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

Recent News

Flu Vaccine Vital For Pregnant Woman
WIBW (KS) (October 11, 2012) 

CDC: Use Both Pneumococcal Vaccines for High-Risk Adults
Med Page Today (October 12, 2012)

5 Myths About Vaccines
Parade (October 12, 2012)

Funding Cuts Affect Access to Vaccines for Minnesota Children
Hometown Focus (MN) (October 12, 2012)

U.S. States Make Child Vaccine Exemptions More Difficult
Digital Journal (October 14, 2012)

Law Requires Parents to be Informed Before Skipping Vaccines
American Medical News (October 15, 2012)

HPV Vaccine Not Tied to Increased Promiscuity for Girls
USA Today (October 15, 2012)

Study Examines Flu Vaccine Effectiveness
ABC7 (IL) (October 16, 2012)

Shingles Vaccine Prevents Painful Disease in Older Adults
Health Behavioral News Service (October 17, 2012)

Fayetteville Hepatitis Lawsuit Settlement Approved; Olive Garden to Pay $250 Per Claim
Fay Observer (NC) (October 17, 2012)

Lawsuit Challenging W.Va. Vaccine Rule Dismissed
Associated Press (October 17, 2012)

West Nile Cases Pass 4,500 Mark Nationwide: CDC
U.S News & World Report (October 17, 2012)

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Claims 20 Lives
Los Angeles Times (October 18, 2012)

Court Upholds New Vaccine Rule
West Virginia Public Broadcasting (October 19, 2012)

Health Officials Warn that Next Few Years Critical in TB fight
Vaccine News Daily (October 19, 2012)

Chicago Sun-Times Signs Jenny McCarthy to Write Parenting Advice Blog
Huffington Post (October 22, 2012)

Flu Vaccine Effective Against 4 Strains, Study Finds
New York Times (October 22, 2012)

AAP Community Collaboration Archived Webinar
The webinar, Community Collaboration: Establishing Partnerships in Challenging Times, is now available through the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The presentation addresses the following: 1) developing effective and lasting community partnerships to engage in planning and implementation of a community-based project; 2) addressing obstacles that may hinder effective collaboration; 3) understanding and appreciating the value of collaboration; and 4) learning from others who have developed and engaged in collaborative efforts in their communities.

Joint Commission and Healthcare Worker Vaccination Against Influenza
Joint Commission Adds Additional Weight to Importance of Healthcare Worker Vaccination Against Influenza is an article on the Infection Control Today website that discusses the Joint Commission's recent progress in the area of healthcare worker vaccination against influenza. As of July 1, 2012, the Joint Commission requires healthcare organizations to establish an annual influenza vaccination program for staff.

CDC Preteen and Teen Vaccine Information
The CDC has a webpage with specific information geared towards teen patients, parents, and providers. Available resources include fact sheets, videos, multimedia products, and a vaccine quiz for families and providers to use while addressing adolescent vaccine practices.

Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis Released
The Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy recently released a progress report on federal activities following the release of the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care, and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis. The progress report highlights activities completed across government agencies between May 2011 and April 2012.

Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) Training Resources
The CDC recently posted presentations from a three-day HAI Train-The-Trainer program, which was presented in all ten regions of the United States, to its HAI webpage. Presentations are posted in the order of the actual training. To access this free resource, click here.

NACCHO's ePublic Health Blog
NACCHO's blog facilitates dialogue among local health department (LHD) professionals interested in issues and topics relating to ePublic health & informatics. The blog is an informal venue for regular communications on the latest public health informatics news, resources, and promotions. It encourages creative discussions and the development of new ideas within the community.  
IOM Report: Monitoring HIV Care in the United States
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report titled Monitoring HIV Care in the United States: A Strategy for Generating National Estimates of HIV Care and Coverage on October 5, 2012. This is the second of two IOM reports on monitoring HIV care and discusses the National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the Affordable Care Act. This knowledge can inform future planning to improve the efficiency and quality of care and reduce health disparities.

NCSD Billing for Public Health STD Services Guide
The National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) collaborated with key partners to develop a resource to support the sustained delivery of STD services in the face of a changing funding and policy landscape. This guide, Shifting to Third-Party Billing Practices for Public Health STD Services: Policy Context and Cases Studies provides an introduction to what providers need to consider as they approach decisions surrounding third-party billing.

Food Safety Blog

The website is managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and includes a blog on practical information and tips for the public to keep food safe. A recent blog post, Mythbuster: Debunking Myths about Food Safety in the Home!, debunks many myths such as, "If I microwave food, the microwaves kill the bacteria, so the food is safe."    

NACCHO's Billing Toolkit for Immunization Programs

NACCHO recently released a toolkit with resources, templates, and tools for LHDs to use and develop capacity to bill third-party payers for immunization services. More than 150 resources are available from state billing guides, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, state health departments, LHDs, insurance companies, and vendors of products such as electronic medical records and billing clearinghouses. Specifically, the toolkit provides the following information:

  • Details on how to get started, such as credentialing steps and contracting processes;
  • How to submit claims; and
  • Steps for establishing billing procedures for other clinical services.

To view and download these tools, please log in or create a NACCHO account here. You do not have to be associated with an LHD to access these, or any other tools, within NACCHO's website. If you would like to share your tools, resources, or best practices, please email Rebecca Gehring at All tools and resources will be credited to their original author and organization. For general reference, please see the provided fact sheet.

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

Multistate Outbreak of Meningitis  

CDC continues to monitor the multistate outbreak of meningitis and stroke associated with potentially contaminated steroid medication. Stay informed by visiting CDC's Health Alert Network webpage. On the FDA Voice blog, Dr. Margaret Hamburg discusses why state and local partnerships are crucial during a multi-state outbreak of illness.   


NACCHO has a document summarizing over 30 LHDs' experiences with the multistate fungal meningitis outbreak. Intended for LHD staff, this summary gives in-depth information about what LHDs are experiencing. NACCHO is also working on a second summary that is intended for media, policy- and decision-makers, national partners, and other stakeholders. It will provide talking points in response to inquiries from this target audience. This document will be available on NACCHO's Infectious Disease Prevention and Control webpage soon.  


If your LHD has conducted any activities related to the outbreak, please e-mail NACCHO will de-identify responses and continue to compile incoming information. NACCHO will also update these documents as needed.  


Control of Foodborne and Waterborne Diseases Course -January 7-12, 2013  

CDC and Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health will sponsor an environmental microbiology course, Control of Foodborne and Waterborne Diseases, in Atlanta, Georgia. This six-day course on the surveillance of foodborne and waterborne diseases is designed for public health practitioners and other students interested in the safety of food and water.    


Global Handwashing Day

Global Handwashing Day was October 15, 2012 - did your LHD participate in any activities related to it? The Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing's website has resources and news to help you prepare for next year. 


Search for LHDs Engaged with Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

Is your LHD involved with the ACO initiative? Has your LHD developed a role within your area's ACO? Dr. Paul Etkind, Director of Infectious Diseases at NACCHO, is working with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials to identify LHDs that are working to integrate public health with clinical care. Please e-mail with your contact information if this applies to your LHD. 


Sign Up for Vote & Vax    

Vote & Vax is a national program that works with local public health providers to assist them in launching vaccination clinics at or near polling places. Resources and technical assistance are available for healthcare professionals interested in setting up an influenza vaccination clinic at or near a polling site on November 6, 2012. 


Flu + You 

The National Council on Aging's (NCOA's) Flu + You campaign seeks to educate and empower older adults and their caregivers about the dangers of influenza, the importance of annual vaccination, and available vaccination options. It includes a toolkit and key facts. NCOA also will conduct regional programming for Flu + You in Arizona, Florida, and Pennsylvania to reach older adults and their caregivers. See a list of dates and locations.


List Your Influenza Vaccine Clinic with HealthMap Vaccine Finder

The public can now find real-time influenza vaccination clinics at local health departments, pharmacies, and other influenza vaccination venues by using the free, online HealthMap Vaccine Finder. LHDs and other providers in your jurisdiction who want to list their influenza vaccine clinics with HealthMap Vaccine Finder can start the process to sign up using the online form. Once approved as a clinic location, the provider will be responsible for providing up-to-date information on clinics and vaccine doses. Contact the HealthMap team at with questions regarding this program.  


Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project
The purpose of the Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation project is to prevent and control diabetes through developing coalitions in distressed counties in Appalachia. The project will help coalitions organize around the problem of diabetes, including planning, implementing, and evaluating their specific projects.  The community projects should seek to help people with type 2 diabetes control their disease and prevent the disease in people who may be at risk. There are grants of $2,000 for emerging coalitions in distressed and at-risk counties that have never been funded in the past. Applications are due November 16, 2012. Reference the guidance documents here

Sequestration and Your LHD

Budget cuts totaling eight percent of spending across federal departments are set to go into effect on January 2, 2013. Learn how sequestration may affect LHDs at NACCHO's Budget Cuts - Sequestration webpage.

Open Staff Positions at NACCHO    

NACCHO's Pandemic & Catastrophic Preparedness Program is currently hiring a senior program analyst. For more information about this position, please visit the NACCHO Career Network.   


NACCHO Model Practices Applications Open October 1,2012 

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 October 1-31, 2012, and the application can be found here. For more information, contact NACCHO's Model Practices team at  


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.




Use of 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine and 23-Valent Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine for Adults with Immunocompromising Conditions: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)  

MMWR. 2012 Oct 12; 61(40): 816-919.  


Evaluation of Vaccination Recall Letter System for Medicaid-Enrolled Children Aged 19-23 Months - Montana, 2011 

MMWR. 2012 Oct 12; 61(40): 811-15.


HPV Vaccination: How Can We Do Better?   

Immunization Action Coalition. Needle Tips. 2012 Oct 12; 22(4).     


Infectious Disease


Drug Shortage-Associated Increase in Catheter-Related Blood Stream Infection in Children 

Ralls MW, Blackwood RA, Arnold MA, Partipilo ML, Dimon J, et al. Pediatrics. 2012 Oct 8; doi:10.1542/peds.2011-3894.  


Multistate Outbreak of Fungal Infection Associated with Injection of Methylprednisolone Acetate Solution from a Single Compounding Pharmacy - United States, 2012 

MMWR. 2012 Oct 19; 61(41): 839-42. 



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