|Issue 1105: February 18, 2014
OFFICIAL RELEASES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
Leading medical organizations release "Dear Colleague" letter that urges healthcare professionals to promote HPV vaccination
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), American College of Physicians (ACP), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) recently released a "Dear Colleague" letter that encourages providers to promote HPV vaccination.
Despite more than seven years of vaccine monitoring showing overwhelming evidence of HPV vaccine safety and effectiveness, HPV vaccination rates are not improving while rates for other adolescent vaccines are. Health provider recommendations are the key to increasing HPV vaccination rates. By improving the strength and consistency of HPV vaccination recommendations, more patients will be protected from HPV-associated cancers and disease.
The letter gives providers key facts about HPV-associated disease and HPV vaccine safety and effectiveness to help them discuss HPV vaccination confidently with patients and parents. Please share this important document with all healthcare professionals who provide vaccines to adolescents and young adults. Sample messages for traditional and social media releases are provided below.
1. Sample drop-in text for newsletters and Facebook posts
Joint "Dear Colleague" Letter on HPV Vaccination Issued
Leading medical organizations—the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists—joined the Immunization Action Coalition and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in issuing a call this week that urges physicians across the United States to educate their patients about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and to strongly recommend HPV vaccination.
The “Dear Colleague” letter [http://www.immunize.org/letter/recommend_hpv_vaccination.pdf] includes important data about HPV-related cancers and the latest information about the use, safety, and efficacy of HPV vaccines.
2. Sample tweets
Joint "Dear Colleague" letter urges healthcare professionals to give a strong recommendation for #HPV vaccine: http://bit.ly/1olXT5G
Medical societies join CDC and IAC in urging their members to strongly recommend #HPV vaccination for preteens: http://bit.ly/1olXT5G
AAP, AAFP, ACOG, ACP, CDC, and IAC issue letter urging #doctors to strongly recommend #HPV vaccine: http://bit.ly/McQ6sk
HPV resources from IAC
HPV resource from Voices for Vaccines
President's Cancer Panel releases report on HPV vaccination
The President's Cancer Panel recently released a report titled Accelerating HPV Vaccine Uptake: Urgency for Action to Prevent Cancer. The following is a summary from the Panel's website:
Human papillomaviruses (HPV) cause most cases of cervical cancer and large proportions of vaginal, vulvar, anal, penile, and oropharyngeal cancers. HPV also causes genital warts and recurrent respiratory papillomatosis. HPV vaccines could dramatically reduce the incidence of HPV-associated cancers and other conditions among both females and males, but uptake of the vaccines has fallen short of target levels. The President's Cancer Panel finds underuse of HPV vaccines a serious but correctable threat to progress against cancer. In this report, the Panel presents four goals to increase HPV vaccine uptake: three of these focus on the United States and the fourth addresses ways the United States can help to increase global uptake of the vaccines. Several high-priority research questions related to HPV and HPV vaccines also are identified.
ACOG issues "Dear Colleague" letter and algorithm to assess and treat pregnant women with influenza-like illness
On January 13, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued a letter to colleagues that included an algorithm to help healthcare professionals to access and treat pregnant women with influenza-like illness (ILI). This algorithm, titled Influenza Season Assessment and Treatment for Pregnant Women with Influenza-Like Illness, applies to pregnant women with ILI even if they have been vaccinated.
The "Dear Colleague" letter concludes:
It is not too late to vaccinate. The College recommends that all pregnant women be immunized for seasonal influenza (flu) regardless of trimester due to their increased morbidity and mortality from the flu. Additionally, it is important to provide anti-viral treatment immediately to pregnant women with flu-like symptoms to help prevent more severe illness. Do not wait for test results to initiate treatment.
IAC's Diane Peterson coauthors new JAMA article on legislative challenges to immunization
On February 12, JAMA published an article titled Legislative Challenges to School Immunization Mandates, 2009–2012. IAC's associate director for immunization projects, Diane Peterson, is one of five authors. Ms. Peterson has worked for years to help states educate legislators when anti-vaccine legislation is proposed.
The entire article is available to subscribers only. You can access the first page here. Interested parties can pay for temporary online access or request the issue at their local medical library.
JAMA has released the following related summary to the press: Study Examines Legislative Challenges to School Immunization Mandates.
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IAC Spotlight! Five 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 400 organizations are now enrolled.
Since February 4, when IAC Express last reported on the Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll, 5 organizations have been enrolled.
Newly added healthcare organizations, medical practices, and health agencies
IAC updates its two screening checklists for contraindications to vaccines
IAC recently revised the following screening checklists for contraindication to vaccines.
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 updates provider resource "Emergency Response Worksheet"
IAC recently updated its Emergency Response Worksheet with current phone numbers for vaccine manufacturers. This resource is a step-by-step guide for what to do after a power failure or other event that results in vaccine storage outside of the recommended temperature range.
IAC revises standing orders templates for administering zoster and varicella vaccines to adults
IAC revised the following standing orders templates for providers:
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IAC updates its staff education materials "Current Dates of Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)" and "It's Federal Law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)"
IAC recently revised Current Dates of Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) and It's Federal Law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs). Both now include the issue date of the most recent version of the VISs for Hib and Td vaccines. CDC posted these updated VISs to its website on February 4. For information on these VISs, see the IAC Express article titled CDC releases updated VISs for Hib and Td vaccines, which was published on February 11.
OFFICIAL RELEASES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
U.S. joins 26 countries to accelerate progress against infectious disease threats
On February 13, the United States joined 26 countries, the World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Organization for Animal Health to accelerate progress toward a world safe and secure from the threat of infectious disease. This initiative includes increasing routine immunization and strengthening national infectious disease surveillance and laboratory systems.
For more information, please access the related U.S. Department of Health & Human Services press release.
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CDC updates its interactive quiz for adolescent and adult immunization
CDC recently updated its online Adolescent and Adult Immunization Quiz with the latest ACIP vaccine recommendations. The quiz asks about health and lifestyle issues that may impact vaccine needs and can provide a print list of the suggested recommended vaccines.
Many adults and adolescents are not aware of their need for vaccines, and vaccination rates among adults are especially low. Encourage teens and adults to try this user-friendly resource to discover which vaccines they might need!
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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 six 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.
Following is a list of resources related to influenza disease and vaccination for healthcare professionals and the public:
Bulk quantities of laminated pocket guides for pneumococcal vaccine are available—free—from the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit and IAC
Although IAC has distributed all available Influenza Vaccine Pocket Guides, healthcare providers can still order bulk quantities of the Pneumococcal Vaccine Pocket Guide. This guide was developed with IAC in collaboration with the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS).
The laminated, 3.75" x 6.75", two-color card serves as a convenient reference for front-line healthcare professionals who vaccinate patients against pneumococcal disease. Place a bulk order now, and hand them out to healthcare professionals at your workplace or at conferences.
These pocket guides are designed to be used by healthcare professionals only; they are NOT patient handouts.
Preview an image of the pneumococcal pocket guide
How to Order
Place your order today using IAC's online order form. There is no cost for the pocket guide, shipping, or handling within the U.S.
If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CONFERENCES AND MEETINGS
Archived video broadcast of the October 2013 ACIP meeting now available
ACIP recently posted the archived video broadcast footage from the ACIP meeting held on October 23–24.
Presentation slides from this meeting are also available.
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