Issue 1071: August 13, 2013








Reminder: IAC's Give birth to the end of Hep B initiative helps birthing hospitals adopt and strengthen hepatitis B birth dose policies

On July 16, the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) officially launched its initiative Give birth to the end of Hep B with a webinar and its new online guide, Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns. IAC also announced the creation of a Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll that recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that have attained high coverage rates for administering hepatitis B vaccine at birth and have met certain additional criteria.

Endorsed by AAFP, AAP, ACOG, and CDC, IAC's guidebook Hepatitis B: What Hospitals Need to Do to Protect Newborns is a comprehensive resource for helping hospitals and birthing centers establish, implement, and optimize their birth dose policies.

Please help IAC and support this important endeavor by sharing information about the birth dose initiative, guidebook, and honor roll with all birthing hospitals and centers and with healthcare professionals involved in maternal and infant care.

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CDC publishes an online summary of the 2013–14 influenza recommendations

On August 7, CDC published Summary Recommendations: Prevention and Control of Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices—(ACIP)—United States, 2013–14 on its website. This document is a summary of the ACIP influenza vaccination recommendations for the 2013–2014 season in the United States. The full recommendations will be published in MMWR at a future date.

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CDC makes minor change to the inactivated influenza vaccine VIS

On August 7, CDC announced that it had made a minor change to the inactivated influenza (IIV) VIS. A minor change was made to the first bullet in Section 3 ("Some people should not get this vaccine"), removing a specific mention of egg allergy, and noting the availability of an egg-free influenza vaccine. The following excerpts are from the CDC announcement.

Severely egg-allergic patients should be made aware that an egg-free flu vaccine is available. Details will be found in the upcoming ACIP influenza recommendations for the 201314 flu season...

Note that the previous (original) version of this VIS was not incorrect . . . and providers who have already printed out copies of that version do NOT need to discard them. The edition date (July 26, 2013) of this VIS has not changed.

The revised VIS is available on CDC's website in PDF format (regular and large-print), and as an RTF file for use with electronic systems. The revised VIS can also be downloaded from IAC's VIS web section.

NOTE: If you click on a link to download an updated VIS and still get the old edition, it is likely that your computer has retrieved a copy of the old VIS saved in its internal cache, rather than connecting to the website and loading the updated version. You can solve this problem by hitting "refresh" or using a different browser.

For the latest information about vaccine information statements currently under development or newly released, visit CDC's What's New with VISs web page.

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New: 2014 edition of the Yellow Book--CDC's travel-health guide--now available

The 2014 edition of CDC Health Information for International Travel (also known as the Yellow Book), is now available online and in print.

CDC publishes this guide every two years for those who advise international travelers of health risks, as well as others who might find it useful. The Yellow Book is written primarily for clinicians, including physicians, nurses, and pharmacists. Others, such as the travel industry, multinational corporations, missionary and volunteer organizations, and travelers themselves, can also find a wealth of information here.

The most recent version includes special guidance for people who will be living for an extended period in areas with malaria. The 2014 edition also offers an expanded chapter on select destinations, providing insiders’ knowledge and information on specific health risks about popular tourist destinations.

Features from previous editions can still be found in the 2014 edition, including information on cruise ship travel, food and water precautions, international adoptions, and recent immigrants returning home to visit family and friends.

Access the Yellow Book online.

The book is also available as a hard copy ($38.00). Visit Oxford University Press online or call (800) 451-7556 (toll-free USA) or (919) 677-0977, Monday–Friday, between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm ET and ask for ISBN#978-0-19-994849.

CDC's Travelers' Health web section includes links to the Yellow Book as well as additional useful information for healthcare professionals and travelers.

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IAC Spotlight! IAC offers 20 new easy-to-read handouts on child, teen, and adult vaccination that encourage everyone to get vaccinated

In July, IAC completed a new set of easy-to-read handouts for parents and patients that promote vaccination against chickenpox, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Hib, HPV, influenza, measles-mumps-rubella, meningococcal disease, pneumococcal disease, polio, rotavirus, shingles, and whooping cough-tetanus-diphtheria. These handouts feature simple, friendly illustrations. Specifically developed to be short and non-medical, the handouts emphasize the dangers of these vaccine-preventable diseases and the importance of vaccination.

Download these new resources and give copies to parents and adult patients. These positive, succinct handouts will also be great for the back-to-school season!

Handouts for parents of children
  1. Chickenpox is a serious disease...Make sure your child is protected!
  2. Hepatitis A is a serious disease...Make sure your child is protected!
  3. Hepatitis B is a serious disease...Make sure your child is protected!
  4. Hib is a serious disease...Make sure your child is protected!
  5. HPV is a serious disease...Make sure your child is protected!
  6. Influenza is a serious disease...Make sure your child is protected!
  7. Measles, mumps, and rubella are serious diseases...Make sure your child is protected!
  8. Meningococcal disease is serious...Make sure your child is protected!
  9. Pneumococcal disease is serious...Make sure your child is protected!
  10. Polio is a serious disease...Make sure your child is protected!
  11. Rotavirus is a serious disease...Make sure your child is protected!
  12. Whooping cough, tetanus, and diphtheria are serious diseases...Make sure your child is protected!
Handouts for teen and adult patients
  1. Protect yourself from hepatitis A. . . Get vaccinated!
  2. Protect yourself from hepatitis B. . . Get vaccinated!
  3. Protect yourself from HPV. . . Get vaccinated!
  4. Protect yourself from influenza. . . Get vaccinated!
  5. Protect yourself from meningococcal disease. . . Get vaccinated!
  6. Protect yourself from pneumococcal disease. . . Get vaccinated!
  7. Protect yourself from shingles. . . Get vaccinated!
  8. Protect yourself from whooping cough. .  Get vaccinated!
All these handouts can be accessed from IAC's new Vaccine Summaries web page. Scroll down to see all the selections, some of which are available in Spanish translation.

IAC's Handouts for Patients & 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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Updated "Vaccinations for Adults... You're never too old to get immunized!" now available in seven translations

Updated in April, IAC's vaccination schedule for adult patients, Vaccinations for Adults... You're never too old to get immunized! is now available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese translations.

Visit IAC's Patient Schedules web section for additional patient vaccination schedules and their translations.

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IAC posts the hepatitis B and polio VISs in simplified Chinese and shingles VIS in Farsi and Burmese

IAC recently posted the VISs for hepatitis B and polio in simplified Chinese. Simplified Chinese is preferred in China, Singapore, and Malaysia. Traditional Chinese is preferred in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. In the future, IAC will supply simplified Chinese files of VISs for each routinely recommended vaccine and will continue to offer VISs in traditional Chinese. IAC Express will notify readers when simplified Chinese and traditional Chinese files become available.

IAC also posted the shingles VIS in Farsi and Burmese.
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CDC updates easy-to-read immunization schedule for adult patients

The easy-to-read format of the 2013 Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule has been updated and is available on CDC's website. This resource is intended for members of the public. There are no changes in the recommendations, but the updated easy-to-read format now has a table on page 2 that shows the recommended immunizations for adults by medical condition, while page 1 shows the recommendations by age.

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Order IAC's popular full-size laminated versions of the 2013 U.S. immunization schedules today!

IAC's laminated versions of the 2013 U.S. child/teen and adult immunization schedules are covered with a tough, washable coating that lets them stand up to a year's worth of use in every area of your healthcare setting where immunizations are given. Each has six pages (i.e., three double-sided pages) and is folded to measure 8.5" by 11".

IAC's Laminated Child and Teen Immunization SchedulesIAC's Laminated Adult Immunization Schedules
Laminated schedules are printed in color for easy reading, come complete with essential tables and footnotes, and include contraindications and precautions—a feature that will help you make an on-the-spot determination about the safety of vaccinating patients of any age.

1–4 copies: $7.50 each
5–19 copies: $5.50 each
20–99 copies: $4.50 each
100–499 copies: $4.00 each
500–999 copies: $3.50 each

For quotes on customizing or placing orders for 1,000 copies or more, call (651) 647-9009 or email

You can access specific information on both schedules, view images of both, order online, or download an order form at the Shop IAC: Laminated Schedules web page.

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VICNetwork schedules August 27 webinar on CDC's influenza communication plans

Titled What's Trending this Fall? CDC's Communication Plans for the 201314 Influenza Season, the VICNetwork's August 27 webinar will include information on recent message testing research conducted by CDC. The session will highlight key messages and specific information about the agency's vaccine promotion plans for the 2013–14 season. Presenters include Kristine Sheedy, PhD, and Yvonne Garcia, both with CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. The 1-hour webinar begins at 2 p.m. ET.

Registrations are being accepted.

The Virtual Immunization Communication (VIC) Network is a project of the National Public Health Information Coalition and the California Immunization Coalition.

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Archived video broadcast of the June 2013 ACIP meeting now available

ACIP recently posted the archived video broadcast footage from the ACIP meeting held on June 19–20.

Presentation slides from this meeting are also available.

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Editorial Information

  • Editor-in-Chief
    Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH
  • Managing Editor
    John D. Grabenstein, RPh, PhD
  • Associate Editor
    Sharon G. Humiston, MD, MPH
  • Writer/Publication Coordinator
    Taryn Chapman, MS
    Courtnay Londo, MA
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    Marian Deegan, JD
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    Laurel H. Wood, MPA
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    Kayla Ohlde

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