Vaccine Resources: Revised Vatican Statement, Addressing Vaccine Misinformation Webinar, AAP Practice Improvement Tools, and CDC Data and Recommendations

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Vaccine Update for Healthcare Providers

Revised Vatican statement about vaccines produced using fetal cells

Although the Vatican issued a statement that more strongly supports the use of vaccines made using fetal cells in July 2017, it was not translated into English until 2019.

In the statement, posted on the Pontifical Academy for Life website, the Vatican not only clarified its position that the use of these vaccines is moral, they also indicated that individuals have a moral obligation to use them. The statement reads in part, “[T]he moral obligation to guarantee the vaccination coverage necessary for the safety of others is no less urgent, especially the safety more vulnerable subjects such as pregnant women and those affected by immunodeficiency who cannot be vaccinated against these diseases.”

Access the complete statement.

Addressing vaccine misinformation webinar

The Public Health Foundation recently posted CDC webinar – Strategies for addressing vaccine misinformation in the practice. The free, hourlong webinar featured providers from RefuahHealth and Kids Plus Pediatrics discussing their experiences and strategies for communicating about vaccines in the midst of misinformation and outbreaks.

AAP practice improvement tools

Do you know the vaccination rates in your practice? If not, you may want to check out a set of tools recently released by the AAP’s Childhood Immunization Support Program, or CISP.

New resources include:

These tools, and more, can be found on the AAP’s website page, titled “Change Template on Strategies to Improve Immunization Rates.”

CDC data and recommendations

In August 2019, the CDC published several vaccine-related articles in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, commonly known as MMWR, including:

Given how busy August may have been with vacations and preparations for back to school, we wanted to make sure you did not miss these important updates.

Materials in this section are updated as new information and vaccines become available. The Vaccine Education Center staff regularly reviews materials for accuracy.

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