Principles and considerations for adding a vaccine to a national immunization programme: From decision to implementation and monitoring – WHO – April 2014

Posted on May 6, 2014. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: , |

Principles and considerations for adding a vaccine to a national immunization programme: From decision to implementation and monitoring – WHO – April 2014

ISBN: 978 92 4 150689 2

“This essential resource document reviews the principles and issues to be considered when making decisions about, planning, and implementing the introduction of a vaccine into a national immunization programme. Importantly, the document highlights ways to use the opportunity provided by the vaccine introduction to strengthen immunization and health systems. The comprehensive guidance also describes the latest references and tools related to vaccine decision-making, economic analyses, cold chain, integrated disease control and health promotion, vaccine safety, communications, monitoring, and more, and provides key URL links to many of these resources.”

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Myths and Realities About Immunisation Revealed in New Booklet – 26 May 2013

Posted on May 27, 2013. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: , , |

Myths and Realities About Immunisation Revealed in New Booklet – 26 May 2013

Immunisation Myths and Realities: responding to arguments against immunisation 5th edition

 

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Vaccine safety events: managing the communications response – WHO – April 2013

Posted on April 29, 2013. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: , , , , , |

Vaccine safety events: managing the communications response – WHO – April 2013

“Managing a country’s immunization programme requires in-depth knowledge of the technical side of vaccination. Increasingly, however, programme managers are also being asked to respond to communications issues caused by real or perceived vaccine-related events (VRE); issues for which they may not have been trained.

This manual provides practical, informative strategies and tools to help plan and manage a communications response following a VRE in a local community, at a national level, or beyond. By reading this manual, immunization programme managers will learn how to use communications strategies and tools to increase public trust and confidence in vaccines, and to minimize the negative impact of VREs.”

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Guide to tailoring immunization programmes (TIP) launched – WHO – 26 April 2013

Posted on April 29, 2013. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: , , , |

Guide to tailoring immunization programmes (TIP) launched – WHO – 26 April 2013

“The “Guide to tailoring immunization programmes (TIP)” aims to provide proven methods and tools to assist national immunization programmes (NIPs) design targeted strategies that increase uptake of infant and childhood vaccinations. The Guide provides tools to identify susceptible populations, determine barriers to vaccination and implement evidence-based interventions.

The strategies outlined in this Guide may be used at any time to maintain high coverage rates, but may be particularly valuable when pockets of low vaccination coverage or increased susceptibility to VPDs are identified. The Guide may be used independently by Member States or implemented in conjunction with technical support from the WHO Regional Office for Europe.”

Media release on TIP

TIP infographic

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Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children in 2011–12 – National Health Performance Authority – 11 April 2013

Posted on April 17, 2013. Filed under: Immunology and Allergy, Infectious Diseases | Tags: , , , |

Healthy Communities: Immunisation rates for children in 2011–12 – National Health Performance Authority – 11 April 2013

Media release: More than 70,000 Australian children are not fully immunised

Media backgrounder

 

 

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Childhood Immunization Schedule and Safety: Stakeholder Concerns, Scientific Evidence, and Future Studies – Institute of Medicine – 16 January 2013

Posted on January 17, 2013. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Infectious Diseases | Tags: , , , , |

Childhood Immunization Schedule and Safety: Stakeholder Concerns, Scientific Evidence, and Future Studies – Institute of Medicine – 16 January 2013

“Vaccines are among the most safe and effective public health interventions to prevent serious disease and death. Because of the success of vaccines, most Americans today have no firsthand experience with such devastating illnesses as polio or diphtheria. Health care providers who vaccinate young children follow a schedule prepared by the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Under the current schedule, children younger than six may receive as many as 24 immunizations by their second birthday. New vaccines undergo rigorous testing prior to receiving FDA approval; however, like all medicines and medical interventions, vaccines carry some risk.

Driven largely by concerns about potential side effects, there has been a shift in some parents’ attitudes toward the child immunization schedule. HHS asked the IOM to identify research approaches, methodologies, and study designs that could address questions about the safety of the current schedule.

This report is the most comprehensive examination of the immunization schedule to date. The IOM committee uncovered no evidence of major safety concerns associated with adherence to the childhood immunization schedule. Should signals arise that there may be need for investigation, however, the report offers a framework for conducting safety research using existing or new data collection systems.”

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The Science of Immunisation: questions and answers – Australian Academy of Science – 26 November 2012

Posted on November 27, 2012. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: , |

The Science of Immunisation: questions and answers – Australian Academy of Science – 26 November 2012

“Endorsed by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian Medical Association

This publication aims to address confusion created by contradictory information in the public domain. It sets out to explain the current situation in immunisation science, including where there is consensus in the scientific community and where uncertainties exist. The document is structured around six questions:

1.What is immunisation?
2.What is in a vaccine?
3.Who benefits from vaccines?
4.Are vaccines safe?
5.How are vaccines shown to be safe?
6.What does the future hold for vaccination?

The Science of Immunisation: Questions and Answers was prepared by a Working Group of eight members, co-chaired by Professors Tony Basten AO FAA FTSE and Ian Frazer AC FAA FRS FTSE. The document was also reviewed by an Oversight Committee chaired by Sir Gus Nossal AO CBE FAA FRS FTSE.”

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National Partnership Agreement on Essential Vaccines: Performance report for April 2010–March 2011 – COAG Reform Council – released 6 September 2011

Posted on September 6, 2011. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: , , |

National Partnership Agreement on Essential Vaccines: Performance report for April 2010–March 2011 – COAG Reform Council – released 6 September 2011

“This is the council’s second report on the National Partnership Agreement on Essential Vaccines. The council has assessed the performance of all States and Territories against four benchmarks based on maintaining, and, where possible, improving immunisation coverage rates.

This report was submitted to COAG on 10 August 2011, and publicly released on 6 September 2011.”

Executive summary –  PDF 108KB
Full report – PDF 498KB

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Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality – Institute of Medicine – report to be released 25 August 2011

Posted on August 24, 2011. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: , , , |

Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality – Institute of Medicine – to be released 25 August 2011

The Institute of Medicine will release the report Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality on Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 11:00 am EDT. Committee chair, Ellen Wright Clayton, and two members of the committee, S. Claiborne Johnston and Douglas Barrett, will host an audio webcast at 1:00 pm EDT on August 25th.

A link to the webcast will be available shortly before the 1:00 pm start at http://www.iom.edu/vaccineadverseeffects or http://www.nationalacademies.org . Listeners will be able to email questions to the committee during the audio webcast via a link on the same webpage.

The report and summary material will be available for free download at 11:00 am at http://www.iom.edu/vaccineadverseeffects .

Please use the registration link ( HERE). Registered participants will receive an email reminder 15 minutes prior to the start of the audio webcast on August 25th.

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Review of the management of adverse effects associated with Panvax and Fluvax: Final Report – 10 March 2011 – report released 26 May 2011

Posted on May 31, 2011. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: , , |

Review of the management of adverse effects associated with Panvax and Fluvax: Final Report – 10 March 2011 – report released 26 May 2011

Professor John Horvath

Print ISBN 978-1-74241-463-8
Online: 978-1-74241-464-5
Publications Number: D0371

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What Is the Impact of Workplace Policies to Promote Influenza Vaccination Among Health Care Personnel? – RAND – April 2011

Posted on April 21, 2011. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: |

What Is the Impact of Workplace Policies to Promote Influenza Vaccination Among Health Care Personnel? – RAND – April 2011
by Katherine M. Harris, Juergen Maurer, Carla Black, Gary Euler, Srikanth Kadiyala

Presents data from a national survey of health care personnel describing a range of employer efforts to promote influenza vaccination and their associations with vaccination rates during the 2009-2010 influenza season.

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New US Consumer-Focused Immunization Website – March 2011

Posted on April 1, 2011. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: |

HHS Launches New Consumer-Focused Immunization Website – 30 March 2011

A New Tool That Will Give Consumers More Information about Vaccines and Immunizations and Help Them Make Informed Decisions About Preventive Health

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today unveiled an innovative new website to help parents and other consumers learn about the most effective way to protect themselves and their children from infectious diseases and learn about immunization. Vaccines.gov brings together the best in federal resources on vaccine and immunizations to provide consumers with easy-to-understand health information specifically for their needs.

“Vaccines.gov puts the power of prevention at the fingertips of all Americans,” said Dr. Howard K. Koh, HHS Assistant Secretary for Health. “We urge everyone to visit this site and learn more about how vaccines can protect the health of each family member as well as the entire Nation.”

Vaccines.govis the first cross-government website devoted to providing consumer information about vaccines and immunization, combining content and expertise from agencies across the Department. It is the result of unprecedented collaboration among federal health and communications experts to offer online content about vaccine and immunization based on consumer needs.

The site includes content about vaccine recommendations, the diseases that vaccines prevent, important information for getting vaccinated, and tips on travel health. It also links consumers with resources in their states to learn about vaccine requirements for school or child care entry and local community information.

“This website will help ensure that Americans have accurate, Web-based information on immunizations,” said Dr. Bruce Gellin, director of the National Vaccine Program Office at HHS, which led the creation of Vaccines.gov. “It was developed with significant consumer input based on the public’s feedback and is remarkably easy to navigate. It is designed to answer consumers’ questions, educate them about diseases that vaccines prevent, and connect Americans with resources to keep themselves and their families healthy.”

In the coming year, Vaccines.gov will be expanded to include information from other government Departments, grow to include a Spanish version of the site, offer new content on vaccine recommendations and infectious disease outbreaks, and be continually tested to ensure Vaccines.gov addresses the needs and questions of consumers.”

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2009 Adult Vaccination Survey: summary results – AIHW – 3 March 2011

Posted on March 4, 2011. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: , |

2009 Adult Vaccination Survey: summary results – AIHW – 3 March 2011

“The 2009 Adult Vaccination Survey forms part of the evaluations of two vaccine programs for older Australia. The first is the National Influenza Vaccination Program for Older Australians, which commenced in 1999; and the second is the National Pneumococcal Vaccination Program for Older Australians which commenced on 1 January 2005.  The survey showed that in 2009, 74.6% (2.2 million) Australians aged 65 years or over were vaccinated against influenza. However, only 54.4% (1.6 million) older Australians were currently vaccinated against pneumococcal.”

ISBN 978-1-74249-124-0; Cat. no. PHE 135

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Seasonal Flu Vaccination: Why Don’t More Americans Get It? – RAND – February 2011

Posted on February 15, 2011. Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Influenza A(H1N1) / Swine Flu | Tags: , |

Seasonal Flu Vaccination: Why Don’t More Americans Get It? – RAND – February 2011

by Katherine M. Harris, Juergen Maurer, Lori Uscher-Pines, Arthur L. Kellermann, Nicole Lurie

“RAND researchers found that less than half of U.S. adults received flu vaccinations in 2010. Strategies to increase flu vaccination rates should include stronger efforts to address public skepticism and negative perceptions.”

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2010 Pandemic Vaccination Survey: summary results – AIHW – 10 September 2010

Posted on September 10, 2010. Filed under: Infectious Diseases | Tags: , , |

2010 Pandemic Vaccination Survey: summary results – AIHW – 10 September 2010

“This report presents results from the 2010 Pandemic Vaccination Survey conducted in January and February 2010 by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. The report provides estimates of swine flu vaccination uptake by Australians, along with the motivation for, and barriers to, vaccination. The survey showed that the swine flu vaccine uptake as of February 2010 was estimated at 18.1% (or about 3.9 million people). Some of the reasons why people wanted to get vaccinated include the seriousness of swine flu (24.7%), doctor’s advice (16.8%), employment-related reasons (13.7%) and being in an ‘at risk’ group (10.9%).”

Authored by AIHW.

Published 10 September 2010; ISBN-13 978-1-74249-056-4; AIHW cat. no. PHE 128; 44pp

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Learning the lessons from the H1N1 vaccination campaign for Health Care Workers – UK – 1 July 2010

Posted on July 8, 2010. Filed under: Influenza A(H1N1) / Swine Flu | Tags: |

Learning the lessons from the H1N1 vaccination campaign for Health Care Workers – UK – 1 July 2010

Document type: Report
Author: Department of Health
Pages: 31

This report provides the NHS and social care sector with information on lessons learnt from the H1N1 health and social care worker vaccination programme.

Download Learning the lessons from the H1N1 vaccination campaign for Health Care Workers (PDF, 207K)

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TGA approves Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza vaccine for use in children aged from 6 months of age – 3 December 2009

Posted on December 3, 2009. Filed under: Influenza A(H1N1) / Swine Flu | Tags: , , , |

TGA approves Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza vaccine for use in children aged from 6 months of age
3 December 2009

“Australia’s medicines regulator, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), has today approved the use of Panvax® H1N1 influenza vaccine to include children aged from 6 months of age.

In addition, the TGA has also approved Panvax H1N1 Junior® influenza vaccine specifically for use in children aged from 6 months up to 3 years of age.

The TGA approved the use of Panvax® H1N1 influenza vaccine in children, and Panvax H1N1 Junior®, following analysis of paediatric clinical trial data.

The TGA approved Panvax® H1N1 influenza vaccine on 18 September 2009 for use in adults and children over 10 years of age.

Panvax® H1N1 influenza vaccine and Panvax H1N1 Junior® are manufactured by the Australian company, CSL Limited, using the same processes as those used to manufacture seasonal influenza vaccines.

Information on the vaccination dosage and planned roll-out of the vaccine programme can be found at http://www.healthemergency.gov.au.

Healthcare practitioners and consumers are encouraged to report any side effects by telephoning 18 02 007 or by using the online reporting form available from the TGA website at http://www.tga.gov.au/problem/panvaxh1n1.htm.

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Providing a Safer Environment for Health Care Personnel and Patients through Influenza Vaccination: Strategies from Research and Practice – US The Joint Commission – 22 July 2009

Posted on August 19, 2009. Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Influenza A(H1N1) / Swine Flu | Tags: , |

Providing a Safer Environment for Health Care Personnel and Patients through Influenza Vaccination: Strategies from Research and Practice – US The Joint Commission – 22 July 2009

“The Joint Commission is releasing “Providing a Safer Environment for Health Care Personnel and Patients through Influenza Vaccination:  Strategies from Research and Practice,” a free monograph, to help health care organizations of all types improve seasonal influenza vaccination rates in health care personnel.  The monograph:

  • Highlights strategies submitted from health care organizations through the Strategies for Implementing Successful Influenza Immunization Programs for Health Care Personnel Project, a collaboration with leading infection prevention and control professional organizations.
  • Provides an overview of evidence-based guidelines, published research studies, legislative and regulatory efforts, and accreditation considerations related to improving seasonal influenza vaccination rates in health care personnel.

The Joint Commission’s Division of Quality Measurement and Research authored the monograph in collaboration with the following organizations:

  • The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
  • The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America

The monograph was supported in part by an unrestricted educational grant provided by sanofi pasteur and can be downloaded at no charge. (The monograph is only available by download.)”

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Pandemic vaccine priority for most at risk – UK – 13 August 2009

Posted on August 14, 2009. Filed under: Infectious Diseases, Influenza A(H1N1) / Swine Flu | Tags: , , |

Pandemic vaccine priority for most at risk
13 August 2009 17:25
UK  Department of Health   (National)

“More than 11 million people in England will be targeted first

The priority groups who will be first in line for vaccination against swine flu will include pregnant women, frontline health and social care workers, and everyone in at-risk groups aged over six months, Health Secretary Andy Burnham announced today.

This follows advice from independent experts on who should be first in line for vaccination.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation reviewed the evidence and advised the Department of Health on the crucial risk groups to be offered vaccination in order to reduce the rate or possibility of serious illness.

This advice was also scrutinised and endorsed by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).”

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