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

Recent News

5 Tools for Improved Infection Control
Becker's Clinical Quality & Infection Control (December 18, 2012)

U.S. Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Could Have Been Much Worse: CDC
Reuters (December 19, 2012)

Hospital Care '3,000 Times Less Safe Than Air Travel,' Says Joint Commission Chief

HealthLeaders Media (December 20, 2012)

AAP Supports Use of Thimerosal in Vaccines
Contemporary Pediatrics (December 20, 2012)

Flu Drug Tamiflu OK for Babies Under 1: FDA
HealthDay News (December 21, 2012)

Doctor Infects Patients with Hepatitis B During Surgery
MyHealthNewsDaily (December 21, 2012)

80,000 Surgical 'Never Events' Charted Over 20 Years
HealthLeaders Media (December 21, 2012)

Many Still Untested for Hepatitis C After Tech's Arrest
CBS News (December 22, 2012)

Research Reveals Why Flu Peaks in Certain Seasons
HealthDay News (December 27, 2012)

Chances Seen Rising for Chikungunya Outbreaks in NYC, Atlanta, Miami
Medical News Today (December 27, 2012)

Foster Parents Seek Ariz. Vaccination Rule Change
Associated Press (December 28, 2012)

Flu Kills Two Colorado Kids; Health Department Advises Vaccination
Denver Post (December 28, 2012)

Tracing the Big Meningitis Outbreak of 2012
National Public Radio (December 30, 2012)

Research Moratoriums and Recipes for Superbugs: Bird Flu In 2012
National Public Radio (December 31, 2012)

Unsafe Injection Practices in U.S. Mean Thousands are Victims of Dirty Needles
The Tennessean (December 31, 2012)

Vaccination Scheduler App: Reduce the Spreading of Whooping Cough
Eyes In (December 31, 2012)

Resistant Tuberculosis Drug Sirturo (Bedaquiline) Approved by FDA
Medical News Today (January 1, 2013)

Research Supports High-Dose Flu Vaccine for People with HIV
Philadelphia Inquirer (January 2, 2013)   
Special Report from USA Today: Unsafe Injection Practices
USA Today's cover story, "Dirty Medical Needles Infect Thousands Across the USA," highlights some of the recent healthcare-associated infections resulting from unsafe injection practices. The webpage also features a video with statements from Evelyn McKnight, president of HONOReform, a national advocacy organization dedicated to protecting patients through safeguarding the medical injection process; and CDC's associate director for infection control, Michael Bell.

ACOG Offers Toolkits For Influenza and Tdap Immunization
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently added two immunization toolkits, one on influenza and another on Tdap, to its Immunization for Women website.

Emerging Infections, Microbial Threats to Health, and the Microbiome
The Institute of Medicine released audio and PPT presentations from the December 11-12, 2012, Anniversary Symposium on "Emerging Infections, Microbial Threats to Health, and the Microbiome." The audiofiles and PPTs are embedded in the meeting agenda.

CDC Case Studies from the Epidemic Intelligence Service  

The CDC has assembled a group of case studies from the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) that are available for applied epidemiology training. These case studies can be accessed here.


School Nurse Resources for Disaster Preparedness

The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) has launched a disaster preparedness webpage with resources to assist schools and communities respond to traumatic events in school.     


Are You that Guy? Campaign Helps Kids Say "No!" to Spreading the Flu 

The Are You That Guy? influenza awareness campaign by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) focuses on educating parents and children about flu prevention, symptoms, and treatment. The campaign calls attention to "That Guy" - a person who despite experiencing flu symptoms, continues to go about his/her daily activities and as a consequence, may inadvertently spread the virus to others.

To help parents educate their children about the flu, NFID developed a coloring book that teaches children about flu symptoms and good habits that may help prevent flu from spreading.

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.
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Deadline to Submit Abstracts for 2013 CSTE Annual Conference

The deadline for the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists' (CSTE's) Call for Abstracts is approaching for breakout, roundtable, and poster presentations at the 2013 Annual Conference in Pasadena, California. Abstracts must be received no later than Monday, January 7, 2013 by 11:59 PM EST through the online CSTE abstract submission site at The website includes instructions and guidelines for submission. 


New Adult Vaccine Finder by HealthMap
The  HealthMap Vaccine Finder includes more than 50,000 locations that provide the influenza vaccine.  The site will include 10 additional adult vaccines this month. You can register your location by clicking the "about" button on this site. 


2013 Public Health Preparedness Summit: Infectious Disease Sessions

Join NACCHO at the 2013 Public Health Preparedness Summit March 12-15 in Atlanta! The goal of the summit is to strengthen and enhance the capabilities of public health professionals and other participants to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and other public health emergencies.


A selection of sessions will examine infectious disease outbreaks and mass dispensing, including:

  • Dispense Assist: Online Screening Tool for Mass Dispensing and Vaccination Implementation/Training Workshop
  • The Adaptive Response Metric: An Analysis of the 2009-10 H1N1 Outbreak
  • FluCare: A Mobile Texting Service to Support Antiviral Medication Use during an Influenza Pandemic
  • Recruiting, Preparing, and Credentialing External Agencies as Closed Points of Dispensing
  • Obstetrician-Gynecologists as Vaccine Providers in Public Health Emergencies  

For more details on the summit, including the full agenda and registration information, visit


Public Health Uniform National Data System

NACCHO recently launched the Public Health Uniform National Data System (PHUND$), a web-based public health financial data collection and analysis portal hosted on the NACCHO website. PHUND$ was created to 1) Provide LHDs with timely, reliable and uniform data to support assessment and decision-making; 2) help NACCHO describe and monitor financial health and sustainability of public health systems; 3) provide LHDs the ability to proactively assess their financial and operational performance; 4) promote uniform public health financial management practices; and 5) increase public health agency transparency. For additional information, please contact Giselle Plata or 202-783-1376.  

National Provider Call: Meaningful Use
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) will host a National Provider Call on the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program on January 16, 2013 (2:00-3:30 PM EDT). The agenda and registration information are available soon on the CMS National Provider Calls registration website.

NACCHO MAPP Training: February 26-28, 2013 
Join NACCHO in Washington, D.C. at the Winter Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Training to learn how to take action steps toward a healthier community. MAPP is a community-owned strategic planning process informed by comprehensive assessments for improving the public's health. MAPP training participants will learn the nuts and bolts of the MAPP process, hear stories from the field from MAPP users, and gain concrete skills for engaging community organizations, partners, and community members. Contact and someone from the MAPP team will get back to you shortly.

2013 National Immunization Conference to be held June 3-6, 2013
The 2013 National Immunization Conference (NIC) is scheduled for June 3-6, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. Information regarding lodging, registration, and abstract submission guidelines will be posted on the NIC web section as it becomes available.  


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.



Immunization Works Newsletter
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Immunization Works. 2012 Dec.

Infectious Diseases

Transmission of Hepatitis B Virus From an Orthopedic Surgeon With a High Viral Load
Enfield KB, Sharapov U, Hall KK, Leiner J, Berg CL, Xia G, et al. Clin Infect Dis. 2013 Jan; 56(2): 218-24.

Unsafe Injection Practices Plague US Outpatient Facilities, Harm Patients
Kuehn BM. JAMA. 2012 Dec 26; 308(24): 2551-52.

When Does Overuse of Antibiotics Become a Tragedy of the Commons?
Porco TC, Gao D, Scott JC, Shim E, Enanoria WT, Galvani AP, et al. PLoS ONE. 2012 Dec 7; 7(12): e46505.

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