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Immunization Action Coalition

IAC Express 2011

Issue number 926: April 25, 2011

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Contents of this Issue
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  1. New: April 2011 issue of Needle Tips is now online
  2. FDA expands Menactra meningococcal vaccine licensure to include infants and toddlers ages 9 through 23 months
  3. MMWR announces National Infant Immunization Week for April 23-30, 2011
  4. New: 12th edition of the Pink Book now available to order or download
  5. AAP offers free access to Pediatrics' May 2011 supplement on vaccine safety
  6. IAC's popular laminated versions of the 2011 U.S. immunization schedules are now available. Order a supply for your workplace today!
  7. Spotlight on immunize.org: IAC's pertussis web section offers one-stop access to vaccination information
  8. IAC's Video of the Week features an entertaining animated video that explains how vaccines work
  9. ACOG's routine screening recommendations include information on assessing patients' immunization status
  10. MMWR announces World Malaria Day for April 25
  11. CDC reports on opportunities for and challenges to malaria eradication
  12. Award-winning DVD! "Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults"--from the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch
  13. Pennsylvania Immunization Conference scheduled for June 30 in Lancaster
 
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 926: April 25, 2011
1.  New: April 2011 issue of Needle Tips is now online

The April 2011 issue of Needle Tips is now online for downloading at http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n48/n48.pdf

This issue focuses on the two newly published 2011 U.S. immunization schedules, one for children/teens and one for adults; on recently released ACIP recommendations for use of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4); and on resources for vaccine-hesitant parents. It also includes the Ask the Experts column from CDC experts William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, and Andrew T. Kroger, MD, MPH

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/n48/n48.pdf
 
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2 FDA expands Menactra meningococcal vaccine licensure to include infants and toddlers ages 9 through 23 months

On April 24, FDA expanded Menactra meningococcal vaccine licensure to include infants and toddlers ages 9 through 23 months. Also on April 24, FDA issued a press release titled "FDA approves the first vaccine to prevent meningococcal disease in infants and toddlers." Portions of it are reprinted below.


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the use of Menactra in children as young as 9 months for the prevention of invasive meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroups A, C, Y and W-135. Menactra already is approved for use in people ages 2 through 55 years. . . .

Although the rates of meningococcal disease are low in the United States, infants and toddlers are more susceptible to getting this serious illness. Meningococcal disease is particularly dangerous because it progresses rapidly and can cause death within hours. Early symptoms are often difficult to distinguish from influenza and other common illnesses.

"The highest rate of meningococcal disease occurs in children under one year of age. With today's approval, Menactra can now be used in children as young as 9 months of age to help prevent this potentially life-threatening disease," said Karen Midthun, MD, director of FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. . . .

Menactra is given as a two-dose series beginning at 9-months, three months apart; and the study results showed the vaccine produces antibodies in the blood that are protective against the disease.

Menactra was originally approved on Jan. 14, 2005, for use in individuals ages 11 years through 55 years and was approved in October 2007 for children as young as 2 years. Menactra is manufactured by sanofi pasteur Inc. of Swiftwater, PA.


To access the complete press release, go to: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm252392.htm
 
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3 MMWR announces National Infant Immunization Week for April 23-30, 2011

CDC published "Announcements: National Infant Immunization Week--April 23-30, 2011" in the April 22 issue of MMWR. It is reprinted below in its entirety, excluding references.


CDC observes the 17th annual National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) during April 23-30, 2011. Local and state health departments, national immunization partners, healthcare professionals, and community leaders from across the country will collaborate to highlight the achievements and benefits of immunization through community-wide activities and events, including grand rounds and educational training for healthcare professionals and parents, media briefings, and immunization clinics.

NIIW is now part of a broad global initiative that is held in conjunction with the Pan American Health Organization's (PAHO) Vaccination Week in the Americas. Ten border states have partnered with PAHO and the United States-Mexico Border Health Commission to bring additional focus to infant immunization in the U.S.-Mexico border region. In addition, the World Health Organization's European, Eastern Mediterranean, and African regions also are observing simultaneous immunization weeks. In all, approximately 100 countries are expected to participate in the week-long campaign to call attention to the critical role that vaccination plays in safeguarding public health globally.

Currently, in the United States, CDC recommends that children aged <=2 years receive vaccines to protect against 14 diseases. In September 2010, CDC announced that childhood immunization rates for vaccines routinely recommended for children remain at or near record highs. Parental acceptance of routine childhood immunization is essential because high vaccination coverage results in decreased rates of vaccine-preventable diseases. Results from a recent survey of U.S. parents with children aged <6 years show that a majority of parents are confident or very confident in vaccine safety (79.0%) and believe that vaccines are important to children's health (79.8%). This same survey showed that healthcare providers are parents' most important source of information for making decisions regarding vaccination (81.7%). To help facilitate communication between healthcare providers and parents about vaccines, vaccine safety, and vaccine-preventable diseases, CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians have developed a series of educational materials called Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents (available at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/conversations). These resources will be a focus of this week's NIIW educational efforts. Additional information about NIIW is available at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niiw



To access the article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6015a5.htm
 
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4 New: 12th edition of the Pink Book now available to order or download

Just published, the 12th edition of the Pink Book, formally titled "Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases," is now available to order or download. It provides healthcare professionals with comprehensive information on vaccine-preventable diseases.

Typical chapters include a description of the disease, clinical features, medical management, vaccine details, vaccination schedule and use, and more.

TO DOWNLOAD THE PINK BOOK (FREE)
All the sections of the Pink Book (i.e., chapters, appendices) are available for download at no charge at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/default.htm#download Slide sets from the Pink Book are also available at this link, as are errata, updates, and clarifications.

TO ORDER THE PINK BOOK
Order it from the Public Health Foundation for $35 (plus shipping and handling). For information about ordering online or by mail, phone, fax, or email, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/#order

For additional information about the 12th edition of the Pink Book, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook
 
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5 AAP offers free access to Pediatrics' May 2011 supplement on vaccine safety

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), along with leading healthcare organizations throughout the world, has been educating parents and pediatricians on the important role immunization plays in stopping vaccine-preventable diseases from severely disabling or killing children. Vaccines are safe, effective, and life saving.

A supplement to the May issue of Pediatrics contains 18 articles on vaccine safety written by medical experts. Access to the articles in the supplement is available at no charge. The articles were published as "Pediatrics eFirst Pages," which means they were published online in advance of appearing in print.

Here are titles of a representative sample of articles: "Sources and Perceived Credibility of Vaccine-Safety Information for Parents," "Finding Reliable Information About Vaccines," and "Vaccine Attitudes, Concerns, and Information Sources Reported by Parents of Young Children: Results From the 2009 HealthStyles Survey."

To access the table of contents in which the 18 articles on vaccine safety are listed, go to: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/papbyrecent.dtl Scroll down to the subhead titled "18 April 2011."
 
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6 IAC's popular laminated versions of the 2011 U.S. immunization schedules are now available. Order a supply for your workplace today!

IAC's laminated versions of the 2011 U.S. child/teen and adult immunization schedules are covered with a tough, washable coating that lets them stand up to a year's worth of use in every area of your workplace where immunizations are given. Each has six pages (i.e., three double-sided pages) and is folded to measure 8.5" by 11".

Laminated schedules are printed in color for easy reading, come complete with essential tables and footnotes, and include contraindications and precautions--a feature that will help you make an on-the-spot determination about the safety of vaccinating patients of any age.

PRICING
1-4 copies: $7.50 each
5-19 copies: $5.50 each
20-99 copies: $4.50 each

To view images of the laminated schedules, or to order online or download an order form, go to: http://www.immunize.org/shop/laminated-schedules.asp

For quotes on customizing or placing orders in excess of 999 schedules, call (651) 647-9009 or email admininfo@immunize.org

To learn about other essential immunization resources available for purchase from IAC, go to: http://www.immunize.org/shop
 
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7 Spotlight on immunize.org: IAC's pertussis web section offers one-stop access to vaccination information

Looking for online pertussis vaccination information and resources? Look no further. IAC offers one-stop access to essential pertussis (whooping cough) information, including recommendations, patient and staff handouts, and many other resources to help you carry out your DTaP and Tdap vaccination activities. To access the Pertussis web section, visit http://www.immunize.org/pertussis

The Diseases and Vaccines web section is a central organizing hub of IAC's website. To access information and resources for 19 vaccine-preventable diseases in addition to pertussis, visit http://www.immunize.org/vaccines
 
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8 IAC's Video of the Week features an entertaining animated video that explains how vaccines work

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to watch a 2-minute video that explains how vaccines create immunity to disease. It is posted on the Immunize for Good website of the Colorado Children's Immunization Coalition (CCIC).

The video will be available on the home page of IAC's website through May 1. To access it, go to: http://www.immunize.org and click on the image under the words Video of the Week. To access it directly after May 1, go to: http://www.immunizeforgood.com/vaccines/how-vaccines-work To access other resources from CCIC, go to: http://www.childrensimmunization.org

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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9 ACOG's routine screening recommendations include information on assessing patients' immunization status

In March, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released "Primary and Preventive Care: Periodic Assessments." The document is an updated schedule of the recommended routine screenings, lab tests, and immunizations for non-pregnant adolescents and women, based on age and risk factor. A portion of a related ACOG press release is reprinted below.


Information is included regarding which vaccinations are recommended, by age and risk group, including the flu shot, Hepatitis A and B, human papillomavirus (HPV), and measles. . . .


To access the complete press release, go to: http://www.acog.org/from_home/publications/press_releases/nr03-21-11-2.cfm

To access "Primary and Preventive Care: Periodic Assessments," go to: http://www.acog.org/from_home/publications/immunization/co483.pdf
 
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10.  MMWR announces World Malaria Day for April 25

CDC published "Announcements: World Malaria Day--April 25, 2011" in the April 22 issue of MMWR. To access the article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6015a4.htm
 
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11.  CDC reports on opportunities for and challenges to malaria eradication

CDC published "Grand Rounds: The Opportunity for and Challenges to Malaria Eradication" in the April 22 issue of MMWR. A press summary of the article is reprinted below.


Malaria is a major public health problem. Worldwide, approximately 3 billion persons per year are at risk for contracting this mosquito-borne disease, which caused an estimated 781,000 deaths in 2009. Recent years have brought renewed optimism for malaria control through unprecedented funding, improved interventions for prevention, diagnosis and treatment, and committed global partnerships. The effect of these efforts is starting to be seen in fewer malaria cases and decreased child mortality in certain malaria endemic countries, though much work remains to be done. In order to eliminate malaria from endemic countries and eventually achieve global malaria eradication, partners must build on lessons learned from initial successes, invest in research for novel control strategies, and plan for a prolonged commitment to this effort.


To access the full article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6015a3.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, 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.

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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13.  Pennsylvania Immunization Conference scheduled for June 30 in Lancaster

The Pennsylvania Immunization Coalition, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Health; Penn State College of Medicine; Pennsylvania Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics; and Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, is sponsoring the Pennsylvania Immunization Conference. It is scheduled for June 30 in Lancaster. Continuing education credits are available.

For comprehensive information, go to: http://www.pennstatehershey.org/web/ce/home/programs/immunization
 
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