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  3. On June 20, 2012, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended routine use of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13; Prevnar 13, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a subsidiary of Pfizer, Inc.) for adults aged ≥19 years with immunocompromising conditions, functional or anatomic asplenia, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks, or cochlear implants.
  5. Reminder and recall systems alert the parents of children due (reminder) or overdue (recall) for vaccination and have been associated with increased vaccination coverage. To evaluate the potential of a state-generated recall letter to incre...
    ase vaccination coverage among Montana children, the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) pilot tested a recall letter system targeted at parents of children aged 19–23 months enrolled in Montana Medicaid and not known to have completed a subset of the routinely recommended vaccination series.
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  6. CDC and Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health will cosponsor, Environmental Microbiology: Control of Foodborne and Waterborne Diseases, on January 7–12, 2013, at Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health. This 6-day cou...
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  7. Final state-specific influenza vaccination coverage estimates for the 2011–12 influenza season are now available online at FluVaxView ( Included are estimates of the cumulative percentage of persons vaccinated by the end of each month, during August 2011–May 2012, for each state and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services region, and the United States overall.
  8. With no intervention, 40%–90% of infants born to hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg)-positive women in the United States will acquire hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Approximately 90% of infected infants develop chronic HBV infection, wi...
    th a 15%–25% risk for premature death from cirrhosis or cancer of the liver. To prevent perinatal HBV transmission, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that infants born to HBsAg-positive women receive postexposure prophylaxis with hepatitis B vaccine (HepB) and hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIG) within 12 hours of birth, and complete the 3-dose HepB series. To determine infant outcomes after postexposure prophylaxis, ACIP recommends postvaccination serologic testing (PVST) at age 9–18 months. To evaluate the implementation of these recommendations, CDC assessed outcomes at age 24 months (through 2011) among infants born to HBsAg-positive women enrolled during 2008–2009 in Enhanced Perinatal Hepatitis B Case Management Projects (EPHBP).
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