Immunization and Infectious Disease Update
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Clinic Agrees to Work with DHEC in Hepatitis B Infection Investigation
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Health Affairs (May 22, 2013) 
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Ferrets, Pigs Susceptible to H7N9 Avian Influenza Virus
National Institutes of Health News Release (May 23, 2013)
Contemporary Pediatrics (June 1, 2013)  


May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month, a reminder to take precautions against this treatable, tickborne illness. For more information, visit CDC's Lyme disease webpage

CDC's Website Features NACCHO Demonstration Sites
CDC's Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (OSTLTS) has posted a summary of the Year 1 local health department (LHD) healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention demo site activities on their public health stories from the field webpage. The link to the direct summary is available here.

H7N9 Resources
NACCHO is compiling resources for LHDs on H7N9. Please visit NACCHO's Public Health Preparedness webpage or download CDC's 10 Influenza Pandemic Response Planning Tips. The CDC recently issued a new diagram depicting the origins of the H7N9 virus in China and how its genes are derived from other influenza viruses in birds.
Spanish Language Posters to Support Childhood Immunization
The CDC has free Spanish language posters available for order from the CDC warehouse to support your childhood immunization efforts. These posters are part of the CDC campaign with the tagline: Con salud, todo es posible. Vacune a sus hijos (With health, all is possible. Vaccinate your children).

Updated Hepatitis C (HCV) Testing Guidance for Clinicians and Laboratorians

CDC issued this update in guidance due to 1) changes in the availability of certain commercial HCV antibody tests, 2) evidence that many people who are identified as reactive by an HCV antibody test might not subsequently be evaluated for current HCV infection, and 3) significant advances in the development of antiviral agents with improved efficacy against HCV.  


Resources from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has developed a variety of paper and video educational tools and resources. The  Vaccines: Separating Fact from Fear video series answers questions many parents have about vaccines. The second resource is a 32-page booklet excerpted from the book Vaccines and Your Child: Separating Fact from Fiction. This booklet is available in English and Spanish


Advocates Push For HCV Testing in Medicare
As part of Hepatitis Awareness Month, the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable sent a letter signed by more than 110 organizations urging HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to ensure Medicare provides HCV testing in the Welcome to Medicare exam and the annual wellness visit. 
Eliminating Perinatal Transmission of Hepatitis B: More than Just a Test 
Learn more about eliminating perinatal hepatitis B virus (HBV) transmission in the United States by visiting the blog here 
Renewal of the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, 2014 - 2016
May 12 marked the second anniversary of Combating the Silent Epidemic of Viral Hepatitis: Action Plan for Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis.  HHS plans to renew the existing action plan when it ends in 2013, through 2014 - 2016. 
Communicable Disease Preparedness on Domestic Flights: A Summary Report of LHD and Airport Coordination

NACCHO, in collaboration with the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine at CDC, authored a report summarizing stakeholder discussions on local planning for responding to a communicable disease suspected on a domestic flight. The report identifies issues and recommendations recorded during these discussions.

Childhood Immunization as a Tool to Address Health Disparities
The video and presentation slides from the April 2013 session of CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds, Childhood Immunization as a Tool to Address Health Disparities, are now available.


Adolescent Immunization Brochure from Public Health - Seattle & King County 

The Immunization Program at Public Health - Seattle & King County recently posted a brochure titled Is Your 11 to 18 Year-Old Protected from Serious Diseases? Intended for parents, the double-sided brochure presents clear and convincing reasons for vaccinating preteens and teens against meningococcal disease, pertussis, and human papillomavirus.  


NACCHO Webcast Series: Three Ways the Community Guide Makes the LHD Worker's Job Easier

The series teaches LHDs how to 1) use Task Force recommendations from the Community Guide to quickly identify prevention approaches that work, 2) access systematic review findings from the Community Guide to enhance your grants, and 3) use resources from the Community Guide to promote dialogue with multi-sector stakeholders. The screencast can be downloaded here.


National Prevention Strategy (NPS) Simplified: LHDs' Roadmap to Health and Wellness Fact Sheet

A new fact sheet describes how NPS can support LHDs in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of integrated chronic disease prevention efforts with specific recommendations and actions for carrying out NPS Strategic Directions and Priorities. Copies of the factsheet can be downloaded here. 

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

Invitation to Participate in a Virtual Event
Do you have an innovative project using technology at your LHD? The CDC, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and NACCHO would like to invite you to participate in an upcoming Public Health Informatics virtual event "Strengthening Public Health - Health Care Collaboration" that will take place July 16-18, 2013. Some examples of projects may include:
  • Applying analytics to new and existing data sources;
  • Leveraging Big Data for population and public health;
  • Learning health systems to support integration of primary care and public health;
  • Novel technologies for population and public health education and communication (e.g., mobile, web, and social media). 
More information about the conference and abstract submission process can be found here. Abstracts will be accepted until June 2, 2013.

Contract Epidemiologist Opportunity
The Houston Department of Health and Human Services is seeking a contract epidemiologist to help develop a comprehensive protocol and procedure manual for epidemiologic investigations. The contract is worth approximately $40,000 and needs to be completed by August 31, 2013. For more information, contact Dr. Raouf Arafat at or (832) 393-5032. 

Webinar: Building Safety Net Billing Capacity: State Support for a Solid Foundation

Safety net providers will need to expand their capacity to participate in Medicaid and Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) when many of their patients gain insurance coverage in 2014. This webinar, planned for Monday, June 3 (1:30-3:30 PM EDT), will discuss concrete ways that states can facilitate safety net provider participation in Medicaid and QHPs in order to serve newly insured and remaining uninsured populations. Speakers from Maryland and Texas will share examples of their work. 

Call for Proposals For the Southern Obesity Summit

Become part of the largest regional obesity prevention event in the South on November 17-19, 2013, in Nashville, Tennessee! Each proposal must address one or more of the obesity prevention pillars identified in prior Summits: early childhood, schools, nutrition policy, food access/food safety, physical activity, worksite wellness, and healthcare and healthcare systems. The deadline to submit proposals is June 14, 2013. If you have any questions regarding the proposals please contact Michelle Smith at


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


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. 




Comparative Effectiveness of Acellular Versus Whole-Cell Pertussis Vaccines in Teenagers 

Klein NP, Bartlett J, Fireman B, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Baxter R. Peds. 2013 May 20; E-pub ahead of print. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-3836. 


Bobo N, Etkind P, Martin Km Chi A, Coyle R. NASN School Nurse.2013 March; 28(2):100-09.

Intussusception After Rotavirus Vaccines Reported to VAERS, 2006-2012
Haber P, Patel M, Pan Y, Baggs J, Haber M, Museru O, et al. Peds. 2013 May 13; E-pub ahead of print. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-2554. 


Immunization Action Coalition. 2013 May; 23(2).    

Immunization Action Coalition. 2013 May; 17(2).


IOM. Discussion Paper. May 9, 2013

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