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Immunization Action Coalition

IAC Express 2010

Issue number 905: December 20, 2010

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Contents of this Issue
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  1. Happy holidays from all of us at IAC
  2. HHS announces that Walgreens will donate $10 million in vouchers to vaccinate 350,000 people against influenza
  3. IAC's Video of the Week features a PKIDs' video of a mother's account of her family's struggle with pertussis
  4. Spotlight on immunize.org: Browse through the two-year archive of IAC's "Video of the Week" offerings
  5. IAC updates information on the popular handout "It's federal law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)"
  6. IAC's screening questionnaires for child/teen and adult contraindications and precautions to immunization are now available in Spanish and six other languages
  7. New IAC piece offers birthing hospitals sample text for admission orders for hepatitis B vaccination in newborn nursery
  8. Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating!
  9. New DVD for 2010! "Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults"--from the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch
  10. CDC issues guidelines for preventing, diagnosing, and treating sexually transmitted diseases
  11. CDC offers clinicians guidance on using rapid influenza diagnostic tests during the 2010-11 influenza season
  12. "P.J. Gets Wise" adolescent immunization DVD available free to physicians' offices and health departments
  13. Many of PKIDs' January and February webinars on using social media are tailored to the needs of health communicators
  14. NFID's Conference on Vaccine Research scheduled for May 16-18; deadline for abstract submission is January 24
  15. Phacilitate's North American Vaccine Forum is set for January 24-26 in Washington, DC
  16. Meeting on creating a global collaborative network for vaccine safety studies is planned for March 28-30 in Annecy, France
 
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 905: December 20, 2010
1.  Happy holidays from all of us at IAC

All of us at IAC wish the readers of IAC Express a safe, happy, and relaxing holiday season--free from influenza, pertussis, and all other vaccine-preventable diseases.

We will not be producing an issue on December 27. We'll  email you the next issue on January 3.
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2 HHS announces that Walgreens will donate $10 million in vouchers to vaccinate 350,000 people against influenza

On December 17, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a press release titled "HHS and Walgreens Announce New Effort Aimed at Addressing Health Disparities in Flu Vaccination." A portion of it is reprinted below.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that Walgreens has agreed to donate $10 million in vouchers for free flu shots to 350,000 eligible uninsured and underserved people in 15 markets across the country.

Secretary Sebelius made the announcement earlier today in a conference call with Assistant Secretary for Health Dr. Howard Koh, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Dr. Dan Jernigan, and Walgreens President of Pharmacy Services, Kermit Crawford. The announcement is part of a larger demonstration project being undertaken by HHS and its partners to address continuing health disparities in flu vaccination rates. . . .

Vouchers are good for one flu shot at any Walgreens pharmacy, Duane Reade pharmacy in New York, or Take Care Clinic, and will be available beginning early next week in the following metropolitan areas:
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Bronx, NY
  • Chicago, IL
  • Houston, TX
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Newark, NJ
  • Oakland, CA
  • Philadelphia, PA

Vouchers will also soon be distributed and available through local health agencies in

  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Miami-Dade County, FL
  • Palm Beach, FL
  • Seattle, WA
  • Waco, TX
  • Washington, DC
  • Northern New Hampshire
  • Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, NY


To access the complete press release, go to: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/12/20101217a.html
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3 IAC's Video of the Week features a PKIDs' video of a mother's account of her family's struggle with pertussis

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to watch a 3.5-minute video created by PKIDs (Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases). The video features a mother's account of how she unknowingly infected her infant son with pertussis. It aims to persuade people to get a booster dose of Tdap vaccine to protect infants from contracting pertussis.

The video will be available on the home page of IAC's website through January 2. To access it, go to: http://www.immunize.org and click on the image under the words Video of the Week.

After January 2, you can access the video at http://www.pkids.org/im_videos_pertussis.php Audio and video public service announcements with run times of 30 and 60 seconds are also available.

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 Spotlight on immunize.org: Browse through the two-year archive of IAC's "Video of the Week" offerings

Looking for vaccine-related videos or public service announcements? Look no further. IAC's "Video of the Week" archive features 90 videos that promote education and awareness of immunization issues to health professionals, their patients, the public, and the media. Each of these videos has been featured for a week on IAC's home page at www.immunize.org and a new video is displayed every Monday. Be sure to check IAC's home page weekly for the latest video.

Since launching Video of the Week in December 2008, IAC has presented videos on vaccine and immunization topics, including relevant webcasts from government agencies, immunization-specific continuing education programs, and public service announcements from trusted sources.

To view the complete collection of IAC's Videos of the Week from the past, go to the video archive at http://www.immunize.org/votw
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5 IAC updates information on the popular handout "It's federal law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)"

IAC recently updated the handout "It's federal law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)" to include all new and revised VISs released through December 6, 2010. Go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2027.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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6 IAC's screening questionnaires for child/teen and adult contraindications and precautions to immunization are now available in Spanish and six other languages

Updated in October, IAC's two most popular handouts--"Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization" and "Screening Questionnaire for Adult Immunization"--are now available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.


CHILD/TEEN SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE

The English-language version is available at http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060.pdf

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

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


ADULT SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE

The English-language version is available at http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4065.pdf

For Spanish: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4065-01.pdf

For Arabic: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4065-20.pdf

For Chinese: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4065-08.pdf

For French: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4065-10.pdf

For Korean: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4065-09.pdf

For Russian: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4065-07.pdf

For Vietnamese: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4065-05.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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7 New IAC piece offers birthing hospitals sample text for admission orders for hepatitis B vaccination in newborn nursery

IAC recently created a new piece for healthcare settings, "Sample Text for Admission Orders for Hepatitis B Vaccine Birth Dose in Newborn Nursery." It is intended to help birthing hospitals create and implement policies and procedures that will protect newborns by giving them the recommended birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine (and hepatitis B immune globulin, if needed) before hospital discharge. Birthing hospitals that have not already implemented their own policies and procedures are encouraged to adapt the sample text for use in their newborn nurseries. Go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2131.pdf

The text of "Sample Text for Admission Orders for Hepatitis B Vaccine Birth Dose in Newborn Nursery" is based on CDC's "A Comprehensive Immunization Strategy to Eliminate Transmission of Hepatitis B Virus Infection in the United States. Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Part 1: Immunization of Infants, Children, and Adolescents," which was published as an MMWR Recommendations and Reports on December 23, 2005. CDC recommendations about how to implement hospital policies and procedures begin on page 14 of the document.

To access the recommendations in ready-to-print (PDF) format, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/rr/rr5416.pdf

To access a companion piece to "Sample Text for Admission Orders for Hepatitis B Vaccine Birth Dose in Newborn Nursery," see IAC's "Admission Orders for Labor & Delivery and Newborn Units to Prevent Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Transmission" at http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2130.pdf

To access IAC's collection of resources related to the hepatitis B vaccine birth dose, go to: http://www.immunize.org/birthdose
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8 Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating!

Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older, so please keep vaccinating your patients.

If you don't have influenza vaccine, you can direct patients to the Google Flu Vaccine Finder. It helps the public find nearby locations where influenza vaccine is available. It's as simple as entering a zip code. Visit the Google Flu Vaccine Finder: http://www.google.com/flushot

To purchase supplies of influenza vaccine, visit IVATS, the Influenza Vaccine Availability Tracking System. IVATS is operated by the National Influenza Vaccine Summit and provides information about vaccine manufacturers and distributors who have influenza vaccine available for purchase. To access IVATS, go to: http://www.preventinfluenza.org/ivats

Following is a list of resources related to influenza disease and vaccination for healthcare professionals and the public.
To access IAC's handouts related to influenza, including screening questionnaires, patient education pieces, and sample standing orders, go to: http://www.immunize.org/handouts/influenza-vaccines.asp

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9 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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10.  CDC issues guidelines for preventing, diagnosing, and treating sexually transmitted diseases

On December 17, MMWR published "Sexually Transmitted Diseases Treatment Guidelines, 2010" as an MMWR Recommendations and Reports. It includes information about the use of the following vaccines in certain populations: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and human papillomavirus (HPV). CDC has created an STD Treatment Guidelines 2010 webpage; information about it is included at the end of this IAC Express article.

To access the complete recommendations in ready-to-print (PDF) format, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/rr/rr5912.pdf

To access the complete recommendations in web-text (HTML) format, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5912a1.htm

CDC's STD Treatment Guidelines 2010 webpage (http://www.cdc.gov/std/treatment/2010) includes information on ordering hard copies of the guidelines, as well as wall charts and pocket guides. A podcast featuring lead author, Dr. Kimberly Workowski, will be posted on December 20 for viewing. CDC is also developing iPhone and eBook applications. For more information, see the Dear Colleague Letter and visit the webpage using the link given at the top of this paragraph.
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11.  CDC offers clinicians guidance on using rapid influenza diagnostic tests during the 2010-11 influenza season

On December 14, CDC posted "Guidance for Clinicians on the Use of Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests for the 2010-2011 Influenza Season."

To access the document in ready-to-print (PDF) format, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/professionals/diagnosis/clinician_guidance_ridt.pdf

To access the document in web-text (HTML) format, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/diagnosis/clinician_guidance_ridt.htm
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12.  "P.J. Gets Wise" adolescent immunization DVD available free to physicians' offices and health departments

This 10-minute video reflects real-life situations as P.J., a pre-teen girl, learns about the shots she needs to prevent serious diseases. The video was developed by the Mid America Immunization Coalition, Kansas City, MO.

It is available free to physician offices and health departments. For $25, school districts can order a DVD toolkit that includes a curriculum containing a supplementary PowerPoint and handouts.

To view a trailer, get more information, and access an order form, go to: http://www.mchc.net You'll find a link in the right column under the words MCHC Merchandise.
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13.  Many of PKIDs' January and February webinars on using social media are tailored to the needs of health communicators

PKIDs (Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases) has scheduled six new webinars for January and February. Included are some on using social media in health communications.

Simple registration (free) is all that's required to learn more about the webinars, register for them, and watch archived versions of them. To register, go to http://network.pkids.org or http://www.pkids.org/cme
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14.  NFID's Conference on Vaccine Research scheduled for May 16-18; deadline for abstract submission is January 24

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) will hold its annual Conference on Vaccine Research in Baltimore on May 16-18. The deadline for submitting abstracts is January 24.

To access the online abstract submission form and information about the conference, go to: http://www.nfid.org/conferences/vaccine11

On December 17, CDC published information about the conference in an MMWR article titled "Announcement: 14th Annual Conference on Vaccine Research."

To access the announcement in web-text (HTML) format, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5949a4.htm
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15.  Phacilitate's North American Vaccine Forum is set for January 24-26 in Washington, DC

Scheduled for January 24-26 in Washington, DC, Phacilitate's North American Vaccine Forum is a meeting place for the senior-level industry and public-sector individuals who are driving the development of novel prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines.

For information, go to: http://www.phacilitate.co.uk/pages/washington_vac
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16.  Meeting on creating a global collaborative network for vaccine safety studies is planned for March 28-30 in Annecy, France

A meeting to explore the creation of a global collaborative network for vaccine safety studies is planned for March 28-30 at Les Pensieres Conference Center, Annecy, France.

To download the meeting program and the registration form, go to: http://www.fondation-merieux.org/-upcoming-conferences-and-events.html Scroll down to the pertinent conference.

For additional information, email Catherine Dutel at catherine.dutel@fondation-merieux.org
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