Welcome to the monthly edition of the ICLAC newsletter.
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Editor, Arely Briseño, MPH, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Associate Editor Victoria Jones, MPH, CDC Public Health Associate Program, hosted by the
Los Angeles County Public Health Vaccine Preventable Disease Control Team.
ICLAC wishes you Happy Holidays! Thank you for your ongoing support and interest in this Newsletter. We will resume our Newsletter distribution in February 2024.
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National Influenza Vaccination Week is observed from December 4-8, 2029, a reminder for everyone 6 months and older that there’s still time to get a flu vaccine this season. This is especially important now that influenza activity is increasing in most of the country, according to the latest surveillance influenza report.
Visit CDC’s website for NIVW resources, vaccination messages, and activities you can use to share key flu information and encourage vaccination this holiday season!
Where to Get Vaccinated
If you are home-bound or have difficulty leaving the home safely to get vaccinated against COVID-19, you can request an in-home vaccination. Los Angeles County residents can sign up for vaccination at home in 2 ways. Visit LA County DPH to learn more.
Healthnet is offering mobile vaccination at Community Resource Center Events. Please visit Healthnet to learn about upcoming mobile vaccine locations for the month of December.
The LA County Department of Public Health and LA County Library continue to collaborate to provide FREE flu vaccinations and the updated 2023-24 COVID-19 vaccine. Appointments are available on MYTURN.
Call 211 or visit 211LA to find a vaccine location near you! Routine and recommended vaccinations are an important way to ensure that your family and community remain healthy and protected against serious diseases that are preventable.
LA County Vaccine, COVID-19 News, Updates & More
The Office of Planning, Integration, and Engagement (PIE) Education Sector Unit is pleased to announce the launch of the Parent Ambassador Leaders (PALS) program. The PALs program is designed to help parents learn and share about four topics connected to student health and school success via online trainings. get paid $550 when you finish approximately 6 hours of training and 14 hours of outreach activities. Click Here to apply!
- December Schedule will be posted here, http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/ambassador/
CDC releases 2024 U.S. recommended immunization schedule for adults
On November 16, CDC posted the 2024 recommended immunization schedule for adults on CDC’s Immunization Schedules for Healthcare Providers web page. This early release of the schedule will give immunization providers access to new and updated current recommendations on the immunization schedule. The online schedule includes an addendum page (currently empty) that will be filled later as ACIP issues updates to its recommendations throughout 2024.
Updates schedules for adults
- Table 1: Recommendations for Ages 19 Years or Older, United States, 2024
- Table 2: Adult Immunization Schedule by Medical Condition and Other Indication
Access the full-color, 13-page PDF of the adult schedule.
Webinars, Townhalls, and Webinars
Seasonal influenza prevention and control –
national and regional perspectives
December 6th, 2023, 4:00am PT
This webinar will provide an overview of WHO resources available to support countries in developing/strengthening their programs and highlight examples of national and regional good practices for seasonal influenza prevention and control.
2023/2024 Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
Nirsevimab and Maternal Vaccine Updates
December 08th, 2023, 10am PT
Join American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois chapter to discuss Infant/Child Nirsevimab including shortage and Maternal RSV Vaccine (Abrysvo, Pfizer).
Having Respectful and Caring Conversations with Older Adults in BIPOC Communities
December 13th, 2023, 12pm PT
In partnership with #ThisIsOurShot, CDPH hosts quarterly Crucial Conversations webinars, to assist providers in talking with their patients about the merits of vaccines and to encourage vaccination.
A Review of 2023 Vaccine Updates & What to Expect in 2024
(ICAAP Immunization Webinar Series 2023)
December 19th, 2023, 10am
Join American Academy of Pediatrics, Illinois chapter as they review the 2023 vaccine updates.
This month’s pediatrics column promotes receiving respiratory vaccines for COVID-19, Flu, and RSV to have a healthy holiday reason. Getting vaccinated will significantly lower the risk of severe illness and the potential need to cancel any plans during this holiday season. Currently, RSV activity is increasing and upward trending in Los Angeles County. Fortunately, this fall the FDA and CDC recommended RSV vaccines for vulnerable populations including young infants, pregnant people, and older adults. Infants who are VFC eligible (Medi-Cal, uninsured or underinsured) should receive nirsevimab from their pediatric provider to protect against RSV. If their pediatric provider does not have doses available, they can be referred to DPH clinics:
To learn more, read the pediatric column on the website.
Pediatric Preventable Diseases Spotlight
Each month will feature more information on childhood vaccines. Please share this vaccine spotlight with your networks.
Spotlight: Respiratory syncytial virus
What is RSV?
RSV is a very contagious respiratory virus. Infection causes symptoms including coughing, fever, and wheezing. Although it can cause cold-like symptoms, it can cause severe illness in young children and older adults. The CDC estimates 100-300 deaths for children ages 5 and younger and 6,000-10,000 deaths for adults 65 years and older annually. RSV is the leading cause for respiratory hospitalization and can lead to bronchiolitis or pneumonia in young children under 1 years of age.
How to prevent RSV?
This fall the FDA approved and the CDC recommended RSV immunizations for infants, older adults, and pregnant people. RSV immunization are safe and effective to help prevent severe disease and hospitalization.
- Either maternal or infant RSV immunization is recommended to prevent severe RSV disease in infants. Most infants will not need both.
- The CDC recommends RSV vaccine (Abrysvo, Pfizer) be offered to pregnant people September until the end of January during 32 to 36 weeks of gestation.
- Infants younger than 8 months are eligible to get nirsevimab (Beyfortus), but because of a shortage in doses, infants younger than 6 months of age, American Indian and Alaska Native, and infants with conditions that put them at higher risk of severe disease should be prioritized.
Additional resources about RSV:
- RSV Vaccine Facts (LACDPH)
- Vaccines for Pregnant People (LACDPH)
- RSV: What Parents Need to Know (LACDPH)
2024 Immunizations Schedules Now Available!