FLU SEASON CONTINUES. ARE YOUR PATIENTS PROTECTED?
Local influenza activity continues and more flu deaths have been reported (see this link to the San Diego County News Center story). Please continue to offer influenza vaccine to your patients, or to direct them to other sources of flu vaccine. We have influenza information and resources for providers on this page. Our Flu Information Page has resources and information your patients can use.
IMMUNIZE CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS FOUR YEARS NOW FOR TRANSITIONAL OR REGULAR KINDERGARTEN IN THE FALL!
(A message from the California Department of Public Health)
Students are already registering for school this fall. Many four-year-old children in California with birthdays between September and December will be starting transitional kindergarten under a two-year program authorized under the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010.
Under California’s kindergarten immunization requirements, even four-year old children need their pre-kindergarten immunizations prior to the first day of transitional kindergarten. The federal ACIP, AAP, and AAFP recommend pre-kindergarten immunizations starting at four years of age. Make sure your patients are immunized before starting transitional or regular kindergarten!
INFORMATION ABOUT NEW IMMUNIZATION EXEMPTION LAW (SB277)
For information about the new law, which took effect Jan. 1, please visit the Calfornia Department of Public Health (CDPH) ShotsforSchool website.
ACIP Recommends Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV13) for Adults 65 Years and Older
ACIP 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)
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 2015 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.
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.