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Immunization Action Coalition

IAC Express 2011

Issue number 916: March 7, 2011

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Contents of this Issue
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  1. The Joint Commission's Tdap monograph seeks to increase Tdap vaccination among adults and adolescents
  2. Spotlight on immunize.org: wealth of information on immunization topics
  3. IAC's Video of the Week gives kids tips on avoiding influenza
  4. 55 U.S. children have died from complications of influenza during the 2010-11 season--so please keep vaccinating!
  5. IAC updates "Hepatitis A: Questions & Answers"
  6. New York Times' learning blog offers teachers a lesson plan on the history and biology of vaccines
  7. Reminder: March 11 is the deadline for regular-priced registration for the National Immunization Conference
  8. Award-winning DVD! "Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults"--from the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch
  9. Epidemiology in Action course set for May 16-27 at Emory University in Atlanta
  10. MMWR publishes errata to varicella and hepatitis case counts published in the MMWR of January 7, 2011
 
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 916: March 7, 2011
1.  The Joint Commission's Tdap monograph seeks to increase Tdap vaccination among adults and adolescents

The Joint Commission recently released a monograph titled "Tdap Vaccination Strategies for Adolescents and Adults, Including Health Care Personnel--Strategies from Research and Practice." Portions of a press release describing the monograph follow.


A new monograph from The Joint Commission . . . aims to help healthcare organizations implement or enhance tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination programs for adolescents and adults, including healthcare workers who can both acquire pertussis from and spread it to patients, other staff, and family members. . . .

The Tdap vaccine has been available only since 2005 and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that vaccination rates for adults are very low. Tdap vaccination rates among healthcare workers stands at about 16 percent, according to the CDC, despite the evidence that Tdap improves patient outcomes and reduces staff illness and absenteeism. . . .

The monograph includes
  • Information about pertussis and the Tdap vaccine.
  • Barriers to successful Tdap vaccination programs and strategies for overcoming them.
  • Evidence-based guidelines and literature that highlight practical Tdap vaccination strategies.
  • Examples of initiatives that organizations have used to establish or enhance their Tdap vaccination programs.

Established in 1951, the Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 healthcare organizations and programs in the United States.

Electronic copies of the monograph are available for download free of charge at http://www.jointcommission.org/tdap

To download the 142-page document directly, go to: http://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/6/Tdap_Monograpgh.pdf

To access the complete press release, go to: http://www.jointcommission.org/new_monograph
_aims_to_increase_tdap_vaccination_of_adults_and_adolescents
 
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2 Spotlight on immunize.org: wealth of information on immunization topics

Are you looking to dig deeper into a specialized area of immunization, such as vaccine recommendations, or requirements for international travel, or states' vaccination mandates and exemption laws? Look no further. IAC's Immunization Topics web section provides access to 13 specialized topics. For each topic area, you will find relevant vaccination resources from trusted sources such as CDC, AAP, the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, IAC, and many more.

The immunization-related topics covered in this section include international adoption, dialysis, vaccination coverage disparities, healthcare personnel, the hepatitis B vaccine birth dose, long-term care, vaccine mandates and exemptions, men who have sex with men, needle safety, pregnancy, immunization registries, tattoos and body piercing, and travel. Each page includes links to a wide variety of vaccine-related resources.

To access IAC's Immunization Topics web section, visit http://www.immunize.org/iztopics
 
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3 IAC's Video of the Week gives kids tips on avoiding influenza

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to watch an animated 1.5-minute video packed with kid-friendly tips for avoiding contracting or spreading influenza. The video was developed by Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota to educate students about influenza prevention.

The video will be available on the home page of IAC's website through March 13. To access it, go to: http://www.immunize.org and click on the image under the words Video of the Week. After March 13, access the video directly at http://vimeo.com/16442261

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 55 U.S. children have died from complications of influenza during the 2010-11 season--so please keep vaccinating!

CDC reported 14 influenza-associated pediatric deaths for the week ending February 26. The total number of influenza-associated pediatric deaths stands at 55 for the 2010-11 influenza season. Remember, 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 IAC updates "Hepatitis A: Questions & Answers"

IAC recently revised "Hepatitis A: Questions and Answers," a handout for patients and parents. The piece was updated with statistics on the number of acute cases and infections reported in 2008. Go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4204.pdf

To access a table with links to IAC's Q&A handouts for each vaccine, go to: http://www.immunize.org/handouts/vaccine-questions.asp

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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6 New York Times' learning blog offers teachers a lesson plan on the history and biology of vaccines

The Learning Network, the New York Times' learning blog, recently posted a lesson plan on vaccines. Titled "Fighting Disease: Researching the History and Biology of Vaccines," the lesson plan includes a quiz and several resources.

To access the lesson plan, click here.
http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/02/fighting-disease
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7 Reminder: March 11 is the deadline for regular-priced registration for the National Immunization Conference

The National Immunization Conference is scheduled for March 28-31 in Washington, DC. The regular registration fee is $250, a $25 savings off the on-site registration fee of $275. The deadline for regular registration is March 11. To register online, go to: http://conferences.taskforce.org/nic11

To get yourself primed for the conference, check out the draft conference agenda. It gives links to many abstracts of the presentations that will be made during the conference. To access the agenda, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/nic/default.htm#agenda

For complete conference details, go to the conference home page at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/nic

For additional information, contact the Conference Planning Team at (404) 639-8225 or at nipnic@cdc.gov
 
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8 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 $3 each for 1,000-1,499 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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9 Epidemiology in Action course set for May 16-27 at Emory University in Atlanta

Intended for state and local public health professionals, Epidemiology in Action will be held May 16-27 on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta. The course is co-sponsored by CDC and Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. The application deadline is April 16, or whenever the course is full.

Information is available electronically at http://www.sph.emory.edu/EPICOURSES/basic.htm or by telephone at (404) 727-3485 or by email at pvaleri@emory.edu

The March 4 MMWR includes an announcement for the course. To access it, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6008a8.htm
 
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10.  MMWR publishes errata to varicella and hepatitis case counts published in the MMWR of January 7, 2011

CDC published "Errata: Vol. 59, Nos. 51 & 52" in the March 4 issue of MMWR. It concerns errors made in the case counts for varicella and hepatitis that were reported in the MMWR issue of January 7, 2011. CDC published "Errata: Vol. 59,Nos. 51 & 52" in the March 4 issue of MMWR. It concerns errors made in the case counts for varicella and hepatitis that were reported in the MMWR issue of January 7, 2011. The article is available at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6008a9.htm
 
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