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

Recent News

The 2012 Immunization Schedules: What's New?
Medscape Pediatrics (February 1, 2012)

2012 Adult Immunization Schedule: The Key Changes
Medscape Internal Medicine (February 1, 2012)

The Resurgence of Measles: Guidance for Clinicians
Medscape Public Health (February 2, 2012)

Leon and Wakulla Named Public Health Ready
WCTV (FL) (February 2, 2012)

35 Cases of Illness Tied to Pa. Farm's Raw Milk
USA Today (February 2, 2012)

Analysis: 'Restaurant A' Revealed to Be Taco Bell
Food Safety News (February 2, 2012)

Sad Story, Happy Ending
Parents Who Protect (February 2, 2012)

Immunization Exemption Bill Unlikely to Go to Vote
Associated Press (February 2, 2012)

Vaccinations Play Key Role in Protecting Public Health (Editorial)
The Huntington Herald Dispatch (WV) (February 2, 2012)

Officials Recommend the HPV Vaccine for All Boys
The New York Times (February 2, 2012)

Minnesota Food Company Recalls Cooked Eggs Distributed in 34 States Due to Listeria Concerns
The Washington Post (February 3, 2012)

Vaccines: They're Not Just for Kids (But Too Few U.S. Adults Are Getting Immunized)
TIME (February 3, 2012)

Vaccines are Effective, Save Many Lives (Opinion)
Idaho Mountain Express (February 3, 2012)

Protecting Infants: 'Cocoon' Vaccinations Urged
The Poughkeepsie Journal (NY) (February 3, 2012

The Vilest Anti-Vaccine Lie That Won't Die: Shaken Baby Syndrome as 'Vaccine Injury'

Respectful Insolence (February 7, 2012)

Rotavirus Vaccine Not Linked to Bowel Problems
Reuters (February 7, 2012)

Updated Vaccine Storage and Handling Guide
The National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease has released the updated Vaccine Storage and Handling Guide (formerly Vaccine Management). This guide is a comprehensive and authoritative document providing storage and handling guidelines for specific vaccines, including combination vaccines. Access the guide online


Updated Hepatitis B Vaccine Information Statement 

The Hepatitis B VIS has been updated and is now available. In addition to minor language changes throughout the VIS, changes include:
  • Updates to some of the epidemiologic statistics in Part 1;
  • Inclusion of the routine schedules and addition of diabetes as an recommendation for patients younger than 60 years of age in Part 3; and
  • A note in Part 4 about waiting to donate blood following vaccination.

New CDC Resource: Strategies for Involving Parents in School Health

The CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health recently released Parent Engagement: Strategies for Involving Parents in School Health. This new resource defines and describes parent engagement and identifies specific strategies and actions that schools can take to increase parent engagement in school health activities. Read the document online   


CDC Reaffirms Support for Antiviral Medications for Treating the Flu    

Following reports questioning the effectiveness of antiviral medications for treating the flu, the CDC issued a statement reaffirming its support of these medications. "After careful consideration of all evidence, CDC guidance on the use of antiviral medications remains unchanged," the report stated. Learn more.  


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

Save the Date! Spring MAPP Training   

Are you interested in improving your community's health? Have you heard of Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP)? Join NACCH at the Spring MAPP Training, held in Denver, CO April 2-4, 2012. Find out more by visiting our website, or contact with questions.


Current Issues in Immunization Net Conference

The next net conference is scheduled for March 29, 2012. The moderator will be Andrew Kroger. The topics will be the 2012 Childhood/Adolescent Immunization Schedule Update, presented by Yabo Beysolow and the 2012 Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule, presented by Raymond Strikas. Please visit the immunization net conference web page for updates and archived netconferences.


Register for the National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions 

The 10th National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions (NCIHC) will be in New Orleans on May 23-25, 2012. Please visit the NCIHC website for additional information.     


AHRQ Announces New Scientific Director Position

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)seeks a senior level clinician to serve as the Scientific Director of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). This is an opportunity to improve the health of all Americans by supporting the USPSTF in making evidence-based recommendations on clinical preventive care. The Scientific Director provides a vital link between AHRQ and the USPSTF, sharing valuable guidance on a process that shapes clinical decision-making in our country. Find out more about this position and apply here.


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.


Investigation and control of an outbreak of Achromobacter xylosoxidans bacteremia
Behrens-Muller B, Conway J, Yoder J, Conover CS. (2012). Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 33(2):180-4.


Changing trends in viral hepatitis-associated hospitalizations in the American Indian/Alaska Native population, 1995-2007
Byrd KK, Redd JT, Holman RC, Haberling DL, Cheek JE. (2011). Public Health Rep. 126(6):816-25.


Local Health Department Costs Associated With Response to a School-Based Pertussis Outbreak -- Omaha, Nebraska, September-November 2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2011). Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 60(1):5-9.

Recommendations on the Use of Quadrivalent Human Papillomavirus Vaccine in Males
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2011). Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 60(50):1705-1708.

Recovery of a patient from clinical rabies - California, 2011

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2012). Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 61(4):61-5.


Adult vaccination coverage - United States, 2010
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2012). Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 61(4):66-72.


Progress in Global Measles Control, 2000-2010
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2012). Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 61(4):73-78.

Recommended adult immunization schedule: United States, 2012
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (2012). Ann Intern Med. (e-pub ahead of print).  


Fatal influenza B infections: Time to reexamine influenza research priorities
McCullers JA, Hayden FG. (2012). J Infect Dis. (e-pub ahead of print). 


Southeastern Center for Emerging Biologic Threats tabletop exercise: Foodborne toxoplasmosis outbreak on college campuses
Morris JG, Greenspan A, Howell K, Gargano LM, Mitchell J, Jones JL, Potter M, Isakov A, Woods C, Hughes JM. (2012). Biosecur Bioterror. (e-pub ahead of print).

Transmission of hepatitis C virus infection through tattooing and piercing: A critical review
Tohme RA, Holmberg SD. (2012). Clin Infect Dis. (e-pub ahead of print). 


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