Important Notice - November 2013
HOLIDAY SHIPPING SCHEDULE
- Vaccine orders will not be processed by the IIP beginning Monday, November 25, 2013, through Friday, November 29, 2013.
- Vaccine will not be shipped on Monday, November 25, 2013, through Friday, November 29, 2013.
- Order processing and shipping will resume on Monday, December 2, 2013.
- Vaccine orders will not be processed by the IIP beginning Wednesday, December 18, 2013, through Friday, January 3, 2014.
- Vaccine will not be shipped Monday, December 23, 2013, through Friday, January 3, 2014.
- Order processing and shipping will resume on Monday, January 6, 2014.
- The IIP will resume processing vaccine orders on Monday, January 6, 2014.
- McKesson Distribution will resume shipment of vaccine on Monday, January 6, 2014.
FLUMIST REPLACEMENT PROGRAM
The FluMist Quadrivalent Replacement Program allows for the replacement of unused, expiring or expired FluMist Quadrivalent doses, at no cost, to help you maximize product usage. If you have state-supplied doses of FluMist Quadrivalent vaccine that will expire soon, then please use the FluMist Replacement Program to replace your expiring or expired doses with usable vaccine. A copy of MedImmune’s 2013-2014 FluMist Replacement Program is accessible through an IRIS Announcement and is also available on the IIP’ s website under Information for Healthcare Providers, VFC Provider Information on the Provider Forms tab.
NEW LOOK FOR THE IDAHO IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM WEBSITE
You may have noticed that the IIP recently updated its website. The web address is still www.immunizeidaho.com. If you bookmarked sub-pages from the old website, then you will need to update the bookmarks since they will no longer work. We hope that you will enjoy the new site and find information easy to locate.
TEMPERATURE RECORDER RECALIBRATION
The TR-52i temperature recording devices supplied and installed by the IIP will need to be recalibrated and certified. The IIP is currently responsible for the recalibration and certification of the TR-52i. Over the next several months the IIP will visit each provider’s office, remove the TR-52i currently installed, download the temperatures, and install a recalibrated, currently certified TR-52i.
The visits began on Monday, November 18, 2013, in Northern Idaho. Each month a different region or group of providers will receive a visit. Before the visit, your office will receive a fax notification, an announcement will be posted in IRIS, and an IIP staff member will call your office.
IRIS PASSWORD RESETS
To improve security and streamline IRIS Help Desk efforts, effective immediately new IRIS accounts and new passwords (including all password reset requests), must be submitted online. No requests will be processed over the phone.
Please go to the IRIS login page.
- Click on REQUEST AN IRIS PASSWORD RESET if you need your password reset due to multiple login attempts or if your account is inactive.
- Click on REQUEST AN IRIS ACCOUNT if you are requesting a new user IRIS account for either yourself or someone in your office/organization. Please make sure you are choosing the appropriate user group: Healthcare Provider, School Staff, or Childcare Provider.
- Allow up to 5 business days to receive your IRIS username and password. In most instances, requests are processed within a shorter period of time. Note: Both calling and submitting the online request does not speed up the processing time.
Please contact the IRIS Help Desk if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or (208) 334-5995.
VACCINE SUPPLY UPDATE
Pentacel® (DTaP-IPV/Hib) vaccine is still in very limited supply. Continue to follow the recommended immunization schedule and ensure that patients receive all recommended doses of DTaP, Hib, and Polio vaccines.
Daptacel® (DTaP) and Adacel® (Tdap) vaccine are still in limited supply. The current supply allotted to Idaho has been sufficient to cover provider needs. The IIP will make a brand substitution in an order if Daptacel® or Adacel® is not available when a vaccine order is placed. Continue to follow the recommended immunization schedule and ensure that patients receive all recommended doses of DTaP, Hib, and Polio vaccines.
VFC providers in Idaho may choose the vaccine brands to administer in their office. The brand choices must be submitted to the IIP in writing on the brand choice form or in an email to the IIP at email@example.com. Once brand choice is submitted, the brands may not be changed again for six months.
If your office would like to make a change to the vaccine brands currently supplied, then complete a brand choice form. If your office does not want to make a change, then you do not need to submit the brand choice form. Brand choice changes must be submitted to the IIP by Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Changes to brand choice will take effect January 6, 2014 (after the holiday order blackout).
SHOT SMARTS 2014 – SAVE THE DATE
Be sure to save the dates for Shot Smarts 2014. Shot Smarts 2014 will be located in the following cities on the dates listed below:
April 29, 2014 - Pocatello
April 30, 2014 - Boise
May 2, 2014 - Post Falls
CDC publishes two corrections to the U.S. immunization schedule for children and teens age 0 through 18 years CDC published Errata: Vol. 62, Suppl 1 in the April 5 issue of MMWR (page 256). The correction is reprinted below.
In the MMWR supplement, "Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Recommended Immunization Schedules for Persons Aged 0 Through 18 Years and Adults Aged 19 Years and Older—United States, 2013," on page 7, in the third bulleted item under footnote 13, the text should read, "For children aged 2 months through 10 years with high-risk conditions, see below." On page 8, under Additional Vaccine Information, in the fourth bulleted item, the last reference should read, "American Academy of Pediatrics. Immunization in Special Clinical Circumstances. In: Pickering LK, Baker CJ, Kimberlin DW, Long SS, eds. Red book: 2012 report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. 29th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics."
2013-2014 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine
The Idaho Immunization Program will be supplying the 2013-2014 seasonal pediatric influenza vaccine to all active Vaccines for Children (VFC) providers. The 2013-2014 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Survey must be completed and returned to the Idaho Immunization Program (IIP) by Monday, March 11, 2013, if your office plans to order 2013-2014 seasonal influenza vaccine from the IIP.
Do not privately purchase pediatric influenza vaccine for the 2013-2014 season. The cost of pediatric vaccines funded by the Idaho Immunization Assessment will not be reimbursed by health insurance carriers for Idaho children.
Adding Inventory to IRIS
Beginning Monday, January 7, 2013, no vaccine inventory will need to be manually entered into IRIS. Varivax and ProQuad vaccine will not need to be manually added to your inventory. All vaccine shipments should be accepted through the manage transfers screen in IRIS.
How to accept a shipment into IRIS inventory? Under Inventory click manage transfers. Under Inbound Transfer click the Create Date of the order. Verify the vaccine listed matches the vaccines received in the office, click Accept Transfer.
If you have any questions contact the Idaho Immunization Program (208) 334-5931 or the IRIS Help Desk (208) 334-5995.