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Official Releases
The latest vaccine licensures, recommendations and resources from official sources
  American Academy of Pediatrics
  Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  Food and Drug Administration
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Technically Speaking
Technically Speaking is a monthly column written by IAC's Executive Director Deborah Wexler, MD. It is featured in the The CHOP Vaccine Education Center's monthly e-newsletter. It is written for health professionals and covers a variety of practical topics in immunization delivery.
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What's New at IAC
Chronological listing of new and revised IAC materials
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Featured Resources
Medical Versus Nonmedical Immunization Exemptions for Child Care and School Attendance
This new policy statement recognizes the dangers of nonmedical exemptions to the health of children and to public health in general. The AAP joins with other medical organizations, including the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Medical Association, in advocating for the elimination of nonmedical exemptions for immunization in all states. - Posted 12/12/16
Parent's Guide to Childhood Immunizations
Winner of the 2016 National Health Information Award, this 64-page CDC booklet teaches parents about childhood diseases and the vaccines that prevent them. The booklet can be read or ordered online or downloaded in a printer-friendly format. - Posted 10/16/16
Clinical report providing information for addressing parental concerns about vaccination
This clinical report provides information for addressing parental concerns about vaccination. Immunizations have led to a significant decrease in rates of vaccine-preventable diseases and have made a significant impact on the health of children. However, some parents express concerns about vaccine safety and the necessity of vaccines. The concerns of parents range from hesitancy about some immunizations to refusal of all vaccines. The report outlines strategies and approaches you can use with parents to help them make the decision to vaccinate their child. - Posted 8/30/16
August is National Immunization Awareness Month!
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them. Communities have continued to use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases. NIAM is sponsored by the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC). For more information on the observance, visit NPHIC’s NIAM website.
Free copies of IAC's Pneumococcal and Zoster Pocket Guides - available in bulk quantities
These pocket guides from the Immunization Action Coalition are for distribution to and use by healthcare professionals only. They include information on vaccine indications and contraindications, targeted populations, how to administer vaccine(s), and talking points for discussions with patients. The guides are laminated for durability, printed in easy-to-spot colors, and sized to fit in a shirt or lab coat pocket (3-3/4" x 6- 3/4"). Free for the asking! - 5/5/16
New soft-cover edition! Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns
The Immunization Action Coalition's (IAC) comprehensive guidebook Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns is a complete resource for helping hospitals and birthing centers establish, implement, and optimize their birth dose policies. The book breaks new ground as a policy and best practices guide for newborn hepatitis B immunization. AAFP, AAP, ACOG, and CDC endorse administering hepatitis B vaccine prior to hospital discharge and all have provided review of this guide. - 3/10/16
CDC releases Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years
CDC releases Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years and Older
Just released! "Influenza Vaccination Recommendations, 2015–2016"
CDC's new web-on-demand video reviews all of the information you need to know about influenza vaccination this season and free CE credit is available! The video reviews recommendations, vaccine storage and handling, vaccine administration and other important topics. It's an important reminder for all healthcare professionals to provide or to promote flu vaccination now!
National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 6–12
National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), December 6–12, 2015, provides an opportunity to remind everyone 6 months and older that it's not too late to get flu vaccine. NIVW is a national observance established in 2005 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination after the holiday season into January and beyond.
Updated! Vaccine Facts and Policy (VFAP)
The VFAP website, www.VaccineFactsAndPolicy.org, makes available an expansive compilation of detailed immunization data for use by immunization programs, partners, researchers, government, and the general public. The website has recently been updated with the latest Association of Immunization Managers (AIM), Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) and national information that characterizes the immunization environment of 64 United States jurisdictions for the following topics: coverage rates (source: National Immunization Survey); exemption policies from school entry requirements (source: Immunization Action Coalition; medical and non-medical exemption rates (source: Vaccination Coverage Among Children in Kindergarten; and immunization program activities to address vaccine hesitancy/confidence (source: 2015 AIM Annual Survey) - 10/10/15
Vaccines for Children—A Guide for Parents and Caregivers
This guide for consumers, published by Centers for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), covers the following topic areas: benefits and risks of vaccination, types of routinely administered vaccines for children, steps to take when your child is vaccinated, routinely administered vaccines for children, and common questions about vaccines from parents and caregivers. - 9/1/15
Medicine Before Vaccines: Pediatricians remember the perils of childhood diseases
In honor of National Immunization Awareness Month, AAP is highlighting a series of first-person articles on HealthyChildren.org, "Medicine Before Vaccines" about diseases like measles, meningitis and diphtheria that have been largely eradicated from common pediatric medicine by vaccines. The series was written by a team of distinguished senior AAP pediatricians, and a gynecologist writing about HPV, and they are powerful. Access a related press release and infographic - 8/03/15
New for 2015! AAP Red Book Released
American Academy of Pediatrics releases the 30th edition of its Red Book: 2015 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. Red Book Online is now updated with the 2015 edition of Red Book -- the most current evidence-based guidance from the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases. - 6/11/15
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Use of a 2-Dose Schedule for Human Papillomavirus Vaccination - ACIP Recommendations
Updated HPV (Human Papillomavirus) Vaccine Information Statement released
FDA expands licensure of FluLaval Quadrivalent (GSK) to include people ages 6 through 35 months
Recommendations for Use of Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccines in HIV-Infected Persons - ACIP Recommendations
What’s New in the Influenza Vaccination Recommendations for the 2016-17 Season?
FDA approves Flublok Quadrivalent (Protein Sciences) for use in persons 18 years and older
FDA expands licensure of Gardasil 9 to include a 2-dose regimen for individuals 9 through 14 years of age
Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children 2016-2017 - AAP policy statement
Countering Vaccine Hesitancy - AAP Clinical Report
Medical Versus Nonmedical Immunization Exemptions for Child Care and School Attendance - AAP policy statement
Recommendations for Serogroup B Meningococcal Vaccine for Persons 10 Years and Older - AAP policy statement
Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines 2016-2017 - ACIP recommendations
Serogroup B Meningococcal (MenB) Vaccine Information Statement released - CDC VIS
Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Polio Vaccine Information Statements released - CDC VIS
FDA expands licensure for Prevnar 13 to include people ages 18 through 49 years
ACIP votes to not recommend the use of LAIV (FluMist) during the 2016–2017 influenza season
FDA approves Vaxchora, a live oral vaccine to prevent cholera for adult travelers
Nine states have reported measles cases in 2016
FDA expands licensure of Trumenba MenB vaccine (Pfizer) administration to include 2-dose schedule and modification of the 3-dose schedule
HPV Gardasil-9 Vaccine Information Statement released - CDC VIS
Meningococcal ACWY Vaccines (MenACWY and MPSV4) Vaccine Information Statement released - CDC VIS
CDC releases Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years
CDC releases Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years and Older
FDA expands licensure of Hiberix to include children ages 6 weeks through 4 years
FDA expands Gardasil 9 licensure to include males age 16-26 years
National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 6–12
FDA licenses Fluad, injectable influenza vaccine (adjuvanted), for people age 65 years and older
"Dear Colleague" letter from AAFP, AAP, ACHA, SAHM, CDC, and IAC promotes importance of MCV4 dose #2
Multi Pediatric Vaccines Vaccine Information Statement released - CDC VIS
PCV13 Vaccine Information Statement released - CDC VIS
Use of Serogroup B Meningococcal Vaccines in Adolescents and Young Adults - ACIP recommendations
CDC Update: Shortened Interval for Postvaccination Serologic Testing of Infants Born to Hepatitis B-Infected Mothers - MMWR
Influenza Immunization for All Health Care Personnel: Keep It Mandatory
Reducing Pain at the Time of Vaccination - WHO position paper
Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2015–2016 - AAP policy statement
Updated intervals between PCV13 and PPSV23 vaccines for use in immunocompetent adults age 65 years and older - ACIP recommendations
Guidance for the use of Quadracel (DTaP+IPV combination vaccine) as a booster dose - ACIP recommendations
Calendar of events: conferences and meetings on immunization
This page was updated on December 18, 2016.
This page was reviewed on March 30, 2016.
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