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October 2017
Technically Speaking
Monthly Column by Deborah Wexler, MD
Deborah Wexler MD
Technically Speaking is a monthly column written by IAC’s Executive Director Deborah Wexler, MD. The column is featured in The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center’s (VEC's) monthly e-newsletter for healthcare professionals. Technically Speaking columns cover practical topics in immunization delivery such as needle length, vaccine administration, cold chain, and immunization schedules.
Check out a recent issue of Vaccine Update for Healthcare Providers. The VEC e-newsletter keeps providers up to date on vaccine-related issues and includes reviews of recently published journal articles, media recaps, announcements about new resources, and a regularly updated calendar of events.
TECHNICALLY SPEAKING
The Immunization Platform for 16-year-olds Is Easily Overlooked — Here Are Some Resources to Help!
Published October 2017
To remind healthcare professionals that age 16 is an officially recommended time for an immunization visit, ACIP highlighted vaccines at this age when it published the 2017 Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents 18 Years or Younger. By adding gray shading to the "16 years" column heading on the official schedule, ACIP emphasized the importance of this age platform, on a par with the previously established vaccination platforms at 4–6 years and 11–12 years (also gray shaded). The vaccines needed at 16 years of age are MenACWY #2, MenB and influenza, and, if not already up to date, HPV catch-up.

To assist providers in communicating the important vaccines recommended for 16-year-olds, the Immunization Action Coalition and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM) have partnered to develop a new one-page handout titled "You’re 16…We recommend these vaccines for you!" that can be given to teen patients or their parents. This patient education sheet utilizes a colorful, easy-to-understand format to describe the vaccines recommended at this age, as well as the impacts of the diseases the vaccines protect against along with the recommended number and timing of doses.

This is the first patient educational tool designed specifically to help inform patients and their parents about the important immunization visit for 16-year-olds.

Immunization platform for 16-year-olds

Clinical tools

 

Additional immunization resources for adolescents and their parents

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DECEMBER 2017
Looking for Practical Vaccine Resources? Visit IAC's Website for Healthcare Professionals
NOVEMBER 2017
IAC Releases Newly Updated 142-page book, Vaccinating Adults: A Step-by-Step Guide — available for purchase or free download
OCTOBER 2017
The Immunization Platform for 16-year-olds Is Easily Overlooked — Here Are Some Resources to Help!
SEPTEMBER 2017
It's Time for Annual Flu Shots — Make Sure Your Patients and Staff Are Vaccinated
AUGUST 2017
Standing Orders Protocols Can Improve Your Vaccination Rates
JULY 2017
Routine Schedules for MenACWY and MenB Vaccines – Make Sure You’re Giving Them on Time
JUNE 2017
"General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization" – Everything CDC Wants You to Know about the Practical Aspects of Vaccination
MAY 2017
ACIP Has Updated Its Recommendations on the Use of Tdap Vaccine in Pregnant Women and Children
APRIL 2017
Make Sure You Are Using VISs in Accordance with Federal Law
MARCH 2017
ACIP Now Recommends Hepatitis B Vaccine within 24 Hours of Birth
FEBRUARY 2017
New “16-year-old Vaccination Platform” Highlighted in 2017 U.S. Child/Teen Immunization Schedule
JANUARY 2017
Updated ACIP Recommendations on HPV Vaccine
 
This page was updated on November 27, 2017.
This page was reviewed on November 27, 2017.
 
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