Make an Effective Vaccine Recommendation during National Immunization Awareness Month

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). This annual observance highlights the efforts of family physicians to protect patients of all ages against vaccine-preventable diseases through on-time vaccination.

During NIAM, Kansas Academy of Family Physicians encourages you to ensure your patients are up to date on recommended vaccines. Research has consistently shown that physicians are the most trusted source of vaccine information for parents and patients.

Use NIAM as an opportunity to access CDC educational resources like the Growing Up with Vaccines, What Should Parents Know and Medscape CME activities to help you have successful conversations with parents about vaccines.

The Public Health Foundation and CDC have developed a digital communication toolkit with messages and graphics tailored to your role as a family doctor and emphasizing the importance of vaccination for your patients. Show your practice’s support of vaccination throughout the month by using this content on your website and on social media. During NIAM and beyond, you can engage with CDC and other healthcare professionals on social media by using #ivax2protect in your posts.

Hep A and Meningococcal Vaccines to be Required for 2019-20 School Year


Two new vaccines will be required for school-age children for the 2019-20 School Year: Meningococcal and Hepatitis A. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment proposed changes to the vaccine requirement regulations earlier this year and held a public hearing, concluding a 60-day public comment period in June. The regulations were approved by KDHE and will go into effect – Aug. 2.

Changes for 2019-20 School Year:

  • Students entering Kindergarten and Grade 1 for the 2019-2020 school year now need two doses of the hepatitis A vaccine.
  • Students entering Grade 7 for the 2019-2020 school year need one dose of the meningococcal ACWY vaccine.
  • Students entering Grade 11 need one dose of the meningococcal ACWY vaccine if not vaccinated prior to their 16 birthday. They will need two doses if their first dose was before their 16 birthday.

Vaccine requirements for schools can be found online at

Read the full release at 2019-20 School Year: Meningococcal and Hepatitis A.

CDC and WHO publish “Genetic Characterization of Measles and Rubella Viruses Detected Through Global Measles and Rubella Elimination Surveillance”


CDC published Genetic Characterization of Measles and Rubella Viruses Detected Through Global Measles and Rubella Elimination Surveillance, 2016–2018 in the July 5 issue of MMWR (pages 587–591). On the same day, WHO’s Weekly Epidemiological Record published a similar article titled Genetic Characterization of Measles and Rubella Viruses Detected Through Global Measles and Rubella Elimination Surveillance, 2016–2018. The Summary box content from the MMWR article is reprinted below.

What is already known about this topic?
Monitoring progress toward measles and rubella elimination requires high-quality case-based surveillance, including genetic characterization of measles viruses and rubella viruses.

What is added by this report?
During 2016–2018, the number of reported measles virus genotypes declined from six to four; two (B3 and D8) accounted for 95% of reported sequences. Of 13 rubella virus genotypes, reported genotypes declined from five to two.

What are the implications for public health practice?
Diversity of measles and rubella viruses has decreased globally, consistent with progress toward elimination. Continued collection of specimens from all confirmed cases for genotyping and submission of wild-type virus sequences to global databases will strengthen case-based surveillance.


Rep John Eplee, MD Speaks at Public Hearing on School Immunization Requirements

Immunize Kansas Coalition

The public hearing for the proposed regulation changes regarding vaccination for school entry was last week. Thank you to all who provided comments.

Thank you to  Representative John Eplee, MD, FAAFP, who presented his support for meningococcal immmunization and Hepatitis A immunizations as a school requirement last week at the hearing.

Full information is available regarding:  Proposed Regulation, Economic Impact Statement


CDC Immunizations Information Systems Vaccine Code Updates

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

The following Registry ISS codes have been updated and available. Please share with your office staff.

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CDC Resources Offer Tools on Vaccine Administration, Safety, and More


CDC has developed a comprehensive web section of immunization resources to help support healthcare professionals. CDC’s Resources for Health Care Providers web section offers a variety of immunization resources which are described below.

Be sure to check out the information and printable materials available at CDC’s Resources for Health Care Providers web section.

Public Hearing for School Immunization Requirement Proposed Changes is June 27

Immunize Kansas Coalition

The public hearing for the proposed regulation changes regarding vaccination for school entry, has been scheduled:

Thursday, June 27 | 10:00 a.m.
Curtis State Office Building, Room 530
1000 SW Jackson, Topeka, KS

For anyone wishing to submit comments:

  • Oral: “During the hearing, all interested parties will be given a reasonable opportunity to present their views orally on the proposed regulation. In order to give each individual an opportunity to present their views, it may be necessary for the hearing office to request that each presenter limit an oral presentation to an appropriate time frame.”
  • Written:  “All interested parties may submit written comments prior to 5:00 p.m. on the day of the hearing to Phil Griffin” by email, fax, or mail.

Full information is available regarding: Notice of Hearing, Proposed Regulation, Economic Impact Statement

Kansas Immunization Program -Knowledge Injection Series is May 16

University of Kansas Medical Center

Register online for this no cost webinar!

KIP-KIS Session:
We’re Not There Yet…Strategies Toward Improving HPV Vaccination in Kansas by Gretchen Homan, MD
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Noon – 1:00 p.m.

At the conclusion of this session participants should be able to:

  1. Review background information on HPV disease and vaccine.
  2. Discuss vaccination strategies and counseling.
  3. Explore pro-vaccination culture.

For additional assistance with registration, call the KU Area Health Education Center at (620) 235-4040.


Celebrate National Infant Immunization Week’s 25th Anniversary


This week marks the 25th anniversary of National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) – April 27–May 4, 2019.

Here are some ideas for ways that your practice can celebrate NIIW this year:

By making NIIW an event for your entire practice, you can raise awareness about the importance of immunization for protecting children in your community and be a strong voice in support of CDC’s recommended immunization schedule.


KIP-KIS Session: Vaccine Safety – April 18


Make plans to attend this Thursday!

Knowledge Injection Series (KIP-KIS) Session: Vaccine Safety

Thursday, April 18 | Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Presenter: Daniel Salmon, PhD, MPH, Institute of Vaccine Safety Director John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the importance of vaccine safety in the context of mature immunization programs.
  • Identify the strengths and limitations of the many processes to ensure vaccines are very safe throughout a product lifecycle.

Continuing education credit will be available.

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