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Immunization Action Coalition

IAC Express 2011

Issue number 944: August 1, 2011

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Contents of this Issue
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  1. New: July 2011 issue of Needle Tips is now online
  2. Reminder: IAC launched a major redesign of www.immunize.org
  3. New: CDC issues VISs for the two 2011-12 influenza vaccines--available in English only
  4. CDC publishes errata to the General Recommendations on Immunization
  5. IAC's Video of the Week features CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat discussing ways to overcome parents' vaccine concerns
  6. IAC updates its "Standing Orders for Administering Td/Tdap to Children Ages 7 Years and Older"
  7. Reminder: CDC's "Immunization Update 2011" live satellite broadcast and webcast scheduled for August 4
  8. U.S. varicella deaths nearly eliminated since vaccination program began
  9. NFID brief focuses on challenges and opportunities involved in protecting older adults from influenza
  10. CDC reports on characteristics associated with preschool children receiving influenza vaccine in Oregon during 2006-08
  11. IAC's popular laminated versions of the 2011 U.S. immunization schedules are available. Order a supply for your workplace today!
  12. Award-winning DVD! "Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults"--from the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch
  13. IAC's "When Do Children and Teens Need Vaccinations?" now available in Turkish
 
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 944: August 1, 2011
1.  New: July 2011 issue of Needle Tips is now online

The July 2011 issue of Needle Tips is now online for downloading at http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n49/n49.pdf

This issue is primarily devoted to giving readers information they need to respond to measles outbreaks across the U.S. The issue also brings readers some of IAC's most popular resources: the latest versions of the summaries of immunization recommendations for children and teens, as well as adults; links to more than 20 of our standing orders for vaccine administration; and much more.

It also includes the Ask the Experts column from CDC experts Andrew T. Kroger, MD, MPH; Donna L. Weaver, RN, MN; and William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH.

To download a PDF of the entire 24-page issue of Needle Tips, go to: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n49/n49.pdf

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.
 
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2 Reminder: IAC launched a major redesign of www.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 six 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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3 New: CDC issues VISs for the two 2011-12 influenza vaccines--available in English only

On July 26, CDC issued new VISs for the influenza vaccines licensed for use in the U.S. during the 2011-12 influenza season. One VIS is for trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV; injectable), the other for live attenuated intranasal influenza vaccine (LAIV; nasal spray). A large-print version of the VIS for TIV is also available.

Some of the changes from last year (on the VIS for TIV only) include (1) adding a note in the "risks" section about concurrent administration of TIV and PCV13 and febrile seizures; (2) deleting references to H1N1 from both VISs; and (3) changing the term "healthcare provider" to "doctor" throughout.

To access the TIV VIS for 2011-12 (including the large-print version), go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_flu_inactive.asp

To access the LAIV VIS for 2011-12, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_flu_live.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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4 CDC publishes errata to the General Recommendations on Immunization

CDC published "Errata: Vol. 60, No. RR-2" in the July 29 issue of MMWR. It concerns errors that appeared in the MMWR Recommendations and Reports titled "General Recommendations on Immunization: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)" which was published in on January 28, 2011. The errata article is reprinted below.


In the MMWR Recommendations and Reports "General Recommendations on Immunization: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)," errors occurred. On page 10, in the second sentence of the first complete paragraph, "quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate" should be accompanied by a footnote that reads, "Only if necessary, based on vaccine availability." On page 23, line 7 of the first complete paragraph in the second column should read, ". . . receiving antimicrobial agents until 72 hours after the last dose . . . " On page 40, in Table 6, the precaution (third column) for history of arthus-type hypersensitivity reactions for DTaP; DT, Td; and Tdap should read, "History of arthus-type hypersensitivity reactions after a previous dose of tetanus or diphtheria-toxoid containing vaccines (including MCV4); defer vaccination until at least 10 years have elapsed since the last tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine." On page 43, in Table 7, the first sentence of the [third] footnote should read, "MMR, LAIV, and varicella vaccines can be administered on the same day."


To access the errata article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6029a7.htm

To access the General Recommendations on Immunization, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr6002a1.htm
 
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5 IAC's Video of the Week features CDC's Dr. Anne Schuchat discussing ways to overcome parents' vaccine concerns

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to watch an 8-minute Expert Commentary video from Medscape titled Overcoming Vaccine Concerns and Refusals. Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, provides some tips on effective strategies for talking with parents about infant immunizations and highlights new resources that can support providers in these conversations.

The video will be available on the home page of IAC's website through August 7. To access it, go to: http://www.immunize.org and click on the image under the words Video of the Week. Registration is required to access this video on Medscape. There is no charge to register.

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 updates its "Standing Orders for Administering Td/Tdap to Children Ages 7 Years and Older"

IAC recently revised "Standing Orders for Administering Td/Tdap to Children Ages 7 Years and Older." Go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3078a.pdf

To access a table with links to all IAC's standing orders protocols for vaccine administration, as well as guidance for newborn-nursery hepatitis B vaccination, go to: http://www.immunize.org/standing-orders

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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7 Reminder: CDC's "Immunization Update 2011" live satellite broadcast and webcast scheduled for August 4

The live satellite broadcast and webcast "Immunization Update 2011" is scheduled at two times on August 4. The first time is from 9AM to 11:30AM ET; the rebroadcast is from 12 noon to 2:30PM ET. Both will feature a live question-and-answer session in which participants nationwide can interact with the course instructors by email and fax.

Anticipated topics include influenza, meningococcal, zoster, Tdap, and human papillomavirus vaccines. Other emerging issues will be discussed, including the latest information from ACIP's June 2011 meeting. The course instructors are Andrew Kroger, MD, MPH; Donna Weaver, RN, MN; and JoEllen Wolicki, BSN, RN. All are with NCIRD at CDC.

The broadcasts will be edited and made available as a self-study program 4 to 6 weeks after the broadcast. The program will be available in DVD and web-on-demand formats.

To access a link to the webcast (available immediately prior to the event start) and to coordinates for the satellite broadcast, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/ed/imzupdate

To register, go to: http://www2a.cdc.gov/TCEOnline Registration is not required to view the webcast.

To view a fact sheet with comprehensive information, including information on obtaining Continuing Education credits, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/ed/imzupdate/downloads/
SBWC1912-13-X-WebsiteInformationSheet.pdf

 
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8 U.S. varicella deaths nearly eliminated since vaccination program began

On July 25, the journal Pediatrics published the online version of an article titled "Near Elimination of Varicella Deaths in the U.S. After Implementation of the Vaccination Program." Pediatrics, a journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, has made the article abstract and full text available at no charge.

To access the article abstract, go to:
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/07/21/peds.2010-3385

To access the full article, go to:
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/07/21/
peds.2010-3385.full.pdf+html
 
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9 NFID brief focuses on challenges and opportunities involved in protecting older adults from influenza

Published in June by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), the 5-page brief titled "Understanding the Challenges and Opportunities in Protecting Older Adults from Influenza" discusses the following:
  • Burden of influenza in older adults
  • Vaccination strategies for protecting older adults
  • Benefits of vaccinating older adults
  • Continued opportunities for prevention

To access the brief, go to: http://www.nfid.org/pdf/publications/olderflu.pdf

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10.  CDC reports on characteristics associated with preschool children receiving influenza vaccine in Oregon during 2006-08

CDC published "Characteristics Associated with Seasonal Influenza Vaccination of Preschool Children--Oregon, 2006-2008" in the July 29 issue of MMWR. A press summary of the article is reprinted below.


Preschool children are at greater risk for seasonal influenza-related hospitalization than other populations. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that all children aged greater than or equal to 6 months be vaccinated against influenza annually. In this study, data from the Oregon Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring Survey follow-back survey (Oregon PRAMS-2) were analyzed to identify maternal sociodemographic and healthcare usage correlates of influenza vaccination status among children aged 2 years. Some factors positively associated with recent influenza vaccination included children's influenza vaccination in the previous year, children's receipt of all recommended immunizations, and children's uninterrupted health insurance coverage. Findings indicate a need for healthcare provider-based and community-based strategies aimed at providing all children access to influenza vaccine.


To access the full article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6029a2.htm
 
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11.  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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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/dvd

For quotes on larger quantities, call (651) 647-9009 or email admininfo@immunize.org

The Immunization Action Coalition is the only nationwide vendor of the DVD.

Note for healthcare settings located in California: Contact your local health department immunization program for a free copy.
 
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13.  IAC's "When Do Children and Teens Need Vaccinations?" now available in Turkish

Updated in July 2011, IAC's parent-education handout "When Do Children and Teens Need Vaccinations?" is now available in Turkish. IAC gratefully acknowledges Mustafa Kozanoglu, MD, for the translation.

For Turkish: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4050-21.pdf

For English: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4050.pdf
 
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