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Issue 1,515: September 9, 2020


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Top Stories


IAC launches Mass-Vaccination-Resources.org, its new website offering high quality tools and resources to help jumpstart your mass vaccination efforts

The Immunization Action Coalition’s (IAC’s) newest website, www.Mass-Vaccination-Resources.org, has been created to assist you in finding a wide range of ideas and resources for developing your own mass vaccination clinics. Mass vaccination efforts will be useful for expediting flu vaccination this fall and may become especially needed after COVID-19 vaccines are approved for use in large groups of people.
 
The website features a searchable listing of resources encompassing a variety of venues, including curbside, drive-through, and walk-through clinics; mobile medical vans; pharmacies; and schools. The database contains guidance documents, toolkits, publications, and other helpful resources that can be adapted to meet the needs of mass vaccination programs you may be considering for your community or individual healthcare setting.
 
The underlying basis for collecting these resources is to provide a jump start on ideas for mass vaccination clinics so you won’t need to start planning from scratch. Many of the documents included were produced in the past and will therefore need modification to ensure that additional protections, such as social distancing and wearing appropriate protective equipment, are implemented to safeguard against COVID-19 transmission.
 
IAC is seeking additional resources to add to this listing. If you know of any toolkits, guidance documents, plans, manuscripts, or highly-detailed news stories about mass vaccination clinics, please send them to info@mass-vaccination-resources.org. Everything received will be considered for placement on the new website.
 
This new website is supported by a medical education grant from Seqirus, Inc.

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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

IAC’s Vaccination and COVID-19 gateway page assists healthcare professionals who are faced with challenges in providing routine and catch-up vaccination services during the COVID-19 pandemic. At this gateway, IAC has assembled key resources and links to help both new and experienced vaccinators deliver safe, effective vaccination to people of all ages, applicable in typical and nontraditional vaccination settings.

The site facilitates easy access to key pandemic resource pages from major clinical and public health organizations involved in immunization. The page will be updated frequently with new links and resources specific to pandemic vaccination, so be sure to check back regularly. 



To easily locate this gateway page from anywhere on immunize.org, go to the light blue band of tabs across the top, choose the "Clinic Tools" tab, and then select "Vaccination and COVID-19” from the drop-down menu. To link directly to the site, go to www.immunize.org/vax-and-covid-19. You also can use the Guide to immunize.org at the bottom of every web page.

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Today, September 9! NFID presents webinar on shared clinical decision-making for HPV immunization of adults 
 
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) will present a webinar titled Shared Clinical Decision-Making For Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Immunization in Adults on September 9 at 12:00 p.m. (ET). NFID medical director, William Schaffner, MD, will moderate the webinar, featuring presentations by Lauri E. Markowitz, MD, HPV team lead for CDC, and Margot Savoy, MD, MPH, chair and associate professor, Family and Community Medicine, Temple University. CME credit is offered.

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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 

IAC's Handouts for Patients and Staff gateway page leads users to hundreds of free vaccination-related patient handouts and fact sheets for healthcare professionals. All items are ready to print, copy, and distribute widely!

Visit the Handouts for Patients and Staff gateway page to view more than 300 handouts sorted by:


From the gateway page, you can search on any of the 23 topics. Some of the most popular are:
The right-hand side of the web page includes links to some of IAC's most popular handouts, including:
You can also view an alphabetical listing of IAC’s more than 300 ready-to-print staff educational materials and patient handouts.

Visit IAC's entire Handouts for Patients and Staff gateway page on immunize.org today!

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Three healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination
 
There are now 1,142 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 other government entities that have taken a stand for patient safety by implementing mandatory influenza vaccination policies for healthcare personnel.

Since June 10, when IAC Express last reported on the Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll, three additional healthcare organizations have been enrolled.

  • Neighborhood Healthcare, Escondido, CA
  • Kelsey-Seybold Clinics, Houston, TX
  • Boone Memorial Hospital, Madison, WV

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

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Not-to-miss immunization articles in the news

These recent articles convey the potential risks of vaccine-preventable diseases and the importance of vaccination.

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IAC Handouts


IAC updates two of its popular vaccine administration handouts on dose, route, site, and needle size

IAC recently revised Administering Vaccines: Dose, Route, Site, and Needle Size and Administering Vaccines to Adults: Dose, Route, Site, and Needle Size to add the 0.7-mL dose for high-dose inactivated influenza vaccine.



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IAC updates “Healthcare Personnel Vaccination Recommendations” with information on MenB and Tdap/Td vaccines

IAC recently revised its popular handout Healthcare Personnel Vaccination Recommendations. Changes were made to update information on MenB boosters and to incorporate either Tdap or Td as decennial boosters



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IAC updates its parent handout “What If You Don’t Vaccinate Your Child?”

IAC recently updated several URLs in its handout for parents titled What If You Don’t Vaccinate Your Child? 



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Featured Resources


PBS documentary about IAC, Protecting Health: Saving Lives, makes a powerful case for vaccination. Please share with your colleagues and friends on social media!

The award-winning PBS television documentary series, Visionaries, hosted by Sam Waterston features IAC in the episode, Protecting Health: Saving Lives. This 30-minute film showcases IAC’s founder and executive director Dr. Deborah Wexler’s commitment to supporting the nation’s healthcare professionals with immunization education information and materials. Protecting Health: Saving Lives makes a powerful case for vaccination, addressing and defusing the fears that fuel the antivaccine movement, presenting stories of vaccine-preventable disease, and recognizing the science that has saved millions of lives through vaccination.

Protecting Health: Saving Lives is premiering on more than 100 PBS stations nationwide in the months ahead, but you can watch it right now on IAC’s website at www.immunize.org/aboutus/iac-film-history.asp. We’d very much appreciate your circulating the film by sharing this link with your colleagues and friends through member newsletters, e-mail listservs, social media channels, conferences and web-based events, and web pages.



Sharing Protecting Health: Saving Lives is easy! Just go to https://www.immunize.org/aboutus/iac-film-history.asp or click on the film's image in the right column of IAC's immunize.org main page. Click the “share” button, and choose the social media site where you’d like your friends, family, and colleagues to view the film.
 
To learn more about the PBS Visionaries series, visit www.visionaries.org.

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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

In this September 2020 video, Catch-Up to Get Ahead on Childhood Immunizations, Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams tells parents that catching up on recommended vaccinations is the best way to ensure that children stay healthy during this challenging time by protecting them from preventable diseases such as measles, meningitis, and whooping cough. He assures us that healthcare providers are taking additional steps to keep families safe from COVID-19 during office visits. (Source: HHS)



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It's time to vaccinate against flu. IAC’s bright red "FLU VACCINE" buttons and stickers can help. Order today! 

IAC “FLU VACCINE” buttons and stickers are flying out of IAC’s office by the thousands! 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, these 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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Journal Articles and Newsletters

CDC publishes August issue of Immunization Works newsletter; subscribe for monthly immunization information

CDC released the August issue of its monthly newsletter Immunization Works. The newsletter offers the immunization community information about current topics. The information is in the public domain and may be circulated widely.



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CDC publishes graph showing “Prevalence of Past or Present Infection with Hepatitis B Virus among Adults Aged ≥18 Years, by Race and Hispanic Origin—National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999–2018” 

CDC published a "Quick Stats" report, Prevalence of Past or Present Infection with Hepatitis B Virus among Adults Aged ≥18 Years, by Race and Hispanic Origin—National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999–2018 in the September 4 issue of MMWR. The text accompanying the "Quick Stats" graphic is reprinted below.

The prevalence of past or present infection with hepatitis B virus among adults aged ≥18 years declined from 5.7% in 1999–2002 to 4.3% in 2015–2018. A decline among non-Hispanic White (3.5% to 2.1%), non-Hispanic Black (15.6% to 10.8%), and Mexican American (3.5% to 1.8%) adults also occurred over the same period. Prevalence was higher among non-Hispanic Black adults than among both non-Hispanic White and Mexican American adults for all periods.


 

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Education and Training


CDC’s recorded webinar on varicella and zoster vaccines, as well as ten other segments in the "Pink Book" weekly series, available now
 
CDC continues its 15-part pre-recorded webinar series to provide a chapter-by-chapter overview of the 13th edition of Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (also known as "The Pink Book"). The series discusses vaccination principles, general best practices, immunization strategies, and specific information about vaccine-preventable diseases and the vaccines that prevent them. Each broadcast includes updated information from Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meetings.

There is no registration needed to view the sessions. The link to each course can be accessed at midday on the indicated date or thereafter. Information and program details are available on CDC's Pink Book Webinar Series web page.

The first eleven webinars are available online now. The next two webinars are scheduled as follows:
  • September 16: Hepatitis B
  • September 23: HPV

Continuing education credits are available for each event. Questions about the material can be submitted to nipinfo@cdc.gov.

All the sections of "The Pink Book" (i.e., chapters, appendices, 2017 supplement) are available to download at no charge at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/index.html. You also can order this resource from the Public Health Foundation for $45 plus shipping and handling.

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California Immunization Coalition hosts webinar titled “Families Fighting Flu: More Important than Ever” on September 22 

On September 22 at 3:00 p.m. (ET) the California Immunization Coalition will sponsor a webinar titled Families Fighting Flu: More Important than Ever. It will feature Serese Marotta, executive director of Families Fighting Flu, who will discuss tools for communicating the importance of flu vaccination, including personal stories, social media, and partnerships.
 

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On the Lighter Side

In this 1972 PSA from the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, the ghost of "Teen Angel" promotes polio vaccine

In this nostalgic 30-second look at vaccine advocacy 48 years ago, the ghost of "Teen Angel" promotes oral polio vaccine. Produced by the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare in 1972, it is part of a PSA collection curated by vaccine expert William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH.



Previous PSAs mentioned in “On the Lighter Side” are available when viewing this Vimeo video

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