July/August 2021

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During the 2020 General Assembly session, legislators voted to amend the Code of Virginia to require the Hepatitis A, Meningitis, HPV-Gardasil and Rotavirus vaccines to align with the childhood immunization schedule. The requirements, effective July 1 2021, can be found here: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/immunization/requirements/

Flu Vaccine is Available

Contact Susan Kocen about which brands are available now. (susan.kocen@vdh.virginia.gov)

The Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)

Many VISs have been updated in 2021. DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis), Hib (Haemophilus Influenza type b), HPV (Human Papillomavirus), Influenza (Live and Inactivated), MMR (Measles/Mumps/Rubella), MMRV (Measles/Mumps/Rubella & Varicella), MCV (Meningococcal ACWY), Men B (Meningococcal B), PCV 13, (Pneumococcal Conjugate), IPV (Polio),Td (Tetanus and Diphtheria), Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis), and Varicella (Chickenpox). You are encouraged to begin using the new VISs immediately, VISs can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/current-vis.html?deliveryName=USCDC_11_1-DM24705

Vaccine Ordering Guidance

Enrolled providers may order vaccine as often as necessary. If your last order and inventory were entered within 14 days, CDC’s ordering system does not require new inventories. CDC recommends that providers place orders when they have a four-week supply of vaccine to
ensure sufficient vaccine stock and allow for any
potential delays. Contact your VFC consultant or the order center for assistance.

Temperature Excursions and Stability Guidance

GSK, Sanofi Pasteur, and Pfizer have electronic, self-service tools to determine if data support the stability of vaccine at the temperature and excursion time provided by healthcare professionals. The tools provide letters containing the temperature stability information required by the order center for all temperature excursions.
The GSK website for the stability tool is located here: https://www.gskusmedicalaffairs.com/
The Sanofi U.S. Medical Information website located here: https://www.sanofiusmedicalinformation.com/
The Pfizer Medical Information website is located here:
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Dec 2020 to June 2021

Exceptional Immunization Rates
Virginia Hospital Center Peds., Arlington

Outstanding VVFC Compliance
Chesapeake Pediatrics Great Bridge, Chesapeake
Chesapeake Pediatrics, Oakbrooke, Chesapeake
Children’s Clinic, Newport News
Children’s Clinic Port Warwick, Newport News
Children’s Health Assoc. Tidewater, Chesapeake
CMG Pediatric Partners of Hampton Rds., Chesapeake
CMG Pediatric Specialists Kempsville, Norfolk
General Academic Pediatrics, Norfolk
Leesburgh Sterling Fam Practice, Dulles
Leesburgh Sterling Fam Practice, Lansdowne
Leesburgh Sterling Fam Practice, Leesburg
Leesburgh Sterling Fam Practice, Broadlands
Leesburgh Sterling Fam Practice, Purcellville
New Horizon Pediatrics, Reston
Olde Towne Medical Center, Williamsburg
Pediatrics & Newborn Care, Lansdowne
Piedmont Pediatrics, Warrenton
Portsmouth Pediatrics, Portsmouth
Practice of Dr. Rodriguez, Alexandria
Pratt Medical Group, Fredericksburg
Renaissance Pediatrics, Chesapeake
Seven Corners Pediatrics, Falls Church
Tidewater Children’s Assoc., Chesapeake
Tidewater Children’s Assoc., Norfolk
UVA Pediatrics Culpeper, Culpeper
Valley Pediatric Group @ Staunton, Verona

Adult Vaccine Update

The FDA approved Prevnar 20, Pfizer’s Pneumococcal 20-valent Conjugate Vaccine for ages 18 years or older. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is expected to meet in October to discuss and update recommendations on the safe and appropriate use of pneumococcal vaccines in adults. The seven additional serotypes in PCV20 account for approximately 40 percent of all pneumococcal disease cases and deaths in the U.S.

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