Monthly Archives: October 2013

Flu Vaccine Protects a Pregnant Women, Her Unborn Baby and Her Newborn Baby

Shot of Prevention

This guest post was contributed by Melody Butler and originally appeared on the Nurses Who Vaccinate blog.  It has been edited and modified in length for inclusion in this Shot Of Prevention Friday Flu Shot series. 

Marie was a nurse, expecting her third child when the H1N1 scare arose.  At that time, her state was considering a mandate that would force all healthcare professionals to get the flu vaccine or face being fired.  Marie knew she couldn’t escape contact with the flu virus, since more than 60% of the patients her unit was seeing at that time consisted of people suffering with influenza.  Marie was concerned about protecting her unborn baby, but still somewhat reluctant to get the shot, so she addressed her concerns with her fellow employees, including the head of Infectious Disease and the Clinical Nurse Educators.  She wanted some assurance that receiving the flu vaccine while pregnant was safe.

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A 13 Minute DVD Increases HPV Vaccination

Can a strategy to increase HPV vaccination rates be as simple as a 13-minute DVD?

To increase HPV vaccination rates in their area, researchers from the University of Kentucky PRC developed a video called “1-2-3 Pap,” a 13-minute educational and motivational DVD that features women and health care providers from Appalachian Kentucky. To test the video, researchers recruited 344 young women in community settings such as local health departments, outdoor festivals, and shopping centers. All of the participants received the first dose of the vaccine at the time of enrollment. Half of the women then watched the DVD on individual laptops, and the other half received an informational pamphlet. All the participants then received phone call reminders to complete doses 2 and 3 of the vaccine series.

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View the latest CDC Immunization Update Webinar!

Improving the Health of Children and Adults through Vaccines: Updates and Recommendations for Clinicians
Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Vaccine Apps for your Phones!

Vaccine Education Center’s free mobile app for iPhones educates parents about vaccines

The Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has launched a free mobile app for iPhones. It is described in a short video by VEC Director Dr. Paul Offit. Titled Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know, the app offers parents information about vaccines, the diseases they prevent, and common vaccine safety concerns.

The VEC app is available for free download from the iTunes app store.

Related Link
• Access additional immunization-related apps on IAC’s Apps web page

Influenza Guidance

Influenza Guidance

Influenza Guidance

The 2013-2014 influenza vaccines include those that are trivalent (protects against 3 strains) and quadrivalent (protects against 4 strains). Both types of vaccine contain new strains from the previous season. Because of the new strains and the fact that immunity drops up to 50% 6-12 months after vaccination, influenza vaccine is recommended every year for all those over 6 months of age.

Please note the AAP Recommendations for Influenza Immunization of Children, 2013-14 will be released Sept 2, 2013 and published in the October issue of Pediatrics.

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Grandparents’ Corner

Image: Sounds of Pertussis Logo Bar

March of Dimes, Sanofi Pasteur Launch Grandparents’ Corner

The March of Dimes and Sanofi Pasteur are excited to announce the availability of Grandparents’ Corner, a new online resource from the Sounds of Pertussis® Campaign to help grandparents learn more about pertussis, also known as whooping cough, and the importance of adult tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination. Researchers found when it could be determined how an infant caught pertussis, family members — including grandparents — were responsible for spreading the disease in up to 80 percent of cases.1

“As grandparents, it’s our responsibility to carry on the legacy of our families, which means prioritizing their health and happiness,” said Dr. Arthur Kornhaber, a psychiatrist and expert in the area of Grandparent Communication. “The first step for grandparents to help protect their families from health risks like pertussis is to learn more themselves and speak with their children to ensure the entire family is educated on the topic. Families should then work together to make sure anyone who comes in contact with their newborn is up-to-date on their adult Tdap vaccination.”

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Back to School & Flu

Children blow their nosesAs kids go back to school this month, there is a higher risk of germs spreading among classmates and teachers.

With flu season just around the corner, have you taught your kids the right way to be a flu fighter? Is your classroom ready for flu season?

In addition to these everyday tips, the best way to fight the flu is to get the flu vaccine when it is available in your area. The flu vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age or older.

These tips aren’t just for kids. Every adult can do their part to help prevent the spread of germs and protect themselves from the flu.

With flu season coming up, we’ll be sending out more e-mails like this to provide you with the information you need this flu season. Follow us on Twitter (@FluGov) for the latest flu season information!

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