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Immunization Action Coalition

IAC Express 2010

Issue number 897: November 8, 2010

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Contents of this Issue
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  1. MMWR announces that November 12 is World Pneumonia Day
  2. IAC's Video of the Week is a PSA of Kevin McKidd--Grey's Anatomy star and World Pneumonia Day spokesperson
  3. American College of Physicians issues statement mandating influenza vaccination for healthcare workers, joining five other professional associations on IAC's Honor Roll For Patient Safety
  4. Spotlight on immunize.org: one-stop shop for official recommendations and information about vaccines
  5. Read pro-vaccine posts from the bloggers at Science-Based Medicine
  6. December 9 webinar to focus on a new model for communicating vaccine-safety information to parents
  7. New DVD for 2010! "Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults"--from the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch
  8. CDC re-launches its rotavirus web section and publishes information about rotavirus vaccines and intussusception
  9. Bulk quantities of the 2010-11 influenza vaccine pocket guides are available--FREE!--from the National Influenza Vaccine Summit
  10. MMWR publishes report on outbreaks following wild poliovirus importations in Europe, Africa, and Asia
  11. CDC publishes a large-print version of the 2010-11 VIS for injectable influenza vaccine
  12. VIS for PPSV vaccine now available in Korean
  13. PKIDs has seven upcoming webinars on using social media, many tailored to the needs of health communicators
 
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 897: November 8, 2010
1.  MMWR announces that November 12 is World Pneumonia Day

CDC published "Announcement: World Pneumonia Day--November 12, 2010" in the November 5 issue of MMWR. It is reprinted below in its entirety.


Pneumonia kills more children than any other illness; among approximately 9 million children aged <5 years who die each year worldwide, 1.6 million die from pneumonia. Through the Global Action Plan for Prevention and Control of Pneumonia, the World Health Organization and international partners recommend that the global health burden of pneumonia be reduced by (1) using vaccines against organisms that cause pneumonia, (2) providing appropriate care and treatment for persons who contract pneumonia, and (3) promoting preventive measures such as exclusive breastfeeding of infants during their first 6 months of life.

Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) account for approximately 60% of pneumonia deaths worldwide of children aged 1 month-5 years in countries that do not use pneumococcal or Hib conjugate vaccines. In the United States, pneumococcal and Hib conjugate vaccines are recommended for infants and children aged <2 years as part of the routine infant immunization schedule and have reduced morbidity and mortality from pneumococcal disease by 76% and from Hib disease by >99% among children aged <5 years. In 2010, a 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine was licensed and recommended in the United States. Collaborative international efforts are expanding use of these vaccines in developing countries.

Respiratory viruses, such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza, and measles, also are major causes of pneumonia globally. In 2005, an estimated 33.8 million episodes of RSV-associated acute lower respiratory infection occurred in children aged <5 years worldwide. Recent studies suggest that 6%-10% of childhood pneumonia is associated with influenza. Use of influenza and measles vaccines, antiviral medications, and supportive health care can reduce the burden of pneumonia caused by these viruses.

To raise awareness of the effects of pneumonia globally, the second annual World Pneumonia Day, November 12, 2010, is being promoted by a coalition of more than 100 major health, humanitarian relief, advocacy, faith-based, government, and other organizations; CDC and UNICEF are providing technical assistance. Events are scheduled at CDC and elsewhere in the United States and other countries. Additional information is available at http://worldpneumoniaday.org

To access the announcement in web-text (HTML) format, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5943a6.htm

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2 IAC's Video of the Week is a PSA of Kevin McKidd--Grey's Anatomy star and World Pneumonia Day spokesperson

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to watch a 1-minute public service announcement (PSA) featuring Grey's Anatomy star Kevin McKidd. As spokesperson for World Pneumonia Day, McKidd brings attention to pneumonia, the number-one killer of young children in the developing world.

The PSA will be available on the home page of IAC's website through November 14. To access it, go to: http://www.immunize.org and click on the image under the words Video of the Week. After November 14, access the PSA at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl0t8QSdg3I

To learn more about pneumococcal disease and World Pneumonia Day, go to: http://worldpneumoniaday.org

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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3 American College of Physicians issues statement mandating influenza vaccination for healthcare workers, joining five other professional associations on IAC's Honor Roll For Patient Safety

IAC encourages qualifying healthcare organizations to apply for its Honor Roll for Patient Safety. The honor roll recognizes hospitals, medical practices, professional organizations, and government entities that have taken a stand for patient safety by strengthening their mandatory influenza vaccination policies for healthcare workers.

Ninety organizations are now enrolled.

Since October 18, when IAC Express last reported on the Honor Roll for Patient Safety, some new entries have been made:

(1) An updated position statement from the American College of Physicians (ACP) titled "ACP Policy on Influenza Vaccination of Health Care Workers" was added to the honor roll's collection of position statements. ACP joins five other professional associations in instituting mandatory influenza vaccination policies for healthcare workers.

To read the ACP policy statement, go to: http://www.acponline.org/clinical_information/resources/adult_immunization/flu_hcw.pdf

To access the position statements of the other five professional associations included on the honor roll, go to: http://www.immunize.org/honor-roll Scroll down to the subhead titled Position Statements Endorsing Strong Mandates for Healthcare Workers.

(2) Two institutions and one medical practice have enrolled. The latest additions to the honor roll are Primary Health Medical Group, Meridian, ID; St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton, NJ; and Wellmont Heath System, Kingsport, TN.

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 specific information on the mandates of the enrolled organizations or to submit your organization's application for the honor roll, go to: http://www.immunize.org/honor-roll

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4 Spotlight on immunize.org: one-stop shop for official recommendations and information about vaccines

Looking for a one-stop shop for official recommendations and authoritative information about vaccines? Look no further. IAC's Vaccine Policy and Licensing web section provides up-to-date links to information from CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics, Food and Drug Administration, Institute of Medicine, and World Health Organization.

The vaccine-related recommendations, policy statements, product approvals, publications, and position statements from the previously mentioned organizations can be accessed by year of publication, by vaccine, or by topic area. To access IAC's section on Vaccine Policy and Licensure, visit http://www.immunize.org/vacpolicy

For quick access to each section, use these handy quick links:

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5 Read pro-vaccine posts from the bloggers at Science-Based Medicine

In response to some anti-vaccine activists taking it upon themselves to declare the first week of November as "Vaccine Awareness Week," the bloggers at Science-Based Medicine (SBM) have decided to put together their own science-based vaccine awareness week. To that end, they and many of their fellow science bloggers have amassed as many science-based posts about vaccines and public health as they can find.

To read the posts, go to SBM's Vaccine Awareness web section: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/SBM-VaccineAwareness

An independent endeavor of several physicians, SBM is involved in exploring issues and controversies in the relationship between science and medicine.

To access SBM's home page, go to: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org

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6 December 9 webinar to focus on a new model for communicating vaccine-safety information to parents

A webinar, "Making the CASE for Vaccine Safety: A New Model for Communicating with Parents," is scheduled for December 9 from noon-1:00 pm Eastern time. The speaker is Alison Singer, MBA, founder and president of the Autism Science Foundation (ASF). This program will focus on the science of autism and the latest research regarding autism. It will also address barriers to communication, the top parental concerns regarding vaccines, and how to address these concerns using the CASE method.

The webinar is sponsored by the School of Public Health, State University of New York, Albany.

To register, go to: http://www.informz.net/ualbany-sph/event.asp?eid=3841

For assistance, contact Sue Brooks at (518) 486-6453 or at coned@albany.edu

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7 New DVD for 2010! "Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults"--from the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Immunization Branch, recently updated its award-winning training video, "Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults." The 25-minute program can be used to train new employees and to refresh the skills of experienced staff. The video demonstrates the skills and techniques needed to administer vaccines to patients of all ages. It includes instruction on the following:

  • Selecting, preparing, and administering injectable, oral, and nasal vaccines
  • Documenting immunizations
  • Making patients comfortable and educating them
  • Facilitating staff and patient communication

Prices start at $17 each for 1-9 copies and are greatly reduced for large orders, dropping to $4.25 each for 1,000-1,500 copies.

To learn more about the DVD, and find out how to order it, go to: http://www.immunize.org/shop/toolkit_iztechdvd.asp

For quotes on larger quantities, call (651) 647-9009 or email admininfo@immunize.org

The Immunization Action Coalition is the only nationwide vendor of this new DVD.

Note for healthcare settings located in California: Contact your local health department immunization program for a free copy.

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8 CDC re-launches its rotavirus web section and publishes information about rotavirus vaccines and intussusception

CDC recently re-launched its rotavirus web section, giving it a new look and adding updated information for the public and clinicians. Information for the public includes material about the disease, symptoms, vaccine, and treatment, some of which is available in Spanish as well as English. Information for clinicians includes material on the disease's clinical and epidemiologic features, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, as well as textbooks and publications. Some clinical information is available in Spanish.

To visit the updated rotavirus web section, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/rotavirus

On November 3, CDC posted information for healthcare professionals titled "Statement Regarding Rotarix and RotaTeq Rotavirus Vaccines and Intussusception." To access it, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/rotavirus/intussusception-studies-acip.htm

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9 Bulk quantities of the 2010-11 influenza vaccine pocket guides are available--FREE!--from the National Influenza Vaccine Summit

To aid in efforts to vaccinate against influenza, the Immunization Action Coalition is inviting IAC Express readers to place orders now for bulk quantities of the National Influenza Vaccine Summit's 2010-11 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Pocket Information Guides. They're free--you can order them in the hundreds or thousands!

These laminated, 3.75 x 6.75-inch, 2-color cards serve as a convenient reference for front-line healthcare professionals who vaccinate patients. The cards provide the following information:

  • Indications, contraindications, and precautions for the injectable and intranasal seasonal influenza vaccines
  • Clear direction regarding which children need 2 doses of influenza vaccine this year
  • Dosage, route of administration, and indicated age group for all the various seasonal influenza vaccine products
  • Talking points for discussing seasonal influenza vaccination with patients

See an image of the seasonal influenza vaccine pocket guide at http://www.preventinfluenza.org/fluguide/pocketguide_flu.pdf

These pocket guides also serve as a reminder to keep giving seasonal influenza vaccine throughout influenza season (through the spring months).

The Summit is also pleased to be able to offer pocket guides for the administration of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV). See an image of the PPSV pocket guide at http://www.immunize.org/ppvguide/pocketguide.pdf

Each of these pocket guides is designed to be used by healthcare professionals only; THEY ARE NOT PATIENT HANDOUTS.

HOW TO ORDER
Place your order at http://www.preventinfluenza.org/pocketguides There is no cost for the pocket guides, shipping, or handling within the U.S. They're going fast, so to avoid disappointment, place your order ASAP!

If you have questions, email admininfo@immunize.org

BACKGROUND
These pocket guides were developed by, and are being provided under the sponsorship of the National Influenza Vaccine Summit, http://www.preventinfluenza.org The Summit brings together public and private stakeholders to facilitate and promote influenza vaccination. The pocket guides are also distributed by many major medical, nursing, and pharmacist organizations, specialty societies, state health departments, Indian Health Service Area facilities, quality improvement organizations, visiting nurse associations, community vaccinators, and many others.

Thanks for your dedication to immunization, and don't forget to keep vaccinating against seasonal influenza through the spring months!

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10.  MMWR publishes report on outbreaks following wild poliovirus importations in Europe, Africa, and Asia

CDC published "Outbreaks Following Wild Poliovirus Importations--Europe, Africa, and Asia, January 2009-September 2010" in the November issue of MMWR. The first paragraph is reprinted below.


The Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) began in 1988. By 2006, indigenous transmission of wild poliovirus (WPV) had been interrupted in all but four countries (Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and Pakistan). However, outbreaks following WPV importations into previously polio-free countries remain an ongoing risk until polio is eradicated. The GPEI Strategic Plan for 2010-2012 set the following two goals for outbreak control: (1) end outbreaks occurring in 2009 by mid-2010 and (2) end outbreaks occurring during 2010 to mid-2012 within 6 months of confirmation. This report describes new outbreaks that have occurred in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region and updates previous reports on the status of outbreaks in Africa and Asia. In 2010, the first WPV importation into the European Region since the region was declared polio-free in 2002 resulted in 476 confirmed cases: 458 in Tajikistan, 14 in Russia, three in Turkmenistan, and one in Kazakhstan. In Africa and Asia, 11 new importations into six countries were observed in 2010; 30 WPV importations that occurred during 2008-2009 resulted in 215 cases in 15 African countries during 2009-2010. An outbreak is considered interrupted if 6 months have elapsed since the latest confirmed case and surveillance performance indicators meet WHO standards. All 2009 outbreaks in Africa appear to have been interrupted, and 2010 outbreaks in three countries appear to have been interrupted. Maintaining high routine vaccination coverage and sensitive surveillance at all times and rapidly instituting additional immunization programs to control outbreaks are key to limiting and stopping the spread of WPV.

To access the full article in web-text (HTML) format, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5943a1.htm

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11.  CDC publishes a large-print version of the 2010-11 VIS for injectable influenza vaccine

On October 29, CDC published a large-print version of the 2010-11 VIS for trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV; injectable). The intent is to make the VIS easier for elderly patients to read. The large-print version occupies four pages, instead of the usual two, but is otherwise identical to the standard version.

To access the large-print version, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-flu-largetype.pdf

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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12.  VIS for PPSV vaccine now available in Korean

The current VIS for pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV) is now available in Korean. IAC gratefully acknowledges the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch, for the translations.

To access the Korean translation of the VIS for PPSV vaccine, as well as the PPSV vaccine VIS in English and other translations, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_ppsv.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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13.  PKIDs has seven upcoming webinars on using social media, many tailored to the needs of health communicators

PKIDs (Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases) has scheduled seven new webinars for November and December. These include some on using social media in health communications and in nonprofit communications.

Simple registration (free) is all that's required to learn more about the webinars, to register for them, and to watch archived webinars. To register, go to http://network.pkids.org or http://www.pkids.org/cme

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