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Issue 1416: March 20, 2019


TOP STORIES


IAC HANDOUTS


VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS


WORLD NEWS


FEATURED RESOURCES


JOURNAL ARTICLES AND NEWSLETTERS


EDUCATION AND TRAINING

 


TOP STORIES


Available now! IAC’s sturdy laminated versions of the 2019 U.S. child/adolescent immunization schedule and the 2019 U.S. adult immunization schedule—order them for your exam rooms today!

IAC's laminated versions of the 2019 U.S. child/adolescent immunization schedule and the 2019 U.S. adult immunization schedule are available now. These schedules are covered with a tough coating you can wipe down; they will stand up to a year's worth of use in every area of your healthcare setting where immunizations are given. The child/adolescent schedule is eight pages (i.e., four double-sided pages) and the adult schedule is six pages (i.e., three double-sided pages). Both schedules are folded to measure 8.5" x 11". 

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You can access specific information on both schedules, view images of both, order online, or download an order form at the Shop IAC: Laminated Schedules web page.

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CDC's latest update on 2019 U.S. measles cases shows preliminary estimate of 228 cases across 12 states as of March 7

CDC has posted its latest update on 2019 measles cases in the U.S. on its Measles Cases and Outbreaks web page. The web page shows a preliminary estimate of 228 cases across 12 states as of March 7. In 2018, the number of cases for the entire year was 372.

Six jurisdictions across the U.S. have reported outbreaks (defined as 3 or more cases). Clicking on the name of the jurisdictions below will bring you to the offices for the jurisdictions themselves and to data they have provided to CDC.

Access additional information about U.S. measles cases in 2019 on CDC's Measles Cases and Outbreaks web page.

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Influenza remains widespread; CDC reports an estimate of up to 35,500 influenza-related deaths so far this season

Influenza continues to be widespread and CDC estimates that flu has caused as many as 29.3 million flu illnesses, 394,000 hospitalizations, and 35,500 deaths so far this season. CDC has reported 4 additional influenza-associated pediatric deaths this season, for a total of 68. Last season, there was a record-setting number of pediatric deaths in the U.S. (185). Be sure to protect all your patients for whom vaccination is recommended.

CDC stated in its Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, FluView, that during the week ending March 9, the geographic spread of influenza in Puerto Rico and 46 states was reported as widespread; four states reported regional activity; three states reported local activity; the District of Columbia reported local activity; the U.S. Virgin Islands reported sporadic activity; and Guam did not report.

Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. If you don't provide influenza vaccination in your clinic, please recommend vaccination to your patients and refer them to a clinic or pharmacy that provides vaccines or to the HealthMap Vaccine Finder to locate sites near their workplaces or homes that offer influenza vaccination services.

Following is a list of resources related to influenza disease and vaccination for healthcare professionals and the public:

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Voices for Vaccines releases new podcast episode on vaccine updates from the February ACIP meeting and March 5 U.S. Senate HELP committee hearing on vaccine-preventable outbreaks

Voices for Vaccines (VFV) has posted a new entry in its Vax Talk podcast series: Vaccine Updates from ACIP and HELP! "HELP" refers to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. In this podcast, Karen Ernst, VFV, discusses what happened at the February ACIP meeting when anti-vaccine activists tried to inundate and disrupt the meeting. Dr. Nathan Boonstra, Blank Children's Hospital, discusses the March 5 Senate committee hearing on vaccine-preventable outbreaks, where Ethan Lindenberger spoke about choosing to become vaccinated at age 18. Karen then interviews three leading vaccine advocates: L.J Tan, MS, PhD, Immunization Action Coalition; Lori Boyle, AGPCNP, Nurses Who Vaccinate; and Amy Pisani, MS, Vaccinate Your Family.  

If you or your organization would like information about how to become a sponsor of a VFV "Vax Talk" podcast, please contact VFV's executive director Karen Ernst, at info@voicesforvaccines.org.  

Voices for Vaccines is a national organization of parents and others who are dedicated to raising the level of the voices of immunization supporters. VFV invites everyone who values vaccines to become a member. Please spread the word to your friends and colleagues to join VFV!

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IAC HANDOUTS


IAC revises handout for parents titled “Questions Parents Ask about Vaccinations for Babies” 

IAC recently revised its handout for parents titled Questions Parents Ask about Vaccinations for Babies. In response to the question "Are there better ways to protect my baby against these diseases," a change was made that now reads: "Breastfeeding has many benefits and may offer some temporary immunity for certain illnesses, but experts agree that it is not an effective means of protecting a child from the specific diseases prevented by vaccines."

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IAC's Handouts for Patients & 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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VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS


IAC posts new Hindi translations of the Hib, polio, and rotavirus VISs

IAC has posted new Hindi translations of the Hib, polio, and rotavirus VISs. IAC thanks Avinash Bansal, MD, Keshav Swarnkar, and Geeta Bansal, MD, of Kota, India, for generously donating these translations.

Access these new Hindi-language versions of the VISs below. 

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IAC updates Burmese translations of the DTaP and MenACWY VISs

IAC recently posted Burmese translations of the updated DTaP and MenACWY VISs. Access these updated translations below.

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IAC posts corrected Nepali translations of seven VISs

IAC recently posted corrected Nepali translations of 7 VISs. IAC thanks the Minnesota Department of Health for providing these Nepali VIS translations. A technical problem affecting how characters were displayed has been corrected in each of these VISs.

Access the corrected Nepali-language translations listed below:  

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WORLD NEWS


WHO releases "Global Influenza Strategy for 2019–2030"

WHO issued a news release on March 11, announcing the publication and launch of its "Global Influenza Strategy for 2019–2030." The opening paragraphs are reprinted below.

WHO today released a Global Influenza Strategy for 2019–2030 aimed at protecting people in all countries from the threat of influenza. The goal of the strategy is to prevent seasonal influenza, control the spread of influenza from animals to humans, and prepare for the next influenza pandemic.

"The threat of pandemic influenza is ever-present.” said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “The on-going risk of a new influenza virus transmitting from animals to humans and potentially causing a pandemic is real. The question is not if we will have another pandemic, but when. We must be vigilant and prepared—the cost of a major influenza outbreak will far outweigh the price of prevention."

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WHO publishes report on the International Coordinating Group on Vaccine Provision and its impact in 2018 in this week's Weekly Epidemiological Record

WHO published Strengthening Governance, Partnerships and Transparency to Secure Global Health: The International Coordinating Group on Vaccine Provision and Its Impact in 2018 in the March 15 issue of its Weekly Epidemiological Record. The first paragraph is reprinted below.

Global supplies of essential vaccines are limited by manufacturing capacity, and their production is often subject to substantial lead times. During large-scale disease outbreaks and humanitarian crises, centrally managed stockpiles of vaccines can ensure their availability, facilitate rapid mobilization in response to surges in demand and facilitate equitable allocation globally. The mechanisms for vaccine allocation should be transparent, accountable and based on evidence to ensure effective decision-making and maintain the trust of stakeholders. Active engagement with partners, including funders and manufacturers, to produce, finance, manage and support global vaccine stockpiles is essential.

Access the complete report: Strengthening Governance, Partnerships and Transparency to Secure Global Health: The International Coordinating Group on Vaccine Provision and Its Impact in 2018

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FEATURED RESOURCES


Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia "Vaccine Safety References" web section now easier to find 

Last year, the Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia added a Vaccine Safety References web section to their website. This reference library provides key references regarding vaccine safety to clinicians and others, including those asked to provide expert testimony in legal proceedings involving the benefits and risks of vaccination, and to lawyers who are defending against such claims. It should also be of value to clinicians answering the questions of patients and parents concerning vaccine safety.
 
Now you can access this valuable reference web section directly from VEC’s home page. Under the "Materials for Parents, Professionals and Educators" heading in the middle of the page, the Vaccine Safety References web section is the last item in the right column. Here are some of the topics included in the web section:
  • Aluminum and vaccines
  • Autism and the MMR vaccine
  • Autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA) in vaccines
  • HPV vaccine safety concerns
  • Thimerosal (mercury) and vaccines
  • Too many vaccines, too soon
  • Vaccine ingredients
Visit the Vaccine Education Center's Vaccine Safety References web section to find the valuable information you may need.

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IAC's 142-page book, Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide, describes how to implement adult vaccination services in your healthcare setting and provides a review for staff who already vaccinate adults; IAC Guide available for free download

In late 2017, the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) announced the publication of its new book, Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide (Guide).



This completely updated guide on adult immunization (originally published in 2004) provides easy-to-use, practical information covering important “how-to” activities to help providers enhance their existing adult immunization services or introduce them into any clinical setting, including:

  • setting up for vaccination services,
  • storing and handling vaccines,
  • deciding which people should receive which vaccines,
  • administering vaccines,
  • documenting vaccinations (including legal issues), and
  • understanding financial considerations and billing information.

In addition, the Guide is filled with hundreds of web addresses and references to help providers stay up to date on the latest immunization information, both now and in the future.

The entire Guide is available to download/print free of charge at www.immunize.org/guide. The downloaded version is suitable for double-sided printing. Options are available online to download the entire book or selected chapters. The development of the Guide was supported by the National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Expert staff from both agencies also provided early technical review of the content.

The Guide is a uniquely valuable resource to assist providers in increasing adult immunization rates. Be sure to get a copy today!

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JOURNAL ARTICLES AND NEWSLETTERS


Journal of Pediatrics publishes assessment of state-specific HPV vaccination among male adolescents in relation to provider recommendation

The Journal of Pediatrics published Association of Provider Recommendation and Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Initiation among Male Adolescents Aged 13–17 Years—United States, by P. Lu, et al., in its March issue. This study indicates that a provider recommendation for HPV vaccine is an important factor in increased vaccination coverage in male adolescents. Selected sections of the abstract are reprinted below.

Objective
To assess human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination coverage among adolescents by provider recommendation status.


Study design
The 2011–2016 National Immunization Survey-Teen data were used to assess HPV vaccination coverage among male adolescents by provider recommendation status. Multivariable logistic analyses were conducted to evaluate associations between HPV vaccination and provider recommendation status ...

Conclusions
Receiving a provider recommendation for vaccination was significantly associated with receipt of HPV vaccine among male adolescents, indicating that a provider recommendation for vaccination is an important approach to increase vaccination coverage. Evidence-based strategies, such as standing orders and provider reminders, alone or in combination with health system interventions, are useful for increasing provider recommendations and HPV vaccination coverage among male adolescents.


View options for accessing the complete article at the bottom of the abstract's web page.

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March's Parents PACK newsletter from Vaccine Education Center includes tips for talking about vaccines when you disagree with a relative

Parents PACK (Possessing, Accessing, and Communicating Knowledge about vaccines) from the Vaccine Education Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia offers an electronic newsletter for parents. The March issue includes a feature article titled "Families and Vaccines: Figuring It Out When Opinions Differ." The issue also includes the following topics:

  • How Pinterest, YouTube, Amazon, and Facebook address vaccine-related messaging
  • New paper by Dr. Offit, colleagues, identifying people's reasons for vaccine concerns
  • Measles and influenza outbreak resources available on VEC home page

Healthcare providers should check out the issue and encourage parents to subscribe to the free Parents PACK newsletter.

To find more information about their resources and subscribe to their newsletter, visit the Parents PACK web page.

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CDC publishes “Resurgence of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in Venezuela as a Regional Public Health Threat in the Americas” in the April issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases 

CDC published Resurgence of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in Venezuela as a Regional Public Health Threat in the Americas, by A.E. Paniz-Mondolfi, et al., in an ahead-of-print publication of the April issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases. The abstract is reprinted below.

Venezuela’s tumbling economy and authoritarian rule have precipitated an unprecedented humanitarian crisis. Hyperinflation rates now exceed 45,000%, and Venezuela’s health system is in free fall. The country is experiencing a massive exodus of biomedical scientists and qualified healthcare professionals. Reemergence of arthropod-borne and vaccine-preventable diseases has sparked serious epidemics that also affect neighboring countries. In this article, we discuss the ongoing epidemics of measles and diphtheria in Venezuela and their disproportionate impact on indigenous populations. We also discuss the potential for reemergence of poliomyelitis and conclude that action to halt the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases within Venezuela is a matter of urgency for the country and the region. We further provide specific recommendations for addressing this crisis.

Read the full pre-publication article in CDC's Emerging Infectious Diseases web section.

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING


CDC offers webinar titled "HPV Vaccine: What You Need to Know" on Thursday, March 21, as part of its Prevention Works webinar series

On Thursday, March 21, CDC will offer a 1-hour webinar titled HPV Vaccine: What You Need to Know at 2:00 p.m. (ET) as part of its Prevention Works webinar series. The presenter will be Melissa Kottke, MD, MPH, MBA, associate professor at Emory University. Dr. Kottke will analyze the effectiveness of HPV vaccination among marginalized populations and the potential of the vaccine to eliminate HPV-associated cancers.

Register for the webinar.

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APHA Men's Health Caucus to host webinar titled "Perceptions of HPV Prevention in Men and Boys" on March 28

The Men's Health Caucus of the American Public Health Association (APHA) will host a 1-hour webinar titled Perceptions of HPV Prevention in Men and Boys on March 28 at 10:00 a.m. (ET). This webinar will discuss perceptions and knowledge related to preventing HPV in boys and men. The presenters will be Jean Bonhomme, MD, MPH, founder of the National Black Men's Health Network; Hannah Balcezak, student researcher, Texas A&M University; and Shane Fernando, PhD, MS, FRSPH, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Northern Texas Science Center Department of Pediatrics.

Access information about the webinar. 

Register for the webinar.

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