Vaccine Orders during the Holiday Season

Due to limited shipping availability by our distribution center, orders received after December 13th noon may not be shipped out until January 2017. You will still be able to submit orders for approval.

Please contact the VFC or VFAAR program if you need assistance.

Provider Education Coordinators – Jillian Brown and Mohan Nagaraja

DPHProviderhelp@phila.gov; 215-685-6872 or 215-685-6490

VFC Coordinator – Shumethia Seal

Shumethia.Seal@phila.gov; 215-685-6424

VFAAR Coordinator – Joani Schmeling

Joani.Schmeling@phila.gov; 215-685-6837

 

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ACIP Approves 2-Dose HPV Immunization

Two-Dose HPV Immunization Approved for Adolescents 11-14 Years of Age

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that 11 through 14 year olds receive two doses of HPV vaccine at least six months apart rather than the previously recommended three doses.

Young adults aged 15 through 26 years will continue to need three doses of HPV vaccine.

For more information read the CDC’s press release: http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p1020-hpv-shots.html

 

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Hiberix® Approved as a 3-dose Primary Vaccine

Effective immediately Hiberix® (Haemophilus influenza type b vaccine) is now available through the Philadelphia Vaccines For Children (VFC) Program.

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Hiberix® for a 3-dose infant primary vaccination series at ages 2, 4, and 6 months. A single booster dose should be administered to children 15 through 18 months of age.

More information about Hiberix® and the updated recommendation can be found on the Vaccine Information Statement and the MMWR.

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Changes to KIDS Plus IIS

There have been a number of changes to the KIDS Plus IIS site. These are changes to the style, not the function, of the IIS to make it more user friendly. Below are descriptions and images of the changes that have been made. A video demonstrating these changes can be found at: https://youtu.be/5rlMYFaD7Zo

KIDS Plus IIS will now send automatic emails when you update your account’s information. These changes include: approval or rejection of Order and Returns, Suspensions and messages from VFC & VFAAR staff. Please add WebIZDevEmail@envisiontechnology.com to your email address book. We recommend updating your email addresses to one that you check continuously and to ensure emails from the health department do not get flagged as spam.

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VFAAR Flu Vaccine for 2016-17

Flu vaccine for 2016-17 is now available to order for Philadelphia VFAAR providers

  1. Fax in temperature logs since your last order to 215-238-6939
  2. Log onto KIDS Plus IIS at http://kids.phila.gov/
  3. Complete an initial reconciliation for flu (subsequent flu orders will only require a reconciliation completed within 60 days of your flu order)
  4. Check the “Will this be an influenza order?” box on the vaccine order page
  5. Order only what your site needs for a 4 to 6 week period
  6. Order only what you can store in your refrigerator
  7. Check the status of your order 2 business days later in KIDS Plus IIS to see if your order has been processed
  8. Check the “VFAAR Program Comments” section of your order screen to receive any notes regarding your order entry

The Immunization Program will make every effort to fulfill your complete flu vaccine request; however, in the event that flu product is available in limited quantity, the Immunization Program will reduce your order and notify you via the KIDS Plus IIS comment box.

Continue ordering flu vaccine throughout the season as needed. Keep vaccinating until product expires. Only use VFAAR vaccine to vaccinate VFAAR eligible patients.

Flu vaccine may typically arrive separately from other vaccines even if flu and non-flu vaccines are ordered at the same time. The day you receive your flu order, log into the KIDS Plus IIS Registry and electronically receive the doses via the Pending VTrckS Shipment link from your On-Hand page. If you receive a vaccine shipment with an out-of-range temperature monitoring reading, please contact the Immunization Program immediately: Christine Wilson at 215-685-6728.

The latest VISs can be found on http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/index.html

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Ordering with Paper Forms

Paper forms are only available for VFAAR sites who have not been trained to order on KIDS Plus IIS.

  1. Fax temperature and inventory logs to 215-238-6939
  2. Order only what your site needs for a 4 to 6 week period
  3. Order only what you can store in your refrigerator
  4. If you do not receive your order within 7 days contact the VFAAR Program at 215-685-6837

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Healthy People 2020 Immunization Coverage Awards

The Philadelphia Immunization Program received two Healthy People 2020 Immunization Coverage Awards from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Adolescents Aged 13-17 Years
  • Influenza Vaccination Among Children

Congratulations Philadelphia immunization providers for all your great work in achieving high coverage rates.