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Repeated Flu Vaccination Information



Meta-analysis posted in CIDRAP, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy on protection of repeated influenza vaccine from season to season.  Good news for influenza immunization.

Alaska Doing Well Wiping Out Hepatitis B



Alaska’s Hepatitis B vaccination program is wiping out infections.  In the past Alaska Natives had a 10 percent higher rate of Hepatitis B than the general population.  Now there have been zero Hepatitis B cases in people under 20 since 1992.  Read more




VaxServe Has Advantages



MPPG members contracted with Sanofi Pasteur and Merck vaccines may access the contracted discounts on orders placed with but may do so as well on Sanofi’s other site, VaxServe .  VaxServe is particularly popular since there is only a 100.00 minimum order for free shipping and in addition to vaccines, VaxServe also offers medical surgical products.  Practices have the option of one stop shopping at MPPG pricing!

California Kindergartens’ Vaccination Rates



Review 2016-2017 vaccination rates of California schools.  The Los Angeles Times has gathered the data for kindergartens.  SB277 has improved rates across California, however some pockets of unvaccinated still exist.


Time to Return Expired Fluzone



Fluzone vaccine is only returnable upon expiration.  The quantity and terms are subject to contractual, promotional, and program exceptions.  Indirect products will be destroyed upon receipt.

Returns must be received by August 15th, 2017

Products must be shipped pre-paid to:

Sanofi Pasteur

c/o GENCO Pharmaceutical Services

6101 N. 64th St.

Milwaukee, WI  53218

It is not necessary to refrigerate the outdated products when they are returned.  Please obtain tracking information from the carrier for traceability of your return. Fluzone return form


Information needed:

Account number

Practice Name




Product NDC Number, Lot Number, quantity of doses

Otitis Media Rates Reduced?



Evidently vaccination with the Pneumococcal vaccine is having a positive impact on the rates of ear infections.  This article in MedScape shares the impact the vaccine is having on this common illness.

Telemedicine Today



There is plenty of discussion and talk surrounding this new tool for healthcare providers.  Read this article from Cooperative of American Physicians ( CAP ) on what you need to know regarding telehealth and how to use it to augment the service of your practice.  

Coding Influenza Vaccine 2017-2018 Season



From the AAP News “coding corner” get the latest tips and codes needed for reimbursement for the upcoming flu vaccination season.  Be it quadrivalent or trivalent, Fluzone or Flublok, get the information you need to for proper reimbursement.

ACP Immunization Resources



The American College of Physicians has excellent resources for supporting your efforts to vaccinate your adult patients.  Their “I Raise the Rates” Newsletter is a good one to be on the distribution list for.  A sample of the useful information to be found in it is this; “Top Questions on Coding and Billing for Vaccines: Avoiding Common Errors”

#Thursday Thoughts



“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

– Benjamin Franklin

Best Practices: Communicating with Parents on Vaccines



This video from MedScape has some suggestions from the CDC’s Dr. Nancy Messonnier on the important topic of talking with parents about immunizations.  Dr. Messonier shares some tactical and strategic wording to assist you in your conversations with parents about vaccines.

CDC’s Lastest Zika Recommendations



Today the CDC issued an update on the CDC Guidelines for U.S. Health Care Providers caring for pregnant women with potential Zika Virus Exposure.  There are some important recommendations outlined in the MMWR.

Sanofi Pasteur Ships 1st of 2017-18 Flu Vaccine



Sanofi Pasteur ships first of it’s United States Fluzone Vaccine doses for the 2017-2018 season.  This season marks the 120th anniversary for the Swiftwater site, celebrating a long standing commitment to vaccine production within the United States.  Get more information here.

Best Practices on Maternal Immunization



Monday, August 7th 12:00-1:00 pm ET, 9:00-10:00am PT.  Register today for a free, 1 CME credit webinar that is sponsored by ACOG, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  ACOG has an outstanding website that will be another outstanding resource for information.


After completing the webinar participants should be able to:

  • Emphasize the importance of maternal immunizations
  • Update on current recommendations for maternal immunization and the future of maternal immunization
  • Discuss practical tips to incorporate immunizations into your practice
  • Identify and locate resources for providers and patients regarding immunizations

Time to Return Expired Fluzone



It’s that time of year to return last season’s expired influenza vaccine, Fluzone.  Use this flu return form.  Returns must be received by August 15th, 2017.  Ship to Sanofi Pasteur C/O GENCO Pharmaceutical Services 6101 N. 64th St. Milwaukee, WI  53218.  Sanofi Pasteur Customer Service will be happy to answer any questions (800) VACCINE ( 800-822-2463 )

Wednesday Wisdom



“Happiness is protective”
 – V. Murthy former US Surgeon General

MenB Vaccine & Gonorrhea Rate Reduction?



Research published in The Lancet reports intriguing results of a retrospective case controlled study done in New Zealand.  The Meningococcal B Vaccine used was (MeNZB) due to the Outer-Membrane Vesicle (OMV) vaccine used in Cuba, New Zealand and Norway that suggested a reduction in gonorrhea.

Promising Results for Personalized Cancer Vaccines


Introducing a pathogen or the smallest antigenic determinant of that pathogen works with traditional vaccines, however creating a vaccine to attack altered self cells has been challenging. The MIT Technology Review reports though the results from two new studies. Designing a vaccine to teach the immune system to attack specific wayward cells unique to the patient shows promise.

Are Older Americans Getting the Recommended Vaccines?


Only one third of older Americans have received the shingles vaccine, Zostavax. Nearly half haven’t received the recommended tetanus booster in the past 10 years.

From Pneumococcal to Influenza vaccines the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released today a data brief with how the US is doing preventing preventable disease in this age group.

Flu Vaccine in a Microneedle Patch?


The first phase trial has been completed on the flu vaccine patch. Interesting and promising results were reported in The Lancet. Although more research is necessary and forthcoming, it is an intriguing vaccine delivery alternative.