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Issue 982
IAC Express: Weekly immunization news and information
Issue 982: March 6, 2012

TOP STORIES

IAC HANDOUTS

VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS

OFFICIAL RELEASES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

FEATURED RESOURCES

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS



TOP STORIES

Spotlight on immunize.org: translations of Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)
For healthcare professionals who provide vaccination services to people who don’t speak English, the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) is the “go-to” spot for translations of VISs. For more than a decade, IAC has made these translations available on immunize.org. VIS translations in up to 40 languages are donated to IAC from generous partners and volunteers. In October 2011, IAC entered into a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support IAC’s role as the official clearinghouse for VIS translations. In addition, as a result of this federal funding and effective immediately, IAC will consistently provide translations in seven languages for each routinely recommended VIS whenever English-language VISs are newly updated by CDC. The languages we will provide (within 30 days of CDC’s release of an English-language VIS) are The VIS section on immunize.org includes all VISs published in the United States and offers them in up to 40 languages.

Related Links If you are interested in becoming a translation partner of IAC, please contact translations@immunize.org. To find out how to provide VIS translations so they can be shared with the world via immunize.org, visit Translate for IAC.

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MMWR issues erratum for the 2012 U.S. immunization schedules for children and adolescents
CDC published Erratum: Vol. 61, No. 5 in the March 2 issue of MMWR (page 147). It refers to the Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years—United States, 2012, which was published as a QuickGuide in the last 4 pages of the February 10 issue of MMWR. The erratum is reprinted below.

In the QuickGuide supplement, "Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years—United States, 2012," an error occurred on page 2, in the second bulleted text in the first footnote regarding hepatitis B vaccination. The bulleted text should read, "For infants born to hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)–positive mothers, administer HepB vaccine and 0.5 mL of hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIG) within 12 hours of birth. These infants should be tested for HBsAg and antibody to HBsAg (anti-HBs) 1 to 2 months after completion of at least 3 doses of the HepB series, at age 9 through 18 months (generally at the next well-child visit)."

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FDA approves first quadrivalent influenza vaccine
On February 29, FDA issued a press release titled FDA approves first quadrivalent vaccine to prevent seasonal influenza. The first paragraph is reprinted below.

FluMist Quadrivalent, a vaccine to prevent seasonal influenza in people ages 2 years through 49 years, has been approved today by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. FluMist Quadrivalent is the first influenza vaccine to contain four strains of the influenza virus, two influenza A strains and two influenza B strains.

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IAC HANDOUTS

Dr. Ari Brown's "Clear Answers & Smart Advice About Your Baby's Shots" newly updated
Written by pediatrician and author Ari Brown, MD, the 6-page handout Clear Answers & Smart Advice About Your Baby's Shots addresses the concerns of vaccine-hesitant parents. Dr. Brown recently updated the content.

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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IAC's newly updated Guides to Contraindications and Precautions available
IAC's Guide to Contraindications and Precautions to Commonly Used Vaccines (covers adults and children) and Guide to Contraindications and Precautions to Commonly Used Vaccines in Adults have been updated based on information included in ACIP's 2012 U.S. immunization schedule for children/teens and immunization schedule for adults.

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Q&A on meningococcal disease and vaccine now thoroughly revised
IAC recently revised the patient-and-parent handout
Meningococcal: Questions and Answers to include new information on booster doses, age indications, vaccine licensure, and more.

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IAC's "Are You 11–19 Years Old?" now in Spanish
Updated in February, IAC's handout Are you 11–19 years old? Then you need to be vaccinated against these serious diseases! is now available in Spanish.

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VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS

IAC posts three newly updated VISs in seven languages
IAC recently posted VISs for hepatitis B, inactivated polio, and Td/Tdap vaccines in these seven languages: Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Somali, and Vietnamese.
Visit IAC's VIS web section for VISs in more than 35 languages 

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VIS translations that were out of date now available in French, Somali, and Vietnamese
IAC recently posted the VIS for meningococcal vaccines in French, Somali, and Vietnamese; the VIS for Cervarix HPV vaccine in French and Somali; and the VIS hepatitis A vaccine in French.
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OFFICIAL RELEASES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

AAP revises its policy statement on recommendations for HPV vaccination to include routine use in males
On February 27, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a policy statement online (ahead of print) made by AAP's Committee on Infectious Diseases. Titled HPV Vaccine Recommendations, the statement updates AAP's previous recommendations for human papillomavirus immunization of males and females.

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FEATURED RESOURCES

Vaccine Education Center publishes updated HPV, rotavirus, and shingles resources
The Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia recently released updated fact sheets on human papillomavirus (HPV), rotavirus, and shingles. Intended for patients, parents, and providers, these resources answer the most frequently asked questions about these vaccines and the diseases against which they protect. Spanish-language versions of the fact sheets for HPV, rotavirus, and shingles are also available.

Fact sheets are available online for downloading or can be ordered for $4 per 50-sheet pad, plus shipping.

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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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EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Vaccine Education Center plans webinar on current vaccine issues for March 14
The Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia will present a free one-hour webinar, beginning at noon (ET) on March 14. "Current Issues in Vaccines—Spring 2012" will feature VEC director Paul Offit, MD, discussing the following topics:
  • Vaccines and perfluorinated compounds (PFCs)
  • Tdap vaccine for older adults
  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV-13) for adults
  • Hepatitis B vaccine for healthcare personnel
  • Third dose of MMR during mumps outbreak
Registrations are being accepted.

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A DVD of CDC's Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases self-study course is available for ordering
A DVD of the CDC self-study course Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases is now available. You can order one copy using the NCIRD Publications Order Form (item #22-1166). Broadcast in February 2012, the course provides information on case investigation, outbreak control, disease reporting, and case notification for vaccine-preventable diseases.

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CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS

Hepatitis B Foundation to hold its "2012 B Informed" parent conference in Philadelphia on May 19

An outreach program for parents of children chronically infected with hepatitis B virus, the Hepatitis B Foundation's 2012 B Informed conference is scheduled for May 19 in Philadelphia.

Registrations are being accepted.

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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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