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Immunization Action Coalition

IAC Express 2011

Issue number 941: July 11, 2011

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Contents of this Issue
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  1. Spotlight on immunize.org: IAC launches major redesign of immunize.org
  2. FDA approves Boostrix for people age 65 years and older
  3. IAC updates "When Do Children and Teens Need Vaccinations?" and "Checklist for Safe Vaccine Storage and Handling"
  4. New: 2012 edition of the Yellow Book--CDC's travel-health guide--now available
  5. IAC's Video of the Week explores the anti-vaccine movement in Australia
  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
  8. CDC offers information on changes in health insurance laws
  9. "CDC Features" provides information about tetanus vaccination
  10. VICNetwork to host webinar on reaching communities of color on July 27
  11. Immunize Nevada to sponsor CDC's "Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases" course November 2-4 in Reno
 
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 941: July 11, 2011
1.  Spotlight on immunize.org: IAC launches major redesign of immunize.org

IAC has launched a major redesign of its website for healthcare professionals, www.immunize.org The newly designed website offers you a deeper and broader experience through improved design and navigation, making it faster and easier for you to find the essential information that you want and have come to expect from IAC. To see the improvements that have taken place, please visit http://www.immunize.org today!

The new design includes drop-down menus of 6 major sections on immunize.org. Also, new sections include Clinic Resources, News and Information, Featured Resources, A to Z Index, and more.

We hope you have a chance to explore the redesigned http://www.immunize.org If you are interested in providing feedback about the new redesign, we would love to hear your comments. Please complete our brief survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SX5RMD6
 
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2 FDA approves Boostrix for people age 65 years and older

On July 8, FDA approved Boostrix [GlaxoSmithKline] to prevent tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis in people age 65 years and older.

Boostrix was originally approved on May 3, 2005, for use in adolescents age 10-18 years. It subsequently was approved in December 2008, to include adults age 19-64 years.

To read the FDA press release, go to: http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm262390.htm
 
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3 IAC updates "When Do Children and Teens Need Vaccinations?" and "Checklist for Safe Vaccine Storage and Handling"

IAC recently revised the following two handouts for healthcare professionals and their patients.

(1) IAC updated the parent handout "When Do Children and Teens Need Vaccinations?" to take into account new recommendations for meningococcal and HPV vaccines. Go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4050.pdf

(2) IAC updated "Checklist for Safe Vaccine Storage and Handling" to add an item about how to properly record refrigerator and freezer temperatures and revise information about acceptable freezer temperatures. Go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3035.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 New: 2012 edition of the Yellow Book--CDC's travel-health guide--now available

The 2012 edition of CDC Health Information for International Travel (also known as the Yellow Book), is now available online and in print.

CDC publishes this guide every two years for those who advise international travelers of health risks, as well as others who might find it useful. The Yellow Book is written primarily for clinicians, including physicians, nurses, and pharmacists. Others, such as the travel industry, multinational corporations, missionary and volunteer organizations, and travelers themselves, can also find a wealth of information here.

To access the Yellow Book online, go to: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/yellowbook-2012-home.htm

The book is also available as a hard copy. The cost is $45.00. To order a copy from the publisher, click here.

You can also call (800)451-7556, Monday-Friday between 8:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern Time) and ask for ISBN# 978-0-19-976901-8.

You can also access the Yellow Book online from CDC's Travelers' Health home page at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel
 
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5 IAC's Video of the Week explores the anti-vaccine movement in Australia

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to watch "Getting the Point," a 13-minute video from Australia's "60 Minutes" news program. In this clip, you'll meet some of the self-appointed leaders behind the anti-vaccine movement in Australia, and some grieving parents who couldn't disagree with them more.

The video will be available on the home page of IAC's website through July 17. 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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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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8 CDC offers information on changes in health insurance laws

New health plans started on or after September 23, 2010, are required to cover recommended preventive services--including recommended immunizations--without charging a deductible, copayment, or coinsurance. For more information, go to CDC's Vaccine web section at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines and follow the links in the box titled "What immunizations are new insurance plans required to cover?"
 
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9 "CDC Features" provides information about tetanus vaccination

The "CDC Features" web section now includes information for the public on the importance of making sure that children and adults are protected against tetanus, especially during the outdoor summer months.

To access "Tetanus: Make Sure You and Your Child Are Fully Immunized," go to: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/Tetanus/?source=govdelivery

 
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10.  VICNetwork to host webinar on reaching communities of color on July 27

The Virtual Immunization Communication Network (VICNetwork) is hosting "Getting Your Message Heard: Reaching Communities of Color through Social and Ethnic Media" on July 27 at 11:00 AM Pacific time/2:00 PM Eastern time. A virtual conference, the symposium provides a venue where health professionals and health communicators can listen to and interact with expert presenters.

The symposium is free, but registration is required. To register, go to: http://vicnetwork.org/category/events/webinars

VICNetwork is a project of the National Public Health Information Coalition in collaboration with the California Immunization Coalition.
 
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11.  Immunize Nevada to sponsor CDC's "Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases" course November 2-4 in Reno

Immunize Nevada is sponsoring a 3-day conference on November 2-4 in Reno, NV. The opening day of the conference will include a keynote talk by Ari Brown, MD, FAAP, and other regional and national speakers. The next two days will feature presentations by CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD).

For more information, go to: http://immunizenevada.org/nile-conference
 
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