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IAC Express 2011

Issue number 915: February 28, 2011

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Contents of this Issue
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  1. IAC's Video of the Week outlines steps the public can take to protect against influenza
  2. Spotlight on immunize.org: Unprotected People Reports provide more than 100 vaccine-preventable disease accounts
  3. Free "Shots 2011" software for mobile devices is now available for the new adult and child, teen, and catch-up immunization schedules
  4. WHO recommends influenza vaccine composition for the 2011-12 northern hemisphere influenza season
  5. Influenza is present in all 50 states, so please keep vaccinating!
  6. Award-winning DVD! "Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults"--from the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch
  7. Minutes of the October 2010 ACIP meeting now online
 
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 915: February 28, 2011
1.  IAC's Video of the Week outlines steps the public can take to protect against influenza

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to watch "Know Your Flu Facts," a 30-second video clip that lists influenza symptoms, suggests ways to prevent spreading or contracting influenza, and promotes influenza vaccination. The video is sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID).

The video will be available on the home page of IAC's website through March 6. To access it, go to: http://www.immunize.org and click on the image under the words Video of the Week. After March 6, access it directly on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/FluFacts

To access additional information from the NFID website, go to: http://www.nfid.org

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
 
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2 Spotlight on immunize.org: Unprotected People Reports provide more than 100 vaccine-preventable disease accounts

Are you searching for compelling reports and stories about people with vaccine-preventable diseases as a way to educate staff and patients about the importance of immunization? Look no further. For years, IAC has published Unprotected People Reports, real-life accounts of people who have suffered or died from vaccine-preventable diseases. The Unprotected People Report web section provides access to more than 100 personal testimonies, remembrances, case reports, and newspaper articles, as well as to opinion pieces about the value of immunization. To access the reports, go to: http://www.immunize.org/reports

The main page offers links to the reports organized by disease, and also offers similar resources from our immunization partners such as AAP, California Immunization Coalition, Every Child By Two, Families Fighting Flu, National Meningitis Association, PKIDs, and Texas Children's Hospital.

Visit often at http://www.immunize.org/reports

Do you have an article or case report about vaccine-preventable diseases that you would like us to consider as an Unprotected People Report? Please submit it to us at maryq@immunize.org
 
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3 Free "Shots 2011" software for mobile devices is now available for the new adult and child, teen, and catch-up immunization schedules

The "Shots 2011" quick-reference guides to the adult immunization schedule and the child, teen, and catch-up immunization schedules are now available for Palm-OS handhelds, Pocket-PC handhelds, iPhones and iPods (on iTunes store), and Android devices. All are available on the website of the Group on Immunization Education of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

To access "Shots 2011" for Palm-OS handhelds and Pocket-PC handhelds, as well as "Shots 2011 Online," go to: http://www.immunizationed.org/ShotsOnline.aspx
 
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4 WHO recommends influenza vaccine composition for the 2011-12 northern hemisphere influenza season

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced the viruses it recommends for use in influenza vaccines in the 2011-12 northern hemisphere influenza season. The announcement is reprinted below.


It is recommended that vaccines for use in the 2011-2012 influenza season (northern hemisphere) contain the following:
  • an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus;
  • an A/Perth/16/2009 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.

To access the WHO announcement, go to: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/influenza/recommendations_2011_12north/en
 
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5 Influenza is present in all 50 states, so please keep vaccinating!

According to MMWR (2/18/11), influenza is currently present in all 50 states, and activity is widespread in approximately 75 percent of states. Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older, so please keep vaccinating your patients.

If you don't have influenza vaccine, you can direct patients to the Google Flu Vaccine Finder. It helps the public find nearby locations where influenza vaccine is available. It's as simple as entering a zip code. Visit the Google Flu Vaccine Finder: http://www.google.com/flushot

Following is a list of resources related to influenza disease and vaccination for healthcare professionals and the public.

To access IAC's handouts related to influenza, including screening questionnaires, patient education pieces, and sample standing orders, go to: http://www.immunize.org/handouts/influenza-vaccines.asp

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6 Award-winning DVD! "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, has 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 $3 each for 1,000-1,499 copies.

To learn more about the DVD, and find out how to order it, go to: http://www.immunize.org/shop/dvd-immunization-techniques.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 for healthcare settings located in California: Contact your local health department immunization program for a free copy.

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7 Minutes of the October 2010 ACIP meeting now online

The CDC website recently posted the minutes of ACIP's October 27-28 meeting. To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the minutes, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/acip/downloads/min-oct10.pdf

To access information on past and upcoming ACIP meetings, including meeting agendas, minutes, registration, presentation slides, live meeting archives, and meeting dates, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/acip/meetings.htm
 
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