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Immunization Action Coalition
IAC Express 2010
Issue number 876: July 6, 2010
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Contents of this Issue
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  1. Reminder: June 2010 issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults available online
  2. IAC's Honor Roll for Patient Safety updated as five more healthcare organizations join; related editorial added
  3. IAC updates handout for the public about hepatitis A vaccination
  4. IAC's Video of the Week features real-life stories about vaccine-preventable diseases
  5. AAP's Vaccine Status Table is updated and online; two additional tables have been added
  6. CDC reports on hepatitis A vaccination coverage among U.S. children ages 12-23 months during 2006-09
  7. "CDC Features" educates the public about pertussis
  8. Toolkit from Project Immunize Virginia helps healthcare professionals address parents' concerns about vaccinations
  9. CDC reports on a case of vaccinia virus infection in Washington state in 2010
  10. Virtual Immunization Communication Network sponsors July 22 webinar on communication strategies for the upcoming influenza season
  11. CDC announces Immunization Update 2010 webcast, which is scheduled for August 5
  12. Reminder: Vaccine Education Center to hold symposium in Philadelphia on September 25
  13. CDC's Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases course scheduled for Lake Tahoe, November 3-5
  14. North Dakota State Immunization Conference set for August 24-25 in Mandan
  15. Reminder: PKIDs' webinar about successful social marketing coming up on July 15
  16. Fondation Merieux plans October conference on herd immunity
 
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 876: July 6, 2010
1.  Reminder: June 2010 issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults available online

The June 2010 issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are available online for viewing, downloading, and printing. Both issues focus on the importance of vaccinating healthcare personnel against influenza. The content of Vaccinate Adults is similar to that of Needle Tips, except the pediatric information has been removed from Vaccinate Adults.

To download the entire issue of Needle Tips right now, go to: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n45/n45.pdf

Complete information about the June 2010 issue of Needle Tips is available at http://www.immunize.org/nt There you will find a link for displaying and printing the entire 14-page PDF of the issue, along with a table of contents for viewing and printing individual sections of Needle Tips.

To download the entire issue of Vaccinate Adults right now, go to: http://www.immunize.org/va/va28.pdf

Complete information about the June 2010 issue of Vaccinate Adults is available at http://www.immunize.org/va

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2 IAC's Honor Roll for Patient Safety updated as five more healthcare organizations join; related editorial added

IAC encourages qualifying healthcare organizations to apply for its Honor Roll for Patient Safety. Since May 10, when IAC Express last reported on the Honor Roll for Patient Safety, four institutions and one medical practice have enrolled. The honor roll recognizes hospitals, medical practices, professional organizations, and government entities that have taken a stand for patient safety by strengthening mandatory influenza vaccination policies for healthcare workers.

The institutions that have joined since May 10 are Community Hospital of Long Beach, CA; Georgetown Hospital System, Georgetown, SC; Seven Hills Pediatric Center, Groton, MA; and University Hospital, Cincinnati, OH. The medical practice is Children's Medical Group of Saginaw Bay, Bay City, MI. The addition of these five healthcare organizations brings the total number of enrolled institutions and medical practices to 59.

The "News and Articles" section of the honor roll now includes a link to the following editorial: "Is It Ethically Permissible to Mandate Influenza Vaccination for Health Care Workers?" (Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, June 2010). To read the editorial, go to: http://www.jaapa.com/is-it-ethically-permissible-to-mandate-influenza-vaccination-for-health-care-workers/article/171485

To be included in the honor roll, an organization's mandate must require influenza vaccination for employees and must include serious measures to prevent transmission of influenza from unvaccinated workers to patients. Such measures might include a mask requirement, reassignment to non-patient-care duties, or dismissal of the employee.

To find out specific information on the mandates of the enrolled organizations, go to: http://www.immunize.org/honor-roll This web page also includes information about applying to be included on the honor roll.

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3 IAC updates handout for the public about hepatitis A vaccination

IAC recently revised "Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease--Vaccination can protect you!" to include information about hepatitis A vaccination for contacts of international adoptees. Go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4080.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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4 IAC's Video of the Week features real-life stories about vaccine-preventable diseases

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to visit a video collection of real-life stories about vaccine-preventable diseases assembled by the California Immunization Coalition (CIC). CIC's story bank includes more than 40 stories told by survivors, family members, friends, and healthcare providers. They include accounts about HPV and cervical cancer, varicella, hepatitis B, Hib, influenza, meningococcal disease, pertussis, pneumococcal disease, polio, rotavirus, and shingles. The collection also includes some story collections and public service announcements.

The link to this collection of videos will be available on the home page of IAC's website through July 11. To access it, go to: http://www.immunize.org and click on the image under the words Video of the Week. After July 11, you can access the page directly at http://shotbyshot.org/story-gallery

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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5 AAP's Vaccine Status Table is updated and online; two additional tables have been added

In June, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) posted the most recent version of its popular and useful Vaccine Status Table. The table now has three component tables:

(1) Status of Recently Submitted, Licensed, and Recommended Vaccines, which has existed since 2005, provides current information on vaccines that have been submitted to FDA for licensure and recommended for use by AAP and CDC.

(2) Newly introduced, Status of Older Vaccine Licensure and Recommendations includes information on vaccines that were licensed and recommended before 2008.

(3) Also newly introduced, Status of Recommendations for Vaccine Use in Special Circumstances or Changes in Recommended Vaccine Use includes information on vaccines such as anthrax that are not routinely recommended, and on previously licensed vaccines such as hepatitis A whose recommendations have recently changed.

To access the three tables now included in AAP's Vaccine Status Table, go to: http://aapredbook.aappublications.org/news/vaccstatus.dtl

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6 CDC reports on hepatitis A vaccination coverage among U.S. children ages 12-23 months during 2006-09

CDC published "Hepatitis A Vaccination Coverage Among U.S. Children Aged 12-23 Months--Immunization Information System Sentinel Sites, 2006-2009" in the July 2 issue of MMWR. The first paragraph is reprinted below.


Hepatitis A vaccine was first licensed as a 2-dose vaccine for children aged >=24 months in 1995. In 1996 and 1999, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended routine hepatitis A vaccination for children aged >=24 months in communities with the highest rates of the disease. In August 2005, the minimum age for which the vaccine was licensed was lowered to 12 months, and in May 2006, ACIP recommended routine vaccination of all children aged 12-23 months, regardless of risk category or location. As a result, hepatitis A incidence in the United States reached a historic low in 2007, the most recent year for which data are available. To assess hepatitis A vaccine coverage among children aged 12-23 months from 2006 through 2009, CDC used data from eight Immunization Information System (IIS) sentinel sites. Average (unweighted) hepatitis A vaccination coverage with >=1 dose at the sites increased from 17% in 2006 to 47% in 2009. Average full vaccination coverage with >=2 vaccine doses through age 23 months increased from 1% in 2006 to 15% in 2009. Vaccination coverage with >=1 dose increased the most during 2006 through the first quarter of 2007, after which the rate of increase slowed. The 2006 ACIP recommendations for routine hepatitis A vaccination of all children aged 12-23 months resulted in improved coverage, but coverage has plateaued. Immunization programs and vaccine providers should encourage hepatitis A vaccination of all children beginning at age 12 months.

To access the full article in web-text (HTML) format, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5925a3.htm

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7 "CDC Features" educates the public about pertussis

The "CDC Features" web section now includes information for the public on pertussis, a timely topic considering the current outbreak in California.

To access "Pertussis (Whooping Cough)--What You Need To Know," go to: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Pertussis

To access an alphabetical index of all "CDC Features," go to: http://www.cdc.gov/az

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8 Toolkit from Project Immunize Virginia helps healthcare professionals address parents' concerns about vaccinations

Project Immunize Virginia recently created a toolkit for physicians, nurses, and other health professionals who are in the position to answer parents' questions about vaccines. Titled Addressing Parents' Concerns about Vaccinations, the toolkit provides information about recent vaccine studies and offers suggested conversation topics and resources.

To download the toolkit, go to: http://www.immunizeva.org/tools

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9 CDC reports on a case of vaccinia virus infection in Washington state in 2010

CDC published "Vaccinia Virus Infection After Sexual Contact with a Military Smallpox Vaccinee--Washington, 2010" in the July 2 issue of MMWR. The first paragraph is reprinted below.


On March 1, 2010, the Washington State Department of Health (WADOH) notified Public Health--Seattle & King County (PHSKC) of a suspected case of contact transmission of vaccinia virus from sexual contact with a member of the military who had been vaccinated against smallpox. Vaccinia virus infection after sexual contact has been reported previously. Despite the patient's exposure history and clinical presentation, the diagnosis initially was not considered by the patient's physician, who ordered laboratory testing for several common sexually transmitted infections. The patient was seen by a second physician and referred to an infectious disease specialist, who obtained a swab sample of a genital lesion for laboratory testing for vaccinia virus. Vaccinia virus was confirmed by the Washington State Public Health Laboratory (WAPHL) and the CDC Poxvirus Laboratory. The patient resided in a household with an immunosuppressed renal transplant recipient. Appropriate contact precautions were recommended to the patient. No additional cases of contact transmission were reported. This report describes the patient's clinical course and the associated epidemiologic investigation. Healthcare providers caring for U.S. military personnel or their contacts should consider vaccinia virus infection in the differential diagnosis of clinically compatible genital lesions. Contact precautions should be emphasized to all persons who are vaccinated, as well as their contacts with unexplained lesions that might represent vaccinia infection from contact transmission.

To access the full article in web-text (HTML) format, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5925a2.htm

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10.  Virtual Immunization Communication Network sponsors July 22 webinar on communication strategies for the upcoming influenza season

The Virtual Immunization Communication Network (VIC) is sponsoring a free webinar on July 22 at 11AM Pacific time (2PM Eastern time). "The Flu Ends with U: Communication Strategies and Recommendations for the Upcoming Flu Season" will feature Kristine Sheedy, PhD, associate director for Communication Science at CDC. Dr. Sheedy will discuss the messages and communication strategies CDC plans to employ during the upcoming influenza season.

For more information, go to: http://www.vicnetwork.org Click on the red button on the right to register.

VIC is a program of the National Public Health Information Coalition in collaboration with the California Immunization Coalition.

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11.  CDC announces Immunization Update 2010 webcast, which is scheduled for August 5

CDC published "Announcement: Immunization Update 2010 Webcast" in the July 2 issue of MMWR. The announcement is reprinted below in its entirety.


CDC will present "Immunization Update 2010" via satellite broadcast and webcast on August 5, 2010. The presentation is expected to focus on current use of influenza, pneumococcal conjugate, human papillomavirus, and meningococcal vaccines. Other emerging issues will be discussed, including the latest information from the June 2010 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. The 2.5-hour broadcast will occur live from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and will be rebroadcast the same day from noon to 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time). Both broadcasts will feature a live question-and-answer session in which participants nationwide can interact with the course instructors by toll-free telephone lines.

Additional information about the program and instructions for accessing the broadcast are available at http://www2.cdc.gov/phtn/webcast/immupdate2010 Registration for Internet access is not required. Continuing education accreditation for this activity is pending. CDC is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. The program will become available as a self-study DVD and Internet-based program in September 2010. Information about the self-study program is available at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/ed/imzupdate


To access the announcement in web-text (HTML) format, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5925a4.htm

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12.  Reminder: Vaccine Education Center to hold symposium in Philadelphia on September 25

The Vaccine Education Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will hold a Vaccine Education Symposium on September 25.

For more information, download the symposium brochure at http://www.chop.edu/system/galleries/download/pdfs/articles/cme/vaccine-2010.pdf

To register online, go to: https://www.chop.edu/professionals/educational-resources/continuing-medical-education/registration.cfm/vaccine-2010

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13.  CDC's Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases course scheduled for Lake Tahoe, November 3-5

CDC's popular Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases course will be offered in Lake Tahoe, NV, November 3-5.

For comprehensive information, access the conference brochure at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/ed/downloads/nv-brochure2010.pdf

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14.  North Dakota State Immunization Conference set for August 24-25 in Mandan

The North Dakota State Immunization Conference will take place on August 24-25 in Mandan, ND.

For comprehensive information, go to: http://conferences.und.edu/immunization

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15.  Reminder: PKIDs' webinar about successful social marketing coming up on July 15

PKIDs (Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases) has scheduled a 1.5-hour webinar for July 15. The presenters--Chris Saylor and Sherri Michelstein from Alembic Health Communications--will discuss the social marketing programs that have helped the National Meningitis Association advance its mission of raising public awareness about meningococcal disease and encouraging vaccination.

The "National Meningitis Association Shares Secrets of Social Marketing Success" webinar is scheduled for July 15 at 9AM Pacific Time (noon Eastern Time). Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended. To register, go to: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/schedule/display.do?udc=p1k2n46d7jtv

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

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16.  Fondation Merieux plans October conference on herd immunity

Fondation Merieux is organizing a conference titled "Herd Immunity/Protection: An Important Indirect Benefit of Vaccination." The conference will take place at Les Pensieres in Annecy, France, October 25-27.

For information, including the conference brochure and registration form, go to: http://www.fondation-merieux.org/-upcoming-conferences-and-events.html Scroll down to the Herd Immunity event.

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