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

Recent News

Detroit Free Press (July 30, 2012)

Acellular Pertussis Vaccine May Not Be as Affective as DTwP
DoctorsLounge (July 31, 2012)

State Confirms Variant Flu Case on Maui
Hawaii State Department of Health Press Release (July 31, 2012)

Health Officials Confirm Flu Virus Strain from Butler County Fair
Ohio Department of Health Press Release (August 2, 2012)

Health Officials Continue to Investigate Flu Illness
Indiana State Department of Health Press Release (August 2, 2012)

Lack of Sleep Reduces Vaccine Effectiveness, Study Suggests
The Boston Globe (August 2, 2012)

Single-Use Vials: Safety, Cost, and Availability
Medscape (August 2, 2012)

The 15-Year Fallout From One Man's Lie About Vaccines
The Atlantic (August 3, 2012)

CDC Preparing Vaccine for New Swine Flu
HealthDay News (August 3, 2012)

Thousands to Be Tested for Hepatitis C in New Hampshire
Reuters (August 3, 2012)

Whooping Cough Reaches Record Level in New Hampshire
Seacoast Online (NH) (August 5, 2012)

Free Whooping Cough Vaccination Clinics Scheduled This Week
My Fox Los Angeles (CA) (August 6, 2012)

Did You Know? August is National Immunization Month
Oak Park-River Forest Patch (IL) (August 8, 2012)

List of Drug-Resistant Infections Continues to Grow
NPR (August 9, 2012)

TB Vaccine Promising as New Way to Fight Type 1 Diabetes
HealthDay News (August 9, 2012)

Whooping Cough Vaccine Added to Immunization Requirements
The Huntley Patch (IL) (August 9, 2012)

New Flu Vaccine Announced for Winter Season
FDA (August 13, 2012)

Immunizations Are Required By the State of Florida Before a Child Can Be Admitted to School
ABC Action News (August 13, 2012)

USA Today (August 16, 2012)

State Supreme Court Dismisses Suit of N.J. Man Who Says Polio Vaccine Gave Him Brain Tumor
Star Ledger (NJ) (August 16, 2012)

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 is available here.

Information About Vaccine Storage and Handling
The current American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Immunization Initiatives newsletter features a special section on vaccine storage and handling, following a report from the Office of the Inspector General regarding temperature fluctuations found in vaccine storage refrigerators. To view this newsletter, visit the AAP website.

NCHHSTP Online Atlas
The CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) released an updated interactive tool called the NCHHSTP Atlas. This tool includes viral hepatitis and TB surveillance data in addition to the HIV, AIDS, and STD data that were available in the version launched earlier this year.

CDC's iPad Application Now Includes Disease of the Week Feature
The CDC recently updated its iPad application, available from the iTunes app store, to include a Disease of the Week feature. This feature includes facts, prevention tips, images, videos, and quizzes. The iPad application also includes CDC health articles, Vital Signs, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), and the Public Health Matters blog.

2012 NACCHO Annual Session Slides on HBV and Billing for Health Services

The 2012 NACCHO Annual Conference showcased a number of sessions on local public health resources and strategies, including "Viral Hepatitis and Your Local Health Department: Identifying Resources, Sharing Strategies, and Discussing Opportunities for your LHD and Community" and "Billing for Health Services." The presentation slides are now available online.

CSTE Annual Conference Presentations
Presentations from the 2012 Annual Conference of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) are now available online. Topics include healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention and control, infectious diseases, and surveillance. View the presentations 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.
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LHDs and HAI Prevention, Surveillance, and Response Archived Webinar

HAIs present distinct challenges for communicable disease prevention and control efforts at LHDs. On July 26, 2012, NACCHO hosted a webinar that provided a brief overview of HAI prevention efforts and presented findings from a needs assessment that staff conducted in collaboration with the CDC. To access the archived webinar, click here. The presentation slides are also available. 


H3N2v Outbreaks at County Fairs Archived Webinar

In response to recent H3N2v outbreaks at county fairs, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hosted a "Healthy Fairs" webinar on August 9, 2012. Presenters included staff from the CDC and the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The archived webinar is available here


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    


Vaccine Education Center (VEC) Webinar

The VEC is hosting a free webinar titled Current Issues in Vaccines - Fall 2012 on September 12, 2012 (12:00-1:00 PM EDT). The webinar will include information on pneumococcus, pertussis, influenza, meningococcus, and HPV. Registration is required.


Clinical Vaccinology Course Scheduled for November 2-4 in Miami

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and Emory University are sponsoring a clinical vaccinology course in Miami (November 2-4, 2012). Register by the September 21 early-registration deadline and save $100 on the registration fee. 


Public Health Foundation (PHF) 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.    


AHIP Free Webinar Series on Third-Party Reimbursement for Vaccines  

America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) is hosting a free webinar titled  Third-Party Reimbursement for Vaccines: Effective Billing Strategies for Public Health Departments on September 19 (2:00-3:30 PM EDT). The webinar will discuss how to navigate the credentialing process with health plans and is limited to 150 registrants. 


Free Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research Online Course  

Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research is the online adaptation of material from the Harvard School of Public Health's classes in epidemiology and biostatistics. During this free course, students will analyze sample data sets to acquire knowledge of appropriate computer software. There are no prerequisites required for registration, and classes begin October 15, 2012. 


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 in fall 2012. Applications are now open and space is limited for this 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.    


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.




Exposure of California Kindergartners to Students with Personal Belief Exemptions from Mandated School Entry Vaccinations 

Buttenheim A, Jones M, Baras Y. Am J Public Health. 2012 Aug; 102(8): e59-e67.  


Infectious Disease


Design and Implementation of a Statewide Influenza Nurse Triage Line in Response to Pandemic H1N1 Influenza 

Spaulding AB, Radi D, Macleod H, Lynfield R, Larson M, Hyduke T et al. Public Health Rep. 2012 Sep-Oct; 127: 532-40. 


Evaluation of Rapid Influenza Diagnostic Tests for Influenza A (H3N2)v Virus and Updated Case Count - United States, 2012 

MMWR. 2012 Aug 10; 61(Early Release): 1-3. 


Nurse Staffing, Burnout, and Healthcare-Associated Infection

Cimiotti JP, Aiken LH, sloane DM, Wu ES. Am J Infect Control. 2012 Aug; 40(6): 486-90.  

Public Health Interventions Involving Travelers with Tuberculosis - U.S. Ports of Entry, 2007-2012 

MMWR. 2012 Aug 3; 61(30): 570-73.  


The Social Determinants of Health and Pandemic H1N1 2009 Influenza Severity 

Lowcock EC, Rosella LC, Foisy J, McGeer A, Crowcroft N. Am J Public Health. 2012 Aug; 102(8): e51-e58.  


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