September 3, 2014

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ANNOUNCEMENTS


IDSA Announces Strong Actions in Support of the Standards for Adult Immunization Practice

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) states that it is committed to the promotion and implementation of these standards, through partnering with other immunization stakeholders to educate health care providers and the public, and by advocating for public policy and clinical practices that support adult immunization. IDSA recommends that all ID specialists ensure that their patients are immunized according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended schedule. In addition, all IDSA members should assume an active leadership role to improve adult immunization practices by educating other clinicians and healthcare system managers about the NVAC standards and facilitating implementation of recommended measures to improve adult immunizations in your own practice settings, health care systems, and communities.

The entire statement IDSA emailed to its membership is available. Congratulations and gratitude to the IDSA for this important implementation step!


GSK Provides Update on its Influenza Vaccine Supply

GSK is delighted to provide the Summit with an update regarding the supply of GSK’s influenza vaccines FluLaval [Trivalent formulation] and FluLaval Quadrivalent. FluLaval [Trivalent formulation] and FluLaval Quadrivalent product delivery is delayed by approximately 2 weeks. GSK expects that the majority of FluLaval [Trivalent formulation] and FluLaval Quadrivalent doses will begin delivery in mid-September with delivery completion by mid-October.

GSK recently identified issues at the Ste-Foy facility (Quebec, Canada) influenza vaccines manufacturing facility during routine quality-control monitoring. After a diagnostic investigation, the cause of the irregular results was identified. This resulted in suspended production which has since resumed. As a result, there is a potential supply reduction of FluLaval doses impacting both Trivalent and Quadrivalent products. Fluarix Quadrivalent and Fluarix [Trivalent formulation], are not impacted as they are produced at a different manufacturing site.


CDC Thanks Its Partners for NIAM Efforts!

Please find below an email of appreciation from Carolyn Bridges of the CDC:

Dear Immunization Partners,
Thank you everyone for your help in making this year’s National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) a success. The success of NIAM really hinges on the hard work and dedication of our partners, and for that, I am truly grateful.

There was an active presence on social media, and CDC’s adult vaccination website recorded an impressive increase in visits. We also received numerous emails of partner efforts to promote and increase awareness for adult immunizations.

Among some of the unique examples of ways partners contributed to promoting adult vaccination were through information tables like the ones set up at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to educate adults on flu vaccine and blog posts like the ones posted by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

Although NIAM is over, you can still continue to promote adult vaccination.
The materials for NIAM were created to support your organization in communicating about adult vaccination throughout the year. You can reference the toolkit if you need an article to place in your monthly newsletter, social media messages to keep your followers engaged, key messages for a media interview, etc. CDC has a number of great resources to help you promote adult vaccination at: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/forpartners.

We’d love to hear about all the great work our partners did to promote adult vaccination, so we encourage you to share the activities your organization did for NIAM by filling out this online form.

We hope that CDC resources have been helpful in your adult immunization efforts. We would appreciate any feedback you can provide on how you have used these resources by filling out this brief online survey.

Thank you for your organization’s continued commitment to adult immunization.

Sincerely,

Carolyn Bridges, MD
Associate Director of Adult Immunizations
Immunization Services Division
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Support CDC’s Efforts to Improve Adult Immunizations!

Visit CDC’s Adult Vaccination Resources for Partners webpage to learn about simple steps you can take to increase awareness, encourage vaccination, and improve adult immunization practice.


Baseball!

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and the Washington Nationals present their Third Annual Flu Season Awareness Night!


Summit Information

Please visit the Summit website for adult immunization resources and information on the Summit. Summit calls are scheduled every Thursday at 3 PM ET, unless cancelled. Please email L.J Tan or LaDora Woods if you have any updates on activities to provide to the Summit.


 

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