FluLaval® Can Now Be Administered to Children 6 Months and Older

FluLaval Only Pediatric Flu Vaccine Available Through VFC: Now Can Be Administered to Children 6 Months and Older

On November 18, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration approved an extension of the age range of quadrivalent FluLaval IIV to include children 6 through 35 months of age. FluLaval was previously approved for people 3 years of age and older.  The vaccine will be supplied by VFC for this indication in multi-dose vials. The dosage approved for children 6 through 35 months of age is 0.5 mL – the same dosage as for people 3 years of age and older.

ACIP has not yet issued a recommendation regarding the use of FluLaval in children 6 through 35 months of age. However, clinicians are free to use this and other vaccines in a manner consistent with their FDA labeling.  More information about FluLaval® and the updated recommendation can be found on the GSK Website.

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VFAAR (Adult) Flu Vaccines Currently Available

The immunization program currently has two different VFAAR flu vaccines available for use.

VFAAR (adult) flu vaccines include:

Product Manufacturer Eligibility Type NDC # Packaging
Afluria® Seqirus 19+ years Inactivated, trivalent 33332-0016-01 10 pack single dose syringe
*Fluvirin® Seqirus 19+ years Inactivated, trivalent 70461-0119-10 5mL multi-dose vial, 10 dose vial

 

*Fluvirin® is available in very limited quantities.

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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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