Issue 979: February 21, 2012







Reminder: February issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults available online
The February 2012 issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are available online. Vaccinate Adults is an abbreviated version of Needle Tips with the pediatric content removed.

Click on the images below to download the entire February 2012 issues (PDF) of Needle Tips and/or Vaccinate Adults.

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Spotlight on Reminder to use IAC’s newly developed and revised educational materials on vaccine refusal
Personal belief exemptions to state vaccine requirements are a challenging issue when trying to help parents make the right decision about vaccination. To help healthcare professionals deal with this topic, IAC wants to remind you that in the past few months we have created two new educational materials about vaccine refusal and have updated a related handout for parents. Please review them to see if they might be of help to you in your work setting.
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IAC updates five standing orders for vaccine administration
IAC made revisions to the following five standing orders for vaccine administration. The revisions reflect changes CDC recently made to its vaccine recommendations.

Updated Standing Orders
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IAC updates two popular handouts: "Healthcare Personnel Vaccination Recommendations" and "Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization"
IAC recently revised these two handouts:
IAC's Handouts for Patients and Staff web section offers healthcare professionals and the public more than 250 FREE English-language handouts (many also available in translation), which we encourage website users to print out, copy, and distribute widely.

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Influenza vaccination is recommended for almost everyone, so please keep vaccinating
Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone age 6 months and older, so please keep vaccinating your patients.

Following is a list of resources related to influenza disease and vaccination for healthcare professionals and the public.
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MMWR corrects errors in "Progress on Global Measles Control, 2000–2010," published on February 3
CDC published Errata: Vol. 61, No. 4 in the February 17 issue of issue of MMWR (page 110). It concerns errors made in an article titled Progress on Global Measles Control, 2000–2010, which was published in the February 3 issue of MMWR (pages 73–78).

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CDC's Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases self-study course available in web-on-demand format
Broadcast in February 2012, the CDC self-study course Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases is available in web-on-demand format. The course provides information on case investigation, outbreak control, disease reporting, and case notification for vaccine-preventable diseases.

A DVD format will be available in the near future.

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March 2 is nomination deadline for the National Influenza Vaccine Summit's 2012 Immunization Excellence Awards
The National Influenza Vaccine Summit (NIVS) is soliciting candidates for the 2012 NIVS Immunization Excellence Awards by March 2. These awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions within their communities toward improving adult and/or childhood influenza vaccination rates during the 2011–2012 influenza season. A national winner and honorable mention recipient will be selected for each award category. The winners will be presented with their awards at the National Influenza Vaccine Summit meeting, to be held May 15–17, in Atlanta. The national winner in each category will be invited to present at the National Influenza Vaccine Summit meeting.

There are four categories of recognition:
  • Overall Season Activities
  • Healthcare Personnel Campaign
  • Immunization Coalitions/Public Health/Community Campaign
  • Corporate Campaign
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Access the live webcast of the February 22–23 ACIP meeting by following the posted instructions
If you're not attending the February 22–23 meeting of CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, you may want to watch some or all the proceedings via a live webcast. To do so, follow the instructions CDC recently posted on its website.

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Register by February 24 to receive the early-bird registration rate for the National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions
The 10th National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions (NCIHC) will take place in New Orleans on May 23–25. Early-bird registration ends February 24 (extended from February 10), so sign up soon.

NCIHC is the only conference solely dedicated to collaboration and partnership as a way to improve the health status of communities. This year’s conference features trailblazing First Ladies Mrs. Carter and Mrs. Bumpers, best-selling author Seth Mnookin, and nationally renowned subject matter experts.

The 2012 conference, "Jazzing Up Partnerships the Big Easy Way," is intended for members of health coalitions, public health professionals, healthcare providers, non-profit professionals, policy makers, community advocates, students, and health educators. NCIHC offers skills-building, tools, and practical examples to help local, state, and national organizations build and sustain successful partnerships.

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Editorial Information

  • Editor-in-Chief
    Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH
  • Managing Editor
    John D. Grabenstein, RPh, PhD
  • Associate Editor
    Sharon G. Humiston, MD, MPH
  • Writer/Publication Coordinator
    Taryn Chapman, MS
    Courtnay Londo, MA
  • Style and Copy Editor
    Marian Deegan, JD
  • Web Edition Managers
    Arkady Shakhnovich
    Jermaine Royes
  • Contributing Writer
    Laurel H. Wood, MPA
  • Technical Reviewer
    Kayla Ohlde

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