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

Recent News

Beef Patties Recalled Due to Possible E. Coli Threat

Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA) (March 25, 2012) 


Washington State Hit Hard by Whooping Cough 

ABC News (WA) (March, 28, 2012)   


Adult Vaccinations Would Save Michigan About $500M, Report Says 

The Detroit News (March 29, 2012) 


Scientific Journals Plan To Publish Contentious Bird Flu Research 

Shots: NPR's Health Blog (March 30, 2012)  


Increasing Routine Viral Hepatitis Testing (March 30, 2012)  


Measles Vaccines Won't Raise Seizure Risk in Young Kids: Study  

Healthday News (April 2, 2012)  


Vt. House Panel Nixes Senate Vaccination Change 

Associated Press (April 4, 2012)


Whooping Cough Vaccine Fades in Pre-teens  

Fox News (April 4, 2012) 


VIDEO: Outbreak of Whooping Cough in Vt., Calif., Wash., Ore. 

NECN (MA) (April 6, 2012) 


Autism Research may be about to Bear Fruit  

Associated Press (April 9, 2012)  


State Immunization Rules: Time to Take Their Shots 

The Reading Eagle (PA) (April 9, 2012) 


California, Vermont Consider Tougher Vaccine-exemption Rules 

American Medical News (April 9, 2012) 


Project Is Helping Physicians Fight Immunization Pushback 

American Academy of Family Physicians News Now (April 9, 2012)   


VIDEO: Deciding Whether to Opt Out of Vaccinations 

KATV (AR) (April 9, 2012) 


New Law Allows More Access to Vaccines 

My Fox Tampa Bay (FL) (April 10, 2012) 

American College of Physicians Releases Free iPhone/iPad App for Adult Immunization
The American College of Physicians (ACP) has released an app related to adult immunization for iPhones and iPads. The app is free and is based on the official 2012 immunization schedule. To download this resource, go to ACP's immunization portal website at

TB 101 for Healthcare Workers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in partnership with national tuberculosis (TB) centers and institutes, has developed a web-based course that provides basic TB prevention and control concepts for new TB program staff and healthcare personnel working in areas related to TB, such as correctional facilities or HIV/AIDS clinics.

English Language Handouts Promoting Immunizations
The Immunization Action Coalition's (IAC) Handouts for Patients and Staff web section offers healthcare professionals and the public more than 250 FREE English-language handouts (many also available in translation), which we encourage website users to print out, copy, and distribute widely.

Library of Vaccine Information Statements
The IAC has a library of Vaccine Information Statements with VISs in more than  35 languages. To access these statements, go here.

2012 International Conference on Viral Hepatitis (ICVH) Reports
MedScape Medical News released information from their 2012 ICVH on issues around Viral Hepatitis. To access the conference information, go here.

North American Plan for Animal and Pandemic Influenza
The United States, Mexico and Canada have collaborated in developing the new North American Plan for Animal and Pandemic Influenza

Helpful Videos on Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
With the announcement that pertussis has reached epidemic levels in the state of Washington, IAC is featuring a collection of videos about pertussis and the importance of Tdap vaccination. The pertussis-related videos include personal testimonies and educational information from expert commentators. The featured videos are from the following organizations: California Immunization Coalition's Shot-by-Shot project, CDC, IAC, March of Dimes, Medscape, Michigan Department of Community Health, PKIDs, and Texas Department of State Health Services.

"Should You Be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis B?" IAC Updates
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) recently revised Should You Be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis B? to include diabetes as a reason to be vaccinated. This screening questionnaire allows adult patients to assess their risk of hepatitis B virus infection without having to disclose a specific risk factor.

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 e-Public Health/ Informatics - Spring 2012 Webinars   

Selecting the Right Vendors for your Health IT Projects- Tuesday, April 17, 1-2 PM EDT 

Is your health department struggling to determine which vendors suit your HIT needs? This webinar spotlights Cabarrus County and Lincoln-Lancaster Public Health Departments efforts to successfully select a vendor for their HIT projects.     


Meaningful Use and Public Health - Thursday, April 19, 1-2 PM EDT

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the notice of proposed rule-making for stage two of meaningful use. Speakers: James Daniel, Public Health Coordinator at ONC and Seth Foldy, Senior Advisor for the Public Health Surveillance & Informatics Program Office (proposed) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).     


Integration and Interoperability Across Public Health, Human Services, and Clinical Systems -  Thursday, May 3, 1-2 PM EDT 

Achieving a seamless integration across health and human services requires some guidance from the pros! This webinar will highlight the collaborative work by Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services and Stewards of Change (an organization dedicated to providing human service organizations with the latest innovations to take social change to scale and improve the health and socio-economic outcomes of communities). 


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.  


California Telehealth Network's (CTN) Webinar Series: Getting to the Meaning of Meaningful Use

Join Dorian Seamster, Chief of Health Information Services with CalHipso in this webinar focusing on common challenges in meeting Stage 1 Meaningful Use (MU) objectives, and also discuss how the work to achieve MU can lead to true meaningful use of electronic health records. The webinar will be on Thursday, April 26, 2012 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM PST. The Attendee Phone Number is 209-647-1600 and the Attendee Access Code is 861526. If you are interested, register here.      


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

2012 ASPR Challenge Titled Now Trending: #Health in My Community

The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) is announcing the launch of the 2012 ASPR Challenge titled Now Trending: #Health in My Community. This challenge aims to address the gaps in health surveillance at the State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial level to improve situational awareness and response to health threats. Specifically, this contest will challenge entrants to create a Web-based application that takes open source Twitter data for a specified geographic area, counts the frequency of common illness related terms, and creates a top five list of trending illnesses for the previous twenty-four hour period. The top five list would be automatically delivered daily to public health practitioners at health departments via a Web-based widget. This information can then be used by the health departments in multiple ways such as building a baseline of trend data, engaging the public on trending health topics, serving as an indicator of potential health issues emerging in the population, or cross-referencing other data sources. The resulting product from this challenge will cut down on the manpower intensive task of sifting through Twitter postings for meaningful health data.Applications for this contest close on June 1. The full announcement can be found here.   


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.


Postlicensure safety surveillance for high-dose trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine in the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, 1 July 2010-31 December 2010
Moro PL, Arana J, Cano M, Menschik D, Yue X, Lewis P, Haber P, Martin D, Broder K.
Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Mar 22.


Expanding the recommendations for annual influenza vaccination to school-age children in the United States
Fiore AE, Epperson S, Perrotta D, Bernstein H, Neuzil K. Pediatrics. 2012 Mar;129 Suppl 2:S54-62.


Indirect protection and indirect measures of protection from rotavirus in adults
Lopman BA, Parashar UD. J Infect Dis. 2012 Mar 28.


A comparison of parent and provider reported influenza vaccination status of adolescents
Lu PJ, Dorell C, Yankey D, Santibanez TA, Singleton JA. Vaccine. 2012 Mar 20.


Characterization of multi-drug resistant Salmonella enterica serovar Heidelberg from a ground turkey-associated outbreak in the United States, 2011
Folster JP, Pecic G, Rickert R, Taylor J, Zhao S, Fedorka-Cray PL, Whichard J, McDermott P.


Analysis of influenza viruses from patients clinically suspected of infection with an oseltamivir resistant virus during the 2009 pandemic in the United States
Nguyen HT, Trujillo AA, Sheu TG, Levine M, Mishin VP, Shaw M, Ades EW, Klimov AI, Fry AM, Gubareva LV. Antiviral Res. 2012 Mar;93(3):381-6.


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