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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Vaccine Update for Healthcare Providers

January 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: January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to restate our support of the importance of HPV vaccination for both girls and boys and remind our readers of the various materials we offer related to HPV and the HPV vaccine:
 

  • Prevent-HPV Web page (www.prevent-HPV.org) is our dedicated Web presence that includes a video of Dr. Offit discussing the importance of HPV vaccination, several videos of families discussing their decision to vaccinate their adolescents or teens, and many questions and answers submitted by readers.
  • Human Papillomavirus: What you should know is our informational tear sheet answering the most common questions parents have about HPV and the HPV vaccine. The sheet is available in English and Spanish and can be ordered online in colored pads of 50 sheets for distribution. Providers may also photocopy these sheets for distribution.
  • A Look at Each Vaccine: Human Papillomavirus and Parents PACK: Human Papillomavirus both provide additional information and serve as hubs for our other HPV-related materials.
  • HPV webinar: The Vaccine Education Center at CHOP recently partnered with the Pennsylvania Immunization Coalition and the Pennsylvania Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics to offer a webinar about HPV and the HPV vaccine. Dr. Kristen Feemster, a physician-scientist in the Vaccine Education Center, was the speaker. Although continuing education credits are NOT available for this event, any providers who are interested can view the archive for the next three months. You will need to enter information as if you are registering in order to access the recorded event.
     

News and Views: Thimerosal Update: Why It’s in the News . . . Again

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

If you’ve heard renewed interest related to thimerosal in vaccines, it is likely because of the United Nations Environment Program’s (UNEP) recent investigation of exposure to mercury. Much human exposure is through the consumption of the more harmful form of mercury, known as methylmercury, commonly found in fish and other marine organisms. Despite vocal activists who believe that thimerosal, the more efficiently degraded ethylmercury found in some vaccines, is harmful the UNEP ruled that the mercury in vaccines was exempt from the proposed ban on mercury. Read more»

In the Journals: Vaccination Site and Risk of Local Reactions in Children 1 Through 6 Years of Age

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

In February 2013, Lisa Jackson and coworkers, working with data from the Vaccine Safety Datalink, published a study examining local site reactions following intramuscular (IM) injections of the hepatitis A, influenza, and diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccines (Jackson L ., Peterson D, Nelson JC, et al. “ Vaccination Site and Risk of Local Reactions in Children 1 Through 6 Years of Age,” Pediatrics 2013 Jan 14; 131:283-289).

Read about the author's findings»

Technically Speaking: Expanded Tdap Recommendations: Administer Tdap to Pregnant Women During Each Pregnancy

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

At its October 2012 meeting, CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to expand its recommendation for the use of Tdap vaccine during pregnancy to provide further protection to pregnant women and infants from pertussis (whooping cough). The new recommendations call for administering Tdap to every pregnant woman during each pregnancy, regardless of previous Tdap vaccination history. Optimal timing for administering the dose is at 27 through 36 weeks’ gestation to maximize the maternal antibody response and the passive antibody transfer to the infant. Read more»

From the Media â€” Influenza

Like influenza disease, influenza stories are everywhere right now, so this month’s column is dedicated to the most recent important points of which you should be aware. Read more»

On the Calendar — New Meetings Added

Save the dates for the National Adult Immunization Summit and the Influenza Summit. In addition, several viral hepatitis summits and the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) have been added to the calendar. Check the calendar»

On the Bookshelf: Best Books of 2012

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

This month’s column offers a variety of books compiled from different sources over the course of 2012. If you are looking for your next read or, perhaps need a gift for a budding scientist in your life, you might consider checking out one of these books.

Resources: Various Updates

A variety of resources have come to our attention this month. Please use the links below to navigate to stories that interest you:

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