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Issue 1478: February 19, 2020


TOP STORIES


IAC HANDOUTS


VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS


WORLD NEWS


FEATURED RESOURCES


EDUCATION AND TRAINING


CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS

 


TOP STORIES


CDC publishes new FAQ web page titled “ACIP Shared Clinical Decision-Making Recommendations” to provide guidance for healthcare providers
 
CDC has published a web page with seven frequently asked questions (FAQs) to provide clarity on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) shared clinical decision-making recommendations and guidance and implementation considerations for these recommendations.

Access the seven FAQs: ACIP Shared Clinical Decision-Making Recommendations.

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Vaccinate Your Family releases special report on the state of our nation’s “ImmUnion” and shares it with members of Congress

Vaccinate Your Family released their annual report titled 2020 State of the ImmUnion: A Report on Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in the U.S. on Tuesday, February 11.



The report presents an overview of the current state of vaccine-preventable diseases in the U.S. and offers members of Congress ways to help ensure our country is stronger and more resilient in the face of emerging health threats. 

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Happening today: February 19! NFID presents webinar on shared clinical decision-making

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) will present a webinar titled Shared Clinical Decision-Making for Immunization Recommendations today, February 19, at 12:00 p.m. (ET). NFID medical director and liaison to the ACIP, William Schaffner, MD, will moderate the webinar, featuring a presentation by Grace M. Lee, MD, MPH, chair, ACIP Pneumococcal Vaccines Work Group, and professor of pediatrics, Stanford University.

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Stay up to date on the latest coronavirus information from CDC and WHO

CDC and WHO are closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19), first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Be sure to check the resources below for updates. 

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CDC reports influenza activity remains high and has increased over the last four weeks; please continue vaccinating this season to prevent flu from spreading further

Seasonal influenza activity in the United States remains high and, after falling during the first two weeks of the year, increased over the last four weeks, according to CDC's Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, FluView. Fifty states and Puerto Rico reported regional or widespread activity, while the District of Columbia reported local activity for the week ending February 8. 



Fourteen influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported to CDC between the week ending December 28 and the week ending February 8. A total of 92 influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported for the 2019–20 season. 

Visit the CDC’s Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, FluView, for details.

Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone six months of age and older, so please continue to vaccinate all your patients in this age range. 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 influenza vaccination services near them.

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Dr. Deborah Wexler’s VEC Technically Speaking column about CDC’s updated Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit is now available on immunize.org

Technically Speaking is a monthly column written by Dr. Deborah Wexler, IAC’s executive director, for Vaccine Update, a monthly e-newsletter from the Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The column covers practical topics in immunization such as vaccine administration, scheduling, and recommendations.



January's column is titled CDC releases 2020 version of its Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit. The introductory paragraphs are reprinted below.

CDC's Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit has just been updated for 2020. This 48-page guide reflects the best practices for vaccine storage and handling compiled from ACIP recommendations, product information from vaccine manufacturers, and scientific studies.

Changes in the 2020 Toolkit provide clarifying language and new definitions only, i.e., no new recommendations have been implemented.... 


Access the complete column on the Technically Speaking web section of immunize.org.

You can find current and past issues of Technically Speaking in the following ways:

To subscribe to VEC's Vaccine Update e-newsletter, go to the sign-up form.

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IAC Spotlight! IAC enrolls two new birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll; fourteen previously honored institutions qualify for additional years' honors

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) is pleased to announce that two new institutions have been accepted into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll, for a total of 499 honorees. The birthing institutions are listed below with their reported hepatitis B birth dose coverage rates in parentheses.

  • St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Brighton, MA (98%)
  • Overlake Medical Center, Bellevue, WA (90%)

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

  • Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, Williamsburg, VA (92%)
  • Grant Memorial Hospital, Petersburg, WV (98%)

The following four institutions are being recognized for a third year:

  • CarolinaEast Medical Center, New Bern, NC (97%)
  • Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, AK (96%)
  • Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital, Wyandotte, MI (92%)
  • Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital, Cadillac, MI (91%)

The following institution is being recognized for a fourth year:

  • RC Hospital & Clinics, Olivia, MN (97%)

The following four institutions are being recognized for a fifth year:

  • MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH (97%)
  • Georgetown Community Hospital, Georgetown, KY (96%)
  • Ascension St. Joseph Hospital, Tawas City, MI (94%)
  • Shannon Medical Center, San Angelo, TX (96%)

The following two institutions are being recognized for a sixth year:

  • MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland, Midland, MI (90%)
  • Terre Haute Regional Hospital, Terre Haute, IN (97%)

Finally, the following institution is being recognized for a seventh year:

  • Hillsdale Hospital, Hillsdale, MI (94%)

Note: One of these institutions qualified for two 12-month periods at one time.

The Honor Roll now includes 499 birthing institutions from 44 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, and an overseas U.S. military base. One hundred eleven institutions have qualified for two years, 59 institutions have qualified three times, 31 institutions have qualified four times, 25 institutions have qualified five times, eight institutions have qualified six times, five institutions have qualified seven 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 52,000 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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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news

Five articles that appeared in the media recently are particularly compelling in conveying the potential risks of vaccine-preventable diseases and the importance of vaccination.

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IAC HANDOUTS


IAC updates “Standing Orders for Administering Pneumococcal Vaccines (PPSV23 and PCV13) to Adults” to match the latest ACIP recommendations

IAC recently updated Standing Orders for Administering Pneumococcal Vaccines (PPSV23 and PCV13) to Adults to reflect the updated ACIP recommendation to no longer routinely administer PCV13 at age 65, but rather to give it based on shared decision-making (SCDM) between the healthcare provider and the patient. Edits were made to incorporate ACIP’s information on considerations for SCDM regarding the use of PCV13 in adults 65 and older. The revised resource includes an expanded risk-based adult vaccination schedule for both PPSV23 and PCV13.



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Updated “Zoster Vaccine: IAC Answers Your Questions” features commonly asked Q&As

IAC has updated its Q&A handout for healthcare professionals titled Zoster Vaccine: IAC Answers Your Questions. Revisions include several minor edits. This two-page resource includes questions and answers about zoster vaccine, including recommendations, contraindications and precautions, administration, and storage and handling. 

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VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS


IAC posts new Karen translation of the rabies VIS

IAC has posted a new Karen-language version of the rabies VIS. IAC thanks St. Peter's Health Partners, Albany, NY, for the donation of this translation.

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WORLD NEWS


WHO reports on International Task Force for Disease Eradication in this week's Weekly Epidemiological Record

WHO published Report of the Thirtieth Meeting of the International Task Force for Disease Eradication, 22 October 2019 in the February 14 issue of Weekly Epidemiological Record. Access the report to review the conclusions and recommendations of the Task Force.

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FEATURED RESOURCES


Access “HPV Roundtable TV,” a curated YouTube channel for accurate, evidence-based videos about the HPV vaccine, HPV virus, cancer prevention, and science

The National HPV Vaccination Roundtable, a coalition of over 70 national organizations aimed at raising HPV vaccination rates and preventing HPV cancers, has developed a curated YouTube channel called HPV Roundtable TV. This channel is a source for accurate, evidence-based videos about the HPV vaccine, HPV virus, cancer prevention, and science. Access the channel to watch videos featuring doctors, nurses, parents, cancer survivors, researchers, policymakers, and healthcare providers. 

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IAC's elegantly designed "Vaccines Save Lives" black enamel pins are a great way to show you value immunization!

IAC’s elegantly designed “Vaccines Save Lives” pin on hard black enamel with gold lettering and edges makes a meaningful gift for people who care about immunization.



The pin is a stick-through-post variety with the back end covered by a round rubber cap that holds the pin securely. A gold metal spring-lock clasp is also provided. The pin makes a refined statement, measuring 1.125" x 0.75". 

Wear these pins on clothing, uniforms, lab coats, tote bags, and backpacks to show that you value vaccines!



Click here for "Vaccines Save Lives" pins pricing and ordering information.

Visit Shop IAC for additional items, including "FLU VACCINE" buttons and stickers, patient record cards, and a vaccine administration training video.

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Flu season is ongoing, so make sure you have IAC's "FLU VACCINE" buttons for staff and patient stickers on hand!

IAC's “FLU VACCINE” buttons and stickers are ready to ship! Their bright red color helps broadcast your important message about the need for flu vaccination. And the cost is nominal.



“FLU VACCINE” BUTTONS

The button measures 1.25" across and carries a bold message! Pin on lab coats, uniforms, other clothing, tote bags, or backpacks to show support for flu vaccine.
 
Buttons are delivered in bags of 10 buttons per bag.

Click here for pricing and ordering information for "FLU VACCINE" buttons.

“FLU VACCINE” STICKERS
 
Measuring 1.5" across and printed on Avery labels, theses stickers adhere well to clothing and have an easy-peel-off back.
 
Stickers are delivered to you cut individually (not on rolls)—available in bundles of 100. 

Click here for pricing and ordering information for “FLU VACCINE” stickers.

Visit Shop IAC for additional items, including "Vaccines Save Lives" enamel pins, patient record cards, and a vaccine administration training video.

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING


Indiana Immunization Coalition offers access to the film “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic”; nurses, physicians, and pharmacists can get free CE credit

Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic is a feature-length documentary that presents the struggles and triumphs of five women whose lives were changed forever by this deadly virus. Directed by Frederic Lumiere and narrated by Vanessa Williams, the film interweaves personal stories with facts about this common and potentially deadly virus. The goal of this project is to raise awareness about HPV and cervical cancer.

The film has been made available through the Indiana University School of Medicine, in partnership with the Indiana Immunization Coalition and Lumiere Media, as a free online CME activity worth 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for physicians and for 1.5 credit hours (0.15 CEU) for pharmacists and pharmacy techs.
 
Indiana Immunization Coalition is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation (OBN-001-91). This activity is approved for 1.91 Contact Hours (for live view), and 1.3 Contact Hours (for online view).

For further information, contact lori@vaccinateindiana.org. For additional Free HPV vaccine resources, visit www.vaccinateindiana.org and login. 

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CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS

The Arizona Department of Health Services hosts 27th Annual Statewide Immunization Conference on April 22–23

The Arizona Department of Health Services will host the 27th Annual Statewide Immunization Conference on April 22–23 in Phoenix, AZ. Noteworthy speakers include Breann Bierman-Vogt, a journalist and advocate for mothers and babies; Bertram Jacobs, PhD, a professor of virology; Dana Goodloe, immunization program office chief; Heather Ross, PhD, DNP, FAANP, a nurse practitioner focused on global health education; JoEllen Wolicki, BSN, RN, a nurse educator with CDC's NCIRD; and Meagan Surgenor, MHA, special programs manager with the Arizona Immunization Program Office. 

Registration for the conference is now open and the agenda is posted on the conference web page.

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