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VEC Announcements: Next Webinar on November 14, New
VEC Resources and Updated Informational Tear Sheets
Next webinar on Wed., Nov. 14, 2012
Registration is now open for the next VEC webinar scheduled for November 14 at noon ET. The
topics will include:
- Pertussis vaccine, new recommendations
- Meningococcal vaccine, new recommendations
- HPV vaccine update
- Rotavirus vaccine update
- New influenza vaccine update
CME credits will be offered for both the live and archived event through collaboration with
event co-sponsors, PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics. The VEC webinar series is supported
by the Thomas F. McNair Scott Endowed Research and Lectureship Fund.
more and register today»
New VEC resources
The Vaccine Education Center is proud to announce the availability of new resources meant to
assist and inform your communication with parents interested in altering the immunization schedule:
Recommended Immunization Schedule: What you should know: Informational tear sheets
answer questions such as “How can the recommended schedule be appropriate for all children?”, “When
is it OK to use a different vaccine schedule?” and “Wouldn’t it be better for children to get some
of these diseases naturally?” Tear sheets are available in pads of 50 colored sheets in English and
Spanish languages for a nominal fee plus shipping or can be printed free of charge from our
Immunization clings: Printed on paper that allows them to cling to surfaces such
as walls and refrigerators without using adhesives, the immunization clings remind parents, “
let your baby sail in unchartered waters . . . Stay on Course” and shows the recommended
immunization schedule. A life preserver reminds parents that it is the “ Tested and approved
are also available in Spanish and can be ordered in multiples of five using the
online order form or
order form. Discounts are offered for increasing quantities of clings; shipping
charges will be added.
Revised “Immunization Schedule” section of the VEC website: To provide additional
information supporting the above-mentioned new materials, the section of the VEC website related to
the immunization schedule has been updated and an easy-to-remember URL has been added,
- An immunization schedule matching that of immunization cling with links from each disease to
the relevant materials elsewhere on our site. This section also contains information related to
differences between the types of diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccines, oral versus injectable
polio vaccine, hepatitis B vaccine for newborns, among others.
- A history of the vaccine schedule beginning with the first vaccines and looking at vaccine
schedule maturation through the decades.
- Questions and answers related to the vaccine schedule includes many of the questions on the new
informational sheet plus additional content such as “Why does the schedule change?” and “ What is
the ‘catch-up’ schedule?”
- A vaccine availability timeline.
- Information related to lessening the pain of vaccines.
Updated informational tear sheets
The following informational tear sheets have been updated:
- The Facts about Childhood Vaccines – Volume 7, Fall 2012:
Spanish (coming soon)
- Aluminum and Vaccines: What you should know – Volume 4, Fall 2012:
- Vaccine Ingredients: What you should know – Volume 2, Fall 2012:
Spanish (coming soon)
Pads of 50 sheets can be
ordered online or
News and Views: Update on Vaccine Shortages and Vaccine
Storage and Handling
Charlotte A. Moser, Assistant Director, and Paul A. Offit, Director, Vaccine Education Center
at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently updated information related to
the Pentacel® and DAPTACEL® shortages. They also announced revised vaccine storage and handling
Read more about both of these topics and get links to the CDC
In the Journals: HPV Vaccine and Promiscuity
Paul A. Offit, MD, Director, Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of
In October 2012, Robert Bednarczyk and coworkers at Kaiser Permanente, the Rollins School of
Public Health, and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, performed a study to determine whether
receipt of HPV vaccine among adolescents led to an increase in sexual activity (Bednarczyk RA,
Davis R, Ault K, Orenstein W, and Omer SB. Sexual Activity-Related Outcomes After Human
Papillomavirus Vaccination of 11- to 12-Year-Olds.
Pediatrics, 2012; 130:798-805).
To answer this question, they enrolled 1,398 girls; 493 had received the vaccine and 905
hadn’t. To determine the level of sexual activity following vaccination, investigators examined
medical records for the incidence of pregnancy, the number of tests ordered or diagnoses made for
sexually transmitted diseases, and the number of adolescents who had sought contraceptive
more about the findings and why they make sense in the context of what we would have
Technically Speaking: New
Recommendations for the Use of Pneumococcal Vaccines in Adults with Certain Health Conditions
Deborah L. Wexler, MD, Executive Director, Immunization Action Coalition
On October 12, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published new
recommendations for the use of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13/Prevnar 13, Pfizer) and
pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23/Pneumovax, Merck) in adults with certain health
conditions, including immunocompromising ones.
additional details about these new recommendations»
From the Media — Reports of Vaccine-Preventable
Diseases, Nature Publishes Insightful Article About the State of Vaccine Exemptions and Measles
Exhibit by Sophie Blackall
Reports of vaccine-preventable diseases
See where vaccine-preventable diseases made the news in the last few weeks, read about the
Nature article related to vaccine exemptions, and find out how Sophie Blackall is helping fight
On the Calendar
Find out about new meeting listings in Minnesota and New Jersey, the annual Infectious Diseases
in Children Symposium, National Immunization Conference next June, and 2013 ACIP dates.
Don’t forget that World Pneumonia Day is November 12, 2012.
On the Bookshelf: The Viral Storm: The Dawn of
a New Pandemic Age by Nathan Wolfe
Charlotte A. Moser, Assistant Director, Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of
Author Nathan Wolfe is a virus hunter; he has spent his career trying to figure out ways to
find the world’s newest viruses
they become a pandemic. Much like vaccines, when he and his colleagues are successful,
chances are we don’t know about it.
our review of the book»
Resources: October Needle Tips is Now Available, WHO
Offers Free Vaccine Safety Course, and Washington State Shares Pertussis Campaign Research Findings
October Needle Tips is now available
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) recently published the October issue of
Needle Tips. Topics in this issue include:
- Special Focus on Influenza Vaccination, including summary of 2012-2013 vaccines, discussion of
mandatory influenza immunization for healthcare workers, screening for contraindications, and a
compilation of educational materials and posters.
- Editorial: HPV Vaccination: How Can We Do Better?
- Updates on vaccine recommendations, schedules and news from the CDC
- Fact sheet about the importance of cocooning babies
- And more!
Be sure to check out
the latest issue or archives and consider
signing up to
receive future issues.
WHO offers free vaccine safety course
The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a new vaccine safety course. The
course was designed with an understanding that people who work in this area come with different
levels of understanding and different needs, yet must be able to communicate with a common
Subject areas include vaccines, adverse events, pharmacovigilance, vaccine safety
stakeholders and communication. Modules include assessments, case studies and supplementary tools.
To learn more about the course or review the modules, go to
Washington state shares pertussis campaign research findings
In response to the whooping cough epidemic occurring in the state of Washington, the
Thurston County Health Department and the state health department collaborated in a partnership
funded by the Group Health Foundation to create an informational campaign directed toward community
members. The campaign is using a website, online banner ads, billboards, social media and target
outreach to educate the population about the importance of immunizations. The campaign is targeted
around findings showing that while people understood the importance of vaccination, they were
confused by which vaccines they and their children should get and whether or not they had them. The
campaign website is
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