It’s National Infant Immunization Week!

April 23 through 28 is National Infant Immunization Week.

Healthcare professionals like you are on the front lines of the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases: research shows that parents trust healthcare professionals as a source of immunization information, and they make vaccine decisions before their baby is born.

We encourage you to remind parents and pregnant women about the importance of on-time infant immunization. Here are some resources that can help:

For more tools to spread the word about National Infant Immunization Week, check out the CDC’s NIIW digital toolkit.

Pharmacists: sign up for a workshop on our Adult Immunization Protocol

If you’re an immunizing pharmacist, sign up for a workshop so that you can offer vaccines under PDPH’s Adult Immunization Protocol.

Participate to:

  • Get guidance from our Medical Director
  • Treat new patients
  • Protect community health
  • Earn CE credits

So you can safely offer:

  • Influenza vaccine
  • Pneumococcal vaccine
  • Zoster vaccine

See a full event flyer here.

Thursday, June 28
1:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Philadelphia Department of Public Health
500 South Broad St, 1st Floor

Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, click here.

 

Register for the Regional Stakeholder Meeting (rescheduled!)

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for health and the National Vaccine Program Office invite stakeholders for a meeting focusing on adult immunization work in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC.

Click here to register, and for full meeting details.

Thursday, May 24
8.30 AM to 12.00 PM
College of Physicians of Philadelphia
Mitchell Hall, 2nd Floor
19 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA

2018 Program Updates:

Spring Immunization Updates

  1. Reminder: 2018 Storage and Handling Guidelines
  2. Immunization Program Raffle
  3. Introducing PhilaVax
  4. You’re invited: Grand Rounds on April 23

2018 Storage and Handling Guidelines: From when it’s manufactured right up to when it’s administered to a patient, a vaccine must be protected. Everyone involved is responsible for maintaining the “cold chain” – storing it at correct temperatures to preserve its effectiveness.

In January, we sent out new storage and handling guidelines. These help ensure that you preserve the cold chain and ensure the vaccines’ viability.

Review the update here and be sure that your site has updated your program forms.

In particular, be sure that you:

  • Use digital data loggers: Monitor all VFC/VFAAR vaccine with a certified, calibrated digital data logger during routine onsite storage, vaccine transport, and mass vaccination clinics.
  • Record vaccine temperature: Use paper temperature logs to record vaccine storage unit temperatures twice a day. Record the min and max temperatures at the start of each clinic day.
  • Prepare for an Emergency: Fill out the updated Emergency Management Forms, fill in your practice’s information, and keep a copy near your vaccine storage units with supplies that you’ll need for emergency transport. Fax Page 1 to us at 215-238-6948 whenever you make updates.

Announcing a new Immunization Program Raffle! You and other VFC/VFAAR providers do so much to protect Philadelphians from vaccine-preventable diseases. To thank you, we are starting a regular raffle.

VFC/VFAAR providers like you who show excellent storage and handling practices will be entered into a raffle. Every few months, we’ll randomly select a winner and send you a small vaccine-related prize to support your vaccination work.

Introducing PhilaVax: the KIDS Plus IIS is getting a new name. Over the next month, the KIDS Plus IIS will be getting a new name: PhilaVax. You’ll still log in and use it the same way, but it will have a new name, modern logo, and fresh feel.

You’re invited to the Grand Rounds on April 23: On April 23rd, join us at the Philadelphia County Medical Society for the Grand Rounds as Dr. Kristen Feemster discusses immunization work. A flyer for the event is here.