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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
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
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.
In the Journals: Vaccine coverage among
Paul A. Offit, MD, Director, Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of
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.
From the Media — 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,
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
- 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»