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Immunization Works December 2012 Issue
News and Summaries
2013 Immunization Schedules: Every year, recommendations for routine use of vaccines in children, adolescents, and adults are developed by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and, when adopted by the Director of CDC, become official CDC/HHS policy. Effective in 2013, the recommended immunization schedules for persons aged 0 through 18 years and persons 19 years and older will be published together in an MMWR Supplement [on-line publication 01-28-13, MMWR publication 02-01-13] instead of being published in MMWR Weekly on two different dates.
CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) maintains the most current immunization schedules on the Vaccines and Immunizations pages of CDC's website. To stay up to date with CDC's schedule page, the agency encourages organizations to subscribe to CDC's free content syndication service. Content syndication allows organizations to integrate CDC web content such as immunization schedules into their websites with automatic updates whenever changes are made on the CDC site. Often, organizations download a PDF of a CDC immunization schedule and place it on their site to share with visitors. However, the immunization schedules on their websites can adopt a more reliable strategy by subscribing to the content syndication service.
New ACIP Provisional Recommendations Posted: Provisional recommendations are posted following votes by ACIP, for information only, and are not official CDC recommendations. Recommendations are official once adopted by the CDC Director and published in MMWR.
- Use of Tdap In Pregnant Women: On October 24, 2012, the ACIP voted to recommend tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap) for pregnant women with every pregnancy irrespective of previous Tdap history. The "ACIP Provisional Recommendations on Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid, and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine (Tdap) for Pregnant Women". Note: Since this newsletter was published, the provisional recs have been published in this MMWR. Other recommendations can be found on the ACIP Recommendations page.
- Prevention of Measles, Rubella, Congenital Rubella Syndrome, and Mumps: On October 24, 2012, the ACIP voted to approve revised recommendations for prevention of measles, rubella, congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), and mumps. These recommendations update the previous ACIP statement: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella — Vaccine Use and Strategies for Elimination of Measles, Rubella, and Congenital Rubella Syndrome and Control of Mumps. The ACIP Provisional Recommendations Prevention of Measles, Rubella, Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS), and Mumps was posted on the ACIP Provisional Recommendations web page on December 6, 2012.
Current Issues in Immunization NetConference: The most recent netconference was held on December 13, 2012. The moderator was Andrew Kroger. Gregory Wallace presented What's New in the Prevention of Measles, Rubella, Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS), and Mumps, and Donna Weaver presented Screening for Contraindications and Precautions.
A re-cast will be available soon on the netconference web page. The next netconference is scheduled for March 21, 2013.
Influenza Activity Update in the United States From September 30-November 24, 2012: CDC collects, compiles, and analyzes data on influenza activity year-round in the United States. The influenza season generally begins in the fall and continues through the winter and spring months; however, the timing and severity of circulating influenza viruses can vary by geographic location and season. Influenza viruses were detected in the United States throughout the summer months, and activity increased steadily during October and November. Most influenza viruses characterized thus far this season are well matched to the 2012-13 vaccine viruses. The December 7, 2012 MMWR summarizes influenza activity during September 30-November 24, 2012.
National Influenza Vaccination Week: National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination throughout the flu season. NIVW was held December 2-8, 2012. CDC and numerous partners conducted national and local activities across the country to celebrate the observance. CDC kicked off the week with a media teleconference to report an early influenza season and share early season vaccination coverage estimates.
Flu activity continues to increase across the United States, with high levels of activity concentrated in the south central and southeastern regions at this time. CDC urges everyone to get a flu vaccine now if they have not done so already this season.
Flu Season Resources: Will you continue 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 theH3N2v 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 ACIP meeting web page, along with presentation slides and additional information. The next ACIP meeting will be held on February 20-21, 2013.
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.
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.
World Pneumonia Day: World Pneumonia Day was held November 12, 2012. The observance seeks to raise awareness about pneumonia's toll and to promote interventions to protect against, treat, and prevent the disease globally. Activities were promoted by a coalition of more than 140 community-based organizations, academic institutions, government agencies, and foundations. CDC activities included articles in CDC Connects, EID Journal, and MMWR, along with social media outreach.
Get Smart About Antibiotics Week: Get Smart About Antibiotics Week was held November 12-18, 2012. This annual effort coordinates the work of CDC's Get Smart programs, state-based appropriate antibiotic use campaigns, non-profit partners, and for-profit partners during a one-week observance of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic use. Coinciding observances were also held in Europe, Australia, and Canada. The United States observance consisted of several activities, including hosting a Twitter chat, releasing results of a national poll with Pew Health Group, unveiling a Consensus Statement with key partners, and promoting a TV campaign through YouTube. For more information, visit the Get Smart website.
New Podcast: A new podcast is available discussing the investigation of a Streptococcus pneumoniae outbreak in a pediatric psychiatric unit.
New Podcast: A newly available podcast from the HHS HealthBeat series explains how protection from pertussis vaccine (DTaP) wanes over time, according to a recent JAMA publication authored by CDC.
DTaP Digital News Release: Association of Childhood Pertussis With Receipt of 5 Doses of Pertussis Vaccine by Time Since Last Vaccine Dose, California, 2010, authored by CDC's Lara Misegades, et al., was published in JAMA on November 28, 2012. JAMA featured the findings through a comprehensive media package, garnering much press interest.
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.
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 Latest Adult Pneumococcal Vaccine Recommendations, featuring Tamara Pilishvili.
Immunization Publications: Please visit the NCIRD publications ordering form for the latest immunization publications. Copies of the 2012 Immunization Works DVD, 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 March 5, 2013
Content last reviewed on December 27, 2012
Content Source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases