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News and Highlights (Adult Immunization)
Prevention of Hepatitis B Virus Infection in the United States: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
The 2018 statement incorporates guidance for vaccination and testing of people at occupational risk for hepatitis B virus exposure (such as healthcare providers), including persons vaccinated as infants or adolescents who now test negative for anti-HBs.
Sponsored through a grant from the NJ Department of Health, NJAFP has created a series of patient education videos designed to dispell the myths surrounding vaccines. These short videos are free to download and use in your waiting room or exam room. Learn more here!
The Adult Immunization Sourcebook, developed by the New Jersey Immunization Network, in partnership with the American College of Physicians, is now available electronically. The sourcebook has valuable information for health care providers and professionals on topics such as vaccine safety and administration, recommendation guidelines, and vaccines for special populations. You can view the sourcebook in its entirety by clicking HERE.
There are also opportunities for Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits. Click the links below to be taken directly to the PDFs.
- CME: Pertussis in Adults
- Additional Adult Immunization CME Opportunities
- CME: HPV Vaccination of Young People in their Late Teens and Early 20’s
NJIN was featured in the December 2015 issue of CDC’s Influential News for launching the ACP I Raise the Rates initiative during the Adult Immunization Summit in November. The initiative, which aims to increase adult vaccination rates in the state, was recognized as a National Influenza Vaccination Disparities Partnership (NIVDP) activity.
The New Jersey Dept. of Health has issued New Guidance for Clinicians caring for patients in the context of the meningococcal disease outbreak at Rutgers University – New Brunswick.
On November 4th the New Jersey Immunization Network (NJIN) and the American College of Physicians (ACP) hosted an Adult Immunization Summit at Princeton University. The Summit brought together leaders in healthcare, business, government, academia and medical research to discuss how increasing adult immunization rates can improve public health in New Jersey. The Summit featured nationally recognized presenters in the fields of vaccine-preventable disease, health economics, and health disparities.
During the Summit, the ACP launched its groundbreaking I Raise the Rates initiative, a quality improvement initiative to improve public health in New Jersey by encouraging appropriate immunization of adults by clinical providers.
Along with NJIN and the ACP, the following organizations participated in the Summit: The New Jersey Department of Health; Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School; Rutgers University School of Public Health; The New Jersey State Nurses Association; The New Jersey American Academy of Family Practice; The New Jersey Pharmacists Association; New Jersey Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology; New Jersey Forum of Advance Practice Nurses; New Jersey State Association of Occupational Health Nurses; and AARP.
To view the Summit agenda and links to each presentation, click HERE.
Immunizations are not just for children. Protection from some childhood vaccines can wear off over time. You may also be at risk for vaccine-preventable disease due to your job, lifestyle, travel, or health conditions. Every year thousands of adults in the U.S. still suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized, and even die due to diseases for which vaccines are available. Here are the vaccines you need as an adult. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention