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Issue 1,684: March 29, 2023
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National Infant Immunization Week is April 24–30; prepare using CDC’s digital media toolkit

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 24–30, highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrates the achievements of immunization partners. Since 1994, hundreds of U.S. communities have joined together during NIIW to celebrate the crucial role vaccination plays in protecting our children, communities, and public health.

CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that children stay on track with their well-child appointments and routine vaccinations. Completing the recommended vaccinations by age 2 years is the best way to protect young children from 15 potentially life-threatening diseases. In light of the challenges of the past 3 pandemic years, these messages are more important than ever for families to hear.

CDC makes it simple for you to participate in NIIW by using their 2023 NIIW Digital Media Toolkit to plan your activities. The toolkit includes updated English and Spanish logos, sample social media content, social graphics, and key messages. Please share your posts using the hashtag #ivax2protect.

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Influenza activity remains low nationally; give vaccine wherever virus still circulates

CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination for those not yet protected as long as influenza is circulating. Keep in mind young children who still need a second dose in their first vaccination season and those who need vaccination during pregnancy.

CDC’s Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report, FluView, provides a valuable snapshot of influenza activity state by state. For week 11, ending March 18, FluView reports that 2.4% of outpatient visits nationwide were due to respiratory illness that included fever plus a cough or sore throat (i.e., influenza-like illness [ILI]). The national baseline is 2.5%. Multiple respiratory viruses are co-circulating; the relative contribution of influenza virus infection to ILI varies by location. So far this season, 134 children died from influenza-associated causes.

Influenza Vaccination Dashboard
CDC’s Weekly Flu Vaccination Dashboard shows that for the 2022–23 season, 44.3% of adults report they already received vaccination this year. Influenza vaccination of children varies widely from state to state, ranging from 38.6% to 72.8%.

CDC recommends everyone age 6 months and older get annual influenza vaccination. “” offers VaccineFinder, a service of Boston Children’s Hospital, to help people find influenza and COVID-19 vaccines for any age group. To be listed as a provider by VaccineFinder, see the information at this website.

Due to the ongoing low levels of influenza, this will be the last weekly IZ Express influenza update for the current season; IZ Express will continue to cover important updates from CDC as needed.

Related Links’s Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll recognizes 576 institutions, including five renewing honorees is pleased to renew five institutions’ Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll status, retaining their standing among 576 honorees. Each of these birthing institutions, listed below with their reported hepatitis B birth dose coverage rates in parentheses, has maintained a standard of excellence in protecting newborns from hepatitis B for at least five years.

  • Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin, VT (91%) (5 years)
  • Lawrence General Hospital, Lawrence, MA (97%) (5 years)
  • St. Francis Emory Healthcare, Columbus, GA (98%) (5 years)
  • Starr County Memorial Hospital, Rio Grande City, TX (95%) (5 years)
  • RAF Lakenheath, Brandon, England (96%) (6 years)
The Honor Roll includes 576 birthing institutions from 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, Saipan, and our U.S. military base in England.

The Honor Roll is a key part of’s 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 for hepatitis B vaccine at birth and meeting additional criteria. To learn whether your organization qualifies and to access the application form, please see Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll online.

Honorees are awarded an 8.5" x 11" color certificate suitable for printing and framing and their acceptance is announced through’s social media channels and to IZ Express’s 54,000+ readers.

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

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Spotlight: Expedite safe vaccination with's screening checklists

In this week’s Spotlight, we summarize resources at that focus on screening checklists to help expedite safe vaccination.'s Screening Checklist main page links to forms relevant to a variety of vaccines, some in multiple languages.

  • Front page – Patients fill out this side, simplifying assessment of vaccination needs and contraindications
  • Back page – The back of each screening checklist provides detailed guidance to help healthcare personnel interpret patient answers to decide if a vaccine is contraindicated or can be given with confidence

Screening checklists are especially useful in settings where standing orders or batched orders are used, as well as in settings where the patient’s full medical record is not readily available.’s main page on this topic offers nine screening checklists, including:

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Journalists interview experts

Journalists seek out experts to help explain vaccines to the public and policy makers. We help the media understand and communicate the complex work vaccinators do. Here is a selection of our recent citations.

Vaccines in the news

These recent articles convey the potential risks of vaccine-preventable diseases and the importance of vaccination. Pages and Handouts updates “DTaP, Tdap, and Td Catch-Up Vaccination Recommendations by Prior Vaccine History and Age” recently revised its 1-page guidance for healthcare professionals titled DTaP, Tdap, and Td Catch-Up Vaccination Recommendations by Prior Vaccine History and Age. In addition to adding a QR code linking to the online version, two points were added:

  • Adults and adolescents who have received Tdap, should be given Td or Tdap as their subsequent 10-year booster doses.
  • Products manufactured by different companies are interchangeable.

Related Links updates three standing orders templates—for Haemophilus influenzae type b, pneumococcal polysaccharide, and rotavirus vaccines revised three standing orders templates for children and teens, adding QR codes linking to the online versions of the documents. Changes, which reflect CDC recommendations, are shown below. 


A related document, How to Administer Intranasal and Oral Vaccinations, was updated to include instructions for preparation and administration of the all-liquid formulation of Rotarix that does not require reconstitution.

Related Links updates its parent handout “Vaccinations for Preteens and Teens” recently reviewed and updated its popular parent handout titled Vaccinations for Preteens and Teens. Vaccines routinely administered in early childhood were flagged as “maybe needed” to account for preteens and teens who may have missed out on routine vaccinations. A QR code linking to the online version of the document was added.

Translations of this popular handout are available in seven languages.

Related Links updates its parent handout “What If You Don’t Vaccinate Your Child?” recently reviewed and updated its handout for parents titled What If You Don’t Vaccinate Your Child? A QR code linking to the online version of the document was also added.

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Adolescent Immunization Action Week is April 3–7; use Unity Consortium’s provider toolkit in your messaging

Adolescent Immunization Action Week (#AIAW23) is almost here! Held April 3–7 in 2023, #AIAW23 is an annual observance urging parents, healthcare providers, and adolescents to help keep adolescents up to date on immunizations. The Unity Consortium created tools to help healthcare providers amplify messages to parents, adolescents, and young adults. Materials include ready-to-use graphics and a short article about the observance for emails, newsletters, or blogs.

On April 4, 12:00–1:00 p.m. (ET), Unity will host a webinar titled A Conversation about Vaccination with Young Advocates. During the webinar, Drs. Paul Offit and Chelsea Clinton will discuss challenges in closing the gap in adolescent vaccination and talk with teen health advocates about their needs and challenges.

Visit Unity’s AIAW campaign page for social media-ready materials you can use to draw attention to improving adolescent immunization coverage. Use the hashtag #AIAW23 to spread the word.

Order yours today! Laminated versions of CDC’s 2023 immunization schedules now shipping.'s laminated versions of the 2023 U.S. child and adolescent immunization schedule and the 2023 U.S. adult immunization schedule are in stock and shipping now. Order while supplies last. Once sold out, we will not have more until 2024.

While the schedules are available online from CDC at no cost,’s laminated schedules are ideal for use in any busy healthcare setting. Their tough coating can be wiped down, and they’re durable enough to stand up to a year of use.

  • Length: Each schedule with appendices is 12 pages
  • Size: Standard 8.5” X 11” booklet format
  • Full Color: With color coding for easy reading, our laminated schedules replicate the original CDC formatting, including the essential tables and notes
  • Bonus: The adult schedule includes’s popular 1-page handout summarizing the dose, route, and needle length recommendations for all vaccines and recipients


Pricing for Each Schedule
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Visit Shop Laminated Schedules to view images of each page and order today!

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Upcoming Events

Today! Virtual: CDC offers webinar on 2023 child/adolescent and adult immunization schedule updates on March 29.

CDC will host the next webinar in its Current Issues in Immunization Webinars series to provide updates on the 2023 child/adolescent and adult immunization schedules on March 29, 12:00–1:00 p.m. (ET).

Attendance for the live webinar is limited to 1,500 registrants, so log in early to secure your "seat." If you miss the live event, you can watch the archived version once it is posted on CDC’s website.

Virtual: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services cohost webinar “Health Equity in Immunizations” on April 27

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Comagine Health, a national, nonprofit, healthcare consulting firm, will offer a webinar titled Health Equity in Immunizations on April 27, 1:00-2:00 p.m. (ET). During this session, participants will explore the many social, geographic, and environmental factors that create challenges to vaccination access and affect underserved populations. Participants will understand how cultural and linguistic factors contribute to vaccine inequities and health disparities as they relate to vaccine uptake and hesitancy. This session also outlines concrete actions that participants can take to advance vaccine uptake and strategies to improve vaccine confidence among patients.

Webinar registration is now open.

For more upcoming events, visit our Calendar of Events.

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