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November 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.
At Your Fingertips: Official Vaccine Recommendations and Product Information
Published November 2013
Official immunization recommendations and vaccine product information are available online in several locations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) publishes vaccination guidance for people of all ages, while the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides similar guidance for children and teens. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licenses new vaccines and approves additional indications for vaccines already in use, as well as requiring proper product labeling and the use of package inserts.
Quickly locating these important details can be challenging for busy healthcare professionals. But the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) website makes accessing this information easy. With a visit to IAC's Vaccine Policy and Licensing Web section, you'll find links to ACIP and AAP vaccine recommendations, as well as FDA-approved package inserts. Here's what you'll find:
ACIP Vaccine Recommendations
By date of publication (the most recent listed first)
By vaccine
By topic of interest (e.g., adolescent, adult, healthcare personnel)
AAP Vaccine Recommendations
By date of publication (the most recent listed first)
By vaccine
By topic of interest (e.g., adoption, talking with parents)
FDA-approved Vaccine Package Inserts
Product approval information
Vaccine index - package inserts only
If you're not already a subscriber, be sure to sign up for IAC's free weekly vaccine news and information service, IAC Express for another way to stay current about what’s new in the world of vaccine recommendations. It's free of charge and provides information about newly released and updated ACIP and AAP recommendations, as well as details about newly licensed vaccines. Subscribing is easy!
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 December 31, 2013
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