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VEC Announcements: Webinar information, Medscape video
and pertussis interview
2014 Webinar dates
Dates for the 2014 ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂCurrent Issues in VaccinesÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ webinars offered by the Vaccine Education
Center (VEC) at CHOP and co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
were announced at the AAP Experience in Orlando:
- March 19, 2014
- September 10, 2014
- November 19, 2014
Dates are listed and a printable sheet is available on the
page of our website.
November 13 webinar archive
If you did not have a chance to participate in the recent webinar, you can still do so and
get continuing education credits. Topics included:
- Mening: Should we give it routinely to all infants?
- PCV13: Can we give one fewer dose?
- Zoster: Is it time to give it to younger adults?
- HPV vaccine: Why are immunization rates still so low?
the link to the archived event on the webinar archive pageof our website. A PDF of the
questions and answers from the event is also available.
Spring and Fall 2013 event archives are also available for credit and can be accessed from
the same page.
Dr. Offit recently completed a video for Medscape, ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂHospital says no more dietary
supplements in formulary.ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ The video discusses a new policy of The ChildrenÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs Hospital of
Philadelphia that removed most dietary supplements from the HospitalÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs formulary, including the
reasons behind this policy change.
Watch the videoÃÂÃÂ»
Dr. Kristen Feemster, the VECÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs newly appointed Director of Research, recently did an
Second Opinion. The topic was pertussis and the interviewees included a mom, Cheri
Rae, whose son experienced pertussis. Ms. Rae has shared her sonÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs story in an article originally
published in the
Santa Barbara Independent; the story is available on our
News and Views: Global vaccine coverage
Charlotte A. Moser, Assistant Director, and Paul A. Offit, Director, Vaccine Education Center
at The ChildrenÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs Hospital of Philadelphia
A recent MMWR (11/1/13, 62(43);858-61) highlighted global vaccination coverage. While it may
seem as though these data are unimportant in the scheme of things, some attention may be warranted.
We have all heard and many of us have probably even said, ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂContinuing to get vaccines is important
because vaccine-preventable diseases are only a plane ride away.ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ
Find a summary of the data that provides evidence for this statementÃÂÃÂ»
In the Journals: Influenza-associated pediatric deaths
Paul A. Offit, MD, Director, Vaccine Education Center at The ChildrenÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs Hospital of
In the November 2013, Karen Wong and coworkers from the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) published a study about influenza-associated deaths among children (Wong KK, Jain
S, Blanton L, et al, ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂInfluenza-Associated Pediatric Deaths in the United States, 2004-2012,ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ
Pediatrics 2013 Nov;132(5):796-804.) . The authors made several interesting observations:
Technically Speaking: At your
fingertips: Official vaccine recommendations and product information
Deborah L. Wexler, MD, Executive Director, Immunization Action Coalition
Official immunization recommendations and vaccine product information are available online
in several locations. The Centers for Disease Control and PreventionÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs Advisory Committee on
Immunization Practices (ACIP) publishes vaccination guidance for people of all ages, while the
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) provides similar guidance for children and teens. The Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) licenses new vaccines and approves additional indications for vaccines
already in use, as well as requiring proper product labeling and the use of package inserts.
more about where to easily access these materialsÃÂÃÂ»
From the MediaÃÂ ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ Upcoming (Anti-Vaccine Injury
Compensation Program) congressional briefing
Late-breaking update: The hearing scheduled for early December has been delayed without
suggestion of a future date; however, some patients may have heard coverage of the briefing and the
hearing has not been cancelled, so we have chosen to share this information anyway.
The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) was created in 1986 as part of the National
Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. The program compensates individuals for injuries related to
vaccination. Compensation is determined by special masters and is based upon a table of injuries
and without the need to go through civil courts. However, victims have the right to appeal via
federal circuit court.
Find out moreÃÂÃÂ»
On the Calendar
DonÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂt forget the upcoming National Influenza Vaccination Week in early December. And, check the
calendar for recently added events including the National Conference on Immunization and Health
Coalitions and the Autism Science FoundationÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs Fifth Anniversary TED-style conference and
Check the calendarÃÂÃÂ»
On the Bookshelf: David and Goliath by Malcolm
Charlotte A. Moser, Assistant Director, Vaccine Education Center at The ChildrenÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂs Hospital of
Malcolm Gladwell is well-known for empowering and well-constructed books, including
Outliers: The Story of Success;
Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking and
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference. His newest title,
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants, does not disappoint
as it continues to offer us new ways of thinking.
Resources: Medscape: YOUR fault if your unvaccinated child
makes someone sick and CDC updates
YOUR fault if your unvaccinated child makes someone sick
Dr. Arthur Caplan, Division of Medical Ethics at the NYU Langone Medical Center in New York
City recently appeared in a video on Medscape in which he discussed the importance of making sure
vaccinations are up to date at every medical visit.
Using the recent measles outbreak in a Texas mega-church, Dr. Caplan outlines the lessons
that healthcare providers can take away from this experience. He goes on to conclude that while
parents have the right to refuse immunizations, part of the conversation must include parlaying an
understanding that they will be to blame if their child gets infected and transmits a
Watch the videoÃÂÃÂ»
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the following