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VEC Announcements: Vaccine safety booklet now
available, new Medscape videos and website updates
Vaccine safety booklet
Vaccine Safety and Your Child is a new resource offered by the Vaccine Education Center at
CHOP. The booklet contains excerpts from the book for parents,
Vaccines and Your Child: Separating Fact from Fiction, co-authored by Paul Offit and
Charlotte Moser and published by Columbia University Press. Sections related to general vaccine
safety concerns, the vaccine schedule, vaccines and specific diseases, and what is contained in the
vaccine vial provide answers to parents’ most common questions about vaccines. Booklets are
available for order ($1 each plus shipping) or download:
New Medscape videos
Drs. Offit and Reilly recently had new videos posted on Medscape:
Videos can be viewed without creating an account by accessing them through the
presentations and interviews page.
The VEC recently updated the information on both the VEC and Parents PACK websites:
website updates – In addition to updates throughout the site and changes to the site
navigation, tables showing disease risks versus vaccine risks were added to the vaccine pages.
Parents PACK website updates - In addition to changes to the home page,
content was updated throughout. Watch for a new interactive trivia game coming soon to the Parents
News and Views: Travel notices
Charlotte A. Moser, Assistant Director, and Paul A. Offit, Director, Vaccine Education Center
at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
If you have watched the news lately, you have probably heard about disease outbreaks in
other parts of the world. The United Kingdom (UK) continues to grapple with measles outbreaks and
the latest strain of influenza, H7N9, sickening people in China continues to worry public health
officials. These examples are making international headlines; however, the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently updated other travel notices as well.
Here's what you should know»
In the Journals: Long-term effectiveness of varicella
Paul A. Offit, MD, Director, Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of
In May 2013, Roger Baxter and coworkers reported the long-term effectiveness of varicella
R, Ray P, Tran TN, et al. Long-term effectiveness of varicella vaccine: a 14-year, prospective
cohort study. Pediatrics 2013 May;131(5):e1389-96). In 1995, the varicella vaccine was first
licensed and recommended for universal use in the United States in children 12 months of age or
older. In 2006, a second dose of varicella vaccine was recommended for children 4 to 6 years of
Read more about the paper and its findings»
From the Media — Vaccine-preventable diseases are still
killing children in the U.S.
Reading the news reports in April was difficult because it served as a reminder that we have
more work to do when it comes to protecting children from vaccine-preventable diseases. In fact,
media outlets in April carried stories about deaths from pertussis, bacterial meningitis, and
chickenpox; the CDC’s weekly influenza report indicated 137 pediatric deaths during the 2012-2013
influenza season, and public health officials were working to contain outbreaks of measles and
View a breakdown of news reports for April 2013»
On the Calendar
The Minnesota immunization conference and upcoming dates for NFID conferences have been added to
the calendar. Be sure to check the calendar for June meetings in Iowa and Pennsylvania.
Check the calendar»
On the Bookshelf: Quiet by Susan
Charlotte A. Moser, Assistant Director, Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of
Susan Cain’s New York Times Bestseller,
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, provides readers with
an interesting premise — introverts are as important and necessary to our success as a society as
their extroverted counterparts. Starting with the contrasting characters of Martin Luther King, Jr.
and Rosa Parks, Cain sets the stage for her argument by pointing out the dramatic effects of King’s
oration and Parks’ action while acknowledging that the reverse roles would not have been as
effective simply because of the types of people they were.
Resources: Global immunization educational materials and CDC
Several new or revised resources came to our attention last month. Take a few moments to check
them out and see if they can help in your vaccination efforts:
Dr. Mike Evans made a video titled “
Should you get the HPV
vaccine?” Posted on YouTube and just under nine minutes in length, the video uses the
combination of narration during animation to discuss HPV biology and vaccination.
The Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC), a project of the National Foundation
for Infectious Diseases (NFID), recently launched a redesigned website at
www.preventchildhoodinfluenza.org. Updates include improved navigation and
search functions, social media tools, and a variety of resources, such as fact sheets and “flu
NFID also recently released the results of its
teen health survey. Findings included several misperceptions related to teen
health; for example, about one-third of teens who answered that they do not get an annual check-up
felt they only need to see a doctor when they are ill.
parents present the findings graphically.
CDC fact sheets
Did you know that the CDC has a series of fact sheets related to vaccines and vaccine
safety? The series includes titles such as, “Understanding MMR Vaccine Safety,” “Understanding the
Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)” and “Ensuring the Safety of Vaccines in the United
States.” The sheets can be printed in color or black and white. High resolution print files are
also available upon request for those who want to have materials printed at their expense.
Review or print the CDC vaccine safety fact sheets»