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IAC Express 1015: September 11, 2012

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Spotlight on immunize.org: IAC’S influenza handouts web section
Looking for online influenza vaccination information and resources? Look no further. IAC's Influenza Handouts web section features more than a dozen pieces to help you carry out your vaccination activities during the 2012–13 influenza season, including standing orders and patient screening questionnaires.

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  • IAC’s Influenza web section offers one-stop access to essential information, including recommendations and patient and staff handouts.
  • IAC's Handouts for Patients and Staff web section offers healthcare professionals and the public more than 250 FREE English-language handouts (many also available in translation), which we encourage website users to print out, copy, and distribute widely.
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CDC publishes report on 2011 national, state, and local vaccination coverage among children age 19–35 months
CDC published National, State, and Local Vaccination Coverage Among Children Aged 19–35 Months—United States, 2011 in the September 7 issue of MMWR (pages 689-696). A summary made available to the press is reprinted below.

Immunization of U.S. children aged 19–35 months remains high, with coverage for many routine vaccines remaining at or over 90%, according to the 2011 National Immunization Survey (NIS). Vaccination coverage for many vaccine-preventable diseases increased from the previous year, including coverage against rotavirus, hepatitis A, and Haemophilus influenzae type b. Vaccination coverage against measles, mumps, and rubella, poliovirus, varicella and the full series of hepatitis B remained stable above 90 percent. Coverage differences by race/
ethnicity are not seen for most vaccines. However, white and black children living below the poverty level have lower rates than those living above the poverty level and lower rates than Hispanic children. The survey found less than 1% of toddlers had received no vaccines at all. Although nationally vaccination coverage is at or near targeted levels for most vaccines, vaccination coverage varies by state. CDC urges parents, community leaders, and public health officials not to become complacent about the importance of vaccination because even with high national immunization coverage levels every community and state also needs high immunization coverage among children to keep them protected and to prevent outbreaks of serious and highly contagious vaccine preventable diseases, like measles. This reports shows that 15 states have immunization coverage rates lower than the
Healthy People 2020 goal of 90% for measles vaccination.  Low vaccination coverage is a concern especially for extremely transmissible diseases like measles.  CDC urges parents to give their children the best protection from vaccine-preventable diseases like measles by ensuring that children are vaccinated according to the recommended immunization schedule.

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Reminder: August 2012 issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults available online
The August 2012 issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are available online. Vaccinate Adults is an abbreviated version of Needle Tips with the pediatric content removed.

Click on the images below to download the entire August 2012 issues (PDF) of Needle Tips and/or Vaccinate Adults.

Download August 2012 issue of Needle TipsDownload August 2012 issue of Vaccinate Adults

Needle Tips: View the table of contents, magazine viewer, and back issues

Vaccinate Adults: View the table of contents, magazine viewer, and back issues

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IAC corrects "Influenza Vaccine Products for the 2012–2013 Influenza Season"
IAC corrected the table of Influenza Vaccine Products for the 2012–2013 Influenza Season to indicate that Agriflu is a Novartis product. We apologize for any confusion.

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IAC's influenza screening questionnaires for contraindications now available in Spanish
IAC recently updated the information on egg allergy on page 2 of its screening questionnaires for influenza vaccination. The Spanish versions of Screening Questionnaire for Inactivated Injectable Influenza Vaccination (TIV) and Screening Questionnaire for Live Attenuated Intranasal Influenza Vaccination (LAIV) have now been revised to match the English questionnaires.

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IAC updates 3 viral hepatitis handouts for the public, including "Hepatitis A, B, and C: Learn the differences"
IAC recently revised Hepatitis A, B, and C: Learn the Differences and Should You Be Tested for Hepatitis C? to include birth during 1945–1965 as a risk factor for hepatitis C virus infection.

IAC removed the image from Should You Be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis A? and made minor changes to its content. A companion piece, Should You Be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis B? was revised earlier this year.

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JOURNAL ARTICLES AND NEWSLETTERS

August 2012 issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
CDC recently released the August 2012 issue of its monthly newsletter Immunization Works and posted it on the website of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). The newsletter is made available to national healthcare provider and consumer groups for distribution to their members and constituencies. The immunization information included is non-proprietary and is encouraged to be widely disseminated and shared.

The August issue contains information about what has been going on in immunization in the past month. Much of it has already been covered in previous issues of IAC Express.

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Register soon for CDC's September 20 NetConference
The next Current Issues in Immunization NetConference will be held on September 20 from noon to 1 p.m., ET. Raymond Strikas, MD, MPH, FACP, will present information about vaccination of healthcare personnel, and Tamara Pilishvili, MPH, will talk about pneumococcal vaccination. Andrew Kroger, MD, MPH, will moderate the discussion.

Registration, which is required, will close on September 20 or when the course is full.

You can access past NetConferences online. This includes the very topical July conference on influenza recommendations and the May session on pertussis. You can also watch the 2.5-hour Immunization Update 2012 online; it was originally broadcast on August 16.

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