IZ Express

Issue 1761: June 12, 2024

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Immunize.org Website and Clinical Resources 
Featured Resources

Notable Publications
Upcoming Events

Top Stories

For National Men’s Health Week, June 10–16, encourage men to seek preventive care, including vaccination. Happy Father’s Day!

National Men's Health Week is June 10–16, ending on Father's Day. This annual observance encourages men of all ages to prioritize their health, seek preventive care—including recommended vaccines, and talk about important health issues. Men generally die earlier, become ill at a younger age, and develop more chronic illnesses than women. Men are up to 50% less likely to seek medical attention than women. According to CDC, nearly 14% of men age 18 years and older are in fair or poor health. 

An important way to reduce health disparities is to encourage men to get up to date with vaccination according to CDC’s Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule. Table 1 shows vaccinations needed based on age. Table 2 shows vaccinations needed by health status or other indication. Some men may need additional vaccines based on their occupation. CDC resources on Traveler’s Health address vaccines needed for international travel. See Immunize.org's handout Vaccinations for Men Who Have Sex with Men for more information about additional vaccines that are recommended for them, including mpox vaccine.

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is critical cancer prevention for all young adults and teens, helping to prevent HPV-associated cancers of the mouth, throat, and genitals. Currently, about 15,000 HPV-associated cancers occur in men each year. All males between age 9–26 years should be protected from HPV-related cancers through vaccination; those age 27 through 45 years should talk with their healthcare provider to decide if they might benefit.

Most men are behind on one or more vaccinations. Always consider vaccination needs when evaluating your male patients and encourage the men in your life to vaccinate, as well.

Finally, happy Father's Day to all the fathers among our IZ Express readers! Thank you for the hard work you do to safeguard the health of your families. Don’t forget to take care of your vaccination needs, too.

Related Links

Review your COVID-19 resources with the latest version of Immunize.org’s “Checklist of Current Versions of U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance and Clinic Support Tools”

Immunize.org reviews its 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. There were no changes made since the May 1 review. 

All COVID-19 vaccine providers should review this checklist regularly. Download the latest documents and discard any outdated versions. The checklist is posted on Immunize.org's Vaccines A–Z: COVID-19 main page to help practices stay up to date.

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“Should Vaccines Be Withheld for Patients on Steroids?” Watch the 2-minute answer, part of the Ask the Experts Video Series on YouTube.  

This week, our featured episode from the Ask the Experts Video Series is Should Vaccines Be Withheld for Patients on Steroids? The video briefly describes how steroid treatment, and possible related immune suppression, is primarily a concern with live virus vaccines. Inactivated vaccines and toxoids can be administered to all immunocompromised patients in usual doses and schedules.

The 2-minute video is available on our YouTube channel, along with our full collection of quick video answers to popular Ask the Experts questions.

Like, follow, and share Immunize.org’s social media accounts and encourage colleagues and others interested in vaccination to do likewise.

Vaccines in the news

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

Immunize.org Website and Clinical Resources

Spotlight on the website: Breadcrumbs are not just for Hansel and Gretel

This week’s Spotlight features the addition of “breadcrumbs,” sometimes called a “breadcrumb trail,” to our website. These can be found at the top of all content pages to assist you in navigating the site. As in the fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel, breadcrumbs allow you to see your path back to your original starting point when you are on subtopic pages on our site. Unlike the fairy tale, these breadcrumbs can’t be eaten. 

In addition to our menus, the new location-based breadcrumbs allow you to quickly move to a previous page. Just click on the page you want to return to along the breadcrumb trail, and you’ll go there.  

The image below is an example of what you will see. On the COVID-19 Scheduling Vaccines subtopic page of the Ask the Experts section of the website, breadcrumbs are shown in small print above the title.

Select the name of any of the higher-level pages (Home, Ask the Experts, or COVID-19) to view the corresponding page. We hope this enhancement makes it even easier to navigate when you visit the Immunize.org website.  

Featured Resources

CDC offers educational activity through Medscape on vaccination coverage and exemption from school requirements for kindergarten entry; CE and CME credit available

CDC, through Medscape, offers an online resource titled Coverage with Selected Vaccines and Exemption from School Vaccine Requirements among Children in Kindergarten—United States, 2022–2023 School Year. The activity will assess vaccine coverage among kindergartners in the United States, distinguish states with the lowest rates of vaccine coverage among kindergartners, identify the rate of vaccine exemption among kindergartners, and assess trends in vaccine exemptions among kindergartners.

CE and CME credits are available.

View the activity.

Related Link

Mighty handy! Immunize.org offers adult and lifetime handheld immunization record cards you can provide your patients. 

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.

Make bulk purchases and receive quantity discounts. For quotes on larger quantities or customizing, or to request sample cards, call 651-647-9009 or email admininfo@immunize.org.

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Notable Publications

“Mpox Surveillance Based on Rash Characteristics—13 Emergency Departments, United States, June–December 2023” published in MMWR

CDC published Mpox Surveillance Based on Rash Characteristics—13 Emergency Departments, United States, June–December 2023 on June 6 in MMWR. A portion of the summary appears below. 

After the 2022 global mpox outbreak, which primarily affected gay and bisexual men who have sex with men (GBMSM), U.S. cases declined, but low-level transmission continued. Local outbreaks have raised concern about mpox reemergence, including previously unsuspected cases among non-GBMSM. . . .

During June–December 2023, among 196 patients aged ≥3 months evaluated at 13 U.S. emergency departments for an mpox-compatible rash irrespective of epidemiologic risk factors, three (1.5%) mpox cases were identified, all among unvaccinated GBMSM who had engaged in sex with one or more partners they met through smartphone dating applications. . . .

Clinicians should remain vigilant for monkeypox virus infections, particularly among GBMSM, and educate patients about the importance of risk reduction and JYNNEOS vaccination.

Access the MMWR article in HTML or PDF.

Related Links

Upcoming Events

Virtual: NFID hosts webinar titled “Updates on Avian Influenza A(H5N1)” on June 18 at 12:00 p.m. (ET); CE credit offered

NFID will host a webinar titled Updates on Avian Influenza A(H5N1) at 12:00 p.m. (ET) on June 18. NFID Medical Director Robert H. Hopkins, Jr., MD, will moderate the discussion featuring Ruth Lynfield, MD, Minnesota state epidemiologist; and Sonja Olsen, PhD, CDC’s associate director for influenza preparedness and response. This webinar will discuss epidemiology of avian influenza A(H5N1) and public health response to avian influenza.

CME credit is available. There is no fee to participate in this activity, but preregistration is required.

Register for the webinar.

NFID hosts monthly webinars to increase awareness of the importance of infectious disease prevention and treatment. CME, CNE, and CPE credits are available for select recordings. View all archived NFID webinars.

Virtual: North Dakota State University hosts webinar titled “Effective HPV Vaccine Communication: Helping Providers and Nursing Staff Make Strong Vaccine Recommendations” on July 17 at 1:00 p.m. (ET); CME available

The North Dakota State University Center for Immunization Research and Education will host a webinar titled Effective HPV Vaccine Communication: Helping Providers and Nursing Staff Make Strong Vaccine Recommendations, 1:00–2:00 p.m. (ET) on July 17. Speakers will include Noel Brewer, PhD, and Jessica Young, MD, MPH, from the University of North Carolina School of Global Public Health.

Attendees will learn about the benefits of HPV vaccine for cancer prevention and key steps to adopt the announcement approach for HPV vaccine communication. Attendees will be shown resources to help introduce the announcement approach to their office or practice.

Free CME will be provided to live attendees.

Register for the webinar.

For more upcoming events, visit our Calendar of Events.

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