Immunization Program Updates
This health advisory contains important updates:
- HPV CME Credit Opportunity
- HPV Immunization Provider Toolkit
- Pentacel® is Now Available
- Updated Return Vaccine Flowchart and Forms
VFC/VFAAR Vaccine Return Policy Changes
The Philadelphia Vaccines for Children (VFC)/ Vaccines For Adults At Risk (VFAAR) “Short-Dated” Vaccine Policy is changing. If you currently have short-dated vaccine in your unit or if you have recently submitted a short-dated form and the vaccine has not been picked up, please follow this new policy.
New Policy, Effective Immediately:
- Do not submit the “Short-Dated/Returns” form to the VFC/VFAAR program when vaccine is 60-90 days from expiration. This form will no longer be used.
- PDPH will not pick up short-dated or expired vaccines from provider offices.
- Follow the guidelines in the March 17, 2014 Health Advisory and in the flowchart for reporting and returning expired, spoiled and wasted vaccine.
2014 Immunization Program Updates
This advisory contains information on:
- Updated 2014 Immunization Schedule
- HPV Project Reminder/Recall
- Short-Dated Vaccine Policy Changes
- Storage and Handling Updates: Data Loggers; Dual Units; Policy Changes
- Twice Annual AFIX Assessments
- New VFC/VFAAR and KIDS Enrollment Forms Due June 2014
- Screen for Insurance at Every Immunization Visit
- New Immunization Program Manual
VFC FluMist is no longer available
FluMist® quadrivalent vaccine is no longer available through the Philadelphia VFC Program. When ordering VFC influenza vaccine, please select Fluzone® trivalent multidose vials and/or Fluzone® pre-filled syringes (0.25mL).
HPV Immunization Project
To ensure that Philadelphia teens are fully protected from HPV and its complications, the Philadelphia Immunization Program will launch an HPV immunization campaign during 2014. The HPV immunization project is comprised of three main components (listed in the health advisory below), aimed to improve immunization rates.
VFAAR Program HPV Change of Policy
All VFAAR sites authorized to administer HPV vaccine: Only uninsured patients age 19 through 21 years can be immunized with VFAAR Program-funded HPV vaccine. For all other patients, privately purchased HPV vaccine must be administered to initiate and complete the three dose HPV vaccine series.