CDC Experts Answer 1,000+ Vaccine-related Questions at

April 2016

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.
CDC Experts Answer 1,000+ Vaccine-related Questions at
Published April 2016
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Ask the Experts, a long-standing and ever-popular feature of the Immunization Action Coalition’s (IAC) website for healthcare professionals, has been one of the most highly visited destinations on since IAC’s website was launched in 1994. For more than 20 years, vaccine experts from CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases have been working closely with IAC to answer questions about the use of vaccines that come up every day in medical practices across the United States.
Over the years, IAC has published these Q&As in Needle Tips, our quarterly flagship publication for healthcare professionals, as well as in Vaccinate Adults, an abbreviated version of Needle Tips for adult medicine specialists. The Q&As also appear in every issue of IAC Express, our free email news and information service which is sent out every Wednesday to more than 50,000 healthcare professionals.
Whether you are looking for answers to questions about dosing intervals when a patient has fallen behind schedule, what to do when a vaccine is given too early, or which influenza vaccine is most appropriate to use for a particular patient, you’ll likely find what you’re looking for at
Here are some of the most popular Ask the Experts Web pages:
Ask the Experts main page
Ask the Experts: What’s New
Ask the Experts: Pneumococcal Vaccines
Ask the Experts: MMR Vaccine
Ask the Experts: Zoster Vaccine
Ask the Experts: Hepatitis B Vaccine
Ask the Experts: Varicella
Ask the Experts: Administering Vaccines
Ask the Experts: Question of the Week
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