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In the Spotlight
NACCHO invites Eligible LHDs to Apply for Funds to Improve HPV Vaccination Rates in Their Communities
NACCHO recently released an RFA to solicit applications from eligible LHDs to participate in a demonstration project to increase the capacity of selected LHDs to work with healthcare providers and other key stakeholders in their communities to increase HPV vaccination rates. See the RFA here. An informational webinar will be held November 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM ET and applications are due December 19, 2014 at 5:00 PM ET. To register for the informational webinar, click here. Please e-mail any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NACCHO’s Billing For Clinical Services Toolkit
NACCHO was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a toolkit with resources, templates, and tools for local health departments to use and develop capacity to bill third party payers for immunization, STD, TB and HIV services. More than 200 resources have currently been collected from state billing guides, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, state health departments, local health departments, insurance companies, and vendors of products such as electronic medical records and billing clearinghouses.
The Billing for Clinical Services Toolkit provides information to local health departments that are interested in starting the process to bill public and private sector payers for immunization and other clinical services. This toolkit also provides information:
Adult Immunization Resources
Here are a few resources that will help LHDs implement adult immunization activities:
Standards for Adult Immunization Practice
Public Health Reports published the Recommendations from the National Vaccine Advisory Committee: Standards for Adult Immunization Practice. These standards acknowledge the current low levels of vaccine coverage among adults and the role that public health departments and other healthcare providers have in ensuring that their patients are up-to-date on recommended vaccines. The Standards are available here.
NACCHO published the issue brief National Vaccine Advisory Committee 2013 Update of the Standards for Adult Immunization Practice and Implications for Local Health Departments to discuss the public health standards and how they will affect LHDs.
Seasonal Influenza News
2013-2014 Influenza Vaccines
The World Health Organization and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) have announced their recommendations for the vaccine viruses to be included in the 2013-2014 influenza vaccines. The recommendations again include a fourth vaccine virus component as an option for manufacturers that choose to produce a quadrivalent vaccine.The recommended vaccine virus for the influenza A H1N1 component remains the same. The recommended A(H3N2) and B components have been updated. These are:
Visit www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/vaccination/virusqa.htm for information about the process used to select the vaccine viruses for the seasonal flu vaccine.
Live Tracking Influenza Vaccination Map from HHS
This mapping tool is a resource for researchers, providers, LHDs, and healthcare workers to track influenza vaccination claims rates of Medicare beneficiaries in real-time. It includes information for every county and Zip code in the United States. This tool was developed by the HHS's National Vaccine Program Office.
What's New in Immunizations
Economic Evaluation of the Routine Childhood Immunization Program in the United Stated, 2009
A new CDC study published in the March 2014 edition of the journal "Pediatrics" shows that childhood immunization saves lives and money.
VaxiTrends Social and Attitudinal Barometers Presentation
The Silver Book: Infectious Diseases and Prevention Through Vaccination
CDC Launches New Vaccine Resources
IOM Report, Childhood Vaccination Schedule Found To Be Safe
Study on State Law, Influenza Vaccination & Healthcare Personnel: Update
Joint Commission and Healthcare Worker Vaccination Against Influenza
Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents
Adult Hepatitis B Immunization Toolkit Now Available
Immunization News and Journal Articles
Here is relevant and timely news and journal articles on immunization: