The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had a series of important vaccine-related announcements over the past several weeks. In case you missed them:
Recommendations were recently updated for influenza vaccine. See the “Technically Speaking” article) for a detailed explanation or refer to the recommendations.
Errata to Comprehensive Recommendations and Guidelines
In July 2018, the CDC published a series of updates to the Comprehensive Recommendations and Guidelines. Topics addressed include:
- Dosing of hepatitis A immunoglobulin (IG)
- Removal of three precautions related to DTaP
- Adjustment to precautions related to use of aspirin-containing products and varicella vaccine
- Vaccine administration information related to 1) hepatitis A vaccine and IG and 2) volume when administering recombinant zoster vaccine
Additional updates were published earlier this month and included addition of serogroup B meningococcal vaccine to table and additional edits related to DTaP precautions and contraindications information.
Catch-up guidance job aids
The CDC has job aids to assist providers with catch-up immunizations related to:
Find the list with links to each on the child and adolescent immunization schedules page.
Updated VIS sheets
The DTaP and Mening ACWY Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) were updated to address changes to contraindications and precautions and removal of MPSV4 availability, respectively. Existing supplies may be finished before using the new versions; both are dated August 24, 2018.
Get the new files:
Read about the updates.
Updated “You Call the Shots” modules
The influenza vaccine and vaccine administration modules were recently updated in the “You Call the Shots” modules, an interactive, web-based series that offers vaccine training and continuing education credits.
Adolescent vaccine coverage report
The National, Regional, State, and Selected Local Area Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13-17 Years – United States, 2017, was published in the August 24, 2018, MMWR Weekly (67(33),909-17). Find out how rates changed in the last year, how your state compared to others, and how to get continuing education credits after reviewing the report.