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May 2017
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.
TECHNICALLY SPEAKING
ACIP Has Updated Its Recommendations on the Use of Tdap Vaccine in Pregnant Women and Children
Published May 2017
At its October 2016 meeting, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to update two of its recommendations for the use of Tdap vaccine (tetanus-, diphtheria-, pertussis-containing vaccine).
  1. For all pregnant women, Tdap vaccine is now recommended to be administered "early" in the 27- through 36-week gestational age window to maximize passive antibody transfer to the infant. Previously, the recommendation was to vaccinate women at any time between 27 and 36 weeks' gestation.
     
  2. Children 7 to 10 years of age who receive a dose of Tdap as part of a catch-up series may be given an additional dose of Tdap for the routinely recommended adolescent dose at 11 to 12 years of age. Previously the recommendation was to not give an additional dose of Tdap at age 11 to 12 years in this situation.

Both recommendations are included in the 2017 U.S. immunization schedules, which means they are officially recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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IAC Releases Newly Updated 142-Page Book
OCTOBER 2017
The Immunization Platform for 16-year-olds Is Easily Overlooked — Here Are Some Resources to Help!
SEPTEMBER 2017
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AUGUST 2017
Standing Orders Protocols Can Improve Your Vaccination Rates
JULY 2017
Routine Schedules for MenACWY and MenB Vaccines – Make Sure You’re Giving Them on Time
JUNE 2017
"General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization" – Everything CDC Wants You to Know about the Practical Aspects of Vaccination
MAY 2017
ACIP Has Updated Its Recommendations on the Use of Tdap Vaccine in Pregnant Women and Children
APRIL 2017
Make Sure You Are Using VISs in Accordance with Federal Law
MARCH 2017
ACIP Now Recommends Hepatitis B Vaccine within 24 Hours of Birth
FEBRUARY 2017
New “16-year-old Vaccination Platform” Highlighted in 2017 U.S. Child/Teen Immunization Schedule
JANUARY 2017
Updated ACIP Recommendations on HPV Vaccine
 
This page was updated on June 9, 2017.
 
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