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October 2013
Technically Speaking
Monthly Column by Deborah Wexler, MD
Deborah Wexler MD
Technically Speaking is a monthly column written by IAC's Executive Director Deborah Wexler, MD. The column is featured in The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center's (VEC's) monthly e-newsletter for healthcare professionals. Technically Speaking columns cover practical topics in immunization delivery such as needle length, vaccine administration, cold chain, and immunization schedules.
Check out a recent issue of Vaccine Update for Healthcare Providers. The VEC e-newsletter keeps providers up to date on vaccine-related issues and includes reviews of recently published journal articles, media recaps, announcements about new resources, and a regularly updated calendar of events.
Ask the Experts: Providing Answers to Your Timely and Challenging Influenza Vaccination Questions
Published October 2013
For vaccinators, new and challenging questions typically surface every influenza season. And, this certainly is true for the 2013-2014 season, in which a number of new influenza vaccine products are available for use. Immunization experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are here to help! Just in time for influenza season, you'll find an up-to-date collection of more than 70 influenza-related Q&As on the Immunization Action Coalition's (IAC) website.
Ask the Experts,” one of the most popular destinations for healthcare professionals on IAC's website, offers clear, easy to understand answers to commonly asked questions about vaccines and their use. The team of experts from CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases who provide these answers includes medical officers Dr. Andrew T. Kroger and Dr. Iyabode Akinsanya-Beysolow and nurse educator Ms. Donna L. Weaver.
“Ask the Experts” includes answers to common yet challenging questions about influenza vaccines and their administration such as:
What is the latest CDC guidance on influenza vaccination and egg allergy?
Does ACIP recommend one influenza product over another for pregnant women?
What are the CDC recommendations for influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel?
Some of my patients refuse influenza vaccination because they insist they "got the flu" after receiving the injectable vaccine in the past. What can I tell them?
Which children younger than age 9 years will need two doses of influenza vaccine for this influenza season?
Can a child who needs two doses of influenza receive one dose of quadrivalent vaccine and one dose of trivalent vaccine?
While you're visiting the “Ask the Experts" section on influenza, also be sure to visit the main “Ask the Experts” web page, which contains the table of contents for the entire range of questions about vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccines, and related vaccination topics.
Sections include:
16 different vaccines including hepatitis B, HPV, meningococcal, MMR, and more
General Vaccine Questions
Vaccine Handling and Storage
Combination Vaccines
The Immunization Action Coalition publishes new Ask the Experts Q&As at least five times a year in its weekly email news service IAC Express. Visit www.immunize.org/subscribe to subscribe to this free, informative service.
2013 ISSUES >> view all
Handouts for Parents, Teens, and Adults Help Providers Explain the Value of Vaccines
At Your Fingertips: Official Vaccine Recommendations and Product Information
Ask the Experts: Providing Answers to Your Timely and Challenging Influenza Vaccination Questions
Vaccinations and Pregnancy
Temperature Monitoring The "Vital Sign" for Vaccine Storage
JULY 2013
The End of Hepatitis B Transmission Begins At Birth
APRIL 2013
Recommendations for Use of Meningococcal Vaccines in High-Risk Infants and Children
MARCH 2013
What to Do if the Wrong Dose of a Vaccine Is Administered
CDC's 2013 Immunization Schedules and IAC's Easy-To-Use Summaries
Expanded Tdap Recommendations: Administer Tdap to Pregnant Women during Each Pregnancy
This page was reviewed on January 9, 2014
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