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Issue 983
IAC Express: Weekly immunization news and information
Issue 983: March 13, 2012

TOP STORIES

IAC HANDOUTS

VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS
OFFICIAL RELEASES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

FEATURED RESOURCES

JOURNAL ARTICLES AND NEWSLETTERS

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS



TOP STORIES

Spotlight on immunize.org: New! "Pharmacists and Immunization" web section
Are you looking for information on pharmacists and vaccination? Start here! IAC’s new web section Pharmacists and Immunization provides you with connections to pharmacist professional associations such as the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). You’ll also find direct links to their widely used immunization resources such as APhA’s Pharmacist Immunization Center, training programs, and handbooks, as well as  ASHP’s policy statements and toolkit. In addition you’ll find links to journal articles, and other helpful resources regarding pharmacists and vaccination.

You can access the new Pharmacists and Immunization web section from the index at the bottom of IAC’s home page called “Guide to immunize.org” or by using IAC’s search engine.

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IAC's executive director receives national recognition from the American Pharmacists Association
Deborah Wexler, MD, founder and executive director of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), was selected as recipient of the 2012 American Pharmacists Association (APhA) Immunization Champion Award—Friend of Pharmacy. Dr. Wexler was recognized during a special awards ceremony at the APhA Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans on March 11.

APhA’s Friend of Pharmacy Award, part of its Immunization Champion Awards program, honors a non-pharmacist who has supported, facilitated, or advocated for pharmacists' role in immunizations. APhA, founded in 1852, represents more than 62,000 practicing pharmacists, pharmaceutical scientists, student pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and others interested in advancing the profession.

“Dr. Wexler has been a long-time advocate and collaborator with the pharmacy profession and association, recognizing the important public health role pharmacists can and do play in addressing our nation’s immunization delivery system puzzle,” said Mitch Rothholz, chief strategy officer of the APhA. “She has recognized and educated others regarding the profession’s accessibility, knowledge, and skills. Pharmacies are located where people live, and their extended hours and reach complement the efforts of other immunization stakeholders. Dr. Wexler is a strong supporter of inclusive coalitions that utilize the contributions of all participants, including pharmacists.”

A press release related to Dr. Wexler's award is available.

APhA's press release announcing all APhA 2012 Immunization Champion Award winners is available.

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IAC updates online Ask the Experts Q&A section related to meningococcal vaccine
IAC's online Ask the Experts Q&A section about meningococcal vaccine and disease was recently updated with input from vaccine experts at CDC.

IAC's index page of Ask the Experts Q&As lists Q&As for other vaccines.

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IAC HANDOUTS

Now in Turkish: IAC's child/teen screening questionnaire and "Are you 11–19 years old?"
IAC recently made the following handouts available in Turkish. IAC thanks Mustafa Kozanoglu, MD, for the translations.

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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VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS

VIS for 2011–12 inactivated influenza vaccine now in Nepali and Somali
IAC recently posted the VIS for the 2011–12 inactivated influenza vaccine in Nepali and Somali. IAC thanks CDC's Division of Global Migration and Quarantine for the translations. Visit IAC's VIS web section for VISs in more than 35 languages

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OFFICIAL RELEASES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Jordan Report: Accelerated Development of Vaccines 2012 available online
In January, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) published the Jordan Report: Accelerated Development of Vaccines 2012. It includes expert articles on a variety of vaccine-related topics and updates on vaccine research for specific infectious diseases.

NIAID is part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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FEATURED RESOURCES

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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JOURNAL ARTICLES AND NEWSLETTERS

Sign up to receive FOCUS on Vaccine Access, a new newsletter from the International Vaccine Access Center
The International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) has published the first issue of its new monthly e-newsletter, FOCUS on Vaccine Access. It replaces PneumoFOCUS, which IVAC published during 2003–2010. FOCUS on Vaccine Access will reach beyond the scope of pneumococcal disease and vaccines to include coverage of policies, research, and communications that deliver the widest and most equitable access to immunization for all children.

FOCUS on Vaccine Access is a project of IVAC, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

To subscribe, send a message to ivac@jhsph.edu.

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February issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
CDC recently released the February issue of its monthly newsletter Immunization Works and posted it on the website of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). The newsletter is provided to national healthcare provider and consumer groups for distribution to their members and constituencies. The immunization information provided is non-proprietary and is encouraged to be widely disseminated and shared.

The February issue includes information about what has been going on in immunization in the past month. Much of it has already been covered in previous issues of IAC Express.

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING

March 29 Immunization NetConference to cover CDC's 2012 child/teen and adult immunization schedules
The next Current Issues in Immunization NetConference will be held on March 29 from noon to 1 p.m. ET. Iyabode Akinsanya-Beysolow, MD, MPH, will present information about the 2012 recommended childhood/adolescent immunization schedule, and Raymond Strikas, MD, MPH, will address the 2012 recommended adult immunization schedule. Cathy Hogan, BS, will tell participants how they can use content syndication (a web sharing tool) to easily display the immunization schedules on their websites and how the schedules will be automatically updated whenever CDC makes changes to them. Andrew Kroger, MD, MPH, will moderate the discussion.

Registration, which is required, will close on March 27 or when the course is full.

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CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS

National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions to feature former First Ladies Rosalynn Carter and Betty Bumpers and author Seth Mnookin
The 10th National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions (NCIHC) will take place in New Orleans on May 23–25. This year’s conference features presentations by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, former Arkansas First Lady Betty Bumpers, and best-selling author Seth Mnookin, as well as nationally renowned subject matter experts.

NCIHC is the only conference solely dedicated to collaboration and partnership as a way to improve the health status of communities. It offers skills-building, tools, and practical examples to help local, state, and national organizations build and sustain successful partnerships.

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Conference on Vaccine Research to be held in Baltimore on May 7–9
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is hosting its Conference on Vaccine Research in Baltimore on May 7–9. Now in its 15th year, the conference has become the largest scientific meeting devoted exclusively to research on vaccines and associated technologies for disease prevention and treatment through immunization.

Additional information, including a detailed conference agenda and registration form, is available in the online conference brochure.

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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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