INFLUENZA SEASON, 2014-2015
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Tenth Annual Kick The Flu Community Immunization Summit Was A Rousing Success!
More than 200 health care and social services professionals filled the Chambers at the County Operations Center in Kearny Mesa on Monday, Sept. 15, to learn the latest information about influenza, flu vaccine and the upcoming flu season.
County Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten, MD, MPH, welcomed the capacity crowd. Presenters included Jeff Johnson, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist with the County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) and Mark Sawyer, MD, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and a Pediatric Infectious Disease specialist at the UCSD School of Medicine, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego.
The slide presentations are available using the links below:
Influenza Surveillance in San Diego County
Jeff Johnson, MPH
Influenza Vaccination - 2014: What's New?
Mark Sawyer, MD
Following the presentations was a Panel Discussion on Responding to Patients Questions and Myths About the Flu Vaccine. The panelists were Catherine Flores Martin, Executive Director of the California Immunization Coalition; Eric C. McDonald, MD, Medical Director of the Epidemiology and Immunization Services Branch of the County HHSA; Elizabeth Rosenblum, MD, Associate Clinical Professor at UCSD Medical Center in the Departments of Family & Preventive Medicine and Reproductive Medicine, and Tom Christensen, a communications specialist with the County of San Diego.
Influenza Public Service Announcements (PSAs)
Click here to see a series of influenza PSAs from the CDC and other health agencies, shown at the Tenth Annual Kick The Flu Community Immunization Summit. Note that the videos are in a playlist which plays automatically, so it is necessary to wait a few secords after one video ends before the next begins.
ACIP Recommends Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV13) for Adults 65 Years and Older
ACIP now recommends pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13; trade name prevnar 13) as well as pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23; trade name pneumovax) for all adults aged ≥65 years (Box). Those who have not previously received pneumococcal vaccine or whose vaccination history is unknown should receive a dose of PCV13 first, followed at least 6 months later by a dose of PPSV23. The two vaccines should not be co-administered. The minimum acceptable interval between PCV13 and PPSV23 is 8 weeks.
Previous vaccination with PPSV23. Adults aged ≥65 years who have previously received ≥1 dose of PPSV23 and who have not yet received PCV13 should receive a dose of PCV13 at least 1 year after receipt of their most recent PPSV23 dose. When an additional dose of PPSV23 is indicated, it should be given 6 -12 months after PCV13 and ≥5 years after the most recent dose of PPSV23.
ACIP recommendations remain unchanged for the routine use of PCV13 in adults aged ≥19 years with any of the following:
- immunocompromising conditions
- functional or anatomic asplenia
- cerebrospinal fluid leak
- cochlear implants
(information courtesy of California Department of Public Health)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Issues Influenza Immunization Recommendations for 2014-15 Influenza Season
The latest recommendations from the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) include information about the antigenic composition of US seasonal influenza vaccines, dosing considerations for children 6 months through 8 years of age and a preference for the use, when immediately available, of live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) for healthy children aged 2 through 8 years. Read the full text in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR, Aug. 15, 63(32);691-697).
2014-15 Influenza Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) Now Available: Inactivated Live
CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): Measles--United States, January 1-May 23, 2014
Please click on this link to view and download the CDC's May 29, 2014 MMWR issue on measles in the U.S.
Measles Health Advisory for Health Professionals from California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
The California Department of Public Health has issued a Health Advisory regarding the 14 reported measles cases in California with onset in 2014. The Advisory also has guidelines for diagnosis, immunization information and links to other resources. For the full text of the Advisory, click here. For more measles information for Health Professionals and others, visit this page.
Women Need Tdap Vaccine Protection
Update: Visit this link to read a letter from Dr. Ron Chapman, CDPH Director and State Health Officer, about current state of pertussis in California, what you can do to help, and how to access pertussis patient education materials available from CDPH.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) decided to
build on the momentum of the H1N1 influenza vaccination of
pregnant women to work on Tdap vaccination in that population.
The College has worked with the American Academy of
Pediatrics, Every Child By Two, and CDC to promote Tdap
For ACOG's opinion
on Tdap Vaccination from the Committee on Obstetric Practice, click this link.
The College maintains a website
just for women about immunization.
For additional information and resources for OB-GYNs, please visit this
Also, see the Immunization Resources for Obstetrician-Gynecologists: A Comprehensive Tool Kit.
IMMUNIZATIONS FOR SAN DIEGO KIDS PROJECT
This three-year program aims to help improve the rate of childhood immunization in San Diego County (and decrease personal belief exemptions to immunization requirements) through several strategies, including creating focus-group tested immunization education tools, implementing physician training, implementing an immunization reminder recall program, encouraging the use of the San Diego Immunization Registry and exploring the use of social media.
The project is a partnership of Rady Children’s Hospital, Children’s Physician Medical Group, Children’s Primary Care Medical Group, the local chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and First 5 San Diego.
For more information, please visit the program website at www.whyimmunizekids.org. You can also contact Phyllis Hartigan, Program Consultant at Phartigan@rchsd.org.
Recommended Immunization Schedules Available
The 2014 Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)-recommended schedules for currently licensed vaccines are available from the CDC Immunization Schedules web pages. There is a web page to view and download the Birth-18 Years & Catch-up Immunization Schedules, as well as a web page for the Adult Immunization Schedule.
You can also view and download the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Early Release issues which contain the schedules and related information. Click here to visit the web page.
CDC Releases Prevention and Control of Haemophilus influenzae Type b Disease
This report compiles and summarizes all recommendations from CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
regarding prevention and control of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) disease in the United States. As a comprehensive
summary of previously published recommendations, this report does not contain any new recommendations; it is intended for use by clinicians, public health officials, vaccination providers, and immunization program personnel as a resource. Click here to view and download the report.
HAND HYGIENE SAVES LIVES
Proper handwashing is an important part of controlling influenza and other contagious diseases. CDC's ongoing Hand Hygiene Saves Lives campaign offers providers information, training, promotional materials and more in order to help them practice and promote hand hygeine in healthcare settings. For more information and links, visit CDC's Hand Hygiene website.
VFC (Vaccines For Children) Vaccine Fact Sheets
Visit this page to download these 1-page, quick-reference fact sheets about routine schedules, minimum intervals, billing codes, storage and more.
Informed Immunization Consent Law in Effect
This legislation requires that a parent or guardian who wants to exempt their child from school or childcare immunization requirements to first receive information from a licensed healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of vaccinations and the risks of vaccine preventable diseases. The provider signs a standardized form (created by the California Department of Public Health) that a parent or guardian would also sign, and then turn in to the school or child care facility.
For more information about the new law and how it is being implemented, please click here or see the link at the top of this web page.