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Immunization Action Coalition

IAC Express 2011

Issue number 913: February 14, 2011

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Contents of this Issue
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  1. New: 2011 U.S. Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Ages 0 Through 18 Years now available
  2. Spotlight on immunize.org: "Immunization Schedules" web section offers quick access to child, teen, and adult guidance for 2011
  3. Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology issues position paper in support of mandating influenza vaccination for healthcare workers
  4. IAC's Video of the Week features Bill Gates narrating "Vaccines Save Lives"
  5. CDC corrects and reposts the 11" x 17" version of the 2011 U.S. recommended adult immunization schedule
  6. Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating!
  7. Award-winning DVD! "Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults"--from the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch
  8. Rotavirus vaccine VIS now available in Thai
  9. Check out PKIDs' March and April webinars on using social media
 
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 913: February 14, 2011
1.  New: 2011 U.S. Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Ages 0 Through 18 Years now available

On February 11, CDC published the "Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years--United States, 2011." It is reprinted below in its entirety, excluding references, two figures, and a table.

CDC has posted downloadable versions of the 2011 U.S. Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedules; links are given at the end of this IAC Express article.


Each year, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) publishes immunization schedules for persons aged 0 through 18 years. These schedules summarize recommendations for currently licensed vaccines for children aged 18 years and younger and include recommendations in effect as of December 21, 2010. Changes to the previous schedules include the following:
  • Guidance has been added for the hepatitis B vaccine schedule for children who did not receive a birth dose.
     
  • Information on use of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine has been added.
     
  • Guidance has been added for administration of 1 or 2 doses of seasonal influenza vaccine based upon the child's history of monovalent 2009 H1N1 vaccination.
     
  • Use of tetanus and diphtheria toxoids, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine among children aged 7 through 10 years who are incompletely vaccinated against pertussis is addressed, and reference to a specified interval between tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) and Tdap vaccination has been removed.
     
  • Footnotes for the use of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine have been condensed.
     
  • A routine 2-dose schedule of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) for certain persons at high risk for meningococcal disease, and recommendations for a booster dose of MCV4 have been added.
     
  • Guidance for use of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine in persons aged 5 years and older in the catch-up schedule has been condensed.

The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act requires that healthcare providers provide parents or patients with copies of Vaccine Information Statements before administering each dose of the vaccines listed in the schedules. Additional information is available from state health departments and from CDC at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/default.htm

Detailed recommendations for using vaccines are available from ACIP statements (available at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/acip-list.htm) and the 2009 Red Book. Guidance regarding the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System form is available online (http://www.vaers.hhs.gov) or by telephone ([800] 822-7967).

The recommended immunization schedules for persons aged 0 through 18 years and the catch-up immunization schedule for 2011 have been approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.


To access the full article in web-text (HTML) format, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6005a6.htm

To access the full article in ready-to-print (PDF) format, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/wk/mm6005.pdf and see pages 161-164.

To access the 2011 U.S. Recommended Immunization Schedule for Persons Aged 0 Through 6 Years in color (8.5" x 11"), suitable for use in exam rooms, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/downloads/child/0-6yrs-schedule-pr.pdf

To access the 2011 U.S. Recommended Immunization Schedule for Persons Aged 7 Through 18 Years in color (8.5" x 11"), suitable for use in exam rooms, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/downloads/child/7-18yrs-schedule-pr.pdf

To access the 2011 Catch-up Immunization Schedule for Persons Aged 4 Months Through 18 Years Who Start Late or Who Are More than 1 Month Behind in color (8.5" x 11"), suitable for use in exam rooms, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/downloads/child/catchup-schedule-pr.pdf

To access CDC's web page that features the 2011 child and adolescent immunization schedules in various formats, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/child-schedule.htm
 
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2 Spotlight on immunize.org: "Immunization Schedules" web section offers quick access to child, teen, and adult guidance for 2011

Looking for an easy way to find the 2011 recommended immunization schedules for children and adolescents, as well as adults? It's all in one place on immunize.org! Visit the "Immunization Schedules" web section on immunize.org for one-stop access to all the official schedules. Go to: http://www.immunize.org/cdc/schedules

In addition to the CDC schedules, this section offers links to purchase IAC's laminated versions of the immunization schedules (including tables of contraindications and precautions), which are based on CDC's schedules. IAC's 2011 laminated immunization schedules are currently in production and will be available for sale in the near future. IAC Express will tell readers as soon as they are available for purchase.
 
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3 Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology issues position paper in support of mandating influenza vaccination for healthcare workers

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) recently issued a position paper that states that influenza vaccination should be a condition of employment for healthcare personnel unless it is medically contraindicated.

APIC has now joined the following professional associations in developing a position statement mandating annual influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel: American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP); American College of Physicians (ACP); Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA); National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID); National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF); and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).

To access the APIC position paper, go to:
http://www.apic.org/Content/NavigationMenu/GovernmentAdvocacy/
PublicPolicyLibrary/APIC_Influenza_Immunization_of_HCP_12711.PDF

The Immunization Action Coalition's Honor Roll for Patient Safety recognizes the professional associations listed above for developing position statements that advocate mandatory healthcare worker influenza vaccination. To access the position statements, go to: http://www.immunize.org/honor-roll Scroll down to the subhead titled Position Statements Endorsing Strong Mandates for Healthcare Workers.

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

 
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4 IAC's Video of the Week features Bill Gates narrating "Vaccines Save Lives"

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to watch "Vaccines Save Lives," a fact-packed, fast-paced 4-minute video narrated by Bill Gates. Gates is the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The video will be available on the home page of IAC's website through February 20. To access it, go to: http://www.immunize.org and click on the image under the words Video of the Week. After February 20, access the video directly at http://www.thegatesnotes.com/Thinking/article.aspx?id=188

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 CDC corrects and reposts the 11" x 17" version of the 2011 U.S. recommended adult immunization schedule

On February 9, CDC announced that it had pulled the 11" x 17" version of the 2011 adult immunization schedule from its website when it discovered an error in this version. The error was corrected, and the schedule has been reposted.

CDC encourages website users who printed the 11" x 17" version prior to February 9 to reprint the newly posted schedule. To access the corrected schedule, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-schedule-11x17.pdf
 
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6 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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7 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, has 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 Rotavirus vaccine VIS now available in Thai

The VIS for rotavirus vaccine is now available in Thai. IAC gratefully acknowledges Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, Inc, Los Angeles, CA, for the translation.

To access the Thai translation of the VIS for rotavirus vaccine, as well as the rotavirus vaccine VIS in English and other translations, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_rotavirus.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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9 Check out PKIDs' March and April webinars on using social media

PKIDs (Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases) has scheduled three webinars related to using social media in health communications between March 3 and April 14--in addition to the previously scheduled February 22 webinar.

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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