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As a healthcare professional, you play an integral role in protecting
our community from vaccine-preventable diseases by maintaining
high immunization rates for the patients in your care.

Immunization Flu Mandate>   Immunization Exemption Law (SB277)  


Vaccine Information

Disease Reporting

  • Disease Reporting Form/Confidential Morbidity Report revised 10/11 (Report cases of vaccine-preventable diseases to Epidemiology & Immunization Services. Complete this form and fax to (619) 692-5677. For questions call a Public Health Nurse at 1-866-358-2966.)

Flu season is a busy and challenging time for healthcare providers, and this coming flu season, given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, will be no exception. This page contains information and resources to help you and your staff as you care for your patients.

For information about the law, which has been in effect since Jan. 1, 2016, please visit the Calfornia Department of Public Health (CDPH) ShotsforSchool website.

Caring for Children During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Toolkit
This resource has been developed by local health organizations, community partners and agencies for healthcare providers to help them promote pediatric wellness through well-child checks and immunizations. It includes sample social media messages and graphics, templates for letters to families, and downloadable copies of posters and other print materials, as well as guidance in using the materials. It is being widely distributed to healthcare providers and organizations locally and shared with health organizations outside the county. You can view and download the toolkit by clicking here or on the link above.

COVID-19 Information and Resources
For the latest COVID-19 information and resources, including daily updates on positive cases in San Diego, please visit www.coronavirus-sd.com. That website also has specific information and resources for health professionals. Persons with general questions about COVID-19, information about community resources, or those who are uninsured, can visit 211sandiego.org or call 2-1-1.

The outbreaks of measles in foreign countries and the US have focused attention on measles being transmitted through international travel. Below are links to California Department of Public Health (CDPH) posters for your waiting room about travel overseas and measles.Several languages are available.

Traveled Recently?

The posters above and many other measles resources can be downloaded from the CDPH's measles immunization training and resources web page:

Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) Updates for DTaP and Meningococcal ACWY Vaccines
From the California Department of Public Health (CDPH):

  • The MenACWY VIS removed references to the meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine (MPSV4), which is no longer available in the United States. Other changes to this VIS are minimal.
  • The DTaP VIS reflects changes to the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices with regard to contraindications and precautions for vaccination. It also introduced updated, simplified language in several sections of the document.

Click here to visit the main CDC VIS web page. This page contains links to a range of VIS information, including instructions on how to use VISs, a FAQ, translations, and more.

Recommended Immunization Schedules Available
The 2020 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.

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.

Hand hygiene saves lives

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.

MMWR Article on Preventing Unsafe Injection Practices in US Health-Care System
Follow this link to read the article.

CDC Helps Clinicians Double-Check Injection Practices
According to a study in Medical Care, between 2001 and 2011, at least 130,000 patients were potentially exposed to life-threatening diseases after their clinicians failed to follow safe injection practices.  In this age of high-tech care, it is difficult to image that these types of basic infection control breaches still happen. However, we know that many healthcare providers simply aren’t aware that they are putting their patients at risk.

The Safe Injection Practices Coalition, led by CDC, recently released a toolkit to help office-based clinicians, as well as inpatient staff members, double check their practices.  This “meeting in a box,” is an excellent resource for use during staff meetings, grand rounds, and other seminars. It includes a narrated PowerPoint and print materials to help educate and remind healthcare providers about safe injection practices.

An online version of the toolkit can be found at www.oneandonlycampaign.org. In addition, the Coalition issued the following press release about the toolkit: http://oneandonlycampaign.org/news.

(information courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Vaccines.gov: Consumer-Based Immunization Information Website!
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has an innovative website to help parents and other consumers learn about the most effective way to protect themselves and their children from infectious diseases and learn about immunization. Vaccines.gov brings together the best in federal resources on vaccine and immunizations to provide consumers with easy-to-understand health information specifically for their needs.

VAERS Reporting
Vaers Reporting can be completed and submitted online. more...

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Local COVID-19 Information and Resources
For the latest local COVID-19 information and resources, including for health professionals, please visit www.coronavirus-sd.com

CDC COVID-19 Information for Health Professionals
Please visit this page for the latest CDC information and guidelines about COVID-19.

Pneumococcal Vaccine Timing Tool for Clinicians
This printed tool helps clarify and illustrate the recommendations for administration of PCV13 and PPSV23 vaccines.

CDC Vaccine Schedules App
Providers who recommend or administer vaccines can immediately access all CDC recommended immunization schedules and footnotes using the CDC Vaccine Schedules app. Find out more here.

Training Videos from EZIZ on Temperature Logs
Training for the recently revised refrigerator/freezer temperature logs is available at EZIZ.

CDC Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)Supplement Available
These provider guidelines supplement the VIS and summarize relevant ACIP recommendations; include more detailed information about indications, schedules, and precautions; and contain other information giving providers a quick reference to help address common patients' questions.

Pertussis Booster Video PSA!
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