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Immunization Works November 2013 Newsletter


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2014 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. In early 2014, MMWR will publish a summary of schedule changes but will not publish the figures, footnotes, and tables. 2014 figures, footnotes and tables will only be published on the CDC website.

The 2014 child and adolescent schedule is scheduled to be released on January 31, 2014, and the adult schedule is scheduled to be released on February 3, 2014. Until then, the 2013 schedules will remain on the website.

CDC encourages organizations to content syndicate rather than copy a PDF version of the schedule onto their websites to share with visitors. Content syndication allows other organization’s websites to mirror CDC web content, with immediate and automatic updates whenever changes are made on the CDC site. This helps ensure all schedules are current across the Internet.

Recent searches of the Internet reveal hundreds of old copies of the schedules; please use this best practice. Prepare now for the release of the 2014 schedules by following the steps to display the schedules on your site.

The recommended schedules are approved by the ACIP and liaison organizations:

Use of Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine in Children: Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus is spread by mosquitoes and causes severe disease in Asia. Although no treatment is available, the disease is vaccine-preventable. On June 19, 2013, the ACIP voted to extend existing recommendations for use of inactivated Vero cell culture-derived Japanese encephalitis vaccine (JE-VC) to include children aged two months through 16 years. The ACIP JE Vaccine Workgroup reviewed the epidemiology of JE in travelers and evaluated published and unpublished data on JE-VC immunogenicity and safety in adults and children. The evidence for benefits and risks associated with JE-VC vaccination of children was evaluated using the Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) framework. The November 15, 2013 MMWR summarizes the evidence considered by ACIP and outlines the recommendations for use of JE-VC in children traveling to JE-endemic countries.

Global Routine Vaccination Coverage in 2012: In 1974, the World Health Organization (WHO) established the Expanded Programme on Immunization to ensure that all children have access to routinely recommended vaccines. In May 2012, the World Health Assembly endorsed the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) to guide the Decade of Vaccines' vision to extend benefits of immunization to all persons. Strengthening national immunization systems, especially in countries with the greatest number of undervaccinated children, should be a global priority to reduce morbidity and mortality from vaccine-preventable diseases. Please visit the November 1, 2013 MMWR to read the full article.

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Influenza Information

National Influenza Vaccination Week: This year, National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) will be observed December 8–14, 2013. A press briefing to kick off the event will be led by Dr. Anne Schuchat, Director, NCIRD, followed by media interviews with CDC subject matter experts and a 2-day radio media tour.

NIVW is intended to educate the public about the importance of the following:

  • Promoting vaccination throughout the flu season, beginning before the holidays and extending into January and beyond.
  • Highlighting the importance of universal flu vaccination for everyone age six months and older, including reminding parents about the need for a second dose for certain children.
  • Putting special focus on people at high risk for complications from flu, particularly those with asthma, diabetes, and 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 CDC has added new flu promotional materials for grassroots outreach to health disparate populations. You can order these free resources and more at the free resources web page; it’s one-stop shopping for up-to-date flu information!

And check out our flu partner website, where partners are already entering activities into the calendar of events for the 2013–14 flu season. Submit your flu prevention activities/events and see what others are planning now.

You can also visit CDC’s main flu web site to access relevant Q&As, 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 Vaccine Finder: Need help finding flu vaccine? The Health Map Vaccine Finder helps consumers find flu vaccine within their communities.

Health care providers can register their location on this site which now shows availability for more than 38,000 locations. 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 how to receive updates via subscription) should be directed to CDC at

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Resources and Information

Current Issues in Immunization Netconference: Immunization netconferences are live, one-hour presentations combining an online visual presentation with simultaneous audio via telephone conference call and a live question and answer session. Internet access and a separate phone line are needed to participate. The next netconference is scheduled for December 12, 2013. The moderator will be Andrew Kroger. The speakers and topics are posted on the netconference web page, where you can also view past presentations.

You Call the Shots Modules: You Call the Shots is a web-based training course developed through the Project to Enhance Immunization Content in Nursing Education and Training. Several courses, including Hepatitis A, Vaccine Storage and Handling, and Vaccines for Children (VFC) modules, are now available, and additional modules will be added in the future. Please visit the You Call the Shots web page for additional information. Continuing Education (CE) credit is available for the course.

ACIP Meeting: The next ACIP meeting will be held February 26–27, 2014. Please visit the ACIP meeting web page for presentation slides, meeting minutes, archived video broadcasts, and additional information.

Vaccines for Preteens and Teens: CDC has introduced a new web portal resource to increase clinician recommendations for HPV.

  • HPV Vaccine Resources for Health Care Professionals: This new web portal includes resources for clinicians, as well as handouts to give to parents. Some features on the portal are a Tips for Talking to Parents about the HPV Vaccine [1 page] fact sheet and an Understanding the Burden of HPV-Cancers slide presentation. The fact sheet provides helpful responses to answer parents' questions about the HPV vaccine, and the customizable presentation offers a detailed overview about the disease, the vaccine, and tips on making a strong HPV vaccine recommendation.

Adult Immunization Materials: Resource materials are available for order from the Public Health Foundation, including a new prescription pad with a checklist health care providers can use to counsel patients about which vaccines are right for them. Each sheet on the pad lists 17 possible vaccinations and serves as a convenient resource for patients and providers.

Also visit CDC’s Vaccines for Adult Patients resource web page, which has various materials available for download to educate and encourage adult patients to get vaccinated. The resources, along with the new Vaccines for Adults website provide general information on adult vaccination. Targeted groups include young adults (19–26 years), pregnant women, adults with special health conditions, and older adults (60 years and older).

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 providers. 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. You will need to sign up and log in as a member to view the videos. Registration is free.

Immunization Resources: Please visit the NCIRD publications ordering form for the latest immunization publications. Numerous items, including the Parents Guide to Childhood Immunizations and flu 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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Calendar of Events

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), December 8–14, 2013, Nationwide

9th International Symposium on Pneumococci and Pneumococcal Diseases (ISPPD), March 9–13, 2014, Hyderabad, India

New Hampshire Immunization Conference, March 26, 2014, Manchester, NH

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 26–May 3, 2014, Nationwide


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