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

Recent News

U.S. Adult Vaccination Rates Lag: Study
McKnights Long-Term Care News (July 6, 2012)

Baby Boomers Unknowingly Infected with Hepatitis C
Baltimore Sun (July 6, 2012)

Tdap Vaccine Required for Upcoming Sixth-Graders
The Gadsden Times (AL) (July 7, 2012)

Father of TB Victim Alina Sarag Calls for Vaccines as Big Rise in Infections Announced Birmingham Post (England) (July 9, 2012)  

Controversial HPV Vaccine Even Protects Unvaccinated Women, Study Suggests
CBS News (July 9, 2012)

New Silk Technology Stabilizes Vaccine and Antibiotics So Refrigeration Is Not Needed Medical Xpress News (July 9, 2012)

State Says TB Outbreak was Handled Properly
Palm Beach Post (FL) (July 10, 2012)

H1N1 Vaccines Linked to Guillain-Barre Syndrome but Not Birth Defects
TIME (July 11, 2012)

Should It Be Harder to Get Vaccination Exemptions?
Larkspur-Corete Madera Patch (CA)(July 12, 2012)

Health Officials Confirm Two Cases of Bacterial Meningitis in Kittitas County (July 12, 2012)

Growing Number of Parents Choose Not To Vaccinate Kids
NBC4 (OH) (July 12, 2012)

Get Back-to-School Vaccinations Now, Health Departments Say
Orlando Sentinel (FL) (July 13, 2012

State Distributes More Vaccine for Whooping Cough Epidemic
The Arlington Times (WA) (July 13, 2012)

Dental Patients Warned: Health Officials Say Denver Doctor Reused Sedation Syringes for Nearly 12 Years
The Denver Post (July 13, 2012)

Vaccine for Incoming College Students Nearly Quadruples in Price
KTEN News (TX) (July 15, 2012)

Vaccine Against HIV Could Be Close
Vaccine News Daily Blog (July 16, 2012)

Rhode Island Health to Hold Pertussis Vaccination Clinics
WLNE News (RI) (July 17, 2012)

Vaccine Guidance for the 2012 Pentacel and Daptacel Shortage  

Due to expected shortages of Sanofi Pasteur's Pentacel (DTaP-IPV/Hib) and Daptacel (DTaP) this summer, CDC issued new guidance on administering these vaccines.   


Every Child By Two (ECBT) Archived Vaccine Webinar

ECBT has an archived webinar titled Vaccines 101 and Media Training, and an accompanying guide, Vaccines 101 and Media Training Guide (updated May 2012). The webinar originally aired in 2011 and provides an overview of vaccine-preventable diseases, in addition to discussing how to properly craft vaccine messages and communicate through various media channels. 


CDC Immunization Schedules

Easy-to-read vaccine schedules for children, adolescents, and adults can be found at  


Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) for 2012-13 Influenza Vaccines   

CDC issued two new VISs for the influenza vaccine (2012-13 influenza season). One VIS is for the injectable trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine, the other is for the live attenuated intranasal influenza vaccine (nasal spray). Both statements are available at     


MMR Vaccine VIS Translations 

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) recently posted translations for the MMR vaccine VIS in Armenian, Cambodian, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Korean, Portuguese, Tagalog, and Yiddish.   


California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Immunization Resources 

CDPH encourages pediatricians and family physicians to have a respectful and constructive conversation with parents of preteens who may have questions or concerns about vaccines. Consider these resources:A vaccine safety fact sheet for parents in English and Spanish, and information on California's Medical Exemptions.  


American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAPs') Cocooning Meeting Report

AAP held a meeting in March 2012 to explore community vaccination strategies for protecting infants against pertussis. The meeting report and  next steps were recently released. In addition, presentations from the meeting can be viewed here.  


HAI Train-the-Trainer Program  

Presentation slides from the CDC's regional train-the-trainer program on HAI prevention are now available online. Topics include hand hygiene, contact precautions and isolation, outbreak investigation, environmental cleaning, antimicrobial stewardship, and the Department of Health and Human Services' priority prevention targets. This information can be used for HAI training at the local level to eliminate HAIs in a variety of settings. The presentations are in a modular format to allow for selective viewing and files can be streamed online or downloaded for later viewing.  


National Chlamydia Coalition (NCC) Case Study Released

Results from the second NCC mini grant case study have been published. For this project, the Jackson County Health Department (JCHD) reached out to physicians and their office teams to encourage routine chlamydia screening in private pediatric, internal medicine, and family practices located in rural Illinois. 


Resource Center for Adolescent HIV/AIDS Prevention

The National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention among Adolescents supports adolescent service providers with web-based resources, evidence-based research, and links to training and technical assistance to promote HIV/AIDS prevention, in particular among adolescents from minority and high risk populations. Visit this new resource at  


NACCHO's Health Reform Webpage

NACCHO's health reform webpage contains the latest information about how the Affordable Care Act affects LHDs. 


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

LHDs and Federal 317 Program Funds

After October 1, 2012, vaccines purchased through CDC's Section 317 immunization program cannot be used to immunize anyone who has insurance coverage. How are you preparing for this deadline? Will you be ready? What challenges are you experiencing? Please send feedback to Rebecca Gehring at 


LHDs and HAI Prevention, Surveillance, and Response Webinar  

HAIs present distinct challenges for communicable disease prevention and control efforts at LHDs. This webinar will provide a brief overview of HAI prevention efforts and present findings from a needs assessment that NACCHO conducted in collaboration with the CDC to better understand the present involvement of LHDs in HAI prevention and control.  


Furthermore, attendees will be able to comment on the findings and share perspectives with NACCHO and CDC on strategies and opportunities for better conceptualizing and understanding potential LHD roles and supporting LHDs in HAI-related prevention and outbreak response.


The webinar will be held on July 26 (1:00-2:30 PM EDT); click here for registration. To learn more about HAIs, visit CDC's HAI website. To learn more about NACCHO's HAI project, click here.  


2012-13 Influenza Season Webinar 

The Virtual Immunization Communication Network (VICNetwork) will host a webinar titled Influenza Outlook: Strategies and Plans for the 2012-13 Influenza Season on July 25 (2:00-3:00 PM EDT). Presenters from CDC's Influenza Coordination Unit will provide updates on the 2012-13 influenza season, share CDC campaign plans for promoting influenza vaccination, and review ways to use traditional and new media to publicize and coordinate influenza vaccination activities and messaging.  


International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Accepting Abstracts

The 17th Annual Conference of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease - North America Region will be held in Vancouver, BC, Canada (February 28-March 2, 2013). Abstracts for poster and oral presentations are now being accepted for research on all aspects of tuberculosis control, including epidemiologic, clinical, basic science, nursing,  social, behavioral, psychosocial and educational studies, as well as outcomes of program initiatives. Additional information can be found here


Call for Health Impact Project Grant Submissions 

The Health Impact Project will fund three HIA program grants to support organizations that have completed at least one prior HIA. This funding will enable organizations to conduct at least two HIAs, and to implement a plan that establishes the relationships, systems, and funding mechanisms needed to maintain a stable HIA program that endures beyond the conclusion of the grant period. Applicants may request grants of up to $250,000. Grantees will be asked to provide a minimum of $100,000 in matching funds, either through in-kind contributions of staff time, or through outside funding sources. The deadline to submit proposals is September 28, 2012.  


Free Health Policy Course on the Afforable Care Act 

Coursera, which offers free online courses from Princeton University, Stanford University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and University of Pennsylvania on a variety of topics, is currently offering a course on health policy and the ACA.  


Legal Pitfalls When Implementing Telemedicine Practices Webinar

Join the firm of Fulbright & Jaworski for a free webinar on August 16 (1:00-2:00 PM PDT) titled  Avoiding Legal Pitfalls When Implementing Telemedicine Practices: Insights from the ATA Annual International Meeting and Exposition.  


Call for Health and Society Scholars

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced a call for applications for its Health and Society Scholars program. This provides two years of support for postdoctoral scholars at all stages of their careers for research on multiple determinants of population health and contribute to policy change. For more information, visit or contact Gerard Lebeda, the Deputy Director of the program, at or 212-419-3566. 


Submit a Tool to NACCHO's Immunization and Infectious Disease Toolkits

NACCHO's Immunization and Infectious Disease Toolkits are intended to provide 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.




Improving Adult Immunization Practices Using a Team Approach in the Primary Care Setting 

Gannon M, Qaseem A, Snooks A, Snow V. Am J Public Health. 2012; 102(7):e46-e52. 


Vaccine-Type Human Papillomavirus and Evidence of Herd Protection After Vaccine Introduction 

Kahn JA, Brown DR, Ding L, Widdice LE, Shew ML, Glynn S, et al. Peds. 2012; E-pub ahead of print. doi:10.1542/peds.2011-3587. 


Infectious Disease


Congenital Transmission of Chagas Disease - Virginia, 2010

MMWR. 2012, Jul 6; 61(26): 477-79.


Invasive Staphylococcus aureus Infections Associated with Pain Injections and Reuse of Single-Dose Vials - Arizona and Delaware, 2012 

MMWR. 2012, Jul 13; 61(27): 501-04. 


Updated CDC Recommendations for the Management of Hepatitis B Virus-Infected Health-Care Providers and Students [Report] 

MMWR. 2012, Jul 6; 61(RR03): 1-12.   

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