IDSA News - February 2014  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
Patient Care and Science
•  Revised Standards for Adult Immunization Now Available
•  Fecal Microbiota Transplantation Resources Now Available from IDSA
Clinical Practice Management
•  Ryan White and Health Insurance Interface: One Clinic's Approach
Policy and Advocacy
•  Support IDSA Efforts to Advocate for SGR Repeal
•  HIVMA Urges Insurers to Offer Comprehensive, Quality Coverage
Education and Resources
•  OFID Establishes Special Peer Review Track for Fellows of IDSA
•  IDSA Launches New Catalog of Clinical Care Fellowships Abroad
•  Internal Medicine Subspecialty Milestones Now Online
You and Your Colleagues
•  In Memoriam: Robert Moellering, Jr., MD, FIDSA (1936-2014)
•  Call for Nominations for 2014 Society Awards
•  New Members
Top Stories
•  President's Message: Volunteering with IDSA Can Take Many Forms
•  Antimicrobial Resistance Efforts Continue on Capitol Hill
•  IDWeek 2014 Registration to Open Soon
•  Journal Club


Revised Standards for Adult Immunization Now Available

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The National Vaccines Program Office (NVPO), acting on recommendations from the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC), recently adopted new and revised Standards for Adult Immunization Practice (PDF) to reflect the important role that all healthcare professionals play in ensuring that adults are getting the vaccines they need.

The standards address many of the barriers to adult immunization and make recommendations on steps that health care providers, public health departments, medical societies, and health systems can take to improve vaccination rates, such as making a strong recommendation to patients for needed vaccines and either administering those vaccines or referring patients to the appropriate immunizing provider. A summary of the standards is now available on the IDSA website.

IDSA worked in partnership with federal agencies, health departments, and other medical societies as part of the National Adult and Influenza Immunization Summit (NAIIS) to draft the new standards. IDSA has long advocated for higher immunization rates among adults and adolescents. These new standards include IDSA policy priorities outlined in the 2007 publication, “Actions to Strengthen Adult and Adolescent Immunization Coverage in the United States: Policy Principles of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.