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IAC Express 2010
Issue number 888: September 13, 2010
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  1. New DVD for 2010! "Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults"--from the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch
  2. Spotlight on immunize.org: Looking for additional immunization-related email news services you can sign up for?
  3. Animation on IAC's Video of the Week shows how an influenza virus can invade the body and replicate
  4. Shots 2010 immunization schedules app for iPhone and iPod devices now available for FREE download
  5. MMWR publishes report on U.S. parents' attitudes about school dismissals related to 2009 H1N1 influenza
  6. MMWR publishes corrections to ACIP's 2010 influenza recommendations
  7. CDC website adds videos, PSAs, and web tools for use during the 2010-11 influenza season
  8. A CDC Clinical Reminder warns about the risks of using a fingerstick device on more than one person
  9. ACIP meeting scheduled for October 27-28 in Atlanta; registration deadlines are in early October
  10. Michigan to hold eight regional immunization conferences in October and November
  11. Scheduled for November 12, World Pneumonia Day seeks to raise awareness of the global effects of pneumonia
 
Abbreviations
AAFP, American Academy of Family Physicians; AAP, American Academy of Pediatrics; ACIP, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices; AMA, American Medical Association; CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; FDA, Food and Drug Administration; IAC, Immunization Action Coalition; MMWR, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; NCIRD, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases; NIVS, National Influenza Vaccine Summit; VIS, Vaccine Information Statement; VPD, vaccine-preventable disease; WHO, World Health Organization.
  
Issue 888: September 13, 2010
1.  New DVD for 2010! "Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults"--from the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Immunization Branch, recently updated its award-winning training video, "Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults." The 25-minute program can be used to train new employees and to refresh the skills of experienced staff. The video demonstrates the skills and techniques needed to administer vaccines to patients of all ages. It includes instruction on the following:

  • Selecting, preparing, and administering injectable, oral, and nasal vaccines
  • Documenting immunizations
  • Making patients comfortable and educating them
  • Facilitating staff and patient communication

Prices start at $17 each for 1-9 copies and are greatly reduced for large orders, dropping to $4.25 each for 1,000-1,500 copies.

To learn more about the DVD, and find out how to order it, go to: http://www.immunize.org/shop/toolkit_iztechdvd.asp

For quotes on larger quantities, call (651) 647-9009 or email admininfo@immunize.org

The Immunization Action Coalition is the only nationwide vendor of this new DVD.

Note: Healthcare settings located in California can receive a free copy of the DVD by contacting their local health department immunization program.

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2 Spotlight on immunize.org: Looking for additional immunization-related email news services you can sign up for?

The Email News Services section on IAC's immunize.org website includes descriptions of and subscription information for more than 25 immunization-related e-newsletters and email updates, which are provided by governmental and non-governmental agencies, professional societies, academic centers, and nonprofit organizations.

IAC's listing of email news offerings includes CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), AAP's Immunization Initiative Newsletter, Vaccine Education Center's Parent PACK Newsletter, and Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy's (CIDRAP's) email news updates on influenza, and many more.

Browse IAC's selection of e-newsletters and email updates for healthcare professionals and subscribe to one or more of these helpful resources at http://www.immunize.org/resources/e-mail.asp

If you have additional email news services to recommend for inclusion on immunize.org, please send your suggestion(s) by email to maryq@immunize.org

In addition to the Email News Services listing, IAC's online compendium of immunization resources includes descriptions of and links for the following sections: Books and Periodicals, CDC Materials, Continuing Education, Government Agencies, Hotlines, Partner Organizations, International  Organizations, Vaccine Manufacturers, and Package Inserts. To access these sections, go to www.immunize.org/resources

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3 Animation on IAC's Video of the Week shows how an influenza virus can invade the body and replicate

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to watch an entertaining and educational 3-minute animated video that shows how a single influenza virus can invade the body and trick the body's cells into creating a million or more new influenza viruses. It's narrated by National Public Radio's science correspondent Robert Krulwich.

The video will be available on the home page of IAC's website through September 19. To access it, go to: http://www.immunize.org and click on the image under the words Video of the Week. To access the video after that date, go to: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=114075029

Remember to bookmark IAC's home page to view a new video every Monday. To view an IAC Video of the Week from the past, go to the video archive at http://www.immunize.org/votw

To access additional videos from IAC's website for patients, parents, providers, and the media, go to: http://www.vaccineinformation.org/video

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4 Shots 2010 immunization schedules app for iPhone and iPod devices now available for FREE download

The Shots 2010 immunization schedules app for iPhone and iPod devices is now available on the iTunes store for FREE download. Shots 2010 contains the childhood, adolescent, catch-up, adult, and medical immunization schedules for the United States for 2010. Important information is available for each vaccine, including basic information, high-risk indications, adverse reactions, contraindications, catch-up schedules, administration, epidemiology, and brand names.

Shots 2010 was developed by the Group on Immunization Education of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. For easy access go to: http://itunes.apple.com/app/shots-2010/id386248107?mt=8

Shots 2010 can also be accessed by internet connection at http://www.immunizationed.org/ShotsOnline.aspx

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5 MMWR publishes report on U.S. parents' attitudes about school dismissals related to 2009 H1N1 influenza

CDC published "Parental Attitudes and Experiences During School Dismissals Related to 2009 Influenza A (H1N1)--United States, 2009" in the September 10 issue of MMWR. The first paragraph is reprinted below.


During the 2009 influenza A (H1N1) pandemic, child care center and school dismissals (i.e., temporary closures) were common and occurred in the majority of states across the United States. However, little is known about the economic and social problems parents face during such dismissals. To learn more about parents' attitudes and experiences after short-term school dismissals related to H1N1, CDC and the Harvard Opinion Research Program (HORP) conducted a randomized telephone poll of 523 parents from 39 states whose child care center or school had been closed temporarily in response to H1N1. This report summarizes the results of that poll, which found that 90% of parents agreed with the dismissal decision, and 85% believed dismissal effectively reduced influenza transmission. In most cases (58%), dismissal lasted <=3 days. Overall, most parents did not report adverse effects related to dismissals of short duration. Only 3% of respondents said dismissal was a major problem, and 75% reported that it was not a problem. Approximately 20% of parents reported that an adult in the household missed work because of the dismissal, and 19% had a child who missed a free or reduced-cost lunch, but only 2% and <1%, respectively, said these were major problems. The findings in this report underscore that when making a decision to close child care centers or schools, public health officials should consider the acceptability of the resulting disruption to students, families, and communities.

To access the full article in web-text (HTML) format, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5935a2.htm

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6 MMWR publishes corrections to ACIP's 2010 influenza recommendations

CDC published "Errata: Vol. 59, No. RR-8" in the September 10 issue of MMWR. It concerns three errors that appeared in the MMWR Recommendations and Reports "Prevention and Control of Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2010."

To access the errata in web-text (HTML) format, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5935a6.htm

To access the corrected "Prevention and Control of Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2010," go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr5908.pdf

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7 CDC website adds videos, PSAs, and web tools for use during the 2010-11 influenza season

CDC recently updated its Seasonal Influenza web section with video and audio tools that can be used by radio and TV broadcasters, employers, healthcare providers, schools, and other organizations. In addition, CDC also offers a variety of web tools--buttons, banners, and badges--that organizations can add to their websites. Downloadable e-cards are also offered.

All items are available at no charge. Materials will be added throughout the month of September, so be sure to check the URLs below often.

To access CDC's video and audio tools, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/media.htm

To access CDC's web tools, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/freeresources/web_tools.htm

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8 A CDC Clinical Reminder warns about the risks of using a fingerstick device on more than one person

CDC recently posted a CDC Clinical Reminder titled "Use of Fingerstick Devices on More than One Person Poses Risk for Transmitting Bloodborne Pathogens."

To access the CDC Clinical Reminder, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/injectionsafety/Fingerstick-DevicesBGM.html

To find out more about the risks associated with using a fingerstick device more than once, see the August 30, 2010, IAC Express article titled "FDA issues MedWatch report about transmitting bloodborne pathogens with fingerstick and point-of-care blood testing devices." To access the article, go to: http://www.immunize.org/express/issue885.asp#n7

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9 ACIP meeting scheduled for October 27-28 in Atlanta; registration deadlines are in early October

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will hold its next meeting on October 27-28 at CDC's Clifton Road campus in Atlanta.

To attend the ACIP meeting at the Clifton Road campus, ACIP attendees (participants and visitors) must register online. Note: Webcast viewing does NOT require registration.

The online registration deadline for the October 27-28 meeting for non-U.S. citizens is October 8. The deadline for U.S. citizens is October 15. To access the online registration form, go to: http://www2a.cdc.gov/nip/ACIP/OctoberRegistration.asp

To access detailed information about the meeting, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/acip/meetings.htm#register There you will find links to the meeting agenda, driving directions, and other useful material.

To access information on upcoming conferences that concern vaccines, visit IAC's Calendar of Events at http://www.immunize.org/calendar

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10.  Michigan to hold eight regional immunization conferences in October and November

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) Division of Immunization will hold eight regional immunization conferences this fall. A keynote speaker from CDC will present a vaccine update and also participate in a troubleshooting panel at every conference location. Here are conferences dates and locations:

  • Oct. 5 (Grand Rapids)
  • Oct. 6 (Kalamazoo)
  • Oct. 12 (Gaylord)
  • Oct. 14 (Marquette)
  • Oct. 26 (Bay City)
  • Nov. 12 (East Lansing)
  • Nov. 16 (Troy)
  • Nov. 17 (Dearborn)

Don't be disappointed--register today! The East Lansing conference has already filled up, and conferences at other locations are filling up fast. To register for one of the conferences go to: http://register2010.mihealth.org/#conferences

The conference registration fee is only $50 and can be paid online through a secure State of Michigan website (the link to this website will be sent to you when you register). Payment is due before September 30.

Details about the conferences, including the program, names of the keynote speaker, payment details, addresses of the conference venues, and much, much more are all located on the conference website at http://www.register2010.mihealth.org

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11.  Scheduled for November 12, World Pneumonia Day seeks to raise awareness of the global effects of pneumonia

To raise awareness of the effects of pneumonia globally, a coalition of more than 50 health, humanitarian relief, advocacy, faith-based, government, and other organizations is planning the second World Pneumonia Day, which will be observed with events and activities on November 12.

To access specific information about World Pneumonia Day activities and find out how you and your organization can participate, go to: http://worldpneumoniaday.org

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