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Issue 1098: January 7, 2014

IAC Spotlight! Eight more healthcare organizations join IAC's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination

IAC urges qualifying healthcare organizations to apply for its Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll. The honor roll recognizes hospitals, medical practices, professional organizations, health departments, and government entities that have taken a stand for patient safety by implementing mandatory influenza vaccination policies for healthcare personnel. More than 350 organizations are now enrolled.

Since November 26, when IAC Express last reported on the Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll, 8 organizations have been enrolled.

Newly added healthcare organizations, medical practices, and health agencies
  • Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Bolinbrook, IL
  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
  • Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NH
  • H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, FL
  • Heartland Health/Mosaic Life Care, Saint Joseph, MO
  • Methodist Hospital, Henderson, KY
  • Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, FL
  • Tompkins County Health Department, Ithaca, NY
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IAC enrolls six more birthing institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) is delighted to announce that six new birthing 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.
  • Greene County Medical Center, Jefferson, IA (100%)
  • Mary Rutan Hospital, Bellefontaine, OH (94%)
  • Northeast Georgia Health System, Gainesville, GA (95%)
  • Pecos County Memorial Hospital, Fort Stockton, TX (98%)
  • Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Rockwall, TX (93%)
  • The Medical Center of Aurora, Aurora, CO (97%)
The Honor Roll now includes 52 birthing institutions from 19 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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New York City Board of Health votes to require influenza immunization for children in daycare and preschool

On December 16, the New York City Board of Health approved a proposal to require influenza immunization for children in licensed preschool and daycare facilities. The new rule will take effect in 30 days, but will not be enforced until next year. Starting in 2014, children attending a licensed preschool or daycare center will need to be vaccinated against influenza by December 31, unless exempted for medical or religious reasons.
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CDC looks back at 2013, and ahead to 2014 health challenges, including two related to vaccination

As 2013 came to a close, CDC published a list of five major health concerns in 2013, and previewed five health threats that loom for 2014. Vaccine-related challenges for 2014 include the slow uptake of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and the final push for global polio eradication.

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New report finds the nation’s ability to prevent and control infectious diseases inadequate

On December 17, Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a report titled Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases. The report found that 32 states scored 5 or lower out of 10 key indicators of policies and capabilities to protect against infectious disease threats.

Some key findings from the press release:
  • One-third of states do not require healthcare facilities to report healthcare-associated infections (HAI). Approximately one out of every 20 hospitalized patients will contract a HAI.
  • Only one-quarter of states vaccinated at least half of their population against the seasonal flu. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all Americans ages 6 months and older get vaccinated. Twenty percent of Americans get the flu each year.
  • Only two states (Connecticut and Delaware) and Washington, D.C., meet the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) goal of vaccinating at least 90 percent of preschoolers (19- to 35-month olds) against the whooping cough.
  • Fewer than half of states require human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations, education for parents about the vaccine or funding for vaccinations. CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend the vaccination for both males and females at 11 or 12 years of age.
  • One-third of states do not cover routine HIV screening under their Medicaid program. More than 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS, and almost one in five do not know they are infected.
  • Just over half of public health laboratories did not test their Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans either through a drill or real event last year. 
  • Two-thirds of states decreased funding for public health from Fiscal Year (FY) 2011–12 to FY 2012–13.
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IAC updates patient handouts "Meningococcal: Questions and Answers" and "Shingles (Zoster): Questions and Answers"

IAC recently revised Meningococcal: Questions and Answers, a 3-page handout for patients and parents. This resource was updated to reflect ACIP meningococcal recommendations made in 2013. Shingles (Zoster): Questions and Answers, a similar 3-page handout, received minor edits.

Related Link 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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IAC posts Haitian-Creole translations of the Tdap and rotavirus VISs and a Portuguese translation of the Tdap VIS

IAC recently posted Haitian-Creole translations of the Tdap VIS and rotavirus VIS, and a Portuguese translation of the Tdap VIS. IAC thanks the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for these translations. Back to top

Vaccine Education Center offers free mobile app for Android phones as well as for iPhones

In December, the Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia launched a free mobile app for Android phones. Titled Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know, the app offers parents information about vaccines, the diseases they prevent, and common vaccine safety concerns. VEC had previously released an iPhone version of the same application. The app offers parents information about vaccines, the diseases they prevent, and common vaccine safety concerns.

You can download the app for both Android and Apple devices from VEC's mobile app web page. On the same page you can access a short video of VEC director Dr. Paul Offit describing the features of the vaccine mobile app.

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Influenza is serious; vaccination is recommended for nearly everyone, so please keep vaccinating your patients

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 to a clinic or pharmacy that provides vaccines or to the HealthMap Vaccine Finder to locate sites near their workplaces or homes that offer influenza vaccination services.

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Bulk quantities of laminated pocket guides for influenza and pneumococcal vaccines are available—free—from the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit and IAC

To aid in efforts to vaccinate against two diseases, influenza and pneumococcal, the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS) and IAC invite you to place orders for bulk quantities of the following pocket guides:
  • 2013–14 Influenza Vaccine Pocket Guide (created by IAC in collaboration with NAIIS)
  • Pneumococcal Vaccine Pocket Guide (also created by IAC in collaboration with NAIIS)
Both are free—you can order them in the hundreds or thousands!

These laminated, 3.75" x 6.75", two-color cards serve as a convenient reference for front-line healthcare professionals who vaccinate patients. Place a bulk order now, and hand them out to healthcare professionals at your workplace or at conferences. Each staff person who administers influenza and pneumococcal vaccines needs these handy resources.

These pocket guides are designed to be used by healthcare professionals only; they are NOT patient handouts.

Related Links How to Order

Place your order today using IAC's online order form. There is no cost for the pocket guides, shipping, or handling within the U.S.

If you have questions, email

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CDC publishes report on influenza activity in the U.S. from September 29 through December 7

CDC published Update: Influenza Activity—United States, September 29–December 7, 2013 in the December 20 issue of MMWR (pages 1032–1036). Four sentences from the editorial note are reprinted below.

Influenza activity so far this season has increased during the most recent weeks and is expected to continue to increase in the coming weeks. During September 29–December 7, 2013, pH1N1 viruses were identified most frequently in the United States, but influenza A (H3N2) and influenza B viruses also were reported.... Vaccination remains the most effective method to prevent influenza and its complications. Health-care providers should offer vaccine to all unvaccinated persons aged ≥6 months now and throughout the influenza season.

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 Watch HHS-sponsored webinar on preventing perinatal hepatitis B infection

On December 19, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Hep B United sponsored a webinar about reducing perinatal hepatitis B virus infection. Hepatitis B and Reducing Perinatal Transmission: An Overview and Discussion of New Tools discussed new tools and best practices toward reducing hepatitis B health disparities in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

You can now access the webinar recording and presenter slides online. If you would like more information about the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, please visit For any additional information, questions and/or concerns regarding this webinar, please contact Hep B United at

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Clinical Vaccinology Course set for March 21–23 in Seattle

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, the Emory Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, and the Emory Vaccine Center are sponsoring a Clinical Vaccinology Course on March 21–23 in Seattle, WA. This course focuses on new developments and issues related to the use of vaccines. Expert faculty will provide the latest information on both current and prospective vaccines, updated recommendations for vaccinations across the lifespan, and innovative and practical strategies for ensuring timely and appropriate vaccination. Continuing education credits are available.

Access more information about the meeting.

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American Public Health Association meeting scheduled for November 2014; abstract deadline spans February 10–14

The American Public Health Association's 142nd annual meeting is scheduled for November 15–19 in New Orleans. The deadline for abstract submission ranges from February 10–14, depending on topic area.

Access more information about the meeting and abstract submission.

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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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