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Immunization Action Coalition

IAC Express 2011

Issue number 908: January 10, 2011

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Contents of this Issue
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  1. New: January 2011 issue of Needle Tips is now online
  2. British Medical Journal publishes article that exposes Wakefield paper as fraudulent
  3. IAC's Video of the Week features new CNN interview about vaccines and autism
  4. Just published: Dr. Paul A. Offit's new book, "Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All"
  5. FDA approves Gardasil for prevention of anal cancer
  6. Spotlight on immunize.org: More on Needle Tips, including back issues and the magazine viewer option
  7. Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating!
  8. IAC updates "Quick Chart of Vaccine-Preventable Terms in Multiple Languages"
  9. Free: Influenza posters and a DVD available for order from CDC
  10. American Lung Association releases report on influenza and pneumococcal vaccination rates
  11. MMWR reports on public health response to rabid dog in animal shelter
  12. Award-winning DVD! "Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults"--from the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch
  13. Nominate a nurse for an ANA Immunity Award
  14. ACIP meeting scheduled for February 23-24 in Atlanta; registration deadlines are in early February
  15. Check out PKIDs' January and February webinars on using social media
  16. Reminder: Clinical Vaccinology Course set for March 4-6 in Chicago
  17. Vaccine World Summit India scheduled for March 1-3 in New Delhi
 
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 908: January 10, 2011
1.  New: January 2011 issue of Needle Tips is now online

The January 2011 issue of Needle Tips is now online for downloading at http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n47/n47.pdf

The issue, which features information on ACIP's votes at its October 2010 meeting for expanded use of both Tdap and MCV4 vaccine, also includes these features:
  • Ask the Experts from CDC experts William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, and Andrew T. Kroger, MD, MPH
     
  • Vaccine Highlights: Recommendations, Schedules, and More
     
  • A summary of ACIP's vote to broaden recommendations for use of Tdap vaccine and MCV4
     
  • The newly updated "Summary of Recommendations for Child/Teen Immunization" and "Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization," IAC's two most popular educational handouts for healthcare professionals

To access the Needle Tips table of contents where you can view and print individual sections, go to: http://www.immunize.org/nt Back issues are accessible from this page as well.

To download a PDF of the entire 18-page issue, go to: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n47/n47.pdf

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2 British Medical Journal publishes article that exposes Wakefield paper as fraudulent

On January 5, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published the first part of a special series about Dr. Andrew Wakefield's 1998 paper that linked MMR vaccine and the development of autism. In the article titled "Secrets of the MMR Scare: How the Case against the MMR Vaccine Was Fixed," investigative journalist Brian Deer clearly documents how Wakefield's study was actually an elaborate fraud.

The journal includes an accompanying editorial by BMJ editor-in-chief Fiona Godlee, MD; Jane Smith, deputy editor; and Harvey Marcovitch, associate editor, titled "Wakefield's Article Linking MMR Vaccine and Autism Was Fraudulent." The journal has made the complete text of both Deer's article and the editorial available online free of charge. Healthcare professionals may want to make copies for vaccine-hesitant parents.

The article has received broad television, radio, print, and online media coverage around the world since its publication.

To read "Secrets of the MMR Scare: How the Case against the MMR Vaccine Was Fixed" by journalist Brian Deer, go to: http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.c5347.full

To read the related BMJ editorial by Fiona Godlee, et al., go to: http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.c7452.full

 
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3 IAC's Video of the Week features new CNN interview about vaccines and autism

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to watch a 6.5-minute CNN clip from January 7 that focuses on the repercussions of Dr. Andrew Wakefield's fraudulent study linking vaccines and autism. In the interview, Alison Singer, president and co-founder of the Autism Science Foundation, encourages the public and medical community to "finally put the question of vaccines and autism behind us" and "invest in studies that will allow us to find out what does cause autism."

The video will be available on the home page of IAC's website through January 16. 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
 
To visit the Autism Science Foundation website, go to: http://www.autismsciencefoundation.org
 
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4 Just published: Dr. Paul A. Offit's new book, "Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All"

Just published, "Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All," discusses the origins, leaders, influences, and impact of the anti-vaccine movement.

In a starred review published on December 20, the influential magazine "Publishers Weekly" stated the following: "[Offit] tackles claims that childhood inoculations cause brain damage, autism, diabetes, and cancer, finding a farrago of misinformation, faulty research, and sly deceptions fed to distraught parents by media hype, ax-grinding activists, and personal-injury lawyers. . . . The result is a thorough dismantling of anti-vaccine notions and a sober warning about the resurgence of deadly childhood infections stemming from declining vaccination rates. Worried parents, especially, will find this a lucid, compelling riposte to anti-vaccine fear-mongering." Offit's book also received starred reviews from "Kirkus" and "Booklist."

To order the book from the publisher, Perseus Books Group, go to: http://perseuspublicity.com/basic/reviews.php?isbn=9780465021499

The book is also available on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites and from your local bookseller.

On January 7, NPR's Science Friday interviewed Dr. Offit about his new book and the anti-vaccine movement. To listen to the 18-minute interview or read the transcript, go to: http://www.npr.org/2011/01/07/132740175/paul-offit-on-the-anti-vaccine-movement

Dr. Offit is the chief of Infectious Diseases and the director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
 
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5 FDA approves Gardasil for prevention of anal cancer

On December 22, FDA approved the vaccine Gardasil for the prevention of anal cancer and associated precancerous lesions due to human papillomavirus (HPV) types 6, 11, 16, and 18 in people ages 9 through 26 years.

Gardasil is already approved for the same age population for the prevention of cervical, vulvar, and vaginal cancer and the associated precancerous lesions caused by HPV types 6, 11, 16, and 18 in females. It is also approved for the prevention of genital warts caused by types 6 and 11 in both males and females.

To read the FDA's press release, go to: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm237941.htm

To read the approval letter, go to: http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/ucm238074.htm

To access the package insert, go to: http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/ApprovedProducts/UCM111263.pdf

 
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6 Spotlight on immunize.org: More on Needle Tips, including back issues and the magazine viewer option

Looking for more information about IAC's flagship periodical, Needle Tips? Look no further. In addition to the current issue, IAC's Needle Tips web section provides links to previous issues of the periodical, which date back to 1997. The direct link to the Needle Tips web section is http://www.immunize.org/nt

To access the Needle Tips archive directly, visit http://www.immunize.org/nt/back-issues.asp

In addition, you can access Needle Tips using a magazine-style viewer: It allows readers to flip pages, search content, rotate pages into horizontal or vertical modes, and zoom out to see an entire issue at a glance.

To access Needle Tips using our magazine viewer, visit http://www.immunize.org/nt/magazine-viewer.asp

To access all these features, as well as a link to a web page with praise from Needle Tips readers, visit the Needle Tips home page at http://www.immunize.org/nt

 
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7 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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8 IAC updates "Quick Chart of Vaccine-Preventable Terms in Multiple Languages"

IAC recently revised its "Quick Chart of Vaccine-Preventable Terms in Multiple Languages," a handout to help healthcare professionals decipher immunization records from countries other than the United States.

To access this handout, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p5122.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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9 Free: Influenza posters and a DVD available for order from CDC

Private practices, public clinics, and health departments may find it useful to order CDC's influenza posters and DVD to promote influenza vaccination. These free materials are available in English and Spanish, with many intended to appeal to people in different demographic groups, as well as to a general audience.

To access the influenza materials, go to: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/pubs/ncird.aspx Scroll down the page until you come to the subhead titled Flu Materials.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Before ordering, be sure to read the "Terms of Use" section at the top of this document: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/pubs/ncird.aspx

Influenza posters may also be downloaded for immediate use at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources
 
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10.  American Lung Association releases report on influenza and pneumococcal vaccination rates

In December, the American Lung Association released a report titled "Missed Opportunities: Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccination in Older Adults." The report reveals that improvements in health have not been equally distributed to all races and ethnicities in the United States. Key facts include
  • In 2007, influenza and pneumococcal together were the eighth leading cause of death for all age groups, and the seventh leading cause of death in adults age 65 and older.
     
  • There are disparities in vaccination rates, with African Americans and Hispanics receiving vaccinations at significantly lower rates than non-Hispanic whites.
     
  • If older African Americans and Hispanics achieved influenza immunization rates equal to that of non- Hispanic whites, roughly one-quarter of influenza-related deaths among these groups could be prevented every year.

To access this report, go to: http://www.lungusa.org/lung-disease/influenza/reports/vaccination-disparities.html

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11.  MMWR reports on public health response to rabid dog in animal shelter

CDC published "Public Health Response to a Rabid Dog in an Animal Shelter--North Dakota and Minnesota, 2010" in the January 7 issue of MMWR. The first paragraph is reprinted below.


On March 31, 2010, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) was notified by a local public health department that a stray dog found in rural Minnesota and housed during March 9-20 in a North Dakota animal shelter had been found to have rabies. NDDoH, along with the local public health department, the North Dakota Board of Animal Health (BOAH), the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, and the Minnesota Department of Health, immediately began an investigation to identify persons requiring rabies postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) and to prevent further rabies transmission. This report summarizes the public health investigation, which used animal shelter records and public notification to identify possible human and animal contacts of the rabid dog. Among 32 persons who might have been exposed to the rabid dog at the shelter, 21 persons, including nine shelter employees and one volunteer, received PEP. In accordance with 2009 Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control guidance, the 25 dogs in the shelter with the rabid dog were euthanized. Among 25 other dogs without an up-to-date rabies vaccination that were adopted or claimed from the shelter and might have been exposed, 11 were euthanized, 13 were isolated for 6 months in their owners' homes, and one was unintentionally killed. No additional cases of rabies in dogs or humans had been identified as of December 2010. This event supports consideration of preexposure vaccination of animal shelter employees and highlights the continued importance of routine rabies vaccination of domestic animals.


To access the full article in web-text (HTML) format, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5951a2.htm

 
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12.  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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13.  Nominate a nurse for an ANA Immunity Award

Nurses have an important role in helping to promote immunizations. As part of the American Nurses Association (ANA) "Bringing Immunity to Every Community" project, ANA has established the ANA Immunity Award to honor those nurses who demonstrate strong leadership and commitment to increasing immunization levels through education and advocacy.

To read more about the award or to nominate yourself or a colleague, go to http://www.anaimmunize.org/immunityaward
 
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14.  ACIP meeting scheduled for February 23-24 in Atlanta; registration deadlines are in early February

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will hold its next meeting on February 23-24 at CDC's Clifton Road campus in Atlanta.

To attend the ACIP meeting at the Clifton Road campus, ACIP attendees (participants and visitors) must register online. Note: Webcast viewing does NOT require registration.

The online registration deadline for the February 23-24 meeting for non-U.S. citizens is February 4. The deadline for U.S. citizens is February 11. To access the online registration form, go to: http://www2a.cdc.gov/nip/ACIP/FebruaryRegistration.asp

To access detailed information about the meeting, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/acip/meetings.htm#register There you will find links to the meeting agenda, driving directions, and other useful material.

To access information on upcoming conferences that concern vaccines, visit IAC's Calendar of Events at http://www.immunize.org/calendar

 
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15.  Check out PKIDs' January and February webinars on using social media

PKIDs (Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases) has scheduled seven webinars related to using social media in health communications between January 12 and February 22.

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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16.  Reminder: Clinical Vaccinology Course set for March 4-6 in Chicago

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and the Emory Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, and the Emory Vaccine Center will sponsor a Clinical Vaccinology course March 4-6, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago.

Information regarding the preliminary program, registration, and hotel accommodations is available online at http://www.nfid.org/conferences/course311

The January 7 issue of MMWR includes a short article about the course: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5951a4.htm
 
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17.  Vaccine World Summit India scheduled for March 1-3 in New Delhi

Vaccine World Summit India will be held in New Delhi on March 1-3. Save $700 when you register by January 15.

For comprehensive information, including the conference brochure and access to online registration, go to: http://www.imapac.com/index.php?page=vaccineindia2011
 
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