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Immunization Action Coalition

IAC Express 2011

Issue number 927: May 2, 2011

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Contents of this Issue
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  1. New: April 2011 issue of Vaccinate Adults is now online
  2. Reminder: April 2011 issue of Needle Tips available online
  3. IAC updates its "Checklist for Safe Vaccine Storage and Handling" and temperature logs for refrigerators and freezers in Fahrenheit and Celsius
  4. IAC updates online "Ask the Experts" Q&A sections related to diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, meningococcal, hepatitis B, and combination vaccines
  5. IAC updates its standing orders for administering meningococcal vaccine to children/teens and to adults
  6. Spotlight on immunize.org: Access the archive of IAC's "Ask the Experts" vaccine Q&As
  7. IAC's "Immunizations for Babies" now available in Spanish and six other languages
  8. CDC publishes surveillance summary on county-level trends in vaccination coverage among U.S. children ages 19-35 months during 1995-2008
  9. Correction: Link IAC Express gave to Pediatrics' May 2011 supplement on vaccine safety has expired; new active link now available
  10. IAC's popular laminated versions of the 2011 U.S. immunization schedules are now available. Order a supply for your workplace today!
  11. IAC's Video of the Week features a mother's account of her infant son's pertussis death
  12. Award-winning DVD! "Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults"--from the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch
  13. CDC publishes report on global rotavirus surveillance
  14. Many of PKIDs' May and June webinars focus on using social media to communicate immunization information
  15. Meeting on vaccines and immunotherapy for nosocomial infections is planned for September 26-28 in Annecy, France
 
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 927: May 2, 2011
1.  New: April 2011 issue of Vaccinate Adults is now online

The April 2011 issue of Vaccinate Adults is now online for downloading at http://www.immunize.org/va/va31.pdf

This issue focuses on the newly published 2011 U.S. immunization schedule for adults and on recently released ACIP recommendations for use of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4). 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 Vaccinate Adults table of contents where you can view and print individual sections, go to: http://www.immunize.org/va Back issues are accessible from this page as well.

To download a PDF of the entire 12-page issue, go to: http://www.immunize.org/va/va31.pdf
 
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2 Reminder: April 2011 issue of Needle Tips available online

The April 2011 issue of Needle Tips is available online for viewing, downloading, and printing.

To download the entire issue right now, go to: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n48/n48.pdf

To view the table of contents, use a magazine viewer, or access back issues, go to: http://www.immunize.org/nt
 
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3 IAC updates its "Checklist for Safe Vaccine Storage and Handling" and temperature logs for refrigerators and freezers in Fahrenheit and Celsius

IAC recently revised three of its handouts related to vaccine storage and handling.

(1) IAC updated "Checklist for Safe Vaccine Storage and Handling" by thoroughly reorganizing it, adding subheads, and increasing the number of checklist items from 20 to 30. Go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3035.pdf

IAC updated "Temperature Log for Refrigerator and Freezer--Fahrenheit" and "Temperature Log for Refrigerator and Freezer--Celsius" by clarifying the directions for using them. Also, IAC changed the titles from "Temperature Log for Vaccines (Fahrenheit)" and "Temperature Log for Vaccines (Celsius)."

(2) For Fahrenheit, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3039.pdf

(3) For Celsius, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3039a.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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4 IAC updates online "Ask the Experts" Q&A sections related to diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, meningococcal, hepatitis B, and combination vaccines

IAC's online "Ask the Experts" Q&A sections about diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (DTaP, Td, Tdap, DT), meningococcal (MCV4, MPSV), hepatitis B (HepB), and six childhood combination vaccines were recently updated with input from vaccination experts at CDC. IAC's "Ask the Experts" Q&As are reviewed and updated annually. The process is ongoing; IAC Express will inform readers as sections are reviewed and revised.

To access the revised diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis Q&As, go to: http://www.immunize.org/askexperts/experts_per.asp

To access the revised meningococcal Q&As, go to: http://www.immunize.org/askexperts/experts_men.asp

To access the revised hepatitis B Q&As, go to: http://www.immunize.org/askexperts/experts_hepb.asp

To access the revised combination vaccine Q&As, go to: http://www.immunize.org/askexperts/experts_combo.asp

To access the index page of "Ask the Experts" Q&As for all other vaccines, go to: http://www.immunize.org/askexperts
 
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5 IAC updates its standing orders for administering meningococcal vaccine to children/teens and to adults

IAC recently revised "Standing Orders for Administering Meningococcal Vaccine to Children & Teens" and "Standing Orders for Administering Meningococcal Vaccine to Adults" to reflect information found in CDC's updated recommendation for use of meningococcal conjugate vaccines, which was published in January 2011.

(1) For child/teen, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3081a.pdf

(2) For adult, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3081.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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6 Spotlight on immunize.org: Access the archive of IAC's "Ask the Experts" vaccine Q&As

Looking for answers to your questions about Tdap, MCV4, or contraindications to vaccination? Look no further. IAC's "Ask the Experts" web section is a compilation of common yet challenging questions and answers (Q&As) about vaccines and their administration. The experts are CDC's William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, and Andrew T. Kroger, MD, MPH, medical epidemiologists at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. The Q&As have been featured in previous issues of IAC Express, Needle Tips, and Vaccinate Adults.

Organized by diseases/vaccines, "Ask the Experts" also includes a section on general vaccination questions.

To access all of the "Ask the Experts" Q&As, visit: http://www.immunize.org/askexperts
 
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7 IAC's "Immunizations for Babies" now available in Spanish and six other languages

Updated in March 2011, IAC's parent-education handout "Immunizations for Babies: A Guide for Parents--These are the vaccinations your baby needs!" is now available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese.

To access the Spanish version of "Immunizations for Babies: A Guide for Parents--These are the vaccinations your baby needs!" go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4010-01.pdf

For Arabic: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4010-20.pdf

For Chinese: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4010-08.pdf

For French: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4010-10.pdf

For Korean: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4010-09.pdf

For Russian: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4010-07.pdf

For Vietnamese: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4010-05.pdf

For English: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4010.pdf
 
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8 CDC publishes surveillance summary on county-level trends in vaccination coverage among U.S. children ages 19-35 months during 1995-2008

On April 29, CDC published an MMWR surveillance summary titled "County-Level Trends in Vaccination Coverage Among Children Aged 19-35 Months--United States, 1995-2008." The synopsis reprinted below is posted on the MMWR home page (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr). Scroll down to the subhead titled MMWR Surveillance Summaries.


With the exception of the hepatitis A vaccine (for which estimates of county-level vaccination coverage were available for only one biennial period), significant increases in county-level estimated vaccination coverage occurred for all the individual vaccines and vaccine series from the earliest and latest biennial periods for which estimates were available. County-level increases for individual vaccines ranged from 3.6% for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) to 71.4% for varicella vaccine. The percentage of counties with significant increases in county-level vaccination coverage rates was greater for the more recently recommended vaccines, varicella and pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7), and for the vaccine series that included varicella vaccine and PCV7. However, significant increases in estimated county-level vaccination coverage rates occurred in a moderate number of counties for individual vaccines that were recommended before 1995. The Healthy People 2010 vaccination coverage objective of 90% for individual vaccines was achieved for a majority of the 193 selected counties during the 2007-2008 biennial period for the recommended number of doses for polio, MMR, Haemophilus influenzae type B (Hib), hepatitis B, and varicella vaccines. For most vaccines and vaccine series, higher levels of county-level vaccination coverage correlated with a higher number of pediatricians per capita, a higher number of people living in group quarters per capita, higher per capita income, a higher number of Hispanics per capita, and having a service-dependent economy. Lower levels of county-level vaccination coverage correlated with higher number of persons in poverty per capita, a higher percentage of black children among children aged <5 years, higher levels of housing stress, a higher number of pediatric intensive care beds per capita, and designation as a nonmetropolitan county with an economy dependent on recreation activities.


To access the full surveillance summary, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/ss/ss6004.pdf
 
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9 Correction: Link IAC Express gave to Pediatrics' May 2011 supplement on vaccine safety has expired; new active link now available

The April 25 issue of IAC Express included an article titled "AAP Offers Free Access to Pediatrics' May 2011 Supplement on Vaccine Safety" (http://www.immunize.org/express/issue926.asp#n5).

The URL provided in the IAC Express article has now expired. IAC Express readers can access the supplement through a new active link at http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/vol127/Supplement_1

IAC regrets any inconvenience this may have caused IAC Express readers.
 
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10.  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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11.  IAC's Video of the Week features a mother's account of her infant son's pertussis death

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to watch an 11-minute video that includes a young mother talking about her 3-month-old son's struggle with and death from pertussis. The video also stresses the importance of herd immunity as the means to protect susceptible individuals from vaccine-preventable diseases. Created by the St. Clair County [Michigan] Health Department, the video was made available by the Michigan Department of Community Health, Division of Immunization.

The video will be available on the home page of IAC's website through May 8. To access it, go to: http://www.immunize.org and click on the image under the words Video of the Week. After May 8, access the video directly on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/michigandch?feature=mhum#p/a/u/0/BfrB_qA2WxE

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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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.  CDC publishes report on global rotavirus surveillance

CDC published "Rotavirus Surveillance--Worldwide, 2009" in the April 29 issue of MMWR. A press summary is reprinted below.


The global disease burden of diarrheal disease due to rotavirus remains high (36 percent), but experience to date indicates that it can be reduced through rotavirus vaccination. Data from a global rotavirus surveillance network coordinated by the World Health Organization demonstrate that rotavirus infection continues to be a major cause of severe diarrhea among children under 5 years of age. Among 43 countries participating in the network in 2009, it was found that 36 percent of diarrhea-related hospitalizations among children aged less than 5 years for whom stool specimens were tested were due to rotavirus infection. Immunization against rotavirus has been demonstrated to reduce the burden of severe rotavirus disease in countries that have introduced the vaccine. Thus, effective rotavirus immunization programs, complemented with other prevention and control efforts, can have a large impact in reducing diarrheal disease worldwide.


To access the full article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6016a5.htm
 
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14.  Many of PKIDs' May and June webinars focus on using social media to communicate immunization information

PKIDs (Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases) has scheduled new webinars for May and June, many of which focus on using social media in communicating immunization information.

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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15.  Meeting on vaccines and immunotherapy for nosocomial infections is planned for September 26-28 in Annecy, France

"Vaccination and Antibody: Prevention and Therapy of Nosocomial Infections" is planned for September 26-28 at Les Pensieres Conference Center, Annecy, France.

To download the meeting program and the registration form, go to: http://www.fondation-merieux.org/-upcoming-conferences-and-events.html Scroll down to the pertinent conference.

For additional information, email Catherine Dutel at catherine.dutel@fondation-merieux.org
 
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