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

Recent News

Health Department Investigates 'Significant Outbreak' of Chickenpox
The Gainesville Sun (FL) (April 12, 2012)

Vaccinations Begin in a Cholera-Ravaged Haiti
New York Times (April 12, 2012)

Parents Group Fights Immunization Law
The Register-Herald (WV) (April 15, 2012)

The '5 S's': Easing Baby Pain After Vaccine Shots
CNN - The Chart Blog (April 16, 2012)

Non-Contagious Hepatitis A Case Reported at Cross Timbers M.S.
CBS DFX (TX) (April 17, 2012)

State Tests for Cause of Veterans' Home Flu Outbreak
The Hartford Courant (CT) (April 17, 2012)

Which Vaccines Does Your Child Need?
NBC Southern California (April 17, 2012)

Oklahoma Ranks 50th for Infants Getting Vaccines on Time
Fox 23 (OK) (April 17, 2012)

SC House Panel OKs Educating Parents on HPV
The State
(SC) (April 18, 2012)

Want Help Keeping Teens' Vaccinations on Track? Try New METRIC Module
American Academy of Family Physicians News Now (April 18, 2012)

Dozens of Whooping Cough Cases in Central Wisconsin
Associated Press (WI) (April 18, 2012)

WTVA (MS) (April 18, 2012)

The Boston Globe - In Practice Blog (April 18, 2012)

Pkids Blog (April 19, 2012)
CDC: 2011 was Worst Measles Year in US in 15 Years
Associated Press (April 19, 2012)

Fox News (April 19, 2012)
Don't Hesitate to Vaccinate
Georgia Department of Public Health (GA) (April 19, 2012)

Respectful Insolence (April 20, 2012) 
HealthMap: Outbreaks Near Me App for iPhone, iPad, and Android
With Outbreaks Near Me, users have access to the latest information oninfectious disease worldwide. Check the most recent health news in your neighborhood or travel destination, or submit reports of newoutbreaks that have not yet been identified.The new app maintains familiarity but features a sleeker look, increased usability, and more features. Download the new app from Apple iTunes Store or Google Play.

International Conference on Digital Disease Detection Conference Videos
Anyone who missed the recent International Conference on Digital Disease Detection Conference can view over 30 videos that are being posted to the conference

CDC launches Two User-friendly Websites: Meningococcal Disease and Meningitis 
CDC recently launched two new websites, one on meningococcal disease and one on meningitis. Both are intended to provide user-friendly information on these topics.
IOM Report: For the Public's Health: Investing in a Healthier Future
The report outlines key recommendations on how to more efficiently fund the nation's public health system.

Download AAP's Immunization Training Guide and Procedure Manual

AAP's new  Immunization Training Guide & Practice Procedure Manual is designed to assist pediatric office staff in all aspects of immunizing patients. Intended to be used by physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, and office managers, the guide covers an array of topics, which are summarized on AAP's Immunization web page.

Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization in Seven Languages

Updated in February, IAC's healthcare professional handout Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization is now available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean,  Russian, and Vietnamese. IAC's  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.

Handouts for Parents of Infants

You play a critical role in supporting parents in understanding and choosing vaccinations. If you're looking for helpful vaccination-related handouts for parents, look no further. IAC's  Parent Handouts web page features more than a dozen pieces about immunization for the parents of infants. Two of IAC's popular handouts for parents of infants, Immunizations for Babies and Questions Parents Ask about Baby Shots, are also available in more than 7 languages, including Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese. Be sure to check out Dr. Ari Brown's recently updated handout, Clear Answers & Smart Advice About Your Baby's Shots.

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 - Spring 2012 Webinars   

Integration and Interoperability Across Public Health, Human Services, and Clinical Systems - Thursday, May 3, 1:00-2:00 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).     


Profile-IQ Webinar 

This web tool provides up-to-date statistics on local health department (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 anyone interested in local public health including practitioners and policymakers at the local, state, and federal level; researchers; students; the media; educators; and the public. The webinar will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM EDT. 


NASBHC, CDC, and NCRID: Fact vs Fiction: Adolescent Immunizations Webinar 

Immunizations have become a hot button issue recently, resulting in confusion and miscommunication among parents, physicians, and schools. Please join NASBHC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the webinar "Adolescent Immunizations in SBHCs" as we help parse out the difficulties associated with adolescent immunizations in a school-based health center setting. This FREE webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 from 2:30-3:30 PM EDT.    


Netconferences Developed for Nurses and Others Who Provide Immunizations
CDC, IAC, the American Nurses Association (ANA), and the National Network of Immunization Nurses and Associates (NNINA) have collaborated to create a series of three netconferences developed specifically for nurses by nurses. The information presented in the series is also of value to anyone who provides immunizations. Presenters include experts from CDC, as well as expert immunization nurses from across the nation who offer practical tips and insights gained from their own experiences delivering vaccines.

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, 2012. For more information or to provide us with a quick testimonial, contact us at


Light Up the Map on Viral Hepatitis Testing Day!

The CDC is planning the first ever National Hepatitis Testing Day on May 19, 2012 to commemorate Hepatitis Awareness Month. They have developed a web-based map where you can upload your testing day events. The CDC is also developing educational materials to support testing activities, including a new online risk assessment tool.  


National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions: May 23-25 in New Orleans
The 10th National Conference on Immunization and Health Coalitions (NCIHC) is the only conference solely dedicated to collaboration and partnership as a way to improve the health status of communities. It offers skills-building, tools, and practical examples to help local, state, and national organizations build and sustain successful partnerships

2012 ASPR Challenge: #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. Applications for this contest close on June 1


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.


Fatal Rocky Mountain spotted fever in the United States, 1999-2007
Dahlgren FS, Holman RC, Paddock CD, Callinan LS, McQuiston JH. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2012 Apr;86(4):713-9.   


Nocardia cyriacigeorgica infections attributable to unlicensed cosmetic procedures -- an emerging public health problem?
Apostolou A, Bolcen SJ, Dave V, Jani N, Lasker BA, Tan CG, Montana B, Brown JM, Genese CA. Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Apr 5.  


The roles of Clostridium difficile and norovirus among gastroenteritis-associated deaths in the United States, 1999-2007
Hall AJ, Curns AT, McDonald LC, Parashar UD, Lopman BA. Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Apr 4.

The H1N1 crisis: a case study of the integration of mental and behavioral health in public health crises
Pfefferbaum B, Schonfeld D, Flynn BW, Norwood AE, Dodgen D, Kaul RE, Donato D, Stone B, Brown LM, Reissman DB, Jacobs GA, Hobfoll SE, Jones RT, Herrmann J, Ursano RJ, Ruzek JI. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2012 Mar;6(1):67-71.

Peramivir use for treatment of hospitalized patients with influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 under Emergency Use Authorization, October 2009 - June 2010
Yu Y, Garg S, Yu PA, Kim HJ, Patel A, Merlin T, Redd S, Uyeki TM. Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Apr 5.

A model-based tool to predict the propagation of infectious disease via airports
Hwang GM, Mahoney PJ, James JH, Lin GC, Berro AD, Keybl MA, Goedecke DM, Mathieu JJ, Wilson T. Travel Med Infect Dis. 2012 Jan;10(1):32-42. 


Impact of preexisting adenovirus vector immunity on immunogenicity and protection conferred with an adenovirus-based H5N1 influenza vaccine
Pandey A, Singh N, Vemula SV, Couetil L, Katz JM, Donis R, Sambhara S, Mittal SK.
PLoS One. 2012 ;7(3):e33428.


Pertussis control: time for something new?

Clark TA, Messonnier NE, Hadler SC. Trends Microbiol. 2012 Apr 9.


Antibodies cross-reactive to influenza A (H3N2) variant virus and impact of 2010-11 seasonal influenza vaccine on cross-reactive antibodies - United States 

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2012 Apr 13;61(14):237-41.      


Human Orf virus infection from household exposures - United States, 2009-2011 

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2012 Apr 13;61(14):245-8.     


Influenza outbreaks at two correctional facilities - Maine, March 2011 

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2012 Apr 6;61(13):229-32.      


Rabies risk assessment of exposures to a bat on a commercial airliner - United States, August 2011 

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2012 Apr 13;61(14):242-4.


Relationship Between Maternal and Neonatal Staphylococcus aureus Colonization  Natalia Jimenez-Truque, Sara Tedeschi, Elizabeth J. Saye, Brian D. McKenna, Weston Langdon, Jesse P. Wright, Andrew Alsentzer, Sandra Arnold, Benjamin R. Saville, Wenli Wang, Isaac Thomsen, and C. Buddy Creech. Pediatrics peds. 2012 Apr 2.  

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