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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Vaccine Update for Healthcare Providers

September 2012

This newsletter is meant to keep you up to date on issues related to vaccines quickly and easily. We welcome your comments and questions; please email us at vacinfo@email.chop.edu.

VEC Announcements: September Webinar Rescheduled and VEC at AAP Meeting in New Orleans

September webinar rescheduled

Due to a death in the family that precluded Dr. Offit from presenting, the VEC webinar originally scheduled for September 12 was rescheduled for Wednesday, October 3 at noon ET.
 

  • If you were registered for the September 12 and plan to attend on October 3, you do not need to do anything. Your registration will carry over to October 3rd. Reminder emails containing the necessary connection information will be sent the week of the event.
  • If you were registered for September 12, but cannot attend on October 3, you can keep the registration anyway as it will allow you to access the archived webinar. The archived event will be available within 24 to 48 hours of the original broadcast using the same link provided for the live event. You can also find the archived event by going to http://vaccine.chop.edu/webinars and clicking to the archive and selecting the October 3 event archive.
  • If you never registered for September 12, but are interested in attending on October 3, registration is still open. Go to http://vaccine.chop.edu/webinars and click on the registration button. 
     

Both live and archived event participants will be able to get continuing education credits through a collaborative effort of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the University of Pittsburgh. Participants of the live event will only be required to complete a course evaluation; however, participants who view the archived event will be required to complete both the evaluation and a post-test. Instructions for obtaining credits will be shared at the conclusion of both the live and recorded events.

VEC at AAP annual meeting in New Orleans

The Vaccine Education Center at CHOP will have a booth in the exhibit hall at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in New Orleans from October 20-22, 2012. At the AAP meeting we will announce the dates for the 2013 webinar series and launch some exciting new materials:
 

  • “Recommended Immunization Schedule: What you should know” – this brand new Q&A sheet is meant to help you when parents want to use an alternative immunization schedule. The sheet answers questions parents are asking, such as:
    • “How can the recommended schedule be appropriate for all children?”
    • “When is it OK to use a different vaccine schedule?”
    • “Wouldn’t it be better for children to get some of these diseases naturally?”
       

An announcement mailing and the ability to order this new sheet will begin following the AAP meeting in late October or early November.
 

  • Immunization Schedule Clings – These unique 5” x 7” clings are printed on specialized papers that allows them to “cling” to refrigerators, office walls or nursery walls. Designed with the nautical message, “Don’t let your baby sail in unchartered waters . . . ,“ the clings show the recommended immunization schedule and point out that it is the “tested and approved” version of the schedule.
     

Updates will be made to the immunization schedule section of the VEC website to coincide with the launch of these new materials.

Stop by the VEC booth and pick up your copies of these new materials. See you in booth 2111 in New Orleans!

News and Views: CDC Releases National Immunization Survey Data for Infants, Kindergarteners and Teens

Charlotte A. Moser, Assistant Director, and Paul A. Offit, Director, Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Each year the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducts the National Immunization Survey (NIS) to monitor immunization rates throughout the country. Data related to infants and teens are collected via random-digit dialing with a follow-up survey to providers to confirm data accuracy. Data related to kindergarteners are collected from health department reports. All three of these reports were released in recent weeks.

Read more about the results of the NIS»

In the Journals: Waning Immunity with Acellular Pertussis Vaccine

Paul A. Offit, MD, Director, Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

In October 2012, Nicola Klein and coworkers at the Kaiser Permanente Vaccine Study Center in Oakland, California, investigated the effectiveness of DTaP vaccine during a pertussis outbreak in California that had occurred in 2010 (Klein NP, Bartlett J, Rowhani-Rahbar A, et al., “Waning Protection after Fifth Dose of Acellular Pertussis Vaccine in Children,” N Engl J Med. 2012 Sep 13;367(11):1012-9.).

Read about the study's results»

Technically Speaking: One Dose or Two? How Many Doses of Influenza Vaccine Do Children Need in the 2012-13 Season?

Deborah L. Wexler, MD, Executive Director, Immunization Action Coalition

For several years in a row, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has adjusted its vaccination recommendations regarding which children need two doses of influenza vaccine.

Here are some simple rules to follow when vaccinating children against influenza this season»

From the Media — First Death from Novel Swine Flu and Changes to Hepatitis C Testing Recommendations

While various vaccine-related news articles were reported in the past few weeks (some of which are discussed in other parts of this newsletter), we decided to highlight two topics that have implications in practice: monitoring for and counseling about novel swine influenza, and broadening of the recommendations for hepatitis C testing. Read more»

On the Calendar

Do you need continuing education credits? Do you want to attend a meeting in your area or register for a webinar? Do you know which health observances are coming up?

Check the calendar»

On the Bookshelf: Your Baby’s Best Shot: Why Vaccines are Safe and Save Lives

Charlotte A. Moser, Assistant Director, Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Stacy Mintzer Herlihy and E. Allison Hagood’s recently published book, titled “Your Baby’s Best Shot: Why Vaccines are Safe and Save Lives,” is presented as a vaccine primer by parents for parents. The authors’ heroic efforts cover all of the vaccine topics being discussed these days – vaccine ingredients, autism, too many vaccines, etc., and their voice is that of parents having a conversation on the sidelines or at the park. Read our review of the book»

Resources: 2012 CDC Immunization Update, Pertussis Resources, CDC Expert Commentaries, and CDC Resources for Talking with Parents

2012 CDC Immunization Update
The CDC recently held its annual webcast providing an update on immunizations. The event can be viewed online and contains information related to:
 

  • HPV
  • Influenza
  • Pertussis outbreaks
  • ACIP recommendations for healthcare personnel
  • Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine for immunocompromised adults
  • Vaccine storage and handling
  • Vaccine briefs
     

Presenters included Iyabode Akinsanya-Beysolow, MD, MPH; Andrew Kroger, MD, MPH; Raymond Strikas, MD, MPH; and JoEllen Wolicki, BSN, RN. The program is 2.5 hours in length.

Pertussis resources
The following information and resources related to pertussis may be of help during the current outbreaks:

CDC expert commentaries
The CDC and Medscape have collaborated to provide a series of short videos related to immunizations, infection control and travel medicine. To check out the available videos, go to the CDC channel of Medscape.

CDC resources for talking with parents
The CDC recently revised several resources for providers to use when communicating with parents about vaccines; revised pieces are available online and include the following:
 

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