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Immunization Action Coalition

IAC Express 2011

Issue number 969: December 19, 2011

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Contents of this Issue
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  1. IAC revises its parent-education handout "What if you don't immunize your child?"
  2. Spotlight on immunize.org: IAC's selection of practical and clinically relevant vaccine-related journal articles
  3. IAC's Video of the Week makes the case for nurses receiving annual influenza vaccination
  4. IAC updates its patient-education handout "Influenza: Questions and Answers"
  5. HHS announces the dedication of first U.S. facility for manufacturing cell-based influenza vaccine
  6. IAC posts four new translations of the VIS for meningococcal vaccines
  7. Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating
  8. Award-winning DVD! "Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults"--from the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch
  9. Bulk quantities of the 2011-12 Influenza Vaccine Pocket Guides and PPSV Pocket Guides available--FREE!--from the National Influenza Vaccine Summit
 
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 969: December 19, 2011
1.  IAC revises its parent-education handout "What if you don't immunize your child?"

IAC recently made significant revisions to its parent-education handout "What if you don't immunize your child?" The piece is designed to be printed on two sides and folded in thirds.

Go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4017.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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2 Spotlight on immunize.org: IAC's selection of practical and clinically relevant vaccine-related journal articles

Looking for help finding practical journal articles about vaccines and immunization? Look no further. IAC's Journal Articles web section provides a chronological catalog of vaccine-related, peer-reviewed articles organized by vaccine and topic area.

You will find citations for thousands of practical and clinically relevant journal articles on vaccine-related topics. A link to either the article abstract or full-text article accompanies each citation. The Journal Articles web section includes articles segmented by 20 vaccine-preventable diseases; vaccination procedures and storage and handling; vaccination laws and exemptions; vaccination needs of groups such as healthcare personnel, pregnant women, and travelers; communication about vaccine issues; and dozens of other topics.

To find articles in your areas of interest, visit http://www.immunize.org/journalarticles
 
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3 IAC's Video of the Week makes the case for nurses receiving annual influenza vaccination

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to watch a 6-minute video from the American Nurses Association that uses principles of risk communication to address the concerns of a nurse hesitant to receive an influenza vaccine.

The video will be available on the home page of IAC's website through January 1, 2012. 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 an additional immunization video for nurses titled "Nurses Have the Power to Protect," go to: http://www.anaimmunize.org/Main-Menu-Category/Vaccines-for-nurses/All-Nurses/PSA-Vaccination

To access the archives of IAC's Videos of the Week, go to: http://www.immunize.org/votw
 
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4 IAC updates its patient-education handout "Influenza: Questions and Answers"

IAC recently updated the patient-education handout "Influenza: Questions and Answers: Information about the disease and vaccines."

Go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4208.pdf

To access a complete listing of IAC's 18 "Questions and Answers" handouts, go to: http://www.immunize.org/handouts/vaccine-questions.asp
 
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5 HHS announces the dedication of first U.S. facility for manufacturing cell-based influenza vaccine

On December 12, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a press release announcing the dedication of the first U.S. facility to use cultured animal cells rather than fertilized eggs to produce influenza vaccine. The plant, located in Holly Springs, NC, is a public-private partnership between HHS and Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc. (Cambridge, MA).

To access the press release, go to: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/12/20111212a.html
 
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6 IAC posts four new translations of the VIS for meningococcal vaccines

IAC recently posted the VIS for meningococcal vaccines in Arabic, Cambodian, Russian, and Tagalog. 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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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.
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8 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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9 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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