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

Recent News

Parents Rally for Vaccine Choice
The Charleston Gazette (WV)(February 22, 2012)


Whooping Cough Vaccination Recommended Now for All U.S. Adults, Says Panel
Associated Press (February 22, 2012)


Adult Vaccination Rate Still Too Low
American Medical News (February 22, 2012)     


When Doctors Fire Noncooperative Families as Patients
The Wall Street Journal (February 23, 2012)  


How to Halt Spread of Disease (Opinion)
The Rutland Herald (VT) (February 23, 2012)   


CDC: Flu Season Has Arrived, Latest Start in 24 Years
CBS News (February 24, 2012)   


Why Everyone Should Take Anti-Vaxxers Personally
Slate (February 24, 2012)   


Meningitis Vaccination Bill Fails to Meet Deadline
The Billings Gazette (MT) (February 24, 2012)   


Public Health Decisions Should Be Based on Science (Opinion)

New Jersey Star-Ledger (February 26, 2012)  

Is CDC Immune to Pneumonia Science?
The Washington Examiner (February 26, 2012) 

Virginia Senate Kills Bill Repealing HPV Vaccine Mandate
Associated Press (February 27, 2012)

Why Hepatitis B Vaccine is Not a Lifestyle Vaccine
Shot of Prevention (February 27, 2012)   

Immunization Bill Moves Forward
Vermont Public Radio (February 28, 2012)  

Floridians Deserve Better Access to Critical Vaccines (Opinion)
The Tampa Bay Tribune (February 29, 2012)  

FDA Approves First Quadrivalent Vaccine to Prevent Seasonal Influenza
FDA News Release (February 29, 2012) 

Too Many Arizona Kids Skip Vaccinations, Doc Tells Lawmakers
The Arizona Daily Star (AZ) (February 29, 2012)  


CDC Updates Manual for Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

The following chapters and appendices of the CDC's Manual for Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases have just been updated and posted to the Surveillance Manual web page. You can access these updated materials through the Surveillance manual web page.


Interactive Immunization Scheduler
The CDC has recently updated its Interactive Immunization Scheduler (birth-6 years) with the new 2012 immunization schedule changes to recommendations and is  now available. Please make this available to the public and medical providers in your jurisdictions.


Immunization Action Coalition Publications Available 

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has recently released its February issue of Needle Tips, for healthcare professionals who administer vaccines. Also available is Vaccinate Adults, a shortened version of Needle Tips, modified for those who work only with adult patients. Both are now available for downloading, printing, and reading. These publications contain ready-to-print educational materials for healthcare professionals and their patients, vaccine news highlights, and IAC's popular "Ask the Experts" Q&A column with answers by CDC experts Andrew Kroger, MD, MPH; Donna Weaver, RN, MN; Iyabode Akinsanya-Beysolow, MD, MPH; and William Atkinson, MD, MPH.


Interactive Vaccine Quiz 

The CDC has recently updated its What Vaccines Do You Need? interactive quiz with the new 2012 immunization schedule changes to recommendations. It is now available to the public and providers.


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

Webinar: An Epidemiological Approach to Evaluation 

Through this interactive online session, sponsored by the National Minority Council and facilitated by Victoria Mobley, MD, MPH from the University of North Carolina, participants will learn how epidemiology played an important role in the discovery of the HIV/AIDS and how to continue to apply the epidemiological approach in subsequent prevention, control, and evaluation efforts. The webinar will be held March 9 at 2PM EST. Register here.


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.


National Infant Immunization Week

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 21-28, 2012. NIIW is an annual observance that highlights the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrates the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. During NIIW this year, CDC will be launching new childhood immunization communication resources and campaigns (in Spanish and English), highlighting Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents, and recognizing the recipients of the inaugural CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award. For more information about NIIW, please visit the NIIW web page

Share your plans for NIIW 2012 here.

National Hepatitis Testing Day
The first ever Hepatitis Testing Day will be held on May 19, 2012. The CDC is using this awareness day as an opportunity to remind health care providers and the public who should be tested for chronic viral hepatitis. Millions of Americans have chronic viral hepatitis; most of them do not know they are infected. Learn more about the CDC's campaign, and how you can get involved, on the CDC website.

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.

Feasibility of initiating and sustaining registry-based immunization recall in private practices
Dombkowski KJ, Cowan AE, Harrington LB, Allred NJ, Hudson E, Clark SJ. (2012). Acad Pediatr. (e-pub ahead of print).

Pause on avian flu transmission research
Fouchier RA, et. al. (2012). Science, 335(6067):400-1.

Invasive pneumococcal disease and pandemic (H1N1) 2009, Denver, Colorado, USA
Nelson GE, Gershman KA, Swerdlow DL, Beall BW, Moore MR. (2012). Emerg Infect Dis., 18(2):208-16.


Active surveillance for influenza vaccine adverse events: the integrated vaccine surveillance system
Newes-Adeyi G, Greece J, Bozeman S, Walker DK, Lewis F, Gidudu J. (2012). Vaccine, 30(6):1050-5.


Community and health worker perceptions and preferences regarding integration of other health services with routine vaccinations: Four case studies
Ryman TK, et. al. (2012). J Infect Dis., 205 Suppl 1:S49-55.


Oseltamivir-resistant pandemic (H1N1) 2009 virus infections, United States, 2010-11
Storms AD, et. al for the U. S. Antiviral Resistance Surveillance Working Group. (2012). Emerg Infect Dis., 18(2):308-311.


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