July/August 2018


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Vaccine News Alert

July/August 2018


FAMIS Plus is Medicaid for children. Children with FAMIS Plus are VFC-eligible. FAMIS is Virginia’s health insurance program for children. Children with FAMIS are insured and not VFC-eligible.

Flu Vaccine

It is time to return last year’s expired flu vaccine. Please notify the order center of any circumstances that should be considered for distribution planning for the upcoming flu season.

Flu Borrowing

For seasonal influenza vaccine, providers may use private-stock seasonal influenza vaccine to vaccinate VFC-eligible children if VFC seasonal influenza stock is not yet available. Those private stock doses used on VFC-eligible children can later be replaced when VFC stock becomes available. This one directional borrowing exception is unique to seasonal influenza vaccine.

CDC Webinar Series on "The Pink Book"

CDC is again presenting a 15-part webinar series to provide a chapter-by-chapter overview of the 13th edition of Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (also known as "The Pink Book"). This is a live series of weekly 1-hour webinars that will start June 6 and run through September 26. Recordings of sessions will be available online within 2 weeks after each webinar. All sessions begin at 12:00 a.m. (ET). Continuing education will be available for each event.

CE Credit

To receive continuing education for CDC’s You Call the Shots training follow the steps located here: https://tceols.cdc.gov/Home/Steps

Safe Removal of Fridge Tag 2L

Instructions to safely remove a Fridge Tag 2L from a PC can be found here: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/11/2018/05/RemoveFT2LSafely.pdf

Catch Up Job Aids

CDC recently developed several new job aids to help providers figure out exactly what is needed for children who are behind schedule with PCV13, Hib, DTaP, and/or Tdap vaccines. Although this information is available in the annual U.S. Catch-Up Immunization Schedule for Persons Aged 4 Months through 18 Years Who Start Late or Who Are More Than 1 Month Behind, the format of these resources makes it easier to determine what is needed (number of doses and timing) in a particular situation. The job aids are located here: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/catchup.html

Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B Vaccine Resource

Hep A outbreaks are occurring in multiple states across the U.S. increasing awareness of the importance of protection through Hep A vaccine. IAC recently revised its resource for healthcare professionals
titled Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B Vaccines: Be Sure Your Patients Get the Correct Dose. Changes were made to incorporate the recently licensed 2-dose Heplisav-B vaccine. http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2081.pdf

Hep B Supply

To ensure equitable access to hepatitis B vaccines, CDC is placing Recombivax HB and Engerix B under allocation. The recommendations for hepatitis B vaccination of infants have NOT changed. Providers should continue to follow the recommended schedule outlined in the Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents Aged 18 Years or Younger. Updates for vaccine supply (and sample schedules) are posted on the CDC Current Vaccine Shortages and Delays web page located here: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/clinical-resources/shortages.html

Tip: To expedite order approval, please indicate if you have no preference for Hep B on the order form until supply improves. If you indicate “no preference” we will substitute brands only if necessary. Orders may be reduced, but providers can re-order as necessary.


Adult Vaccine Update

Recombinant Zoster Vaccine Administration Errors

CDC published Notes from the Field: Vaccine Administration Errors Involving Recombinant Zoster Vaccine—United States, 2017–2018 in the May 25 issue of MMWR (pages 585–6). The complete article is located here: https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/67/wr/pdfs/mm6720a4-H.pdf

Gold Star Awards (April/May)

Outstanding VVFC Compliance
Carilion Family Medicine-Giles, Pearisburg
Fall Hill Pediatrics, Fredericksburg
Lewis Gale Clinic, Salem
Metropolitan Pediatrics, Arlington
Practice of Jacqueline Hoang, Springfield
Practice of Jocelyn Trent, Woodbridge
Richeson Drive Pediatrics, Lynchburg
Winchester Family Health Center, Winchester

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