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Adult Immunization in the United Stated – Update 2016 – Webinar – April 19, 2016 – Register today!

Quality Insights brings you Adult Immunization in the United States: 2016 Update, an educational webinar to provide practice staff with information on adult vaccination recommendations, policy, and strategies for improvement. Guest Speaker Frank J. Welch, MD, MSPH, FACPM is the Medical Director for the Louisiana Public Health Immunization Program which provides medical oversight, education and information for vaccination(…)

More than half of infants, toddlers not fully vaccinated against flu

Santibanez TA, et al. Pediatrics. 2016;doi:10.1542/peds.2015-3280. February 12, 2016 More than 50% of children aged 6 to 23 months are not fully vaccinated against influenza, according to recent research in Pediatrics. “Depending on a child’s age and previous influenza vaccination history, they are recommended to receive either one dose or two doses of influenza vaccine(…)

Feature Article: Ben Franklin — Pro-vaccine Before Vaccines Were Invented?

Published on Feb 16, 2016 in Parents PACK, from the Vaccine Education Center of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia This month’s edition of the Parents PACK newsletter was inspired by Dr. Paul Offit’s receipt of the 2016 Benjamin Franklin Founder Award. Dr. Offit is the director of the Vaccine Education Center. Award recipients are chosen(…)

Flu Season Begins: Severe Influenza Illness Reported CDC urges rapid antiviral treatment of very ill and high risk suspect influenza patients without waiting for testing

Influenza activity is increasing across the country and CDC has received reports of severe influenza illness. Clinicians are reminded to treat suspected influenza in high-risk outpatients, those with progressive disease, and all hospitalized patients with antiviral medications as soon as possible, regardless of negative rapid influenza diagnostic test (RIDT) results and without waiting for RT-PCR(…)

Dr. Paul Offit Speaks on Alternative Vaccination Schedules – Listen to his recorded presentation!

Check out the link/attachment to the recording and slide presentation offered by the IZCoalitions Network on January 13, 2016, featuring Dr. Paul Offit discussing “Alternative Vaccination Schedules.” Follow-up from January 13 webinar with Dr. Paul Offit Click on the link to view Dr. Offit’s slide set in PDF format: alternative_schedules slide set from Dr. Paul Offit. This was(…)

Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Immunization Champions, Advocates, and Mentors Program (ICAMP)

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) reminds healthcare professionals to apply to its ICAMP Academy-a multidisciplinary leadership component of GSA’s Immunization Champions, Advocates, and Mentors Program (ICAMP). ICAMP Academy is a 1.5-day multidisciplinary program for healthcare professionals who are committed to increasing adult vaccination rates, improving their patients’ health, and improving quality metrics in their(…)

Watch this Teen Vaccine Awareness Video developed by MCIC Member, Robert Till

Robert Till has been working with his local Immunization Coalition in developing a teen vaccine awareness video for his Eagle Scout Badge. He found by talking to his friends that they had many questions on teen vaccines. He thought by having vaccine experts answering their questions, it would empower them to learn more about teen(…)

Influenza vaccination: What’s new this season?

Source:   Journal of Family  Practice, 2015 September;64(9):573-576. Doug Campos-Outcalt, MD, MPA Medical Director, Mercy Care Plan, Phoenix, Ariz campos-outcaltd@mercycareplan.com One IIV trivalent product can now be given with a needle-free jet injector. A recombinant vaccine formulation is available for those who have egg allergy. The algorithm for dosing in children now asks just one question. The Centers(…)

“Influenza Vaccines: Making Sense of All the Choices” – Dr. Paul Offit will broadcast live on Wednesday November 18, 2015. Register today!

Registration for Vaccine Education Center’s November webinar is now open! The next Current Issues in Vaccines webinar will be broadcast live at noon ET on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. During the one-hour event, Dr. Paul Offit will discuss Influenza Vaccines: Making Sense of All the Choices. Free continuing education credits (CME, CEU, and CPE) will be available(…)

Hospitals and Long Term Care Facilities Champion Immunizations by vaccinating 90% or more of their Health Care Personnel

More than 100 hospitals, rehabilitation and long-term care facilities reported to PAIC’s “Earn Your Stripes” program.  Congratulations to all facilities that reached the 90% goal (or better!) of vaccinating their personnel with an annual flu vaccination!   You are making a difference in your community! Congratulations to the following facilities that earned a certificate of achievement for(…)

Physicians’ HPV Vaccine Recommendations Vary

NEJM Journal Watch, October 22, 2015 By Kelly Young Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM Over a quarter of physicians who treat adolescents say they don’t strongly support the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, according to a study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Nearly 800 physicians were surveyed regarding(…)

New App determines Pneumococcal Vaccine for Adults

You suspect your patient warrants a pneumococcal vaccine. But which one? How many? In what order? At what intervals? For what indications? And what comes next? It used to be easy when it was just PPSV23 (PneumoVax) for old folks. But now we’ve got indications for complex regimens for younger adults, and the addition of(…)

MenB vaccination for Adolescents and Young Adults – October 23, 3015 MMWR

On October 23, 2015 the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) published the June 24, 2015 Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendation stating a MenB vaccination series may be administered to individuals between the ages of 16 through 23.1 To view the October 23, 2015 MMWR publication, click here. The recommendation is as follows: Advisory(…)

Upcoming “Immunization Update” Webinar/Teleconference – a PA Immunization Education Program (IEP)

Join your colleagues for an “Immunization Update” via webinar and teleconference. This webinar is a Pennsylvania Immunization Education Program (IEP) presentation. The webinars will be held from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the following dates: Wednesday, October 14th – Almira Contractor, MD, FAAP Thursday, October 22nd – Michael Harkness, MD, FAAP Tuesday, November 10th – Robert J. Cordes,(…)

Hospitals and Long Term Care Facilities Champion Influenza – Vaccinating 90% or more of their Health Care Personnel

More than 100 hospitals and long-term care facilities reported their facility’s vaccination rates of health care personnel during the 2014-2015 influenza season as part of the PAIC’s “Earn Your Stripes” campaign.  58 facilities received a certificate of achievement signifying their success in vaccinating 90% or more of their health care personnel during the 2014-2015 influenza(…)

The AAP offers 2 online courses on adolescent immunizations to help improve immunization rates in your practice!

Dear Immunization Advocates, The AAP has developed 2 online courses on adolescent immunizations to help you improve rates in your practice!   Adolescent Immunizations: Office Strategies This course provides strategies that pediatric offices can use to optimize their adolescent immunization efforts and improve their adolescent immunization rates. This course will teach users to: Describe 3(…)

Let’s Talk – Teleconference and Webinar – HPV Vaccine Update

Join the faculty for a presentation by and discussion with: Moderator: Michael J. Harkness, MD, FAAP, General Pediatrician, Wade‐Townend Pediatric Associates, Paoli, PA and Advisor, EPIC® PA Immunization Education Program   Speaker: Lori Kestenbaum, MD, FAAP Fellow, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Human Papillomavirus Vaccine Update  Research updates  HPV9 Recommendations(…)

PAIC joins Community Immunity PA to eliminate Pennsylvania’s Philosophical Exemption for Required Immunizations

Community Immunity – PA  and PAIC are asking for your support! The recent measles outbreak has shown how vulnerable our children and communities have become because of exemptions to vaccine requirements. Pennsylvania now has the 2nd lowest measles vaccination rate for kids in kindergarten in the country. Vaccines protect our kids – but only when everyone who can(…)

Check out your County’s School Immunization Rates

The Pennsylvania Department of Health publishes School Immunization rates by County, including the number of medical, religious and philosophical exemptions. Access the website and reports at: http://www.health.pa.gov/My%20Health/Immunizations/schoolimmunizationrates/Pages/default.aspx#.VOdyvy52CFU    

Webinar: A New Campaign to Protect Babies from Whooping Cough – March 4, 2015

A New Campaign to Protect Babies from Whooping Cough: Resources for National Infant Immunization Week and Beyond   Wednesday, March 4, 2015 11:00 am – 12:00 noon Pacific / 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern   This webinar will provide an overview of National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) and available planning resources, as well as(…)

How Do We Improve Adult Vaccination Rates?

Steady rates but still off target for Healthy People 2020 Goals February 17, 2015 FAMILY PRACTICE NEWS Little progress has been made in the past year toward reaching targeted Healthy People 2020 levels of adult vaccination rates, according to a report by the CDC. Of the 6 vaccines in the report, 3 are included in(…)

Voices for Vaccines March Member Call: A Conversation with Dr. Paul Offit

Our most popular conference call each year is the one we hold with Dr. Paul Offit, so mark your calendars today! Please join us on March 20 at noon EST, 9 am Pacific Time for a special conversation with Dr. Paul Offit. Dr. Offit is the father of fully vaccinated children. He is also a(…)

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