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August is National Immunization Awareness Month


Prepare for National Immunization Awareness month this year and Join the upcoming VICNetwork webinar (NIAM). Gain access to toolkits and ideas to promote a pro-immunization culture in your organization. The webinar is only an hour. It takes place 11:00am – 12:00 noon Pacific time/2:00pm – 3:00pm Eastern time on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 #NIAM17

US Pertussis Cases & Vaccine Exemptions Analysis


In an effort to gain understanding on the increase in pertussis cases, this Study reports on non-medical vaccine exemptions and pertussis outbreaks in the United States.

Encouraging Vaccination Around the World

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Scientists and medical professionals comprehend the clear disease prevention benefits of immunizations. This CNN article reports on the various strategies implemented around the world from Germany to Australia to encourage vaccination and improve immunization rates.

Small Group Practices & MIPS



Small medical group practices can prepare for the Merit Based Incentive Payment System by participating in the Webinar June 8th.  This informative event is being presented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  When registering be sure to make note of time zone.

Influenza Vaccine in Pregnancy



An interesting report in Clinical Infectious Diseases shared information on potential additional benefit to infants born to flu vaccinated mothers.  The study done on over 2,000 infants suggests that maternal flu vaccine may protect them against more than simply the flu.  Details on the research may be found here in the study abstract .

HPV Vaccine & Decline in Cervical Lesions



Healio reports more clinical evidence for continuing to improve HPV immunization rates.  The study was done in Connecticut with women age 21 to 39 years from 2008 to 2015. Linda M. Niccolai, PhD from the Connecticut emerging infections program at Yale School of Public Health and colleagues wrote “ Though evidence of the impact of HPV vaccines on cervical infections and genital warts is growing, less is known about trends in precancerous high grade cervical lesions.”

Immunization APPS for Healthcare Providers



The information age delivers handy downloadable immunization apps for clinicians’ phones.  Gain access to credible immunization information resources thanks to the Adult Vaccination Resources Library of the Immunization Action Coalition.  From the AAP to the CDC, from “the Purple Book” to the TravWell app, get everything vaccine related in your phone and at your fingertips.

Updated Dosing Recommendations Trumenba, MenB Vaccine



The Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report dated May 9th 2017 includes the updated Trumenba dosing recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.  The ACIP recommends the 2-dose schedule of Trumenba when given to healthy adolescents and young adults, aged 16 through 23 years, who are not at increased risk for meningococcal disease, as a category B recommendation.

HPV Vaccine & Cancer Prevention in Males



Did you know there are more throat and mouth cancers caused by HPV in the US than there are cervical cancers?  Prevention to those caused by infection with one of the 9 HPV strains in the HPV vaccine, should be a simple option.  Males who received at least one injection of the HPV4, the quadrivalent had an 88% lower odds of developing oral HPV infections tied to neck & head cancers compared to those who were unvaccinated.  Read more about the MD Anderson study.

US Childhood Immunization Champions



The Center for Disease Control and Prevention honors one person in each state, as well as 8 U.S. territories for their impact on improving childhood immunization.   The CDC jointly with the CDC Foundation selected Rebecca Norwick for her extraordinary efforts in California.   The winners from each state, territory and District of Columbia are announced during National Infant Immunization Week, April 22nd – 29.   Congratulations to the winners!

Males’ HPV Vaccination Rates Remain Low

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MedPage reports only 8% of males in NHANES cohort received HPV vaccine.

Robert Brannigan, MD, professor of urology at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, speculated there could be several reasons for low vaccination rates among young males.


Hepatitis B Cases Decline



The decline in Hepatitis B infections has been greatest in children born since 1991, when routine vaccination of children was first recommended. The CDC reports that this routine Hepatitis B vaccine use in children has decreased new cases by roughly 82%.

Pri-Med West 2017



MPPG will be exhibiting at the Anaheim, California Pri-Med West Annual Conference this week Thursday May 11th through Saturday May 13th.  Independent practices and medical groups needing free access to contracted discounts may sign-up with MPPG here or stop by MPPG’s booth #456.

The Free Vaccine Handbook App Now Available!



Shot of Prevention shared today that an outstanding resource is now available on iTunes for all things vaccine relevant.  “The Vaccine Handbook App” is essentially a high tech version of the authoritative source by Gary S. Marshall MD “The Vaccine Handbook A practical Guide for Clinicians”.  This respected resource is free and now can be at your fingertips on your iPhone or iPad.

Drug Resistant Tuberculosis



A report on this topic was published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine back in March and shared by CIDRAP.  Although some important gains have been made globally in the fight against TB, it is still one of the top 10 killers.  The report authors urge appropriate diligence;

“Addressing drug-resistant tuberculosis requires an urgent and concerted effort to manage the disease and prevent onward transmission with sustained research to develop and assess new tools.”

Med-Waste Systems a Popular Vendor

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Spring cleaning time is a good opportunity to re-evaluate medical waste disposal services. When is the practice’s current contract up? When is the last time the practice requested a quote and service details from another company?  One of MPPG’s most popular vendors in California is Med-Waste Systems.  It is particularly appreciated by medical practices that have switched over to Med-Waste Systems from another company.   Med-Waste Systems not only has outstanding customer care, they have outstanding rates and particularly so for MPPG members.

Electronic Immunization Information Systems



So what’s going on regarding vaccine usage in Europe? This press release from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control shares interesting information about how some European countries are currently utilizing these systems to increase immunization rates.  Read more in the Eurosurveillance report.

#Wednesday Wisdom

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Wise & strategic practices gain free access to discounts on Merck Vaccines, Sanofi Pasteur Vaccines and also on Pfizer’s Trumenba Vaccine through an MPPG membership.  Join forces with your colleagues for a purchasing power alliance with the vendors you do business with and any others you may like to do business with.  Let MPPG help your medical practice reduce costs for a healthier bottom line.

Something to Share with Teen Patients

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Here is a short story of the long and painful recovery of a 17 year old girl that may help enlighten teen patients.   The concept of adolescents and driving of course causes plenty of angst and concern for adults however, not as much for the teens themselves.  Perhaps young patients, reading this girl’s experience, told from one teen to another, may be just the medicine they need for driving decision wellness.

Social Media for Healthcare Providers



Our friends at Cooperative of American Physicians have shared that tomorrow, Tuesday April 25th, PatientPop will be hosting a webinar to help practices acquire and engage patients through a strategic social media plan.  Find out how to have healthy patients and a healthy medical practice! Register here.