Summit Call Recap – January 5, 2017
Information from CDC
- CDC Influenza Division Releases Final Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report for Calendar Year 2016
- New Website Available for CDC Immunization Partners
- NVPO Seeks Information from Organizations Utilizing Business Models Supporting Private Sector Vaccine Management
- Everthrive Illinois Requests Information on School-Based HPV Projects
SUMMIT CALL RECAP – January 5, 2017
Influenza Surveillance Update – Noreen Alabi (CDC)
Noreen provided highlights of the influenza surveillance report from week 51, ending on December 24, 2016. Influenza activity in the U.S. has increased significantly. Clinical lab percent positives have jumped considerably, with 10.4% of specimens submitted found to be positive. Influenza A viruses were most common during week 51, with H3 viruses predominating. Of these, the vast majority were A (H3N2).
Nationwide, influenza-like illness (ILI) activity was at 2.9%, above the national baseline of 2.2% for the week. No pediatric deaths have been reported for the current (2016–2017) season.
CDC has now begun reporting hospitalization data for the season. From October 1 through December 24, 2016, 863 lab-confirmed influenza associated hospitalizations have been reported. The overall hospitalization rate was 3.1 per 100,000. Based on reports from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) surveillance system available on December 28 (for week 49 ending December 10), 6.1% of deaths were due to pneumonia and influenza (P&I). This remains below the epidemic threshold of 7.0% for the week.
Noreen emphasized that more detailed reports are available on CDC’s FluView website. Carolyn noted that this uptick in influenza activity reminds all partners that we should continue to spread the word about the importance of immunization.
Other Items – Carolyn Bridges (CDC)
The 2017 National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit is scheduled for May 9–11, 2017 in Atlanta, GA. Updates and registration information will be added to the website as they become available. Information on submitting an abstract to present a poster at the meeting also will be posted soon.
INFORMATION FROM CDC
CDC Influenza Division Releases Final Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report for Calendar Year 2016
New Website Available for CDC Immunization Partners
CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) is pleased to announce the launch of a new website featuring educational and promotional resources for national, state, and local immunization partners. Now, instead of having to search through all of CDC’s communication resources to find the one you need, you can more easily find materials to help supplement vaccine conversations and educate parents, pregnant women, and adults, as well as healthcare professionals, all in one place. On this new site, you will find links to digital tools, social media content, drop-in articles, print materials, toolkits, videos, PSAs, and more. CDC encourages you to explore what NCIRD has to offer and share it with others. Please email CDC with any questions or suggestions for additional resources you would like to see posted.
NVPO Seeks Information from Organizations Utilizing Business Models Supporting Private Sector Vaccine Management
In its efforts to promote vaccination coverage across the lifespan, the National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) is seeking information about business models, existing, under development or planned, that enable health care providers to offer vaccines to their privately-insured/private-pay patients. The NVPO is most interested in innovative business models aimed at reducing any of the barriers to implementing vaccination services such as vaccine purchase, billing, storage and handling, IIS reporting, including models for populating IIS directly/automatically from EHRs, forecasting vaccine demand, and managing private vaccine inventories. In addition, the NVPO is interested in models that can demonstrate improvements in the immunization coverage rates of the patients seen in the health care settings utilizing such models as well as improvements in reporting to IIS.
Additional details on this Request for Information (RFI) were published in the Federal Register on January 10, 2017. The deadline for the submission of information is midnight on January 25, 2017.
Everthrive Illinois Requests Information on School-Based HPV Projects
EverThrive Illinois created an HPV Toolkit for School Health Centers this past summer that was distributed to school health centers across the state. Everthrive is now trying to think of ideas to further this work. Has anyone done any projects with HPV in schools? Everthrive would love to hear your ideas, successes and challenges. Please contact Kelly McKenna if you have ideas.