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Immunization Action Coalition
IAC Express 2010
Issue number 851: February 15, 2010
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Contents of this Issue
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  1. New! February 2010 issue of Vaccinate Adults is now online
  2. Reminder: February 2010 issue of Needle Tips now available online
  3. IAC's popular laminated versions of the 2010 U.S. child/teen and adult immunization schedules are now available. Order a supply for your workplace today!
  4. IAC updates four print resources for providers and patients, including standing orders and the "Reliable Resources" patient handout
  5. A new Unprotected People Report is a mother's account of rotavirus infection in her two youngest children
  6. Earn CME credit for watching the Discovery Health Channel's 4-part "Vaccine Update" video series
  7. MMWR publishes an update on an ongoing mumps outbreak in New York and New Jersey
  8. MMWR publishes a report on transmission of yellow fever vaccine virus through breast-feeding in Brazil in 2009
  9. MMWR publishes report on progress in U.S. immunization information systems in 2008
  10. March 19 is the nomination deadline for the 2010 Natalie J. Smith, MD, Award
  11. PKIDS offers February 18 webinar about using Twitter to communicate immunization information
  12. Immunize Nebraska conference scheduled for June 11 in Omaha; early-bird registration deadline is May 28
 
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 851: February 15, 2010
1.  New! February 2010 issue of Vaccinate Adults is now online

The February 2010 issue of Vaccinate Adults has just been placed online at http://www.immunize.org/va This issue focuses on the newly published 2010 U.S. immunization schedule for adults and on recently released provisional ACIP recommendations.

Here are some of the features included in the issue:

  • Ask the Experts
  • Vaccine Highlights
  • Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule--United States, 2010
  • Guide to Contraindications and Precautions to Commonly Used Vaccines in Adults
  • Do I need any vaccinations today?

On the Vaccinate Adults web page, you will find a link for displaying and printing the entire 12-page PDF of this issue. There is also a table of contents for viewing and printing individual sections.

To access the Vaccinate Adults web page, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/va

If you would like to download the entire issue right now, click here:
http://www.immunize.org/va/va26.pdf

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

The February 2010 issue of Needle Tips is now available online for viewing, downloading, and printing. This issue focuses on the two newly published 2010 U.S. immunization schedules, one for children/teens and one for adults, and on recently released provisional ACIP recommendations.

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/n43/n43.pdf

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3 IAC's popular laminated versions of the 2010 U.S. child/teen and adult immunization schedules are now available. Order a supply for your workplace today!

IAC's laminated versions of the 2010 U.S. child/teen and adult immunization schedules are covered with a tough, washable coating that lets them stand up to a year's worth of use in every area of your workplace where immunizations are given. Each has six pages (i.e., three double-sided pages) and is folded to measure 8.5" by 11".

Laminated schedules are printed in color for easy reading, come complete with essential tables and footnotes, and include contraindications and precautions--a feature that will help you make an on-the-spot determination about the safety of vaccinating patients of any age.

IAC has been able to purchase the same quality of laminated schedules as in previous years but at a lower price, so we're passing the savings on to you.

PRICING
1-4 copies: $7.50 each
5-19 copies: $5.50 each
20-99 copies: $4.50 each

Visit the following web pages for specific information, to view images, or to order online or download an order form:

Child and Adolescent Laminated Immunization Schedules (0-18 years)
http://www.immunize.org/shop/schedule_child.asp

Adult Laminated Immunization Schedules
http://www.immunize.org/shop/schedule_adult.asp

For quotes on customizing or placing orders in excess of 999 schedules, call (651) 647-9009 or email admininfo@immunize.org

To learn about other essential immunization resources available for purchase from IAC, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/shop

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4 IAC updates four print resources for providers and patients, including standing orders and the "Reliable Resources" patient handout

IAC revised the following four print resources.

(1) The vaccination protocol "Standing Orders for Administering Human Papillomavirus Vaccine to Children and Teens" was updated to include information on the newly licensed bivalent human papillomavirus (HPV2) vaccine and on the permissive use of quadrivalent human papillomavirus (HPV4) vaccine in boys.

To access the revised ready-to-print (PDF) print piece "Standing Orders for Administering Human Papillomavirus Vaccine to Children and Teens," go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3090.pdf

(2) The vaccination protocol "Standing Orders for Administering Human Papillomavirus Vaccine to Adults" was updated to include information on the newly licensed bivalent human papillomavirus (HPV2) vaccine and on the permissive use of quadrivalent human papillomavirus (HPV4) vaccine in men.

To access the revised ready-to-print (PDF) print piece "Standing Orders for Administering Human Papillomavirus Vaccine to Adults," go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3091.pdf

NOTE: To access a table 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

(3) "Reliable Sources of Immunization Information: Where to go to find answers!" is a compilation of user-friendly, science-based immunization resources for parents. The revision involved adding a new resource, providing information on new editions of existing resources, and updating URLs.

To access the revised ready-to-print (PDF) print piece "Reliable Sources of Immunization Information: Where to go to find answers!" go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4012.pdf

(4) A form letter titled "Notification of Vaccination Letter" gives immunization providers an easy way to notify a patient's primary care provider that the patient has received one or more vaccinations. This piece was updated to add a listing for the newly licensed bivalent human papillomavirus (HPV2) vaccine.

To access the revised ready-to-print (PDF) print piece "Notification of Vaccination Letter," go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3060.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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5 A new Unprotected People Report is a mother's account of rotavirus infection in her two youngest children

For years, IAC has published Unprotected People Reports about people who have suffered or died from vaccine-preventable diseases. The Unprotected People Report web section (http://www.immunize.org/reports) is a compilation of more than 100 case reports, personal testimonies, and newspaper and journal articles about people who have suffered or died from vaccine-preventable diseases, as well as opinion pieces about the value of immunization.

A new report was recently added to the Unprotected People Report web section. In "Two Children Hospitalized with Rotavirus," Brooke Matthys writes about the four days and nights she and her husband spent in the hospital as their severely dehydrated daughter and son battled the effects of rotavirus infection. She realizes that her children paid a high price for her decision not to take time to get them vaccinated.

To access the ready-to-print (PDF) version of "Two Children Hospitalized with Rotavirus," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/reports/report104.pdf

To view a web-text version of Brook Matthys' story, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/reports/report104.asp

To read more IAC Unprotected People Reports about rotavirus cases, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/reports/rotavirus.asp

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6 Earn CME credit for watching the Discovery Health Channel's 4-part "Vaccine Update" video series

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to watch "Vaccine Update--Recent Data and Recommendations," a 4-part video series from the Discovery Health Channel. The series features a panel of experts, including Dr. Melinda Wharton from NCIRD. Physicians and others can earn CME credit for watching the videos and completing a test. Videos in the series vary in length from 10 to 19 minutes.

The series will be available on the home page of IAC's website through February 21. To access it, go to: http://www.immunize.org and click on the image under the words Video of the Week and then click on a link to one of the four videos. It may take a few moments for your video selection 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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7 MMWR publishes an update on an ongoing mumps outbreak in New York and New Jersey

CDC published "Update: Mumps Outbreak--New York and New Jersey, June 2009-January 2010" in the February 12 issue of MMWR. A summary made available to the press is reprinted below in its entirety.


While the mumps vaccine has greatly reduced the burden of disease in the United States (from 186,000 reported cases in 1967 to fewer than 500 per year in the early 2000s), limited mumps outbreaks may occur, especially in settings of high disease transmission. Though measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine likely has prevented thousands of additional cases in this outbreak as well as lowering the rate of complications, clinicians and public health officials should be aware that mumps can still occur in highly vaccinated populations. Maintaining high immunization coverage with the recommended doses of MMR vaccine remains the most effective means of preventing outbreaks and in limiting the size of outbreaks when they do occur. Other things people can do to help prevent the spread of mumps and other infections include washing hands well and often with soap, and teaching children to wash their hands, too, not sharing eating utensils, and cleaning surfaces that are frequently touched (such as toys, doorknobs, tables, counters, etc.) regularly with soap and water or with cleaning wipes.

An outbreak of mumps, which began in a summer camp in Upstate New York last summer, has now grown to include 1,521 cases in New York City (predominantly Brooklyn), New Jersey, and two counties in Upstate New York. The cases are almost exclusively among members of tradition-observant Jewish communities, with fewer than 3 percent of cases occurring outside these communities. Many of the cases are occurring in school-aged children, particularly boys, who have been vaccinated with one or two doses of MMR vaccine though cases have also occurred in persons who are unvaccinated or who have received one dose of MMR vaccine.

To access the full article in web-text (HTML) format, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5905a1.htm

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8 MMWR publishes a report on transmission of yellow fever vaccine virus through breast-feeding in Brazil in 2009

CDC published "Transmission of Yellow Fever Vaccine Virus Through Breast-Feeding--Brazil, 2009" in the February 12 issue of MMWR. A portion of a summary made available to the press is reprinted below.


Yellow fever is a potentially fatal mosquito-borne hemorrhagic fever that is endemic in tropical regions of Africa and South America. Yellow fever vaccine is recommended for persons living in and traveling to endemic areas. The vaccine is highly effective. However, the findings in this report indicate that yellow fever vaccine virus can be transmitted to infants via breast-feeding. The breastfed infant in this report required hospitalization for encephalitis (acute inflammation of the brain) after her mother received yellow fever vaccine. Breast-feeding women should not receive yellow fever vaccine except in situations where exposure to yellow fever viruses cannot be avoided or postponed.

To access the full article in web-text (HTML) format, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5905a2.htm

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9 MMWR publishes report on progress in U.S. immunization information systems in 2008

CDC published "Progress in Immunization Information Systems--United States, 2008" in the February 12 issue of MMWR. The first paragraph is reprinted below.


Immunization information systems (IISs) are confidential, computerized information systems that collect and consolidate vaccination data from multiple healthcare providers, generate reminder and recall notifications, and assess vaccination coverage within a defined geographic area. A CDC program goal for 2010 is to achieve >95% participation in an IIS (defined as having two or more recorded vaccinations) among children aged <6 years. To monitor progress toward this goal, CDC annually surveys immunization grantees in 50 states, five cities, and the District of Columbia, using the Immunization Information Systems Annual Report (IISAR). All 56 grantees were asked to complete the IISAR; 52 did so for 2008. This report highlights results from the 2008 IISAR, which indicated that 75% of all U.S. children aged <6 years (approximately 18 million children) participated in an IIS in 2008, an increase from 65% in 2006. The majority of grantees (82%) reported that their IIS had the capacity to track vaccinations for persons of all ages, compared with 70% in 2006. Data-quality measures of timeliness and completeness indicated that in 2008, 67% of IIS data were received and processed within 30 days of vaccine administration, and data were reported for six of 17 core data elements in >90% of IIS records (both measures are similar to 2006 results). Increased provider use of electronic health record systems can benefit IISs and their users by producing immunization records that are more timely and complete.

To access the full article in web-text (HTML) format, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5905a3.htm

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10.  March 19 is the nomination deadline for the 2010 Natalie J. Smith, MD, Award

The Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) is soliciting nominations for the 2010 Natalie J. Smith, MD, Award for excellence in program management. Nominations are due on March 19. The award is given annually at the National Immunization Conference to an outstanding program manager of one of the 64 federal immunization grantee immunization programs.

A link to the nomination form and background information on the award is given in the right column of the AIM website at
http://www.immunizationmanagers.org

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11.  PKIDS offers February 18 webinar about using Twitter to communicate immunization information

PKIDS (Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases) invites colleagues to a one-hour webinar that will provide hands-on, how-to instruction about using Twitter. The webinar is part of Communications Made Easy, a PKIDS' program intended to help immunization educators learn the ropes of social marketing and traditional and social media.

The Twitter webinar is scheduled for February 18, at 1:00 PM Pacific Time. Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended. To register, go to: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?udc=h8s283z0h22b

For more information on the Communications Made Easy program, go to: http://www.pkids.org/cme

PKIDS supports people whose children have been affected by viral hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, and other chronic, viral infectious diseases, and educates the public about effective disease prevention practices. To visit the PKIDS website, go to: http://www.pkids.org

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12.  Immunize Nebraska conference scheduled for June 11 in Omaha; early-bird registration deadline is May 28

Immunize Nebraska will be held June 11 in Omaha. Speakers include William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, medical epidemiologist with NCIRD.

The early-bird registration fee, due May 28, is $80, a $30 savings off the standard $110 fee. To access the conference brochure, which includes the registration form and complete conference details, click here.

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