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

Recent News

U.S. Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs (March 5, 2013)
CDC Bulletin (March 6, 2013)
Infection Control Today (March 7, 2013)

Why Don't Teens Get Shots for HPV and Other Diseases?
USA Today (March 18, 2013)

Mold Findings Spark NJ Compounding Pharmacy Recall
Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (March 18, 2013)  

Reuters (March 19, 2013)
Associated Press (March 19, 2013) 
Reuters (March 20, 2013) 

Denver Business Journal (March 20, 2013) 
Family Practice News (March 20, 2013)
Forbes (March 21, 2013)  
CDC (March 22, 2013)
Arizona Daily Star (March 23, 2013) 
Popular Science (March 26, 2013) 
CNN (March 27, 2013)  
Associated Press (March 27, 2013)  
NPR (March 29, 2013)


Spotlight on TB
Despite recent progress, TB continues to disproportionately affect some communities, including both racial/ethnic minorities and foreign-born individuals. Drug-resistant TB, which is more difficult and costly to treat, remains a concern. For more information, see CDC's snapshot fact sheet on TB.


Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) Digital Press Kit

CDC released a Vital Signs report about the rise of CRE in U.S. medical facilities on March 5, 2013. A digital press kit featuring text, graphics, CDC director and laboratory videos, hyperlinks, quotes, and other resources was launched in tandem with the report. A variety of related educational materials and information are available on Medscape (for clinicians), WebMD (for consumers), and CDC's Safe Healthcare Blog.  


Adolescent Immunization Tools

The following collection of tools and resources address adolescent immunizations:


Updated CDC Vaccine Price List

The CDC Vaccine Price Lists provide current vaccine contract prices and list the private sector vaccine prices. Contract prices are established for the purchase of vaccines by immunization programs that receive CDC immunization grant funds (i.e., state health departments, certain large city immunization projects, and certain current and former U.S. territories). Private providers and private citizens cannot directly purchase vaccines through CDC contracts. Private sector prices are those reported by vaccine manufacturers annually to CDC. All questions regarding the private sector prices should be directed to the manufacturers.


USPSTF Releases Public Health Videos 

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released  two short new videos about the role it plays in preventive medicine and its process for developing evidence-based recommendations.  


The History of Vaccines

A new book for teens, The History of Vaccines, covers the birth of vaccination in the late 1700s and traces the influences of the bacteriological revolution of the late 1800s into the rapidly expanding field of vaccinology. The book is intended for high school science, health, and history classes.  


CDC Highlights 2011 and 2012 Infectious Disease Accomplishments

CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) released a report highlighting fiscal year 2011 and 2012 accomplishments, NCEZID Our Work, Our Stories 2011-2012. The report contains over 50 stories highlighting NCEZID's work in and with cities, states, and around the globe.


CDC's Adult Vaccine Prescription Pads Available Online

To help providers educate patients about adult vaccination, CDC has posted a new form, designed to look like a prescription pad, that has a check list of routinely recommended adult vaccines and space for the provider's signature at the bottom. You can make copies of the form for use with patients or order 50 sheet pads from the Public Health Foundation.    


Vaccine Education Center Posts Archive of Dr. Paul Offit's Webinar
The Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia recently made an archive of its March 13 Vaccine Update webinar available. Click "View Spring 2013 Presentation" and register (at no cost) to listen to the webinar and view the accompanying slide set. The webinar is accredited for one continuing medical education credit through March 14, 2014.   


Community Health Assessments & Community Health Improvement Plans

NACCHO has developed the Resource Center for Community Health Assessments (CHAs) and Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIPs) to support local communities in their community health improvement efforts and meeting relevant Public Health Accreditation Board Standards and Measures. This resource center is an online, publicly accessible venue that contains over 150 resources developed by and for health departments and their partners, including: 1) practical, customizable tools; 2) key resources; 3) examples of high-quality CHAs and CHIPs; and 4) "how-to" webinars and training materials. To access the CHA/CHIP Resource Center, visit


WHO's Global Vaccine Action Plan, 2011-2020 Available 

The Global Vaccine Action Plan, endorsed by the 194 Member States of the World Health Assembly in May 2012, is a framework to prevent millions of deaths by 2020 through more equitable access to existing vaccines for people in all communities.  


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 hereYou 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

IDWeek Accepting Abstracts
IDWeek is the annual scientific meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and HIV Medicine Association. IDWeek 2013 (October 2-6, 2013) will be held in San Francisco and its theme this year is Advancing Science, Improving Care. The Call for Abstracts is now available on the IDWeek website, Abstract submissions are due Wednesday, May 1, 2013.

Daycare Worker and Immunizations
NACCHO is seeking information related to immunizations and daycare workers. Do you have certification programs or local policies, legislation, or ordinances that address this topic? Please email Rebecca Gehring at

2013 National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW): April 20-27, 2013
National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. The CDC has developed educational tools and resources, promotional materials, and sample social media posts for local health departments and partners to use.   

2013 Call for APHA Award Nominations
The American Public Health Association is now accepting nominations for its 2013 APHA Awards Program. Nominate a colleague who exemplifies outstanding professionalism, dedication and contributions in the field of public health. Membership is not required for nomination to several of APHA's national awards.  The awards will be presented at the 141st APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition, Nov. 2-6, 2013, in Boston. The deadline for nominations is April 26. For more information, visit  
Immunizations and text4baby
Immunize Nevada and the Nevada State Maternal and Child Health Division partnered with text4baby to create customized SMS messages for mothers that include state-specific information on local resources, immunization information, and immunization appointment reminders. To learn about customizing text4baby messages, email

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month  

May is designated Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, and May 19 is Hepatitis Testing Day. CDC and its public health partners will use this opportunity to raise awareness about viral hepatitis and encourage priority populations to get tested. For more information, visit the CDC's Viral Hepatitis webpage.   


Funding Available for a Contract to Conduct Client Surveys at STD Clinics
NACCHO has partnered with CDC's Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) to implement surveys of STD clients in approximately 20 large urban jurisdictions representing a diverse demographic and geographic sample of jurisdictions with a high burden of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and/or syphilis. The application deadline is April 1, 2013 (5:00 PM EDT). Click here for more information and the application form.    

Call for LHD of the Year Award Applications

NACCHO is pleased to announce the new Local Health Department (LHD) of the Year Award. This award recognizes and honors outstanding accomplishment of local health departments across the country for their innovation, creativity, and impact on communities. Applications are accepted April 1-May 31, 2013. Learn more at


Health IT and Quality Webinars 

The Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has made several changes to the format of its monthly Health IT and Quality Webinars. Special dial-in numbers and passcodes will be made available to users with limited access to broadband or the internet; simply send an email to HRSA's health IT mailbox at specifically requesting a dial-in number and code. HRSA has also begun using new software to enable participants to access the webinars through their Android and Apple mobile devices. For Android users, the webinars can be viewed through Adobe Flash. For Apple users, please download the free ReadyTalk app.


Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Conference
The Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Conference (October 10-11, 2013) is a comprehensive, two-day course in Chicago that will discuss the latest information on immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases. This learning opportunity is hosted by the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and will feature national experts from the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

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. 


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Notes from the Field: Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infantis, Newport, and Lille Infections Linked to Live Poultry from a Single Mail-Order Hatchery in Ohio - March-September, 2012
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