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Immunization Rates are Improving but are Still Below National Targets
Highlights from the National Immunization Conference are outlined in this blog post, Speak Up to Nudge Up Vaccine Rates - U.S. Immunizations in a Time of Change.
Read, share or comment on this blog.

Letter to Parents/Guardians 
This template letter, drafted by the CDC, includes easy-to-understand information about the recommended adolescent vaccines - some which may be required by your school.  Feel free to tailor for your school community (e.g., add your school letterhead, insert the required vaccines in your state, include your contact information).  Access the letter.

Resources

From NASN

National Association of School Nurses (2015). Position statement. Immunizations. Silver Spring, MD: Author.  

Bellia-Weiss, T., Parsons, M., Sebach, A., & Rockelli, L. (2013).  Promoting HPV prevention in the school setting.  NASN School Nurse, 28(2), 87-93.

Seasonal Influenza web page on NASN.org

Immunization Records Needed for Unaccompanied Children Entering the U.S.

All students need immunization records. The U.S. Department of Education offers a fact sheet providing information to help education leaders better understand the responsibilities of States and local educational agencies (LEAs) in connecting with children from Central America who have recently crossed the U.S.-Mexico border.
Read more and browse FAQ question 5 on immunizations.
Access the fact sheet

School Located Vaccination (SLV) - Protecting America's Health

NASN, NACCHO (National Association of County and City Health Officials), and ASTHO (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials) co-hosted a meeting November 16-17, 2010 in Washington D.C. focused on promoting school-located vaccination as a societal norm to increase vaccine uptake.  A White Paper titled School-located Vaccination Clinics:  NASN, NACCHO, ASTHO Summit (November 2011) highlights the meeting discussion and key recommendations.  Click here for the report.  For more information contact Nichole Bobo (nbobo@nasn.org).

Sharing Information to Update Immunization Records

Modifications to the HIPAA rule occurred in January 2013.  These modifications enable healthcare providers who are HIPAA covered entities to share immunization information to schools with verbal/email parent permission.  
Read a summary of this modification.
Refer to page 5617 of the Federal Register to learn more.

The History of Vaccines – A Resource for School Nurses

This website will be of interest to school nurses interested in the history of vaccines.  It chronicles the development of immunization, from pre-Jennerian inoculation, to the defeat of polio in the Western Hemisphere, to the current state of various vaccine-preventable infectious diseases.  It offers timelines, lesson plans, a game, and activities, including a simulation of how vaccines work in the body.  This is a project of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the nation’s oldest professional medical society.  Visit the site.

Immunization Works

A CDC newsletter - view or request email updates.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

From the CDC - learn more.

Adolescent Immunizations

Letter to Parents/Guardians 
This template letter, drafted by the CDC, includes easy-to-understand information about the recommended adolescent vaccines - some which may be required by your school.  Feel free to tailor for your school community (e.g., add your school letterhead, insert the required vaccines in your state, include your contact information).  Access the letter.

Adolescent Vaccination - National Foundation for Infectious DiseasesGet the latest disease information and vaccine recommendations for adolescents
Adolescence is the right time to check on immunization status.   Among the most important vaccines are those recommended for the first time at age 11-12—Tdap, which protects against whooping cough; meningococcal, which protects against meningitis; and HPV, which protects against a cancer-causing virus. It is also a great time to catch-up on other important vaccines like MMR, hepatitis B, and chickenpox. The National Association of School Nurses is proud to partner with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) and other leading organizations to improve immunization rates among adolescents. http://www.adolescentvaccination.org.

CDC Resources to Promote Immunizations for Preteens and Teens
Go to CDC online at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/who/teens/index.html

AAP Resources to Promote Adolescent Immunizations
Go to AAP online at: http://www2.aap.org/immunization/pediatricians/SchoolRN.html

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Web links

Call to Action: HPV Vaccination as a Public Health Priority
From the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and based on a 2014 roundtable meeting for which NASN participated.
http://www.adolescentvaccination.org/professional-resources/hpv-resource-center

HPV infographic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Post or use as a teaching tool.
http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p0724-NIS-teen.html

Resources from the American Academy of Pediatrics for Adolescent Immunizations: 
http://www2.aap.org/immunization/pediatricians/pdf/HPVSchoolRN.pdf

Information from Medline Plus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health: 
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/hpv.html

Questions and Answers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.cdc.gov/hpv

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