Summit Call Recap – July 30, 2015
- Influenza Surveillance Update – Sophie Smith (CDC)
- National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) Activities
- @CDCizlearn Announcement – Alex Shevach (CDC)
- ICAMP Academy – James Appleby (GSA)
- MedImmune/AstaZeneca’s Influenza Vaccine Delay – Heather Richmond (MedImmune)
- Don’t Forget the Summit Awards in your Immunization Programmatic Planning this Fall
- Please Help the Summit, AIRA, and CDC Engage EHR Vendors in Immunization IT
Information from CDC
- CDC/Influenza Division Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report and CDC Key Points
- Influenza Recommendations Published in August 6, 2015 MMWR
- Participating in CDC’s Thunderclap Campaign for the National Immunization Awareness Month
- CDC issues National Immunization Awareness Month Resources
- CDC Published Article on Human Risk of Two H5 Avian Influenza Viruses
- CDC Provides Measles Information to Its Partners (July 29, 2015)
- CDC Press Release: CDC Funding Helps States Address Infectious Disease Threats
- Upcoming and Recent CDC COCA Calls
- HealthMap Vaccine Finder Needs Your Help
- Register for the VICNetwork Webinar on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 – 11am PT / 2pm ET– What’s New with Flu? Communication Resources and Updates
- An Immunization Q&A with Shiree Southerland, CMS Subject Matter Expert
- Help CDC Promote Adult Immunizations during NIAM
- bioCSL Completes Acquisition of Novartis Vaccines Influenza Business
- Alliance for Aging Research Releases White Paper on Immunization of Older Adults
- NFID Fall 2015 Clinical Vaccinology Course Scheduled for November 13–15, 2015
- CDC Releases NIS-Teen Data
- Vaccine Education Center’s (VEC) September 16 Webinar is Open for Registration
- NFID’s August 5 Webinar Featuring Dr. Carol Baker is Archived
- MedImmune/AstraZeneca Announces Delay in FluMist™ Shipping
- Is a Universal Flu Vaccine at Our Doors?
- Three Slide Decks Available to Support New Standards for Adult Immunization Practice
- Every Child By Two (ECBT) Compiles Media Information on Its Website
- Summit Website Offers Wonderful Resources on Influenza Vaccination
SUMMIT CALL RECAP – JULY 30, 2015
Influenza Surveillance Update – Sophie Smith (CDC)
Sophie provided a summary of the published reports for week 28, ending July 18, 2015. Influenza activity in the U.S. continues to remain low.
The ILI-Net national data indicated 0.8% of total outpatient visits were for influenza-like illness (ILI), which is well below the national baseline. Approximately 1.3% of specimens submitted for testing were positive. Of the deaths reported through the 122 Cities Mortality Reporting System during week 28, 5.5% were attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I), which is below the 5.9% epidemic threshold for the week.
One influenza-associated pediatric death was reported to CDC during the week 28. This death was associated with an influenza B virus. A total of 144 pediatric deaths have been reported during the 2014–2015 season. Of the 121 for whom vaccination status was known, 14 were ineligible for vaccination, and only 15 were fully vaccinated.
One human infection with novel influenza A H3N2v virus was reported in Minnesota. The individual was hospitalized. No human-to-human transmission was identified, and the individual reported close contact with swine during the week prior to illness.
Sophie also responded to a request from an earlier Summit call for additional information about influenza activity in the southern hemisphere. Based on WHO data through July 27, the southern hemisphere had increased influenza activity in tropical countries in Central America and the Caribbean. Overall, influenza activity was reported as low, with only Cuba reporting a slight increase in seasonal influenza infections of A (H1N1) pdm09. Influenza activity increased in temperate South America, with influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 and type A (H3N2) predominating. Overall, influenza activity in temperate South America is following seasonal trends, though at lower levels than seen in previous years. There also was a sharp increase in influenza activity in Paraguay.
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) Activities
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Ian Branam (CDC)
Ian provided a brief overview of CDC’s social media efforts during NIAM. The official hashtag for NIAM is #niam15. However, during the month CDC also will be introducing a new hashtag, #teamvac, to emphasize how different groups such as individual organizations, communities, and parents all support vaccination. Ian encouraged all partners to be active on social media during NIAM, pointing out that this is a big part of CDC’s strategy. CDC will be issuing tweets and other helpful tools for your use.
One major effort that is planned is a thunderclap, a social media tool that allows supporters to sign up in advance and concurrently share a unified message through their individual social media accounts. CDC has set up a thunderclap page that organizations and individuals may access and click to indicate their support. The social media message will then be issued at the same time for all people that support that page. To join this effort, go to THUNDERCLAP and search “team vax.” Once there, you can select a button(s) for Facebook, Twitter, and/or Tumblr and choose to voice your support through these tools. You also can select a button for your support of the thunderclap page itself. The first message is planned for August 17, the first day of NIAM’s adult emphasis week.
Finally, Ian encouraged partners to go to the NPHIC NIAM website to fill out the form describing their individual activities during NIAM.
National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) – Nancy Erickson (NPHIC)
Nancy reported on NPHIC’s NIAM communication toolkit, which is being offered for the third year. The 2015 version is now available on the NPHIC NIAM website. The toolkit is designed to help everyone work together to promote immunizations during the NIAM month and beyond. The three overarching messages central to the toolkit are:
- Vaccines protect against serious and sometimes deadly diseases;
- Vaccines are recommended throughout life; and
- A strong provider recommendation is one of the best ways to ensure people receive the vaccinations they need when they need them.
The 2015 toolkit has been fully reviewed by CDC and is current through July. The toolkit is divided into 5 sections for the weekly themes based on age or stage of life. Each section contains key messages about vaccines, FAQs, sample press releases, ready to publish articles, social media posts and tweets, as well as web links to resources from CDC and other partner organizations. The toolkit also includes downloadable graphics, logos, web banners, Facebook cover photos and timelines, as well as posters with room for users to add their own information. A timeline for specific weeks is included. For example, the first week takes advantage of the concepts of the back to school timeframe and promotes teen and preteen immunizations. The NIS-Teen data was released today. Week 2 highlights vaccines for pregnant women, while week 3 emphasizes the importance of vaccines for adults. Finally, Week 4 highlights vaccines for babies and children through age 6 years. This coincides with the planned release of NIS data in late August. Nancy encouraged partners to customize items in the toolkit in whatever way works best for their own promotional activities throughout the year. The use of social media is of growing importance to NIAM, and partners are encouraged to use #niam15. Nancy also reminded partners about the CDC thunderclap activity (see report from Ian above) to promote adult immunizations.
American Lung Association – Erin Meyer (ALA)
Erin reported that ALA will be sharing information on all adult vaccines during NIAM, but they will emphasize those related to lung diseases, i.e., influenza and pneumococcal. They will remind their audiences that even healthy adults need to talk with their doctors about vaccines they might need. On August 18, ALA will be sharing posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as their local chartered social media channels, to encourage adults to talk with their doctors about vaccines. They also will be sharing templates for items such as press releases and letters to the editor with their local organizations. Also on August 18, the group will be sending a dedicated email to their global constituencies pointing out a link to the HealthMap Vaccine Finder. This same information will be shared in their newsletter, Lung News Monthly. As part of a larger pneumococcal awareness campaign the group plans for September, the ALA will issue a joint press release with Pfizer discussing adult vaccinations and focusing on adult pneumonia. They plan to use #niam15 and participate in the thunderclap.
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases – Joanna Colbourne (NFID)
Joanna complimented the NPHIC toolkit, noting this is an extremely useful place to begin NIAM activities. NFID plans to update both of their Facebook profile pages to include the NIAM logo, and they will use the NIAM hashtag with any posts during the month. They will make similar use of these materials on their Twitter account and will participate in the thunderclap. Joanna noted that NIAM reaches out to both consumer and healthcare provider audiences, requiring them to tweak some messages to drive people to the appropriate tools and resources. For their healthcare audiences, they will use LinkedIn to post different ways to get involved in NIAM. The cornerstone of NFID’s activities will be oriented around their blog posts. NFID plans to issue 5 different blog posts based on the NIAM-designated weeks. The kickoff post will cover 10 Reasons to Get Vaccinated. This post will include images and graphics that can be used on social media. NFID also will post information through a variety of social media outlets to drive people to the blog post. Coinciding with the first week’s emphasis on teens, on August 5 NFID will present a webinar featuring Dr. Carol Baker discussing vaccines for young adults. Information about the webinar is available on NFID website. This site will include follow-up FAQ sheets and blog posts, as well as an archived version of the webinar for those who cannot attend the live presentation.
Immunization Action Coalition – L.J Tan (IAC)
For NIAM, IAC will continue its typical focus of consolidating available information and sharing it widely through its various communications vehicles. IAC will send weekly reminders about the focus of each week of NIAM. IAC also will partner with Voices for Vaccines on specific messages for each week.
During the question and answer opportunity, Shiree Southerland asked whether any partners had resources specifically targeting the Medicare age population. Carolyn Bridges pointed out that the CDC website is divided by age groups and could be helpful. Shiree noted that any available resources could be especially valuable to the Quality Improvement Organizations that are new to the world of adult immunizations.
@CDCizlearn Announcement – Alex Shevach (CDC)
Alex mentioned CDC’s existing Twitter profile, @CDCizlearn, which is targeted for physicians, clinicians, healthcare organizations, healthcare professional partner organizations, and immunization program awardees. The purposes of the profile are to highlight: (1) CDC’s immunization educational programs such as webinars and other training opportunities and (2) practice information for healthcare professionals, such as ACIP statements, MMWR releases, hot topics, etc. They also will use NIAM messages. They also occasionally host Twitter chats. Essentially, Alex wanted to remind partners about the site and the opportunity to follow CDC messaging.
ICAMP Academy – James Appleby (GSA)
The Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) Immunization Champions, Advocates, and Mentors Program (ICAMP) Academy will be taking place in Chicago on October 26–27. The Academy grew out of GSA’s National Adult Vaccination Program (NVAP) established several years ago. The Academy is designed to equip individuals with tools necessary to becoming champions in establishing effective adult immunization programs within their organizations. Additional information and applications for attendance are available on the NVAP website. Summit partners were encouraged to spread the word about this event with appropriate individuals. GSA also anticipates conducting a second Academy during the first quarter of 2016, so this opportunity may be available even for those who cannot participate in the October session. L.J added that the Academy is a remarkable opportunity to train immunization champions to promote adult immunizations throughout their facilities.
MedImmune/AstaZeneca’s Influenza Vaccine Delay – Heather Richmond (MedImmune)
Heather noted that MedImmune/AstraZeneca is dedicated to releasing ~15 million doses of vaccine to the marketplace during the 2015–2016 season. The company will be replacing three of the four strains in this season’s vaccine. Because the new H1N1 strain is slowing vaccine development, the company plans to begin delivering vaccine to the marketplace by September and throughout the season, with the majority of doses being delivered by late November.
Don’t Forget the Summit Awards in your Immunization Programmatic Planning this Fall
The National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS) is soliciting candidates for the 2016 NAIIS Immunization Excellence Awards. The 2016 awards recognize individuals and organizations that have made extraordinary contributions toward improving vaccination rates within their communities during 2015. The awards focus on individuals and organizations that exemplify the meaning of the “immunization neighborhood” (collaboration, coordination, and communication among immunization stakeholders dedicated to meeting the immunization needs of the patient and protecting the community from vaccine-preventable diseases).
National Awards will be presented in the following categories: 1) Influenza Season Campaign (Laura Scott NAIIS Immunization Excellence Award for Outstanding Influenza Season Activities); 2) “Immunization Neighborhood” Champion; 3) Adult Immunization Champion; 4) Corporate Campaign; 5) Adult Immunization Publication Award. A National Winner will be selected for each award category, and, where appropriate, an Honorable Mention recipient.
Additional award to be presented: “Influencer Award” – Selected by the NAIIS Summit Organizing Committee to recognize an individual or organization in the media, legislature, or community whose activities, contributions and/or willingness to go above and beyond have advanced adult and/or influenza immunization implementation. There is no nomination application, but the Organizing Committee would be interested in receiving input on individuals or organizations to consider.
The winners will be presented with their awards at the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit meeting (to be held in May 10–12, 2016, location TBD). The national winner in each category will be invited to present their programs at the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit meeting. Submit nominations online by February 15, 2016.
Please Help the Summit, AIRA, and CDC Engage EHR Vendors in Immunization IT
The Summit has been active and interested in improving interoperability and utilization of EHRs and immunization information systems (IIS) for several years. Indeed, for the past two years, there has been a lot of prioritization of IIS and health information technology (HIT) activity within the Summit workgroups.
However, engagement by vendors of EHRs remains difficult. We hope that, with the Summit’s support, we can begin to change that in little steps. If you are connected with an EHR vendor, perhaps you can start by encouraging them to simply join in two activities in the IIS community that are not demanding on their time.
The first is the AIRA Standards & Interoperability Steering Committee (SISC). SISC provides technical support and guidance to interoperability efforts of AIRA members and the IIS community. They act as a liaison between national organizations involved with interoperability, such as the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and others, and serve as a technical resource for AIRA members and the IIS community. SISC meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 1–2 pm ET. Participation of EHR, pharmacy, health information exchange (HIE), and other IIS partners trading perspectives is welcomed to help drive forward increased interoperability. For more information, please connect with Mary Beth Kurilo.
The second is the CDC Clinical Decision Support for Immunization (CDSi) project. This project provides a single, authoritative, implementation-neutral foundation for development and maintenance of CDS engines. It captures ACIP recommendations in an unambiguous manner and improves the uniform representation of vaccine decision guidelines, as well as the ability to automate vaccine evaluation and forecasting. Interested parties can reach out to Eric Larson.
INFORMATION FROM CDC
CDC/Influenza Division Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report and CDC Key Points
The CDC weekly influenza surveillance report for week 30, 2015 (ending August 1, 2015) and region specific data are now available. During week 30, 5.6% of all deaths reported through the 122 Cities Mortality Reporting System were due to pneumonia and influenza (P&I). This percentage was below the epidemic threshold of 5.8% for week 30.
No influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported to CDC during week 30. A total of 144 influenza-associated pediatric deaths have been reported during the 2014–2015 season. Additional data may be found on CDC’s Influenza-Associated Pediatric Mortality webpage.
Nationwide during week 30, 0.7% of patient visits reported through the U.S. Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network (ILINet) were due to influenza-like illness (ILI). This percentage is below the national baseline of 2.0%. ILI is defined as fever (temperature of 100°F [37.8°C] or greater) and cough and/or sore throat.
Archives of previous FluViews are available online.
Influenza Recommendations Published in August 6, 2015 MMWR
On August 6, 2015, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published a report containing influenza vaccine recommendations for the 2015–2016 influenza season: Prevention and Control of Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, United States, 2015–16 Influenza Season.
Key points related to the 2015–2016 influenza vaccine recommendations are now available.
Participating in CDC’s Thunderclap Campaign for the National Immunization Awareness Month
How to show your support for the #TeamVax Thunderclap campaign
- Click the red button to add your support for vaccination. You can choose to have the message post on your Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr account – or on all three.
- Authorize Thunderclap to use your account. (This is needed in order for Thunderclap to be able to count your followers, which helps increase the social reach, and to send out a one-time message on August 17.)
- A note on privacy from Thunderclap: “When you log into Thunderclap using your Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr account, you’re allowing our platform to share a single message on your behalf. That’s all. We use the absolute minimum permissions possible to post a message on your behalf. The platforms we integrate with sometimes include additional permissions that we do not use and we will not post anything from your friends’ accounts.”
- After you sign up, you can authorize Thunderclap to tell your friends and followers that you’ve joined #TeamVax.
- Encourage others to sign up, too.
Watch on August 17 as members of #TeamVax proclaim in unison their support for vaccines.
CDC issues National Immunization Awareness Month Resources
To promote childhood immunization during National Immunization Awareness Month in August and year round, the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) at CDC has printed additional copies of several childhood immunization posters. Limited quantities of these materials are available to order for free from the CDC warehouse. These materials were developed based on formative research with parents and are co-branded with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Order copies of these materials at CDC-INFO On Demand – Publications.
Additionally, the National Public Health Information Coalition, in collaboration with NCIRD, has developed communication toolkits including sample key messages, ready-to-publish articles, sample news releases, sample social media messages, logos and banners, FAQs, web links, and more to help promote vaccinations. Each toolkit focuses on a different stage of the lifespan:
- Preteens and teens (August 2–8)
- Pregnant women (August 9–15)
- Adults (August 16–22)
- Infants and children (August 23–29)
CDC Published Article on Human Risk of Two H5 Avian Influenza Viruses
A new study published in the Journal of Virology describes findings from a series of CDC laboratory experiments designed to gain greater understanding of the human health risk posed by two H5 avian flu viruses detected in U.S. birds. A Flu Spotlight and key points related to this article are available.
CDC Provides Measles Information to Its Partners (July 29, 2015)
CDC has new measles information and resources available which it invites you to share with your membership.
Current information about measles cases and outbreaks is available from CDC. The agency also has developed corresponding information (available to Summit partners) to assist you as you receive questions about measles, and/or education your membership. Let CDC know if you have any additional questions or would like to request resources from them.
Visit CDC’s measles webpages to see information about measles cases and outbreaks, as well as measles complications. Also, CDC would like to know what you are doing to promote MMR vaccination and education to your membership about measles. Please send CDC an email, and let them know.
CDC Press Release: CDC Funding Helps States Address Infectious Disease Threats
On August 3 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced awards of nearly $110 million to help states and communities strengthen their capacity to track and respond to infectious diseases. The awards represent an increase of about $13 million over fiscal year 2014 funding, with increases going to vaccine-preventable-disease surveillance, foodborne-disease prevention, and advanced molecular detection, among other projects.
Upcoming and Recent CDC COCA Calls
CDC’s Clinical Outreach and Community Activity (COCA) program recently held the following webinars:
Cyclosporiasis: Detecting, Investigating, and Preventing Cases and Outbreaks of this Foodborne Parasitic Disease
Date: Thursday, June 18, 2015
Ebola – Clinical Updates with a Global Perspective
Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Updated Information and Guidelines for Evaluation for MERS
Date: Thursday, June 11, 2015
HealthMap Vaccine Finder Needs Your Help
Given the impact of influenza during the 2014–2015 season, healthcare providers all over the country are already preparing for next year’s influx of patients seeking vaccines. It is important that the public be able to quickly find vaccines in their area when they need them.
HealthMap Vaccine Finder is a free, online service that provides users with the most reliable and current information on vaccine availability in their area. Providers must opt-in to participate, and listing your location is free. Over 50,000 pharmacies, clinics, and health departments are already registered in the system.
Vaccine Finder has recently added formulation information for meningococcal, pneumococcal, and HPV vaccines, in addition to the 7 influenza vaccine formulations and 10 routine adult immunizations previously featured. These improvements, along with a growing network of participating providers, have allowed over 1 million users to access life-saving vaccine information from over 50,000 locations!
And there’s more to come. HealthMap is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) to develop Flu Med Finder, a new capability for use during an influenza pandemic. This tool will allow users to find antiviral medications in their area in near real-time.
Make sure your community knows about the vaccines that you offer. Register for HealthMap Vaccine Finder and put yourself on the map!
If you would like to register as a new provider, please create an account on the Vaccine Finder signup page. Once your account is confirmed, you can log in to the provider site and upload information to your account. It also may be time for existing partners to update your listings.
For questions, please email HealthMap. For the latest news, follow us on Twitter at @VaccineFinder!
HealthMap is a team of researchers, epidemiologists and software developers at Boston Children’s Hospital. Learn more about HealthMap online.
The complete VaccineFinder informational flyer and press release is available for you to use.
Register for the VICNetwork Webinar on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 – 11am PT / 2pm ET– What’s New with Flu? Communication Resources and Updates
Please join the VICNetwork on Wednesday, August 19 for the next VICNetwork Webinar which will focus on what’s new with this year’s flu vaccine, along with highlights for communication plans by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and partners and updated resources that will help you with your state and local influenza vaccination promotion efforts.
Register today and visit the VICNetwork website to view past webinars and keep up with other immunization and public health communication opportunities.
- Summarize the number of deaths and hospitalizations averted in previous flu seasons
- Provide an update on Influenza vaccination recommendations, formulations and supply 2015–2016 flu season
- Highlight key communication considerations and planned strategies for the 2015-2016 flu season
Alicia M. Fry, MD, MPH, Medical officer and team lead for the Influenza Prevention and Control Team, Epidemiology and Prevention Branch, Influenza Division, within CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD)
Cindy Alvarez – Health Communication Specialist in the Health Communication Science Office for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
While you are waiting for this webinar – be sure to check out the #NIAM15 Communication Toolkit for resources to promote National Immunization Awareness Month in August and then throughout the year.
An Immunization Q&A with Shiree Southerland, CMS Subject Matter Expert
Shiree Southerland, CMS Subject Matter Expert for the QIO Program’s adult immunization work, shares an inside look at the expanding scope of QIN-QIOs’ immunization-related activities and their goal to increase vaccination rates for Medicare beneficiaries.
Help CDC Promote Adult Immunizations during NIAM
August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)! This observance provides an opportunity to stress the value of vaccination across the lifespan. This year, adult Immunization awareness week is August 16- 22. Please join us in educating adults on the importance of vaccines for protecting their health and encouraging healthcare professionals to strongly recommend the vaccines their adult patients need.
The National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC), in collaboration with CDC, has developed communication toolkits to assist your organization in communicating about vaccines. As part of these toolkits, you will find sample key messages, ready-to-publish articles, sample news releases, sample social media messages, FAQs, and web links among other resources. You can also get eye-catching NIAM logos and banners for each weekly theme to highlight your participation in NIAM and spruce up you social media profiles.
Here are some actions you can take to promote adult vaccination week.
- Join the conversation on social media to promote adult immunization and NIAM. This year’s official hashtag is #NIAM15. We will also be using #TeamVax throughout the month to show how individuals, communities, partner organizations, and healthcare professionals together support vaccination.
- Sign up for the #TeamVax Thunderclap campaign to amplify social media messages through coordinated distribution.
- Distribute factsheets, flyers, and posters in healthcare and community settings. CDC has developed a series of factsheets to educate healthcare professionals on the Standards for Adult Immunization as well as a series of factsheets to educate adult patients on the vaccines recommended for them. All resources are available to download, and some materials can be ordered free of cost.
- Share radio PSAs through your organization and encourage local radio stations and medical offices to play them.
- Update your materials with the latest information provided in the NIAM Communication Toolkit or use the key messages to develop your own materials
- Place ready to publish articles in your newsletter, on your website, or in local news outlets.
- Include links to CDC’s Adult Vaccination website on your website, in your materials, or on your social media platforms.
- Syndicate content from CDC’s website on adult immunization.
CDC thanks you for your support.
bioCSL Completes Acquisition of Novartis Vaccines Influenza Business
On August 3, 2015, CSL completed its acquisition of the Novartis global influenza vaccine business for a cash consideration of $275 million. The closing of the transaction will enable the integration of the influenza vaccines division with CSL’s current subsidiary, bioCSL.
CSL announced the planned acquisition in October 2014 and indicated that it was likely to close the transaction on 31 December 2015, subject to necessary approvals. As these approvals were secured early, CSL and Novartis agreed to expedite the close.
A new subsidiary resulting from the acquisition, to be called Seqirus, is set to become the second-largest influenza vaccine business in the $4 billion global industry. It will have manufacturing plants in the US, UK, Germany and Australia, as well as a commercial presence in approximately 20 countries. The Seqirus corporate office will be located in Maidenhead, just outside London.
Alliance for Aging Research Releases White Paper on Immunization of Older Adults
On July 30, 2015, the nonprofit Alliance for Aging Research released a white paper, Our Best Shot: Expanding Prevention through Vaccination in Older Adults, that provides a comprehensive overview of the factors that drive vaccination underutilization in seniors and offers recommendations on how industry, government, and health care experts can improve patient compliance. An article about the white paper also is available online.
NFID Fall 2015 Clinical Vaccinology Course Scheduled for November 13–15, 2015
Don’t miss the NFID Fall 2015 Clinical Vaccinology Course scheduled for November 13–15, 2015 in Bethesda, MD.
Learn the latest immunization recommendations for all ages, as well as recommendations for special populations including international travelers and pregnant women. Speakers will also address effective strategies to ensure timely and appropriate vaccination among all patients.
View the preliminary course agenda.
- Learn from expert speakers who will provide the latest information on current vaccines including ACIP immunization recommendations
- Network with speakers and other healthcare professionals involved in vaccine administration across the US
- Earn up to 20.0 hours of continuing education credit (CME, CNE*, CPE)
Register before October 5, 2015 and save $100.
CDC Releases NIS-Teen Data
On July 30, 2015, CDC announced the results of the 2014 National Immunization Survey-Teen (NIS-Teen). The NIS-Teen 2014 data reveal that despite a slight increase in coverage in 2014 compared with 2013, HPV vaccination rates remain low. Four out of ten adolescent girls and six out of ten adolescent boys haven’t started the HPV vaccine series and therefore remain vulnerable to devastating cancers. This edition of #PreteenVaxNews is a call to action to increase HPV vaccination rates.
Numerous supporting tools were released from CDC:
- MWWR article (in PDF)
While there was a 3.3 percentage point overall increase nationally for first dose HPV vaccine coverage among adolescent girls, a handful of diverse state and local areas made significant increases in coverage. The large increases in these diverse areas show us what is possible and provide insight on what interventions and strategies are effective at increasing uptake. Collaborative efforts remain critical to promoting vaccination. There are a number of activities your organization can do to increase coverage rates in your state or community. Some of the promising strategies that have been effective in combination at increasing HPV vaccine uptake include:
- Establishing links between cancer organizations and immunization stakeholders;
- Educating clinicians, including reminding them to take every opportunity to strongly recommend HPV vaccine, especially when they recommend meningococcal and Tdap vaccines;
- Adopting practice-based quality improvement efforts, such as assessment of a clinic’s HPV coverage levels and providing feedback on how to improve coverage
- Conducting public communication campaigns; and,
- Instituting systems interventions, such as using registry or immunization information system (IIS)-based reminders for parents about upcoming shots.
Vaccine Education Center’s (VEC) September 16 Webinar is Open for Registration
Registration is now open for the VEC’s September 16 webinar presented by Dr. Paul Offit. The event will begin at noon ET, and Dr. Offit will address questions sent in via the console.
Topics will include:
- Meningococcal B Vaccine: Who should get it?
- CA philosophical vaccine exemption change: What happens now?
- HPV9 vaccine for persons who have completed an HPV vaccine series
To register or if you are sharing registration information with your colleagues or other groups, please use the URL (http://vaccine.chop.edu/webinars).
NFID’s August 5 Webinar Featuring Dr. Carol Baker is Archived
At NFID’s August 5th complimentary webinar, Carol J. Baker, MD, NFID past-president and professor of pediatrics and molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine, discussed important vaccines recommended for young adults, including meningococcal and human papillomavirus (HPV). Dr. Baker answered questions about the new meningococcal B and 9-valent HPV vaccine recommendations. The archive of the webinar is now available.
MedImmune/AstraZeneca Announces Delay in FluMist™ Shipping
Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) will be shipping later than usual, with doses anticipated to arrive at offices/pharmacies in early September. LAIV will continue to ship through November due to a slow growing strain. MedImmune remains committed to manufacturing the projected 15 million doses of vaccine this flu season.
Is a Universal Flu Vaccine at Our Doors?
A new study conducted on mice has just brought researchers at the United States’ National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) one step closer to this achievement. By presenting a cocktail of flu proteins to the immune system, the team found out that they can induce immunity to strains that the animals have never encountered. Additional information is available online.
Three Slide Decks Available to Support New Standards for Adult Immunization Practice
The Summit’s Access and Collaboration workgroup has developed three separate slide decks with talking notes to support partners and others who wish to present on the Standards to their peers and colleagues. The three audiences targeted by the decks are: healthcare providers; patients/public; and public health. These are now available, along with tips and tools on how to use them, at the Summit website.
Every Child By Two (ECBT) Compiles Media Information on Its Website
On a daily basis, ECBT assembles significant news media coverage on immunizations in their “Daily Clips.” Summit partners may find this effort useful.
Summit Website Offers Wonderful Resources on Influenza Vaccination
Remember to visit the Summit website for the latest on influenza immunization resources. You also can find archived copies of The Summit Buzz there.
Summit calls are now scheduled every other Thursday at 3 p.m. Eastern time, unless cancelled. We will resume the regular weekly call schedule in fall. The next call is scheduled for August 13.
During the July 30 call, we will be hearing about plans for the upcoming National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). Please feel free to inform other Summit partners of any planned NIAM activities during the call.