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Immunization Works August 2012 Issue
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Immunization Update 2012: NCIRD presented the annual Immunization Update webcast on August 16, 2012. This webcast highlighted the most recent and significant developments in the rapidly changing field of immunization. Topics included Influenza, Pertussis Outbreaks, Tdap, Immunization of Health-Care Personnel (HCP), PCV for Immunocompromised Adults, Storage and Handling of Vaccines, VIS/Barcodes, and Vaccine Briefs. The webcast will be edited and offered as a self-study program with continuing education credit. The web-on-demand version is now available for viewing and a DVD version will be available in the near future.
VTrckS Update: As of August 2012, all 64 CDC Vaccine Tracking System (VTrckS) grantees are able to establish their 2013 spend plans in VTrckS in anticipation of the new fiscal year starting in October 2012. CDC will finally be able to retire the legacy spend plan system Vaccine Ordering and Forecasting Application (VOFA).
The spend plan includes key program management and operations functions within the vaccine supply chain as the method for assigning funds, determining vaccine contract obligation amounts, and identifying grantee replenishment requirements for state-funded vaccines. This major transition from a system requiring management and synchronization of 64 copies to a single on-line system across the nation is a significant change management accomplishment for the agency and our grantees.
Stay Informed! Influenza information is updated frequently. Please visit the Flu website for the latest updates.
Prevention and Control of Influenza with Vaccines for the 2012-13 Influenza Season - ACIP Recommendations: In 2010, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) first recommended annual influenza vaccination for all persons older than 6 months in the United States. Annual influenza vaccination of all persons older than 6 months continues to be recommended. The August 17, 2012, MMWR: 1) describes influenza vaccine virus strains included in the U.S. seasonal influenza vaccine for 2012–13; 2) provides guidance for the use of influenza vaccines during the 2012–13 season, including an updated vaccination schedule for children aged 6 months through 8 years and a description of available vaccine products and indications; 3) discusses febrile seizures associated with administration of influenza and 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate (PCV-13) vaccines; 4) provides vaccination recommendations for persons with a history of egg allergy; and 5) discusses the development of quadrivalent influenza vaccines for use in future influenza seasons. Please visit the web page for additional information.
Evaluation of Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests for Influenza A (H3N2)v Virus and Updated Case Count in the United States: The August 17, 2012, MMWR provides an update on the number of reported cases of H3N2v infections from July 12 to August 9, 2012, in the United States, an updated results interpretation for the CDC Flu Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (rRT-PCR) Dx Panel for A(H3N2)v for public health laboratories, and an evaluation of rapid influenza diagnostic tests for the detection of H3N2v viruses.
From July 12 to August 9, a total of 153 cases of H3N2v infections were reported in Indiana (120 cases), Ohio (31), Hawaii (1), and Illinois (1). Of the 138 reported cases for which demographic information was available, 128 (93%) occurred in persons aged younger than 18 years and 10 (7%) occurred in adults. The median age of patients was 7 years. Two persons were hospitalized as a result of their illness; no deaths occurred. The patient in Hawaii was exposed to swine on the job, and no additional cases were found in Hawaii. The patients reported from Indiana and Ohio resided in 27 counties. All cases reported direct or indirect exposure to swine, the majority at agricultural fairs.
CDC also conducted a telebriefing about H3N2 cases on August 9, 2012, and released a press briefing transcript.
ACIP Meeting: The most recent ACIP meeting was held on June 20-21, 2012, in Atlanta, Georgia. Please visit the ACIP meeting web page for the presentation slides, meeting minutes, and additional information. The next meeting will be held October 24-25, 2012.
Save the Date: The Fall 2012 National Foundation of Infectious Diseases (NFID) Clinical Vaccinology Course will be held November 2-4, 2012, in Miami, Florida and the Spring Clinical Vaccinology Course will be held March 8-10, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois.
These two and a half-day courses will focus on new developments and issues related to the use of vaccines. Expert faculty will provide the latest information on both current and prospective vaccines, updated recommendations for vaccinations across the lifespan, and innovative and practical strategies for ensuring timely and appropriate vaccination. Target audience includes physicians (family, internists, pediatricians, and infectious disease specialists); nurses; nurse practitioners; physician assistants; pharmacists; vaccine program administrators; federal, state, and local public health professionals; and other health-care professionals interested in clinical aspects of vaccine delivery.
Save the Date: The 19th annual Immunize Georgia Conference will take place in Macon, Georgia, on September 13, 2012. Scheduled speakers include Dr. Paul Offit, Dr. Walter Orenstein, and Dr. Andrew Kroger. Please visit the web page for additional information.
Pertussis Posters: With rising rates of pertussis in many states across the country, efforts are underway to raise awareness about vaccine recommendations. See new downloadable posters at the pertussis print material web page.
Resources from the Vaccines for Preteens and Teens Campaign: In this 30-second Spanish language television PSA, a busy Hispanic mother receives a call from her doctor reminding her to get her adolescent son and daughter caught up on their shots. Please visit the Preteen and Teen Campaign web page to view this PSA and the accompanying English PSA.
New plain-language fact sheets provide detailed information about each of the routinely recommended adolescent vaccines, including Tdap, meningococcal vaccine, the HPV vaccine, and the seasonal influenza vaccine. There is also a new fact sheet summarizing all of the vaccine recommendations for adolescents. Spanish versions will be coming soon, so please check back with the website. Health-care providers will find this new fact sheet [374 KB, 4 pages] full of useful information about adolescent vaccine recommendations, side effects, and contraindications. The fact sheet also includes tips for ensuring that their adolescent patients are fully vaccinated. CDC has also created a new reminder/recall e-card that providers can send to parents of adolescents.
An updated matte article explains the latest HPV vaccine recommendations for girls and boys. It is approximately 450 words, and can be placed directly into your newsletter or posted on your website.
Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases 2012, 11-Session Series: This comprehensive immunization course provides the most current information in the constantly changing field of immunization. The course is updated annually to provide the latest recommendations from the ACIP. The course is now available in web-on-demand format. The DVD version will not be available this year, but the sessions should be available for download in the near future. Each of the 11 sessions are 60 to 90 minutes in length and includes case studies and a discussion of frequently-asked questions on each topic.
Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Course: This self-study program provides information on case investigation, outbreak control, disease reporting, and case notification for vaccine-preventable diseases. The course discusses the epidemiologically important data that should be collected during case investigations and presents methods for enhancing surveillance. The course provides current surveillance guidance for HPV, measles, rotavirus, mumps, varicella, hepatitis B, pneumococcal disease, Haemophilus influenzae, pertussis, and meningococcal disease. The course is now available in web-on-demand format and DVD format. The DVD can be ordered on the NCIRD publications ordering form.
Vaccine Storage and Handling Guide: The Vaccine Storage and Handling Guide is a comprehensive and authoritative document on storage and handling guidelines for specific vaccines (including combination vaccines). Available in this document are guidelines on vaccine-specific shipping requirements, arrival conditions, storage requirements, and information on shelf life, preparation, and special instructions. An updated Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit will be available in the near future.
CDC and Medscape Videos: This special series of commentaries is part of a collaboration between CDC and Medscape and is designed to deliver CDC's authoritative guidance directly to Medscape's physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health-care professionals. In this series, experts from CDC offer video commentaries on the current topics important to practicing clinicians. NCIRD has contributed to a variety of commentaries, including a recently released commentary titled Adolescent Immunizations: A Back to School Checklist, featuring Dr. Larry Pickering and Dr. Christina Dorell.
2012 Pink Book: The 12th edition (second printing) of Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (The Pink Book) is available for purchase or download. The book provides health-care professionals with comprehensive information on vaccine-preventable diseases. The Pink Book can be downloaded for free from the NCIRD Vaccines and Immunizations web page or it can be purchased from the Public Health Foundation. The Pink Book is also available in E-reader format from Amazon.com, Google E-books, and Barnes and Noble.
Immunization Publications: Please visit the NCIRD publications ordering form for the latest immunization publications. Copies of the 2012 Immunization Works DVD, 2012 adult immunization schedules and childhood/adolescent schedules, Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases DVD, the Parents Guide to Childhood Immunizations, and various campaign materials are available for ordering.
CDC Job Openings: CDC is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified candidates for a wide range of immunization and other positions. Researchers, Medical Officers, Epidemiologists, and other specialists are often needed to fill positions within CDC. For a current listing, including international opportunities, please visit CDC’s employment web page.
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This page last modified on February 15, 2013
Content last reviewed on August 23, 2012
Content Source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases