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

Recent News

Video: Fire Patients Who Won't Vaccinate?
Medscape (March 16, 2012)   

House Panel to Hear Vaccine Debate
Vermont Public Radio (March 19, 2012)   

Students without Vaccines May Be Forced out of School
Wilkes-Barre Citizen's Voice (PA) (March 19, 2012)   


How Vaccine Schedules for Kids Get Designed

Wall Street Journal (March 20, 2012)

U.S. Health Systems Not Ready for Catastrophes

U.S. News and World Report (March 21, 2012)

Listeria Found in Ready-to-Eat Beef Sausage

Food Safety News (March 22, 2012) 


NACCHO Announces Profile-IQ 

Do you need a few key statistics on LHDs? Are you looking for just the right piece of information to help with a proposal, report, or needs assessment? Profile-IQ is an easy to use online data query system. View up-to-date statistics on LHD finance, workforce, and activities based on information collected by NACCHO's 2010 National Profile of Local Health Departments (Profile) study. Profile-IQ is useful to practitioners and policymakers at the local, state, and federal level; researchers; students; the media; educators; and the public. For more information about Profile-IQ, view an instructional video or access this tool online.

NACCHO Report: Job Losses and Program Cuts  

NACCHO has just released a preliminary report from the Job Losses and Program Cuts survey for January 2012. This information is being shared with NACCHO members, policymakers and the media in a continuing effort to publicize how budget cuts are affecting the ability of LHDs to project and improve the public's health. We encourage you to share this overview with partners at the state and local levels. State-level data will be available in the coming weeks, followed by a longer report with a more detailed analysis of the national data. Read the report here. For additional information about the report, please contact Christine Bhutta.  
World TB Day 
March 24 was World TB Day. Get more information, access resources, learn about risk factors, and find out what you and your organization can do to prevent and control the spread of tuberculosis by visiting the CDC's website.


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

The Affordable Care Act and Community Health Centers   

Community health centers provide primary health care and other services to people who otherwise might not receive medical care outside of the hospital emergency room. With a patient mix comprised mainly of the uninsured and Medicaid beneficiaries, health centers rely on Medicaid, federal grants and state funding to keep their doors open. The Affordable Care Act(ACA) will affect how community health centers are financed and how they deliver health care. This NACCHO co-sponsored webinar will address how ACA-related changes to Medicaid and to the public health infrastructure will impact community health centers. The webinar will be held Thursday, April 5, at 3 PM EDT. Register here.


National Public Health Week Twitter Chat   

To celebrate National Public Health Week, APHA's Executive Director Georges Benjamin and Howard Koh, assistant secretary for health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will be participating in a live Twitter chat to discuss disease prevention and wellness. The chat will be held Monday, April 2, at 1 PM EDT. Learn more about the chat and be sure to include the hashtag #NPHWchat in your tweets.


Call for Posters: NACCHO Annual 2012  

The 2012 NACCHO Annual Conference Workgroup invites you to submit a Poster Showcase proposal for the upcoming NACCHO Annual 2012 Conference in Los Angeles, CA, held July 11-13. NACCHO Annual 2012 promises to be the year's largest gathering of local public health officials in the United States. Find Poster Showcase information and guidelines here. The deadline to submit a poster proposal is April 21. 


Community Guide Contest 

Have you used The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) to address public health challenges in your community? The Public Health Foundation invites you to share your experience by entering the "I'm Your Community Guide!" Contest. Your stories will help to identify model practices for implementing the evidence-based strategies outlined in The Community Guide. The contest announcement is open until April 30. For more information or to provide us with a quick testimonial, contact us at

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.


Recurrent Guillain-Barre syndrome following vaccination
Baxter R, Lewis N, Bakshi N, Vellozzi C, Klein NP. (2012). Clin Infect Dis. 54(6):800-804.

Inching toward a serogroup B meningococcal vaccine for infants
Cohn AC, Messonnier NE. (2012). JAMA. 307(6):614-5.       


Multidrug-resistant, extensively drug-resistant and pandrug-resistant bacteria: an international expert proposal for interim standard definitions for acquired resistance
Magiorakos AP, et. al. (2012). Clin Microbiol Infect. 18(3):268-28.


Making Sense of Perceptions of Risk of Diseases and Vaccinations: A Qualitative Study 

Combining Models of Health Beliefs, Decision-Making and Risk Perception. (2011). BMC Public Health, 11(943). 


Discordance among commercially available diagnostics for latent tuberculosis infection
Mancuso JD, Mazurek GH, Tribble D, Olsen C, Aronson NE, Geiter L, Goodwin D, Keep LW. Am J (2012). Respir Crit Care Med. 185(4):427-34.   


Cost-effectiveness of adult vaccination strategies using pneumococcal conjugate vaccine compared with pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine
Smith KJ, Wateska AR, Nowalk MP, Raymund M, Nuorti JP, Zimmerman RK. (2012). JAMA. 307(8):804-12.   


Antimicrobial stewardship 2012: science driving practice
Srinivasan A, Fishman N. (2012). Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 33(4):319-21.

The risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome associated with influenza A (H1N1) 2009 monovalent vaccine and 2009-2010 seasonal influenza vaccines: results from self-controlled analyses
Tokars JI, Lewis P, Destefano F, Wise M, Viray M, Morgan O, Gargiullo P, Vellozzi C. (2012). Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. (e-pub ahead of print). 



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