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Issue 1084: October 22, 2013





IAC Spotlight! "Like" IAC on Facebook and "follow" IAC on Twitter!

IAC invites you to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. IAC's Facebook page is targeted to the public. The page is intended to help parents and all interested Facebook users learn about vaccines and their importance. If you have a personal or organizational Facebook page, please take a minute to "like" IAC on Facebook. If you have an account on Twitter, please take a minute to Follow@ImmunizeAction on Twitter. Thanks!

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IAC enrolls two more birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) is delighted to announce that two new institutions have been accepted into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll. The institutions are listed below with their reported hepatitis B birth dose coverage rates in parentheses.
  • Harrison Memorial Hospital, Cynthiana, KY (99%)
  • Regional Medical Center, San Jose, CA (99%)
The Honor Roll now includes 21 birthing institutions from 14 states!

The Honor Roll is a key part of IAC’s major initiative urging the nation’s hospitals to Give birth to the end of Hep B. Hospitals and birthing centers are recognized for attaining high coverage rates for administering hepatitis B vaccine at birth and meeting specific additional criteria. The initiative urges qualifying healthcare organizations to apply for the Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll online.

To be included in the Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll, a birthing institution must have: (1) reported a coverage rate of 90% or greater, over a 12-month period, for administering hepatitis B vaccine before hospital discharge to all newborns, including those whose parents refuse vaccination, and (2) implemented specific written policies, procedures, and protocols to protect all newborns from hepatitis B virus infection prior to hospital discharge.

Honorees are also awarded an 8.5" x 11" color certificate suitable for framing and their acceptance is announced to IAC Express’s approximately 50,000 readers.

Please visit the new Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll web page that lists these institutions and their exceptional efforts to protect infants from perinatal hepatitis B transmission.

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Adult vaccination providers: Please list your clinics with the HealthMap Vaccine Finder

Now’s the time for vaccination providers (clinics, pharmacies, health departments, and other venues) to provide the HealthMap Vaccine Finder with data on their vaccination services. Last year, this website helped direct more than 500,000 patients to vaccination providers in their areas. This year, the site already includes more than 54,000 locations that provide influenza and adult vaccines. We encourage providers to take advantage of this free opportunity to list their vaccination clinics by following the steps below.

List your clinics
This year, HealthMap Vaccine Finder is asking providers for information on clinics that administer any of seven kinds of influenza vaccines (trivalent, quadrivalent, high dose, intradermal, cell culture-based, recombinant, and nasal spray) and/or ten other adult vaccines (hepatitis A, hepatitis B, HPV, MMR, Td, Tdap, meningococcal, pneumococcal, varicella, and zoster). You don't need to provide them all.

If you are a provider who participated last year, you can log in to your account and update your information by following the directions on the Help tab.

If you are a new provider, you must first register for an account. Once you receive your password and log in, you can upload the required information to your account.

Please direct questions to

Promote the Vaccine Finder
If you publish a newsletter geared toward vaccination providers, HealthMap urges you to drop the five paragraphs above into your newsletter to inform readers about this opportunity to promote their services.

HealthMap is a team of researchers, epidemiologists, and software developers at Boston Children's Hospital.

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Clinicians: The Influenza Vaccine Availability Tracking System (IVATS) can help you locate influenza vaccine for purchase

The National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit regularly posts updated information to the Influenza Vaccine Availability Tracking System (IVATS). A resource for healthcare settings looking to purchase influenza vaccine, IVATS contains information from approved, enrolled, and participating wholesale vaccine distributors or manufacturers of U.S. licensed influenza vaccine. Ongoing updates are being made and will continue to be made throughout the 2013–14 influenza vaccination season. Keep checking back if you need to locate influenza vaccine for purchase.

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WHO reports on new case of avian influenza A(H7N9) virus infection in China

On October 16, China's National Health and Family Planning Commission notified WHO of a new laboratory-confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus. This is the first new confirmed case of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus since August 11, 2013.

WHO has been informed of a total of 136 laboratory-confirmed human cases with the virus, including 45 deaths.

WHO does not currently recommend any travel or trade restrictions.

Full WHO report

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Voices for Vaccines to host November 5 conference call featuring Curtis Brainard from the Columbia Journalism Review

Voices for Vaccines (VFV) will be hosting a November 5 conference call featuring Curtis Brainard, contributing editor at the Columbia Journalism Review. Brainard has written extensively about how journalists handle stories about immunization, including the article titled Sticking with the truth: How ‘balanced’ coverage helped sustain the bogus claim that childhood vaccines can cause autism.

Join VFV on November 5 at 11:00 a.m. (ET) to discuss the issue of false balance in journalism, other pitfalls associated with reporting on vaccines, and the ways everyone can respond. To register for the call, you must email VFV for call-in information.

Voices for Vaccines is a national organization of parents and others who are dedicated to raising the level of the voices of immunization supporters. VFV has strong, direct support from scientists, healthcare professionals, and public health officials in its mission to provide parents, caregivers, and others opportunities to advocate for on-time immunization.

Voices for Vaccines invites everyone who appreciates vaccines to join their organization. Please spread the word to your friends and colleagues!
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IAC posts Karen, Haitian Creole, and Amharic translations of inactivated and live attenuated influenza vaccine VISs

IAC recently posted six new influenza VIS translations in Karen, Haitian Creole, and Amharic.
IAC thanks the Minnesota Department of Public Health for the Karen and Amharic translations and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for the Haitian Creole translations.

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IAC corrects error in Hmong inactivated influenza vaccine VIS title translation

A sharp-eyed reader notified IAC that the title of the Hmong translation of the VIS posted online for inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) incorrectly identified it as the VIS for live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV). The translation has been corrected and the revised Hmong inactivated influenza VIS has been posted on IAC's website.

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Influenza is serious; be sure to vaccinate everyone age 6 months and older!

Vaccination remains the single most effective means of preventing influenza, and is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older. If you don't provide influenza vaccination in your clinic, please recommend vaccination to your patients and refer them elsewhere or to the HealthMap Vaccine Finder to locate sites near their workplaces or homes that offer influenza vaccination services.

Following is a list of resources related to influenza disease and vaccination for healthcare professionals and the public:
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Limited-time offer: 50% off 2013 laminated immunization schedules (use coupon code IAC50)

This special offer won’t last long! Use Coupon Code IAC50 when purchasing full-sized (6 pages, folded to 8.5" x 11”) laminated versions of either or both 2013 U.S. immunization schedules: child/teen and adult!

Laminated 2013 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.

PRICING: Enter the Coupon Code IAC50 to get the sale price in the shopping cart.

1–4: $7.50 each—SALE $3.75 each
5–19: $5.50 each—SALE $2.75 each
20–99: $4.50 each—SALE $2.25 each
100–499: $4.00 each—SALE $2.00 each
500–999: $3.50 each—SALE $1.75 each

IAC's Laminated Child and Teen Immunization SchedulesIAC's Laminated Adult Immunization Schedules
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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New Jersey Immunization Network to offer October 31 webinar about the United Nation Foundation's Shot@Life campaign

The New Jersey Immunization Network (NJIN) will present a 1-hour webinar about the United Nations Foundation's Shot@Life campaign from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. (ET) on October 31. The webinar will feature Margaret "Meg" Fisher, MD, FAAP, NJIN co-chair and president of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Fisher is an internationally renowned speaker, editor, and author.

Shot@Life is a movement to protect children worldwide by providing life-saving vaccines where they are most needed.

Access the registration form and additional information on webinar content.

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The Immunization Partnership to offer November 7 webinar on immunization and the Affordable Care Act

The Immunization Partnership will present a 90-minute webinar titled Immunization & Health Reform: Exploring Opportunities and Challenges at 10:00 a.m. (CT) on November 7. Expert speakers will discuss major changes to immunization access under health care reform, and implementation challenges facing states without Medicaid expansion. The speakers will also discuss resources to help healthcare professionals reinforce the preventive role of immunization.

Access the registration form and additional information on webinar content.

The Immunization Partnership is a nonprofit organization based in Texas that helps healthcare professionals and members of the public with an interest in immunization to make smart choices about protecting our community from vaccine-preventable diseases.

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About IZ Express

IZ Express is supported in part by Grant No. 1NH23IP922654 from CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Its contents are solely the responsibility of and do not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.

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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
  • Style and Copy Editor
    Marian Deegan, JD
  • Web Edition Managers
    Arkady Shakhnovich
    Jermaine Royes
  • Contributing Writer
    Laurel H. Wood, MPA
  • Technical Reviewer
    Kayla Ohlde

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