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Issue 1,686: April 5, 2023
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Top Stories

Highlight Adolescent Immunization Action Week, April 3–7, with Unity Consortium’s toolkit

Adolescent Immunization Action Week (#AIAW23) is 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. During the pandemic, many adolescents missed out on critical vaccinations. Concerted efforts are needed now to close this gap. The Unity Consortium created tools to help healthcare providers spread messages to parents, adolescents, and young adults. Materials include ready-to-use graphics, a video, communication tools, and social media materials. Use the hashtag #AIAW23 to spread the word.

Unity's podcast, FACTSinnated, released a new episode for #AIAW23 titled The Importance of Adolescent and Young Adult Voices with Dr. Paul Offit. Listen to vaccine expert, Paul Offit, MD, share ways to help teens find accurate information and use their voice to be their own best advocate. Tune in as he discusses the importance of empowering adolescents in decisions about their health.

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Celebrate National Public Health Week, April 3–9, with the American Public Health Association’s resources and social media toolkit 

The American Public Health Association (APHA) coordinates National Public Health Week (NPHW) on April 3–9. This year, the observance celebrates the unique and joyful ways various cultures focus on health. We can learn from each other, with humility and openness.  

The NPHW toolkit and social media shareables make it fun and easy to promote healthy behaviors and raise awareness in your community.

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Encourage your co-workers to subscribe to IZ Express so they get all the news that matters to vaccinators in their own inbox each Wednesday. IZ Express, the weekly e-newsletter produced by, alerts 54,000+ readers to the week’s important vaccine developments. IZ Express also features:

  • Educational materials from, CDC, AAP, and others
  • Newly posted Vaccine Information Statements and their translations
  • Notices about online and in-person educational opportunities, many offering free continuing education credit


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Spotlight: Check out's companion websites

On the home page, you can link to several of our helpful companion websites.

Vaccine Information You Need at was launched by in partnership with CDC to help inform the public. This website provides hundreds of valuable resources, including personal testimonies of suffering due to vaccine-preventable diseases, videos, public-service announcements, and educational materials from trusted organizations.

Information about the National Network of Immunization Coalitions, a project of, can be found at This website compiles information on more than 100 immunization coalitions and their topics of shared interest.

The National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS) website at addresses practical immunization issues to improve coverage. With more than 900 members, NAIIS represents more than 130 public and private organizations. The NAIIS is led by members of the Summit Organizing Committee, including, CDC, and other federal representatives. 

MenACWY: You’re Not Done If You Give Just One at supports a national campaign produced by and Sanofi to improve protection from disease caused by meningococcal serogroups A, C, W, and Y. The site offers information for families and resources for providers to boost on-time delivery of both doses of the MenACWY vaccine.

65+ Flu Defense at is a public health service produced by Immunizeorg and Seqirus. The website offers tools and resources to help protect patients 65 and older, each of whom are at greater risk of influenza complications.

Vaccines in the news

These recent articles convey the potential risks of vaccine-preventable diseases and the importance of vaccination. Pages and Handouts

Immunize.orgupdates four standing orders templates—for administering measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine to children and teens and to adults, and varicella vaccine to children and teens and to adults updated four standing orders templates, adding QR codes linking to the online versions of the documents. Changes to the contraindications section include adding the definition of long-term immunosuppressive therapy and including a link to CDC’s hematologic criteria for safe vaccination of HIV-infected individuals. The intramuscular route of administration has been added as an option for M-M-R II and Varivax (Merck); the subcutaneous route remains the only approved route for the MMR vaccine, Priorix (GSK).


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Recap: updated these clinic resources in February and March

IZ Express regularly provides readers with information about’s new and updated educational materials for healthcare professionals and handouts for patients. All materials are free to distribute.

In case you missed them during recent weeks, updates were made to these helpful materials: Materials for Clinicians Web Pages Printable Materials for Patients Related Links
  • Handouts main page to see educational materials sorted by category
  • Ask the Experts main page to access more than 1,200 questions answered by experts
  • Clinic Tools main page and its nine subtopics
  • Educational Materials for Patients and Staff—an alphabetical list of more than 230 ready-to-print staff educational materials and patient handouts

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Vaccine Information Statements

Recap: Use new Vaccine Information Statement translations released in February and March

With support from CDC, is working with partners to increase the number of Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) translations available.

During February and March, VIS translations were posted in 8 languages: Bengali, Dari, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Pashto, Portuguese, Thai, and Ukrainian.

More than 90 VIS translations were added to these 22 VIS pages:

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Featured Resources

Montgomery County Immunization Coalition offers social media toolkit for National Minority Health Month this April

National Minority Health Month (NMHM) is observed in April to highlight the importance of improving the health of racial and ethnic minorities and reducing health disparities. The theme for NMHM 2023 is "Better Health through Better Understanding," focusing on providing culturally and linguistically competent information and resources. 

The Montgomery County (Pennsylvania) Immunization Coalition (MCIC) offers a social media toolkit with social media images and sample text to help you encourage your communities to stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccines during NMHM. The toolkit can be found in six languages: English, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Nepali, and Spanish

Please feel free to share the toolkit and resources widely.

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While supplies last! 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 print 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
$10.00: 1 copy
$  9.50 each: 2–4 copies
$  8.50 each: 5–19 copies
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$  3.25 each: 2,000+ copies

Visit Shop Laminated Schedules to view images of each page and order today!

For additional information, call 651-647-9009 or email

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Explore the website to increase coverage for the MenACWY booster and other adolescent vaccinations's website promotes the importance of adolescent vaccination, including the recommended MenACWY vaccine booster dose at age 16. Many teens are behind on vaccines because of the pandemic, so vaccine outreach is more important than ever.

Materials on this colorful website for healthcare professionals incorporate the 2020 ACIP meningococcal vaccine recommendations and coverage statistics from CDC’s National Immunization Survey–Teen (NIS–Teen). One particularly popular resource on the site is the update Algorithm for MenACWY Immunization in Adolescents 11 through 18 Years of Age.


The website is divided into five easy-to-access sections:

The site also categorizes materials according to whether they are primarily of interest to providers, to adolescents, or to parents.

Visit and enjoy browsing (and deploying) its bountiful resources.

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Notable Publications

Vaccinate Your Family releases its 2023 "State of the ImmUnion" report on vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States

Vaccinate Your Family (VYF) released its annual State of the ImmUnion report, distributed to policy makers in Washington, DC. The report examines the strength of our country’s defenses against vaccine-preventable diseases. Notably, it points out what we can do to make our country more resilient against emerging health threats.

Please take a moment to ask your representatives for strong support of vaccines. Share the most recent State of the ImmUnion report by using VYF’s form to send quick and easy emails to members of Congress from your district. You also can share one of VYF's state fact sheets that will help your lawmakers understand the importance of strong vaccination policies in your specific state.

“JYNNEOS Vaccination Coverage among Persons at Risk for Mpox—United States, May 22, 2022–January 31, 2023” published in MMWR

CDC published JYNNEOS Vaccination Coverage among Persons at Risk for Mpox—United States, May 22, 2022–January 31, 2023 on March 31 in MMWR. A portion of the summary appears below. 

JYNNEOS vaccine is effective in preventing monkeypox (mpox) among persons at risk. . . .

During the current multinational outbreak, U.S. 1- and 2-dose vaccination coverage reached an estimated 37% and 23%, respectively, among persons at risk, with wide variation among jurisdictions. The predominant administration route switched from subcutaneous to intradermal after the week of August 20, 2022, in accordance with Food and Drug Administration recommendations. . . .

Despite administration of >1 million vaccine doses, only 23% of the at-risk population has been fully vaccinated. Targeted outreach and continued access to and availability of mpox vaccines to persons at risk is important to help prevent and minimize the impact of a resurgence of mpox.

Access the MMWR article in HTML or PDF.

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