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

Recent News

Stories Show Painful Truth of Not Getting Kids Vaccinated

Houston Chronicle (January 20, 2012) 


Many U.S. Adults Not Vaccinated for Hepatitis B

HealthDay News (January 20, 2012) 


The Omnibus Autism Proceeding: Effectively Over 

Left Brain Right Brain (January 21, 2012)  


There's No Immunization against Foolish Ideas (Editorial) 

The Kansas City Star (January 21, 2012)    


Don't Be Lulled by Mild Flu Season

USA Today (January 22, 2012)     


Clyde Physician Recommends HPV Vaccine for Girls to Ward off Cancer (Opinion)
Ashville Citizen-Times (NC) (January 23, 2012)  


Warning: This Site Contains Conspiracy Theories
Slate (January 23, 2012)   


Report: Pediatric Offices Can Increase Parental Immunization  

United Press International (January 25, 2012)


Vaccination Ethics Come to Question as the Patriot Nurse Strikes Again

Shot of Prevention (January 25, 2012)


Vaccine Effectiveness Reduced by Common Environmental Toxin, Harvard Study Finds The Boston Globe (January 25, 2012)    


Our Growing Distrust: I'll Take My Chances with Pertussis, Thanks (Opinion)  

The Oregonian (January 26, 2012)       


SLU Doctor's Study: No Autism, Vaccination Link (Video) 

KSDK (MO) (January 30, 2012)   


Crook County Confirms Sixth Meningitis Case

KTVZ (OR)(January 30, 2012)   


Pertussis Cases Going up in Virginia

WSLS (VA)(January 30, 2012)  


Breast Cancer Vaccine Called Promising
United Press International (January 30, 2012) 


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
Public Health Associate Program 
CDC is now accepting applications from health departments to serve as host sites for the Public Health Associate Program. This program places CDC-funded, recent baccalaureate college graduates in state, tribal, local, and territorial health agencies to gain hands-on experience working in the public health field. Click here for more information about host sites.


Taking on Hepatitis C: Three Programs for Health Care Professionals

The University of Wisconsin will be holding three separate conferences on hepatitis C, targeting health care professionals who live in Wisconsin. The programs will take place March 6 in Lau du Flambeau, WI, March 7 in Hayward, WI, and March 8 in Duluth, MN. Learn more.


Register for the National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions 

Register today for the 10th National Conference on Immunization & Health Coalitions (NCIHC) in New Orleans May 23-25, 2012. This is the only conference solely dedicated to collaboration and partnership as a way to improve the health status of communities. The 2012 conference, "Jazzing Up Partnerships the Big Easy Way," is intended for members of health coalitions, public health professionals, health care providers, non-profit professionals, policy makers, community advocates, students, and health educators. NCIHC offers skills-building, tools and practical examples to help local, state and national organizations build and sustain successful partnerships. Join us in New Orleans and jazz up your partnerships, share successful strategies, and improve your community's health. Early bird registration ends February 24, so register now. Learn more about the conference, review the agenda, and register online.


CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Awards 

Nominations for the CDC Childhood Immunization Champion awards--designed to recognize individuals who make a significant contribution toward improving public health through their work in childhood immunization--are due by next Friday, February 10. Champions can include health care professionals, coalition members, parents, and other immunization leaders. Nominations are to be submitted directly to your state's Immunization Program. Each state then will forward its selected nominee to the CDC, which will announce all awards during National Immunization Week in April. Nomination forms must include a narrative up to 1,000 words, a photo, and a biographical sketch.


NACCHO Wants to Know about Your Immunization Activities for Adults
Some activities designed to promote immunizations for adults are currently under discussion. Are any of our readers involved in any activity or project that is promoting immunizations for adults? Can you tell us about it? Email Paul Etkind with some details. 


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.


Persistence of long-term immunity to hepatitis B among adolescent immunized at birth

Chaves SS, Fischer GL, Groeger J, Patel PR, Thompson ND, et. al. (2012). Vaccine (e-pub ahead of print).  


Chlamydia trachomatis trends in the United States among persons 14 to 39 years of age, 1999-2008

Datta SD, Torrone E, Kruszon-Moran D, Berman S,  Johnson R, Satterwhite CL, Papp J, & Weinstock H. (2012). Sex Transm Dis. 39(2): 92-6. 


Estimating the prevalence of chronic hepatitis B virus infection-New York City, 2008

France AM, Bornschlegel K, Lazaroff J, Kennedy J, & Balter S. (2012). J Urban Health (e-pub ahead of print). 


Antiviral treatment of influenza in children
Garg S, Fry AM, Patton M, Fiore AE, & Finelli L. (2012). Pediatr Infect Dis J. 31(2): e43-41. 


The anticipation alone could kill you: Past and potential clients' perspectives on HIV testing in non-health care settings

Joseph HA, Fasula AM, Morgan RL, Stuckey A, Alvarez ME, Margolis A, Stratford D, & Dooley SW. (2011). AIDS Educ Prev. 23(6): 577-94.


Pertussis pseudo-outbreak linked to specimens contaminated by Bordetella pertussis DNA from clinic surfaces

Mandal S, Tatti KM, Woods-Stout D, Cassiday PK, Faulkner AE, et. al. (2012). Pediatrics (e-pub ahead of print).


Enhancing HIV communication between parents and children: Efficacy of the Parents Matter! Program

Miller KS, Lin CY, Poulsen MN, Fasula A, Wyckoff SC, Forehand R, Long N, & Armistead L. (2011). AIDS Educ Prev. 23(6): 550-63. 

Prevalence and risk factors associated with herpes simplex virus-2 infection in a contemporary cohort of HIV-infected persons in the United States

Patel P, Bush T, Mayer KH, Desai S, Henry K, et. al. (2012). Sex Transm Dis. 39(2): 154-160.


Preventing deaths in persons with HIV/hepatitis B virus coinfection: A call to accelerate prevention and treatment efforts

Peters PJ & Marston BJ. (2012). J Infect Dis. 205(2): 166-8. 


Cervical pap screening cytological abnormalities among HIV-infected adolescents in the LEGACY cohort

Setse R, Siberry GK, Moss WJ, Gravitt P, Wheeling T, Bohannon B, & Dominguez K. (2012). J Pediar Adolesc Gynecol. 25(1): 27-34.


Cytomegalovirus survival on common environmental surfaces: Opportunities for viral transmission

Stowell JD, Forlin-Passoni D, Din E, Radford K, Brown D, White A, Bate SL, Dollard SC, Bialek SR, Cannon MJ, & Schmid DS. (2012). J Infect Dis. 205(2): 211-4. 


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