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May 2020 Back to top
IAC Express Special Edition - Ask the Experts: Issue 1497
May 26, 2020
As a thank-you to our loyal IAC Express readers, we periodically publish special editions such as this one, providing you with new and updated "Ask the Experts" questions that are answered by IAC experts. This issue’s Q&As include several about COVID-19 and routine vaccination as well as Q&As about Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) vaccination based on recently updated ACIP recommendations.
You can find all of these questions and answers, plus more than a thousand others about vaccines and vaccine administration, on our Ask the Experts web page: www.immunize.org/askexperts.
IAC wishes to recognize our team of experts: Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH (team lead); Carolyn Bridges, MD, FACP; William Atkinson, MD, MPH; and Deborah Wexler, MD.
Routine Vaccination during the COVID-19 Era
Q: What is the status of the COVID-19 vaccine?
Q: What does CDC advise about administering routine immunizations to children and teens when COVID-19 is circulating?
Q: Should infants born to women with hepatitis B virus infection (hepatitis B surface antigen-positive [HBsAg+]) be treated differently during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Q: What does CDC advise about administering routine immunizations to adults when COVID-19 is circulating?
Q: When COVID-19 is circulating, if I have the opportunity to vaccinate a child, teen, or an adult, should I administer only high priority vaccines, or should I administer all routine vaccines that are due at that visit?
Q: Some patients develop flu-like symptoms or fever after vaccination with recombinant zoster vaccine (RZV, Shingrix; GSK). Should I defer Shingrix vaccination because such a reaction might be confused with COVID-19?
Q: Due to COVID-19 circulation in my community, I am delivering more patient care via telemedicine. Does that mean I can do nothing about vaccinations?
Tdap Vaccine Recommendations
Q: Is it true that pertussis in children is increasing? Are more infants dying from the disease?
Q: Where can I find the most recent recommendations for use of pediatric diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (DTaP) and adolescent/adult tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine?
Q: What are the recommendations for use of Tdap in children and adults age 7 and older?
Q: My 11-year-old patient received a dose of Tdap when he was 7 years old. He also received a dose of Td 6 months later in order to finish a primary series of tetanus-toxoid. Can I give him a dose of Tdap now?
Q: When should adolescents who received a dose of Tdap (Adacel, Sanofi; Boostrix, GSK) at age 11–12 years receive their next dose of Td or Tdap?
Q: We have a 63-year-old patient who states she had tetanus as a child. She does not know whether she ever had any tetanus-containing vaccines in her lifetime. Should Tdap be given to this patient, and is it safe?
Q: We would like to avoid stocking both Tdap and Td vaccines. May we stock only Tdap vaccine under the updated Tdap CDC recommendations?
Q: If a dose of DTaP or Tdap is inadvertently given to a patient for whom the product is not indicated (e.g., wrong age group), how do we rectify the situation?
Q: ACIP states that children up to date on vaccines who receive a Tdap vaccine when 7–9 years old should receive another Tdap dose at age 11 or 12 years old. What about a child who is 10 years old?
Q: Some children in my practice are not up to date on their immunizations, and pertussis is circulating in our community. Can you guide me in determining how to make the decision about which vaccine to choose?
Q: According to the ACIP recommendations, which healthcare personnel should be vaccinated against pertussis with tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine?
Q: Please review the current recommendations for the use of Tdap in adults.
Q: A pertussis outbreak is occurring in our town, with many cases happening in the schools. Is there a recommendation for boosting middle- and high-school students with an additional dose of Tdap during an outbreak if students have already had 1 dose?
Q: How effective is giving Tdap during pregnancy at preventing pertussis in early infancy?
Q: Each time there is a pregnancy in the family, should fathers and other family members receive a Tdap booster to ensure adequate protection and boost the cocoon effect to protect the newborn from pertussis?
Q: What schedule should I use to vaccinate adolescents or adults who never received the primary series of tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine?
Q: A 7-year-old has a history of 3 doses of DTaP, appropriately spaced, between 4 years and 6 years of age. Is her DTaP series complete?
Q: When a patient seen in the ER needs tetanus protection, which type of tetanus vaccine should be given?
IAC Express Issue 1496
May 20, 2020
Top Stories
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IAC launches Repository of Resources for Maintaining Immunization during COVID-19 Pandemic
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CDC publishes "Decline in Child Immunization Coverage during the COVID-19 Pandemic—Michigan Care Improvement Registry, May 2016–May 2020" in MMWR Early Release
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CDC publishes "Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Routine Pediatric Vaccine Ordering and Administration—United States, 2020"
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Kudos! Dozens of colleges and universities are recognized on IAC's MenB Vaccination Honor Roll for requiring the vaccine to protect their students
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Teaching young people about vaccines: IAC compiles reliable resources for instructing middle school-aged children on vaccines and how they work
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The Vaccine Makers Project of the Vaccine Education Center at CHOP now inviting essays from students in grades 6–12 for 2020 Dr. Maurice Hilleman essay contest
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
IAC Handouts
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IAC revises "Vaccinations for Infants and Children, Age 0–10 Years" and "Vaccinations for Preteens and Teens, Age 11–19 Years"
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IAC and ACOG revise "Vaccinations for Pregnant Women"
World News
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WHO commemorates 1980 smallpox eradication as legacy of hope for eradicating other diseases through global collaboration
Featured Resources
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This week's "Video of the Week" explains how measles vaccine protects against other diseases
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IAC's comprehensive Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide is available for free download either by chapter or in its entirety
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"Shop IAC" on immunize.org offers many resources for your practice. Order laminated 2020 U.S. immunization schedules for your exam rooms today!
Education and Training
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Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society launches "Vaccine Education from Training to Practice" online learning modules to train strong vaccine advocates
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Immunize Kansas Coalition offers "Shutting the Door on HPV Cancers" online training module
On The Lighter Side
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1972 video, featuring singing hand puppets, urges parents to get their children vaccinated against measles and other diseases
IAC Express Issue 1495
May 13, 2020
Top Stories
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CDC publishes "Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Routine Pediatric Vaccine Ordering and Administration—United States, 2020" in MMWR Early Release
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CDC shares social media content for communicating with parents to encourage child and teen vaccination during pandemic
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Ask the Experts: COVID-19 and Routine Vaccination web page addresses the administration of routine vaccinations during the pandemic
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IAC Commentary: Society wants a COVID-19 vaccine—it's not just a matter of when, but also how much and for whom (part 2)
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New! IAC launches its MenB Vaccination Honor Roll recognizing colleges and universities that require or recommend the vaccine to protect students
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CDC updates its "General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization"
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CDC publishes "Large Measles Outbreak in Orthodox Jewish Communities—Jerusalem District, Israel, 2018–2019" in MMWR
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Dr. Deborah Wexler's VEC Technically Speaking column titled "Our Society Deserves Vaccination: Two New Educational Pieces from IAC Explain the Science Supporting Vaccines and the Value of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program" is now available on immunize.org
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Teaching young people about vaccines: IAC compiles reliable resources for instructing elementary school-aged children on vaccines and how they work
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
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Stay up to date on the latest coronavirus information
Featured Resources
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"Shop IAC" on immunize.org offers many resources for your practice. Order laminated 2020 U.S. immunization schedules for your exam rooms today!
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IAC's comprehensive Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide is available for free download either by chapter or in its entirety (142 pages)
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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"Association Between Rotavirus Vaccination and Type 1 Diabetes in Children" published in JAMA Pediatrics
On The Lighter Side
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Historical immunization spot featuring Batman and Robin urges healthcare providers to sign up for IAC Express newsletter and access IAC resources
IAC Express Special Edition - Issue 1494
May 11, 2020
Special Edition: Routine Vaccine Orders Plummet
CDC publishes "Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Routine Pediatric Vaccine Ordering and Administration—United States, 2020" in MMWR Early Release
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CDC shares social media content for communicating with parents to encourage child and teen vaccination during pandemic
IAC Express Issue 1493
May 6, 2020
Top Stories
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IAC Commentary: Society wants a COVID-19 vaccine—it's not just a matter of when, but also how much and for whom (part 1)
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Immunize Colorado executive director discusses the urgent need for maintaining routine immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic
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FDA licenses MenQuadfi (Sanofi Pasteur) for prevention of invasive meningococcal disease caused by serogroups A, C, W, and Y in individuals 2 years of age and older
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IAC Spotlight! These IAC patient and staff educational materials were updated in March and April
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
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Stay up to date on the latest coronavirus information
IAC Handouts
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New! IAC handout titled "Adult Immunization: Importance of Staying Up to Date with Vaccines"
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IAC updates three patient sheets on vaccines needed by adults with high-risk conditions: heart disease, lung disease, and those without a spleen
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IAC posts update to popular handout "Which Vaccines Do I Need Today?"
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IAC revises handout "Vaccinations for Men Who Have Sex with Men"
Featured Resources
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"Shop IAC" on immunize.org offers many resources for your practice. Order laminated 2020 U.S. immunization schedules for your exam rooms today!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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CDC publishes April issue of Immunization Works newsletter
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"State Policies on Access to Vaccination Services for Low-Income Adults" published in JAMA
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"Use of Standing Orders for Vaccination among Pediatricians" published in Pediatrics
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"Improving Birth Dose Hepatitis B Vaccination Rates: A Quality Improvement Intervention" published in Hospital Pediatrics
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"Effect of State Immunization Information System Centralized Reminder and Recall on HPV Vaccination Rates" published in Pediatrics
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"Vaccines Are Integral Part of Chronic Disease Management" published in Becker's Hospital Review
Education and Training
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This week's "Video of the Week" explains the updated pneumococcal vaccine recommendations for older adults
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CDC and Public Health Foundation will host webinar on vaccinating adults with chronic conditions on May 28
On The Lighter Side
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Animated music video, "The Vaccine Song," promotes childhood vaccination with wit
April 2020 Back to top
IAC Express Issue 1492
April 29, 2020
Top Stories
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WHO warns that gains in immunization coverage are at risk without ongoing immunization services
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Voices for Vaccines releases podcast titled "When Will Our Coronavirus Vaccine Arrive?" featuring noted researcher Dr. Stanley Plotkin
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IAC Spotlight! IAC continuously updates information on 50 states' vaccination requirements for child care, school, and college entry
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Two healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
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Stay up to date on the latest coronavirus information
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Reminder: CDC, AAP, AAFP post guidelines for routine childhood, adolescent, and adult immunization during COVID-19 response
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates its popular patient handout titled "Vaccinations for Adults: You're Never Too Old to Get Vaccinated!"
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IAC updates three handouts for adults with high-risk conditions: diabetes, HIV, liver disease
Official Releases and Announcements
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WHO issues statement announcing global collaboration to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines
Featured Resources
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"Shop IAC" on immunize.org offers many resources for your practice. Order laminated 2020 U.S. immunization schedules for your exam rooms today!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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CHOP's Vaccine Education Center publishes April issue of Vaccine Update newsletter
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CDC publishes "Update on Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus Outbreaks—Worldwide, July 2019–February 2020" in MMWR
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Live attenuated influenza vaccine: five articles on present and future roles of LAIV featured in supplement to Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Education and Training
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New Mexico Immunization Coalition will host webinar on shared clinical decision making on May 14
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will host webinar titled "The Critical Public Health Value of Vaccines—Tackling Issues of Access and Hesitancy" on May 28
On The Lighter Side
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Historical immunization spot featuring C-3PO and R2-D2 urging "parents of Earth" to get their children fully vaccinated
IAC Express Issue 1491
April 22, 2020
Top Stories
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World Meningitis Day is Friday, April 24. Spread the word, stop the germs!
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National Infant Immunization Week runs Saturday, April 25–May 2; CDC website provides tools you can use
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Make the switch! CDC released updated VISs for DTaP, Td, Tdap, multi-vaccine, and yellow fever
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CDC releases guidance to prevent mother-to-child transmission of hepatitis B during COVID-19 pandemic
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IAC Spotlight! Explore IAC's "Ask the Experts" gateway page for more than 1,000 Q&As about vaccine recommendations, administration, storage and handling, scheduling, and more
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Reminder: CDC, AAP, AAFP post guidelines for routine childhood, adolescent, and adult immunization during COVID-19 response
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
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Stay up to date on the latest coronavirus information
Featured Resources
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For World Meningitis Day, check out IAC's website, www.Give2MenACWY.org, to enhance your efforts at increasing rates of the MenACWY booster and other adolescent vaccines
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Think 16! "Dear Colleague" call-to-action letter from AAFP, AAP, ACHA, ACOG, APhA, SAHM, and IAC stresses implementation of immunization visit at 16 years of age
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"Shop IAC" on immunize.org offers many resources for your practice. Order laminated 2020 U.S. immunization schedules for your exam rooms today!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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"Disparities in Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Series Completion by Adolescent Males: A Retrospective Cohort Study" published in Academic Pediatrics
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"Centralized Reminder/Recall to Increase Influenza Vaccination Rates: A Two-State Pragmatic Randomized Trial" published in Academic Pediatrics
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"Russian Twitter Accounts and the Partisan Polarization of Vaccine Discourse, 2015–2017" published in American Journal of Public Health
Conferences and Meetings
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Texas Perinatal Hepatitis B Virtual Summit to be held on June 25; CE available
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Indiana Immunization Coalition will host HPV webinar on April 30; CE available
On The Lighter Side
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Nostalgic look at vaccine advocacy for Immunization Action Month in 1974
IAC Express Issue 1490
April 15, 2020
Top Stories
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Reminder: CDC, AAP, AAFP post guidelines for routine childhood, adolescent, and adult immunization during COVID-19 response
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Reminder: National Infant Immunization Week is April 25–May 2; prepare using CDC's 2020 digital media toolkit
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IAC Spotlight! IAC's "Clinic Tools: Administering Vaccines" gateway page provides resources from authoritative sources
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IAC enrolls two new birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; 17 previously honored institutions qualify for additional years' honors
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
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Stay up to date on the latest coronavirus information
IAC Handouts
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IAC posts new handout titled "Science Supports Our Confidence in Vaccines: An Overview of the Scientific Evidence Favoring Routine Vaccination"
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IAC posts new handout titled "The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program of 1986: An Effective Balance of Public Health and Personal Remedy"
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IAC updates three HPV vaccine handouts for adults and parents
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IAC updates English and Spanish versions of its easy-to-read handouts on hepatitis A, HPV, and pneumococcal vaccines
Official Releases and Announcements
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CDC publishes "CDC Recommendations for Hepatitis C Screening Among Adults—United States, 2020"
Featured Resources
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Order copies of IAC's laminated 2020 U.S. child/adolescent and adult immunization schedules for your exam rooms today!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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CDC publishes "Seasonal Human Influenza A(H3N2) and Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 Reassortant Infection—Idaho, 2019" in MMWR
Education and Training
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Want to foster a culture of immunization in your office? Watch this excellent CDC video! CE available.
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California Immunization Coalition hosts education hour on April 29 to discuss the Shot By Shot project
IAC Express Issue 1489
April 8, 2020
Top Stories
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CDC issues new guidance for adult immunization during pandemic
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AAFP joins CDC, AAP in releasing guidance on maintaining childhood immunization during COVID-19 pandemic
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CDC releases updated VISs for DTaP, Td, Tdap, multi-vaccine, and yellow fever
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National Infant Immunization Week is April 25–May 2; prepare using CDC's new 2020 digital media toolkit
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IAC Spotlight! IAC's Clinic Tools gateway page provides a wealth of practical educational materials from authoritative sources
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
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Stay up to date on the latest coronavirus information
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates its staff education materials: "Dates of Current Vaccine Information Statements" and "You Must Provide Patients with Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)—It's Federal Law!"
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IAC updates "Before You Vaccinate Adults, Consider Their 'H-A-L-O'!"
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IAC posts updated "Give Birth to the End of Hep B" promotional handout for its Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns guide
World News
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WHO reports on control of epidemic meningitis in African meningitis belt in 2019 in Weekly Epidemiological Record
Featured Resources
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CDC's redesigned HPV vaccine gateway page for healthcare professionals, now optimized for digital devices, includes many practical resources
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CDC and Medscape publish commentary titled "Rotavirus Vaccination: 5 Things to Know"
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Order copies of IAC's laminated 2020 U.S. child/adolescent and adult immunization schedules for your exam rooms today!
Education and Training
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Vaccine Education Center's Current Issues in Vaccines webinar on April 15 discusses coronavirus, influenza, dengue, and polio
IAC Express Issue 1488
April 1, 2020
Top Stories
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Reminder: CDC released guidance on maintaining childhood immunizations during COVID-19 pandemic
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Heplisav-B pregnancy registry open for enrollment
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IAC Spotlight! These IAC materials and immunize.org web pages were updated in February and March
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CDC reports lab-confirmed flu activity is slowing, but not gone; continue vaccinating
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
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Stay up to date on the latest coronavirus information
IAC Handouts
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IAC revises "Guide to Contraindications and Precautions to Commonly Used Vaccines," which covers vaccines for children and adults, and "Guide to Contraindications and Precautions to Commonly Used Vaccines in Adults"
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IAC updates Tdap/Td standing orders templates for children age 7 and older, for adults, and for pregnant women
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IAC revises "DTaP, Tdap, and Td Catch-up Vaccination Recommendations by Prior Vaccine History and Age"
Featured Resources
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Order copies of IAC’s laminated 2020 U.S. child/adolescent and adult immunization schedules for your exam rooms today!
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Not-to-miss information and videos on handwashing
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Reminder: "65+ Flu Defense" website features tools and resources for healthcare professionals serving adults age 65 and older
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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CDC publishes March issue of Immunization Works newsletter; subscribe for monthly immunization resources and information
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Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia publishes March issue of Vaccine Update newsletter
Education and Training
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New staff? Need a refresher? Learn more about immunization and improve your clinical skills! Check out these archived webinars and training modules from authoritative sources.
March 2020 Back to top
IAC Express Special Edition - Ask the Experts: Issue 1487
March 30, 2020
As a thank-you to our loyal IAC Express readers, we periodically publish extra editions such as this one, with new and updated "Ask the Experts" Q&As answered by experts from the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC). The Q&As in this issue all relate to pneumococcal vaccination in light of the recent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) pneumococcal vaccine recommendations for adults age 65 years and older published November 22, 2019.
IAC wishes to recognize its team of experts: Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH (team lead); Carolyn Bridges, MD, FACP; William Atkinson, MD, MPH; and Deborah Wexler, MD.
To access answers to many more questions on the use of pneumococcal vaccines, visit IAC's Ask the Experts: Pneumococcal Vaccines (PCV13 and PPSV23) web page on immunize.org.
PCV13 Vaccination of Adults
Q: What changed in November 2019 regarding ACIP pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13, Prevnar, Pfizer) recommendations for adults age 65 years and older?
Q: What is CDC’s guidance for shared clinical decision-making for PCV13 vaccination of adults age 65 years and older?
Q: If PCV13 is given based on shared clinical decision-making, when should PCV13 be given?
Q: Did the recommendation change for PPSV23 vaccination of adults age 65 years and older?
Q: Which high-risk adults are recommended to receive a dose of PCV13?
Q: How effective is PCV13 vaccine in adults 65 years and older?
Q: I have a patient who takes adalimumab (Humira) for rheumatoid arthritis. Does a person who takes adalimumab meet the definition of immunosuppression for the purposes of PCV13 vaccination?
PPSV23 Vaccination of Children and Adults
Q: Who is recommended to receive pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23)?
Q: Could you briefly summarize the revaccination recommendations for PPSV23?
Q: How effective is PPSV23 vaccine for adults 65 years and older?
Q: I have patients who are in their 70s and 80s and remember getting a pneumococcal vaccine a few years ago. Should we assume that this was PPSV23? Should I assume that it was given before the 65th birthday?
Q: Since PPSV23 is recommended for all adults who smoke, should adults who use smokeless tobacco products (e.g., chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes) be vaccinated too?
Q: ACIP recommends vaccinating adults with asthma with PPSV23. Should I give PPSV23 to people with mild, intermittent asthma or exercise-induced asthma? Why isn't PPSV23 recommended for children with asthma?
Q: Should a healthy 75-year-old patient who was given PPSV23 at age 65 years be revaccinated?
PCV13 Vaccination of Children
Q: What are the recommendations for routine vaccination of children with PCV13?
Q: Which underlying medical conditions indicate that a child age 6 through 18 years should receive PCV13?
Vaccination Intervals for PPSV23 and PCV13
Q: What dosing intervals should be used when giving PCV13 and PPSV23 to patients (children and adults) who are recommended to receive both vaccines?
Q: A 2-month-old was mistakenly given PPSV23 instead of PCV13. What should be done?
Q: Rather than giving PCV13 first and waiting 8 weeks to give PPSV23 as recommended for an immunocompromised child (2 years or older) or adult patient, we inadvertently gave both vaccines at the same visit. We are looking for guidance.
Q: Can I give other vaccines at the same time I give either PCV13 or PPSV23 to a patient?
IAC Express Issue 1486
March 25, 2020
Top Stories
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In this time of coronavirus, the Immunization Action Coalition wants you to keep vaccinating when you are able
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CDC releases guidance on maintaining childhood immunizations during COVID-19 pandemic
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Hot off the press! IAC's laminated 2020 U.S. child/adolescent and adult immunization schedules—order copies for your exam rooms today!
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IAC's Ask the Experts: Pneumococcal Vaccines (PCV13 and PPSV23) web page updated to align with recent ACIP recommendations
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National Immunization Conference, National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit, and other events canceled amid COVID-19 concerns
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Updated! 65+ Flu Defense website features tools and resources for healthcare professionals serving adults age 65 and older
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CDC reports lab-confirmed flu activity is decreasing, but flu-like illness activity is increasing; continue vaccinating
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There are now 1,135 healthcare organizations enrolled in IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
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IAC Spotlight! Looking for the most frequently visited web pages on immunize.org? Check out IAC's "Favorites" gateway page, directing you to our most popular web pages and materials
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
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Stay up to date on the latest coronavirus information
World News
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WHO publishes "Recommended Composition of Influenza Virus Vaccines for Use in the 2020–2021 Northern Hemisphere Influenza Season" in Weekly Epidemiological Record
Featured Resources
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IAC's elegantly designed "Vaccines Save Lives" black enamel pins are a great way to show you value immunization!
IAC Express Special Edition - Shop IAC: Issue 1485
March 23, 2020
LAMINATED SCHEDULES, RECORD CARDS, AND MORE FROM IAC!
New for 2020! Laminated versions of CDC’s immunization schedules—great for exam rooms, with discounts for bulk purchases
IAC's hand-held immunization record cards available for all ages!
Check out our popular "Vaccines Save Lives" enamel pins!
IAC Express Issue 1484
March 18, 2020
Top Stories
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Hot off the press! IAC's laminated 2020 U.S. child/adolescent and adult immunization schedules—order copies for your exam rooms today!
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CDC reports flu activity remains high, with pediatric flu deaths accumulating; please continue vaccinating
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IAC enrolls three new birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; 24 previously honored institutions qualify for additional years' honors
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Reminder: "Dear Colleague" call-to-action letter from AAFP, AAP, ACHA, ACOG, APhA, SAHM, and IAC stresses implementation of immunization visit at 16 years of age
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Nurses Who Vaccinate founder discusses how their global network of nurses connects with vaccine-hesitant parents
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
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Stay up to date on the latest coronavirus information from CDC and WHO
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates three key resources for healthcare professionals to protect newborns from hepatitis B infection
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IAC revises its resource for patients titled "Pneumococcus: Questions and Answers"
Featured Resources
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IAC's hand-held immunization record cards available for all ages!
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IAC's comprehensive Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide is available for free download either by chapter or in its entirety (142 pages)
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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"Pediatricians' Experiences with and Perceptions of the Vaccines For Children Program" published in Pediatrics
IAC Express Issue 1483
March 11, 2020
Top Stories
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Brand new! IAC's laminated 2020 U.S. child/adolescent and adult immunization schedules—order copies for your exam rooms today!
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New Jersey updates its mandate for meningococcal vaccines in colleges and universities
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Huge milestone! IAC enrolls 500th hospital into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll!
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IAC Spotlight! IAC's PowerPoint Slide Sets web page contains 13 presentations on a wide variety of immunization topics; available by request for your use
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CDC reports flu activity remains high, with elevated hospitalization rates among children and young adults; please continue vaccinating
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
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Stay up to date on the latest coronavirus information from CDC and WHO
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates both of its standing orders templates for administering MenACWY vaccine—one for children/teens and the other for adults
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IAC updates "Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine Recommendations by Age and Risk Factor"
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IAC updates a technical piece for healthcare professionals titled "Meningococcal B Vaccine: IAC Answers Your Questions"
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IAC updates its piece for the general public "Meningococcal: Questions and Answers—Information about the Disease and Vaccines"
Featured Resources
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CDC updates recommendations in its "General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization"
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CDC releases new patient handout "Talking to Pregnant Women About Vaccines"
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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"Maximizing the Impact of, and Sustaining Standing Orders Protocols for Adult Immunization in Outpatient Clinics" published in American Journal of Infection Control
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"Combating Vaccine Hesitancy and Other 21st Century Social Determinants in the Global Fight Against Measles" published in Science Direct
Education and Training
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GSA's "Elevating Understanding of RSV in Older Adults" webinar to be held March 31
IAC Express Special Edition - Shop IAC: Issue 1482
March 10, 2020
LAMINATED SCHEDULES, RECORD CARDS, AND MORE FROM IAC!
New for 2020! Laminated versions of CDC’s immunization schedules—great for exam rooms, with discounts for bulk purchases
IAC's hand-held immunization record cards available for all ages!
Check out our popular "Vaccines Save Lives" enamel pins!
IAC Express Issue 1481
March 4, 2020
Top Stories
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IAC summarizes the February 2020 ACIP meeting
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CDC reports influenza activity is still high with elevated rates of hospitalization among children and young adults; please continue vaccinating this season to prevent flu from spreading further
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Stay up to date on the latest coronavirus information from CDC and WHO
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Seqirus's Fluad adjuvanted vaccine for people 65 years of age and older will be available as quadrivalent for the 2020–21 flu season
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IAC Spotlight! In case you missed them, these IAC materials and web pages on immunize.org were updated during January and February
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Voices for Vaccines releases new podcast titled "Coronavirus and the Cerveza for Disease Control"
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates "Hepatitis B and Healthcare Personnel"
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IAC updates "Pneumococcal Vaccines: IAC Answers Your Questions" and "Pneumococcal Vaccination Recommendations for Children and Adults by Age and/or Risk Factor"
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IAC updates its PowerPoint slide set "A Photo Collection of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases" to use "as is" or modify to fit your needs
Featured Resources
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IAC's elegantly designed "Vaccines Save Lives" black enamel pins are a great way to show you value immunization!
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IAC's comprehensive Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide is available for free download either by chapter or in its entirety (142 pages)
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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February issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available; subscribe for monthly immunization resources and information
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Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia publishes February issue of its newsletter Vaccine Update
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"Improving Childhood Vaccination Coverage Rates: The Case of Fourth Dose of DTaP" published by Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Education and Training
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CDC's "Current Issues in Immunization Webinar" on the 2020 immunization schedules for children/adolescents and adults to be held March 18
Conferences and Meetings
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Reminder: CDC's 49th National Immunization Conference will be held in Atlanta, on May 19–21
February 2020 Back to top
IAC Express Issue 1480
February 26, 2020
Top Stories
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CDC publishes "Interim Estimates of 2019–20 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness—United States, February 2020" in this week's MMWR
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CDC reports influenza activity remains high, with 105 pediatric deaths reported this season; please continue vaccinating this season to prevent flu from spreading further
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Stay up to date on the latest coronavirus information from CDC and WHO
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IAC's "Ask the Experts: Human Papillomavirus (HPV)" web page recently updated
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IAC Spotlight! With more than 300 free, ready-to-use print materials, IAC's "Handouts" web section is the most popular place on immunize.org
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There are now 1,127 healthcare organizations enrolled in IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
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Voices for Vaccines releases new podcast episode featuring two HPV Vaccine Champions discussing their strategies for increasing vaccination rates in their practices
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
World News
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WHO reports on progress towards measles elimination in China in this week's Weekly Epidemiological Record
Featured Resources
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CDC offers free CE video module for nurses and medical assistants on how they can foster a culture of immunization in their healthcare settings
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Vaccine Education Center features new video in its Science Made Easy series titled "How Does Natural Infection with Measles Suppress the Immune System?" narrated by Dr. Paul Offit
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Vaccinate Your Family's Shot of Prevention blog posts entry titled "Coronavirus Is Bad, but Let's Not Forget about Flu"
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IAC's elegantly designed "Vaccines Save Lives" black enamel pins are a great way to show you value immunization!
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Flu season is ongoing, so make sure you have IAC's "FLU VACCINE" buttons for staff and patient stickers on hand!
Education and Training
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This Friday (February 28!), National HPV Vaccination Roundtable to hold webinar titled "Using Data to Drive Systems Change"
Conferences and Meetings
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25th Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference will be held on April 14 in Framingham
IAC Express Special Edition - Ask the Experts: Issue 1479
February 24, 2020
As a thank-you to our loyal IAC Express readers, we periodically publish extra editions such as this one, with new and updated "Ask the Experts" Q&As answered by experts from the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC). The Q&As in this issue all relate to human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination.
IAC wishes to recognize its team of experts: Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH (team lead); Carolyn Bridges, MD, FACP; William Atkinson, MD, MPH; and Deborah Wexler, MD.
To access answers to many more questions on the use of HPV vaccine, visit IAC's Ask the Experts: HPV web page on immunize.org.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccines
Q: Please describe the HPV vaccines available in the United States.
Q: What are the recommendations for use of HPV vaccine in people age 9 through 26 years?
Q: Are catch-up recommendations for the use of HPV vaccine different for males and females?
Q: What are the recommendations for use of HPV vaccine in people age 27 through 45 years?
Q: Why is shared clinical decision-making (a discussion between the provider and the patient) recommended to determine whether to provide HPV vaccine to an adult age 27 through 45 years?
Q: Why is HPV vaccination not routinely recommended for all adults age 27 through 45 years?
Q: Should I screen my patients age 27 through 45 years for previous HPV infection to determine whether to offer them HPV vaccine?
Q: I have a few patients who received their first or second dose of HPV vaccine at age 26 years or younger, but did not complete the series. Should I routinely complete their series after age 26 years, or do I need to use the shared clinical decision-making approach?
Q: What is the routine schedule for HPV vaccine? Did ACIP change it in 2019?
Q: Should transgender persons receive HPV vaccine?
Q: I read that HPV vaccination rates are still low. What can we do as providers to improve these rates?
IAC Express Issue 1478
February 19, 2020
Top Stories
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CDC publishes new FAQ web page titled "ACIP Shared Clinical Decision-Making Recommendations" to provide guidance for healthcare providers
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Vaccinate Your Family releases special report on the state of our nation's "ImmUnion" and shares it with members of Congress
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Happening today: February 19! NFID presents webinar on shared clinical decision-making
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Stay up to date on the latest coronavirus information from CDC and WHO
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CDC reports influenza activity remains high and has increased over the last four weeks; please continue vaccinating this season to prevent flu from spreading further
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Dr. Deborah Wexler's VEC Technically Speaking column about CDC's updated Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit is now available on immunize.org
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IAC Spotlight! IAC enrolls two new birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; fourteen previously honored institutions qualify for additional years' honors
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates "Standing Orders for Administering Pneumococcal Vaccines (PPSV23 and PCV13) to Adults" to match the latest ACIP recommendations
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Updated "Zoster Vaccine: IAC Answers Your Questions" features commonly asked Q&As
Vaccine Information Statements
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IAC posts new Karen translation of the rabies VIS
World News
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WHO reports on International Task Force for Disease Eradication in this week's Weekly Epidemiological Record
Featured Resources
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Access "HPV Roundtable TV," a curated YouTube channel for accurate, evidence-based videos about the HPV vaccine, HPV virus, cancer prevention, and science
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IAC's elegantly designed "Vaccines Save Lives" black enamel pins are a great way to show you value immunization!
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Flu season is ongoing, so make sure you have IAC's "FLU VACCINE" buttons for staff and patient stickers on hand!
Education and Training
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Indiana Immunization Coalition offers access to the film "Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic"; nurses, physicians, and pharmacists can get free CE credit
Conferences and Meetings
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The Arizona Department of Health Services hosts 27th Annual Statewide Immunization Conference on April 22–23
IAC Express Issue 1477
February 12, 2020
Top Stories
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MMWR publishes "Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents Aged 18 Years or Younger—United States, 2020"
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MMWR publishes "Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years or Older—United States, 2020"
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CDC’s "Immunization Schedules" web section provides easy access to information and schedule-related resources
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MMWR publishes "Initial Public Health Response and Interim Clinical Guidance for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak—United States, December 31, 2019–February 4, 2020"
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Early Release MMWR publishes "Persons Evaluated for 2019 Novel Coronavirus—United States, January 2020" on February 7
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MMWR publishes "Human Rabies—Utah, 2018"
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MMWR publishes "Licensure of a Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis, Inactivated Poliovirus, Haemophilus influenzae Type b Conjugate, and Hepatitis B Vaccine, and Guidance for Use in Infants"
IAC Express Issue 1476
February 5, 2020
Top Stories
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2020 U.S. recommended immunization schedules for children and adolescents as well as for adults now available on CDC's website
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CDC and WHO have declared public health emergencies regarding 2019 novel coronavirus
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CDC reports influenza activity remains high and has increased over the last two weeks; please continue vaccinating this season to prevent flu from spreading further
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IAC Spotlight! In case you missed them, these IAC materials and web pages on immunize.org were updated during December and January
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Deadline extended to February 10 for submitting nominations for 2020 Immunization Excellence Awards for the National Adult and Influenza Summit
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
Featured Resources
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Families Fighting Flu announces launch of new blog titled Insights on Influenza
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IAC's elegantly designed "Vaccines Save Lives" black enamel pins are a great way to show you value immunization!
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Flu season is ongoing, so make sure you have IAC's "FLU VACCINE" buttons for staff and patient stickers on hand!
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IAC's comprehensive Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide is available for free download either by chapter or in its entirety (142 pages)
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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January issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available; subscribe for monthly immunization resources and information
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Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia publishes January issue of its newsletter Vaccine Update
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New England Journal of Medicine publishes article titled "Choosing a Mass Immunization Program Against Meningococcal B"
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Clinical Infectious Diseases publishes a review of measles outbreak cost estimates in the U.S. between 2004–2017
Conferences and Meetings
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Reminder: The 49th National Immunization Conference will be held in Atlanta on May 19–21
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American Public Health Association's 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo will be held in San Francisco, October 24–28
January 2020 Back to top
IAC Express Issue 1475
January 29, 2020
Top Stories
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CDC publishes "Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid, and Acellular Pertussis Vaccines: Updated Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices—United States, 2019" in January 24 MMWR
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CDC publishes "Variation in Tdap and Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Pregnant Women by Insurance Type—Florida, 2016–2018" in January 24 MMWR
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IAC Spotlight! IAC adds state mandate information for DTaP, Hib, MMR, and polio vaccines for child care and school entry to its "Laws" section on immunize.org
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CDC reports influenza activity remains high and increased slightly this week; please continue vaccinating through the winter months to prevent flu from spreading further
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There are now 1,125 organizations enrolled in IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
World News
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WHO reports on December 2019 meeting of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety in this week's Weekly Epidemiological Record
Featured Resources
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New book by Spokane family physician Dr. Gretchen LaSalle titled Let's Talk Vaccines will assist healthcare professionals in communicating with parents about vaccines
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ShotByShot.org adds "Melissa's Story," about HPV and cervical cancer, to its collection of stories about people with vaccine-preventable diseases
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Minnesota Department of Health releases new video, "Lily's Story," about a 27-year-old woman who battled cervical cancer caused by HPV
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IAC's comprehensive Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide is available for free download either by chapter or in its entirety (142 pages)
Education and Training
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AAP to host webinar titled "Pediatric Providers & Census 2020" on February 19
IAC Express Issue 1474
January 22, 2020
Top Stories
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CDC releases 2020 version of Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit
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CDC publishes article titled "Early Season Pediatric Influenza B/Victoria Virus Infections Associated with a Recently Emerged Virus Subclade—Louisiana, 2019"
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CDC reports influenza activity declined slightly but remains high; please continue vaccinating through the winter months and access CDC and IAC flu resources
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IAC enrolls three new birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; three previously honored institutions qualify for additional years' honors
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AAP News article encourages providers to educate parents about the importance of responding to census in order to help fund children's health programs
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IAC Spotlight! IAC's "Package Inserts & FDA Product Approvals" web page is a top destination for finding FDA information
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
IAC Handouts
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IAC posts updated Russian translation of "Clear Answers and Smart Advice about Your Baby's Shots," by Ari Brown, MD
Featured Resources
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Vaccine Education Center releases video series, Talking about Vaccines with Dr. Stanley Plotkin, answering questions about vaccines
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IAC's elegantly designed "Vaccines Save Lives" black enamel pins are a great way to show you value immunization!
•
Flu season is ongoing, so make sure you have IAC's "FLU VACCINE" buttons for staff and patient stickers on hand!
•
IAC's comprehensive Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide is available for free download either by chapter or in its entirety (142 pages)
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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Pediatrics publishes "Mandatory Vaccination Policies in Europe" in its January issue
Education and Training
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CDC to offer January 28 webinar for clinicians on updates and recommendations for the current influenza season
Conferences and Meetings
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NFID's 2020 Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research scheduled for March 23–25 in Washington, DC; early registration rates available until January 29
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Draft agenda for February ACIP meeting now available
IAC Express Issue 1473
January 15, 2020
Top Stories
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CDC issues an MMWR Early Release titled "Early Season Pediatric Influenza B/Victoria Virus Infections Associated with a Recently Emerged Virus Subclade—Louisiana, 2019"
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CDC issues Health Alert Network (HAN) advisory due to elevated influenza activity
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CDC releases updated VISs for rabies, adenovirus, and anthrax
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Dr. Deborah Wexler's VEC Technically Speaking column about ACIP's updated pneumococcal vaccine recommendations for adults age 65 years and older is now available on immunize.org
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IAC Spotlight! IAC's ACIP web section on immunize.org provides links to both current and past ACIP recommendations
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IAC's elegantly designed "Vaccines Save Lives" black enamel pins are a great way to show you value immunization!
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Flu season is ongoing, so make sure you have IAC's "FLU VACCINE" buttons for staff and stickers for patients on hand!
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates "Current Dates of Vaccine Information Statements" and "You Must Provide Patients with Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)—It's Federal Law!"
World News
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WHO reports on 2019 influenza season in the southern hemisphere in this week's Weekly Epidemiological Record
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WHO publishes article titled "Deaths from Democratic Republic of the Congo Measles Outbreak Top 6000"
Featured Resources
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CDC reports influenza activity remains high; please continue vaccinating through the winter months to prevent flu from spreading further
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Visit IAC's updated website, www.Give2MenACWY.org, to enhance your efforts at increasing rates of the MenACWY booster and other adolescent vaccines
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IAC's comprehensive Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide is available for free download either by chapter or in its entirety (142 pages)
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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Two new studies published in Pediatrics confirm safety of 9-valent human papillomavirus vaccine
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Science Magazine publishes article titled "This Italian Scientist Has Become a Celebrity by Fighting Vaccine Skeptics"
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The Lancet publishes article titled "The Public Health Crisis of Underimmunisation: A Global Plan of Action"
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WHO joins partners in a year-long celebration of the work of nurses and midwives
Education and Training
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Free, live webcast on strengthening vaccine confidence in pediatric practice to be held January 16 with CE credit from University at Albany School of Public Health
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Registration is open for the Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases ("The Pink Book") course in Indiana, April 14–15
Conferences and Meetings
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Reminder: 49th National Immunization Conference will be held in Atlanta on May 19–21
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California Immunization Coalition Summit scheduled for June 9–10 in Sacramento; abstract submissions due by February 3
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AIRA 2020 National Meeting scheduled on August 11–13 in Portland; abstract submissions due by March 1
IAC Express Issue 1472
January 8, 2020
Top Stories
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FDA approves first U.S.-licensed vaccine for prevention of Ebola virus disease, a critical public health milestone
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CDC publishes "Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak—Democratic Republic of the Congo, August 2018–November 2019" in December 20 MMWR
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CDC releases "Recommendations for Providing Quality Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinical Services, 2020" in MMWR Recommendations and Reports
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IAC Spotlight! Just in case you missed them, these IAC materials and web pages were updated during November and December
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There are now 1,121 organizations enrolled in IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
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Reminder: National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit soliciting nominations for its 2020 Immunization Excellence Awards
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Voices for Vaccines releases new Vax Talk podcast episode titled "Madi's Influenza Story"
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IAC's elegantly designed "Vaccines Save Lives" black enamel pins are a great way to show you value immunization!
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Flu season is ongoing, so make sure you have IAC's new "FLU VACCINE" buttons for staff and patient stickers on hand!
IAC Handouts
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IAC posts new Spanish translation of "Which Vaccines Do I Need Today?"
Vaccine Information Statements
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IAC posts updated translations of both zoster recombinant and zoster live VISs in Portuguese and Haitian Creole, as well as the cholera VIS in Turkish
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New translations of the PPSV23 VIS are now available in Italian, Polish, Urdu, and Yiddish, and updated translations are available in Bengali, Haitian Creole, Korean, and Portuguese
Featured Resources
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Influenza season is here; please continue vaccinating through the winter months to prevent flu from spreading further
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CDC updates the meningococcal disease chapter of its Manual for the Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
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IAC's comprehensive Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide is available for free download either by chapter or in its entirety (142 pages)
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia publishes December issue of its newsletter Vaccine Update
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December issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available; subscribe for monthly immunization resources and information
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CDC publishes "Estimating the Incidence of Influenza at the State Level—Utah, 2016–17 and 2017–18 Influenza Seasons" in MMWR
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