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Immunization Action Coalition
IAC Express 2010
Issue number 869: May 24, 2010
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Contents of this Issue
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  1. Interim VIS for pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) now available in Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese
  2. IAC updates its adult immunization chart "Vaccinations for Adults: You're NEVER too old to get immunized!"
  3. IAC's Video of the Week strongly states that vaccination is the ONLY way to prevent meningitis
  4. National Influenza Vaccine Summit announces recipients of its 2010 Immunization Excellence Awards
  5. During National Hepatitis Awareness month, President Obama, NVHR, and CDC take steps to end the silence around hepatitis
  6. The just-published book "Expecting 411" includes vaccination information for parents-to-be
  7. MMWR corrects its misstatement of the requirements for evidence of mumps immunity for healthcare personnel
  8. International Papillomavirus Conference set for July 3-8 in Montreal
 
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 869: May 24, 2010
1.  Interim VIS for pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) now available in Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese

Dated 4/16/10, the interim VIS for 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) is now available in Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese. IAC gratefully acknowledges the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch, for the translations.

To access the new translations of the interim VIS for PCV13, as well as this VIS in English and other languages, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_pcv.asp

For information about the use of VISs, and for VISs in more than 35 languages, visit IAC's VIS web section at http://www.immunize.org/vis

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2 IAC updates its adult immunization chart "Vaccinations for Adults: You're NEVER too old to get immunized!"

IAC recently revised its adult immunization chart "Vaccinations for Adults: You're NEVER too old to get immunized!" This piece was updated to include new recommendations related to influenza and human papillomavirus vaccines.

To access the revised ready-to-print (PDF) piece "Vaccinations for Adults: You're NEVER too old to get immunized!" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030.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 IAC's Video of the Week strongly states that vaccination is the ONLY way to prevent meningitis

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to watch a 1-minute video that outlines the stark reality that meningococcal meningitis can have devastating consequences and that it can be prevented ONLY with vaccination.

The National Meningitis Association (NMA) developed the video. To access additional resources from NMA, go to: http://www.nmaus.org

The video will be available on the home page of IAC's website through May 30. To access it, go to: http://www.immunize.org and click on the image under the words Video of the Week.

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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4 National Influenza Vaccine Summit announces recipients of its 2010 Immunization Excellence Awards

On May 18, the National Influenza Vaccine Summit (NIVS) announced the recipients of its 2010 Immunization Excellence Awards. The awards, which are available in four categories, recognize individuals and organizations that have made contributions toward improved adult and/or childhood influenza vaccination rates within their communities during the 2009-10 influenza season. The awards were presented at the NIVS' National Influenza Vaccine Summit, which was held on May 17-19 in Scottsdale, AZ.

Here are the 2010 winners in the four categories:

  • In the category Overall Season Activities, the winner is the Palm Beach County Health Department (West Palm Beach, FL). The recipient of the honorable mention award is the Tennessee Department of Public Health H1N1 Vaccine Distribution Team (Nashville).
     
  • In the category Healthcare Personnel Campaign, the winner is Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; the recipient of the honorable mention award is University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (Houston).
     
  • In the category Immunization Coalitions/Public Health/Community Campaign, the winner is the South Dakota Department of Health (Pierre); the recipient of the honorable mention award is Open Cities Health Center, Inc., (St. Paul, MN).
     
  • In the category Corporate Campaign, the winner is Walgreens; the recipient of the honorable mention award is the American Lung Association's "Faces of Influenza" program.

To access a news release with detailed information about the award-winning campaigns, go to:
http://www.preventinfluenza.org/summits/2010/2010_nivs_newsrelease.pdf

To access an array of information from "Prevent Influenza," the website sponsored by the National Influenza Vaccine Summit, go to: http://www.preventinfluenza.org

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5 During National Hepatitis Awareness month, President Obama, NVHR, and CDC take steps to end the silence around hepatitis

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, so it is fitting that in mid-May, President Obama, the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR), and CDC called for ending the silence about viral hepatitis, increasing prevention, and improving treatment. President Obama released a presidential message, NVHR organized a march on Washington, DC, and CDC educated the public about viral hepatitis disease and vaccine. Details follow.

(1) PRESIDENTIAL MESSAGE
On May 19, World Hepatitis Day, the White House issued President Obama's presidential message, which highlights the importance of raising national awareness about viral hepatitis. The first two paragraph are reprinted below.


I send warm greetings to all those observing World Hepatitis Day.

Millions of Americans are affected by viral hepatitis, and too many do not know they are infected. As a leading cause of liver cancer and related complications, viral hepatitis presents a major public health challenge at home and abroad. We must work together to raise awareness, increase access to services, improve preventive care, and end the silence surrounding this life-threatening illness so at-risk and infected individuals can receive the assistance they need.


To read the complete text of President Obama's message, go to:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/World-Hepatitis-Day-Message.pdf
 

(2) MARCH ON WASHINGTON, DC
Stating that "millions of Americans are infected with a 'silent killer' that can be prevented and treated," NVHR organized a rally at the Capitol to demand that Congress fully fund hepatitis programs in the United States. It was held on World Hepatitis Day, May 19.

NVHR is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing, implementing, and maintaining a national strategy to eliminate viral hepatitis in the United States. For information on NVHR's ongoing activities, go to: http://www.nvhr.org


(3) "CDC FEATURES" FOCUSES ON VIRAL HEPATITIS
The "CDC Features" web section includes information about viral hepatitis. "May is Hepatitis Awareness Month" tells the public that increased awareness is needed about the burden of disease and premature death associated with viral hepatitis. It briefly discusses the disease, its seriousness, means of transmission, and prevention strategies.

To access "May is Hepatitis Awareness Month," go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/Features/ViralHepatitis

To access a chronological index of "CDC Features," go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Archive

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6 The just-published book "Expecting 411" includes vaccination information for parents-to-be

Doctors Michele Hakakha (ob/gyn) and Ari Brown (pediatrician) have teamed up to produce the just-published book "Expecting 411: Clear Answers & Smart Advice for Your Pregnancy." Dr. Brown is also the co-author of two other books, "Baby 411" and "Toddler 411."

Replete with useful information on all aspects of pregnancy and childbirth, "Expecting 411," also includes a brief, down-to-earth, science-based discussion of vaccine safety. An additional section outlines which vaccines expectant mothers should receive during pregnancy and immediately after. It also strongly recommends Tdap vaccination for mothers, fathers, and others who have close personal contact with infants.

You can order "Expecting 411" directly from the publisher, Windsor Peak Press, at https://windsorpeak.com/orderform20.html or you can buy it from your favorite local or online bookstore.

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7 MMWR corrects its misstatement of the requirements for evidence of mumps immunity for healthcare personnel

CDC published "Errata: Vol. 59, No. 5" in the May 21 issue of MMWR. It concerns a footnote that appeared in an MMWR article published February 12. The footnote included errors regarding what constitutes acceptable evidence of mumps immunity for healthcare personnel and incorrect information about the groups who require a second dose of mumps vaccine during a mumps outbreak.

To access the errata in web-text (HTML) format, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5919a7.htm

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8 International Papillomavirus Conference set for July 3-8 in Montreal

The International Papillomavirus Conference & Clinical and Public Health Workshops will be held July 3-8 in Montreal. Registrations are still being accepted.

For a wealth of information on various aspects of the conference and workshops, go to: http://hpv2010.org/main

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