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Recent News

Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh Shares Hepatitis B Awareness Tools for AAPI Communities (July 17, 2012)

Whooping Cough Cases On Rise, New York Urges Vaccinations
Reuters (July 18, 2012)

Health District Can No Longer Offer Vaccines to Insured Children Under New State Policy Corpus Christi Caller (TX) (July 18, 2012)

Poll: Parental Consent Should Be Required for HPV Vaccine
My Health News Daily (July 19, 2012)

CDC: Whooping Cough Heading to a 50-Year High
WebMD Health News (July 19, 2012)

Hospital Worker Charged in Hepatitis Outbreak (July 20, 2012)

Infants at Greatest Risk in 2010 California Pertussis Epidemic
Physician's Briefing (July 20, 2012)

With 'Sequester' Cuts Looming, A Look at What's At Stake for Public Health  

Public Health Newswire (July 23, 2012) 


Whooping Cough Cases Climb; Adults Urged to Get Boosters   

Dayton Daily News (OH) (July 23, 2012) 


Vaccine vs. Virus  

The New York Times (July 23, 2012)  


State Makes Vaccine Records Available Online 

NWI Times: Politics (IN) (July 23, 2012)    


California May Avoid Nation's Whooping Cough Threat 

San Jose Mercury News (CA) (July 26, 2012)   


Local Health Departments Gearing Up for Immunization Season 

NewsWest 9 (TX) (July 26, 2012)     


Shingles: New State Law Lets Pharmacies Give Vaccine
The Ledger (FL) (July 30, 2012)

August is National Immunization Awareness Month
WIBW News (KS) (July 31, 2012)

Congressman Releases Critical Report on Dangerous Medical Injection Practices (August 2, 2012)
Bloodborne Pathogen Outbreaks from Unsafe Injection Practices Report
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a draft report titled Patient Safety: HHS Has Taken Steps to Address Unsafe Injection Practices, but More Action is Needed. The report highlights GAO's recommendations, which include: 1) collecting data on unsafe injection practices; 2) using that data for continued monitoring of ambulatory surgical centers; and 3) strengthening the targeting efforts of the One & Only Campaign to health care settings that have experienced a bloodborne pathogen outbreak and are not overseen by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

CDC Outbreak Report
On July 12, 2012, the CDC released a report detailing two life-threatening outbreaks that occurred when healthcare providers used medication from single-dose/single-use vials for multiple patients undergoing treatment for pain. The One & Only Campaign offers healthcare providers a safe injection practices toolkit featuring a narrated PowerPoint presentation that can be used for staff meetings, seminars, or trainings. Clinicians are encouraged to review the Safe Injection Practices . Dr. Michael Bell discusses this issue further on CDC's Safe Healthcare Blog.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month  

August is recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This month highlights the need to improve national immunization coverage levels and encourage all people to protect their health through immunizations. More information can be found here.

National Strategy for Biosurveillance

The National Strategy for Biosurveillance brings together federal, state, local, and tribal governments; the private sector; non-governmental organizations; and international partners to identify and understand threats as early as possible and provide accurate and timely information to support life-saving responses.The Strategy emphasizes four key biosurveillance functions: 1) scan and discern the environment; 2) integrate and identify essential information; 3) alert and inform decisionmakers; and 4) forecast and advise impacts. You can read the National Strategy for Biosurveillance here.

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) Updates Vaccination Recommendations

IAC recently revised the  Healthcare Personnel Vaccination Recommendations to clarify information about the evidence of measles, mumps, and rubella immunity required for healthcare personnel born after 1957.   

Reportable Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in Wisconsin

In 2011, Wisconsin made CRE a reportable disease. Learn how this decision helped public health officials discover 11 CRE events here. 

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 in English and Spanish.

Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) 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. 

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

Public Comment Sought on Long-Term Care Facilities and HAIs

On July 23, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) began requesting public comments on a new Long-Term Care (LTC) chapter of the National Action Plan to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections: Roadmap to Elimination. The chapter focuses on combating HAIs in nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities. It extends earlier efforts that focused on acute care hospitals (Phase 1), ambulatory surgical centers and end-stage renal disease facilities (Phase 2), and influenza vaccination of healthcare personnel (Phase 2). Comments may be submitted to until 5:00 PM EDT on August 22. Please see the HHS website for additional information about the HAI Initiative and HHS' Partnership for Patients. 


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   


Public Health Foundation Immunization Strategies Webinar  

PHF will host a webinar titled Immunization Strategies: Using the Evidence and What Works to Improve Practice on August 22, 2012 (2:00-3:00 PM EDT). It will discuss evidence-based strategies to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases. This program is the first from  Public Health Works, PHF's new online training initiative.


Call for Abstracts for the 2013 Public Health Preparedness Summit

Abstracts are now being accepted for the 2013 Public Health Preparedness (PHP) Summit. This is the nation's largest gathering of public health preparedness professionals. The PHP Summit is an opportunity to showcase your best practice training models, tools, or other important resources that illustrate proven results in building and sustaining public health preparedness at the local, state, tribal, or national level. All abstracts must be submitted by August 31, 2012, at 11:59 PM EDT.    


Call for Applicants: Training for New Local Health Officials 

NACCHO will launch the third cohort of Survive and Thrive: Roadmap for New Local Health Officials for Fall 2012. Applications are now open and space is limited for this valuable learning opportunity. Individuals may apply as new local health officials, aspiring local health officials, or coaches. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and there are no application deadlines at this time.      


AHIP Free Webinar Series on Third-Party Reimbursement for Vaccines  

America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and its member companies are collaborating with the CDC to improve public health third-party billing and reimbursement processes for vaccines provided to privately insured individuals. AHIP will host two webinars titled  Third-Party Reimbursement for Vaccines: Effective Billing Strategies for Public Health Departments. On August 22 (2:00-3:30 PM EDT), the webinar will be on coding and electronic billing for vaccine delivery. On September 19 (2:00-3:30 PM EDT), the webinar will discuss how to navigate the credentialing process with health plans.  


Free Broadband Adoption Training Program: eHealth Training

Califorina Telehealth Network (CTP) and the University of California at Davis have created a series of online classes to support model communities and others in learning about eHealth. This curriculum, available at no charge, includes lessons on change management, clinical health informatics, consumer health informatics, electronic health records/health information exchange (EHR/HIE), and broadband adoption. Register online at:  


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.  


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 Abstracts for the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease North America Regional Meeting, February 28 - March 2, 2013 

The 17th Annual Conference of the Union-North America Region is now accepting abstract submissions. The deadline is on October 5, 2012. Travel grants are available to individuals who are unlikely to attend the conference without the grant, or who reside or work in the Caribbean, Central or South America. Submission forms and other information are available here.


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.



Vaccinations and Preventive Screening Services for Older Adults: Opportunities and Challenges in the USA 

Shenson D, Anderson L, Slonim A, Benson W. Perspect Public Health. 2012 Jul; 132(4):165-70. 


Infectious Disease

A Metric of Influential Spreading during Contagion Dynamics through the Air Transportation Network 

Nicolaides C, Cueto-Felgueroso L, Gonzalez MC, Juanes R. PLoS ONE. 2012 Jul 19; e40961. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0040961   


CDC Publishes Erratum to "Updated CDC Recommendations for the Management of Hepatitis B Virus - Infected Health-Care Providers and Students" 

MMWR Erratum. 2012 Jul 20; 61(28): 542. 


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.  


Notes from the Field: Outbreak of Influenza A (H3N2) Virus Among Persons and Swine at a County Fair - Indiana, July 2012

MMWR. 2012 Jul 27; 61(29): 561. 


Provision of Test Results and Posttest Counseling at STD Clinics in 24 Health Departments: U.S., 2007
Begley E, Vanhandel M. Public Health Rep. 2012 Jul; 127(4): 432-9.


MMWR. 2012 Jul 27; 61(3): 3-9.

Severe Varicella in an Immunocompromised Child Exposed to an Unvaccinated Sibling with Varicella - Minnesota, 2011
MMWR. 2012 Jul 20; 61(28): 541

MMWR. 2012 Jul 13; 61(27): 510-14.



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