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December 2020 Back to top
IAC Express Special Edition - Donate to IAC: Issue 1,532
December 1, 2020
Please Support the Immunization Action Coalition!
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Please donate to IAC—our year-end appeal
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Great gift idea! IAC's elegantly designed "Vaccines Save Lives" black enamel pins make wonderful holiday gifts or workplace recognitions!
November 2020 Back to top
IAC Express Issue 1,531
November 25, 2020
Top Stories
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Developer of third vaccine candidate against COVID-19 (first adenovirus vector) reports positive data at interim analysis of phase 3 trial
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CDC leaders Drs. Nancy Messonnier and Amanda Cohn to present "COVID-19 Vaccination Implementation and the 'Vaccinate with Confidence' Strategy" during IAC webinar on December 3
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CDC releases provider resources to aid in patient conversations about COVID-19 vaccines
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UNICEF and WHO issue call for emergency action to avert major measles and polio epidemics due to pandemic disruptions of routine vaccinations
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WHO launches global strategy to accelerate the elimination of cervical cancer
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IAC experts called on by news media
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AMA amends ethical guidance on physicians who are not immunized
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IAC Spotlight! IAC’s Screening Checklists gateway page offers a variety of forms for patients to fill out to expedite vaccination
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IAC's MenB Vaccination Honor Roll adds a new college. Do you know of others?
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Voices for Vaccines releases new podcast, "Tracking the Anti-Vaccine Movement," featuring Erica DeWald from Vaccinate Your Family
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
Featured Resources
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Reminder! Webinar on mass vaccination strategies now archived on IAC’s newest website: Mass-Vaccination-Resources.org
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IAC’s "Video of the Week" features staff and diverse phase-3 volunteers as they participate in Covid-19 vaccine trials at Cincinnati Children’s
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Use IAC’s expanded "Repository of Resources for Maintaining Immunization during the COVID-19 Pandemic" to catch up patients who fell behind
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IAC's elegantly designed "Vaccines Save Lives" black enamel pins make great gifts for the holidays or staff recognition!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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Three analytic papers review key policy questions on delivery, equitable access, and pricing and treatments of COVID-19 vaccines
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CHOP's Vaccine Education Center publishes November issue of Vaccine Update Newsletter
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"Prevalence of Hepatitis B Vaccination Coverage and Serologic Evidence of Immunity among US-Born Children and Adolescents from 1999 to 2016" published in JAMA
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"Learning from Influenza Vaccine Errors to Prepare for COVID-19 Vaccination Campaigns" published in ISMP Medication Safety Alert
Conferences and Meetings
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FDA posts documents ahead of its December 10 advisory committee meeting on SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccine
Education and Training
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CDC posts video recording of October 28–30 ACIP live, virtual meeting
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AAP announces new open access PediaLink six-part course titled "Preventing and Treating Influenza during the COVID-19 Pandemic"
On the Lighter Side
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In this vintage PSA from the AAP, parents are reminded that every child needs polio vaccination
IAC Express Special Edition - Shop IAC: Issue 1,530
November 23, 2020
"Vaccines Save Lives" Pins, Flu Buttons, Stickers, and More from IAC
Great gift idea! IAC's elegantly designed "Vaccines Save Lives" black enamel pins make wonderful holiday gifts or workplace recognitions!
Hundreds of thousands shipped. Low prices. Order bright red "FLU VACCINE" buttons and stickers today!
Order IAC's child, adult, and lifetime immunization record cards—wallet-sized, designed to last
This holiday season, help spread reliable immunization information: "Like" or "Follow" IAC on social media
Please donate to IAC—our year-end appeal
IAC Express Issue 1,529
November 18, 2020
Top Stories
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Developer of second mRNA vaccine candidate against COVID-19 reports positive data at interim analysis of phase 3 trial
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CDC leaders Drs. Nancy Messonnier and Amanda Cohn to present "COVID-19 Vaccination Implementation and the 'Vaccinate with Confidence’ Strategy" during IAC webinar on December 3
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AMA announces vaccine-specific CPT codes for SARS-CoV-2 vaccines
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IAC staff featured in CNN article about complexities of distributing SARS-CoV-2 vaccine
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IAC Spotlight! IAC’s "Standing Orders Templates for Administering Vaccines" gateway page contains templates and related resources to help healthcare settings improve vaccination rates for patients of all ages
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Voices for Vaccines releases podcast "Vaccinate the Heartland!," featuring testimonials from senators, a state representative, and a former White House occupant
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Reminder: IAC updates 24 Ask the Experts web pages on immunize.org
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With more than 170 million doses of flu vaccine shipped across America, it’s now up to you. Make sure all your patients are vaccinated!
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Three additional universities require flu vaccine to protect staff and students—good news for more campuses!
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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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CDC and WHO report on stalled progress toward measles elimination worldwide in this week's MMWR and Weekly Epidemiological Record
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CDC and WHO report on difficulties with routine vaccination coverage worldwide in this week's MMWR and Weekly Epidemiological Record
Featured Resources
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In IAC’s "Video of the Week," Stanford Medicine dreams of a safe COVID-19 vaccine
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IAC's bright red "FLU VACCINE" buttons and stickers will help you keep vaccinating against flu. Order today!
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IAC's "Vaccination and COVID-19" gateway page offers a collection of tools from many organizations to sustain routine vaccination services during the pandemic
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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)
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Public television documentary Protecting Health: Saving Lives features 30-year history of IAC. Please share.
Education and Training
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National Academy of Medicine and American Public Health Association host "COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Development, Approval, Allocation and Distribution in the U.S." on November 18
Conferences and Meetings
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Watch the virtual ACIP meeting on November 23; no registration is required
On the Lighter Side
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In this 1976 PSA from the New York State Department of Health, "Piano Man" promotes getting your flu shot!
IAC Express Special Edition - Donate to IAC: Issue 1,528
November 17, 2020
Please support the Immunization Action Coalition!
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Please donate to IAC—our year-end appeal
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IAC's elegantly designed "Vaccines Save Lives" black enamel pins make great gifts for holidays or workplace recognition!
IAC Express Issue 1,527
November 11, 2020
Top Stories
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Developers of mRNA vaccine candidate against COVID-19 report positive data at interim analysis of phase 3 trial
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CDC releases executive summaries of COVID-19 vaccination plans for all states and jurisdictions
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IAC updates 24 Ask the Experts web pages on immunize.org
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HHS issues letter to health-professions schools calling for compliance with federal civil rights laws protecting people living with hepatitis B
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IAC Spotlight! Looking for the most frequently visited web pages on immunize.org? IAC's "Favorites" tab at the top of every web page brings you to 18 of the most popular gateway pages on IAC's website
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Reminder! Webinar on mass vaccination strategies now archived and available for viewing on IAC's newest website: Mass-Vaccination-Resources.org.
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CDC expects influenza activity to increase in coming weeks. Make sure all your patients are vaccinated!
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates its screening checklists for contraindications to vaccines, one for children/teens and one for adults
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IAC updates "Strategies to Improve Adult Vaccination Coverage"
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Revised! IAC expands "Vaccine Injury Compensation Programs" information sheet to include new federal program for COVID-19 vaccines
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IAC updates hepatitis A and polio Q&A handouts for in-depth understanding of these vaccines
Vaccine Information Statements
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IAC posts German translation of the Influenza, Inactivated or Recombinant, Vaccine Information Statement (VIS)
Featured Resources
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CDC's new web page features "No One Has Time for the Flu" campaign to reach African American and Hispanic adults
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In IAC's "Video of the Week," CDC answers common questions about the importance of flu vaccination this season
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Use IAC's expanded "Repository of Resources for Maintaining Immunization during the COVID-19 Pandemic" to catch up patients who fell behind
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IAC's bright red "FLU VACCINE" buttons and stickers will help you keep vaccinating against flu. Order today!
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IAC's elegantly designed "Vaccines Save Lives" black enamel pins make great gifts for the holidays!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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CDC publishes October issue of Immunization Works newsletter; subscribe for monthly immunization resources and information
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CHOP's Vaccine Education Center publishes October issue of Vaccine Update Newsletter
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"Strategies to Reduce Errors Associated with 2-Component Vaccines" published in Pharmaceutical Medicine
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"Incidence of Influenza during Pregnancy and Association with Pregnancy and Perinatal Outcomes in Three Middle-Income Countries: A Multisite Prospective Longitudinal Cohort Study" published in Lancet
Education and Training
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In Vaccine Education Center's Current Issues in Vaccines webinar on December 9, Dr. Paul Offit will give update on SARS-CoV-2 vaccines
On the Lighter Side
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Vaccines create a wall of protection around baby in this 1995 PSA featuring the Birmingham Bulls hockey team
IAC Express Issue 1,526
November 4, 2020
Top Stories
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IAC summarizes October 2020 ACIP Virtual Meeting
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CDC updates "Interim Guidance for Routine and Influenza Immunization Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic"
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CDC posts web-on-demand video, "Influenza Update: 2020–21," discussing flu vaccination during COVID-19, vaccine storage and handling, and best practices
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Webinar on mass vaccination strategies now archived and available for viewing on IAC's newest website: Mass-Vaccination-Resources.org
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"ACIP Updates Recommendations on the Use of MenACWY and MenB Vaccines," Dr. Wexler's Technically Speaking monthly column, is available on immunize.org
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IAC Spotlight! These updated IAC patient and staff educational materials were released during October
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Influenza activity will increase soon. Keep vaccinating!
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Six additional colleges and universities require flu vaccine to protect staff and students—good news for more campuses!
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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 updated Spanish translations of six handouts for adults with high-risk conditions: HIV, liver disease, diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, and asplenia (those without a spleen)
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IAC posts updated Spanish translations of "Vaccinations for Men Who Have Sex with Men" and "Protect Yourself from Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B: A Guide for Gay and Bisexual Men"
Featured Resources
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AIM releases white paper titled "Flu Vaccination in a Pandemic: Leadership Lessons from Public Health Immunization Programs"
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NACCHO releases new resources for the 2020–21 flu season, including the "School-Located Influenza Vaccination Toolkit"
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In IAC's "Video of the Week," Voices for Vaccines executive director discusses combating vaccine hesitancy by explaining how vaccine clinical trials work
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IAC's bright red "FLU VACCINE" buttons and stickers will help you keep vaccinating against flu. Order today!
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Check out the www.Give2MenACWY.org website to enhance your efforts at increasing rates of MenACWY booster and other adolescent vaccinations
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Public television documentary, Protecting Health: Saving Lives, features 30-year history of IAC. Please share.
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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"Implementation of a Mandatory Influenza Vaccine Program: A 10-Year Experience" published in Clinical Infectious Diseases
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"How Health Care Providers Should Address Vaccine Hesitancy in the Clinical Setting: Evidence for Presumptive Language in Making a Strong Recommendation" published in Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
On the Lighter Side
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In this 1998 PSA, "Cakewalk Saturday," former first lady of Oklahoma Cathy Keating promotes timely childhood vaccination
October 2020 Back to top
IAC Express Issue 1,525
October 28, 2020
Top Stories
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VOTE!
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CDC publishes "Vaccination Coverage by Age 24 Months among Children Born in 2016 and 2017—National Immunization Survey-Child, United States, 2017–2019" in MMWR
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Dr. Melinda Wharton issues "Call to Action: Childhood Vaccination Coverage," urging immunization partners to recall children and adolescents for missed vaccinations
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IAC updates its Ask the Experts web pages on meningococcal ACWY and meningococcal B vaccines based on new ACIP recommendations
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CDC Foundation seeks applications for grants supporting community organizations to strengthen vaccine confidence
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AMA, CDC, CDC Foundation, and Ad Council partner to launch "No One Has Time for the Flu" campaign to reach African American and Hispanic adults
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Last season was the deadliest influenza season for U.S. children on record; be sure all your patients are getting vaccinated!
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Two additional colleges and universities require flu vaccine to protect staff and students—the list continues to grow!
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IAC Spotlight! Talking about Vaccines: Alternative Schedules
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IAC enrolls five new birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; four previously honored institutions qualify for additional years' honors
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NFID launches new campaign titled "Hepatitis B: Are You at Risk?"
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates "Influenza: Questions and Answers" handout for patients and parents
Featured Resources
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CDC launches new video on timeliness of vaccination in its animated video series for parents, "How Vaccines Work"
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In IAC's "Video of the Week," a physician and ACOG fellow describes how he recommends flu vaccine to pregnant women
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Keep vaccinating against the flu. IAC's bright red "FLU VACCINE" buttons and stickers can help. Order today!
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Use IAC's expanded "Repository of Resources for Maintaining Immunization during the COVID-19 Pandemic" to catch up patients who fell behind
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IAC's "Vaccination and COVID-19" gateway page offers a collection of tools from many organizations to sustain routine vaccination services during the pandemic
Education and Training
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Sabin Vaccine Institute and UNICEF host "Misinformation: A Strategic Approach" webinar on October 29
Conferences and Meetings
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Watch the 3-day, virtual ACIP meeting October 28–30; no registration is required
On the Lighter Side
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In this 2006 PSA from Every Child By Two, former first lady Rosalynn Carter promotes timely childhood vaccination
IAC Express Special Edition - Shop IAC: Issue 1,524
October 27, 2020
"VACCINES SAVE LIVES" BLACK ENAMEL PINS, FLU VACCINE BUTTONS AND STICKERS, AND MORE FROM IAC!
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IAC's elegantly designed "Vaccines Save Lives" black enamel pins make great holiday gifts or workplace recognitions!
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Flu season is here. Order your bright red "FLU VACCINE" buttons for staff and stickers for patients today!
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Order IAC's child, adult, and lifetime immunization record cards—wallet-sized, designed to last
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Every organization that administers vaccines needs the DVD Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults. Use for training and as a refresher for experienced staff!
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Help IAC make vaccination go viral on social media!
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Increase vaccine awareness by sharing the "History through Film" webpage, featuring the public television documentary about IAC titled Protecting Health: Saving Lives
IAC Express Issue 1,523
October 21, 2020
Top Stories
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Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America issues policy statement that only medical contraindications should be accepted as a reason for not receiving vaccinations—11 medical organizations now make this recommendation
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October 24 is World Polio Day!
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CDC adds vaccine-specific content for providers and the public on its extensive COVID-19 website
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IAC updates its Ask the Experts web pages on administering vaccines, storage and handling, MMR, and HepB vaccine
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Don't miss "Answering Key Questions about COVID-19 Vaccines" published in JAMA
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Two additional colleges and universities require flu vaccine to protect staff and students—the list is growing!
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Influenza season is approaching. Keep vaccinating. Remind patients to come in for their flu 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
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates its Spanish-language screening checklists for contraindications to injectable and intranasal influenza vaccines
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IAC updates "Hepatitis B: Questions and Answers" informational handout for patients and parents
Featured Resources
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Reminder: IAC's website, Mass-Vaccination-Resources.org, offers high-quality resources to help jumpstart your mass vaccination efforts
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In IAC's "Video of the Week," Dr. Bram Palache, co-founder of the European Scientific Working Group on Influenza, explains what's so frustrating about the influenza problem
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IAC's elegantly designed "Vaccines Save Lives" black enamel pins make great gifts for the holidays!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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"Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Coverage among Men Who Have Sex with Men—National HIV Behavioral Surveillance, United States, 2017" published in Vaccine
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"Is It Lawful and Ethical to Prioritize Racial Minorities for COVID-19 Vaccines?" published in JAMA
Education and Training
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Watch Johns Hopkins University and University of Washington's 6-part, archived symposium titled "Preserving the Scientific Integrity of Getting to COVID-19 Vaccines: From Clinical Trials to Public Allocation"
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Vaccine Confidence Project's "COVID-19 and Influenza Vaccine Confidence" webinar to be held October 29
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NFID, ACHA, and NASN offer webinar on importance of routine vaccinations for school children
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Indiana Immunization Coalition offers "Empowering Providers to Become Influenza Vaccine Champions" webinar on October 27
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Nevada Immunization Learning Exchange offers "Influenza Vaccination: Opportunities for Pharmacists as Patient Advocates, Educators, and Administrators" on October 27
On the Lighter Side
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Just spray on Rubella-B-Gone and life-threatening rubella disappears in this 2003 video parody
IAC Express Issue 1,522
October 20, 2020
Ask the Experts: IAC Answers Questions about Meningococcal Disease and the Vaccines That Prevent It

As an additional service to IAC Express readers, we periodically publish special editions such as this one, providing you with new and updated Ask the Experts questions and answers from IAC experts. This issue includes Q&As about meningococcal disease and the use of MenB and MenACWY vaccines based on updated ACIP recommendations published by CDC in September 2020.

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 gateway page at www.immunize.org/askexperts.

IAC's team of experts includes Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH (team lead); Carolyn Bridges, MD, FACP; William Atkinson, MD, MPH; and Deborah Wexler, MD.

 
Meningococcal Disease and Vaccination
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Q: How common is meningococcal disease?
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Q: What groups are at increased risk for meningococcal disease?
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Q: Where can I find the most current meningococcal vaccine recommendations?
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Q: What meningococcal vaccines are available in the United States?
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Q: Can MenACWY and MenB vaccines be given at the same visit?
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Q: I have a patient with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria who is being treated with Soliris (eculizumab). Should he receive meningococcal vaccine?
Meningococcal B Vaccination
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Q: Can you provide a comprehensive overview of the MenB recommendations?
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Q: Who is recommended to be vaccinated against meningococcal B disease?
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Q: What kind of information about MenB vaccine should be considered with a patient when conducting shared clinical decision-making?
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Q: Which groups should receive a booster dose of MenB?
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Q: I know the primary series of MenB vaccine should use the same brand for all doses. Does that also apply to booster doses?
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Q: Public health authorities have declared a meningococcal serogroup B disease outbreak at my university and we are now vaccinating all students on campus. Some students report having had a primary series of MenB vaccine, but do not have documentation of which brand was used. What should we do?
Meningococcal A, C, W, and Y Vaccination
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Q: Can you provide a comprehensive overview of the MenACWY recommendations, including those for vaccinating younger children and older adults who have risk factors?
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Q: Who is recommended to be vaccinated against meningococcal ACWY disease?
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Q: Which people with risk factors should receive booster doses beyond the routinely recommended adolescent doses of MenACWY?
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Q: Are the three MenACWY vaccines interchangeable?
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Q: Adults who are asplenic need PCV13 and MenACWY. Does the recommendation to separate PCV13 and Menactra (MenACWY-D) apply to adults as well as children?
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Q: Does the recommendation for separation of DTaP and Menactra (MenACWY-D) also apply to children with functional or anatomic asplenia?
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Q: If a child with a high-risk condition receives MenACWY at age 9 years (and a second primary dose 8 weeks later), should they receive a booster dose at age 14 years (5 years after the primary series), or should they receive a dose at age 16 years as recommended in the routine schedule?
IAC Express Issue 1,521
October 14, 2020
Top Stories
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Tune in Thursday: IAC will host "Mass Vaccination Clinics: Challenges and Best Practices" webinar on October 15
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FDA posts briefing document for its advisory committee, VRBPAC titled "Development, Authorization and Licensure of Vaccines to Prevent COVID-19"
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CDC analysis of flu hospitalization data shows that people from racial and ethnic minority groups are at higher risk
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Sawbones releases "Our 2020 Flu Shot Extravaganza" podcast, an annual celebration of influenza vaccination with answers to listeners' questions
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FluView reporting has begun; be sure all your patients are getting vaccinated!
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AAP announces Virtual Visiting Immunization Expert Initiative
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IAC Spotlight! PowerPoint Slide Sets gateway page contains 13 presentations on immunization topics; available by request for your use
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Voices for Vaccines releases podcast "I Fought the (Anti-Vaccine) Law," featuring law professor Dorit Reiss
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
IAC Handouts
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IAC revises its meningococcal B standing orders template for adolescents and adults
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IAC updates "Meningococcal B Vaccine: IAC Answers Your Questions" and "Meningococcal B Vaccine Recommendations by Age and Risk Factor"
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IAC updates "Meningococcal: Questions and Answers, Information about the Disease and Vaccines"
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IAC updates "Pneumococcal Vaccination Recommendations for Children and Adults by Age and/or Risk Factor"
Featured Resources
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Explore a wealth of resources on innovative approaches for enhancing influenza and general vaccination services
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Check out the FLU+FORCE website, a centralized collection of trusted information to help plan a mobile flu vaccination clinic
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In IAC's "Video of the Week," Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez reassures parents that children cannot get the flu from the flu shot
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Baylor University launches a series of lessons and activities to help teach children and adolescents about the importance of vaccines
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Keep vaccinating against the flu. IAC's bright red "FLU VACCINE" buttons and stickers can help. Order today!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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CDC publishes graph showing "Death Rates from Influenza and Pneumonia among Persons Aged >65 Years, by Sex and Age Group—National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2018" in MMWR
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"Ensuring Uptake of Vaccines against SARS-CoV-2" published in New England Journal of Medicine
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"Evaluating and Deploying Covid-19 Vaccines—the Importance of Transparency, Scientific Integrity, and Public Trust" published in New England Journal of Medicine
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"Facebook Pages, the 'Disneyland' Measles Outbreak, and Promotion of Vaccine Refusal as a Civil Right, 2009–2019" published in American Journal of Public Health
Education and Training
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CDC's "Current Issues in Immunization Webinar" on influenza vaccination to be held October 21
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25th Annual MIAP Pediatric Immunization Skills Building Conference to be held on October 22
On the Lighter Side
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In this 30-second PSA from 2000, lonely toys promote the importance of varicella vaccine for children
IAC Express Issue 1,520
October 7, 2020
Top Stories
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CDC publishes "Influenza and Tdap Vaccination Coverage among Pregnant Women—United States, April 2020" in MMWR
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CDC publishes "Flu Vaccination Coverage, United States, 2019–20 Influenza Season" via FluVaxView
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CDC publishes "Influenza Vaccination Coverage among Health Care Personnel—United States, 2019–20 Influenza Season" via FluVaxView
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine releases final consensus report: Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine
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Reminder: IAC will host "Mass Vaccination Clinics: Challenges and Best Practices" webinar on October 15
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"Is It 0.25 mL or 0.5 mL? What Is the Correct Dose of Injectable Flu Vaccine for Children Younger than 3?" Dr. Wexler's Technically Speaking monthly column is available on immunize.org
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Six additional colleges and universities require flu vaccine to protect staff and students—good news on campus!
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IAC Spotlight! These updated IAC patient and staff educational materials were released during August and September
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Order IAC's child, adult, and lifetime immunization record cards—wallet-sized, designed to last!
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates 2-page reference table, "Guide to Contraindications and Precautions to Commonly Used Vaccines," plus its cousin focused on adult vaccines
Featured Resources
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In IAC's "Video of the Week," Dr. Melvin Sanicas explains why you need to get the flu shot every year and how the body responds to vaccination
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Reminder: IAC's new website, Mass-Vaccination-Resources.org, offers high-quality resources to help jumpstart your mass vaccination efforts
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Keep vaccinating against the flu. IAC's bright red "FLU VACCINE" buttons and stickers can help. Order today!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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"HPV Vaccination and the Risk of Invasive Cervical Cancer" published in New England Journal of Medicine
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CDC publishes September issue of Immunization Works newsletter; subscribe for monthly immunization information
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"A Cross-Sectional Survey to Evaluate Potential for Partnering with School Nurses to Promote Human Papillomavirus Vaccination" published in Preventing Chronic Disease
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"A Randomized Controlled Trial of an Online Immunization Curriculum" published in Vaccine
Education and Training
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The Ad Council offers webinar on the upcoming flu vaccination PSA campaign on October 8
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Trust for America's Health offers webinar titled "Ensuring COVID-19 Vaccine Access, Safety, and Utilization: Building Vaccination Confidence in Communities of Color" on October 21
Conferences and Meetings
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Watch the 3-day, virtual ACIP meeting October 28–30; sign up for public comment; no registration is required
On the Lighter Side
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In this 30-second PSA from 1976, Larry Csonka from the New York Giants warns flu can hit you harder than even the meanest middle linebacker
September 2020 Back to top
IAC Express Issue 1,519
September 30, 2020
Top Stories
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CDC publishes "Meningococcal Vaccination: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, U.S., 2020" in MMWR
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IAC summarizes ACIP's third special meeting on COVID-19 vaccination strategies
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IAC updates 11 Ask the Experts web pages
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Organizing a mass vaccination clinic? Plan to attend IAC's how-to webinar on October 15, 2020
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Six additional colleges and universities require flu vaccine to protect staff and students—the list grows!
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October 1: NFID will hold its annual influenza and pneumococcal news conference
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CDC publishes "Travel-Associated Measles in a Person Born Before 1957—Pinellas County, Florida, 2019" in MMWR
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CDC releases "Digital Media Toolkit" for 2020–21 flu season
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IAC Spotlight! "IAC in the News" gateway page is a collection of media articles and appearances featuring IAC experts; we've been busy!
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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 popular resource titled "Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization (Age 19 Years and Older)"
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IAC revises its meningococcal ACWY standing orders templates for both children/teens and adults
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IAC updates "Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine Recommendations by Age and Risk Factor"
Official Releases and Announcements
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September 28: World Rabies Day
World News
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World Health Assembly endorses resolution titled "Strengthening Global Immunization Efforts to Leave No One Behind" to extend benefits of vaccines to everyone, everywhere
Featured Resources
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In IAC's "Video of the Week," CDC reminds individuals to roll up their sleeves for their annual flu vaccine
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IAC's "History through Film" web page features PBS documentary about 30 years of IAC titled Protecting Health: Saving Lives. Please share.
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It's time to start vaccinating against flu. IAC's bright red "FLU VACCINE" buttons and stickers can help. Order today!
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Use IAC's expanded Repository of Resources for Maintaining Immunization during the COVID-19 Pandemic to catch up patients who fell behind
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IAC's new website, Mass-Vaccination-Resources.org, offers high quality resources to help jumpstart your mass vaccination efforts
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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CHOP's Vaccine Education Center publishes September issue of Vaccine Update newsletter
Education and Training
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Families Fighting Flu and Boost Oregon co-host webinar about flu vaccine messaging on October 2
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AAP and CDC collaborate to offer webinar "Recommendations for Influenza Prevention and Treatment in Children: An Update for Pediatric Providers" on October 8
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CDC's recorded webinar on pneumococcal vaccines, as well as 13 other segments in "The Pink Book" weekly series, available now
Conferences and Meetings
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NPHIC and CDC virtually co-host 2020 Health Communication, Marketing and Media Forum, October 6–8
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Register now for online NFID Clinical Vaccinology Course, November 15–17
On the Lighter Side
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In this 30-second 2002 PSA from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, babies promote importance of childhood immunizations
IAC Express Special Edition - Ask the Experts: Issue 1,518
September 29, 2020
Ask the Experts: IAC Answers Questions about Influenza Vaccination for the 2020–21 Season

As an additional service to IAC Express readers, we periodically publish special editions such as this one, providing you with new and updated Ask the Experts questions and answers from IAC experts. This issue includes 23 Q&As about influenza vaccination based on recently updated ACIP recommendations.

To find the full set of IAC's Ask the Experts influenza vaccination Q&As, visit www.immunize.org/askexperts/experts_inf.asp.

Looking for all of IAC's Ask the Experts Q&As on all other vaccines and their administration? More than a thousand Q&As are accessible from our Ask the Experts gateway page at www.immunize.org/askexperts.

IAC's team of experts includes Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH (team lead); Carolyn B. Bridges, MD, FACP; William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH; and Deborah L. Wexler, MD.

Influenza Vaccination Questions for the 2020–21 Season
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Q: What's new in the 2020–21 influenza vaccine recommendations?
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Q: Who is recommended to be vaccinated against influenza?
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Q: Which influenza vaccines will be available during the 2020–21 influenza season?
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Q: What are the changes to vaccine viruses for the 2020–21 influenza season?
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Q: What are the new influenza vaccines available for the 2020–21 influenza season?
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Q: Which formulations of influenza vaccines are licensed for various age groups?
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Q: Does ACIP prefer that healthcare professionals administer high-dose or adjuvanted influenza vaccine to people age 65 years and older, or is standard-dose influenza vaccine acceptable?
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Q: When does CDC recommend starting influenza vaccination?
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Q: Should our practice consider revaccinating our high risk and older patients a second time during the year due to concerns with waning immunity?
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Q: Should Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent, Fluad (trivalent), or Fluad Quadrivalent be administered to patients younger than age 65 years?
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Q: Does ACIP recommend one influenza product over another for pregnant women?
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Q: Which influenza vaccines can we give to children?
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Q: Please provide details about the use of inactivated influenza vaccine in children younger than 3 years.
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Q: Which children younger than age 9 years will need 2 doses of influenza vaccine in this influenza season?
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Q: Can a clinic vaccinate children younger than age 3 years with influenza vaccine taken from a multi-dose vial of influenza vaccine? The multi-dose vials contain thimerosal as a preservative.
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Q: For whom is FluMist Quadrivalent approved?
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Q: Is administering FluMist an aerosol-generating procedure requiring airborne precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic?
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Q: What types of personal protective equipment do healthcare personnel need for administering vaccines?
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Q: What are contraindications and precautions for inactivated influenza vaccines?
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Q: What are contraindications and precautions for the recombinant influenza vaccine (Flublok)?
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Q: What are the contraindications and precautions for FluMist?
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Q: What is the latest ACIP guidance on influenza vaccination and egg allergy?
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Q: We are considering co-locating our COVID-19 drive-through testing site and influenza vaccination sites. Can we vaccinate someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection?
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Q: Is it acceptable to draw up vaccine into syringes at the beginning of the day? If it isn't, how much in advance can this be done?
IAC Express Issue 1,517
September 23, 2020
Top Stories
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HHS and DOD release CDC's COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook and Operation Warp Speed's "Strategy for Distributing a COVID-19 Vaccine"
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IAC is seeking guidance documents on mass vaccination strategies. Do you have any to share?
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IAC Spotlight! IAC's "History through Film" web page features PBS documentary about 30 years of IAC titled Protecting Health: Saving Lives. Please share.
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IAC enrolls three new birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; seven previously honored institutions qualify for additional years' honors
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Reminder: IAC's gateway page "Vaccination and COVID-19" offers a collection of tools from many organizations to sustain routine vaccination services during the pandemic
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
Featured Resources
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In IAC's "Video of the Week": On August 25, 2020, WHO African Region was officially declared free of wild poliovirus
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Use our website www.Give2MenACWY.org to enhance your efforts at increasing rates of MenACWY booster and other adolescent vaccinations
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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)
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It's time to vaccinate against flu. IAC's bright red "FLU VACCINE" buttons and stickers can help. Order today!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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CDC publishes "Decreased Influenza Activity during the COVID-19 Pandemic—United States, Australia, Chile, and South Africa, 2020" in MMWR
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"Postmarketing Safety of Vaccines Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration" published in Annals of Internal Medicine
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"Trends in Human Papillomavirus Vaccination in Commercially Insured Children in the United States" published in Pediatrics
Education and Training
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CANVax and Immunize Canada offer webinar "Influenza in the Time of COVID: Hoping for the Best, Planning for the Worst" on September 24
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Immunize Nevada offers webinar "Challenges of Influenza Vaccination during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Racial and Ethnic Disparities" on September 24
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Immunize Nevada offers webinar "The Critical Importance of Flu Prevention: Insights from a Mother Whose Daughter Almost Didn't Survive" on September 25
On the Lighter Side
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Dr. John Clarke's creative rap video during the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic puts a fresh spin on flu prevention education from HHS
IAC Express Issue 1,516
September 16, 2020
Top Stories
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‘Viva Mιxico! An introduction to immunization information and advocacy in Mιxico
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Reminder: IAC launches Mass-Vaccination-Resources.org, its new website offering high quality resources to help jumpstart your mass vaccination efforts
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Reminder: IAC's gateway page "Vaccination and COVID-19" offers a collection of tools from many organizations to sustain routine vaccination services during the pandemic
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Paul Offit video interview about COVID-19 vaccination published by Medscape
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IAC's Repository of Resources for Maintaining Immunization during COVID-19 Pandemic has grown to nearly 200 resources to help patients catch up on missed vaccines
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IAC Spotlight! Check out the many adolescent vaccination resources on www.immunize.org
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Order IAC's child, adult, and lifetime immunization record cards—wallet-sized, designed to last!
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More colleges and universities require flu vaccine to protect staff and students—the list grows!
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Healthy People 2030 goals released by HHS, a set of 10-year national objectives
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Meningitis B Action Project released the results of their healthcare personnel survey on MenB patient discussions
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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 creates 1-page "Protective Measures for Vaccinating during the Pandemic"
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IAC updates its contraindication screening checklists for both inactivated and live influenza vaccines
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IAC updates two of its popular standing order templates for administering influenza vaccines, for children/teens and for adults
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IAC updates "Influenza Vaccination of People with a History of Egg Allergy"
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IAC updates its parent handout "Vaccines Work! CDC Statistics Demonstrate Dramatic Declines in Vaccine-Preventable Diseases When Compared with the Pre-vaccine Era"
Featured Resources
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Share Protecting Health: Saving Lives, PBS documentary about IAC, with colleagues and friends on social media to help widen the understanding of the importance of vaccines
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In IAC's "Video of the Week," Dr. John Lynch explains why flu vaccine is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic
Education and Training
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CDC's recorded webinar on hepatitis B, as well as 11 other segments in "The Pink Book" weekly series, available now
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Immunize Colorado hosts provider webinar "Maternal Immunizations and Perinatal Hepatitis B Prevention" on September 22
On the Lighter Side
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Timeless 2003 PSA from HHS and the Ad Council reminds you to ask your doctor at every visit if your child is being vaccinated on schedule
IAC Express Issue 1,515
September 9, 2020
Top Stories
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IAC launches Mass-Vaccination-Resources.org, its new website offering high quality tools and resources to help jumpstart your mass vaccination efforts
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Reminder: IAC's gateway page "Vaccination and COVID-19" offers a collection of tools to sustain routine vaccination services during the pandemic
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Today, September 9! NFID presents webinar on shared clinical decision-making for HPV immunization of adults
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IAC Spotlight: IAC's Handouts gateway page provides free access to hundreds of vaccination-related handouts and fact sheets for healthcare professionals and the public
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Three 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
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates two of its popular vaccine administration handouts on dose, route, site, and needle size
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IAC updates "Healthcare Personnel Vaccination Recommendations" with information on MenB and Tdap/Td vaccines
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IAC updates its parent handout "What If You Don't Vaccinate Your Child?
Featured Resources
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PBS documentary about IAC, Protecting Health: Saving Lives, makes a powerful case for vaccination. Please share with your colleagues and friends on social media!
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In IAC's "Video of the Week," the U.S. Surgeon General reminds parents to get their children vaccinated to prevent serious diseases
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It's time to vaccinate against flu. IAC's bright red "FLU VACCINE" buttons and stickers can help. Order today!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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CDC publishes August issue of Immunization Works newsletter; subscribe for monthly immunization information
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CDC publishes graph showing "Prevalence of Past or Present Infection with Hepatitis B Virus among Adults Aged >18 Years, by Race and Hispanic Origin—National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999–2018"
Education and Training
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CDC's recorded webinar on varicella and zoster vaccines, as well as ten other segments in the "Pink Book" weekly series, available now
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California Immunization Coalition hosts webinar titled "Families Fighting Flu: More Important than Ever" on September 22
On the Lighter Side
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In this 1972 PSA from the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, the ghost of "Teen Angel" promotes polio vaccine
IAC Express Issue 1,514
September 2, 2020
Top Stories
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IAC summarizes ACIP's 2nd special session on COVID-19 vaccine candidates and vaccination strategies
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Reminder: ACIP recommendations for influenza vaccination for 2020–21 season published on August 21
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IAC's new gateway page, "Vaccination and COVID-19," offers a concise collection of tools to support providing vaccination services during the time of COVID-19
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Africa has "kicked out" wild polio, WHO announces
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Use IAC's expanded Repository of Resources for Maintaining Immunization during the COVID-19 Pandemic to catch up patients who fell behind
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IAC Spotlight! These new or updated IAC patient and staff educational materials were announced during July and August
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates parent handout titled "Top Ten Reasons to Protect Your Child by Vaccinating"
World News
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WHO reports on influenza surveillance data during the COVID-19 pandemic in Weekly Epidemiological Record
Featured Resources
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PBS documentary about IAC, Protecting Health: Saving Lives, makes a powerful case for vaccination. Please share with your colleagues and friends on social media!
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It's time to start vaccinating against flu. IAC is shipping tens of thousands of our bright red "FLU VACCINE" buttons and stickers. Order yours now!
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Read Shot of Prevention blog post titled "Do Kids Need Vaccines If They're Doing Virtual Learning or Home School This Fall?"
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AIM offers reminder/recall postcard and social media templates for providers and health departments
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In IAC's "Video of the Week," "The Vaccine Mom" explains the difference between natural and vaccine immunity and why vaccine immunity is better
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ACOG's updated "Immunization for Women" gateway page features downloadable infographics for maternal Tdap and influenza immunization
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The Vaccine Education Center's classroom-based Vaccine Makers Project releases new trivia questions in celebration of Dr. Hilleman's 101st birthday
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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"Acute Cardiovascular Events Associated with Influenza in Hospitalized Adults" published in Annals of Internal Medicine
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"Maternal and Infant Outcomes following Exposure to Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine during Pregnancy" published in Vaccine
Education and Training
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In Vaccine Education Center's webinar on September 23, Dr. Paul Offit discusses COVID-19 vaccine development
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CDC's recorded webinar on polio and Hib vaccines, as well as nine other segments in "The Pink Book" weekly series, available now
Conferences and Meetings
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Today (Wednesday)! National Academy of Medicine holds public listening session on equitable allocation of COVID-19 vaccine; submit written comment through September 4
On the Lighter Side
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In this 1999 PSA from the Texas Department of Health, precocious babies show us with their fingers and toes when to vaccinate them during infancy
August 2020 Back to top
IAC Express Issue 1,513
August 26, 2020
Top Stories
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CDC releases ACIP recommendations on use of influenza vaccines for 2020–21 influenza season
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Massachusetts mandates flu vaccine for all children and adults attending childcare, pre-school, K-12, colleges, and universities. Seven more colleges and universities require flu vaccine for students and staff.
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HHS amends emergency rules, authorizing pharmacists to vaccinate children under specific conditions
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NIS-Teen: "National, Regional, State, and Selected Local Area Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13–17 Years—United States, 2019" published in MMWR
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"Choosing Proper Needle Length for Vaccination of Children and Adults: What Should You Consider?" column by Dr. Deborah Wexler—available on immunize.org
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IAC Spotlight! Newly updated "Guide to immunize.org" is at the bottom of each IAC web page to help you find useful content quickly. Scroll on down.
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Advisory Commission for Childhood Vaccines (ACCV) seeks nominations to fill vacant positions
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IAC enrolls four new birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; seven 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 updates "Influenza Vaccine Products for the 2020–2021 Influenza Season" handout for healthcare staff
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IAC posts seven updated translations for "When Do Children and Teens Need Vaccinations?"
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"Screening Checklists for Contraindications to Vaccines" for children/teens and for adults now updated in seven languages
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"Screening Checklist for Contraindications to HPV, MenACWY, MenB, and Tdap Vaccines for Teens" now updated in Spanish
Featured Resources
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It's time to start vaccinating against flu. IAC is shipping tens of thousands of our bright red "FLU VACCINE" buttons and stickers! Order yours now!
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In our "Video of the Week," a neonatologist explains how he recommends vaccines to parents of premature babies
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New vaccine-related resources from AAP, WHO, ACOG, CPHCE, and NY State Department of Health to enhance your practice
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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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JAMA and JN Learning discuss measles vaccine refusal and consequent measles outbreaks in the U.S.
Education and Training
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AIRA 2020 National Meeting Presentations offers eight-part webinar series; second half of the series begins on September 1
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CDC's recorded webinar on meningococcal vaccines, as well as eight other segments in the "Pink Book" weekly series, available now
On the Lighter Side
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2004 PSA from CDC and the Ad Council shows you don't need to go to extremes to prevent the flu
IAC Express Special Edition - Shop IAC: Issue 1,512
August 25, 2020
FLU VACCINE BUTTONS AND STICKERS, VACCINES SAVE LIVES PINS, AND MORE FROM IAC!
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Tens of thousands shipped. Low prices. Order your bright red "FLU VACCINE" buttons and stickers today!
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IAC's popular "Vaccines Save Lives" enamel pins make great gifts!
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IAC's wallet-sized immunization record cards available for all ages!
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Please "Like" or "Follow" IAC on social media
IAC Express Issue 1,511
August 19, 2020
Top Stories
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Have you watched the PBS documentary about IAC, Protecting Health: Saving Lives?
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For National Immunization Awareness Month, HHS releases "Catch-Up to Get Ahead Toolkit" with resources to promote vaccination during the COVID-19 pandemic
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University of California system mandates flu vaccine for all students and faculty at 10 campuses—other colleges doing the same
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IAC Spotlight: Does your healthcare setting require influenza vaccination? If yes, ask to join the 1,000+ already included on IAC's Honor Roll
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Use IAC's expanded Repository of Resources for Maintaining Immunization during the COVID-19 Pandemic to invigorate your activities
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
IAC Handouts
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IAC posts seven updated translations for "Vaccinations for Adults" and "Vaccinations for Pregnant Women"
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IAC posts seven updated translations for "Vaccinations for Infants and Children, Age 0–10 Years" and "Vaccinations for Preteens and Teens, Age 11–19 Years"
Featured Resources
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In our "Video of the Week," a mother becomes a strong vaccine advocate after her infant son's terrible case of chickenpox
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Get ready for flu vaccination! IAC is shipping tens of thousands of our bright red "FLU VACCINE" buttons and stickers! Order yours now!
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CDC updates one of the pertussis appendices in its Manual for the Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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CDC "Quick Stats:" the percentage of adults 65 years or older who had ever received pneumococcal vaccine
Education and Training
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CDC's recorded webinar on meningococcal vaccines, as well as seven other segments in the "Pink Book" weekly series, available now
Conferences and Meetings
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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine forms Committee on Equitable Allocation of Vaccine for the Novel Coronavirus; sign up to receive updates and watch events online
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Watch the virtual ACIP meeting on August 26; no registration is required
On the Lighter Side
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Flash back to 1998 in Maricopa County, AZ's PSA, featuring basketball player Jason Kidd promoting childhood vaccination
IAC Express Issue 1,510
August 12, 2020
Top Stories
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Watch Protecting Health: Saving Lives on immunize.org; this 30-minute PBS documentary portrays the rich history and contributions of IAC
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Ask the Experts: Hepatitis A web page has been updated to include the newest ACIP guidance
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August is National Immunization Awareness Month; promote vaccination with resources from CDC's website
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IAC Spotlight! Our IAC Image Library gateway page leads you to a gallery of photos to educate staff and patients about the importance of vaccination
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IAC's MenB Vaccination Honor Roll has added two new colleges that protect their students
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Voices for Vaccines releases podcast "The Big Conspiracy" discussing anti-vaccine conspiratorial thinking and how we can nudge people toward rational thought
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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 "Skills Checklist for Vaccine Administration" self-assessment tool for healthcare staff
Featured Resources
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Families Fighting Flu offers social media, print, and digital resources to raise awareness and educate others about the flu
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Vaccinate Your Family and Young Minds Inspired offer a vaccine lesson plan for educators at daycares and preschools to use with parents, grandparents, and other caregivers
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In our "Video of the Week," a mother reflects on her son's life cut short by complications from measles disease
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Check out the website www.Give2MenACWY.org to enhance your efforts at increasing rates of MenACWY booster and other adolescent vaccinations
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Prepare for flu season by ordering IAC's "FLU VACCINE" buttons and stickers!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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"Why Should I Have My Child Vaccinated?" is a one-page handout for parents, published in JAMA Pediatrics
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"COVID-19 and Missed Routine Immunizations: Designing for Effective Catch-Up in Canada" published in Canadian Journal of Public Health
Education and Training
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"Influenza's Impact on Our Youth—Overcoming Barriers to Reduce the Burden of Disease: Solutions for Awardees and Providers" webcast will be held Aug 18 and 26
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Indiana Immunization Coalition offers August 19 webinar on preparing for flu during the pandemic
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Oregon HPV Virtual Summit offers presentations with the goal of reducing HPV-associated cancers on August 19–20
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Hep B Coalition of Washington offers "Hepatitis B Health Disparities in Refugee and Immigrant Communities"; free CE available
On the Lighter Side
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Wearing a hazmat suit may not be the easiest way to prevent disease, suggests this 2009 parody video
IAC Express Special Edition - Ask the Experts: Issue 1,509
August 10, 2020
Ask the Experts: IAC Answers Questions about Hepatitis A Vaccination and a Few Other Topics

As an additional service to IAC Express readers, we periodically publish special editions such as this one, providing you with new and updated Ask the Experts questions and answers from IAC experts. This issue includes Q&As about hepatitis A vaccination based on recently updated ACIP recommendations, as well as a few additional questions on other topics.

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 gateway page at www.immunize.org/askexperts.

IAC's team of experts includes Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH (team lead); Carolyn Bridges, MD, FACP; William Atkinson, MD, MPH; and Deborah Wexler, MD.
Hepatitis A vaccination questions
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Q: How common is HAV infection in the United States?
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Q: Do people die from hepatitis A?
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Q: Who is most at risk for acquiring HAV infection?
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Q: Who is recommended to receive HepA vaccine?
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Q: I thought people with clotting factor disorders were at risk for hepatitis A due to their regular use of blood products. Why did ACIP decide to stop recommending routine vaccination of people with clotting factor disorders?