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

Recent News

CDC Now Recommends All Baby Boomers Receive One-Time Hepatitis C Test
CDC Press Release (August 16, 2012)

Chickenpox Cases Fall 80% Over Decade: CDC
HealthDay News (August 16, 2012) 

Dallas Turns To Aerial Spraying To Control West Nile
NPR (August 17, 2012)

Swine Flu Cases Found in Maryland
The Baltimore Sun Blog (August 17, 2012)

Salmonella Linked to Indiana Cantaloupe Blamed for Two Deaths
Reuters (August 17, 2012)  

W.Va. Health Officials Urge Pertussis Immunization
Associated Press (August 20, 2012)

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Vaccine Case
Charleston Daily Mail (WV)(August 20, 2012)

National Council On Aging Urges Older Adults to Get Their Annual Influenza Vaccination PR Newswire (August 21, 2012)

Law Lowers Age for Pharmacist-Administered Vaccines in Illinois
Associated Press (August 21, 2012)

Microbiology and Genome Experts Quell Deadly Bacteria Outbreak
HealthDay News (August 22, 2012)

Mysterious Klebsiella Outbreak Traced by Genome Sequencing
Medscape Today (August 22, 2012)

CA Senate OKs Bill Targeting Unvaccinated Students
Associated Press (August 22, 2012)

West Nile Outbreak Largest Ever in U.S.
CNN (August 23, 2012)

CDC-funded ACP Program to Increase Adult Immunization Rates in Five States
News Medical (August 23, 2012)

National Council on Aging Urges Older Adults to Get Their Annual Flu Shot
Infection Control Today (August 27, 2012)

No Risks Seen with Flu Shot in Early Pregnancy
Reuters (August 28, 2012)

Kids With Neurological Conditions at Higher Risk of Flu Death: CDC
HealthDay News (August 29, 2012)

Mexico Alters Child Vaccination Waiver Form
Associated Press (August 29, 2012)

New Virus Found in Missouri; Ticks Suspected
CNN (August 30, 2012)

FDA Issues Warning on Daniella Mangoes in Salmonella Outbreak
CBS News (August 30, 2012)
West Nile Resources
The CDC has reported a record number of West Nile virus (WNV) cases in the U.S. this year. Visit CDC's WNV webpage for the latest disease information, surveillance data, and guidance. NACCHO's new WNV resource webpage contains links to local health department (LHD) resources, including model practices, issue briefs, and reports. It also highlights LHD websites that contain WNV content.

Updates and Resources on H3N2v Virus Infection
CDC continues to monitor human cases of influenza A (H3N2) variant (H3N2v) virus. Visit "What's New and Updated" on CDC's seasonal influenza webpage for surveillance, guidance, and other news updates.

In response to recent cases of H3N2v virus infection, CDC has provided additional information on measures people can take to prevent infection and illness. In addition, the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians has resources aimed to prevent disease associated with animals in public settings.

Influenza Vaccination Print Materials for Native Americans and Alaska Natives
CDC recently posted a suite of full-color materials, Protect the Circle of Life, that encourages Native Americans and Alaska Natives to get vaccinated for influenza. The materials include a brochure, fact sheet, flyer, and poster.

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.

Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) Now Available in 25 Languages
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) recently posted the 2012-13 VIS for trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV; injectable) in 25 languages and the 2012-13 VIS for live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV; nasal spray) in 23 languages.

Advocacy For Vaccines - A Leadership Guide
The National Education Association (NEA) Health Information Network recently published Advocacy for Vaccines: A Leadership Guide or School Nurses and Allied Health Professionals, which is intended to give nurses and allied school health professionals the tools they need to inform, educate, and advocate for adult immunizations within their school communities. School nurses and allied health professionals can serve as role models by making sure their own vaccinations are up to date, and can also advocate for vaccination with their health colleagues, other school employees, volunteers, and students' parents and other family members.

Viral Hepatitis, TB, HIV/AIDS, and STD 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.

New NACCHO Immunization and Infectious Disease Policy Statements
NACCHO has issued four new policy statements supporting immunization and infectious disease related topics. The policy statements address relative and current public health issues. The statements are: National Adult Immunization Program; National Adolescent Immunization Program; Preservation of Antimicrobials for Medical Treatment of Animals; and U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and Recommendations for TB Treatment as Prevention.

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.
Get Involved

NACCHO's Infectious Disease Prevention and Control (IDPC) Workgroup

The IDPC workgroup is one of several advisory groups at NACCHO comprised of staff from LHDs across the country. The group provides valuable programmatic and policy guidance to NACCHO and has monthly conference calls to discuss a wide range of issues related to infectious diseases. If you would like to submit a topic or issue for discussion on a future IDPC workgroup monthly call, please email 


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


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, FL 

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. 


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 NACCHO Model Practices Applications   

Since 2003, NACCHO's Model Practices Program has honored and recognized outstanding local public health practices and shared these practices through the Model Practices Database. Share what works by submitting a practice and contribute to the overall improvement of public health through evidence-based practice methods. The submission period is open from Oct. 1 through Oct. 31 and the application can be found here. For more information, contact NACCHO's Model Practices team at  


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 


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.




Persistence of Hepatitis A Vaccine Induced Seropositivity in Infants and Young Children by Maternal Antibody Status: 10-Year Follow-Up 

Sharapov UM, Bulkow LR, Negus SE, Spradling PR, Homan C, Drobeniuc J, et al. Hepatology. 2012 Aug; 56(2): 516-22. 


Prevention and Control of Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) - United States, 2012-13 Influenza Season 

MMWR. 2012 Aug 17; 61(32): 613-18.  


Vaccination Coverage Among Children in Kindergarten - United States, 2011-12 School Year

MMWR. 2012 Aug 24; 61(33): 647-52. 


Infectious Disease


Notices to Readers: Final 2011 Reports of Nationally Notifiable Infectious Diseases

MMWR. 2012 Aug 17; 61 (32): 624 - 637. 


Evolution of Varicella Surveillance - Selected States, 2000-2010 

MMWR. 2012 Aug 17; 61(32): 609-12.


Outbreak of Mycobacterium chelonae Infection Associated with Tattoo Ink 

Kennedy BS, Bedard B, Younge M, Tuttle D, Ammerman E, Ricci J, et al. NEJM. 2012 Aug 22; E-pub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1205114.


Tattoo Ink-Related Infections - Awareness, Diagnosis, Reporting, and Prevention 

LeBlanc PM, Hollinger KA, Klontz KC. NEJM. 2012 Aug 22; E-pub ahead of print. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1206063.


Tattoo-Associated Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Skin Infections - Multiple States, 2011-2012 

MMWR. 2012 Aug 24; 61(33): 653-56.


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