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Issue 984
IAC Express: Weekly immunization news and information
Issue 984: March 20, 2012

TOP STORIES

VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS

FEATURED RESOURCES

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS



TOP STORIES

Spotlight on immunize.org: 21 more healthcare organizations join IAC's Honor Roll
IAC encourages qualifying healthcare organizations to apply for its Honor Roll for Patient Safety. The honor roll recognizes hospitals, medical practices, professional organizations, and government entities that have taken a stand for patient safety by implementing mandatory influenza vaccination policies for healthcare workers. More than 200 organizations are now enrolled.

Since January 31, when IAC Express last reported on the Honor Roll for Patient Safety, the following 21 healthcare organizations have been enrolled.

Healthcare organizations

Cullman Family Practice, Cullman, AL; Arkansas Department of Health, Little Rock, AR; Redmond Regional Medical Center, Rome, GA; Oldham County Pediatrics, La Grange, KY; Monroe County Health Department, Waterloo, IL; St. Joseph County Health Department, South Bend, IN; St. Mary's Medical Center, Evansville, IN; Harford County Health Department, Bel Air, MD; Beaumont Health Systems, Royal Oak, MI; Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI; St. Louis County Health Department, MO; Granville Health System, Oxford, NC; Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, NH; UC Health–Drake Center, Cincinnati, OH; Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia, PA; Cook Children's Health Care System, Fort Worth, TX; Medical Center of McKinney, McKinney, TX; Salt Lake Valley Health Department, Salt Lake City, UT; Mark Reed Hospital, McCleary, WA; Agnesian Healthcare, Fond du Lac, WI; Hayward Area Memorial, Hayward, WI.

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1st National Immunization Conference Online will be March 26–28. It's easy to take part—and it's free!
CDC's 1st National Immunization Conference Online (NICO) will take place next week (March 26–28). NICO is a virtual conference, which makes it easy to go online and tap into first-rate presentations on current immunization topics. To participate, just peruse the agenda, find sessions that interest you, and be among the first thousand people to log in at the start of each session.

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National Infant Immunization Week scheduled for April 21–28; many resources are available
2012 National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) will be held April 21–28. NIIW is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. Since 1994, NIIW has served as a call to action for parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers to ensure infants are fully immunized against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases.

NIIW coincides with the World Immunization Week 2012, which will be observed in several regions of the World Health Organization, including the Americas (North America, Central America, and South America), Europe, and the Eastern Mediterranean.

CDC has a variety of resources available for planning and promoting NIIW and NIIW-related events. In addition, you are encouraged to submit information about your NIIW-related event(s) on an online form.

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VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS

IAC posts newly updated VIS for Gardasil HPV vaccine in seven languages
IAC recently posted the VIS for Gardasil human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in these seven languages: Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Somali, and Vietnamese.
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FEATURED RESOURCES

Report from American Academy of Microbiology aims to raise public awareness of the value of adult vaccination
The American Academy of Microbiology (AAM) recently published a 16-page report titled FAQ: Adult Vaccines: A Grown Up Thing to Do. Intended for the public, the report explains how vaccines protect people from disease, what vaccination options are available to adults, and why adults need to stay up to date on vaccines—to protect their health and the health of their loved ones.

A trifold brochure that explains the report and summarizes some information about adult vaccination is available for healthcare professionals to download for use at their office or workplace.

The report is based on the work of a colloquium of 18 experts that AAM organized to consider and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about vaccines for adults. It provides non-technical, science-based answers to questions many people have regarding immunization. Additional information about the report is available.

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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

CDC and Emory University schedule "Epidemiology in Action" course for June 11–22 in Atlanta
CDC published Announcements: Epidemiology in Action Course in the March 16 issue of MMWR (page 178). The announcement states that CDC and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University are cosponsoring a course titled Epidemiology in Action. The course, designed for state and local public health professionals, is scheduled for June 11–22 at Emory University, Atlanta.

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CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS

CDC website posts presentation slide sets from the February ACIP meeting
The CDC website recently posted the PowerPoint slide sets presented at the February 22–23 ACIP meeting.

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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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Editor: Deborah L. Wexler, MD
Managing Editor: Dale Thompson, MA
Associate Editor: Teresa Anderson, DDS, MPH
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