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VEC Announcements: Clarification on influenza sheet,
exhibit and book signing at AAP meeting, and release of mobile app
Clarification on influenza sheet
Influenza: What you should know (Volume 10, Fall 2013) describes the various influenza
vaccine options available this season; however, at the time of writing, the Sanofi Pasteur
quadrivalent product for infants 6 to 35 months of age was not approved. Therefore, the original
text read “This vaccine is given as a shot and can be used for people 3 years and older. In the
future, it is likely to be an option for younger children and infants as well.”
To offer the most up-to-date information, the
online PDF has been changed to read, “This vaccine is given as a shot and can
be used for people 6 months and older.” Although the print version being distributed still contains
the old text, providers offering the Sanofi product should follow the age-related prescribing
information on the package insert and, if providing the VEC sheet, either print the revised Q&A
sheet from the VEC website or clarify the text on the print version with parents of children
between 6 and 35 months of age. The
Spanish version has also been updated.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and refer providers to the
table of products in the CDC’s current influenza recommendations for additional
Exhibit and book signing at AAP meeting
Are you going to Orlando for the AAP’s national meeting October 26-29, 2013? The Vaccine
Education Center (VEC) is! The VEC will have a booth in the exhibit hall (#1155 located by product
theater number 2 and a couple of aisles over from the AAP resource center), so we can meet you and
provide you with our most current information.
Highlights of the exhibit will include:
Book signing on Saturday, October 26 between 1 and 3 p.m. – Dr. Offit will be in
the booth signing copies of his book,
Deadly Choices: How the Anti-Vaccine Movement Threatens Us All. Be sure to stop by and get
your free copy while supplies last!
Announcement of 2014 webinar dates – be sure to pick up your calendar of dates for
next year’s “Current Issues in Vaccines” webinars.
Demonstrations of the new mobile app,
Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know
– Stop by to see what the app has to offer or pick up posters, magnets or hand sanitizer
packets with information about the app.
As always, we will also have copies of our Q&A sheets, booklets, clings, prescription for
information pads, DVDs, and other goodies available. Be sure to stop by and say hello!
Add our booth as a stop on your Expo Plan»
Release of mobile app
Have you had a chance to check out our new mobile app? If not, learn more about it or get to the
Apple app store from this page of our website:
http://vaccine.chop.edu/mobileapp. We just wanted to alert you to the
- Due to the number of requests, we are proceeding with development of an Android version. A link
will be provided from the mobile app Web page above once it becomes available.
- Some astute users have already started to think about ways to use the app as a vaccine reminder
system. The “notes for the doctor” section allows patients to record what the doctor says and also
allows for linking the notes to their calendar. So, if your patients download the app, they can put
the next vaccine visit (or the appropriate time to call to schedule) in the notes section and link
it to their calendar.
- The app can also be used on iPads, so links to the sections of the
Vaccines and Your Baby and
Separating Fact from Fear videos allow you to show the videos in their entirety or in
short portions related to specific questions.
Have you found parts of the app to be particularly useful in your practice? Do you have
suggestions about ways to improve the app? Be sure to let us know –
firstname.lastname@example.org or email us
directly from the app.
News and Views: Compensating the victims of failure to
vaccinate: What are the options?
Charlotte A. Moser, Assistant Director, and Paul A. Offit, Director, Vaccine Education Center
at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Dorit Rubenstein Reiss recently published a paper in the Cornell Journal of Law and Public
Policy (Vol. 23, No.
3, 2014; UC Hastings Research Paper No. 61) titled, “Compensating the victims of failure to
vaccinate: What are the options?” The central premise of this piece is that parents who choose not
to vaccinate may be liable through a tort system when their choice compromises the health of others
in the community.
Editor’s Note: We’d love to hear your thoughts on this concept. Do you agree or
disagree with the approach? Do you think it would strengthen or weaken the vaccine program? Do you
think it would make your job of giving vaccines easier or more difficult?
Please email us (email@example.com) after you’ve
considered the approach suggested by the author. Feedback may be shared with the author, but
identifying information will be removed unless otherwise indicated by the author of the email.
In the Journals: Pneumococcal meningitis in children
Paul A. Offit, MD, Director, Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of
In September 2013, Chris Stockmann and coworkers at the University of Utah Health Sciences
Center in Salt Lake City reported the incidence and clinical characteristics of children admitted
with pneumococcal meningitis (Stockmann C, Ampofo K, Byington CL, et al. Pneumococcal Meningitis in Children:
Epidemiology, Serotypes, and Outcomes from 1997-2010 in Utah.
Pediatrics. 2013 Sep;132(3):421-8).
Read more about their findings»
Technically Speaking: Vaccinations and
Deborah L. Wexler, MD, Executive Director, Immunization Action Coalition
Twenty-five years ago, vaccines generally were not recommended for pregnant women. My, how
things have changed! Although certain vaccines should not be given during pregnancy, two vaccines
specifically recommended during this time, and a few additional vaccines are recommended
for pregnant women when indicated because of certain risk conditions. So how do you keep these
variations straight? This column provides an overview of the immunization recommendations for
pregnant women and gives links to helpful resources, including a new handout, “
Vaccinations for Pregnant
Women,” created collaboratively by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
(ACOG) and the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC). This great handout was designed to share with
pregnant women to remind them about the vaccines they need.
From the Media — Five disease outbreaks linked to
On August 29, 2013, Discovery News published an article in its health column that might be
useful to share with parents concerned about the need for vaccines. Written by Sheila M. Eldred, "
5 Disease Outbreaks Linked to Vaccine-Shy Parents" mentions recent outbreaks of
measles, mumps and pertussis that have been in the news as well as information related to
Haemophilus influenzae type b meningitis and influenza. The article is presented in six
brief sections, each containing a related photo.
Although not part of this article, the recent measles outbreak at a faith-healing megachurch
in Texas offers another opportunity to discuss the importance of continued vaccination.
Read more about the measles outbreak in Texas »
On the Calendar
Check out the “Webinars - On Demand” section for a new feature listing topics currently
available in the series archives, such as a presentation from the CA Immunization Coalition
discussing the CDC’s communications plan for the upcoming influenza season and a presentation about
this season’s influenza recommendations in the CDC’s NetConferences archive.
New meetings in the live meeting section include NFID’s spring vaccinology course in
Seattle, WA and the 26th Annual Infectious Diseases in Children symposium in New York, NY.
Find a meeting near you»
On the Bookshelf: Magnetic: The Art and
Science of Engagement
Charlotte A. Moser, Assistant Director, Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of
Magnetic: The Art and Science of Engagement, written by Anne Bergeron and Beth Tuttle, is
a book about museums that have enjoyed great success when compared to some of their colleagues’
institutions. The authors studied museums through a quantitative analysis of museum data,
qualitative interviews with leadership and on-site case studies. Each chapter describes a central
tenet that successful institutions shared and ends with a case study of a museum exemplifying the
of the ideas in the book can be applied to businesses, coalitions and non-profit organizations.
Read more about the applicable ideas»
Resources: Updates and reports from the CDC
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided a variety of information and
updates over the last few weeks, including:
- 2012 NIS Data
- Measles outbreaks and influenza vaccination of children with neurologic and neurodevelopmental
- 2012 NIS-Teen Data
- 2013-14 Influenza Vaccine Recommendations
- Rotavirus vaccine VIS updated
- Shortages & Delays
- Updated travel announcements
- CDC report on antibiotic resistance
- HPV vaccine and cancer animated video
Find links and brief descriptions»