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Immunization Action Coalition
IAC Express 2010
Issue number 874: June 21, 2010
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Contents of this Issue
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  1. New: June 2010 issue of Needle Tips is now online
  2. IAC creates a handout of resources for professionals to respond to vaccine-hesitant parents and updates handout on medical management of vaccine reactions in adults
  3. IAC's Video of the Week features older adults discussing their recollections of vaccine-preventable diseases
  4. AAP issues policy statement on increasing immunization coverage
  5. A CDC Commentary video on Medscape can help you reassure your patients about the safety of HPV vaccine
  6. CDC updates information on supply of hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccines
  7. VIS for DTaP vaccine now available in Spanish, Chinese, and Russian
  8. CDC's Adult Immunization 2010 webcast now available online
  9. Hepatitis B Foundation to hold "B Informed Now!" workshop in Los Angeles on June 26
 
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 874: June 21, 2010
1.  New: June 2010 issue of Needle Tips is now online


The June 2010 issue of Needle Tips has just been placed online at http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n45/n45.pdf

This issue, which emphasizes the importance of vaccinating healthcare personnel against influenza, includes these related features:

  • Prepare Now to Vaccinate Healthcare Workers in the Fall
  • First Do No Harm--Protect Patients by Making Sure All Staff Receive Yearly Influenza Vaccine
  • Honor Roll for Patient Safety (institutions that mandate influenza vaccination for healthcare workers)

Here are additional features included in the issue:

  • Ask the Experts: CDC Immunization Experts Answer Your Questions
  • Vaccine Highlights: Recommendations, Schedules, and More
  • Standing Orders for Administering Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine to Children
  • Recommendations for Pneumococcal Vaccine Use in Children
  • Vaccine Refrigerator Setup, a resource from the California Department of Public Health
  • Monthly Care of Vaccine Storage Units, a resource from the California Department of Public Health
  • Need Help Responding to Vaccine Hesitant Parents? Science-Based Materials Are Available from These Respected Organizations

To access the Needle Tips web page, go to: http://www.immunize.org/nt Back issues are accessible from this page as well.

To download a PDF of the entire 14-page June issue right now, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n45/n45.pdf

There is also a table of contents for viewing and printing individual sections.

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2 IAC creates a handout of resources for professionals to respond to vaccine-hesitant parents and updates handout on medical management of vaccine reactions in adults

IAC recently created a handout and revised another.

(1) IAC developed a handout "Need help responding to vaccine-hesitant parents? Science-based materials are available from these respected organizations." Go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2070.pdf

(2) In the handout titled "Medical Management of Vaccine Reactions in Adult Patients," IAC updated the section on supplies needed to respond to a vaccine reaction. Go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3082.pdf

IAC's Handouts for Patients and Staff web section offers healthcare professionals and the public approximately 250 FREE English-language handouts (many also available in translation), which we encourage website users to print out, copy, and distribute widely. To access all of IAC's free handouts, go to: http://www.immunize.org/handouts

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3 IAC's Video of the Week features older adults discussing their recollections of vaccine-preventable diseases

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to watch 30- and 60-second public service announcements (PSAs) on the website of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The PSAs feature older adults discussing what it was like to live before many of today's vaccines were available.

The PSAs will be available on the home page of IAC's website through June 27. To access them, 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 AAP issues policy statement on increasing immunization coverage

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published "Policy Statement--Increasing Immunization Coverage" in the June 1 issue of Pediatrics. The statement was developed by AAP's Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine and Council on Community Pediatrics.

The statement's abstract, a portion of which is reprinted below, notes that improvements in childhood immunization coverage have continued since 2003, when AAP issued the first version of "Policy Statement--Increasing Immunization Coverage." Many obstacles still remain in reaching the immunization goals outlined in CDC's Healthy People 2010, however. The policy statement's abstract describes the obstacles as follows:


These challenges include an increase in new vaccines and new vaccine combinations as well as a significant number of vaccines currently under development; a dramatic increase in the acquisition cost of vaccines, coupled with a lack of adequate payment to practitioners to buy and administer vaccines; unanticipated manufacturing and delivery problems that have caused significant shortages of various vaccine products; and the rise of a public antivaccination movement that uses the Internet as well as standard media outlets to advance a position, wholly unsupported by any scientific evidence, linking vaccines with various childhood conditions, particularly autism. Much remains to be accomplished by physician organizations; vaccine manufacturers; third-party payers; the media; and local, state, and federal governments to ensure dependable vaccine supply and payments that are sufficient to continue to provide immunizations in public and private settings and to promote effective strategies to combat unjustified misstatements by the antivaccination movement. . . .


For the complete abstract, go to:
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/125/6/1295

For the full article, go to:
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/reprint/125/6/1295

IAC keeps an up-to-date list of all AAP policy statements related to immunization at http://www.immunize.org/aap

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5 A CDC Commentary video on Medscape can help you reassure your patients about the safety of HPV vaccine

On June 14, Medscape posted a 6-minute video titled "CDC Commentary: New Safety Data on the HPV Vaccine--Reassure Your Patients." In it, Dr. Claudia Vellozzi, deputy director of CDC's Immunization Safety Office, discusses important safety data on the Gardasil brand of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and gives clinicians sound guidance on communicating with patients about HPV vaccine safety.

To view the video, go to:
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/722555

Note: to access the video, you must register with Medscape. There is no charge for this service.

The video is a collaboration between CDC and Medscape; it is one of a series of commentaries designed to deliver CDC's authoritative guidance directly to healthcare professionals. To view the available commentary choices, go to: http://www.medscape.com/partners/cdc/public/cdc-commentary

Medscape, a free resource for clinicians and other healthcare professionals, provides timely and relevant clinical information.

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6 CDC updates information on supply of hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccines

On June 16, CDC posted updated information about the supply of hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccines. It is reprinted below.


Hepatitis A: The adult formulation of hepatitis A vaccine (Vaqta) from Merck will not be available in 2010. GSK is currently out of stock on both presentations (syringe and vial) of its adult hepatitis A vaccine (though some distributors may still have product available) but anticipates that sufficient supply of at least one presentation will be available to meet demand for routine adult usage of this product by the end of June. In addition, GSK's adult hepatitis A/hepatitis B combination vaccine (Twinrix) currently is available as an alternative product.

Hepatitis B: Merck's adult and dialysis formulations of their hepatitis B vaccine (Recombivax HB) currently are not available. The adult formulation will not be available during the remainder of 2010; the dialysis formulation is expected to become available in Q3 of 2010. Production and supply of GSK's adult hepatitis B vaccine (Adult Engerix-B) and Adult hepatitis A/hepatitis B combination vaccine (Twinrix) currently are sufficient to meet demand for routine adult usage of this vaccine as well as CDC's ongoing High Risk Adult Hepatitis B Initiative.

For continuing vaccine supply information, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/shortages

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7 VIS for DTaP vaccine now available in Spanish, Chinese, and Russian

Dated 5/17/07, the VIS for the pediatric diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine (DTaP) is now available in Spanish, Chinese, and Russian. IAC gratefully acknowledges the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch, for the translations.

To access the new translations of the VIS for DTaP vaccine, as well as this VIS in English and other translations, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_dtap.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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8 CDC's Adult Immunization 2010 webcast now available online

On June 14, CDC posted the Adult Immunization 2010 webcast. The content of this self-study course includes the latest recommendations for vaccines that protect against influenza; pneumococcal; tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis; human papillomavirus; and zoster. Case studies and a discussion of frequently asked questions provide the learner with the opportunity to apply course information to real-life scenarios.

For additional information, and to view the webcast, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/ed/adultimupdate

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9 Hepatitis B Foundation to hold "B Informed Now!" workshop in Los Angeles on June 26

The Hepatitis B Foundation is holding a free half-day workshop in Los Angeles on June 26. Titled "B Informed Now!" the workshop is intended for individuals and families. For additional information, go to:
http://www.hepb.org/patients/patient_workshop_series_2010.htm

Pre-registration is required. To register, go to:
http://www.hepb.org/patients/patient_workshop_la_2010_registration.htm

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