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Recent News


Hospitals Make Flu Shots Mandatory
Columbus Dispatch (OH) (November 25, 2012)

Whooping Cough Returns and Outbreak Reaches Wadena County
Wadena Pioneer Journal (MN) (November 26, 2012)

Simple Tips Make Getting Immunization Shots Less Stressful for Kids
The Times-Standard (CA) (November 26, 2012)

State to Make Many Recommended Vaccines Available for Free Starting in January Housatonic Times (CT) (November 26, 2012)

Join In #GivingTuesday
Shot of Prevention (November 27, 2012)

Latest West Nile Tally: 5,245 Cases, 236 Deaths
Health Daily (November 28, 2012)

Some Vt. Parents Object to Vaccine Exemption Form
Associated Press (November 29, 2012)

New Information Suggests Whooping Cough Vaccine Is Safe For Senior Citizens
CBS Philly (November 29, 2012)

Congress Holds an Anti-Vaccination Hearing
Forbes (December 3, 2012)

Mom Loses Suit Over Daughter's H1N1 Vaccine
Courthouse News Service (December 3, 2012)

Flu Season Could Be a Bad One, Health Officials Say
NBC News (December 3, 2012)

Update: Additional Contamination Identified in Medical Products from New England Compounding Center
CDC Health Alert Network (December 3, 2012) 

Vaccine Pain Worth Lifetime of Gain
Chicago Tribune (December 4, 2012) 

Hospitals Stiffen Employee Flu Vaccination Policies
Your News Now (NY) (December 4, 2012)

Online Tool Creates Catch-Up Immunization Schedules for Missed Childhood Vaccinations Science Blog (December 4, 2012) 

Turning Vaccine Refusals Into Teachable Moments
NPR Shots Blog (December 5, 2012) 

Three Students Contract Whooping Cough, One in La Jolla
San Diego County Reports (CA) (December 5, 2012)

NACCHO Collaborates with CDC to Improve Antibiotic Use
Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is a national campaign designed to highlight the coordinated efforts of CDC, state and local health departments (SHDs and LHDs), and non-profit and for-profit partners in an effort to educate people about the importance of using antibiotics wisely in both community and healthcare settings. From November 12-18, CDC and its partners will promote appropriate antibiotic use in patient and outpatient settings with a special focus on nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

Patients, healthcare providers, hospital administrators, and policy makers must work together to employ safe and effective strategies for improving antibiotic use. CDC's Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work and Get Smart for Healthcare programs are specifically designed to educate consumers and healthcare providers about appropriate antibiotic use. 

National Influenza Vaccination Week: December 2-8, 2012  

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is a national observance that was established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination, as well as fostering greater use of flu vaccine after the holiday season into January and beyond.

The CDC offers customizable fliers and posters, fact sheets, resources for faith-based and community organizations, resources for health professional and partners, a media toolkit, and web tools. Remember to submit your events and activities to the NIVW Calendar of Events.

NCHS Announces Interactive Website for Health
The National Center for Environmental Health (NCHS) recently released the interactive website Health, United States, 2011: In Brief. This site enables users to view, create, and export charts and tables; and incorporate additional data from the full Health, United States report.


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. The Joint Commission now requires healthcare organizations to establish an annual influenza vaccination program for staff.

CDC iPad App for Clinicians About Influenza Now Available 
The CDC Influenza application for clinicians and other healthcare professionals makes it easier than ever to find CDC's latest recommendations and influenza activity updates on your iPad. When your device is connected, the content is updated automatically so you always have the most up-to-date information. You can personalize your experience with features like highlighting, annotations, and bookmarks to suit your needs. You can find the app here.

CDC Posts October ACIP Meeting Notes and Slides
The CDC recently posted presentation slides from the October 24-25, 2012, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) meeting. There is also a brief update of the meeting in the October 2012 issue of CDC's Immunization Works electronic newsletter.

CDC's Storage and Handling Toolkit is Now Available 

The CDC's Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit is a comprehensive resource for providers on vaccine storage and handling recommendations and best practices. It includes strategies for maintaining the cold chain, routine storage and handling practices, inventory management, and emergency procedures for protecting vaccine inventories.   

MedImmune Advocacy: Information on Cocconing 

A new patient education piece on the importance of "cocooning" can be accessed here.  Cocooning is a strategy used to protect infants and other vulnerable populations by immunizing everyone who comes in contact with them for vaccine-preventable diseases (e.g., Tdap and influenza).


VFC Program Operations Guide  Update 

The CDC has updated the Operations Guide for the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program. The Guide was created to provide guidance and to communicate VFC program requirements to state and local immunization programs.  


Safe Injection Practices Resources
CDC's Safe Healthcare Blog features resources on safe injection practices for doctors, nurses, and healthcare providers, available here. Materials include a bloodborne pathogen and safe patient injection training presentation, "How to do it Right" animated video, posters demonstrating proper use of insulin pens, and a digital press kit with fact sheets, an infographic, a podcast, and media information.   
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
Evidence-Based HPV and Adult Immunization Project Funding The Department of Health and Human Services' National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) recently released a Request for Proposals to fund evidence-based HPV and adult immunization projects (e.g., influenza and Tdap). Funding can be used for community interventions up to $10,000 and systems interventions up to $50,000. JBS International, Inc., is a contractor with NVPO and will subcontract with organizations that are awarded funding. The deadline to submit proposals is December 21, 2012 (3:00 PM EDT).
Clinician Telephone Consultation for Fungal Meningitis Cases
CDC established the Clinicians Consultation Network (CCN) to support clinicians in treating patients associated with the multistate fungal meningitis outbreak. The CCN is a free, telephone-based service of experts in fungal disease treatment and management. To access the service, physicians should call 1-800-CDC-INFO and then select the appropriate prompts. A CDC-INFO call agent will verify each physician's role in direct patient management before directing him or her to the CCN. Call operating hours are 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM EDT, Monday through Friday, except for federal holidays.

HealthMap Vaccine Finder: Become a Listed Provider for Immunizations
List Your Influenza and Adult Vaccine Clinics with HealthMap Vaccine Finder! Local public health departments are encouraged to register their influenza and adult immunization services on 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 this free, online resource.

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

2013 NACCHO Annual: Call for Sharing Session Proposals Submit your session proposal for an opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with peers at 2013's largest gathering of local health officials in the United States! For questions or additional information, contact the NACCHO Annual speaker coordinator at or 703-964-1240, ext. 11. 

Open Staff Positions at NACCHO    

NACCHO is currently hiring for multiple positions in emergency preparedness, chronic diseases, and infectious diseases. For more information, please visit the NACCHO Career Network.   


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.


Physician Attitudes Regarding School-Located Vaccinations
McCormick EV, Durfee J, Vogt TM, Daley MF, Hambidge SJ, and Shlay J. Peds. 2012 Nov; 130(5): 887-96.

Association of Childhood Pertussis With Receipt of 5 Doses of Pertussis Vaccine by Time Since Last Vaccine Dose, California, 2010
Misegades LK, Winter K, Harriman K, Talarico J, Messonnier NE, Clark TA, et al. JAMA. 2012 Nov 28; 308(20): 2126-32.

Infectious Diseases
Interventions to Improve Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccination Rates Among Community-Dwelling Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Lau D, Hu J, Majumdar SR, Storie DA, Rees SE, Johnson JA. Ann Fam Med. 2012 Nov; 10(6):538-46.

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