School Immunization Requirements 2014-15
Pursuant to its public health authority under § 6-210 of the Philadelphia Health Code, the Philadelphia Board of Health has issued regulations requiring vaccination against infectious diseases for all children attending any K-12 school (public, parochial, private and charter) in the city.
Philly Leads in Adolescent Immunization
The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on July 25, 2014 reported the National Immunization Survey (NIS) for teens in 2013. The report shows Philadelphia has already met four of five of the U.S. Government’s 2020 Health People Objectives for adolescent immunization.
Philadelphia has the highest rate of HPV ≥1 (78%), HPV ≥2 (71%), and second-highest for HPV ≥3 (57%) immunization for adolescent females among the 62 areas surveyed by the CDC. For all three coverage measures, Philadelphia averages 20 percentage points higher than the U.S. average (see the charts below).
Click here to learn about how the Philadelphia Immunization Program is working to improve HPV immunization rates in the city.
Return VFC & VFAAR influenza vaccine
All VFC and VFAAR influenza vaccine supplied by the Philadelphia Immunization Program during the 2013-14 flu season will expire June 30, 2014. These doses should be reported to the Philadelphia Immunization Program by July 31, 2014 by submitting the “Wasted VFC/VFAAR Vaccine Return Form” and “Expired/Spoiled VFC/VFAAR Vaccine Return Form.”
2014 Program Enrollment
Immunization providers enrolling and re-enrolling in the VFC and/or VFAAR programs must complete the enrollment packet and KIDS Plus IIS User Security & Confidentiality Agreement by Friday, July 11, 2014. Providers who do not submit these documents by July 11 will be suspended from the VFC/VFAAR programs. Find all the information and documents below.
VFC 2014-15 Enrollment Packet – due July 11
VFAAR 2014-15 Enrollment Packet – due July 23 (KIDS Agreement still due July 11)
KIDS Plus IIS User Agreement – due July 11
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.