Adult hepatitis A vaccine supply update
The CDC recently updated the vaccines shortages table to include a note about limited supplies of the adult version of hepatitis A vaccine given the ongoing outbreak in several U.S. cities.
News of hepatitis A outbreaks has been reported in or near these areas of the country:
Online course about viruses and the immune system
A free online course titled “Viruses & How to Beat Them: Cells, Immunity, Vaccines” is currently being offered by edX. The course focuses on viral diseases, how our immune systems respond, and how vaccines help protect us. The course is being taught by professor Jonathan Gershoni from Tel Aviv University.
Although the course started in late November, registrants will be able to view lectures that already occurred. A certificate option is also available for a small fee.
For a snapshot of the course, visit these samplings:
Updates to the VPD Manual
For those working in surveillance, the Manual for the Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases recently had updates in several chapters, including those related to diphtheria, Haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus, influenza, meningococcal, pertussis, pneumococcal, polio, rotavirus, rubella, congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), tetanus, varicella, surveillance indicators, laboratory support, national surveillance, and state-specific surveillance.