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Geographic Spread of Influenza as Assessed by State and Territorial Epidemiologists
2013-2014 Influenza Season Week 20 ending May 17, 2014.
By integrating our two organizations, we're expanding everything from education and training, to regional support operations, to vaccine policy and program management, said LTC Jorge Carrillo, acting director MILVAX-VHCN. It also allows for an expanded and dedicated staff to focus on research and enhancing scientific understanding of vaccine safety and effectiveness.
South Dakota Medicine recently published its 2013 special edition, The Story of Immunization. The edition is devoted to an exploration of the safety and efficacy of vaccines and their importance in relation to public health. It includes articles on the history of vaccines, the science of vaccination, outbreaks, and much more.
Each week the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center publishes a summary of influenza activity in the COCOMS. The summary tracks influenza like illness, flu activity through the DoD laboratory surveillance network and influenza vaccination coverage. Reports are by COCOM and service members or beneficiary populations.
On November 20th the FDA announced approval of Flucelvax, the first seasonal influenza vaccine licensed in the United States produced using cultured animal cells, instead of fertilized chicken eggs. Flucelvax is approved to prevent seasonal influenza in people ages 18 years and older. The manufacturing process is similar to the egg-based production method, but a significant difference is that the virus strains included in the vaccine are grown in animal cells of mammalian origin instead of in eggs. Cell culture technology has already been in use for several decades to produce other U.S. licensed vaccines.
The VERP captures the unique causes and consequences of vaccine related errors. All information is confidential and in addition is shared with the CDC and FDA. The ISMP VERP is highly recommended for all locations without access to the DoD Patient Safety Reporting (PSR) System.
Author: Infectious Diseases Society of America
An international panel of experts prepared an evidenced-based guideline for vaccination of immunocompromised adults and children. These guidelines are intended for use by primary care and subspecialty providers who care for immunocompromised patients. Evidence was often limited. Areas that warrant future investigation are highlighted.
A comprehensive guide for implementing the hepatitis B birth dose
Immunization Action Coalition
MSMR August 2012: Hospitalizations for Hepatitis A, B, and C, Active Component, U.S. Armed Forces,1991-2011
MSMR August 2012: Pertussis Diagnoses among Service Members and Other Beneficiaries of the U.S.Military Health System, January 2005-June 2012
Guidance for Proper Storage and Handling of Vaccines
EZIZ Training: Storage & Handling
You Call the Shots is an interactive, web-based immunization training course. It consists of a series of modules that discuss vaccine-preventable diseases and explain the latest recommendations for vaccine use. Each module provides learning opportunities, self-test practice questions,reference and resource materials, and an extensive glossary. The course is available free of charge on the CDC Vaccines and Immunizations website.
Hosted by the Massachusetts Chapter of the AAP, the full day skill building conference will address a variety of issues to include vaccine storage and handling, state immunization registry, HPV, national ACIP update, vaccines 101, and vaccine preventable disease epidemiology. Continuing education credits are available.
Topics Covered: Childhood, Adolescent, and Adult Immunization Strategies, and Challenges Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Updates Influenza Vaccines: Giving the Right Dose at the Right Time Maternal Immunization Pneumococcal Vaccines across the Lifespan Special Populations including Immunocompromised Individuals Travel Vaccines: Don’t Leave Home without Them Vaccine Administration: From Refrigerator to Reimbursement Vaccines in Action
The Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit (May 2014) is a comprehensive resource for providers on vaccine storage and handling recommendations and best practice strategies. It includes considerations for equipment both storage units and thermometers, strategies for maintaining the cold chain, routine storage and handling practices, inventory management and emergency procedures for protecting vaccine inventories.
Author: Military Vaccine Agency
The success of military vaccine programs depends heavily on vaccinators understanding, following, and implementing proper vaccine storage and handling practices to ensure vaccine potency and stability. Military and civilian medical staff that administer immunizations in clinics, medical homes, and other facilities play a critical role in improving the health of Service members and beneficiaries. The purpose of this document is to assist immunization clinics and other healthcare facilities to properly store and handle vaccines.
The Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit (May 2014) is a comprehensive resource for providers on vaccine storage and handling recommendations and best practice strategies. It includes considerations for equipment both storage units and thermometers, strategies for maintaining the cold chain, routine storage and handling practices, inventory management and emergency procedures for protecting vaccine inventories.
Author: Military Vaccine Agency
The success of military vaccine programs depends heavily on vaccinators understanding, following, and implementing proper vaccine storage and handling practices to ensure vaccine potency and stability. Military and civilian medical staff that administer immunizations in clinics, medical homes, and other facilities play a critical role in improving the health of Service members and beneficiaries. The purpose of this document is to assist immunization clinics and other healthcare facilities to properly store and handle vaccines.
Author: Military Vaccine Agency
The success of military vaccine programs depends heavily on vaccinators understanding, following, and implementing proper vaccine storage and handling practices to ensure vaccine potency and stability. Military and civilian medical staff that administer immunizations in clinics, medical homes, and other facilities play a critical role in improving the health of Service members and beneficiaries. The purpose of this document is to assist immunization clinics and other healthcare facilities to properly store and handle vaccines.