|Issue 1,684: March 29, 2023
Immunize.org Pages and Handouts
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 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 recommends everyone age 6 months and older get annual influenza vaccination. “Vaccines.gov” 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.
Immunize.org’s Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll recognizes 576 institutions, including five renewing honorees
Immunize.org 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.
The Honor Roll is a key part of Immunize.org’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 Immunize.org’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.
Related Immunize.org Resources
In this week’s Spotlight, we summarize resources at Immunize.org that focus on screening checklists to help expedite safe vaccination.
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.
Journalists seek out Immunize.org 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.
These recent articles convey the potential risks of vaccine-preventable diseases and the importance of vaccination.
Immunize.org Pages and Handouts
Immunize.org updates “DTaP, Tdap, and Td Catch-Up Vaccination Recommendations by Prior Vaccine History and Age”
Immunize.org 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:
Immunize.org updates three standing orders templates—for Haemophilus influenzae type b, pneumococcal polysaccharide, and rotavirus vaccines
Immunize.org 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.
Immunize.org 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.
Immunize.org 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.
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.
Immunize.org'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, Immunize.org’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.
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).
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.
For more upcoming events, visit our Calendar of Events.