IZ Express
Our weekly email newsletter, IZ Express, has been in production since 1997 and currently has more than 55,000 subscribers. Each week, it provides up-to-date information about:
  • New CDC vaccine recommendations
  • FDA vaccine approvals
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  • Current events
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Issue 1744: February 28, 2024

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Issue 1741: February 15, 2024

Issue 1740: February 14, 2024

Issue 1739: February 8, 2024

Issue 1738: February 7, 2024

Issue 1737: January 31, 2024

Issue 1736: January 24, 2024

Issue 1735: January 17, 2024

Issue 1734: January 10, 2024

Issue 1733: December 20, 2023

Vaccine Information Statements

Issue 1730: December 13, 2023

Issue 1729: December 6, 2023

Issue 1726: November 29, 2023

Issue 1724: November 22, 2023

Issue 1723: November 15, 2023

Issue 1722: November 8, 2023

Top Stories

 

Issue 1721: November 1, 2023

Issue 1720: October 25, 2023

Issue 1719: October 18, 2023

Top Stories
"Use of Updated COVID-19 Vaccines 2023–2024 Formula for Persons Aged ≥6 Months: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices—United States, September 2023" published in MMWR Early Release
"Use of the Pfizer Respiratory Syncytial Virus Vaccine during Pregnancy for the Prevention of Respiratory Syncytial Virus-Associated Lower Respiratory Disease in Infants: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices—United States, 2023" published in MMWR
CDC releases new Immunization Information Statement (a VIS-like document) for Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Preventive Antibody (nirsevimab)
Immunize.org posts five new and updated translations of Vaccine Information Statements
Immunize.org retires four of its resources summarizing recommendations and contraindications
“Vaccination after COVID-19 Illness”: watch the 2-minute answer, part of the Ask the Experts Video Series on Facebook, LinkedIn, X (Twitter), YouTube, and Instagram
Spotlight: Immunize.org resources focused on each vaccine-preventable disease, in photo, narrative, and Q&A formats
Keep up with influenza this season: use CDC’s FluView and RESP-NET surveillance reports and Influenza Vaccination Dashboard, updated weekly
Immunize.org's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for healthcare worker vaccination requirements now features 1,335 organizations, including one new facility
Vaccines in the news
Immunize.org Pages and Handouts
Immunize.org updates its “Vaccines: COVID-19” main page to reflect recommended use of the 2023–2024 formula vaccines
Notable Publications
"High Influenza Incidence and Disease Severity among Children and Adolescents Aged <18 Years—United States, 2022–23 Season" published in MMWR
Upcoming Events
Virtual: Watch October 25–26 ACIP meeting. Topics include immunization schedules and seven vaccine-preventable diseases.
Virtual: National Foundation for Infectious Diseases hosts "Clinical Vaccinology Course" on November 15–17; CME and CNE available
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Issue 1718: October 11, 2023

Top Stories
FDA authorizes Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted (2023–2024 Formula) for people age 12 and older; CDC recommends use as authorized
CDC issues updated standing order templates for 2023–2024 formula COVID-19 mRNA vaccines; standing orders for updated Novavax COVID-19 vaccine to follow
“Use of the Pfizer Respiratory Syncytial Virus Vaccine during Pregnancy for the Prevention of Respiratory Syncytial Virus–Associated Lower Respiratory Tract Disease in Infants: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices—United States, 2023” published in MMWR Early Release
Two studies from CDC's MMWR show RSV causes serious illness in older adults
Many changes for fall 2023: review your COVID-19 resources with the latest version of Immunize.org’s “Checklist of Current Versions of U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance and Clinic Support Tools”
“Drawing up Vaccine Doses in Advance”: watch the 1-minute answer, part of the Ask the Experts Video Series on Facebook, LinkedIn, X (Twitter), YouTube, and Instagram
Every American household can once again order four free COVID-19 tests, delivered to their residence
Spotlight: Immunize.org resources focused on influenza vaccination
Vaccines in the news
Featured Resources
Moderna offers Bench2Practice, a resource center for healthcare providers to facilitate vaccination discussions with patients; registration required
Montgomery County Immunization Coalition (Pennsylvania) releases Halloween-themed social media toolkit and other social media images and text in four languages
NFID posts podcast episode featuring researcher Carol J. Baker, MD, on developing vaccines and antivirals and conducting clinical trials during pregnancy
CHOP’s Vaccine Education Center shares “Aluminum & Vaccines: 3 Things to Know” infographic in English and Spanish
Voices for Vaccines releases podcast with former CDC communications chief Glen Nowak on analyzing vaccine communication
Order Immunize.org’s child, adult, and lifetime immunization record cards—wallet-sized, designed to last!
Notable Publications
COVID-19–Associated Hospitalizations among U.S. Adults Aged ≥65 Years—COVID-NET, 13 States, January–August 2023” published in MMWR
“Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccination Status among Long-Term Care Facility Residents—United States, October 31, 2022–May 7, 2023” published in MMWR
“Updated Guidance regarding the Risk of Allergic Reactions to COVID-19 Vaccines and Recommended Evaluation and Management: A GRADE Assessment and International Consensus Approach” published in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology  
"Unexpected Vaginal Bleeding and COVID-19 Vaccination in Nonmenstruating Women" published in Science Advances
“Maternal Pertussis Vaccination, Infant Immunization, and Risk of Pertussis” published in Pediatrics
Global News
WHO recommends R21/Matrix-M vaccine for prevention of malaria in children
Upcoming Events
Virtual: Pfizer offers educational webinars “Pfizer RSV Vaccine – A New Maternal Indication” Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays through October 19
Virtual: Watch October 25–27 ACIP meeting. Topics include immunization schedules and eight vaccine-preventable diseases.
Hybrid: Clinical Care Options hosts webinar “Ready, Set, Vaccinate! Clinical Implementation of RSV Vaccination for Older Adults” on October 26 at 7:30 p.m. (ET); CME, CNE, and CPE available 
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Issue 1717: October 4, 2023

Top Stories
CDC issues updated 2023 child and adult recommended immunization schedules, adding addenda listing new 2023 recommendations
CDC and CMS issue letter encouraging prevention of RSV this season with newly recommended vaccines and monoclonal antibody
October 5 is World Meningitis Day. Vaccination prevents meningococcal meningitis.
“Pregnancy and Flu Vaccine”: watch the 1-minute answer, part of the Ask the Experts Video Series on Facebook, LinkedIn, X (Twitter), YouTube, and Instagram
Institute for Safe Medication Practices highlights potential for dosing error with Fluzone high-dose vaccine
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Spotlight: Immunize.org resources focused on adolescent vaccination
Vaccines in the news
Immunize.org Pages and Handouts
Recap: Immunize.org updated these clinical resources in August and September
Vaccine Information Statements
Reminder! Immunize.org posts 28 new translations of Vaccine Information Statement for RSV vaccine for older adults.
Recap: Vaccine Information Statements and translations released in August and September
Featured Resources
National Network of Immunization Coalitions’ webinar, “What You Need to Know about New RSV Immunizations for Children and Adults,” available for on-demand viewing
Public Health Foundation and CDC create three videos to help clinicians differentiate “expiration date” and “beyond use date” for vaccines 
Public Health Communications Collaborative offers social media graphics and messages to communicate key details about respiratory illness prevention 
Explore the www.Give2MenACWY.org website to increase coverage for the MenACWY booster and other adolescent vaccinations
Notable Publications
“COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendations and Practices for Women of Reproductive Age, by Health Care Providers—Fall DocStyles Survey, United States, 2022” published in MMWR 
“Inequities in COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage among Pregnant Persons, by Disaggregated Race and Ethnicity—Massachusetts, May 2021–October 2022” published in MMWR 
“Effectiveness of Maternal mRNA COVID-19 Vaccination during Pregnancy against COVID-19–Associated Hospitalizations in Infants Aged <6 Months during SARS-CoV-2 Omicron Predominance—20 States, March 9, 2022–May 31, 2023” published in MMWR 
“Influenza, Tdap, and COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage and Hesitancy among Pregnant Women—United States, April 2023” published in MMWR  
Upcoming Events
Today! Virtual: CDC briefing on fall and winter virus season with CDC Director Mandy K. Cohen on October 4 at 12:00 p.m. (ET).

Issue 1716: September 27, 2023

Top Stories
Immunize.org summarizes ACIP meeting recommending RSV vaccine during pregnancy to prevent illness in infants
Immunize.org posts 28 new translations of Vaccine Information Statement for RSV vaccine for older adults
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia releases vaccine education modules about dispelling misinformation and communicating with autistic and neurodiverse people
“Answer Parent Concerns about HPV Vaccination”: watch the 1-minute answer, part of the Ask the Experts Video Series on Facebook, LinkedIn, X (Twitter), YouTube, and Instagram
Spotlight: Immunize.org’s “Standing Orders Templates for Administering Vaccines” main page helps you simplify your vaccination practice
Immunize.org's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for healthcare worker vaccination requirements now features 1,334 organizations, including two new facilities
Journalists interview Immunize.org experts
Vaccines in the news
Immunize.org Pages and Handouts
Immunize.org updates “Before You Vaccinate Adults, Consider Their ‘H-A-L-O’!”
Immunize.org updates “Vaccine Administration Record for Adults”
Immunize.org updates “Vaccine Administration Record for Children and Teens”
Vaccine Information Statements
Recap: Immunize.org posts 12 new translations of CDC’s recently updated multi-vaccine Vaccine Information Statement for infants
Featured Resources
American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) publishes articles on universal hepatitis B vaccination recommendations, CME available
Global News
“Progress toward Poliomyelitis Eradication—Afghanistan, January 2022–June 2023” published in MMWR
“Circulating Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus Type 2 Emergences Linked to Novel Oral Poliovirus Vaccine Type 2 Use—Six African Countries, 2021–2023” published in MMWR
Upcoming Events
Virtual: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia webinar honors student winners of the 2023 Maurice R. Hilleman Essay Contest on September 29 at 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Virtual: National Network of Immunization Coalitions’ webinar “What You Need to Know about New RSV Immunizations for Children and Adults” now available for on-demand viewing
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Issue 1715: September 20, 2023

Top Stories
Immunize.org summarizes ACIP meeting on 2023–2024 COVID-19 vaccine recommendations
CDC updates clinical considerations for COVID-19 vaccines, including 2023–2024 recommendations
HHS launches Bridge Access Program to provide COVID-19 vaccines at no cost for uninsured and underinsured adults
Immunize.org updates its “Ask the Experts” web page on influenza for the 2023–24 season
“MenACWY Given at Age 10. Revaccinate at 11, or Not?”: watch the 1-minute answer, part of the Ask the Experts Video Series on Facebook, LinkedIn, X (Twitter), YouTube, and Instagram
Spotlight: Immunize.org's resources focused on communication between healthcare personnel and patients or caregivers
Vaccines in the news
Immunize.org Pages and Handouts
Immunize.org updates the 2023–24 influenza vaccination standing orders templates—one for adults and one for children and teens
Immunize.org revises its clinical resource “Communicating the Benefits of Influenza Vaccination” for the 2023–24 season
Immunize.org updates three handouts, “Notification of Immunization Letter Template,” “Hepatitis A is a Serious Liver Disease: Vaccination Can Protect You!,” and “Hepatitis A: Questions and Answers”
Immunize.org updates its “Vaccine Timeline” web page to include recent vaccine-related events 
Vaccine Information Statements
Immunize.org posts new 12 translations of CDC’s recently updated multi-vaccine Vaccine Information Statement for infants   
Featured Resources
Vaccinate Your Family launches its 2023–24 “Not ‘Just’ the Flu” campaign to raise awareness about the seriousness of influenza  
Voices for Vaccines releases video “What is Community Immunity?” to share with patients and the public  
Organizing a new vaccination program? Use Immunize.org’s Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide—free to download by chapter or in its entirety.
Global News
“Interim Effectiveness Estimates of 2023 Southern Hemisphere Influenza Vaccines in Preventing Influenza-Associated Hospitalizations—REVELAC-I Network, March–July 2023” published in MMWR
Upcoming Events
Virtual: Watch the ACIP discuss RSV vaccination during pregnancy on September 22 at 10:00 a.m. (ET) 
Virtual: NCIRD offers webinar “Clinical Guidance for Use of Products to Prevent RSV Disease in Infants” on September 27 at 12:00 p.m. (ET); CE available
Virtual: Moderna offers multiple informational briefings for clinical staff on the updated 2023–2024 Moderna COVID-19 vaccine formulation in September
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Issue 1714: September 19, 2023

Ask the Experts: Immunize.org Answers Questions about Influenza Vaccination for the 2023–24 Season
As an additional service to IZ Express readers, we periodically publish special editions such as this one, providing you with new and updated Ask the Experts questions and answers from Immunize.org experts. This issue includes 14 Q&As about influenza vaccination based on recently updated ACIP recommendations.

To find the full set of Immunize.org's Ask the Experts influenza vaccination Q&As, visit www.immunize.org/askexperts/experts_inf.asp.

You can find all of these questions and answers, plus more than 1,200 others about vaccines and vaccine administration, on our "Ask the Experts" main page at www.immunize.org/askexperts.

Immunize.org's team of experts includes Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH (team lead), Carolyn B. Bridges, MD, FACP, and Iyabode Beysolow, MD, MPH.
Influenza Vaccination for the 2023–24 Season
Q: Please summarize what's new in the 2023–24 influenza vaccine recommendations.
Q: How serious a problem is influenza in the United States?
Q: What kind of influenza activity might be expected for 2023–24 influenza season?
Q: Who is recommended to be vaccinated against influenza?
Q: Which influenza vaccines will be available during the 2023–24 influenza season?
Q: Are any of the available flu vaccines recommended over others?
Q: When does CDC recommend starting influenza vaccination?
Q: May influenza vaccines be given at the same time as other vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines?
Q: May influenza vaccines be given at the same time as RSV vaccine?
Q: Which children younger than age 9 years will need 2 doses of influenza vaccine in this influenza season?
Q: What is the latest ACIP guidance on influenza vaccination and egg allergy?
Q: What are contraindications and precautions for inactivated or recombinant influenza vaccines?
Q: What are the contraindications and precautions for FluMist Quadrivalent (LAIV4)?
Q: What is the most up-to-date Influenza Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) for the 2023–24 influenza season?
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Issue 1713: September 13, 2023

Top Stories
“Pneumococcal Vaccine for Adults Aged ≥19 Years: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, United States, 2023” published in MMWR
CDC releases job aid for shared clinical decision-making for RSV vaccination of adults age 60 and older
“Health Care Provider Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Adult Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Recommendations—United States, September 28–October 10, 2022” published in MMWR
National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15; encourage your Hispanic patients to be vaccinated with culturally appropriate resources
Happy Mexican Independence Day, September 16! Here’s an orientation to vaccination information and advocacy in Mexico.
“Ask the Experts: Alternative Schedules”: watch the 2-minute answer, part of the Ask the Experts Video Series on Facebook, LinkedIn, X (Twitter), YouTube, and Instagram
Spotlight: Immunize.org’s “Clinic Tools” main page is a one-stop source of practical information about vaccines
Vaccines in the news
Immunize.org Pages and Handouts
Immunize.org updates its patient handout titled "Not Sure If You Can Get an Influenza Vaccine?"
Review your COVID-19 resources with the latest version of Immunize.org’s “Checklist of Current Versions of U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance and Clinic Support Tools”
Vaccine Information Statements
Spanish versions of new Vaccine Information Statement for RSV vaccine for older adults and updated multi-vaccine Vaccine Information Statement for infants now available
Featured Resources
Boost Oregon's award-winning animated videos are now available in Spanish
AAP offers new podcast episode from Pediatrics on Call discussing RSV, COVID-19, pneumococcal, and influenza vaccines
Order Immunize.org’s child, adult, and lifetime immunization record cards—wallet-sized, designed to last!
Notable Publications
"Ten-Year Follow-Up of 9-Valent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine: Immunogenicity, Effectiveness, and Safety" published in Pediatrics
"Deciphering Knowledge and Opinions of Human Papillomavirus and Human Papillomavirus Vaccination for Facilitation of Point-of-Care Vaccination in Adults" published in JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery
“Reduced Odds of Mpox-Associated Hospitalization among Persons Who Received JYNNEOS Vaccine—California, May 2022–May 2023” published in MMWR
"Religious Exemptions, Public Health, and School Vaccination Requirements" published in JAMA Pediatrics
Global News
“Progress toward Measles Elimination—African Region, 2017–2021” published in MMWR
Upcoming Events
Virtual: Participate in the "Pregnant & Protected" from COVID-19 campaign launch,
September 14, 3:30 p.m. (ET)
Virtual: Watch September 21–22 National Vaccine Advisory Committee meeting
Virtual: Watch the ACIP meeting to discuss maternal RSV vaccination, September 22
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Issue 1712: September 6, 2023

Top Stories
Spanish versions of new Vaccine Information Statement for RSV vaccine for older adults and updated multi-vaccine VIS for infants now available
Immunization advocates: registration is open for the 16th National Conference for Immunization Coalitions and Partnerships to be held April 9–11, 2024, in Philadelphia 
“Safety of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines in Children”: watch the 3-minute answer, part of the Ask the Experts Video Series on Facebook, LinkedIn, X (Twitter), YouTube, and Instagram 
Immunize.org’s Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll recognizes 580 institutions, including four renewing honorees
Spotlight: Immunize.org resources focused on the history of vaccines
Vaccines in the news
Immunize.org Pages and Handouts
Immunize.org posts five updated 2023–2024 influenza season clinical resources 
Immunize.org updates its resource for the public: “Varicella (Chickenpox): Questions and Answers” 
Immunize.org updates its “Ask the Experts” web page on travel vaccines 
Recap: Immunize.org updated these clinic resources in July and August
Vaccine Information Statements
Recap: Vaccine Information Statements and translations released in July and August 
Featured Resources
CHOP’s PolicyLab and Vaccine Education Center release report on increasing vaccination rates on college campuses 
Listen to the newest episode of Unity’s FACTSinnated podcast on the FDA’s role in increasing vaccine confidence with Dr. Peter Marks 
Explore the www.Give2MenACWY.org website to increase coverage for the MenACWY booster and other adolescent vaccinations
Notable Publications
“‘They’ve All Endorsed It . . . but I’m Just Not There:’ A Qualitative Exploration of COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Reported by Black and Latinx Individuals” published in BMJ Open
Upcoming Events
Virtual: Watch the ACIP meeting to discuss updated COVID-19 vaccines for fall 2023, September 12, 10:00 a.m. (ET)

Issue 1711: August 30, 2023

Top Stories
“Use of Nirsevimab for the Prevention of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Disease among Infants and Young Children: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices—United States, 2023” published in MMWR
“Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices—United States, 2023–24 Influenza Season” published in MMWR
“Vaccination Coverage among Adolescents Aged 13–17 Years—National Immunization Survey–Teen, United States, 2022” published in MMWR
FDA licenses first vaccine for pregnant individuals to prevent RSV in their infants
Immunize.org updates its "Ask the Experts" web page on travel vaccines against cholera and tick-borne encephalitis
“Four Doses of Polio Vaccine before Age 4. Booster Needed?” Watch the 1-minute answer, part of the Ask the Experts Video Series on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.
Spotlight: Immunize.org resources on state requirements, exemptions, and the consequences of being unvaccinated
Vaccines in the news
Immunize.org Pages and Handouts
Immunize.org posts complete suite of materials on vaccination anxiety, designed for healthcare personnel and the public
Immunize.org updates “Questions and Answers” handouts on measles, mumps, and rubella
Featured Resources
“Shop Immunize.org” offers resources for your practice. Don’t miss getting laminated 2023 U.S. adult immunization schedules for your exam rooms.
Notable Publications
"Temporally Associated Invasive Pneumococcal Disease and SARS-CoV-2 Infection, Alaska, USA, 2020–2021" published in Emerging Infectious Diseases
"COVID-19 Booster Vaccination during Pregnancy Enhances Maternal Binding and Neutralizing Antibody Responses and Transplacental Antibody Transfer to the Newborn” published in Vaccine
"Differences in SARS-CoV-2 Specific Humoral and Cellular Immune Responses after Contralateral and Ipsilateral COVID-19 Vaccination" published in Lancet
“Immunization Update: 2024 Vaccine Schedules for Infants, Children, and Adolescents” published in Clinical Advisor
Upcoming Events
Virtual: Today! CDC hosts webinar titled "New RSV Vaccines for Adults: General Information and Clinical Guidance" on August 30 at 12:00 p.m. (ET); CE credit offered.
Virtual: Watch September 12 ACIP meeting to discuss updated COVID-19 vaccines for fall 2023
Virtual: CHOP hosts Current Issues in Vaccines webinar titled “RSV Vaccines Across the Lifespan” on September 13; CE credit offered
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Issue 1710: August 29, 2023

Ask the Experts: Immunize.org Answers Questions about Vaccine Storage and Handling, Polio, and Meningococcal Vaccines
As an additional service to IZ Express readers, we periodically publish special editions such as this one, providing you with new and updated Ask the Experts questions and answers from Immunize.org’s experts. This issue includes 4 Q&As about vaccine storage and handling, 3 Q&As about polio vaccination, and 4 Q&As about meningococcal vaccination.

You can find all of these questions and answers, plus more than a thousand others about vaccines and vaccine administration, on our "Ask the Experts" gateway page at www.immunize.org/askexperts.

Immunize.org's team of experts includes Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH (team lead), Carolyn B. Bridges, MD, FACP, and Iyabode Beysolow, MD, MPH.
Storage and Handling Questions
Q: Where can I get the most up-to-date information about vaccine storage and handling?
Q: When the expiration date of a vaccine indicates a month and year, does the vaccine expire on the first or last day of the month?
Q: What is a temperature excursion?
Q: What is NSF/ANSI 456 certification?
Q: We have a small office with limited space for a vaccine storage unit. If dormitory-style refrigerators are not an option, what can we use?

Issue 1709: August 23, 2023

Top Stories
New! Immunize.org posts complete suite of materials on vaccination anxiety, designed for healthcare personnel and the public.
“Effectiveness of Monovalent and Bivalent mRNA Vaccines in Preventing COVID-19–Associated Emergency Department and Urgent Care Encounters among Young Children Aged 6 Months–5 Years—VISION Network, United States, July 2022–June 2023” published in MMWR
“Epidemiologic and Clinical Features of Mpox in Adults Aged >50 Years—United States, May 2022–May 2023” published in MMWR
National Immunization Awareness Month is in full swing; promote vaccination with these helpful resources for all ages
“COVID-19 Vaccine Dose for Almost-12-Year-Old?” Watch the 2-minute answer, part of the Ask the Experts Video Series on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram
Unity Consortium’s 3Cs program (Confident, Concise, and Consistent) combats vaccine hesitancy
Spotlight: Immunize.org’s “Handouts” main page provides easy access to hundreds of vaccination-related handouts and fact sheets
Vaccines in the news
Immunize.org Pages and Handouts
Immunize.org's new and updated resources support your work to address vaccination-related anxiety and syncope
Immunize.org updates two hepatitis B handouts for healthcare personnel
Immunize.org updates its handout for healthcare providers, “Vaccines with Diluents: How to Use Them”
Featured Resources
Vaccine Track shows largest increase in adult vaccination rates since before the pandemic
Vaccines.gov enables influenza vaccine search function for the 2023–2024 influenza season
Immunize.org's elegant "Vaccines Save Lives" black enamel pins make thoughtful tokens of thanks for hard-working colleagues
Notable Publications
"Disparities in Child and Adolescent COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage and Parental Intent toward Vaccinations for Their Children and Adolescents" published in Annals of Medicine
Global News
“Progress toward Poliomyelitis Eradication—Pakistan, January 2022–June 2023” published in MMWR and Weekly Epidemiological Record
Upcoming Events
Virtual: Today! NCIRD hosts webinar titled “Childhood and Adult Pneumococcal Recommendations” on August 23 at 12:00 p.m. (ET); CE credit offered.
Virtual: NCIRD hosts webinar titled "New RSV Vaccines for Adults: General Information and Clinical Guidance" on August 30 at 12:00 p.m. (ET); CE credit offered.
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Issue 1708: August 16, 2023

Top Stories
New! Immunize.org's resources on vaccination-related fainting and anxiety, designed for healthcare personnel and the public.
Immunize.org’s screening checklists for vaccine contraindications now address vaccination-related fainting and anxiety
Two weeks remain in National Immunization Awareness Month; promote vaccination with these helpful resources for all ages
“Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine for Mature First Year College Students”: watch the 2-minute answer, part of the Ask the Experts Video Series on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram
Immunize.org's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for healthcare worker vaccination requirements now features 1,332 organizations, including one new facility
Spotlight: Check out Immunize.org's companion websites
Vaccines in the news
Immunize.org Pages and Handouts
Immunize.org posts five updated 2023–2024 influenza season clinical resources for healthcare providers
Immunize.org updates its "Ask the Experts" web page on vaccine storage and handling
Featured Resources
Organizing a new vaccination program? Use Immunize.org’s Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide—free to download by chapter or in its entirety.
Notable Publications
“SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Death Rates among Maintenance Dialysis Patients during Delta and Early Omicron Waves—United States, June 30, 2021–September 27, 2022” published in MMWR 
Upcoming Events
Virtual: CDC hosts COCA call "We Must Maintain Measles Elimination in the United States: Measles Clinical Presentation, Diagnosis, and Prevention" on August 17 at 2:00 p.m. (ET); CE credit offered
Virtual: Pfizer medical team hosts live webinar titled "New RSV Vaccine Recommendations for Older Adults: A 15-Minute Implementation Primer" August 16 and 17
Virtual: NCIRD hosts webinar titled “Childhood and Adult Pneumococcal Recommendations” on August 23 at 12:00 p.m. (ET); CE credit offered
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Issue 1707: August 9, 2023

Top Stories
Immunize.org summarizes ACIP’s August 3 meeting recommending nirsevimab for RSV prevention in infants and inclusion in Vaccines for Children program
New! Immunize.org updates its summaries of 2023 state immunization requirements for childcare, school, and college entry, including new summary maps.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month; promote vaccination with helpful resources for all ages
Review your COVID-19 resources with new version of Immunize.org’s “Checklist of Current Versions of U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance and Clinic Support Tools”
“Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine Schedule”: watch the 2-minute answer, part of the Ask the Experts Video Series on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram
Vaccines in the news
Immunize.org Pages and Handouts
Immunize.org updates its “Ask the Experts” web page on polio vaccine
Recap: Immunize.org updated these clinic resources in June and July
Vaccine Information Statements
Recap: Vaccine Information Statements and translations released in June and July
Featured Resources
ACOG shares educational resources on maternal immunization for NIAM
ACOG offers training course, “Inform to Empower: Building COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence One Conversation at a Time," for physicians and other obstetric care clinicians; CME offered
Notable Publications
“Vaccination Coverage among Adults in the United States, National Health Interview Survey, 2021” published by CDC
“Measles Outbreak—Central Ohio, 2022–2023” published in MMWR
“Safety Monitoring of Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine among Persons Aged ≥12 Years—United States, July 13, 2022–March 13, 2023” published in MMWR
Global News
WHO releases message from Director of Immunization, Vaccines, and Biologicals on the release of country vaccination estimates
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Issue 1706: August 2, 2023

Top Stories
New clinical resources developed by Immunize.org to help you implement CDC’s universal adult hepatitis B screening and vaccination recommendations. Download them today!
CDC releases new Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) for RSV vaccine for older adults and updated multi-vaccine VIS for children before the first birthday
August is National Immunization Awareness Month; promote vaccination with helpful resources for all ages
“Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine for College Students”: watch the 1-minute answer, part of the Ask the Experts Video Series on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram
Immunize.org’s Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll recognizes 580 institutions, including two new honorees 
Spotlight: Check out the variety of staff training resources curated by Immunize.org
Vaccines in the news
Immunize.org Pages and Handouts
Immunize.org updates its “Ask the Experts” web page on hepatitis B vaccine
Immunize.org updates its resource for healthcare professionals: “Don’t Be Guilty of These Preventable Errors in Vaccine Administration!”
Vaccine Information Statements
Confirm that your Vaccine Information Statements are up to date: Immunize.org updates “You Must Provide Patients with Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) – It’s Federal Law!” and “Dates of Current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)”
Featured Resources
Unity Consortium releases FACTsinnated podcast titled “COVID-19: Then and Now with Dr. Walter A. Orenstein”
Explore the www.Give2MenACWY.org website to increase coverage for the MenACWY booster and other adolescent vaccinations
Notable Publications
"Failure to Complete Multidose Vaccine Series in Early Childhood" published in Pediatrics
“Demographic Disparities in Mpox Vaccination Series Completion, by Route of Vaccine Administration—California, August 9, 2022–March 31, 2023” published in MMWR
“QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Received an Influenza Vaccination in the Past 12 Months, by Race and Ethnicity and Family Income—National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2021” published in MMWR
"Vaccination Mandates—an Old Public Health Tool Faces New Challenges" published in JAMA
Upcoming Events
Virtual: ACIP meets to vote on nirsevimab recommendations for RSV prevention in infants and inclusion in the Vaccines for Children program on August 3, 11:00 a.m. (ET)
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Issue 1705: August 1, 2023

Ask the Experts: Immunize.org Answers Questions about Universal Adult Hepatitis B Screening and Vaccination
As an additional service to IZ Express readers, we periodically publish special editions such as this one, providing you with new and updated Ask the Experts questions and answers from Immunize.org experts. This issue includes 17 Q&As related to universal adult hepatitis B screening and vaccination guidelines. These Q&As also are available in a print-ready format from Immunize.org at www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2080.pdf. Download and share these practical Q&As with members of the healthcare team working to implement adult hepatitis B screening and vaccination into clinical practice.

You can find all of these Q&As and more than a thousand other Q&As about vaccines and vaccine administration on our "Ask the Experts" main page at www.immunize.org/askexperts.

Immunize.org's team of experts includes Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH (team lead), Carolyn B. Bridges, MD, FACP, and Iyabode Beysolow, MD, MPH.
Universal Adult Hepatitis B Screening and Vaccination Questions
Q: Which adults should be vaccinated for hepatitis B?
Q: Which adults should be screened for hepatitis B?
Q: Why should healthcare professionals focus on vaccinating all adults against hepatitis B now?
Q: Where can I find information about hepatitis B vaccination and post-vaccination testing for people who work in healthcare?
Q: In light of the 2023 CDC hepatitis B screening recommendations, should a healthcare worker who needs to be tested for anti-HBs to confirm immunity after HepB vaccination have the triple panel screening test (anti-HBs, anti-HBc, HBsAg) instead of an isolated anti-HBs?
Q: People with risk factors who are 60 and older should be vaccinated and other people older than 60 may be vaccinated. How does CDC intend clinics to handle people 60 and older?
Q: If the adult patient hasn’t been screened for hepatitis B yet, should you screen them before you decide about vaccinating?
Q: Why does CDC recommend HepB vaccination of adults in settings (such as most pharmacies) where triple panel hepatitis B screening is not available?
Q: If you are going to give an adult HepB vaccine and draw the screening hepatitis B triple panel at the same visit, does it matter which one you do first?
Q: What do I do for adult patients who don’t have records of HepB vaccination, but are sure they were vaccinated?
Q: Why should I do a triple panel screening test for hepatitis B status on adults we know were vaccinated?
Q: Do adults who were properly vaccinated need to be revaccinated if they have a negative surface antibody (anti-HBs) result on their triple panel screening test for hepatitis B?
Q: Does it matter which adult HepB vaccine I use? Are there differences among the recommended products?
Q: What do I do if an adult patient has documentation of one dose of HepB vaccine of unknown type a few years ago, but never finished the series?
Q: What should I do if an adult patient needs screening for hepatitis B, but recently received the first dose of HepB vaccine elsewhere?
Q: What do I do with an adult whose triple panel hepatitis B screening result shows only the total core antibody (anti-HBc) is positive?
Q: Adults go to many different healthcare providers over time. HepB is a vaccine series most only need once. How do we avoid the problem of lost records for adult patients we vaccinate now?
Q: A healthy young adult patient who received the HepB vaccine series before college recently had a triple panel screen and discovered that he had chronic hepatitis B. Did the vaccine fail? What do I tell the patient?

Issue 1704: July 26, 2023

Top Stories
“Use of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Vaccines in Older Adults: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices—United States, 2023” published in MMWR
FDA approves nirsevimab for prevention of RSV in infants and vulnerable children up to 24 months; watch ACIP meeting considering nirsevimab recommendations and inclusion in the Vaccines for Children program, August 3, 11:00 a.m. (ET)
National Immunization Awareness Month starts August 1; promote vaccination with CDC resources 
2023–2024 CDC influenza vaccination recommendations adopted
“Minimum Interval When Repeating Expired Live Vaccine Dose”: watch the 1-minute answer, part of the Ask the Experts Video Series on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram
Immunize.org’s MenB Vaccination Honor Roll recognizes one new institution that protects its students
World Hepatitis Day occurs July 28; share Immunize.org’s resources all year long
Spotlight: Immunize.org's “Clinic Tools: Administering Vaccines” main page provides practical tools based on authoritative sources
Vaccines in the news
Immunize.org Pages and Handouts
Immunize.org updates its “Ask the Experts” web pages on combination vaccines, meningococcal ACWY vaccines, and meningococcal B vaccines
Featured Resources
CDC issues 2024 edition of CDC Yellow Book: Health Information for International Travel 
Notable Publications
“Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines during Pregnancy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis” published in Vaccine
“Reflections from School Communities in Underserved Populations on Childhood COVID-19 Vaccination” published in Pediatrics
Global News
“Progress toward Hepatitis B Control and Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of Hepatitis B Virus—World Health Organization African Region, 2016–2021” published in MMWR
“The Pan American Health Organization: 120 Years Promoting Public Health in the Region of the Americas” (commentary) published by Pan American Journal of Public Health 
Upcoming Events
Today! North Dakota State University hosts webinar titled “Vaccines under the Microscope: How Can We Know They Are Safe?” on July 26, 1:00 p.m. (ET).
Virtual: Montgomery County (Pennsylvania) Immunization Coalition hosts webinar titled “Back to School Vaccines” on August 15, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
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Issue 1703: July 19, 2023

Top Stories
Immunize.org adds direct links to state school and childcare immunization requirement information