Sanofi Pasteur’s Adacel (Tdap) Vaccine FDA Approved for Repeat Vaccination after 8 Years

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the Adacel (Tdap) vaccine to be administered as soon as 8 years after a previous dose. Adacel, manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur, provides immunity to tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. The vaccine is approved for patients ages 10-64, and is available in a syringe made without natural rubber latex.

The current CDC recommendations for Tdap are as follows:

  • Adolescents should receive a single dose, preferably at age 11 or 12
  • All pregnant women should receive a single dose during pregnancy, preferably between weeks 27 and 36. By receiving this vaccine, pregnant mothers pass antibodies to their babies, reducing the risk of whooping cough.
  • Adults should receive a single dose of Tdap followed by a booster Td every 10 years.

FDA approval was based on clinical data from a study that showed no significant differences in adverse events when adults received Adacel versus Td 8-12 years after a previous dose of Adacel.  The approval of Adacel administration every 8 years provides more flexibility for physicians in both vaccine purchasing decisions and immunizations scheduling. Sanofi has provided study results to the CDC for consideration in future recommendations.

For more information or to purchase Adacel or any other immunization, visit our website or send us an email

AAP Releases “Immunization Information Technology Guide” for pediatricians

At CPP’s recent Vaccine Management Summit, 2D barcoding stood out as a topic of interest among attendees. CPP members will find a new AAP guide helpful as they continue to learn about this technology.

The AAP recently released a guide for pediatricians with information on two key information technology topics: immunization information systems and two dimensional barcoding. In addition, the AAP provides a detailed website for both topics that summarizes the information found in the new guide and provides relevant links.

Immunization Information Systems, also known as vaccine or immunization registries, are confidential computerized systems that capture vaccination data across the lifespan within a certain geographical area. The use of these systems can reduce healthcare costs and improve patient care. The benefits to pediatric practices of using these systems include minimizing duplicate vaccine administration, aiding in recalling patients overdue for vaccinations, reminding patients of upcoming immunizations, and identifying vulnerable patients during a disease outbreak.

Two Dimensional Barcode Scanning Technology can be used with the majority of pediatric vaccines. Recent studies show that the use of 2D scanning increase accuracy in vaccine documentation and reduces documentation time by an average of 21 seconds. 2D barcode scanning improves practice efficiency, increases vaccine inventory accuracy, and assists in proper billing. In addition, the technology benefits patients by improving safety and documentation, reducing errors, and identifying expired vaccines before they are administered to patients. The AAP’s 2D barcoding resources include practice uses, choosing a scanner, and getting the scanner to “work.”   

For practices not yet ready to implement 2D barcoding, CPP has other resources to help manage your vaccine inventory including a Vaccine Inventory Reconciliation Sheet. These resources can be found on our website.

Vaccine Confidence Webinar Now Available On-Demand

Sanofi Pasteur hosted a webinar in April entitled Vaccine Confidence: The Key to Communicating with Parents and Patients.  A recording of the webinar, which was attended by over 600 medical professionals, is now available to you on-demand.  Speakers include Gary S. Marshall, MD from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and Carole H. Moloney, RN, MSN, CPNP from Boston Medical Center.

Simply go to http://vacadvwebcast2017.prihcs.com to register.

Tools to Improve Flu Literacy!

Customizeable resources to help improve flu literacy in your patient population are now available through Sanofi Pasteur.  You can choose between a pediatric version and an adult version, depending on the patients you see in your practice.  You can also add your practice logo and contact information so your patients know who to contact with questions or to schedule their flu shot!

For more information or to customize this resource for your practice, contact your local Sanofi Pasteur representative or the CPP Office at cpp@nationwidechildrens.org.

 

 

In light of recent hurricanes, have you taken the time to review your practice emergency vaccine storage and handling plan recently?

Vaccines are expensive so having a plan to consult when an emergency presents itself is essential.

*Review your plan to update it and maintain familiarity with the plan.
*All staff should know how to find the emergency plan.
*At least 2 practice leaders should organize the emergency response and completely understand the steps of the emergency plan.
*It should be clear where the vaccine will go in case storage units are no longer operational.
*Transport storage units should be kept in a easy to find place, preferably close to the vaccine refrigerators.
*Make sure to consult the vaccine manufacturers and your VFC representative during and after the process.

Influenza Vaccine Coding and Billing Program

You have the opportunity to participate in a new, timely educational program: “Cracking the Codes: Coding and Billing for Vaccinations with Fluzone®”

This complimentary, updated program provides a comprehensive review of correct coding for Fluzone vaccine presentations and entitled payment for the 2017-2018 influenza season.  Influenza vaccine billing is complicated and seasonal, and you should annually see that you are coding and billing correctly. There are 25 codes for influenza vaccines, so it can be confusing. Additionally, the AMA recently changed how dosage is expressed in influenza vaccine CPT descriptions. You need to be aware of these changes.

You can join a live webinar followed by a question-and-answer session with a coding expert, or you may view the program’s on line modules, on-demand, at your convenience, 24/7.

LIVE WEBINAR EVENT DATES Eastern Time
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 1:00 PM
Thursday, August 10, 2017 12:00 PM
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 3:00 PM
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 2:00 PM
Wednesday, August 30, 2017  12:00 PM
Thursday, September 14, 2017 3:00 PM

To get more information about and register for this event, please click on the link below:
http://www.crackingthecodestraining.com/.

 

 

 

Are you ready when vaccine temperatures go outside of normal limits?

Practices can have thousands of dollars in vaccine inventory sitting in refrigerators. No matter how good storage equipment is, exposure to high or low temperatures can happen. You can limit the damage by knowing what to do.
• Investigate and determine how long the vaccine temperatures have been out of range.
• Investigate whether or not the temperature data logger and notification system work.
• Pay attention to whether or not the refrigerator door was ajar or is making an unusual noise.
• Inventory the vaccine affected currently in the refrigerator.
• Inventory any temperature stabilizing items in the refrigerator (water bottles, coolant packs)
• Find out if there are other documented temperature excursions with the current refrigerator.
• Contact the vaccine manufactures to determine the status of the vaccine.
• Document the incident, results and actions taken to prevent another temperature excursion.