|Issue 1,692: May 10, 2023
Immunize.org Pages and Handouts
FDA approves first respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine for people age 60 and older; ACIP will consider recommendations for its use in future meetings
According to CDC, each year in the United States respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) leads to approximately 60,000–120,000 hospitalizations and 6,000–10,000 deaths among adults age 65 and older. Like influenza, RSV is a seasonal virus, with peak activity typically occurring each fall or winter. On May 3, FDA approved the first vaccine to prevent RSV, to be distributed with the brand name Arexvy (manufactured by GSK). Arexvy is approved for preventing lower respiratory tract disease (LRTD) caused by RSV in individuals age 60 and older. The next step on the vaccine’s path to clinical implementation is for CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to consider recommendations for the vaccine's use at its next meeting. A portion of the FDA press release appears below.
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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. In accordance with recent CDC and FDA changes to COVID-19 vaccine use and availability, the checklist has been modified as follows:
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Mother’s Day is May 14; thanks to all the moms who give babies a healthy start with recommended vaccinations
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14, this year. Immunize.org celebrates mothers and mothers-to-be and all they do to give their children a healthy start in life. Protecting babies through vaccination begins during pregnancy. Receiving influenza, Tdap, and COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy protects the mother and delivers protective antibodies through the placenta from mom to baby, providing protection through the first few months of life. CDC, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and other experts recommend these three vaccines during pregnancy.
The Vaccine Makers Project, the classroom-based program of the Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, invites submissions for the 2023 Maurice R. Hilleman Essay Contest. Students in grades 6 through 12 are encouraged to learn about Dr. Hilleman’s life and accomplishments and submit a 500- to 600-word essay by June 9, 2023. This year's writing prompt is "Preparedness is an important component of science as demonstrated by Maurice Hilleman when he identified the 1957 influenza pandemic. How is preparedness critical in science today?"
Details and the entry form are available at HillemanFilm.com/contest. This year there will be three winners. The winners will each receive $500, a certificate, and recognition at a virtual award event this fall. Please share this information with eligible students or with teachers who may be interested in sharing with their students.
Immunize.org's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll for mandatory healthcare worker vaccination now features 1,300 organizations, including two new facilities
Immunize.org's Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll recognizes facilities that take a stand for patient safety by implementing policies for mandatory healthcare personnel influenza vaccination. There are now 1,300 organizations enrolled. Since February 8, 2023, Immunize.org welcomed two additional healthcare organizations.
Spotlight: Immunize.org resources focused on communication between healthcare personnel and patients or caregivers
Talking about Vaccines web page provides healthcare professionals with 11 topical web pages to help them discuss vaccination with concerned parents or patients. Topics include, for example, adjuvants, alternative medicine, autism, religious concerns, and thimerosal.
These recent articles convey the potential risks of vaccine-preventable diseases and the importance of vaccination.
Immunize.org Pages and Handouts
Immunize.org updates seven translations of “Vaccinations for Preteens and Teens” and “Vaccinations for Adults”
It helps your patients when you provide vaccine information in the language your patient prefers. Seven translations of Immunize.org's handouts "Vaccinations for Preteens and Teens" and "Vaccinations for Adults" were updated and are now available for healthcare providers to print and use with patients whose preferred language is not English.
NFID posts new podcast episode featuring Katherine L. O’Brien, MD, MPH, on bringing communities around the world up to date on vaccinations
Infectious IDeas, a podcast series from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), brings leading experts together for thought-provoking conversations. The latest entry in the series, Championing Global Health Equity, features Katherine L. O’Brien, MD, MPH. A description from the web page appears below.
Voices for Vaccines (VFV) posted a new entry in its Vax Talk podcast series: Anti-vaxxers Are Litigious featuring Dorit Reiss, LLB, PhD. A description from the VFV web page appears below.
It feels like anti-vaxxers are bringing public health to court in droves. Does this spell the doom of people who don’t like getting measles and polio?
Immunize.org's laminated versions of the 2023 U.S. child and adolescent immunization schedule and the 2023 U.S. adult immunization schedule are still in stock. 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.
Order Immunize.org’s child, adult, and lifetime immunization record cards—wallet-sized, designed to last!
Immunize.org's personal immunization record cards, printed on rip-proof, smudge-proof, water-proof paper, are designed to last a lifetime. They fit in a wallet when folded. The record cards are for you to give to your patients as a permanent personal vaccination record and are sold in boxes of 250.
CDC published COVID-19 Mortality Update—United States, 2022 on May 5 in MMWR. A portion of the summary appears below.
The age-adjusted COVID-19 death rate declined 47% compared with 2021. As in 2020 and 2021, most COVID-19 deaths occurred in a hospital inpatient setting, but an increasing percentage occurred in the decedent’s home or a nursing home or long-term care facility. . . .
Provisional death estimates provide an early signal about shifts in COVID-19 mortality trends. Timely and actionable data can guide public health policies and interventions for populations experiencing higher COVID-19–associated mortality.
The National Foundation of Infectious Diseases (NFID) will host a webinar titled Shingles Prevention through Vaccination, 12:00–1:00 p.m. (ET) on May 17. The interactive panel will discuss the importance of herpes zoster vaccination to help prevent shingles.
There is no fee to participate in this activity, but pre-registration is required.
For more upcoming events, visit our Calendar of Events.