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Immunization Action Coalition
IAC Express 2010
Issue number 879: July 26, 2010
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Contents of this Issue
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  1. ACIP publishes recommendations for use of anthrax vaccine
  2. MMWR reports on gastrointestinal anthrax after an animal-hide drumming event
  3. IAC updates patient handout "Should You Be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis B?"
  4. IAC's Video of the Week provides training on injection safety
  5. IAC's updated "Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization" and "Are you 11-19 years old?" available in 8 translations
  6. Spanish translations of Td/Tdap, meningococcal, MMR, and multi-vaccine VISs now available
  7. Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine corrects its adolescent immunization schedule
  8. Webcast on vaccine handling and storage scheduled for August 26
  9. Reminder: August 5 is the date for "Immunization Update 2010"
  10. PKIDs' July 28 webinar to focus on CDC's 2010-11 influenza vaccination campaign; August 3 webinar to focus on California's experience with social media
  11. 2010 Influenza Congress USA is scheduled for November 8-10 in Washington, DC
 
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 879: July 26, 2010
1.  ACIP publishes recommendations for use of anthrax vaccine

CDC published "Use of Anthrax Vaccine in the United States: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2009" in the July 23 MMWR Recommendations and Reports. The Summary section is reprinted below.


These recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) update the previous recommendations for anthrax vaccine adsorbed (AVA) (CDC. Use of anthrax vaccine in the United States: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices [ACIP]. MMWR 2000;49:1-20; CDC. Use of anthrax vaccine in response to terrorism: supplemental recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices [ACIP]. MMWR 2002;51:1024-6) and reflect the status of anthrax vaccine supplies in the United States. This statement (1) provides updated information on anthrax epidemiology; (2) summarizes the evidence regarding the effectiveness and efficacy, immunogenicity, and safety of AVA; (3) provides recommendations for pre-event and preexposure use of AVA; and (4) provides recommendations for postexposure use of AVA. In certain instances, recommendations that did not change were clarified. No new licensed anthrax vaccines are presented.

Substantial changes to these recommendations include the following: (1) reducing the number of doses required to complete the pre-event and preexposure primary series from 6 doses to 5 doses, (2) recommending intramuscular rather than subcutaneous AVA administration for preexposure use, (3) recommending AVA as a component of postexposure prophylaxis in pregnant women exposed to aerosolized Bacillus anthracis spores, (4) providing guidance regarding preexposure vaccination of emergency and other responder organizations under the direction of an occupational health program, and (5) recommending 60 days of antimicrobial prophylaxis in conjunction with 3 doses of AVA for optimal protection of previously unvaccinated persons after exposure to aerosolized B. anthracis spores.


To access "Use of Anthrax Vaccine in the United States: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2009," go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr5906.pdf

To access all final ACIP recommendations, go to: http://www.immunize.org/acip IAC's ACIP web section allows visitors to sort documents by date, vaccine, and topic. Bookmark this link for easy access to all provisional and final ACIP recommendations.

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2 MMWR reports on gastrointestinal anthrax after an animal-hide drumming event

CDC published "Gastrointestinal Anthrax after an Animal-Hide Drumming Event--New Hampshire and Massachusetts, 2009" in the July 23 issue of MMWR. A summary made available to the press is reprinted below.


When investigating any anthrax case (cutaneous, inhalation, or gastrointestinal), public health agencies should consider that any exposure to animal-hide drums (making drum, playing drums, or participating in drumming events) carries a potential, although remote, risk for anthrax exposure. Cases of cutaneous and inhalation anthrax have been reported in persons who have had exposures to imported animal-hide drums contaminated with B. anthracis. But, this report describes the first gastrointestinal anthrax case related to animal-hide drum exposures. Therefore, when investigating any anthrax case, public health agencies should consider any exposure to animal-hide drums as potential exposure sources. However, it is important to keep in mind that drumming circles are common activities, and given the extreme rarity of cases like the one reported here, the risk for infection is considered very low. Lastly, detection of unknown gram-positive bacilli from patients with illnesses consistent with B. anthracis infection should result in immediate notification of the healthcare provider, laboratorians, and public health officials.

To access the full article in web-text (HTML) format, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5928a3.htm

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3 IAC updates patient handout "Should You Be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis B?"

IAC recently revised the patient handout "Should You Be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis B?" The check boxes were removed so patients wouldn't have to choose a reason for requesting vaccination. The risk factors were also reviewed and updated. Go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2191.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 provides training on injection safety

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to watch a 10-minute training video on injection safety.

In 2009, the Safe Injection Practices Coalition (SIPC) launched the "One and Only" campaign. The campaign's slogan is "One Needle, One Syringe, and Only One Time" for each and every injection. To help healthcare workers improve patient safety, SIPC is now offering an educational video that is a straight-to-the-point lesson on safe injection practices.

For information on the campaign, go to: http://www.oneandonlycampaign.org

The video will be available on the home page of IAC's website through August 1. 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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5 IAC's updated "Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization" and "Are you 11-19 years old?" available in 8 translations

Updated in June 2010, IAC's "Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization" is now available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Russian, Turkish, and Vietnamese, as well as in the previously available Spanish and English.

For Arabic: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060-20.pdf

For Chinese: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060-08.pdf

For French: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060-10.pdf

For Korean: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060-09.pdf

For Russian: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060-07.pdf

For Spanish: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060-01.pdf

For Turkish: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060-21.pdf

For Vietnamese: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060-05.pdf

For English: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060.pdf

Updated in May 2010, IAC's patient handout "Are you 11-19 years old? Then you need to be vaccinated against these serious diseases!" is now available in Turkish, as well as the previously available Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Russian, Vietnamese, and English.

For Arabic: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020-20.pdf

For Chinese: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020-08.pdf

For French: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020-10.pdf

For Korean: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020-09.pdf

For Russian: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020-07.pdf

For Spanish: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020-01.pdf

For Turkish: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020-21.pdf

For Vietnamese: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020-05.pdf

For English: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020.pdf

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6 Spanish translations of Td/Tdap, meningococcal, MMR, and multi-vaccine VISs now available

IAC recently posted Spanish translations of the Td/Tdap, meningococcal, MMR, and multi-vaccine VISs on its website. IAC gratefully acknowledges the Oregon Immunization Program for the translations.

To access all available Spanish VIS translations, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_spanish.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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7 Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine corrects its adolescent immunization schedule

The July 19th issue of IAC Express included an article about the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine's immunization schedule specifically targeted to individuals ages 10-25 years. An astute reader pointed out an error in footnotes 6 and 7 related to Twinrix age indications.

You can access the corrected schedule here.

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8 Webcast on vaccine handling and storage scheduled for August 26

A free webcast on proper vaccine storage and handling is scheduled for August 26, from 9:00-10:30 AM Eastern Time. "Protecting your Vaccine: Protecting your Patients" is sponsored by the School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York; New York State Department of Health; New York State Association of County Health Officials; New York State Nurses Association; and New York State Community Health Partnership.

For more information, go to: http://www.informz.net/ualbany-sph/event.asp?eid=3697

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9 Reminder: August 5 is the date for "Immunization Update 2010"

August 5 is the date for this year's highly anticipated "Immunization Update," presented by CDC experts. The 2010 course instructors include William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH; Donna L. Weaver, RN, MN; Andrew T. Kroger, MD, MPH; Iyabode Akinsanya-Beysolow, MD, MPH, FAAP; and guest experts.

This live satellite broadcast and webcast will provide up-to-date information on the rapidly changing field of immunization. Anticipated topics include influenza, pneumococcal conjugate, human papillomavirus, and meningococcal vaccines. Other emerging issues will be discussed, including the latest information from the June ACIP meeting. To read more about the course content, go to: http://www2a.cdc.gov/PHTN//immupdate2010

The 2.5-hour broadcast will occur live from 9:00 to 11:30 AM and will be re-broadcast that day from 12:00 noon to 2:30 PM (Eastern Time). Both broadcasts will feature a live question-and-answer session in which participants nationwide can interact with the course instructors via toll-free telephone lines.

To register to attend the broadcast at a specific location, or to search for available locations, visit the CDC/ATSDR Training and Continuing Education Online System at http://www2a.cdc.gov/TCEOnline For questions about registration, call (800)418-7246 or email ce@cdc.gov

Note: You do not need to register to participate in the webcast. To access the live webcast on August 5, go to http://www2a.cdc.gov/PHTN//webcast/immupdate2010 and follow the instructions. The webcast will be available online for one month following the broadcast. To access it, go to the same web page.

For additional questions regarding program content, please email nipinfo@cdc.gov

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10.  PKIDs' July 28 webinar to focus on CDC's 2010-11 influenza vaccination campaign; August 3 webinar to focus on California's experience with social media

PKIDs (Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases) has scheduled a 90-minute webinar for July 28. It will provide an overview of CDC's plans for the 2010-11 influenza vaccination communication campaign. Another 90-minute webinar on August 3 will feature representatives from California's state and county health departments discussing their experiences with social media. The webinars are part of Communications Made Easy, a PKIDs' program intended to help immunization educators learn the ropes of social marketing and traditional and social media.

"Sneak Preview: CDC's 2010-11 Influenza Vaccination Campaign Plans" is scheduled for July 28 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=waxwm5c9crb4

"Health Departments Opening Up to Social Media" is scheduled for August 3 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=sp0x58kzn3w5

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

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11.  2010 Influenza Congress USA is scheduled for November 8-10 in Washington, DC

Influenza Congress USA 2010 will be held in Washington, DC, on November 8-10. For comprehensive information, go to: http://www.terrapinn.com/2010/usaflu

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