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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Vaccine Update for Healthcare Providers

October 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: November webinar registration now open

Registration is now open for the November 13 Current Issues in Vaccines webinar (noon to 1 p.m. ET). Dr. Offit will discuss the following topics:

  • Menactra®: Should infants receive this vaccine?
  • PCV13: Can we give fewer doses?
  • Shingles vaccine: How long does it last?
  • HPV vaccine: Is a 9-valent vaccine around the corner?
  • Influenza vaccine: How well did we do last year?
     

Continuing education credits will be available. An archive of the event will also be available later that week.

Register from the webinar page on our site»

News and Views: Affordable Care Act — Insurance requirements and the exchange

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

As the country recovers from the recent government shutdown, due in part to Congressional disagreements related to the Affordable Care Act, it seems a good time to discuss the most recently implemented aspect of the system – the requirement for health insurance.

Read more about the Affordable Care Act»

In the Journals: Non-medical vaccine exemptions and pertussis in CA, 2010

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

During the past few years, several studies have shown that immunity to the acellular pertussis vaccine (DTaP and Tdap) fades more quickly than that found following the whole cell pertussis vaccine (DTP). The lesser effectiveness of the acellular vaccine has been in part responsible for the current outbreaks of pertussis throughout the United States. One could then reasonably ask to what extent, if any, do children whose parents have chosen not to immunize them contribute to the current outbreaks.

Read more about how researchers in CA answered this question»

Technically Speaking: Ask the Experts: Providing Answers to Your Timely and Challenging Influenza Vaccination Questions

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

For vaccinators, new and challenging questions typically surface every influenza season. And, this certainly is true for the 2013-2014 season, in which a number of new influenza vaccine products are available for use. Immunization experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are here to help! Just in time for influenza season, you’ll find an up-to-date collection of more than 70 influenza-related Q&As on the Immunization Action Coalition’s (IAC) website.

Read more»

From the Media â€” Vaccine-related news

As we finalized this issue of the Vaccine Update including a summary of government workers furloughed during the government shutdown, our leaders in Washington came to some agreement and everyone returned to work. The result – our “From the Media” column was no longer helpful to readers.

Therefore, we decided to take this opportunity to draw your attention to our “Vaccine-Related News” page on the vaccine.chop.edu website.

Find out more»

On the Calendar

Check the calendar for meetings near you!

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On the Bookshelf: Anti-vaccine sentiment now and during the time of smallpox

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

Garth Williams, author of the recent Polio Revisited, previously penned Angel of Death: The Story of Smallpox. Although first published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2010, the well-researched book is a great read for anyone who works with vaccinations or has an interest in the social and historical aspects of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Read more about the parallels between arguments against vaccination then and now»

Resources: Recent Medscape articles and one VIS-related note

Recent Medscape articles
Several useful articles related to vaccines and infectious diseases have recently been posted on Medscape:
 

You may need to register for free to view some or all of these articles.

One VIS-related note
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted a supporting document related to the 2013-2014 influenza vaccine information statements (VISs) specifically for providers. The seven-page document is intended to be a reference guide when answering questions about or discussing influenza vaccine and includes sections such as people at highest risk of complications and their close contacts, immunizing children 6 months through 8 years of age, precautions and indications and safety.

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