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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.


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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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Measles Health Advisory for Health Professionals from California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
The California Department of Public Health has issued a Health Advisory regarding the 14 reported measles cases in California with onset in 2014. The Advisory also has guidelines for diagnosis, immunization information and links to other resources. For the full text of the Advisory, click here. For more measles information for Health Professionals and others, visit this page.

New Recommended Immunization Schedules Available!
The 2014 Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)-recommended schedules for currently licensed vaccines are now 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.


Pregnant Women Need Protection From Flu

A Message From the California Vaccines For Children Program

Pregnant women are recommended to get a flu shot during any stage of pregnancy. If you treat pregnant women in your practice or if your patient’s mother is pregnant, please urge them to get vaccinated against flu.

Pregnant women are more severely affected by flu than the general population. Flu is 5 times more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant. Changes in the immune system, heart, and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women more prone to severe illness from influenza.

Below are 3 reasons pregnant women should get vaccinated against the flu:

1. Flu vaccines are safe for pregnant women and their babies. Millions of pregnant women have received flu shots over the last decade, and the vaccination has not been shown to cause harm to women or their infants.

2. Flu shots during pregnancy also protect her newborn. Vaccination during pregnancy has been shown to protect both the mother and her infant from flu illness, flu hospitalizations, and flu-related preterm labor. Some of the protection mothers receive from flu shots passes to their babies during pregnancy, thereby helping protect them until they’re old enough to get flu shots at 6 months of age.

3. Pregnant women with flu have a greater chance for serious problems for their unborn babies, including premature labor and delivery.

For more information, please visit the EZIZ/VFC website at http://eziz.org.


Pregnant Women Need Tdap Vaccine Protection
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 latest 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 NEW Immunization Resources for Obstetrician-Gynecologists: A Comprehensive Tool Kit.


Informed Immunization Consent Law Is Effective in 2014
The new law takes effect beginning in January, 2014.

This legislation requires that a parent or guardian who wants to exempt their child from school or childcare immunization requirements to first receive information from a licensed healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of vaccinations and the risks of vaccine preventable diseases. The provider signs a standardized form (created by the California Department of Public Health) that a parent or guardian would also sign, and then turn in to the school or child care facility.

For more information about the new law and how it will be implemented, please click here or see the link at the top of this web page.

 

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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Parents Who Decide Not To Vaccinate Their Children Should Understand the Risks
Click here to view and download a flyer for parents about the risks and responsibilities of choosing not to vaccinate.

Immunization Skills Institute Training Coming April 29!
Medical Assistants--don't miss this opportunity to learn Best Immunization Practices, Vaccine Storage and Handling procedures, and much more! Click here for information.

CDC H5N1 Health Advisory
CDC has issued an advisory to clinicians nationwide with interim guidelines on management of H5N1. Read the advisory here.

CDC H1N1 Health Alert
CDC is alerting clinicians nationwide about cases of severe influenza and recommendations to help prevent them. Read the full alert here.

Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization
Practices — United States, 2013–2014

Click this link to view and download information from CDC about influenza, vaccines and related topics for the 2013-2014 influenza season.

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.

CDC Influenza Vaccine Information Statements Available
The 2013-14 influenza VISs have been posted, and are dated July 26, 2013. There are separate VISs for the inactivated and the live, attenuated intranasal vaccines. The “inactivated” vaccine influenza VIS may be used for all non-live virus formulations (e.g., trivalent, quadrivalent, cell-culture, recombinant, intradermal, high-dose). Provider Guidelines for influenza vaccine VISs will be available soon.

Pertussis Booster Video PSA!
See it here.