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Immunization Action Coalition

IAC Express 2011

Issue number 939: June 27, 2011

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Contents of this Issue
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  1. ACIP votes in favor of administering pertussis vaccine to pregnant women to protect infants from contracting the disease
  2. Decline in vaccine-preventable diseases called one of the decade's great global public health achievements
  3. Spotlight on immunize.org: information and resources to help you respond to parents about personal belief exemptions
  4. IAC's Video of the Week outlines a new framework for communicating with parents about vaccine safety
  5. VISs for PCV, HPV (Cervarix), and PPSV vaccines now available in additional languages
  6. IAC's popular laminated versions of the 2011 U.S. immunization schedules are 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
 
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 939: June 27, 2011
1.  ACIP votes in favor of administering pertussis vaccine to pregnant women to protect infants from contracting the disease

On June 22, CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted that CDC recommend that pregnant women who have not previously been vaccinated against pertussis receive pertussis-containing vaccine late in the second trimester or at any time in the third trimester of pregnancy. The goal of vaccinating pregnant women is to protect their newborns from contracting pertussis in the first few months of life.

To read a brief account published in the Washington Post on June 22, click here.
 
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2 Decline in vaccine-preventable diseases called one of the decade's great global public health achievements

CDC published "Ten Great Public Health Achievements--Worldwide, 2001-2010" in the June 24 issue of MMWR. The section titled Vaccine-Preventable Disease is reprinted below.


Expanded vaccination coverage is one of the most cost-effective ways to advance global welfare. In the first decade of the 21st century, an estimated 2.5 million deaths were prevented each year among children aged <5 years through the use of measles, polio, and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccines. Expanded coverage with measles vaccine resulted in a 78% decline in measles mortality from 2000 to 2008, averting an estimated 12.7 million deaths. Polio eradication efforts decreased the number of countries with endemic disease from 20 to four, with fewer than 1,500 cases reported in 2010. Global coverage with the third dose of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine (a performance measure for vaccination programs) increased from 74% to 82%. Newer vaccines, including hepatitis B vaccine and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine also are now widely used in national immunization programs globally. The number of countries using hepatitis B vaccine increased from 107 in 2000, to 178 in 2009; with global vaccination coverage of 70% achieved by the end of the decade, at least 700,000 deaths from cirrhosis and liver cancer are expected to be averted in each annual birth cohort in these 178 countries. During 2000-2009, the number of countries using Hib vaccine worldwide increased from 62 to 161; the resulting global coverage of 38% prevented an estimated 130,000 pneumonia and meningitis deaths annually among children aged <5 years.

Studies of disease burden and vaccine efficacy and creation of innovative financing mechanisms accelerated development and use in developing countries of vaccines licensed during the decade. As a result, new and underutilized vaccines for global use (i.e., pneumococcal conjugate [PCV], rotavirus, and rubella vaccines), and vaccines recommended for introduction in certain regions or in countries where certain criteria are met (e.g., Japanese encephalitis, human papillomavirus, meningococcal group A conjugate, and typhoid vaccines) are expected to be available around the world much more quickly than they have been in the past. By the end of 2009, 44 countries had introduced PCV (11% of the global birth cohort), 23 had introduced rotavirus vaccine (11% of the global birth cohort), and 130 had introduced rubella vaccine (42% of the global birth cohort). Substantial work remains for these vaccines to be more widely introduced in developing countries.


To access the full article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6024a4.htm
 
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3 Spotlight on immunize.org: information and resources to help you respond to parents about personal belief exemptions

Personal belief exemptions to state vaccine requirements are a challenging issue when trying to help parents make the right decision about vaccination. IAC's Mandates and Exemptions web section is a great place to go for up-to-date information about responding to vaccine-hesitant parents who are considering this path. You will find links to statements from the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), as well as related immunization materials.

To access the Mandates and Exemptions web section, visit http://www.immunize.org/exemptions

IAC's Immunization Topics web section is a central organizing hub of IAC's website. To access information and resources for 12 specialized topics in addition to exemptions and mandates, visit http://www.immunize.org/iztopics
 
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4 IAC's Video of the Week outlines a new framework for communicating with parents about vaccine safety

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to watch a 45-minute video about a new framework for communicating with parents, termed the CASE method. It discusses barriers to communication and the top parental concerns regarding vaccines; it also recommends ways to address these concerns using the CASE method. The presenter is Alison Singer, MBA, founder and president of the Autism Science Foundation. The program was originally broadcast on December 9, 2010, by PublicHealth Live, University of Albany, School of Public Health.

The video will be available on the home page of IAC's website through July 3. To access it, go to: http://www.immunize.org and click on the image under the words Video of the Week.

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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5 VISs for PCV, HPV (Cervarix), and PPSV vaccines now available in additional languages

The VISs for pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and Cervarix human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine are now available in Thai. The VIS for pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV) is now available in Arabic, Chinese, and Farsi. IAC gratefully acknowledges Asian Pacific Health Care Venture for the Thai translations and the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch, for the Arabic, Chinese, and Farsi translations.

To access the new translation of the VIS for PCV, as well as other translations, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_pcv.asp

To access the new translation of the VIS for Cervarix HPV vaccine, as well as other translations, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_hpv_cervarix.asp

To access the new translations of the VIS for PPSV, as well as other translations, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_ppsv.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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6 IAC's popular laminated versions of the 2011 U.S. immunization schedules are 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 (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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