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IAC Express 2006
Issue number 630: October 16, 2006
 
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  1. CDC designates November 27-December 3 as National Influenza Vaccination Week and encourages vaccination throughout influenza season
  2. National Influenza Vaccine Summit's new website is packed with information and resources for National Influenza Vaccination Week and beyond
 
Abbreviations
AAFP, American Academy of Family Physicians; AAP, American Academy of Pediatrics; ACIP, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices; CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; FDA, Food and Drug Administration; IAC, Immunization Action Coalition; MMWR, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; NIP, National Immunization Program; VIS, Vaccine Information Statement; VPD, vaccine-preventable disease; WHO, World Health Organization.
  
Issue 630: October 16, 2006
1.  CDC designates November 27-December 3 as National Influenza Vaccination Week and encourages vaccination throughout influenza season

On November 13, CDC announced that it has designated the week of November 27-December 3 as National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW). The agency is encouraging anyone not yet vaccinated who wants protection against the disease to get the vaccine in December and beyond.

Portions of a press release announcing NIVW are reprinted below. Also on November 13, CDC held a press conference to update the nation on influenza vaccine supplies and vaccination efforts. A link to a transcript of the conference appears at the end of this IAC Express article, as does a link to a CDC document announcing NIVW and the availability of free materials for promoting influenza vaccination.


For immediate release
November 13, 2006

CDC ANNOUNCES WEEKLONG EVENT TO FOCUS ON THE IMPORTANCE OF INFLUENZA VACCINATION: 77 million doses of vaccine supply delivered, with record numbers expected by end of year

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced the designation of the week after Thanksgiving as National Influenza Vaccination Week. This year, National Influenza Vaccination Week will run from November 27 to December 3. This event is designed to raise awareness of the importance of continuing influenza (flu) vaccination, as well as [to] foster greater use of flu vaccine through the months of November, December, and beyond. CDC is recommending that people take this opportunity to be vaccinated and is hopeful that flu vaccine providers will use this time to enhance flu vaccine availability by scheduling additional clinics; extending clinic hours; and enabling a larger role for mass vaccination at places such as retail locations.

"Getting vaccinated is the single best way for people to protect not only themselves against flu, but their loved ones as well," said Dr. Julie Gerberding, CDC director. "National interest in getting a flu vaccination has traditionally tapered off after Thanksgiving. Since flu activity typically does not peak until February or later, November and December are also good times to be vaccinated. National Influenza Vaccination Week is an excellent opportunity for providers to utilize their resources to help fully realize the potential of influenza vaccination."

As National Influenza Vaccination Week approaches, 77 million flu vaccine doses have already been distributed and vaccine supply is expected to reach an all-time high. Flu vaccine manufacturers have reported they expect 110-115 million doses of flu vaccine to be distributed this year. This is at least 27-32 million more doses than have been distributed in any past season and 29-34 million more doses than were distributed last year. . . .

"Doses are still shipping and will continue to be shipped through November and into early December," said Dr. Gerberding. "The good news is that plenty of vaccine will be out there. We are already hearing from providers who are anxious to get their complete orders of flu vaccine and vaccinate their patients this season—and that is wonderful."

Vaccinations are recommended for anyone who wants to decrease the risk of influenza. . . .

Each year in the United States, between 5 and 20 percent of the population is infected with influenza, about 36,000 people die, and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized because of influenza complications. Since influenza is unpredictable, and different types and strains of influenza circulate throughout the flu season, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that influenza vaccine be offered throughout the influenza season—even after influenza has appeared or begun appearing in a community.

For more information about influenza and influenza vaccine visit www.cdc.gov/flu . . . .


To access the complete press release, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/r061113.htm

To access a transcript of the November 13 press conference on influenza vaccine supplies and vaccination efforts, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/transcripts/t061113.htm

To access a CDC document announcing NIVW and the online location of free promotional materials, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/nivw06.htm

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2 National Influenza Vaccine Summit's new website is packed with information and resources for National Influenza Vaccination Week and beyond

The National Influenza Vaccine Summit recently launched a new website (http://www.preventinfluenza.org) that offers healthcare professionals, the public, and the media an array of resources intended to encourage and facilitate influenza vaccination throughout December and into the first months of 2007.

User friendly and easy to navigate, the website brings together EVERYTHING needed to provide late-season influenza vaccination services: recommendations, dosing and vaccine administration resources, toolkits, VISs, standing orders, screening questionnaires, patient-education materials, Medicare billing information, and more.

Another significant feature is the website's calendar for winter 2006-07, which lists events that will promote influenza vaccination from November through February.

Resources for healthcare professionals, patients, and the media include the following:

For healthcare professionals:

  • Disease information
  • Vaccine recommendations and priority populations for vaccination
  • Vaccine procedures and strategies
  • Healthcare worker vaccination, including toolkits
  • Strategies for targeting special populations
  • Late season vaccination
  • Patient information

For patients:

  • Flu vaccine facts and myths
  • Top three reasons to get your flu vaccine
  • Influenza and your child
  • Posters that encourage vaccination
  • Faces of Influenza (website with photos and firsthand accounts about the seriousness of influenza)
  • Q&A about influenza disease and the injectable influenza vaccine
  • Families Fighting Flu (website with compelling stories of how influenza affected children of the featured families)

For the media:

  • Pertinent and timely press releases about the status of influenza disease and vaccine during the 2006-07 season

The website also offers visitors links leading to resources on other websites, such as the American Lung Association's flu clinic locator website (http://www.flucliniclocator.org) and the American Medical Association's Influenza Vaccine Availability Tracking System, which provides healthcare professionals looking for vaccine with continually updated information on distributors who have vaccine to sell.

The preventinfluenza.org website is designed and maintained by IAC. The material you see on it now is just the beginning. We will be adding to it in the weeks and months ahead. Be sure to visit it now and often throughout the influenza season for new and updated resources. To access the website, go to: http://www.preventinfluenza.org

The National Influenza Vaccine Summit is co-sponsored by the American Medical Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has more than 100 partnering organizations.

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