Call Us:  +1.4048815020

Educating Physicians
​In their Communities

Immunization News

June 2017

Registration for the ACIP meeting of June 21-22, 2017


In order to attend the ACIP meeting at CDC's Clifton Road campus, ACIP attendees (participants and visi-tors) must register online. The week prior to the meeting you will receive a placard for your vehicle (parking tag) and instructions for navigating the secure CDC environment to attend the ACIP meeting.

Listening to meeting via phone only: Toll Free: 1-877-925-7916 Passcode: 4080878459
https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/meetings/register.html



MAY 2017


                                                                  May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

The month of May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day. During May, the campaign aims to shed light on this hidden epidemic by raising awareness of viral hepatitis and encouraging priority populations to get tested. Pediatric providers are encouraged to check immunization records of children and adolescents for proof of hepatitis A and B vaccinations, vaccinate those with no documented history, and screen high-risk children for hepatitis B and C infection.

Read more here in the May edition of EPIC Insider Newsletter.​




APRIL 2017


National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 22 - April 29, 2017


The AAP participates in several immunization campaigns a year, including National Infant Immunization Week, National Influenza Vaccination Week, National Immunization Awareness Month, and the Preteen Vaccine Campaign. See below for campaign or project updates, logos, posters, parent handouts, and more. The resources below are for offices to participate in the campaigns as they see fit.

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 22 - April 29, 2017. NIIW celebrates the successes of immunization programs around the country and highlights the importance of immunizing. Since 1994, NIIW has served as a call to action for parents, caregivers, and healthcare providers to ensure that infants are fully immunized against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases, including influenza​




                                                        MARCH 2017

                                                                   Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week
                                                                                        March 13-17, 2017


The purpose of Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week is to help raise awareness and encourage preteens to make smart, healthy choices including defending themselves against vaccine-preventable diseases. Georgia’s preteens include more than 351,500 boys and girls between 10 and 14 years of age.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC currently recommends that 11 and 12-year-olds receive:
• Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
• Human Papillomavirus (HPV) – see below for new HPV recommendation
• Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MenACWY)
• Influenza (flu)


Some preteens may also need to catch up on other immunizations, including chickenpox, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and hepatitis B


Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week Campaign Toolkit
Check out our EPIC Insider newsletter for more information: http://www.gaepic.org/newsletters.html



                                                       FEBRUARY 2017

A 2017 Supplement to the 13th Edition of the Pink Book is now available. The supplement reflects the latest ACIP recommendations since the latest publication of the Pink Book in 2015. The Pink Book supplement is a resource intended for immunization providers, and includes supplementary immunization information on human papillomavirus vaccine, meningococcal vaccines, and pneu-mococcal vaccines.

Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/pinkbook/index.html to view and/or download your copy. The 13th edition of the textbook, Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, or the Pink Book, is available for purchase. Published by CDC, NCIRD, and the Public Health Foundation (PHF), the Pink Book provides health care professionals with the most comprehensive information available on vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases.




JANUARY 2017

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Visit NCCC to learn more. Get involved and make a difference!

Learn more: http://ow.ly/MdJb30760xc

DECEMBER 2016


CDC now recommends 11 to 12 year olds get two doses of HPV vaccine—rather than the previously recommended three doses—to protect against cancers caused by HPV. The second dose should be given 6-12 months after the first dose. For more information on the updated recommendations, read the press release: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p1020-hpv-shots.html



AUGUST 2016


                                                              August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)

National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them. Communities have continued to use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases.
The National Public Health Information Coalition in collaboration with CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, developed communication toolkits to help you communicate about vaccines for various audiences. 
Each week of #NIAM16 focuses on a different stage of the lifespan:

·Adults (Aug. 1-7)
Pregnant women (Aug. 8-14)
Babies and young children (Aug. 15-21)
Preteens and teens (Aug. 22-28)

Healthcare Professionals are key to raising awareness about the importance of vaccination. NIAM is great opportunity to remind your audiences about the benefits of immunization and the safety of vaccines. Next month, show your support and spread the word about the importance of vaccines for people of all ages.



June 2016


Mark Your Calendars:
Pediatrics by the Sea
Summer CME Conference
June 8-11, 2016
The Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island, FL

ACIP Meeting
June 22-23, 2016
Atlanta, GA



May 2016

                                                        

                                                              May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

The month of May is designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States, and May 19th is Hepatitis Testing Day. During May, the campaign aims to shed light on this hidden epidemic by raising awareness of viral hepatitis and encouraging priority populations to get tested. Pediatric providers are encouraged to check immunization records of children and adolescents for proof of hepatitis A and B vaccinations, vaccinate those with no documented history, and screen high-risk children for hepatitis B and C infection.

Read more here in the May edition of EPIC Insider Newsletter.


April 2016


National Infant Immunization Week

                                                                                      NIIW 2016 is April 16-23, 2016​

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities.

Since 1994, NIIW has served as a call to action for parents, caregivers,  and healthcare providers to ensure that infants are fully immunized against 14 vaccine-preventable diseases, including influenza. 


The link below from the AAP has resources for campaign or project updates, logos, posters, parent handouts, and more. 

https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/immunization/Pages/campaigns.aspx



March 2016

                                                                    Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week

March 13-19, 2016

The purpose of Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week is to help raise awareness and encourage preteens to make smart, healthy choices including defending themselves against vaccine-preventable diseases. It is very important for health care providers treating adolescents to take advantage of every contact and office visit. No matter the reason for the office visit (e.g., acute care, chronic illness, camp or sports physicals, or any other visit type), each should become an opportunity to review an adolescent’s vaccination status and provide needed immunizations. 

It is also an opportunity to raise awareness regarding Georgia’s vaccine requirements for incoming seventh-grade students. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC currently recommends the following vaccines for preteens and teens:

Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap)
Influenza (flu)
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) - three doses
Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MenACWY)

Click here for 2016 PreTeen Vaccination Awareness Week Campaign Toolkit



February 2016

Georgia AAP & Georgia Department of Public Health Team up to fight HPV related cancers
Please click here to see the letter signed by Evelyn Johnson, MD, FAAP, President of the Georgia Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics along with Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, DPH Commissioner.




 January 2016


January is Cervical Awareness Month


All women are at risk for cervical cancer. Each year approximately 12,000 women in the U.S. get cervical CA. 4,000 women die from cervical cancer in the U.S. each year. The main cause of cervical cancer is Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Many people with HPV don’t know they are infected. Vaccines are available to protect against the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers.

It is recommended that boys and girls should get all three doses of HPV vaccine when they are 11 or 12 years old. If a teen or young adult (through age 26) has not started or finished the series of three HPV vaccine shots, it’s not too late!

Please visit this CDC site for more information on Cervical Awareness and protection with the HPV vaccine. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/dcpc/resources/features/cervicalcancer/

Please visit our HPV Awareness page for more information and resources: Click here

Check out the EPIC Insider Newsletter - January 2016 for more articles.