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Issue 1,675: February 1, 2023
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“Improving the Vaccination Experience: Reducing Pain and Anxiety for Children and Adults”; join Immunize.org February 28 for our webinar
“Early Estimates of Bivalent mRNA Vaccine Effectiveness in Preventing Symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infection Attributable to Omicron BA.5- and XBB/XBB.1.5-Related Sublineages among Immunocompetent Adults—Increasing Community Access to Testing Program, United States, December 2022–January 2023” published in MMWR Early Release
“Information for Persons Who Are Immunocompromised regarding Prevention and Treatment of SARS-CoV-2 Infection in the Context of Currently Circulating Omicron Sublineages—United States, January 2023” published in MMWR Early Release
“Laboratory-Confirmed COVID-19 Case Incidence Rates among Residents in Nursing Homes by Up-to-Date Vaccination Status—United States, October 10, 2022–January 8, 2023” published in MMWR
Influenza is still active in some areas; keep vaccinating
CDC revises parts of its General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization
Spotlight: Immunize.org resources grouped by age cohorts
Vaccines in the news
Immunize.org Pages and Handouts
Immunize.org updates three standing orders templates for adult vaccination—Td/Tdap, Tdap during pregnancy, and meningococcal ACWY
Immunize.org updates handout titled “Leading Medical Organizations Endorse Strong School and Childcare Vaccination Requirements and Elimination of Non-medical Exemptions”
Immunize.org updates its patient handout “Rabies: Questions and Answers”
Recap: See updated Immunize.org clinician materials released in December and January
Vaccine Information Statements
Immunize.org continues to expand its translations of new and updated Rabies and Polio Vaccine Information Statements. Be sure to use the latest translations!
Recap: Use new Vaccine Information Statements and translations released in December and January
Featured Resources
Updated 65+ Flu Defense website offers resources for healthcare professionals caring for older adults
Explore the www.Give2MenACWY.org website to increase coverage with the MenACWY booster and other adolescent vaccinations
Notable Publications
“SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Responses to the Ancestral SARS-CoV-2 Strain and Omicron BA.1 and BA.4/BA.5 Variants in Nursing Home Residents after Receipt of Bivalent COVID-19 Vaccine—Ohio and Rhode Island, September–November 2022” published in MMWR
“Persistent COVID-19 Symptoms at 6 Months after Onset and the Role of Vaccination before or after SARS-CoV-2 Infection” published in Infectious Diseases
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