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Immunization Action Coalition

IAC Express 2011

Issue number 907: January 3, 2011

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Contents of this Issue
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  1. IAC revises its two most popular handouts, "Summary of Recommendations for Child/Teen Immunization" and "Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization"
  2. IAC updates standing orders for administering Td/Tdap to adults and to children ages 7 and older
  3. IAC's Video of the Week features personal accounts of women who have struggled with HPV and cervical cancer
  4. Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating!
  5. Award-winning DVD! "Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults"--from the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch
  6. MMWR publishes report on U.S. influenza activity during October-December 2010
  7. Six VISs now available in Nepali
 
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 907: January 3, 2011
1.  IAC revises its two most popular handouts, "Summary of Recommendations for Child/Teen Immunization" and "Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization"

CIAC recently updated its two most downloaded handouts, the ones staff find most useful for delivering vaccine services. They are "Summary of Recommendations for Child/Teen Immunization" and "Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization."

The Td/Tdap and meningococcal conjugate vaccine sections of both summaries were significantly changed to reflect recent revisions ACIP made to its recommendations. In addition, the MMR and varicella sections of the child/teen summary were updated based on recently revised ACIP recommendations.

To access "Summary of Recommendations for Child/Teen Immunization," go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2010.pdf

To access "Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization," go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2011.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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2 IAC updates standing orders for administering Td/Tdap to adults and to children ages 7 and older

IAC recently revised "Standing Orders for Administering Tetanus-Diphtheria Toxoids & Pertussis Vaccine (Td/Tdap) to Adults" and "Standing Orders for Administering Td/Tdap to Children Ages 7 Years and Older." Both are now updated with the most recent ACIP recommendations.

(1) For "Standing Orders for Administering Tetanus-Diphtheria Toxoids & Pertussis Vaccine (Td/Tdap) to Adults," go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3078.pdf

(2) For "Standing Orders for Administering Td/Tdap to Children Ages 7 Years and Older," go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3078a.pdf

To access a table with links to all IAC's standing orders protocols for vaccine administration and medical management of vaccine reactions, as well as guidance for newborn-nursery hepatitis B vaccination, go to: http://www.immunize.org/standing-orders

 
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3 IAC's Video of the Week features personal accounts of women who have struggled with HPV and cervical cancer

In observance of January as Cervical Cancer Prevention Month, IAC is offering a selection of short videos (each about 4 minutes) of women relating their experiences with HPV and cervical cancer. Developed by various organizations, the videos are posted on the California Immunization Coalition's award-winning website, Shot by Shot. The website is a repository of stories about people with vaccine-preventable diseases.

The videos will be available on the home page of IAC's website through January 9. To access them, go to: http://www.immunize.org and click on the image under the words Video of the Week. After January 9, you can access these and other videos directly from the Shot by Shot website 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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4 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

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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5 Award-winning DVD! "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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6 MMWR publishes report on U.S. influenza activity during October-December 2010

CDC published "Update: Influenza Activity--United States, October 3-December 11, 2010" in the December 24, 2010, issue of MMWR. Portions of the report are printed below.


During October 3-December 11, 2010, influenza activity remained low in most regions of the United States. Influenza viruses characterized thus far in the influenza season are well matched to the strains included in the 2010-11 influenza vaccine. This report summarizes U.S. influenza activity during this period. . . .

Editorial Note
Influenza activity in the United States during October 3-December 11 was low overall, with co-circulation of influenza A (H3N2), 2009 A (H1N1), and B viruses. Regional differences in influenza activity have been noted, with the highest levels seen in the southeastern states, where influenza B viruses have predominated. Influenza activity likely will continue to increase in the weeks ahead. During the 2009-10 season, as a result of pandemic 2009 influenza A (H1N1) circulation, influenza activity peaked unusually early (late October); however, during 22 of the 27 influenza seasons before the 2009-10 season, influenza activity peaked in January or later. Healthcare providers should offer influenza vaccination throughout the influenza season to protect as many persons as possible from influenza virus infection and its complications. . . .


To access the full article in web-text (HTML) format, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5950a4.htm

 
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7 Six VISs now available in Nepali

VISs for vaccines that protect against DTaP, hepatitis B, MMR, polio, Td/Tdap, and varicella are now available on the IAC website. IAC gratefully acknowledges the Kentucky Office for Refugees in Louisville for the translations.

To access the Nepali VISs and their English-language counterparts, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_nepali.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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