As a subscriber to "Vaccine Update for Providers" from the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, you likely work on the front line of primary care. You certainly know that providing immunizations is an essential element of protecting your patients. If you’re looking for a great way to stay up to date every week about what’s new in immunization, you’ll want to be a subscriber to IAC Express.
IAC Express, (available online at www.immunize.org/express), is a weekly newsletter produced by the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC). It is emailed to more than 50,000 subscribers every Wednesday and provides articles that succinctly summarize the week’s important immunization developments. IAC Express keeps you informed about new and updated vaccine recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and new vaccine licensures by the Food and Drug Administration. You’ll read about newly posted Vaccine Information Statements and their translations, new CDC-reviewed immunization education materials from IAC, the latest resources released from CDC and other organizations, and important journal articles. IAC Express also provides information about webinars and other educational opportunities, many of which offer free continuing education credit.
Here is a sampling of articles published in IAC Express in 2018:
- CDC releases the 2018 U.S. recommended immunization schedule for children and adolescents, as well as the adult immunization schedule
- CDC publishes ACIP recommendations for use of herpes zoster vaccines in MMWR
- CDC releases new or updated VISs for recombinant zoster vaccine, live zoster vaccine, MMR, MMRV, varicella, and rotavirus
- IAC's "Ask the Experts" Q&As on zoster vaccines are updated by CDC experts and posted on IAC’s website for healthcare professionals: www.immunize.org
- CDC publishes weekly updates on influenza activity in the U.S. and related pediatric deaths
- CDC Director Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald resigns over financial conflicts; Dr. Anne Schuchat resumes role of acting director
- IAC releases revised CDC-reviewed print materials for healthcare professionals, including sample standing orders templates and information about administering vaccines
- CDC and the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia release new and updated resources for parents about vaccines
In addition, five times a year, IAC Express subscribers receive a special edition featuring new "Ask the Experts" Q&As from CDC experts. Each edition provides responses to 15–20 timely questions from healthcare professionals about issues such as vaccine administration, storage, handling and scheduling. (You can review more than 1,000 “Ask the Experts” questions online at www.immunize.org/askexperts.)
To view the most recent issue of IAC Express, visit www.immunize.org/express.
If you’re not already a subscriber, it’s easy to sign up on IAC’s website. Simply provide your name and email address at www.immunize.org/subscribe. Subscribe today to have the latest in vaccine news and resources at your fingertips.