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Issue Number 541            August 1, 2005

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. CDC reports on 2004 vaccination coverage levels among U.S. children ages 19-35 months
  2. Hard copy of ACIP's new influenza recommendations now available
  3. NPI announces recipients of its 2005 Excellence in Immunization awards
  4. New: Transcript of CDC's media briefing on vaccine safety and child health is now posted on NIP's website
  5. Updated: IAC revises three influenza education pieces to reflect the new ACIP recommendations
  6. CDC summarizes data from its 2003 Immunization Registry Annual Report
  7. 140 immunization coalitions have posted information on IAC's IZ Coalitions website--is yours one of them?
  8. Upcoming events: IAC adds a Boston University symposium and the APHA Annual Meeting to its online calendar

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ABBREVIATIONS: AAFP, American Academy of Family Physicians; AAP, American Academy of Pediatrics; ACIP, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices; CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; FDA, Food and Drug Administration; IAC, Immunization Action Coalition; MMWR, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; NIP, National Immunization Program; VIS, Vaccine Information Statement; VPD, vaccine-preventable disease; WHO, World Health Organization.
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August 1, 2005
CDC REPORTS ON 2004 VACCINATION COVERAGE LEVELS AMONG U.S. CHILDREN AGES 19-35 MONTHS

CDC published "National, State, and Urban Area Vaccination Coverage Among Children Aged 19-35 Months--United States, 2004" in the July 29 issue of MMWR. A link to tables describing data collected during the 2004 National Immunization Survey appears at the end of this IAC Express article.

Portions of the MMWR article are reprinted below.

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The National Immunization Survey (NIS) provides vaccination coverage estimates for children aged 19-35 months for each of the 50 states and 28 selected urban areas. This report summarizes results from the 2004 NIS, which indicated nationwide increases in coverage with at least 1 dose of varicella vaccine (VAR), pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV), and the 4:3:1, 4:3:1:3:3, and 4:3:1:3:3:1 vaccine series. These levels represent an important accomplishment by exceeding for the first time the Healthy People 2010 goal of >80% coverage for the 4:3:1:3:3 vaccine series. . . .

National coverage estimates increased from 2003 to 2004 for two of the more recently implemented vaccines, VAR and PCV. Coverage estimates for all other vaccines were not substantially different from 2003 to 2004. For the combined vaccine series 4:3:1, 4:3:1:3:3, and 4:3:1:3:3:1, national coverage increased from 2003 to 2004.

However, as in previous years, estimated vaccination coverage levels still varied substantially among states. Estimated coverage with the 4:3:1:3:3 series ranged from 89.1% in Massachusetts to 68.4% in Nevada. Coverage also ranged substantially among the 28 urban areas. The highest estimated coverage among the urban areas for the 4:3:1:3:3 series was 89.7% for Davidson County, Tennessee, and the lowest was 64.8% for El Paso County, Texas.

Editorial Note:

The findings in this report indicate that, for the first time, vaccination coverage (80.9%) for the 4:3:1:3:3 series exceeded the Healthy People 2010 goal (objective 14-24a) to increase to at least 80% the proportion of children aged 19-35 months who receive all vaccines recommended for universal administration for at least 5 years. Beginning with next year's report on the 2005 NIS, the series measure 4:3:1:3:3:1 (76.0% in 2004) will be used to evaluate progress toward the Healthy People 2010 goal because, beginning with the survey cohort, varicella vaccination will have been recommended for universal administration for 5 years. . . .

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To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5429a1.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5429.pdf

To access NIS 2004 data tables from the CDC website, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/coverage/NIS/04/toc-04.htm

To receive a FREE electronic subscription to MMWR (which includes new ACIP statements), go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/mmwrsubscribe.html
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August 1, 2005
HARD COPY OF ACIP'S NEW INFLUENZA RECOMMENDATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

On July 29, CDC published "Prevention and Control of Influenza: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)" in the hard-copy publication "MMWR Recommendations and Reports." Originally published on July 13 as an electronic "MMWR Early Release," the document has not been available in hard-copy format until now.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the document, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/rr/rr5408.pdf

To access a web-text (HTML) version of it, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5408a1.htm
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August 1, 2005
NPI ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF ITS 2005 EXCELLENCE IN IMMUNIZATION AWARDS

As part of National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), the National Partnership for Immunization (NPI) recently announced the recipients of its 2005 Excellence in Immunization awards. Following is information about recipients:

  • The Addressing Disparities award went to the Center for Rochester's Health, Rochester, NY.
  • The Campaign award went to California Distance Learning Health Network, San Diego, CA.
  • The Non-traditional Partner award went to Get Immunized Free on Tuesday, Boise, ID.
  • The Provider award went to Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Houston, TX.

To learn about the programs developed by the award recipients (and some of the nominees), go to:
http://www.partnersforimmunization.org/2005nominees.html

To access material presented at a press briefing that launched NAIM 2005, go to: http://www.partnersforimmunization.org/press
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August 1, 2005
NEW: TRANSCRIPT OF CDC'S MEDIA BRIEFING ON VACCINE SAFETY AND CHILD HEALTH IS NOW POSTED ON NIP'S WEBSITE

On July 19, CDC director Dr. Julie Louise Gerberding and several vaccine experts held a media briefing to address vaccine safety issues. The briefing focused in particular on research that examines the use of the vaccine preservative thimerosal.

To access the transcript, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/transcripts/t050719.htm
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August 1, 2005
UPDATED: IAC REVISES THREE INFLUENZA EDUCATION PIECES TO REFLECT THE NEW ACIP RECOMMENDATIONS

IAC recently revised two patient-contraindication screening questionnaires and one professional-education piece to conform to CDC's "Prevention and Control of Influenza: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)," which was issued July 13. Following is information on IAC's revised pieces:

(1) "Screening Questionnaire for Injectable Influenza Vaccination" (two pages; intended for health professionals to use with patients)

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the revised piece, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4066.pdf

To access a web-text (HTML) version of it, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4066.htm

(2) "Screening Questionnaire for Intranasal Influenza Vaccination" (two pages; intended for health professionals to use with patients)

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the revised piece, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4067.pdf

To access a web-text (HTML) version of it, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4067.htm

(3) "Give These People Influenza Vaccine!" (one page; intended for professionals)

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the revised piece, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2013flu.pdf

To access a web-text (HTML) version of it, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2013flu.htm
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August 1, 2005
CDC SUMMARIZES DATA FROM ITS 2003 IMMUNIZATION REGISTRY ANNUAL REPORT

CDC published "Immunization Information Systems Progress--United States, 2003" in the July 29 issue of MMWR. A portion of a summary made available to the press is reprinted below.

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This report summarizes data from CDC's 2003 Immunization Registry Annual Report. Findings estimate that 44 percent of U.S. children aged less than 6 years with two or more immunizations participated in an IIS [immunization information system]. Seventy-six percent of public vaccination provider sites and 36 percent of private vaccination provider sites submitted immunization data to an IIS. Thirty-nine percent of IISs reported sharing data electronically with a Medicaid Management Information System, and 64 percent reported data linkages with WIC [Women, Infants & Children] programs. IISs provide access to immunization data to health plans (46 percent); colleges/universities (25 percent); correctional facilities (25 percent); hospitals (52 percent); and long-term care facilities (11 percent). Increasing healthcare provider participation by linking provider EMRs [electronic medical records] to IISs is vital to meeting the national health objective.

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To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5429a2.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5429.pdf
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August 1, 2005
140 IMMUNIZATION COALITIONS HAVE POSTED INFORMATION ON IAC'S IZ COALITIONS WEBSITE--IS YOURS ONE OF THEM?

Since launching its IZ Coalitions website in 2002, IAC has posted information from 140 immunization coalitions. The site includes data from coalitions at all levels (local, state, regional, and national) and of all types, vaccine-specific as well as age-specific (childhood, adult, senior).

This online database allows health professionals, parents, immunization advocates, and others to contact specific coalitions to find resources, share ideas, and form strategic partnerships. Searches can be done by coalition name or geographic area.

Be sure your coalition is part of this powerful web-based networking tool by logging on and checking for your listing. If your coalition is not listed, sign up today. If you're already signed up, and information about your coalition has changed recently, be sure to update your listing to help us keep IZ Coalitions current and accurate.

To search the IZ Coalitions website, go to:
http://www.izcoalitions.org

If you have questions or difficulties using the website, send an email to Janelle at janelle@immunize.org or call her at (651) 647-9009.
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August 1, 2005
UPCOMING EVENTS: IAC ADDS A BOSTON UNIVERSITY SYMPOSIUM AND THE APHA ANNUAL MEETING TO ITS ONLINE CALENDAR

IAC recently posted the following to its Calendar of Events web section:

(1) BOSTON UNIVERSITY
DATE/TIME: October 9, 2005
EVENT: Symposium--"Redefining the Treatment Paradigm for Bacterial Infections in Children: The Role of Vaccination and the Impact of Resistance"
SPONSOR: Boston University School of Medicine and Princeton Media Associates
PLACE: Washington, DC
CONTACT: For more information, go to http://www.princetoncme.com or call Mary Johnson at (609) 371-1137 or email mjohnson@princetoncme.com

(2) APHA
DATE/TIME: November 5-9, 2005
EVENT: American Public Health Association 133rd Annual Meeting & Exposition
SPONSOR: American Public Health Association (APHA)
PLACE: New Orleans, LA
CONTACT: For more information, go to http://www.apha.org/meetings or contact Lynn Schoen at (202) 777-2479 or lynn.schoen@apha.org

FOR INFORMATION ON ADDITIONAL EVENTS of interest to those in the immunization community, visit the IAC Calendar of Events web section at http://www.immunize.org/calendar

 

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