Pentacel® Vaccine Delay
The Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) Program was notified on November 30, 2015, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding a temporary manufacturing delay of Sanofi Pastuer's Pentacel® vaccine (Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Adsorbed, Inactivated Poliovirus and Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccine). The vaccine delay will result in immediate vaccine allocation of this project to all VFC programs nationwide. The vaccine delay is anticipated to last through the summer of 2016.
In order to ensure that all TVFC providers have access to this vaccine over the next few months, TVFC provider Maximum Stock Levels (MSLs) for Pentacel® will be reduced immediately. However, further vaccine allocation reductions could be implemented based on manufacture and CDC guidance.
Options to reduce the use of Pentacel® include the use of single vaccines for some populations and the use of alternative combination vaccines. Providers should continue to follow the recommended immunization schedule and ensure that patients receive all recommended doses of DTaP, Hib, and polio vaccines.
For additional information, please see the following documents:
Cervical Health Awareness Month
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Each year, an estimated 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer, and, of those, about one-third will die as a result of the cancer. In Texas, over 1,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. Cervical cancer is highly preventable because screening tests for cervical cancer and vaccines to prevent human papillomavirus (HPV), which is the main cause of cervical cancer, are available. To help prevent cervical cancer, vaccines are available to prevent HPV infection. Boys and girls should get all three doses of HPV vaccine when they are 11 or 12 years old. Make an appointment today to get your child vaccinated against HPV.
Take A Stand! Use Standing Orders to Vaccinate Adults – Free Workshops
One of the strategies for increasing adult immunization rates, both nationally and in Texas, is to have standing orders implemented with your medical practice. In February, the Immunization Action Coalition will be hosting three four-hour workshops in Texas. The workshops will provide information on the benefits of having standing orders implemented and how they can be implemented in a healthcare provider’s office. The DSHS Immunization Branch encourages healthcare providers (clinicians, nurses, and clinical managers) serving adult clients to attend the free workshops.
The workshops will provide a great opportunity to meet and interact with nationally recognized speakers in adult immunizations:
- L.J. Tan, MS, PhD, Chief Strategy Officer, Immunization Action Coalition
- William Atkinson, MD, MPH, Association Director for Immunization Education, Immunization Action Coalition
- Alexandra Steward, JD, Association Professor, George Washington University
The workshops will be in the following locations:
- Fort Worth – February 16, 2016, at the Omni Hotel Fort Worth
- San Antonio – February 17, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel
- Houston – February 19, 2016, at the JW Marriott Hotel
For additional information and to register for the free workshops, please visit www.StandingOrders.org.
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