|Issue 1,687: April 12, 2023
Immunize.org Pages and Handouts
Immunize.org updates its "Checklist of Current Versions of U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance and Clinic Support Tools"
Immunize.org reviews and updates the Checklist of Current Versions of U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance and Clinic Support Tools every month, prominently indicating when it was last updated at the top of the page. This month’s update reflects CDC’s new recommendation for booster doses for children age 6 months through 4 years who received Pfizer-BioNTech monovalent vaccines as the 3-dose primary series. Children in this age group who received a Pfizer-BioNTech bivalent vaccine as the third dose of the primary series are still not recommended to receive a booster dose.
Celebrate National Adult Hepatitis B Vaccination Awareness Day, April 30, with the Hepatitis B Foundation’s resources and social media toolkit
Anyone can be infected with hepatitis B and all adults can benefit from knowing their status and being protected. April 30 is National Adult Hepatitis B Vaccination Awareness Day—a great time to make sure your patients know they need to be protected from the world's leading cause of liver cancer. The hepatitis B vaccine is now routinely recommended for adults age 19–59, yet 70% of adults have not completed the series. Adults age 60 and older also may be vaccinated.
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. Completing the recommended vaccinations by age 2 years is the best way to protect young children from 15 potentially life-threatening diseases. After the disruptions of three 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 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.
April is National Minority Health Month; Immunize.org supports better health through better understanding with our broad array of translated materials
April is National Minority Health Month, a time to focus on the importance of reducing health disparities. This year’s theme focuses on improving health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities by providing them with culturally and linguistically competent healthcare services, information, and resources. When patients get this type of culturally appropriate support, they are empowered to create healthier outcomes for themselves and their communities.
Immunize.org is working with partners to increase the availability of linguistically appropriate Vaccine Information Statements (VISs). During February and March, VIS translations were posted in eight languages: Bengali, Dari, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Pashto, Portuguese, Thai, and Ukrainian.
Immunize.org also provides users with access to translations of some of our most popular vaccination-related handouts and fact sheets for healthcare professionals and the public. Translations of these are available in up to eight languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and Vietnamese.
Spotlight: Immunize.org's "Handouts" main page provides free access to hundreds of vaccination-related handouts and fact sheets
Immunize.org's Handouts for Patients and Staff web page leads users to hundreds of free vaccination-related patient handouts and fact sheets for healthcare professionals. All items are ready to print, copy, and distribute widely.
From the main page, you can search by any of the 22 topics. Some of the most popular are:
You can also view an alphabetical listing of Immunize.org’s more than 230 ready-to-print staff educational materials and patient handouts.
These recent articles convey the potential risks of vaccine-preventable diseases and the importance of vaccination.
Immunize.org updates “Administering Vaccines: Dose, Route, Site, and Needle Size” print-ready documents
Immunize.org recently updated two of its print-ready documents: Administering Vaccines: Dose, Route, Site, and Needle Size and Administering Vaccines to Adults: Dose, Route, Site, and Needle Size. The documents now reflect the recent FDA approval of intramuscular (IM) administration of Merck's measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR, brand name M-M-R II), varicella (Varivax), and MMRV (ProQuad) vaccines as an alternative to subcutaneous (Subcut) administration. GSK’s MMR (Priorix) remains approved for Subcut administration only.
Immunize.org updates two documents for healthcare providers on injecting intramuscular and subcutaneous vaccines
Immunize.org recently updated its How to Administer Intramuscular and Subcutaneous Vaccine Injections handout and How to Administer Intramuscular and Subcutaneous Vaccine Injections to Adults handout. Changes include:
Immunize.org recently updated its handout for parents titled Top Ten Reasons to Protect Your Child by Vaccinating. Minor changes were made to the text to enhance comprehension. A QR code in the footer now links to the online version of the document.
Immunize.org updated its Talking about Vaccines: Religious Concerns main page. This page leads to many resources from Immunize.org, CDC, and others to help healthcare professionals communicate with parents and patients about important vaccine topics. Additions are described below.
Immunize.org's Vaccine Timeline main page was updated on April 4 to include new events related to vaccines and immunization. The chart on the main page displays many of the vaccine- and immunization-related events since Edward Jenner's first smallpox vaccination in 1796. This list is by no means exhaustive.
Improve uptake of HPV vaccine with the Society for Women's Health Research social media toolkit
April is Sexually Transmitted Infections Awareness Month. The Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR) offers resources to improve education on human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine and its crucial role in public health.
NFID posts new podcast episode featuring Julie L. Gerberding, MD, MPH, on breaking the cycle of crisis to complacency
Infectious IDeas, a podcast series from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), brings leading experts together for thought-provoking conversations that lead to infectious ideas. The latest entry in the series, Breaking the Cycle of Crisis to Complacency, features Julie L. Gerberding, MD, MPH. A description from the web page appears below.
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 print 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.
“Widespread Community Transmission of Hepatitis A following an Outbreak at a Local Restaurant—Virginia, September 2021–September 2022” published in MMWR
CDC published Widespread Community Transmission of Hepatitis A Virus following an Outbreak at a Local Restaurant—Virginia, September 2021–September 2022 in the April 7 issue of MMWR. A portion of the summary appears below.
CDC published Seasonality of Respiratory Syncytial Virus—United States, 2017–2023 in the April 7 issue of MMWR.
“Update on Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus Outbreaks Worldwide—January 2021–December 2022” published in MMWR
CDC published Update on Vaccine-Derived Poliovirus Outbreaks Worldwide—January 2021–December 2022 in the April 7 issue of MMWR. A portion of the summary appears below.
Virtual: NFID hosts “2023 Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research” on June 5–7; registration is open; CME available
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) will host its 2023 Annual Conference on Vaccinology Research (ACVR) on June 5–7. Learn and network with hundreds of researchers and healthcare professionals from around the world. The conference will feature informative presentations with interactive audience discussions, peer-reviewed oral and poster abstracts, and an inspiring session spotlighting women leaders in vaccinology.
For more upcoming events, visit our Calendar of Events.