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Vaccine Update for Healthcare Providers

November 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: Webinar information, Medscape video and pertussis interview
 

2014 Webinar dates
Dates for the 2014 “Current Issues in Vaccines” 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 webinar 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?
     

Access 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.

Medscape video
Dr. Offit recently completed a video for Medscape, “Hospital says no more dietary supplements in formulary.” The video discusses a new policy of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that removed most dietary supplements from the Hospital’s formulary, including the reasons behind this policy change.

Watch the video»

Pertussis interview
Dr. Kristen Feemster, the VEC’s newly appointed Director of Research, recently did an interview on Second Opinion. The topic was pertussis and the interviewees included a mom, Cheri Rae, whose son experienced pertussis. Ms. Rae has shared her son’s story in an article originally published in the Santa Barbara Independent; the story is available on our Parents PACK website.

News and Views: Global vaccine coverage

Charlotte A. Moser, Assistant Director, and Paul A. Offit, Director, Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s 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, “Continuing to get vaccines is important because vaccine-preventable diseases are only a plane ride away.”

Find a summary of the data that provides evidence for this statement»

In the Journals: Influenza-associated pediatric deaths

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

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, “Influenza-Associated Pediatric Deaths in the United States, 2004-2012,” Pediatrics 2013 Nov;132(5):796-804.) . The authors made several interesting observations:

Read more»

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 Prevention’s 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.

Read more about where to easily access these materials»

From the Media â€” 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 more»

On the Calendar

Don’t 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 Foundation’s Fifth Anniversary TED-style conference and celebration

Check the calendar»

On the Bookshelf: David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

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

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.

Read more»

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 vaccine-preventable disease.

Watch the video»
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CDC updates
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released the following updates:
 

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