HOME
ABOUT IAC
CONTACT
A-Z INDEX
DONATE
SHOP
SUBSCRIBE
Immunization Action Coalition
IAC Home
|
Technically Speaking
|
June 2021
Technically Speaking
Archived article by Deborah Wexler, MD, Executive Director Emerita
Deborah Wexler MD
For 11 years, Dr. Deborah Wexler wrote a monthly column titled “Technically Speaking” that was featured in each issue of Vaccine Update for Healthcare Professionals, the e-newsletter from the Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
“Technically Speaking” covered practical topics in immunization delivery, such as vaccine administration, contraindications and precautions, dosing, and minimum intervals.
Previous articles are available through the "Technically Speaking" main page or by using the right-hand column of this page.
TECHNICALLY SPEAKING
Saying Goodbye – and Leaving You with My "Top Ten" List of Places to Bookmark on Immunize.org
Published June 2021
Farewell, readers. After 30 years as executive director of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC), I will be retiring at the end of June. I leave IAC in the best of hands. Our deputy director, Dr. Kelly Moore, will be assuming the leadership of IAC on July 1.

On this occasion of my final column of Technically Speaking, it seems the perfect time to give you a parting gift. With my deepest appreciation for your dedication to immunization, here is my "Top Ten" list of favorite locations on IAC's website, www.immunize.org. These locations just might become your favorites as well!

Background on www.immunize.org

IAC's website for healthcare professionals, www.immunize.org, was launched in 1995 as a pioneer immunization site on the World Wide Web. When you entered the term "immunization" into "AltaVista," the internet search engine of the day, you would get 10 results. The Immunization Action Coalition was one of them. My, how things have changed! Twenty-six years later, immunize.org remains in the top 10 Google "immunization" search results – but has been joined by more than 400 million other listings. Today, immunize.org is the nation's premier nonprofit immunization website for healthcare professionals, averaging 30,000 visits each day with visitors from nearly 200 countries each month. The IAC educational materials available on immunize.org have 3.5 million downloads per year.

My "Top Ten" list on www.immunize.org

Over the past 26 years, I have guided the content of immunize.org based on my experiences working in clinics and community-based immunization sites following the measles epidemic of 1989–1990. IAC has also received invaluable content suggestions from public health and private sector providers. Based on this experience, here are my "Top Ten" favorite places to know about and bookmark on immunize.org.

  1. IAC Home Page at www.immunize.org – This is your gateway to the wealth of information found on IAC's website. A couple of ways to find what you're looking for include the "Favorites" tab located on the upper left corner of the page and the index at the bottom of every page. Not finding what you need? Just enter your search term in the Google search box. In short, this page is your key to unlocking IAC's treasure trove of practical and up-to-date immunization information.
  1. IAC Express at www.immunize.org/express – Every week, IAC Express keeps 53,000 healthcare professionals informed about new and updated CDC recommendations, vaccine licensures, VISs and their translations, and educational materials from IAC, CDC, and others. If you're not yet on our email list, be sure to subscribe today at www.immunize.org/subscribe.
  1. Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) at www.immunize.org/vis – Find all of CDC's VISs in English, as well as translations of these important documents in up to 40 languages.
  1. Handouts (ready-to-print) at www.Immunize.org/handouts – View and download more than 300 of IAC's immunization education materials for clinic staff and patients. Search by topic, vaccine, or language. View the alphabetical listing of all IAC print materials on one page.
  1. Ask the Experts at www.immunize.org/askexperts – A hands-down favorite of our visitors! Read IAC experts' practical answers to more than 1,000 technical questions about vaccines, their administration, storage and handling, and more.
  1. ACIP Recommendations at www.immunize.org/acip – Access links to all of CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations dating back to 1991. These may be viewed in either PDF or HTML format.
  1. Package Inserts at www.immunize.org/fda – Access links to package inserts for all U.S.-licensed vaccines, as well as prescribing information for vaccines with Emergency Use Authorization status.
  1. Clinic Tools at www.immunize.org/clinic – Find key resources from IAC, CDC, and other immunization organizations to help with vaccine administration, storage and handling, contraindication screening, and much more.
  1. Standing Orders Templates at www.immunize.org/standing-orders – Use these templates to help expedite vaccination for children, teens, or adults. You may use them "as is" or modify them to suit the needs of your work setting. The page also includes links to CDC's standing orders for COVID-19 vaccines.
  1. COVID-19 Vaccines at www.immunize.org/covid-19 – This web page facilitates access to key COVID-19 vaccine resources from CDC and other partners.

So, there it is. I hope you find my "Top Ten" list helpful in your work. Thank you for letting me be part of your world via the Vaccine Update for Healthcare Professionals since 2010. And know that IAC will remain your committed partner in immunization education and delivery for many years to come.

The archive of past Technically Speaking columns is also available through links on the right side of this web page.
 
This page was updated on July 4, 2021.
This page was reviewed on July 4, 2021.
2021 ISSUES >> view all issues
JUNE 2021
Saying Goodbye – and Leaving You with My "Top Ten" List of Places to Bookmark on Immunize.org
MAY 2021
Be sure you know the anatomical landmarks for administering intramuscular injections in the arm
MARCH 2021
IAC's newly updated "COVID-19 Vaccines" web page makes it easy to find important resources from CDC and others
FEBRUARY 2021
2021 Recommended U.S. Immunization Schedules for Children/Teens and for Adults Just Released – Laminated versions available for pre-order from IAC
JANUARY 2021
Don't Make the Mistake of Scheduling Dose #2 of COVID-19 Vaccine Too Early
2020 ISSUES >> view all issues
DECEMBER 2020
FDA issues EUA for Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine; CDC approves its use and provides clinical guidance
NOVEMBER 2020
Prevent Shoulder Injuries Caused by Missing the Deltoid Muscle When Injecting Vaccines!
OCTOBER 2020
ACIP Updates Recommendations on the Use of MenACWY and MenB Vaccines
SEPTEMBER 2020
Is It 0.25 mL or 0.5 mL? What Is the Correct Dose of Injectable Flu Vaccine for Children Younger Than 3?
JULY 2020
Choosing Proper Needle Length for Vaccination of Children and Adults: What Should You Consider?
JUNE 2020
Preventing Preventable Vaccine Administration Errors in Your Medical Setting
MAY 2020
IAC Launches New MenB Vaccination Honor Roll Recognizing Colleges and Universities That Require or Recommend the Vaccine to Protect Their Students
APRIL 2020
Our Society Deserves Vaccination: Two New Educational Pieces from IAC Explain the Science Supporting Vaccines and the Value of the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
MARCH 2020
Now Available to Order! IAC's Laminated Versions of CDC's 2020 Immunization Schedules
FEBRUARY 2020
Sign up for IAC Express—the Best Way to Stay Current with Weekly U.S. Immunization News, Information, and Resources
JANUARY 2020
CDC Releases 2020 Version of Its Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit
    >> view all issues
 
- Guide to immunize.org -
A-Z INDEX
ABOUT IAC
IAC in the News
Staff
IAC History through Film
ACIP
RECOMMENDATIONS
ADOLESCENT VACCINATION
ADULT VACCINATION
ADULT VACCINATION GUIDE
ASK THE EXPERTS
Administering Vaccines
COVID-19
COVID-19 & Routine Vac
Hepatitis B
MMR
Storage and Handling
>> view all
BECKY PAYNE AWARD
BILLING & CODING
BIRTH DOSE GUIDEBOOK
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
CDC INFORMATION
CDC SCHEDULES
CLINIC TOOLS
Administering Vaccines
Adolescent Vaccination
Adult Vaccination
Screening for Contraindications
Storage & Handling
Vaccination and COVID-19
Vaccine Recommendations
>> view all
COALITIONS FOR
IMMUNIZATION
CONTRIBUTE TO IAC
COVID-19 RELATED
Ask the Experts: COVID-19
Ask the Experts: COVID-19
   & Routine Vac
Clinic Tools: Vaccination and
   COVID-19
Repository of Resources
Vaccines: COVID-19
DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTERS
16-year-old Visit
HPV
MenACWY Dose #2
DONATE TO IAC
EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS
EMAIL NEWS SERVICES
E-NEWSLETTER: IAC EXPRESS
EXEMPTIONS
FAQs
FAVORITES
FDA PACKAGE INSERTS
FILMS ABOUT IAC
GIVE BIRTH TO THE
END OF HEP B
HANDOUTS FOR
PATIENTS & STAFF
View All Materials
Administering Vaccines
Adolescent Vaccination
Adult Vaccination
Contraindications / Precautions
Documenting Vaccination
Healthcare Personnel
Managing Vaccine Reactions
Parent Handouts
Pregnancy and Vaccines
Q&As: Diseases and Vaccines
Q&As: Easy-to-Read
Schedules for Patients
Screening Checklists
Standing Orders Templates
Storage & Handling
Strategies & Policies
Temperature Logs
Top Handouts
Vaccine Confidence
Vaccine Recommendations
>> view all
HEP B BIRTH DOSE
HONOR ROLLS
Hep B Birth Dose
Mandatory Flu Vaccination for HCP
MenB Vaccination for Colleges
IAC EXPRESS
Subscribe to IAC Express
IMAGE LIBRARY
LAWS AND MANDATES
MANUFACTURERS
MASS VACCINATION
RESOURCES
NATIONAL ADULT &
INFLUENZA
IMMUNIZATION SUMMIT
NEWS & INFORMATION
NEWSLETTER SIGN UP
OFFICIAL RELEASES
ACIP
CDC
FDA
PACKAGE INSERTS
PARTNERS
PHARMACISTS
PHOTOS
POWERPOINT SLIDE SETS
PREGNANCY AND
VACCINES
PRESS ROOM
PROTECT NEWBORNS
FROM HEP B
PUBLICATIONS
IAC Express
Vaccinating Adults:
   A Step-by-Step Guide
Hepatitis B What Hospitals
   Need to Do to
   Protect Newborns
Needle Tips Archive
Vaccinate Adults Archive
Vaccinate Women Archive
REGISTRIES
SCHOOL VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS
SHOP IAC
DVD Immunization Techniques
Laminated Schedules
Patient Record Cards
Flu Vaccine Buttons and Stickers
"Vaccines Save Lives" Pins
SITE MAP
SLIDE SETS
STANDING ORDERS
STATE INFORMATION
Immunization Websites
Laws and Mandates for School Entry
Immunization Program Managers
SUBSCRIBE TO IAC EXPRESS
SUPPORT IAC
TALKING ABOUT VACCINES
Adjuvants & Ingredients
Autism
Importance of Vaccination
MMR Vaccine
Religious Concerns
Vaccine Safety
>> view all
TECHNICALLY SPEAKING
(ARCHIVE)
TRANSLATIONS
IAC Handouts
VISs
TRAVEL (INTERNATIONAL)
UNPROTECTED PEOPLE
STORIES
Chickenpox
Hepatitis B
Measles
Whooping Cough
>> view all
VACCINATING ADULTS:
A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
VACCINE INFORMATION
STATEMENTS
Translations
VACCINE
MANUFACTURERS
VACCINE POLICY &
LICENSURE
ACIP
FDA
WHO
VACCINE SAFETY
VACCINE TIMELINE
VACCINES
COVID-19
Hepatitis B
HPV (Human papillomavirus)
Influenza
Pertussis
Varicella
>> view all
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
VIDEO LIBRARY
VISs
Translations
WHAT'S NEW OR UPDATED AT IAC
Handouts
VISs and Translations
Web Pages
 
Immunization Action Coalition  •  2550 University Avenue West  •  Suite 415 North  •  Saint Paul, Minnesota  •  55114
tel 651-647-9009  •  fax 651-647-9131
 
 
 
This website is supported in part by a cooperative agreement from the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (Grant No. 1NH23IP922654) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA. The website content is the sole responsibility of IAC and does not necessarily represent the official views of CDC.