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.
New Recommended Immunization Schedules Available!
The 2014 Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)-recommended schedules for currently licensed vaccines are now 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.
Pregnant Women Need Protection From Flu
A Message From the California Vaccines For Children Program
Pregnant women are recommended to get a flu shot during any stage of pregnancy. If you treat pregnant women in your practice or if your patient’s mother is pregnant, please urge them to get vaccinated against flu.
Pregnant women are more severely affected by flu than the general population. Flu is 5 times more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant. Changes in the immune system, heart, and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women more prone to severe illness from influenza.
Below are 3 reasons pregnant women should get vaccinated against the flu:
1. Flu vaccines are safe for pregnant women and their babies. Millions of pregnant women have received flu shots over the last decade, and the vaccination has not been shown to cause harm to women or their infants.
2. Flu shots during pregnancy also protect her newborn. Vaccination during pregnancy has been shown to protect both the mother and her infant from flu illness, flu hospitalizations, and flu-related preterm labor. Some of the protection mothers receive from flu shots passes to their babies during pregnancy, thereby helping protect them until they’re old enough to get flu shots at 6 months of age.
3. Pregnant women with flu have a greater chance for serious problems for their unborn babies, including premature labor and delivery.
For more information, please visit the EZIZ/VFC website at http://eziz.org.
Women Need Tdap Vaccine Protection
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 latest 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 NEW Immunization Resources for Obstetrician-Gynecologists: A Comprehensive Tool Kit.
Informed Immunization Consent Law Is Effective in 2014
The new law takes effect beginning in January, 2014.
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 will be implemented, please click here or see the link at the top of this web page.