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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Vaccine Update for Healthcare Providers

August 2013

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: Updated influenza Q&A,  September webinar registration is open

Updated influenza Q&A

Volume 10, Fall 2013 of Influenza: What you should know is now available in English and Spanish. Pads of 50 sheets can be ordered, and as always, copies can be printed from the online PDF files.

Primary changes include:
 

  • Addition of information about the various versions of influenza vaccine available this year, including the new egg-free and cell culture-based versions
  • Revision of information related to recommendations for those with egg allergies
  • A brief reassurance about H7N9 situation
     

A mailing with sample will be sent over the coming weeks; sample can be photocopied as needed. To begin receiving mailings, please email us your complete contact information at vacinfo@email.chop.edu.

September webinar registration is open
The next “Current Issues in Vaccines” webinar, co-sponsored by the VEC and the PA-AAP and supported by the Thomas F. McNair Scott Endowed Research and Lectureship Fund, will be held on Wed., Sept. 11, 2013 at noon ET.

Dr. Offit will discuss “ Rotavirus and intussusception: What do we know now?”

Continuing education credits will be offered for both the live and archived events. Register or learn more today» 

News and Views: Vaccination coverage rates for kindergarteners and HPV vaccination of adolescents

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

Recent issues of MMWR reported vaccination coverage rates for children entering kindergarten and adolescent girls receiving HPV vaccine. Read more»

In the Journals: Vaccine coverage among kindergarteners

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

On August 2, 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published results of vaccine coverage rates among kindergarteners in the United States (Vaccination Coverage Among Children in Kindergarten — United States, 2012-2013 School Year, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (2013):62:607-613).

Read more about their findings»

Technically Speaking: Temperature monitoring – the “vital sign” for vaccine storage

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

A patient's physical exam usually begins with checking vital signs of pulse, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and temperature. But when checking your vaccine supply, only one “vital sign” — temperature — must be monitored to assure your vaccines remain viable. Regular monitoring of vaccine storage temperatures is critical to ensuring quality patient care. Read more»

From the Media â€” Jenny and The View

Yes, we are experiencing vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks, and yes, we are talking about back to school vaccination needs, but by far, the media related to vaccines over the past few weeks was, in fact, not about vaccines at all, but about Jenny McCarthy and her latest career move – to a chair at the table on ABC’s The View. It’s likely that the producers offered her this position for the exact reasons that most upset everyone else. She’s a wild card – unpredictable, controversial, and at times, outrageous.

Read more and find resources for addressing information in the media»

On the Calendar

Check out the calendar for meetings in your area. Find a meeting near you»

On the Bookshelf: Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data, by Charles Wheelan

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

  • Should you buy the $99 printer warranty?
  • Who really is the best baseball player of all time?
  • And, how does Netflix know what movies you like?
     

All of these are addressed in Charles Wheelan’s book, Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data.

Read our review of the book or find out where to get a copy»

Resources: Updated influenza VIS, new edition of the Yellow Book and AAP strategies for increasing adolescent vaccine coverage rates

  • CDC publishes updated influenza VIS
  • 2014 edition of the Yellow Book is now available
  • AAP outlines strategies for increasing vaccine coverage among adolescents
     

Find out more about these topics»

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