provider of free continuing medical education (CME) credit, has released Vaccine Update--Recent Data and Recommendations, a video series that offers free CME for physicians. The 4-part series includes personal vaccine stories as well as discussions from a panel of experts, including Calvin B. Johnson, MD, MPH, vice president and chief medical officer, Temple University Health System; Donald M. Poretz, MD, clinical professor of medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine; and Capt. Melinda Wharton, MD, MPH, acting director, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC. The series summarizes the development and use of the immunization schedule, changes made to the schedule over the past 5 years, adolescent and adult vaccinations, barriers to vaccinating, safety issues parents regularly voice, and how to maximize coverage. The videos can be accessed on Discovery Health's CME website at http://discoveryhealthcme.discovery.com/vaccine/vaccine.html

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14.  MMWR publishes North Carolina study about the public's intent to receive influenza vaccines

CDC published "Intent to Receive Influenza A (H1N1) 2009 Monovalent and Seasonal Influenza Vaccines--Two Counties, North Carolina, August 2009" in the December 25 issue of MMWR. A summary made available to the press is reprinted below.


To assess intent to receive 2009 H1N1 vaccine, we performed a survey among residents of two counties in North Carolina. Of 207 households surveyed, 64% of adults reported intent to receive the 2009 H1N1 vaccine, while 65% reported intent to vaccinate all of their children. Fifty-one percent reported an intent to vaccinate all of their children with both seasonal and 2009 H1N1 vaccines. Among those not intending vaccination, reasons cited included belief in a low likelihood of infection and concern regarding side effects. Eighty-five percent reported receiving information about the vaccine from television.

To access the full article in web-text (HTML) format, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5850a1.htm

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15.  MMWR reports on the impact of influenza-related school closings

CDC published "Impact of Seasonal Influenza-Related School Closures on Families--Southeastern Kentucky, February 2008" in the December 25 issue of MMWR. A summary made available to the press is reprinted below.


During influenza epidemics, little is known about how influenza-related school closures affect families or reduce illness transmission. To assess the impact of school closings on families, the Kentucky Department for Public Health conducted a telephone survey in two adjacent school districts that had been closed because of high absenteeism that affected operations and funding during an outbreak of seasonal influenza in the community in February 2008. Parents believed the closures were done to keep children from getting ill and to disinfect schools; however, disinfection of environmental surfaces beyond the recommended routine cleaning is not required for influenza. Despite the parental concern about reducing risk of illness, the children gathered in many social activities during the closure and parents had not received public health messages encouraging social distancing as a mitigation strategy. Officials must balance the need to maintain normal functioning and the risk of flu in their community with the disruption the dismissals will cause. Communities generally are supportive of school closures during large community outbreaks to reduce risk of children getting ill but accurate public health messages must be given along with the specific information about the reason for the school closure.

To access the full article in web-text (HTML) format, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5850a2.htm

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