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December 2020 Back to top
IAC Express Special Edition - Donate to IAC: Issue 1,542
December 28, 2020
Please Support the Immunization Action Coalition!
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Please donate to IAC—our year-end appeal
IAC Express Issue 1,541
December 23, 2020
Top Stories
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Happy holidays from all of us at IAC! We'll be back on January 6, 2021
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FDA issues EUA for Moderna mRNA vaccine after advisory committee vote; fact sheets published
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ACIP recommends second COVID-19 vaccine for use in U.S.; IAC summarizes December 19 meeting and highlights clinical considerations for use of mRNA vaccines
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ACIP provides interim recommendation for people who will be in Phases 1b and 1c of COVID-19 vaccination priority groups in the United States
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CDC updates web pages featuring practical materials for administration, storage, and handling of each authorized COVID-19 vaccine
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MMWR Recap: CDC publishes recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines and phased allocation: Moderna's vaccine in December 20 Early Release and Pfizer-BioTech's vaccine on December 18
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CDC adds many more ready-to-use materials to its COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit for Medical Centers, Clinics, and Clinicians
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Becker's Hospital Review publishes "Influenza Vaccination Remains a Priority Even as We Begin Rolling Out a COVID-19 Vaccination Program" by IAC authors—find it on IAC's mass-vaccination-resources.org website
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Voices for Vaccines releases new podcast, "Dr. Offit Talks COVID-19 Vaccines," with answers to common COVID-19 questions
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HRSA announces competition, with up to 70 cash prizes totaling $1 million, to address declining vaccination coverage and well-child visits
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IAC experts called on by news media
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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," the Alliance for Aging Research acknowledges pandemic stress and the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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CHOP's Vaccine Education Center publishes December issue of Vaccine Update newsletter
On the Lighter Side
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Watch this vintage PSA about IAC Express from 2006, created by CDC and aired many times on CDC's "Immunization Update" satellite broadcasts
IAC Express Special Edition - Donate to IAC: Issue 1,540
December 21, 2020
Please Support the Immunization Action Coalition!
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Please donate to IAC—our year-end appeal
IAC Express Issue 1,539
December 16, 2020
Top Stories
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FDA issues EUA for Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine after its advisory committee vote; fact sheets published
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ACIP recommends first COVID-19 vaccine for use in U.S.; IAC summarizes guidance from December 11–12 meeting
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CDC launches V-Safe website with information to encourage vaccinee enrollment in new post-vaccination health-monitoring program
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CDC adds many more ready-to-use materials to its COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit for Medical Centers, Clinics, and Clinicians
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CDC publishes "ACIP's Interim Recommendation for Allocating Initial Supplies of COVID-19 Vaccine—U.S., 2020" in December 11 MMWR, previously issued as an MMWR Early Release on December 5
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FDA and CDC's advisory committees prepare to review Moderna's mRNA vaccine for Emergency Use Authorization
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CDC invites you to attend its weekly partner calls with updates on the COVID-19 response; Dr. Messonnier to be featured on December 21 call
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Reminder: NCIRD leaders Drs. Messonnier and Cohn presented a webinar on COVID-19 vaccination implementation and 3,000 attended; now you can watch the archived presentations
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First influenza-related pediatric death for 2020–21 season reported; make sure all your patients are getting vaccinated
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IAC Spotlight! On IAC's "View All Materials" web page, you can find links to more than 300 IAC patient handouts, staff education materials, and slide sets
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One additional university requires flu vaccine to protect staff and students—the list continues to grow!
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IAC enrolls one new birthing institution into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; two previously honored institutions qualify for additional years' honors
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IAC experts called on by news media
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
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Round Up: CDC, FDA, and other organizations offer COVID-19 vaccination resources for healthcare personnel and the public
Featured Resources
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In IAC's "Video of the Week," JAMA Network describes the types of vaccines being developed for COVID-19 and how they might induce immunity to SARS-CoV-2 infection
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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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Reminder: Newly updated 65+ Flu Defense website features tools and resources for healthcare professionals serving older adults
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Great gift idea! IAC's elegantly designed "Vaccines Save Lives" black enamel pins make wonderful holiday gifts or workplace recognitions!
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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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"Number of Childhood and Adolescent Vaccinations Administered before and after the COVID-19 Outbreak in Colorado" published in JAMA Pediatrics
On the Lighter Side
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In this sweet 2004 PSA from the New Mexico Department of Health, the former first lady of New Mexico promotes timely childhood vaccination
IAC Express Special Edition - Donate to IAC: Issue 1,538
December 15, 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!
IAC Express Special Edition - MMWR Early Release: Issue 1,537
December 14, 2020
FDA issues EUA for Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine; ACIP votes to recommend the vaccine for persons 16 years of age and older
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FDA issues EUA for Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine after its advisory committee vote; fact sheets published
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ACIP recommends first COVID-19 vaccine for use in U.S.; IAC summarizes guidance from December 11–12 meeting
IAC Express Issue 1,536
December 9, 2020
Top Stories
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FDA's advisory committee will discuss and vote on Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer/BioNTech's mRNA vaccine on December 10 and Moderna's mRNA vaccine on December 17
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Watch the virtual ACIP meetings on December 11 and 13; no registration is required
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"The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' Interim Recommendation for Allocating Initial Supplies of COVID-19 Vaccine—United States, 2020" published in MMWR
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NCIRD leaders Drs. Messonnier and Cohn presented a webinar on COVID-19 vaccination implementation and 3,000 attended; now you can watch it too
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It's National Influenza Vaccination Week. Keep promoting flu vaccination with resources from CDC's and IAC's websites.
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IAC experts called on by news media
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Round Up: CDC, FDA, and other organizations offer COVID-19 vaccination resources for healthcare personnel and the public
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IAC Spotlight! IAC's "Laws and Mandates by Vaccine" gateway page compiles information about state mandates for vaccinations in daycare, K-12, and post-secondary education settings
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
IAC Handouts
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IAC updates "Standing Orders for Administering Zoster Vaccine to Adults" template
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IAC updates "Shingles (Zoster): Questions and Answers" and "Zoster Vaccine: IAC Answers Your Questions" handouts for patients
Featured Resources
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In IAC's "Video of the Week," staff at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center show off their dance skills to a parody of "Shake It Off," reminding us to shake off the flu by getting vaccinated
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Reminder! Webinar on mass vaccination strategies archived on IAC's newest website, Mass-Vaccination-Resources.org, which also features abundant resources for clinics
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Great gift idea! IAC's elegantly designed "Vaccines Save Lives" black enamel pins make wonderful holiday gifts or workplace recognitions!
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Newly updated 65+ Flu Defense website features tools and resources for healthcare professionals serving older adults
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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"Cooling to Reduce the Pain Associated with Vaccination: A Systemic Review" published in Vaccine
Conferences and Meetings
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National Academy of Medicine offers webinar on "COVID-19 Vaccines: The Realities of the Next Steps" on afternoon/evening of December 9
On the Lighter Side
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In this vintage PSA from U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, R&B singer Bill Withers explains childhood diseases aren't from the past
IAC Express Special Edition - Donate to IAC: Issue 1,535
December 8, 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!
IAC Express Special Edition - MMWR Early Release: Issue 1,534
December 5, 2020
ACIP’s Interim Recommendation on Allocating COVID-19 Vaccine
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CDC publishes "ACIP Interim Recommendation for Allocating Initial Supplies of COVID-19 Vaccine U.S., 2020"
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NCIRD leaders Drs. Messonnier and Cohn's webinar presentation on COVID-19 vaccination implementation is now available online
IAC Express Issue 1,533
December 2, 2020
Top Stories
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ACIP recommends healthcare personnel and LTCF residents for phase 1a of COVID-19 vaccination program; IAC summarizes two ACIP meetings held on November 23 and December 1
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"The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' Ethical Principles for Allocating Initial Supplies of COVID-19 Vaccine—United States, 2020" in MMWR
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CDC releases COVID-19 vaccine training titled "General Overview of Immunization Best Practices for Healthcare Professionals"
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CDC Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit has been expanded with a COVID-19 addendum
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Reminder! 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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NVAC to discuss COVID-19 vaccines for pregnant women and overall safety surveillance on December 4
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National Influenza Vaccination Week is December 6–12; promote flu vaccination with resources from CDC's and IAC's gateway pages
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Newly updated 65+ Flu Defense website features tools and resources for healthcare professionals serving older adults
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"Prevent Shoulder Injuries Caused by Missing the Deltoid Muscle When Injecting Vaccines," Dr. Wexler's Technically Speaking monthly column, available on immunize.org
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All institutions of higher learning in Los Angeles County plus four other colleges now require flu vaccine for staff and students. Do you know of more?
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Three healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
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IAC Spotlight! These updated IAC staff and patient educational materials were released during October and November
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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news
IAC Handouts
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Many updated translations available for IAC's screening checklists for contraindications to vaccines for children/teens and for adults
Vaccine Information Statements
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IAC posts new and updated translations of VISs in Albanian, Karen, and Hebrew
Featured Resources
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In IAC's "Video of the Week," lead physicians from HHS assure us that any FDA-licensed vaccine will be safe and effective
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Reminder: CDC releases provider resources to aid in patient conversations about COVID-19 vaccines
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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.
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Great gift idea! IAC's elegantly designed "Vaccines Save Lives" black enamel pins make wonderful holiday gifts or workplace recognitions!
Journal Articles and Newsletters
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CDC publishes November issue of Immunization Works newsletter; subscribe for monthly immunization information
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"Action Needed Now to Prevent Further Increases in Measles and Measles Deaths in the Coming Years" published by Lancet
Education and Training
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AAP offers free, online course titled "HPV Vaccine: When, Why, and How"
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AAP and CDC offer webinar titled "Now Is the Time! Flu Vaccination for People with Special Healthcare Needs and Disabilities" on December 9
On the Lighter Side
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In this humorous 20-year-old PSA from the Nevada Health Division, a child in a boxing ring knocks out childhood diseases with his secret weapon
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