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Immunization Works November 2012 Issue
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Current Issues in Immunization NetConference: The next netconference is scheduled for November 29, 2012, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm (EST). The moderator will be Ray Strikas. Dr. Chesley Richards will present Impact and Importance of Proper Vaccine Storage and Handling, Patricia Beckenhaupt will present Updated Vaccine Storage Recommendations, and JoEllen Wolicki will present Storage and Handling, Best Practices and Resources for Providers.
Information will also be released about the updated Vaccine Storage and Handling Guide and the Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit. That information will also be posted on the Storage and Handling web page in the near future.
Global Routine Vaccination Coverage in 2011: In 1974, the World Health Organization (WHO) established the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) to ensure all children had access to routinely recommended vaccines. Initially, those vaccines were limited to bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccine (BCG), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine (DTP), oral poliovirus vaccine, and measles-containing vaccine (MCV). Global coverage with the third dose of DTP (DTP3) increased from less than 5% in 1974 to 79% by 2005. However, one fifth of the world's children, especially those in low-income countries, still were not fully vaccinated during the first year of life with the four traditional EPI vaccines. In 2005, WHO and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) developed the Global Immunization Vision and Strategy (GIVS) to improve national immunization programs and decrease vaccine-preventable disease-associated morbidity and mortality. A goal was to reach a sustained national DTP3 coverage of 90% in all countries. An estimated 83% of infants worldwide received at least 3 doses of DTP in 2011, similar to coverage in 2009 (82%) and 2010 (85%). Among 194 WHO member states, 130 (67%) achieved greater than 90% national DTP3 coverage. More than half of all incompletely vaccinated children (i.e., those who did not receive DTP3) lived in one of three countries: India (32%), Nigeria (14%), and Indonesia (7%). Strengthening routine immunization services, especially in countries with the greatest number of under vaccinated children, should be a global priority to help achieve the fourth Millennium Development Goal of reducing mortality among children aged less than 5 years by two thirds from 1990 to 2015. Please visit the November 2, 2012 MMWR for a full summary of the global routine vaccination coverage during 2011.
National Influenza Vaccination Week: This year, National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is planned for December 2-8. The week-long event is intended to educate the health-care community about the importance of the following:
- Promoting vaccination throughout the flu season, before and after the holidays, and into January and beyond.
- Highlighting the importance of universal flu vaccination for everyone age 6 months and older.
- Putting special focus on people at high-risk for complications from flu, particularly those with asthma, diabetes, heart and lung conditions, as well as young children, seniors, and pregnant women.
- Addressing disparities in vaccination coverage by developing partnerships with grassroots organizations and trusted messengers.
Please check the NIVW web page for additional information.
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
ACIP Meeting: The most recent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting was held on October 24-25, 2012, in Atlanta, Georgia. 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. The next ACIP meeting will be held on February 20-21, 2013.
CDSi Project Update: The Logic Specification for ACIP Recommendations was published on Monday, October 29, 2012. The Specification provides technical implementers a standardized, computable representation of the ACIP General Recommendations and schedules for childhood vaccines. Training on the Logic Specification is occurring via Live Meeting and covers a variety of critical topics to support the use of the Logic Specification. Courses began the week of November 12th and will continue to be offered as needed. Individuals interested in attending training should e-mail Lindsay Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Adult Patient Education Resources Web Page: NCIRD has released a new web page which has free materials for providers to educate and encourage adult patients to get vaccinated. New outreach materials for patients with special health conditions include tear-sheets that list recommended vaccines based on the patient's health condition and posters reminding patients to ask their health-care providers about vaccines. The materials target people with diabetes, asthma, and heart conditions. Also included in the outreach materials are prescription pads that health-care providers who do not provide vaccines can use to send their patients to get vaccinated at an alternate location. Lastly, a new fact sheet has been developed which summarizes the vaccines recommended for adults.
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. The 2012 NCIHC was held May 23-25 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Save the Date: The Spring Clinical Vaccinology Course will be held March 8-10, 2013, in Chicago, Illinois.
This course 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. A 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. A 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.
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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Content Source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases