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Issue 1418: March 27, 2019


TOP STORIES


OFFICIAL RELEASES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS


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! Bulk purchase prices available.

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 issues a Health Alert Network (HAN) advisory due to widespread outbreaks of hepatitis A among people who use drugs and people experiencing homelessness

On March 25, the CDC Health Alert Network released Update: Widespread Outbreaks of Hepatitis A among People Who Use Drugs and People Experiencing Homelessness across the United States. The "Summary" section and the beginning of the "Recommendations" section are reprinted below.

Summary

Multiple states across the country have reported outbreaks of hepatitis A, primarily among people who use drugs and people experiencing homelessness. Since the hepatitis A outbreaks were first identified in 2016, more than 15,000 cases, 8,500 (57%) hospitalizations, and 140 deaths as a result of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection have been reported. This Health Alert Network (HAN) update recommends that public health departments, healthcare facilities, and partners and programs providing services to affected populations vaccinate at-risk groups against hepatitis A, applying the updated recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

This is an update to the Health Alert Network (HAN) advisory released on June 11, 2018 titled
Outbreak of Hepatitis A Virus (HAV) Infections among Persons Who Use Drugs and Persons Experiencing Homelessness (https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00412.asp).

Recommendations

Offer Vaccination to the Following Groups to Prevent or Control an Outbreak

The best way to prevent HAV infection is through vaccination with the hepatitis A vaccine. The following groups are at highest risk for acquiring HAV infection or developing serious complications from HAV infection in these outbreaks and should be offered the hepatitis A vaccine:

  • People who use drugs (injection or non-injection)
  • People experiencing homelessness
  • Men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • People who are, or were recently, incarcerated
  • People with chronic liver disease, including cirrhosis, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C

One dose of single-antigen hepatitis A vaccine has been shown to control outbreaks of hepatitis A and provides up to 95% seroprotection in healthy individuals for up to 11 years.

Pre-vaccination serologic testing is not required to administer hepatitis A vaccine. Vaccinations should not be postponed if vaccination history cannot be obtained or records are unavailable.

New ACIP Recommendations since the June 2018 HAN00412 

  1. As of November 2, 2018, ACIP recommends hepatitis A vaccine for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for people 12 months of age and older. Providers may also administer immunoglobulin to adults older than 40 years of age, if indicated, and persons who are immunocompromised or have chronic liver disease.
  2. As of February 15, 2019, ACIP recommends hepatitis A vaccination for people experiencing homelessness.

Access the complete HAN for more background information and detailed guidance for health departments and healthcare providers: Update: Widespread Outbreaks of Hepatitis A among People Who Use Drugs and People Experiencing Homelessness across the United States.

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Elimination of non-medical vaccine exemptions ranked the top priority at AAP's Annual Leadership Forum

On March 16, AAP News published an article titled Elimination of Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions Ranked Top Priority at Annual Leadership Forum. The article describes how American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) leaders chose "Eliminating Non-medical Exemptions to Vaccinating Children" as the first of ten priorities for the upcoming year.

Read the complete article: Elimination of Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions Ranked Top Priority at Annual Leadership Forum.

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CDC director and other officials write New York Times opinion piece titled "This Is the Truth About Vaccines"

On March 6, CDC director Robert R. Redfield, along with Brett P. Giroir, assistant secretary for Health and Human Services, and Jerome M. Adams, U.S. Surgeon General, wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times titled This Is the Truth About Vaccines. Selections from this piece are reprinted below.

Modern vaccines are highly effective and safe, with most serious side effects being exceptionally rare—and much less serious than contracting the actual disease. But misinformation about vaccines is still widely reported, so we feel it is crucial to state clearly and unambiguously: Vaccines do not cause autism and they do not contain toxic chemicals. That fact was demonstrated again this week in a new study on MMR vaccination by Danish researchers....

We cannot be complacent. The recent measles outbreaks are a reminder that diseases that we might have thought had become rare in the United States are still infecting unvaccinated people, sometimes with dire consequences: Children with measles can develop fatal complications. These diseases should be seen only in history books—not in our emergency rooms.

We are committed to countering the misinformation that fuels anti-vaccine sentiment among parents and legislators who are earnestly trying to protect their children and the public. Science that sits on the shelf has no value. We must take advantage of the lifesaving tools we have to protect our nation’s most vulnerable....


Read the complete opinion piece: This Is the Truth About Vaccines.

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New York Times Opinion releases a short video titled "Fool House Rock: How Measles Is Making a Comeback"

The New York Times Opinion section has released a 4.32-minute animated video on YouTube titled Fool House Rock: How Measles Is Making a Comeback. The description:

Measles is trapped inside a test tube at the C.D.C.! Under the guidance of her wise buddy Polio, she sets out on an adventure to go viral and infect Americans. And lucky for her, there are many parents who subscribe to the logical fallacies that deny science and the success of vaccinations. Can she succeed?



Watch this new video and share with parents: Fool House Rock: How Measles Is Making a Comeback.

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AMA writes Facebook, Pinterest, Amazon, Google, YouTube, and Twitter executives about their management of misleading anti-vaccine content

On March 13, the American Medical Association (AMA) released a letter sent to executives at Facebook, Pinterest, Amazon, Google, YouTube, and Twitter about their management of vaccine misinformation. The first paragraph is reprinted below.

Dear CEOs of Leading Technology Companies:

At a time when vaccine-preventable diseases, particularly measles, are reemerging in the United States and threatening communities and public health, physicians across the country are troubled by reports of anti-vaccine related messages and advertisements targeting parents searching for vaccine information on your platforms. As physicians, we are concerned that the proliferation of this type of health-related misinformation will undermine sound science, further decrease vaccinations, and persuade people to make medical decisions that could spark the spread of easily preventable diseases.

Access the complete letter, signed by James L. Madara, MD, executive vice president and CEO, AMA.

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Influenza remains widespread; CDC reports 8 additional pediatric deaths from influenza in the U.S. 

According to CDC, influenza continues to be widespread in the period ending March 16. The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness remained at 4.4%, which is above the national baseline of 2.2%. CDC estimates that flu has caused as many as 32.8 million flu illnesses, 454,000 hospitalizations, and 41,500 deaths so far this season. CDC reported 8 additional influenza-associated pediatric deaths this season, for a total of 76. 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 the geographic spread of influenza in 44 states was reported as widespread; Puerto Rico and four states reported regional activity; the District of Columbia and two states 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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AAP News reports AAP will have no flu vaccine preference in 2019–20 season 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reported that it will have no flu vaccine preference for the 2019–20 influenza season. From the March 14 issue of the AAP News:

The AAP no longer will express a preference for the flu shot over nasal spray vaccine for children during the 2019–’20 flu season.

The recommendation comes after the Academy reviewed current data on vaccine coverage and effectiveness and flu season characteristics. It also considered the reformulation of the nasal spray vaccine. The guidance is expected to be similar to the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


Read the complete article: AAP: No Flu Vaccine Preference for 2019–’20 Season.

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Ask the Experts Q&A web page titled Storage and Handling recently updated 

IAC and CDC recently reviewed and revised its Ask the Experts: Storage and Handling web page. Revisions were made to reflect changes in the 2019 edition of CDC's Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit, including updates of page references and terminology. There are no new recommendations.

IAC’s Ask the Experts web section is a compilation of common as well as challenging questions and answers (Q&As) about vaccines and their administration. William Atkinson, MD, MPH, IAC's associate director for immunization education, manages this web section, with answers provided by Andrew T. Kroger, MD, MPH; Mark S. Freedman, DVM, MPH, DACVPM; Tina S. Objio, MSN, MHA, RN; Candice L. Robinson, MD, MPH; Raymond A. Strikas, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA; and JoEllen Wolicki, BSN, RN, all from the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC.

Some of the most frequently visited sections of Ask the Experts Q&As include the following:

IAC Express publishes five special editions each year of Ask the Experts Q&As answered by CDC experts. You can access the four most recent IAC Express Ask the Experts sets of Q&As from the main web page of Ask the Experts, in the right-hand column.

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IAC Spotlight! Three healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination

There are now 824 organizations enrolled in IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll. The honor roll recognizes hospitals, long-term care facilities (LTCFs), medical practices, pharmacies, professional organizations, health departments, and government entities that have taken a stand for patient safety by implementing mandatory influenza vaccination policies for healthcare personnel.

Since February 27, when IAC Express last reported on the Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll, three additional healthcare organizations have been enrolled.

IAC urges qualifying healthcare organizations to apply by visiting the Application page.

Newly added healthcare organizations, hospitals, government agencies, and medical practices

  • Masonic Village at Burlington, Burlington, NJ (hospital and LTCF/assisted living)
  • Regional Health, Rapid City, SD
  • Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Elizabeth, NJ

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IAC enrolls 5 new birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; 13 honored institutions qualify for additional years' honors

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) is pleased to announce that 5 new institutions have been accepted into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll, for a total of 445 honorees. The birthing institutions are listed below with their reported hepatitis B birth dose coverage rates in parentheses.

  • Baptist Medical Center Nassau, Fernandina Beach, FL (93%)
  • Crouse Health, Syracuse, NY (94%)
  • Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, Fort Pierce, FL (95%)
  • Putnam Community Medical Center, Palatka, FL (97%)
  • Winter Haven Women's Hospital, Winter Haven, FL (90%)

The following 4 institutions are being recognized for a second year:

  • Baptist Medical Center Nassau, Fernandina Beach, FL (98%)
  • Guthrie Corning Hospital, Corning, NY (95%)
  • Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater, OH (95%)
  • St. Joseph's Health, Syracuse, NY (91%)

In addition, the following 6 institutions are being recognized for a third year:

  • Covenant Health Plainview, Plainview, TX (99%)
  • Guthrie Corning Hospital, Corning, NY (93%)
  • Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill, Pottsville, PA (93%)
  • Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital, Dansville, NY (95%)
  • Seminole Memorial Hospital, Seminole, TX (90%)
  • Valley Baptist Medical Center–Brownsville, Brownsville, TX (100%)

The following 2 institutions are being recognized for a fourth year:

  • Guthrie Corning Hospital, Corning, NY (91%)
  • Nicholas H. Noyes Memorial Hospital, Dansville, NY (95%)

Finally, the following 3 institutions are being recognized for a fifth year:

  • Palo Pinto General Hospital, Mineral Wells, TX (96%)
  • Riverside Regional Medical Center, Onancock, VA (94%)
  • Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital, Newport News, VA (95%)

Note: Three of these institutions qualified for multiple 12-month periods at one time.

The Honor Roll now includes 445 birthing institutions from 42 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and an overseas U.S. military base. One hundred thirteen institutions have qualified for two years, 54 institutions have qualified three times, 27 institutions have qualified four times, 14 institutions have qualified five times, three institutions have qualified six times, and one institution has qualified eight times.

The Honor Roll is a key part of IAC’s major initiative urging the nation’s hospitals to Give Birth to the End of Hep B. Hospitals and birthing centers are recognized for attaining high coverage rates for administering hepatitis B vaccine at birth and meeting specific additional criteria. The initiative urges qualifying healthcare organizations to apply for the Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll online.

To be included in the Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll, a birthing institution must have: (1) reported a coverage rate of 90 percent or greater, over a 12-month period, for administering hepatitis B vaccine before hospital discharge to all newborns, including those whose parents refuse vaccination, and (2) implemented specific written policies, procedures, and protocols to protect all newborns from hepatitis B virus infection prior to hospital discharge.

Honorees are also awarded an 8.5" x 11" color certificate suitable for framing and their acceptance is announced to IAC Express’s approximately 50,000 readers.

Please visit the Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll web page that lists these institutions and their exceptional efforts to protect infants from perinatal hepatitis B transmission.

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OFFICIAL RELEASES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS


WHO publishes final recommendations for the composition of influenza virus vaccines for the 2019–20 northern hemisphere influenza season

WHO published Recommended Composition of Influenza Virus Vaccines for Use in the 2019–2020 Northern Hemisphere Influenza Season in the March 22 issue of its Weekly Epidemiological Record. WHO had announced its recommendation for the composition of 3 of the 4 components of influenza vaccines for use in the 2019–20 northern hemisphere influenza season in February; the decision on the A(H3N2) component had been postponed until now.

More information is included in WHO's Addendum to the recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2019–2020 northern hemisphere influenza season (3/21/19). From the addendum:

Accordingly, it is recommended quadrivalent vaccines for use in the 2019–2020 northern hemisphere influenza season contain the following:

  • an A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09-like virus;
  • an A/Kansas/14/2017 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • a B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus B/Victoria/2/87 lineage); and
  • a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus (B/Yamagata/16/88 lineage).

It is recommended that the influenza B virus component of trivalent vaccines for use in the 2019–2020 northern hemisphere influenza season be a B/Colorado/06/2017-like virus. 

The change in the A/H3N2 virus is a response to the increase in the number of the 3C.3a clade viruses circulating throughout the United States, as well as in several countries in western Europe and Israel. 

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WORLD NEWS


Italy reinstates law for mandatory vaccination for schoolchildren; parents who don't vaccinate are subject to fines and many children not allowed to attend school

In 2017, in response to a measles outbreak and declining vaccination rates, the Italian government made 10 vaccines mandatory for children attending school. But in 2018, a temporary measure was passed that allowed children to stay in school as long as their parents claimed they had been vaccinated. That measure expired on March 10, leaving many children, including those enrolled in nursery schools, barred from attending school until they can document vaccination. Parents might also be subject to a €500 fine.

Read more about this ongoing situation in the following news articles:

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CDC launches third video in its new animated video series for parents, "How Vaccines Work"

CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases recently launched the third, and final, video in its new animated video series titled "How Vaccines Work." In these short videos, viewers follow baby Jack and his parents as they get answers to common vaccine-related questions and learn more about the importance of vaccinating on schedule.

In the third video, How Vaccines Work: What to Expect When Your Child Is Vaccinated, Jack's parents learn about the minor side effects their child may experience after getting a vaccine.



Watch the first video in the series: How Vaccines Work: How Do Germs Make Your Baby Sick?

Watch the second video in the series: How Vaccines Work: How Do Vaccines Help Babies Fight Infections?

Watch the final video in the series: How Vaccines Work: What to Expect When Your Child Is Vaccinated.

CDC encourages healthcare professionals to share this new educational video series with parents.

Learn more at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/childhood-vaccines.

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ACOG offers new toolkit: Optimizing Immunization Programs in Obstetric-Gynecologic Practices

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has developed a new provider resource, Optimizing Immunization Programs in Obstetric-Gynecologic Practices. This toolkit provides information and resources for women’s healthcare providers as they implement strategies to improve immunization processes and increase patient immunization rates. This new resource is intended to assist ob-gyn practices in effectively integrating immunizations into work flow and routine practice.

Within the toolkit, you will find the following ACOG immunization resources for providers:

  • Immunization Implementation Strategies for Obstetrician-Gynecologists Committee Opinion 772
  • Strategies for Effectively Integrating Immunizations into Routine Obstetric-Gynecologic Care tip sheet
  • Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programs: Tips for Optimizing Practice Management tip sheet
  • Developing an Immunization Referral System tip sheet
  • 2019 Immunization Coding for Obstetrician-Gynecologists quick reference coding card

Access the toolkit: Optimizing Immunization Programs in Obstetric-Gynecologic Practices (PDF format; 14 pages).

Additional immunization resources, including clinical guidance and practice management tools, can be found at ACOG’s Immunization for Women website.

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Jimmy Kimmel Live segment from 2015 on the anti-vaccine movement still packs a punch

Late-night comedic host, Jimmy Kimmel, took on the anti-vaccine movement on his show Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2015. In light of the current measles outbreak, his message is still sadly relevant. 

Watch A Message for the Anti-Vaccine Movement on YouTube.

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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


Jezebel investigates questionable financial practices of autism "charity" Generation Rescue

The Gizmodo Media Group's online publication Jezebel recently published an investigative piece titled Jenny McCarthy's Autism Charity Has Helped Its Board Members Make Money Off Dangerous, Discredited Ideas. The opening paragraphs are reprinted below.

Camel’s milk. B12 lollipops. Hyperbaric oxygen chambers. “Ion-cleansing” foot baths. Chelation therapy. Gluten-free diets. Casein-free diets. Massive doses of nutritional supplements. All of these products and services have two things in common. First, mainstream (and widely trusted) medical bodies don’t recognize them as a reputable or effective treatment for autism. Second, they’re all recommended by—and in some cases sold outright through—Generation Rescue, a charity for autistic kids and their families whose board president and most famous face is actress Jenny McCarthy.

A deep dive into the world of Generation Rescue has revealed that the organization doesn’t just promote ineffective or medically unproven or downright debunked treatments for autism (all of which has been demonstrated before): The organization and the people associated with it profit from them, too. In two cases, Generation Rescue has heavily promoted products owned by past board members, at the time they served on the board: hyperbaric oxygen chambers and B12 lollipops, both of which have been presented on GR’s website as near-miraculous treatments for symptoms of autism.

In another case, Generation Rescue has lavishly praised and promoted products made by a corporate sponsor—the maker of a ionic footbath that supposedly “cleanses” “toxins” from the body—without directly revealing the company’s business relationship with GR. Families can also apply for “grants” from Generation Rescue, which funnels them into receiving treatment—and buying more products—from handpicked naturopathic doctors and GR partner organizations. (As of March 2019, Generation Rescue says on their site that applications to the grant program are temporarily closed while they update “critical pieces” of the program.)

Finally, Generation Rescue’s past executive director, Candace McDonald, who stepped down in October of 2018, appears to have been paid another $100,000 a year for at least three years in fees to her consulting firm....


Read the complete article: Jenny McCarthy's Autism Charity Has Helped Its Board Members Make Money Off Dangerous, Discredited Ideas.

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Policies for Action publishes article on the recent measles outbreaks and state exemption rates and policies

Policies for Action, a research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, recently published an article titled What California’s 2015 Measles Outbreak Can Teach Us About Vaccine Policy. One section is reprinted below.

The 2015 measles outbreak was eye-opening for California. The state responded by repealing all non-medical exemptions (both religious and philosophical) within the year.

To find out whether the repeal of non-medical exemptions was associated with an increase in uptake of vaccines required for school entry, our team at George Washington University evaluated California’s new policy and tracked vaccination rates from 2012 to 2017 in California and a group of control states that did not have any changes in their exemption provisions.

Our research reveals that MMR vaccination coverage rose almost 3 percentage points following the repeal. Other required vaccinations (DTP, Polio, and Hepatitis B) increased around 2 percentage points.

However, we also found that the policy came with unintended consequences. As rates of non-medical exemptions declined, medical exemptions rose a shocking 400 percent.

Medical waivers are permitted in every state, but they are reserved for individuals with genuine contraindications to vaccination and require written certification by a licensed physician. Prior to the repeal, the rate of medical exemption in California was merely 0.5 percent. After the repeal, rates increased to 2.5 percent. Even more startling, the largest increase in medical exemptions occurred in counties that previously had high rates of non-medical exemptions, suggesting that vaccine-hesitant parents started shopping for doctors who would sign off on a medical exemption waiver....


The article concludes: Increased monitoring of the exemption process, including medical waivers, is needed to maintain adequate coverage and protect individual and community health.

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING


Reminder: Vaccine Education Center's Current Issues in Vaccines webinar scheduled for April 3

The Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, together with the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, will present a one-hour webinar, beginning at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on April 3. Part of its Current Issues in Vaccines series, the webinar will feature Paul Offit, MD, director of VEC. Dr. Offit's topics for this webinar will be: 
  • Influenza vaccines: Surveillance update
  • Zoster vaccines: Shingrix availability
  • HPV vaccines: Most recent uptake data

Free continuing education credits (CME, CEU, and CPE) will be available for both the live and archived events. 

Registration (required) is open now.

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"Preventing HPV Cancers through Health Systems: A Tale from Three Systems" webinar scheduled for April 10

A webinar titled Preventing HPV Cancers through Health Systems: A Tale from Three Systems is scheduled for April 10 at 12:30 p.m. (ET). In fall 2018, the American Cancer Society launched a pilot partnership with regional health systems to increase HPV vaccination rates for cancer prevention. Using the Large Health Systems Action Guide from the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable as a framework, these health systems tried new strategies based on the existing evidence base. Presenters will share lessons learned from these three systems in the middle of this year-long quality improvement initiative.

Registration information

This webinar is offered through the National AHEC Organization, with funding from a CDC cooperative agreement.

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NFID offers April 25 webinar on improving healthcare personnel immunization rates

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) will present a webinar titled "Strategies for Overcoming Barriers to Healthcare Personnel Immunization" on April 25 at 1:00 p.m. (ET). NFID medical director William Schaffner, MD, will moderate the session with presentations by Margot Savoy, MD, MPH, chair and associate professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, and vice-president, NFID; and Patricia A. Stinchfield, RN, MS, CPNP, CIC, senior director, Infection Prevention and Control, Children's Minnesota. 
 
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Webinar about affordable ways to improve HPV vaccination quality set for April 30

A 1-hour webinar titled The "Shoestring Budget" Plan for Doing HPV Vaccination Quality Improvement in Primary Care Offices is scheduled for April 30 at 3:00 p.m. (ET). Speakers include Sharon Humiston, MD, MPH, FAAP, professor of pediatrics, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO; and Rebecca Perkins MD, MSc, associate professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Boston University School of Medicine/Boston Medical Center.

Registration information

This webinar is offered through the National AHEC Organization, with funding from a CDC cooperative agreement.

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