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As a healthcare professional, you play an integral role in protecting
our community from vaccine-preventable diseases by maintaining
high immunization rates for the patients in your care.


IMPORTANT: Flu Immunization Mandate
for Health Care Personnel in San Diego


NEW!! AB2109 Personal Belief Exemption Law
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Disease Reporting

  • Disease Reporting Form/Confidential Morbidity Report revised 10/11 (Report cases of vaccine-preventable diseases to Epidemiology & Immunization Services. Complete this form and fax to (619) 692-5677. For questions call a Public Health Nurse at 1-866-358-2966.)
 
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INFORMATION ABOUT NEW IMMUNIZATION EXEMPTION LAW (SB277)
For information about the new law, scheduled to go into effect next year, please visit the Calfornia Department of Public Health (CDPH) ShotsforSchool website. Additional information from CDPH about the implementation of the law is expected in the coming months.

VACCINES FOR TWO SUMMIT A BIG SUCCESS
San Diego Immunization Coalition’s Vaccines for Two summit, held on Friday, May 15, 2015, focused on maternal and newborn vaccinations and attracted more than 70 participants despite the rainy weather. The event revived SDIC’s annual spring summit and earned an endorsement from the Editor-in-Chief of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Thank you to everyone who participated, and all of our efforts will help to increase immunizations during pregnancy throughout San Diego County.

For links to all the summit presentations, plus program and other information, please visit this page.

INFLUENZA SEASON, 2014-2015
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for information and resources for providers.

NEW! Important Information About State-Funded Flu Vaccine!

ACIP Recommends Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV13) for Adults 65 Years and Older
ACIP recommends pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13; trade name prevnar 13) as well as pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23; trade name pneumovax) for all adults aged ≥65 years (Box). Those who have not previously received pneumococcal vaccine or whose vaccination history is unknown should receive a dose of PCV13 first, followed at least 6 months later by a dose of PPSV23. The two vaccines should not be co-administered. The minimum acceptable interval between PCV13 and PPSV23 is 8 weeks.

Previous vaccination with PPSV23. Adults aged ≥65 years who have previously received ≥1 dose of PPSV23 and who have not yet received PCV13 should receive a dose of PCV13 at least 1 year after receipt of their most recent PPSV23 dose. When an additional dose of PPSV23 is indicated, it should be given 6 -12 months after PCV13 and ≥5 years after the most recent dose of PPSV23.

ACIP recommendations remain unchanged for the routine use of PCV13 in adults aged ≥19 years with any of the following:

  • immunocompromising conditions
  • functional or anatomic asplenia
  • cerebrospinal fluid leak
  • cochlear implants

(information courtesy of California Department of Public Health)

Pregnant Women Need Tdap Vaccine Protection
Update: Visit this link to read a letter from Dr. Ron Chapman, CDPH Director and State Health Officer, about current state of pertussis in California, what you can do to help, and how to access pertussis patient education materials available from CDPH.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) decided to build on the momentum of the H1N1 influenza vaccination of pregnant women to work on Tdap vaccination in that population. The College has worked with the American Academy of Pediatrics, Every Child By Two, and CDC to promote Tdap cocooning. 

For ACOG's opinion
on Tdap Vaccination from the Committee on Obstetric Practice, click this link.

The College maintains a website just for women about immunization.

For additional information and resources for OB-GYNs, please visit this page.


Also, see the Immunization Resources for Obstetrician-Gynecologists: A Comprehensive Tool Kit.

 

IMMUNIZATIONS FOR SAN DIEGO KIDS PROJECT
This
three-year program aims to help improve the rate of childhood immunization in San Diego County (and decrease personal belief exemptions to immunization requirements) through several strategies, including creating focus-group tested immunization education tools, implementing physician training, implementing an immunization reminder recall program, encouraging the use of the San Diego Immunization Registry and exploring the use of social media.

The project is a partnership of Rady Children’s Hospital, Children’s Physician Medical Group, Children’s Primary Care Medical Group, the local chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and First 5 San Diego.

For more information, please visit the program website at www.whyimmunizekids.org. You can also contact Phyllis Hartigan, Program Consultant at Phartigan@rchsd.org.

Recommended Immunization Schedules Available
The 2015 Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)-recommended schedules for currently licensed vaccines are available from the CDC Immunization Schedules web pages. There is a web page to view and download the Birth-18 Years & Catch-up Immunization Schedules, as well as a web page for the Adult Immunization Schedule.

You can also view and download the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Early Release issues which contain the schedules and related information. Click here to visit the web page.

CDC Releases Prevention and Control of Haemophilus influenzae Type b Disease
This report compiles and summarizes all recommendations from CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) regarding prevention and control of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) disease in the United States. As a comprehensive summary of previously published recommendations, this report does not contain any new recommendations; it is intended for use by clinicians, public health officials, vaccination providers, and immunization program personnel as a resource. Click here to view and download the report.

HAND HYGIENE SAVES LIVES
Proper handwashing is an important part of controlling influenza and other contagious diseases. CDC's ongoing Hand Hygiene Saves Lives campaign offers providers information, training, promotional materials and more in order to help them practice and promote hand hygeine in healthcare settings. For more information and links, visit CDC's Hand Hygiene website.

Hand hygiene saves lives

VFC (Vaccines For Children) Vaccine Fact Sheets
Visit this page to download these 1-page, quick-reference fact sheets about routine schedules, minimum intervals, billing codes, storage and more.


MMWR Article on Preventing Unsafe Injection Practices in US Health-Care System
Follow this link to read the article.

CDC Helps Clinicians Double-Check Injection Practices
According to a study in Medical Care, between 2001 and 2011, at least 130,000 patients were potentially exposed to life-threatening diseases after their clinicians failed to follow safe injection practices.  In this age of high-tech care, it is difficult to image that these types of basic infection control breaches still happen. However, we know that many healthcare providers simply aren’t aware that they are putting their patients at risk.

The Safe Injection Practices Coalition, led by CDC, recently released a toolkit to help office-based clinicians, as well as inpatient staff members, double check their practices.  This “meeting in a box,” is an excellent resource for use during staff meetings, grand rounds, and other seminars. It includes a narrated PowerPoint and print materials to help educate and remind healthcare providers about safe injection practices.

An online version of the toolkit can be found at www.oneandonlycampaign.org. In addition, the Coalition issued the following press release about the toolkit: http://oneandonlycampaign.org/news.

(information courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)


Mother Urges Adults to Get Whooping Cough Vaccine
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Vaccines.gov: Consumer-Based Immunization Information Website!
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has an innovative website to help parents and other consumers learn about the most effective way to protect themselves and their children from infectious diseases and learn about immunization. Vaccines.gov brings together the best in federal resources on vaccine and immunizations to provide consumers with easy-to-understand health information specifically for their needs.

VAERS Reporting
Vaers Reporting can be completed and submitted online. more...


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New Guidance from CDC on HPV-9 Vaccine
The CDC has released new and detailed guidance on the use of 9-valent HPV vaccine. Please click here for for more.

ACIP Issues New Recommendation for Meningitis B Vaccine
"During its June 24-25 meeting, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to issue a recommendation for the use of two serogroup B meningococcal (MenB) vaccines in patients ages 16-23 for short-term protection against the disease, with a preference for administration between ages 16 and 18..."
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Pneumococcal Vaccine Timing Tool for Clinicians

This printed tool helps clarify and illustrate the new recommendations for administration of PCV13 and PPSV23 vaccines.


CDC Vaccine Schedules App
Providers who recommend or administer vaccines can immediately access all CDC recommended immunization schedules and footnotes using the CDC Vaccine Schedules app, now updated with 2015 information. Find out more here.

Protect Your Adolescent Patients With HPV Vaccine
Click this link to view and download information about the importance of HPV vaccine in protecting preteen health.

Provider Information About the Personal Belief Exemption Law
View and download this important and helpful information.

New Training Videos from EZIZ on Temperature Logs
Training for the recently revised refrigerator/freezer temperature logs is now available at EZIZ.
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CDC Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)Supplement Available
These provider guidelines supplement the VIS and summarize relevant ACIP recommendations; include more detailed information about indications, schedules, and precautions; and contain other information giving providers a quick reference to help address common patients' questions.

Pertussis Booster Video PSA!
See it here.