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Issue 977: February 14, 2012

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TOP STORIES

New: February issue of Vaccinate Adults is now online
The February 2012 issue of Vaccinate Adults is now online. This issue presents an array of materials that healthcare professionals can rely on to vaccinate adults. Readers will also find information about new ACIP recommendations for HPV vaccination of males and the CDC/IAC partnership for future VIS translations.

It also includes the Ask the Experts column from CDC medical epidemiologist Andrew T. Kroger, MD, MPH; nurse educator Donna L. Weaver, RN, MN; medical officer Iyabode Akinsanya-Beysolow, MD, MPH; and medical epidemiologist William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH.

Note: Vaccinate Adults is an abbreviated version of Needle Tips with the pediatric content removed.
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Reminder: February issue of Needle Tips available online
The February 2012 issue of Needle Tips is now online.
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2012 U.S. Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years now available
CDC published Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years—United States, 2012 as a QuickGuide in the last 4 pages of the February 10 issue of MMWR.

The recommended immunization schedules for people age 0 thorough 18 years are approved by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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National Infant Immunization Week scheduled for April 2128; many resources are available
This year, National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) will be held April 21–28. NIIW is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. Since 1994, NIIW has served as a call to action for parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers to ensure that infants are fully immunized against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases.

CDC has a variety of resources available for planning and promoting NIIW-related events. In addition, you are encouraged to submit information about your NIIW-related event(s) on an online form.

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CDC's recommendations for influenza antiviral medications remain unchanged
On February 9, CDC issued a Health Alert Network (HAN) Info Service Message titled CDC Recommendations for Influenza Antiviral Medications Remain Unchanged. The HAN message presents a listing of the patients for whom influenza antiviral medications are recommended, as well as links to several related documents. The first two paragraphs of the HAN message are reprinted below.

A recent review of randomized clinical trial data for the influenza neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral medications, and two related commentaries, raised questions about the value of antiviral medications for the prevention and treatment of influenza. On February 7, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted a “Have You Heard?” piece in response. The CDC response states “After careful consideration of all available evidence, CDC guidance on the use of antiviral medications remains unchanged.” CDC continues to recommend the use of neuraminidase inhibitor antiviral drugs (oral oseltamivir and inhaled zanamivir) as an important adjunct in the prevention and treatment of influenza.

These recommendations emphasize early antiviral treatment as soon as possible for patients who are severely ill and for those who are at greatest risk for complications from influenza.


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IAC HANDOUTS

IAC updates two of its handouts: "Are you 11–19 years old?" and "It's Federal Law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)"
IAC recently revised the following two handouts.
  1. IAC changed information about human papillomavirus and meningococcal vaccine on Are you 11–19 years old? Then you need to be vaccinated against these serious diseases!
  2. IAC updated some of the VIS publication dates on It's federal law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs).
IAC's Handouts for Patients and Staff web section offers healthcare professionals and the public more than 250 FREE English-language handouts (many also available in translation), which we encourage website users to print out, copy, and distribute widely.

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OFFICIAL RELEASES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

George Washington University report analyzes mandatory influenza vaccination of healthcare workers
George Washington University (GWU) School of Public Health and Health Services recently posted a report titled Analysis of State Laws that Address Mandatory Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Workers. It examines state laws that require healthcare workers to accept influenza vaccination as a condition of employment. Additionally, researchers created a separate interactive map that presents a broad graphic analysis of research findings including links to charts for each state.

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Minutes of the October 2011 ACIP meeting now online
The CDC website recently posted the minutes of ACIP's October 2011 meeting. Access is available to extensive meeting information—including past and upcoming ACIP meetings, meeting dates, registration, draft agendas, minutes, live archives, and presentation slides.

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FEATURED RESOURCES

"Shots by STFM" 2012 immunization schedules available for PCs and smart phones
Developed by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), the online version of “Shots by STFM" is now available for PCs and smart phones with an internet connection. Shots by STFM contains the U.S. 2012 childhood/adolescent immunization schedule and adult immunization schedule, plus comprehensive information about each vaccine and many additional features

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Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating
Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older, so please keep vaccinating your patients.

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

Spotlight on immunize.org: IAC’s collection of practical and clinically relevant journal articles
Looking for help searching through the current medical literature to find practical articles about vaccines and immunization? Look no further. IAC’s Journal Articles web section provides a chronological catalog of vaccine-related, peer-reviewed articles organized by vaccine and topic area.

This section offers users live links to the abstracts or full text of thousands of practical and clinically relevant journal articles on vaccine-related topics.

Some of the journal article sections and topics include
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January issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
CDC recently released the January issue of its monthly newsletter Immunization Works and posted it on the website of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). The newsletter is provided to national healthcare provider and consumer groups for distribution to their members and constituencies. The immunization information provided is non-proprietary and is encouraged to be widely disseminated and shared.

The January issue includes information about what has been going on in immunization in the past month. Much of it has already been covered in previous issues of IAC Express.

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CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS

February 29 is the date of VICNetwork's webinar on vaccine hesitancy
The VICNetwork webinar Vaccine Hesitancy: Understanding Parents’ Concerns and the Impact of Anti-Vaccine Rhetoric will take place on February 29 at 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET). Presenters include Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH, with the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics; Steven P. Novella, MD, with Yale University School of Medicine; and Amy A. Pisani, MS, with Every Child By Two (ECBT).

Registrations are currently being accepted.

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March 29 Immunization NetConference to cover CDC's 2012 child/teen and adult immunization schedules
The next Current Issues in Immunization NetConference will be held on March 29 from noon to 1 p.m. ET. Iyabode Akinsanya-Beysolow, MD, MPH, will present information about the 2012 recommended childhood/adolescent immunization schedule, and Raymond Strikas, MD, MPH, will address the 2012 recommended adult immunization schedule. Andrew Kroger, MD, MPH, will moderate the discussion.

IAC will notify IAC Express subscribers when registrations for the NetConference are being accepted.

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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.
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