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Immunization Action Coalition

IAC Express 2011

Issue number 964: November 28, 2011

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Contents of this Issue
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  1. CDC releases ACIP recommendations for immunizing healthcare personnel
  2. Reminder: November issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults available online
  3. AAP News publishes article about the many children who are missing their supplemental dose of PCV 13
  4. Spotlight on immunize.org: Some of IAC's most popular handouts for patients are offered in several languages
  5. IAC's Video of the Week features a physician recounting his and his family's first-hand experience with measles
  6. Reminder: CDC's December 1 Net Conference will cover influenza and HPV vaccination and National Influenza Vaccination Week
  7. Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating
  8. IAC posts Spanish and Chinese translations of the VIS for meningococcal vaccines
  9. Online newsletter describes activities planned for underserved populations during National Influenza Vaccination Week
  10. Bulk quantities of the 2011-12 Influenza Vaccine Pocket Guides and PPSV Pocket Guides available--FREE!--from the National Influenza Vaccine Summit
  11. 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 964: November 28, 2011
1.  CDC releases ACIP recommendations for immunizing healthcare personnel

On November 25, CDC published Recommendations and Reports titled "Immunization of Health-Care Personnel: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)." The Summary is reprinted below.


This report updates the previously published summary of recommendations for vaccinating health-care personnel (HCP) in the United States (CDC. Immunization of health-care workers: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices [ACIP] and the Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee [HICPAC]. MMWR 1997;46[No. RR-18]). This report was reviewed by and includes input from the Healthcare (formerly Hospital) Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. These updated recommendations can assist hospital administrators, infection-control practitioners, employee health clinicians, and HCP in optimizing infection prevention and control programs. The recommendations for vaccinating HCP are presented by disease in two categories: (1) those diseases for which vaccination or documentation of immunity is recommended because of risks to HCP in their work settings for acquiring disease or transmitting to patients and (2) those for which vaccination might be indicated in certain circumstances. Background information for each vaccine-preventable disease and specific recommendations for use of each vaccine are presented. Certain infection-control measures that relate to vaccination also are included in this report. In addition, ACIP recommendations for the remaining vaccines that are recommended for certain or all adults are summarized, as are considerations for catch-up and travel vaccinations and for work restrictions. This report summarizes all current ACIP recommendations for vaccination of HCP and does not contain any new recommendations or policies.

The recommendations provided in this report apply, but are not limited, to HCP in acute-care hospitals; long-term-care facilities (e.g., nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities); physician's offices; rehabilitation centers; urgent care centers, and outpatient clinics as well as to persons who provide home health care and emergency medical services.


To access the complete ready-to-print (PDF) version of the recommendations, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr6007.pdf

The web text (HTML) version is available at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr6007a1.htm

Continuing Education credit is available. For details, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/cme/serial_conted.html
 
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2 Reminder: November issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults available online

The November issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are available online for viewing, downloading, and printing. The content of Vaccinate Adults is identical to that of Needle Tips, minus the pediatric content.

To download the entire issue (PDF) of Needle Tips, go to: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n50/n50.pdf

To download the entire issue (PDF) of Vaccinate Adults, go to: http://www.immunize.org/va/va33.pdf

To access the November Needle Tips table of contents and magazine-viewer option, as well as back issues, go to: http://www.immunize.org/nt

To access the November Vaccinate Adults table of contents and magazine-viewer option, as well as back issues, go to: http://www.immunize.org/va
 
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3 AAP News publishes article about the many children who are missing their supplemental dose of PCV 13

The November issue of AAP News, the news magazine of the American Academy of Pediatrics, includes an article that encourages healthcare providers to ensure that their eligible patients receive a supplemental dose of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13).

ACIP recommendations issued in 2010 call for doses of PCV13 to be given to children at ages 2, 4, 6, and 12 through 15 months. ACIP also recommends that children through age 59 months who already received an age-appropriate series of PCV7 receive a supplemental dose of PCV13.

National survey data indicate that about half of children ages 12 through 23 months have received a supplemental dose, but only one-quarter of children ages 24 through 59 months have received a supplemental dose. To remedy this situation, healthcare providers are urged to review the immunization history of all children ages 14 through 59 months who come into the office for any reason and to immunize those children who have not yet received the supplemental dose of PCV13.

Written by Larry K. Pickering, MD, FAAP, the full text of the article is available at no charge at http://aapnews.aappublications.org/content/early/2011/10/21/aapnews.20111021-1.full.pdf+html
 
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4 Spotlight on immunize.org: Some of IAC's most popular handouts for patients are offered in several languages

Looking for quick access to translated immunization materials for patients in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Farsi (spoken in Bahrain, Iran, and United Arab Emirates), French, Hmong, Japanese, Karen (spoken in Burma and Thailand), Korean, Russian, Somali, Tagalog, Turkish, or Vietnamese? Look no further. Many of IAC's most popular pieces are available in several languages. All are in ready-to-print (PDF) format.

To access some of IAC's popular handouts for patients in various languages, visit: http://www.immunize.org/handouts/?f=6

In addition, IAC makes Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) available on its website. To access IAC's VIS translations in more than 35 languages, visit http://www.immunize.org/vis/?f=9

If you need an IAC handout or VIS in a language not currently available on IAC's website, please consider translating the piece for IAC and then sharing it with the world via immunize.org. For details about providing translations for IAC, please visit this link: http://www.immunize.org/translate.asp or email admininfo@immunize.org
 
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5 IAC's Video of the Week features a physician recounting his and his family's first-hand experience with measles

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to watch a 4-minute video of Dr. John Swartzberg recounting how he caught measles from a patient and subsequently passed the disease along to his wife and son. The video is part of the Shot by Shot collection of stories of people who have been touched by vaccine-preventable diseases. Shot by Shot is a project of the California Immunization Coalition.

The video will be available on the home page of IAC's website through December 4. 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 Reminder: 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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7 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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8 IAC posts Spanish and Chinese translations of the VIS for meningococcal vaccines

IAC recently posted Spanish and Chinese translations of the VIS for meningococcal vaccines on its website. IAC thanks the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch, for the translations.

To access the new translations of the VIS for meningococcal vaccines, as well as the English version, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_meningococcal.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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9 Online newsletter describes activities planned for underserved populations during National Influenza Vaccination Week

The November issue of the online publication "Influential News" focuses on activities five partner organizations have held or will hold to raise awareness of the importance of increasing influenza immunization among underserved populations. "Influential News" is a publication of the National Influenza Vaccination Disparities Partnership, which is supported by CDC.

To access the November issue of "Influential News," go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/nivw/nivdp_newsletter_11_2011.pdf
 
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10.  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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11.  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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