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Issue 976
IAC Express: Weekly immunization news and information
Issue 976: February 7, 2012

TOP STORIES

VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS

OFFICIAL RELEASES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

FEATURED RESOURCES

IAC HANDOUTS

CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS



TOP STORIES

New! February 2012 issue of Needle Tips is now online
The February 2012 issue of Needle Tips is now online. This issue presents an array of materials that healthcare professionals can rely on to vaccinate people of all ages. Readers will also find information about new ACIP recommendations for HPV vaccination of males, the CDC/IAC partnership for future VIS translations, and new CDC resources for parents with questions about vaccines.

It also includes the Ask the Experts column from CDC medical epidemiologist Andrew T. Kroger, MD, MPH; nurse educator Donna L. Weaver, RN, MN; medical officer Iyabode Akinsanya-Beysolow, MD, MPH; and medical epidemiologist William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH.
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2012 U.S. Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule is now available
CDC published Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule--United States, 2012 as a QuickGuide in the last 7 pages of the February 3 issue of MMWR.

The recommended adult immunization schedule has been approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

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CDC publishes report on adult vaccination coverage
CDC published Adult Vaccination Coverage--United States, 2010  in the February 3 issue of MMWR (pages 66-72). A summary made available to the press is reprinted below.

Approximately 45,000 adults die annually from vaccine-preventable diseases. Between 2008 and 2010, U.S. coverage with routinely recommended vaccinations to protect adults aged ≥19 years remained low. Compared with 2009 estimates, vaccination increased for only three vaccines in 2010: tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination increased 1.6 percentage points to 8.2 percent, herpes zoster vaccination for non-Hispanic whites and non-Hispanic Asians aged ≥60 years increased more than 5 percentage points to 16.6 percent and 12.7 percent, respectively, and women aged 19–26 years reporting receipt of ≥1 dose of HPV vaccine increased 3.6 percentage points to 20.7 percent. Wider use of practices shown to improve adult vaccination is needed, including implementing reminder-recall systems, using standing order programs for vaccination, and assessing practice-level vaccination rates with feedback to staff members.

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Spotlight on immunize.org: Immunization schedules web section offers quick access to child, teen, and adult schedules for 2012
Looking for an easy way to find the 2012 recommended immunization schedules for children, and adolescents, as well as adults? It’s all in one place on immunize.org! Visit the Immunization Schedules web section on immunize.org for one-stop access to all the official schedules.

In addition to the CDC schedules, this section offers links to IAC’s laminated versions of the schedules, which are based on CDC’s schedules and available for purchase. The laminated schedules come complete with essential footnotes and are printed in color for easy reading. Each schedule has six pages (i.e., three double-sided pages), and when folded, measures 8.5" x 11." (Note: Laminated schedules for 2012 will be available in early-March).

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CDC publishes report on patient who recovered from clinical rabies
CDC published Recovery of a Patient from Clinical Rabies--California, 2011 in the February 3 issue of MMWR (pages 61-65). A summary made available to the press is reprinted below.

After contact with free-roaming cats, an 8 year-old girl was hospitalized and ultimately diagnosed with rabies. To help make recovery possible, a process was initiated that suppresses brain activity in order to help the immune system fight the rabies virus. The girl survived and was discharged after a 52-day hospitalization. This is the third reported case of recovery from rabies in a patient who was unvaccinated before illness onset. Despite these instances, rabies is usually fatal. It can, however, be prevented through vaccination of domestic animals (such as dogs and cats) and avoidance of wild or unfamiliar animals. When an exposure has occurred, a preventive vaccine known as PEP can prevent infection. In addition, clinicians caring for patients with acute progressive encephalitis should consider rabies in the differential diagnosis and pursue laboratory diagnostic testing when indicated.

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CDC publishes report on global measles control
CDC published Progress in Global Measles Control, 2000–2010 in the February 3 issue of MMWR (pages 73-78). A summary made available to the press is reprinted below.

In 2010, the World Health Assembly (WHA) endorsed the following measles objectives for 2015: 1) raise routine coverage with the first dose of MCV (MCV1) for children aged 1 year to ≥90 percent nationally and ≥80 percent in every district or equivalent administrative unit, 2) reduce and maintain annual measles incidence at <5 cases per million, and 3) reduce measles mortality by ≥95 percent from the 2000 estimate. During 2000–2010, global MCV1 coverage increased from 72 percent to 85 percent with approximately 1 billion children vaccinated during measles SIAs. Reported measles cases decreased from 2000 to 2008, remained stable in 2009, and increased in 2010. By the end of 2010, 40 percent of countries still had not met the incidence target of <5 cases per million. While substantial progress has been made, challenges must be overcome to meet the 2015 WHA measles objectives.

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VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS

CDC releases updated VIS for hepatitis B vaccine
On February 2, CDC released a revised interim edition of the VIS for hepatitis B vaccine. The revision includes the new ACIP recommendations for vaccination of people with diabetes.
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IAC posts new translations of the hepatitis A vaccine VIS in Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese
IAC recently posted the VIS for hepatitis A vaccine in Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. IAC thanks the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch, for the translations. Back to top


OFFICIAL RELEASES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

National Influenza Vaccine Summit is accepting nominations for its 2012 Immunization Excellence Awards by March 2
The National Influenza Vaccine Summit (NIVS) is soliciting candidates for the 2012 NIVS Immunization Excellence Awards by March 2. These awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions towards improved adult, and/or childhood influenza vaccination rates within their communities during the 2011-2012 influenza season. A national winner and honorable mention recipient will be selected for each award category. The winners will be presented with their awards at the National Influenza Vaccine Summit meeting, to be held May 15-17, in Atlanta. The national winner in each category will be invited to present at the National Influenza Vaccine Summit meeting.

There are four categories of recognition:
  • Overall Season Activities
  • Healthcare Personnel Campaign
  • Immunization Coalitions/Public Health/Community Campaign
  • Corporate Campaign
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CDC requests nominations for new Childhood Immunization Champion Awards by February 10
The CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award is a new annual award that recognizes individuals who make a significant contribution toward improving public health through their work in childhood immunization. Nominations must be submitted to CDC by February 10.

Each year, up to one CDC Immunization Champion from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia will be honored.

Awardees for the inaugural year will be announced during National Infant Immunization Week, April 21-28.

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FEATURED RESOURCES

CDC Catch-Up Immunization Scheduler is now online
CDC's Catch-Up Immunization Scheduler for children age birth through 6 years is now online (i.e., no longer needs to be downloaded as a program).

The Catch-Up Immunization Scheduler uses a child's birthdate and vaccination history to automatically create a personalized vaccination schedule. This tool provides support for healthcare providers and parents/caregivers.

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IAC HANDOUTS

IAC revises its two most popular staff educational materials, Summary of Recommendations for Child/Teen Immunization and Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization
IAC recently updated its two most popular educational resources for healthcare professionals. Both the Summary of Recommendations for Child/Teen Immunization and the Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization were revised to include updated ACIP recommendations related to Tdap, meningococcal, and HPV vaccination, as well as other edits.

IAC's Handouts for Patients and Staff web section offers healthcare professionals and the public more than 250 FREE English-language handouts (many also available in translation), which we encourage website users to print out, copy, and distribute widely.

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CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS

February 10 is the new deadline for abstracts for the 1st National Immunization Conference Online
CDC has extended the deadline to submit abstracts for the 2012 National Immunization Conference to February 10. This year's conference, called the 1st National Immunization Conference Online (NICO), will be held March 26-28–entirely online. Only abstracts for poster presentations are being accepted.

For more information about the 1st NICO, contact the Conference Planning Team by phone at (404) 639-8225 or by email at NIPNIC@cdc.gov.

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Register by February 24 to receive the early-bird registration rate for the National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions
The 10th National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions (NCIHC) will take place in New Orleans on May 23–25. Early-bird registration ends February 24 (extended from February 10), so sign up soon.

NCIHC is the only conference solely dedicated to collaboration and partnership as a way to improve the health status of communities. This year’s conference features trailblazing First Ladies Mrs. Carter and Mrs. Bumpers, best-selling author Seth Mnookin, and nationally renowned subject matter experts.

The 2012 conference, "Jazzing Up Partnerships the Big Easy Way," is intended for members of health coalitions, public health professionals, healthcare providers, non-profit professionals, policy makers, community advocates, students, and health educators. NCIHC offers skills-building, tools and practical examples to help local, state, and national organizations build and sustain successful partnerships.

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IOM committee meeting on childhood immunization schedule to be held February 9
The first meeting of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on the Assessment of Studies of Health Outcomes Related to the Childhood Immunization Schedule will take place on February 9, at the Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, DC.

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Issue 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.
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