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Immunization Works October 2012 Issue
News and Summaries
Welcome Dr. Richards: The Immunization Services Division (ISD), National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), welcomes its new Director, Chesley Richards, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P. He began his appointment with ISD in August, after completing transition work as Director of CDC's Office of Prevention through Health-care. Dr. Richards brings a wealth of experience in public health, health-care systems, clinical and academic medicine, and prevention leadership to this position.
Dr. Richards completed undergraduate studies at Presbyterian College in South Carolina and received his MD from the Medical University of South Carolina, before completing his internal medicine residency at the Medical College of Georgia and Geriatrics fellowship at Emory University. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, and also completed training in preventive medicine at the University of North Carolina and a postdoctoral National Cancer Institute fellowship in cancer control at UNC. He served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with CDC's Hospital Infections Program (now the Division of Health-care Quality Promotion).
From 1992-1996, Dr. Richards served as Chief of the Section of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the Medical College of Georgia. After completing his EIS training, he served as team lead and later Deputy Director in the Division of Health-care Quality Promotion. As DHQP's Deputy Director, Chesley led development of the Recovery Act health-care associated infections (HAI) funding to state health departments, and worked closely in support of the integration of the Immunization Safety Office into DHQP. In 2010, Dr. Richards moved to CDC's Office of the Director where he created the Office of Prevention through Health-care. Among the office's accomplishments are developing the health risk assessment framework for the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit, providing technical guidance to IRS on Community Health Needs Assessment requirements for non-profit hospitals, and in collaboration with HRSA, support of the Institute of Medicine study on Integration of Public Health and Primary Care. Chesley was part of the HHS team that developed the National Quality Strategy and has worked extensively with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Food and Drug Administration, National Quality Forum, Agency for Health-care Research and Quality, and is well known across CDC for his insights into implementation of health reform and interagency and public-private partnerships on quality improvement. Dr. Richards has substantial experience with health-care systems, performance monitoring and improvement initiatives, and clinical practices.
While much of Dr. Richards' clinical practice and public health leadership has focused on assuring the health of adults, including the elderly, as the father of a 3-year-old daughter, Chesley brings a parent's perspective and enthusiasm to the opportunity to contribute to pediatric immunization challenges among his new responsibilities.
ACIP Meeting: The most recent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting was held on October 24-25, 2012, in Atlanta, Georgia. The Committee voted to approve changes to the 2013 infant/child/adolescent immunization schedule, and the 2013 adult immunization schedule. Changes were also approved for the pertussis (pregnant women), meningococcal, and measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine recommendations.
The ACIP also discussed managing Hepatitis B of health-care workers, human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) safety, rotavirus surveillance, and influenza surveillance.
The meeting minutes will be posted in the near future on the new and improved ACIP meeting web page along with presentation slides and additional information. Once the voted items become official they will be posted in the MMWR.
Use of 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine and 23-Valent Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine for Adults With Immunocompromising Conditions: On June 20, 2012, the ACIP recommended routine use of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13; Prevnar 13, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a subsidiary of Pfizer, Inc.) for adults older than 19 years with immunocompromising conditions, functional or anatomic asplenia, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks, or cochlear implants. PCV13 should be administered to eligible adults in addition to the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23; Pneumovax 23, Merck & Co. Inc.), the vaccine currently recommended for these groups of adults. The evidence for the benefits and risk of PCV13 vaccination of adults with immunocompromising conditions was evaluated using the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) framework and designated as a Category A recommendation. The October 12, 2012 MMWR outlines the new ACIP recommendations and summarizes the evidence considered by ACIP to make its recommendations.
Updated Vaccine Storage and Handling Guide: CDC recently made several important changes to its recommendations for vaccine storage and handling. They are published in the document Interim Vaccine Storage and Handling Guidance.
In response to recent scientific studies on equipment used for vaccine storage and a better understanding of best practices for vaccine storage and handling, NCIRD is providing interim guidance on appropriate vaccine storage and handling practices. This guidance is intended for use by all public and private sector providers and, while recognizing that cost may be a barrier, CDC encourages practices to move toward implementing these recommendations as soon as possible. NCIRD is currently evaluating the best way to phase in these recommendations and more guidance is forthcoming. Please visit the Storage and Handling web page for additional information.
Influenza Activity Update in the United States and Worldwide, May 20-September 22, 2012: During May 20–September 22, 2012, the United States experienced low levels of seasonal influenza activity overall; however, more seasonal influenza viruses were detected than in the summer months of previous years. Influenza A (H1N1)pdm09 (pH1N1), influenza A (H3N2), and influenza B viruses were detected worldwide and were identified sporadically in the United States. In July, influenza A (H3N2) variant viruses (H3N2v) were first detected in Indiana, and since July 12, a total of 306 cases have been reported from 10 states. Please visit the October 5, 2012, MMWR for a summary of this activity.
Flu Season Resources: Are you ready to promote flu vaccination this season? CDC provides a variety of free materials for all audiences, including print, audio/video, social media tools, and web tools. This season, the website features expanded materials for American Indians and Alaska Natives. You can order these free resources and more at the resources web page; it's one-stop shopping for up-to-date flu information!
And check out our new partner website, where partners are already entering activities into the calendar of events for the 2012-2013 flu season. Submit your flu prevention activities/events and see what others are planning now.
You can also visit our flu main website to read relevant Q&As, get the latest information on the H3N2v virus, learn more about the most recent ACIP recommendations, keep up with national and international flu activity, surveillance, and vaccine coverage data, or view information tailored specifically for health-care professionals.
Health Map Flu Finder: Finding flu vaccination locations: The Health Map Flu Finder is now up and running. It helps consumers find locations where they can get their flu vaccinations.
Health-care providers can register their location on this site which now shows availability for over 38,000 locations. In upcoming months, other adult vaccines besides flu will be added. Spread the word to immunization providers about how they can register on this site.
Flu-related questions and information requests (including web content syndication or to receive updates via subscription) should be directed to CDC at email@example.com.
Meetings, Conferences, and Resources
New Haemophilus influenzae Disease Website: A new website has been launched for Haemophilus influenzae disease. This user-friendly website provides a comprehensive experience for those seeking information about H. influenzae disease.
Seeking Host Coalition for the 2014 National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions: The National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions (NCIHC) is a gathering of coalition leaders, staff and board members; public health workers and experts; and community advocates. The conference occurs every two years and is the product of a national volunteer planning committee. The Planning Committee works closely with a local organization to host the meeting. Historically, attendance at the meeting ranges between 200 and 400 participants and there are two and a half-days of expert presentations and peer learning opportunities. Not only is the Host Organization supported by the Planning Committee, there is an experienced Program Committee and an experienced Fiscal Organization to manage nationally-based major grants.
Please consider hosting the National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions! Applications must be submitted on or before Friday, November 30. More details including the application form can be found on the application host web page.
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 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. The 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.
Pertussis Educational 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.
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. The DVD version will not be available this year.
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. Each of the 11 sessions is 60 to 90 minutes in length and includes case studies and a discussion of frequently-asked questions on each topic. The DVD version will not be available this year.
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 Sorting Out the 2012-2013 Influenza Vaccine Recommendations, featuring Tim Uyeki from the Influenza Division.
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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