Immunization and Infectious Disease Update
National Association of County & City Health Officials
Information and Resources for Local Health Departments

Recent News

Food Facility Audits Largely Ignore FDA Guidance
Wall Street Journal (January 10, 2012)

Meaningful Use Will 'Soar' This Year
Government Health IT (January 11, 2012)

House Democrats Call for Tougher Food Safety Audits Following Deadly Listeria Outbreak
The Hill (January 11, 2012)

Kansans Debate Vaccine Exemption
The Kansas City Star (KS) (January 18, 2012)

Why the Flu Shot is Important for Pregnant Women
Chicago Tribune (January 18, 2012)

More than 1,000 Doses of Whooping Cough Vaccine Given
Providence Business Journal (RI) (January 18, 2012)

Pertussis Rates in Washtenaw County Drop (MI) (January 18, 2012)

Applause For Claire McCarthy, M.D.
Shot of Prevention (January 18, 2012)

Study Finds Two Doses of Meningitis B Vaccine Effective in Teens
HealthDay News
(January 18, 2012)

Vaccinations Not Lollipops Protect Our Children
The Mirror (UK) (January 19, 2012)


Norovirus Toolkit 

Norovirus continues to be the most common cause of gastroenteritis outbreaks in the U.S. with the majority occurring in healthcare settings, including long-term care facilities and acute care hospitals. Recently, the CDC published new guidelines for the prevention and management of norovirus outbreaks. A new norovirus toolkit accompanies the guidelines, and features recommended infection control measures and tools for outbreak response, coordination, and reporting. 

CDC Atlas Tool for HIV/STD Data

The CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) released its Atlas, a tool that allows users to create maps, charts, and tables using HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB surveillance data. Learn more on the CDC Atlas website.


New and Updated CDC Influenza Resources

New and updated influenza resources are available on the CDC's influenza website. Resources also include information about a different influenza A variant virus, H3N2v.  Please visit What's New on the Influenza Site for additional details.


NACCHO Immunization Videos Page

NACCHO has gathered videos addressing vaccination into one convenient place.  Watch short videos covering immunization issues, including influenza, pertussis, adolescent immunization, and personal stories about vaccine preventable diseases.  Videos range from humorous to serious and target a variety of ages.   

Get Involved

NACCHO Annual 2012: Call for Session Proposals Open

The theme for NACCHO Annual 2012 will be, "Navigating the Currents: Positioning Local Health Departments for the Future." The deadline to submit a session proposal has been extended to Jan. 24. Session tracks are:

  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Control-Funding Prevention vs. Treatment
  • Policy, System, Environment, and Organizational Change
  • Making the Case for Local Health Departments with Limited Resources
  • Transforming and Supporting the Local Public Health Workforce
  • Building a Disaster Resilient Community: Sustainable Approaches to Planning, Response, and Recovery for Public Health Emergencies
  • Public Health Research

Additional session track descriptions and learning objectives can be found at NA12 Session Track Descriptions. Please visit NA12 Call for Sharing Session Proposals for details on submitting a proposal for consideration.

NACCHO Seeks Input on Parental Consent for School Vaccination 

Do you have a tool or advice on how to obtain parental consents for school-located vaccination clinics that helps to maximize signed consent returns and/or minimizes parents changing their minds on allowing their child(ren) to be immunized at the clinic? If so, please contact Paul Etkind at 202-507-4260 or via email with details.  


NACCHO RFA: Food Safety Standards Mentorship
NACCHO invites local health departments (LHDs) to submit applications to participate in a mentorship program with other peer LHDs to share experiences, learn, and provide tools and resources related to the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards). The overall objective of the mentorship program is to match seasoned LHD practitioners with experience applying the Retail Program Standards with LHDs currently enrolled in the program standards and looking for guidance, tools and resources, and recommendations for achieving a standard or standards. This opportunity will provide capacity building among the LHDs participating in the mentorship program. Additionally, the program will help strengthen relationships between LHDs and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Regional Offices. Applications are due January 31, 2012 at 8 PM EST.  


Webinar: Injection Safety 

Unsafe injection practices are a continuing problem in the U.S. The Safe Injection Practices Coalition's "One & Only Campaign" has put together a toolkit to help you get the word out and stop unsafe practices. A webinar presenting the toolkit will be held January 26 at 3 PM EST. Register online


Public Health Associate Program 

The CDC's Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support is looking for prospective associates and host sites for the Public Health Associate Program (PHAP). PHAP is a competitive, two-year, paid CDC fellowship for recent baccalaureate college graduates (BA/BS) who wish to begin a career in public health. A PHAP associate is assigned to a state, tribal, local, or territorial public health agency and works alongside local public health professionals. Benefits for host sites include access to CDC expertise and resources, participation in CDC trainings, as well as the placement of the associate, who is CDC-funded. Find out more about this opportunity.


Submit a Tool to NACCHO's Immunization and Infectious Disease Toolkits

NACCHO's Immunization and Infectious Disease Toolkits are intended to provide local health departments (LHDs) with resources related to immunization and infectious disease prevention and control practices. Examples of tools include templates, guides, community resources and much more. Log in to submit your own resources to the Toolkit to share with other LHDs.


The increase of imported malaria acquired in Haiti among US travelers in 2010

Agarwal A, McMorrow M, Arguin PM. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 86(1):9-10. 


Transmission of Hepatitis C Virus through Transplanted Organs and Tissue - Kentucky and Massachusetts, 2011

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 60(50);1697-1700.      


Use of Hepatitis B Vaccination for Adults with Diabetes Mellitus: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.


Trends in clinical diagnoses of Rocky Mountain spotted fever among American Indians, 2001-2008
Folkema AM, Holman RC, McQuiston JH, Cheek JE. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 86(1):152-8. 


Seasonal influenza vaccination of healthy working-age adults: A review of economic evaluations
Gatwood J, Meltzer MI, Messonnier M, Ortega-Sanchez IR, Balkrishnan R, Prosser LA.
Drugs. 72(1):35-48. 


Epidemic Intelligence Service investigations of respiratory illness, 1946-2005  
Hadler SC, Castro KG, Dowdle W, Hicks L, Noble G, Ridzon R. Am J Epidemiol. 174(11 Suppl):S36-46.


Modelling tuberculosis trends in the USA
Hill AN, Becerra JE, Castro KG. Epidemiol Infect. 11:1-11. 


Vaccine-preventable diseases, immunizations, and the Epidemic Intelligence Service  
Hinman AR, Orenstein WA, Schuchat A. Am J Epidemiol. 174(11 Suppl):S16-22. 


Tuberculin skin test conversions in hospital housekeepers
Jereb JA, Privett TD, Pearson ML. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 16(2):279. 


Public health impact of including two lineages of influenza B in a quadrivalent seasonal influenza vaccine
Reed C, Meltzer MI, Finelli L, Fiore A. Vaccine (e-pub ahead of print). 


Health-related quality of life in the anthrax vaccination program for workers in the laboratory response network

Stewart B, Zhang Y, Rose Jr CE, Tokars JI, Martin SW, Franzke LH, McNeil MM. Vaccine (e-pub ahead of print).


Overview of the impact of epidemic-assistance investigations of foodborne and other enteric disease outbreaks, 1946-2005 
Wright AP, Gould LH, Mahon B, Sotir MJ, Tauxe RV. Am J Epidemiol. 174(11 Suppl):S23-35. 


NACCHO is the national organization representing local health departments.  NACCHO works to support efforts that protect and improve the health of all people and all communities by promoting national policy, developing resources and programs, seeking health equity and supporting effective local public health practice and systems.



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