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Immunization - Vaccine Updates

(Last updated 10/11/2017)

IAC develops "Don’t Be Guilty of These Preventable Errors in Vaccine Administration," a new resource for healthcare professionals

IAC has developed Don’t Be Guilty of These Preventable Errors in Vaccine Administration, a 4-page print resource describing common but preventable errors made in vaccine administration. This resource also provides information about what to do when errors are made and links to resources that will help prevent errors in the future.

This new resource is a companion piece to IAC's Don't Be Guilty of these Preventable Errors in Vaccine Storage and Handling!  


CDC publishes ACIP 2017–18 influenza vaccination recommendations

CDC published Prevention and Control of Seasonal Influenza with Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices—United States, 2017–18 Influenza Season" in the August 25 MMWR Recommendations and Reports. The first three paragraphs of the Summary section are reprinted below.

This report updates the 2016–17 recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) regarding the use of seasonal influenza vaccines (MMWR Recomm Rep 2016;65[No. RR-5]). Routine annual influenza vaccination is recommended for all persons aged ≥6 months who do not have contraindications. A licensed, recommended, and age-appropriate vaccine should be used.

For the 2017–18 season, quadrivalent and trivalent influenza vaccines will be available. Inactivated influenza vaccines (IIVs) will be available in trivalent (IIV3) and quadrivalent (IIV4) formulations. Recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV) will be available in trivalent (RIV3) and quadrivalent (RIV4) formulations. Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV4) is not recommended for use during the 2017–18 season due to concerns about its effectiveness against (H1N1)pdm09 viruses during the 2013–14 and 2015–16 seasons. Recommendations for different vaccine types and specific populations are discussed. No preferential recommendation is made for one influenza vaccine product over another for persons for whom more than one licensed, recommended product is available.

Updates to the recommendations described in this report reflect discussions during public meetings of ACIP held on October 20, 2016; February 22, 2017; and June 21, 2017. New and updated information in this report includes the following:

Read the full report here. 


IAC revises "Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Vaccines for Children and Teens" and "Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Vaccines for Adults"

IAC recently revised the following two screening checklists:

The changes to the screening checklist for contraindications to vaccines for children and teens were: 1) to incorporate a history of thrombocytopenia or thrombocytopenia purpura as an additional precaution to MMR/MMRV vaccines and 2) to modify the T-lymphocyte criteria for HIV-infected children and receipt of varicella vaccine from counts to percentage at the 6th birthday (The checklist previously read "at the 8th birthday.")

A change to the screening checklist for contraindications to vaccines for adults was made to incorporate a history of thrombocytopenia or thrombocytopenia purpura as an additional precaution to administering MMR/MMRV vaccines.


CDC Confirms that the Influenza VISs Will Remain the Same for the 2016–17 Influenza Season

CDC Confirms that the Influenza VISs Will Remain the Same for the 2016–17 Influenza Season 
CDC has confirmed that the influenza Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) will remain the same for the 2016–2017 influenza season. Healthcare providers do not need to wait for new publications of influenza VISs as they have in previous years.

The content in the existing influenza VISs was designed to remain valid for multiple years. Even with changes to the 2016–2017 influenza recommendations (for example, regarding egg allergy or LAIV use), the current VISs are still accurate. You can access all influenza VISs, including translations, from IAC's website at www.immunize.org/vis


IAC's screening checklists for vaccines have been updated

Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) recently updated the following checklists for vaccine contraindications.

  1. Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Inactivated Injectable Influenza Vaccination
  2. Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Live Attenuated Intranasal Influenza Vaccination 
  3. Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Vaccines for Adults
  4. Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Vaccines for Children and Teens

Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Resources for Health Professionals

The most current information for health care professionals regarding influenza vaccine recommendations (including persons with egg allergy), vaccine supply, and recommendations for using antiviral agents for influenza can be found on the CDC website at www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/vaccination/index/htm.


CDC publishes updated ACIP recommendations regarding the intervals between PCV13 and PPSV23 vaccines for use in immunocompetent adults age 65 years and older

In the September 4 issue of MMWR (pages 944–947), CDC published Intervals Between PCV13 and PPSV23 Vaccines: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)

On June 25, 2015, ACIP changed the recommended interval between PCV13 followed by PPSV23 (PCV13–PPSV23 sequence) from 6–12 months to ≥1 year for immunocompetent adults aged ≥65 years. Recommended intervals for all other age and risk groups remain unchanged. The report outlines the rationale for this change and summarizes the evidence considered by ACIP to make this recommendation. The "Summary" section is reprinted below in its entirety.

Summary: What is currently recommended?
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) currently recommends that both 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) and 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) be given to all immunocompetent adults aged ≥65 years. ACIP recommends that PCV13 be given first followed by PPSV23 6–12 months later. ACIP also recommends that adults aged ≥65 years who already received a dose of PPSV23, should also receive a dose of PCV13 ≥1 year after the dose of PPSV23. Among persons aged ≥2 years with medical indications to receive both PCV13 and PPSV23 in a series, including adults aged ≥65 years with immunocompromising conditions, functional or anatomic asplenia, cochlear implants, or cerebrospinal fluid leaks, a dose of PPSV23 should be given ≥8 weeks after a dose of PCV13. 

Why are the recommendations being modified now?
To simplify the recommendations for PCV13 and PPSV23 use among immunocompetent adults aged ≥65 years, ACIP recommended harmonization of recommended intervals between PCV13 and PPSV23 regardless of the order in which the two vaccines are given. 

What are the new recommendations?

ACIP recommends that both PCV13 and PPSV23 be given in series to adults aged ≥65 years. A dose of PCV13 should be given first followed by a dose of PPSV23 at least 1 year later to immunocompetent adults aged ≥65 years. The two vaccines should not be co-administered. If a dose of PPSV23 is inadvertently given earlier than the recommended interval, the dose need not be repeated.

Read the full-text article to access the complete recommendations; a PDF version of the entire issue is also available. 


CDC Releases Updated Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit Along with Additional New Resources

ICDC's Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit web page for healthcare professionals now contains a link to the newly updated and redesigned Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit PDF guide for 2016. The new Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit reflects best practices for vaccine storage and handling from Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations, product information from vaccine manufacturers, and scientific studies.

The 2016 Vaccine Storage and Handling Toolkit reflects an adjustment in CDC’s guidance on the Fahrenheit temperature range for storing refrigerated vaccines. The new recommended Fahrenheit temperature range is 36°F–46°F (previously 35°F–46°F). The Celsius temperature range (2°C–8°C) remains unchanged, as stated in all manufacturer package inserts for routinely recommended vaccines. CDC has published a question and answer document titled Adjustment to CDC’s Recommended Fahrenheit Temperature Range for Refrigerated Vaccine Storage that explains the rationale behind this decision and practical information on implementing this new standard.

The 2016 Toolkit has a new design to help healthcare providers find the information they need quickly and easily. The beginning chapters address the three main elements of an effective cold chain: a well-trained staff, reliable storage and temperature monitoring equipment, and accurate vaccine inventory management. The remaining chapters focus on emergency management of vaccine and developing standard operating procedures for routine and emergency storage and handling.

Related Links


Draft Immunization Protocols

OPA annually drafts immunization protocols in compliance with the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy’s rules.  Updated protocols for 2017 are now available. Use the following link to purchase the protocol package: Immunization Protocol Package form


HealthMap Vaccine Finder

HealthMap Vaccine Finder (http://flushot.healthmap.org) is a free, online service where users can search for locations offering flu vaccines, as well as other adult vaccines. This service partners with clinics, pharmacies, and health departments to provide accurate and up-to-date information about receiving the flu vaccine. 

In 2012, Google passed the baton to HealthMap when it retired Google Flu Vaccine Finder. If you previously provided data to Google Flu Vaccine Finder and would like to still be included in the list of vaccine providers, you will need to register and upload your location data to HealthMap.


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