Talking to Parents About HPV Vaccine: University of Kansas Cancer Center and Children’s Mercy
According to the annual vaccination report, only 33.3% of eligible adolescents received the CDC-recommended MenACWY booster vaccination to help protect against meningococcal meningitis, as compared to 81.3% of those teens who received the recommended first vaccination.
The second booster vaccination, recommended at 16 years of age, is important because data suggest that protection from the first dose wanes within 5 years in approximately half of immunized teens.
AAP Urges States to Eliminate All Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions for Child Care and School Attendance
AAP released its policy statement: Medical Versus Non-medical Immunization Exemptions for Child Care and School Attendance, along with a clinical report on countering vaccine hesitancy, outlining strategies and approaches that pediatricians can use with parents to help them make the decision to vaccinate their child.
Read the full news release 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
As part of the I Raise the Rates adult immunization project, several practice teams have created vaccination assessments and standing orders. The four listed below are courtesy of the St. Francis Medical Team in Trenton, feel free to adapt them for your own practice:
- Tdap – Assessment / Standing Order
- Pneumococcal for patients age 19-64 – Assessment / Standing Order
- Pneumococcal for patients age 65+ – Assessment / Standing Order
- Influenza – Assessment / Standing Order
CME Opportunity: Protect Your Patients through Safe Injection Practices
Earn 1 hour CME while discovering what you can do as a health care provider to ensure safe injections are administered to your patients; help identify pathogens associated with unsafe injection; and understand methods for preventing transmission through this CME-approved article, co-authored by David Abel, DO and Sindy M. Paul, MD, MPH.
CME Opportunity: HPV Cancer Prevention
CDC has added a new CME Video for healthcare professionals as part of the “You Are the Key to HPV Prevention” campaign. It provides up-to-date information on HPV infection, HPV vaccines, and ways to communicate with patients and parents about HPV vaccination.
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.
Recognizing low-rates of HPV vaccination as a serious public health threat, the 69 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers in the U.S. are urging parents and health care providers to protect the health of our children by encouraging completion of the 3-dose HPV vaccine series, and emphasizing the importance of a strong recommendation.
Low rates of pertussis infection in the 1990’s have given way to a dramatic spike in cases. In 2012, over 48,000 cases were reported, and 20 children died, most of whom were unimmunized infants. Larry Frenkel, MD explores the causes of the increased incidence in pertussis rates, and what should be done in his article The Problem with Pertussis.
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.