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Immunization Action Coalition

IAC Express 2011

Issue number 934: June 6, 2011

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Contents of this Issue
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  1. CDC reports on vaccination coverage and vaccination exemption rates among U.S. kindergartners during 2009-10
  2. IAC's Video of the Week features a six-part series about Dr. Paul Offit's career in vaccine research
  3. IAC updates "After the Shots . . . What to do if your child has discomfort"
  4. Spotlight on immunize.org: IAC's Meningococcal web section offers one-stop access to vaccination information
  5. CDC report summarizes U.S. influenza activity during the 2010-11 influenza season
  6. IAC's popular laminated versions of the 2011 U.S. immunization schedules are now available. Order a supply for your workplace today!
  7. Award-winning DVD! "Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults"--from the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch
  8. 2011 North Carolina Immunization Conference scheduled for August 10-12 in Greensboro, NC
 
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 934: June 6, 2011
1.  CDC reports on vaccination coverage and vaccination exemption rates among U.S. kindergartners during 2009-10

CDC published "Vaccination Coverage Among Children in Kindergarten--United States, 2009-10 School Year" in the June 3 issue of MMWR. A press summary of the article is reprinted below.

(Note: The article has two tables that will be of interest to IAC Express readers. One presents estimates of 2009-10 kindergarten vaccination coverage broken down by vaccine and state [including Washington, DC]; the other presents the number and percentage of 2009-10 kindergartners who had a reported exemption to vaccination, broken down by type of exemption and state [including Washington, DC]).


This report summarizes data from school assessment surveys submitted to CDC by 47 states and the District of Columbia (DC) for the 2009-10 school year to describe vaccination coverage and exemption rates among children enrolled in kindergarten. The majority of states reported vaccination coverage levels greater than 90 percent with 17 states reporting vaccination coverage levels greater than 95 percent for four vaccines (polio, DTaP, MMR, and hepatitis B). Total exemption rates ranged from less than 1 percent to 6.2 percent, with 15 states reporting exemption rates less than 1 percent. CDC will continue to monitor vaccination coverage and exemption levels over time and assist states in identification of local areas with low vaccination coverage or high exemption rates for further evaluation or intervention.


To access the complete ready-to-print (PDF) version of the article, go to pages 700-704 of this document: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm6021.pdf

To access the web-text version, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6021a4.htm
 
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2 IAC's Video of the Week features a six-part series about Dr. Paul Offit's career in vaccine research

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to watch a series of six videos about Dr. Paul Offit's career in vaccine research and development. The developer of a rotavirus vaccine, Dr. Offit is chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The video series is made available by the History of Vaccines website, a project of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

The video series will be available on the home page of IAC's website through June 12. To access it, go to: http://www.immunize.org and click on the image under the words Video of the Week.

To learn more about the History of Vaccines website, go to: http://www.historyofvaccines.org

Remember to bookmark IAC's home page to view a new video every Monday.

To access the archives of IAC's Videos of the Week, go to: http://www.immunize.org/votw
 
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3 IAC updates "After the Shots . . . What to do if your child has discomfort"

IAC recently revised the 1-page version of "After the Shots . . . What to do if your child has discomfort." This version does not include information about specific dosing recommendations. Go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4014.pdf

NOTE: The two-page version of "After the Shots," which includes specific dosing information for acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) and ibuprofen (e.g. Advil, Motrin), will be updated later this summer with new information for dosing infants with acetaminophen. To access the two-page version (last revised in May 2009), go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4015.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 Spotlight on immunize.org: IAC's Meningococcal web section offers one-stop access to vaccination information

Looking for meningococcal vaccination information? Look no further. IAC offers one-stop access to essential information, including links to CDC meningococcal vaccine recommendations, patient and staff handouts, as well as many other resources to help you carry out your vaccination activities. To access the Meningococcal web section, visit http://www.immunize.org/meningococcal

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 meningococcal disease, visit http://www.immunize.org/vaccines
 
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5 CDC report summarizes U.S. influenza activity during the 2010-11 influenza season

CDC published "Update: Influenza Activity--United States, 2010-11 Season, and Composition of the 2011-12 Influenza Vaccine" in the June 3 issue of MMWR. A press summary of the article is reprinted below.


Influenza activity first began to increase in the southeastern United States, and peaked nationally in early February during the 2010-11 influenza season. Influenza A (H3N2) was the predominant virus, but high levels of 2009 influenza A (H1N1) and influenza B also co-circulated. Because of the widespread co-circulation of different influenza viruses there was a significant health effect in all ages. Compared with the 2009 pandemic, lower rates of hospitalization were seen in persons under 65 years of age, while higher rates of hospitalization occurred in persons 65 years and older than during the pandemic. It is important for healthcare providers to remain vigilant and consider influenza as a potential cause of summer respiratory illness, even though influenza activity is currently low.


To access the full article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6021a5.htm
 
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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 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, 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 DVD.

Note for healthcare settings located in California: Contact your local health department immunization program for a free copy.
 
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8 2011 North Carolina Immunization Conference scheduled for August 10-12 in Greensboro, NC

The 2011 North Caroline Immunization Conference will be held August 10-12 in Greensboro, NC. Guest speakers include Anne Schuchat, MD, director, CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD); Andrew Kroger MD, MPH, medical epidemiologist, NCIRD; and Alison Singer, founder and president, Autism Science Foundation.

For complete conference information, including the draft agenda and access to online registration, go to: http://www.immunizenc.com/conference.htm
 
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