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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Vaccine Update for Healthcare Providers

May 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.

From the editor : Please note that Dr. Wexler’s “Technically Speaking” column will return next month.

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 VEC's presentations and interviews page.

Website updates
The VEC recently updated the information on both the VEC and Parents PACK websites:

  • VEC 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 PACK website!

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 vaccine

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

In May 2013, Roger Baxter and coworkers reported the long-term effectiveness of varicella vaccine (Baxter 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 age.

Read more about the paper and its findings»

From the Media â€” 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 mumps.

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 Cain

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

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.

Read more»

Resources: Global immunization educational materials and CDC updates

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:

Video
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.

Websites
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 funnies” videos.

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.

Infographics for providers and 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»

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