|Issue 1,695: May 31, 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” to include new bivalent mRNA vaccine standing orders for children and adults from CDC. New version dated May 29.
Immunize.org reviews and updates the Checklist of Current Versions of U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance and Clinic Support Tools at least monthly, prominently indicating when it was last revised at the top of the page. The checklist was updated a third time in May because CDC released widely anticipated new standing orders templates reflecting the most current recommendations for use of bivalent mRNA vaccines in children and adults. Our checklist also reflects CDC’s new interim COVID-19 vaccination schedule for all ages.
All COVID-19 vaccination providers should review the checklist regularly and download the latest CDC schedule and standing order documents. The checklist is posted on Immunize.org's Vaccines: COVID-19 main page to help practices stay up to date.
"Potential for Recurrent Mpox Outbreaks in Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men—United States, 2023" published in MMWR
CDC published Potential for Recurrent Mpox Outbreaks in Gay, Bisexual, and Other Men Who Have Sex with Men—United States, 2023 in the May 26 issue of MMWR. A portion of the summary appears below.
"Urban and Rural Mpox Incidence among Persons Aged 15–64 Years—United States, May 10–December 31, 2022" published in MMWR
CDC published Urban and Rural Mpox Incidence among Persons Aged 15–64 Years—United States, May 10–December 31, 2022 in the May 26 issue of MMWR. A portion of the summary appears below.
"Estimates of Bivalent mRNA Vaccine Durability in Preventing COVID-19–Associated Hospitalization and Critical Illness among Adults with and without Immunocompromising Conditions—VISION Network, September 2022–April 2023" published in MMWR
CDC published Estimates of Bivalent mRNA Vaccine Durability in Preventing COVID-19–Associated Hospitalization and Critical Illness among Adults with and without Immunocompromising Conditions—VISION Network, September 2022–April 2023 in the May 26 issue of MMWR. A portion of the summary appears below.
According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in March 2023, Americans remain steadfast in their belief in the overall value of childhood vaccines. However, there are signs of some concern, particularly among parents of young children and mothers. While the last 4 years demonstrated no change in the large majority who say the benefits of childhood vaccination against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) outweigh the risks, there is a sizable gap between higher public confidence in childhood vaccines and lower confidence in COVID-19 vaccines.
Read the full report: Americans’ Largely Positive Views of Childhood Vaccines Hold Steady.
Calling students in grades 6 through 12: 2023 Dr. Maurice R. Hilleman Essay Contest, sponsored by CHOP’s Vaccine Education Center, open for submissions
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 in the United States and Canada 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?"
Immunize.org’s Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll recognizes 578 institutions, including two new honorees
Immunize.org is pleased to welcome two new institutions into its Hepatitis B Birth Dose Honor Roll, for a total of 578 honorees. The birthing institutions are listed below with their reported hepatitis B birth dose coverage rates in parentheses.
The Honor Roll includes 578 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 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
Immunize.org offers a host of materials that focus on specific vaccine-preventable diseases. Here are some highlights.
These recent articles convey the potential risks of vaccine-preventable diseases and the importance of vaccination.
Immunize.org updates the standing orders template for administering inactivated poliovirus vaccine to infants and children
Many healthcare facilities simplify vaccination by using standing orders. Immunize.org recently reviewed and updated its Standing Orders for Administering Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine [IPV] to Infants and Children. A note was removed stating that young adults who received four doses of IPV before August 2009 were exempted from the recommendation for that one dose be administered after the fourth birthday. CDC no longer advises this exemption. Such individuals may receive an additional dose when identified, although no specific catch-up initiative is recommended. In addition, a QR code now links to the online version of the document.
Immunize.org posts corrected Simplified Chinese translation of “After the Shots . . . What to Do If Your Child Has Discomfort”
Immunize.org posted the corrected Simplified Chinese translation of its popular handout, After the Shots . . . What to Do If Your Child Has Discomfort. As noted previously, those who downloaded the Chinese version dated 3/29/2023 should discard it and replace it with the 5/15/2023 translation of the English 3/29/2023 version.
Immunize.org refreshed several of its popular handouts with minor edits. The following handouts were reviewed and updated:
CHOP releases new video that addresses treating fevers; check out the “Healthy at Home with Dr. Handy” playlist
In her latest video, Dr. Lori Handy, Associate Director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and board-certified infectious diseases pediatrician, discusses how to treat fevers, when they can become a problem, and what to do about fevers associated with vaccination.
"COVID-19 Booster Vaccination in Early Pregnancy and Surveillance for Spontaneous Abortion" published in JAMA Network Open
In the May 19 issue, JAMA Network Open published COVID-19 Booster Vaccination in Early Pregnancy and Surveillance for Spontaneous Abortion. A portion of the conclusions and relevance section appears below.
"Evaluation of Waning of SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine–Induced Immunity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis" published in JAMA Network Open
In the May 3 issue, JAMA Network Open published Evaluation of Waning of SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine–Induced Immunity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. A portion of the conclusions and relevance section appears below.
"Estimated U.S. Pediatric Hospitalizations and School Absenteeism Associated with Accelerated COVID-19 Bivalent Booster Vaccination" published in JAMA Network Open
In the May 19 issue, JAMA Network Open published Estimated U.S. Pediatric Hospitalizations and School Absenteeism Associated with Accelerated COVID-19 Bivalent Booster Vaccination. A portion of the conclusions and relevance section appears below.
Virtual: Immunization Coalition of Los Angeles hosts Summer Vaccine Film Forum on June 20
The Immunization Coalition of Los Angeles will host a Summer Vaccine Film Forum, June 20, 12:00–3:00 p.m. (ET). The virtual forum will feature two award-winning films, "Shot In The Arm" and "Vaccinate Watts," to highlight two perspectives on the challenges brought on by the pandemic, including fighting disinformation, community engagement, and more.
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Virtual: Watch June 21–23 ACIP meeting. Topics include RSV, polio, influenza, pneumococcal, dengue, chikungunya, mpox, meningococcal, and COVID-19 vaccines.
CDC will convene an extended, 3-day meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), June 21–23. The ACIP will discuss vaccination recommendations for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), polio, influenza, pneumococcal, dengue, chikungunya, mpox, meningococcal, and COVID-19 vaccines.
For more upcoming events, visit our Calendar of Events.