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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(…)

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 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(…)

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(…)

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(…)

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