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Immunization Action Coalition

IAC Express 2011

Issue number 962: November 14, 2011

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Contents of this Issue
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  1. New: November issue of Vaccinate Adults is now online
  2. Reminder: November issue of Needle Tips available online
  3. CDC releases revised interim polio vaccine VIS
  4. ACIP votes to recommend hepatitis B vaccination for adults age 60 years and younger with diabetes
  5. MMWR provides information on herpes zoster vaccine licensure and related recommendation
  6. IAC's Video of the Week features Alabama's Secretary of State's personal appeal for influenza vaccination
  7. Spotlight on immunize.org: where you'll find hundreds of images/photos related to vaccination and vaccine-preventable diseases
  8. CDC develops new educational pieces for healthcare providers and parents
  9. MMWR reports on global routine vaccination coverage
  10. IAC updates "When Do Children and Teens Need Vaccinations" and its translations
  11. IAC's updated screening questionnaires for children/teens and adults now available in Spanish and seven other languages
  12. Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating!
  13. CDC's December 1 Net Conference will cover influenza and HPV vaccination and National Influenza Vaccination Week
  14. Save the date: 1st National Immunization Conference Online to be held March 26-28!
  15. American College of Physicians to host a series of immunization-related webinars
  16. CDC offers webinar on using its FluVaxView system
  17. IAC posts new VIS translations for MMR and hepatitis B vaccines
  18. CDC posts presentation slide sets from the October 2011 ACIP meeting
  19. MMWR reports on progress toward polio eradication in Afghanistan and Pakistan
  20. Bulk quantities of the 2011-12 Influenza Vaccine Pocket Guides and PPSV Pocket Guides available--FREE!--from the National Influenza Vaccine Summit
  21. Award-winning DVD! "Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults"--from the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch
  22. IAC's popular laminated versions of the 2011 U.S. immunization schedules are still available
 
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 962: November 14, 2011
1.  New: November issue of Vaccinate Adults is now online

The November 2011 issue of Vaccinate Adults is now online for downloading at http://www.immunize.org/va/va33.pdf

This issue presents an array of materials that healthcare professionals can rely on to vaccinate adults against influenza. Readers will also find new and updated resources for vaccine storage and handling and for Td/Tdap vaccination.

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.

Note: Vaccinate Adults is an abbreviated version of Needle Tips with the pediatric content removed.

To download a PDF of the entire 16-page issue of Vaccinate Adults, go to: http://www.immunize.org/va/va33.pdf

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.
 
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2 Reminder: November issue of Needle Tips available online

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

To download the entire issue in PDF format, go to: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n50/n50.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 CDC releases revised interim polio vaccine VIS

On November 8, CDC released a revised inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) VIS. This edition does not differ significantly from the previous edition, particularly with regard to contraindications and adverse events. The update is part of a move to reformat all VISs based on input from CDC focus groups. While CDC encourages providers to use the new polio VIS, existing stocks of the previous edition may be used up.

To access the revised polio vaccine VIS, go to http://www.immunize.org/vis/polio-ipv.pdf

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 ACIP votes to recommend hepatitis B vaccination for adults age 60 years and younger with diabetes

On October 25, ACIP voted to recommend that hepatitis B vaccine be given to adults with diabetes. The vaccine series is recommended for unvaccinated adults with diabetes age 60 years and younger; the vaccine may also be administered to unvaccinated adults with diabetes who are older than age 60 years.

The recommendation was prompted by the number of outbreaks of hepatitis B virus infection in settings that provide diabetics with assisted blood glucose monitoring. You can read more about this recommendation and the rationale behind it in a press release from Infectious Disease News at http://www.infectiousdiseasenews.com/article/88870.aspx
 
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5 MMWR provides information on herpes zoster vaccine licensure and related recommendation

CDC published "Update on Herpes Zoster Vaccine: Licensure for Persons Aged 50 Through 59 Years" in the November 11 issue of MMWR. Portions of the article are reprinted below.


Herpes zoster vaccine (Zostavax, Merck & Co., Inc.) was licensed and recommended in 2006 for prevention of herpes zoster among adults aged 60 years and older. In March 2011, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Zostavax in adults aged 50 through 59 years. In June 2011, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) declined to recommend the vaccine for adults aged 50 through 59 years and reaffirmed its current recommendation that herpes zoster vaccine be routinely recommended for adults aged 60 years and older. . . .

Considering all available evidence and the supply issues, ACIP declined to recommend the use of herpes zoster vaccine among adults aged 50 through 59 years and reaffirmed its existing recommendation that herpes zoster vaccine be routinely recommended for adults aged 60 years and older. ACIP will continue to monitor supply issues and might update recommendations regarding vaccination of adults aged 50 through 59 years when an adequate and stable supply of the vaccine is assured. Planned improvements by Merck in its production processes and the addition of new manufacturing facilities are expected to increase the supply of the vaccine during the next several years.

With the FDA approval, Zostavax is available in the United States for indicated use among adults aged 50 years and older. Contraindications to the use of Zostavax remain unchanged. Zostavax should not be given to pregnant women, persons with a primary or acquired immunodeficiency, or to persons with a history of anaphylactic reaction to gelatin, neomycin, or any other component of the vaccine. Herpes zoster vaccine can be administered simultaneously with other indicated vaccines.

For vaccination providers who choose to use Zostavax among certain patients aged 50 through 59 years despite the absence of an ACIP recommendation, factors that might be considered include particularly poor anticipated tolerance of herpes zoster or postherpetic neuralgia symptoms (e.g., attributable to preexisting chronic pain, severe depression, or other comorbid conditions; inability to tolerate treatment medications because of hypersensitivity or interactions with other chronic medications; and occupational considerations). . . .


To access the full article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6044a5.htm
 
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6 IAC's Video of the Week features Alabama's Secretary of State's personal appeal for influenza vaccination

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to watch a moving 2:30-minute video on preventing influenza. In this broadcast-news video from the NBC affiliate in Montgomery, AL, Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman talks about her husband, James, who died from a respiratory disease this past April after contracting influenza.

The video will be available on the home page of IAC's website through November 20. 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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7 Spotlight on immunize.org: where you'll find hundreds of images/photos related to vaccination and vaccine-preventable diseases

Looking for new ways to educate your patients about the importance of vaccination? Look no further. When it comes to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the serious health effects of vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs), nothing else packs the punch of a visual image. The IAC Image Library web section provides access to hundreds of VPD and vaccination-related images.

IAC has brought together images of people suffering from VPDs; pictures of healthcare professionals vaccinating children, teens, and adults; and photos taken during various global immunization campaigns, as well as pathology specimens and micrographs of viruses and bacteria. Almost all of the images are free to download and can be used in lectures, articles, and presentations.

To access the IAC Image Library, visit http://www.immunize.org/photos
 
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8 CDC develops new educational pieces for healthcare providers and parents

CDC has developed a new series of fact sheets about vaccine testing, safety, monitoring, and the process for establishing the U.S. immunization schedule. These materials are intended to help healthcare professionals keep up to date on vaccine topics; they may also be distributed to parents who want in-depth information on these topics after talking to their child's doctor.

To access these new fact sheets about vaccine development and safety, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/spec-grps/hcp/provider-resources-safetysheets.html

CDC also offers a series of fact sheets for parents about 14 vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) and the vaccines that can prevent them. These fact sheets describe symptoms of infection as well as benefits and risks of vaccination. There are two versions of each sheet. The "Disease Basics" sheets include an overview of each VPD and vaccine information. The "In-Depth Information" sheets use a narrative style; some include a true story about a family affected by a VPD.

To access the fact sheets about VPDs and vaccines for parents, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/spec-grps/hcp/provider-resources-factsheets.html
 
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9 MMWR reports on global routine vaccination coverage

CDC published "Global Routine Vaccination Coverage, 2010" in the November 11 issue of MMWR. Portions of the first paragraph are reprinted below.


This report summarizes the status of vaccination coverage globally and regionally in 2010 and progress toward meeting the GIVS [Global Immunization Vision and Strategy] goal. . . . Despite the overall improvement in vaccination coverage during the past 37 years, routine vaccination programs need to be strengthened globally, especially in countries with the greatest numbers of unvaccinated children.


To access the full article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6044a3.htm
 
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10.  IAC updates "When Do Children and Teens Need Vaccinations" and its translations

IAC recently revised "When Do Children and Teens Need Vaccinations?" This handout provides an easy-to-read schedule for parents of children from birth through age 18 years.

Go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4050.pdf

The Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Russian, Turkish, and Vietnamese translations of this handout have also been updated.To access all the translations, go to: http://www.immunize.org/handouts/vaccine-schedules.asp

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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11.  IAC's updated screening questionnaires for children/teens and adults now available in Spanish and seven other languages

Updated in October, IAC's "Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization" and "Screening Questionnaire for Adult Immunization" are now available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Russian, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

To access both of these screening questionnaires in English and all the available translations, go to: http://www.immunize.org/handouts/screening-vaccines.asp
 
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12.  Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating!

Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older, so please keep vaccinating your patients.

Following is a list of resources related to influenza disease and vaccination for healthcare professionals and the public.

Don't forget that National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is scheduled for December 4-10! CDC's NIVW web section includes resources to help organizations spread the word about the importance of administering and receiving influenza vaccine throughout the influenza season. To access them, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw

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13.  CDC's December 1 Net Conference will cover influenza and HPV vaccination and National Influenza Vaccination Week

The next "Current Issues in Immunization" Net Conference will be held on December 1 from noon to 1 p.m. ET. Joseph Bresee, MD, FAAP, and others from CDC will make presentations on influenza and HPV vaccination and National Influenza Vaccination Week. Andrew Kroger, MD, MPH, will moderate the discussion.

Registration is limited and will close on November 29 or when the course is full. To register, go to: http://www2.cdc.gov/vaccines/ed/ciinc
 
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14.  Save the date: 1st National Immunization Conference Online to be held March 26-28!

The 2012 National Immunization Conference, called the 1st National Immunization Conference Online (NICO), will be held March 26-28--entirely online.

There will be no cost to participate in NICO. Pre-registration is not required. Attendance at live workshops will be limited to the first 1,000 people to log in at the start of each session.

Invited speakers will present remotely over the Internet and telephone in a series of live, web-based sessions. Workshops will include multiple 1-hour presentations. Recordings of the sessions will be made available on the Internet after the conclusion of the conference.

Please be aware that abstracts are being accepted for poster presentation only at this year's online conference. The deadline for abstract submission is February 3, 2012.

For more information about the 1st NICO, go to http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/nic/default.htm or contact the Conference Planning Team at (404) 639-8225 or by email at NIPNIC@cdc.gov
 
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15.  American College of Physicians to host a series of immunization-related webinars

The American College of Physicians (ACP) is sponsoring a series of free 1-hour immunization-related webinars, beginning November 15. The schedule follows.

Review of the Latest ACIP Immunization Recommendations
Date/Time: November 15, noon ET

Efficient Vaccine Ordering
Date/Time: February 23, 5 p.m. ET

Applying Quality Improvement Principles to Immunization
Date/Time: March 13, 3 p.m. ET

Communicating Risk-Benefit of Vaccination to Patients
Date/Time: July 18, noon ET

For more information, or to register for one or more of the sessions, go to: http://www.acponline.org/clinical_information/resources/adult_immunization/webinars.htm
 
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16.  CDC offers webinar on using its FluVaxView system

CDC will sponsor a webinar to demonstrate use and application of FluVaxView on November 17 from 2-3 p.m. ET. FluVaxView is a CDC website that features interactive influenza vaccination reports that can be used to enhance planning and evaluation of vaccination efforts.

To visit FluVaxView, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/vaccination/vaccinecoverage.htm

To register for the related webinar, go to: http://www2.cdc.gov/vaccines/ed/fluvaxreg
 
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17.  IAC posts new VIS translations for MMR and hepatitis B vaccines

IAC recently posted 8 new VIS translations on its website.

The MMR and hepatitis B vaccine VISs are now available in Hmong, Russian, Somali, and Vietnamese. IAC thanks the Minnesota Department of Health for the translations.

To access the new translations of the VIS for MMR vaccine, as well as the English version, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_mmr.asp

To access the new translations of the VIS for hepatitis B vaccine, as well as the English version, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_hepatitis_b.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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18.  CDC posts presentation slide sets from the October 2011 ACIP meeting

The CDC website recently posted the PowerPoint slide sets presented at the October 25-26 ACIP meeting. To access the slide sets, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/acip/slides-oct11.htm
 
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19.  MMWR reports on progress toward polio eradication in Afghanistan and Pakistan

CDC published "Progress Toward Poliomyelitis Eradication--Afghanistan and Pakistan, January 2010-September 2011" in the November 11 issue of MMWR.

To access the article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6044a4.htm
 
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20.  Bulk quantities of the 2011-12 Influenza Vaccine Pocket Guides and PPSV Pocket Guides available--FREE!--from the National Influenza Vaccine Summit

To aid in efforts to vaccinate against influenza and pneumococcal disease, readers are invited to place orders now for bulk quantities of the National Influenza Vaccine Summit's 2011-12 Influenza Vaccine Pocket Information Guide and Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccination (PPSV) Pocket Guide. Both are free--you can order them in the hundreds or thousands!

These laminated, 3.75 x 6.75-inch, 2-color cards serve as a convenient reference for front-line healthcare professionals who vaccinate patients. Place a bulk order now, and your organization will be ready to educate healthcare professionals at upcoming immunization training sessions and conferences. Each staff person who administers influenza or PPSV vaccine needs these handy resources.

See an image of the influenza vaccine pocket guide at http://www.immunize.org/pocketguides/pocketguide_flu.pdf

See an image of the PPSV pocket guide at http://www.immunize.org/pocketguides/pocketguide_ppsv.pdf

The 2011-12 influenza pocket guide and PPSV pocket guide are designed to be used by healthcare professionals only; THEY ARE NOT PATIENT HANDOUTS.

HOW TO ORDER
Place your order at http://www.preventinfluenza.org/pocketguides There is no cost for the pocket guides, shipping, or handling within the U.S.

If you have questions, email admininfo@immunize.org
 
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21.  Award-winning DVD! "Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults"--from the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch

In 2010, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Immunization Branch, 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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22.  IAC's popular laminated versions of the 2011 U.S. immunization schedules are still available

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".

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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