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ANNOUNCEMENTS 


TVFC Provider Summit The Houston Health Department's Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) Provider Summit has been rescheduled for July 13, 2016. All registered attendees have had their registrations transferred to the new date. If you are unable to attend, please cancel your ticket by visiting vfcsummit.eventbrite.com or calling 832.393.5188.

Topics
Plenary Session: CDC Guest Speaker, JoEllen Wolicki: Importance of Childhood Vaccines and ACIP Updates

Breakout 1: Using evidence-based strategies to increase HPV vaccination rates among adolescents

Breakout 2: Managing Vaccine Inventory: How NOT to run out of vaccine

VFC Provider Awards

Providers scoring 100% immunization coverage on 4:3:1:3:3:1:4 vaccine series in 2015

Providers scoring 100% (Zero Deficiencies) on Compliance Visit in 2015

For more information and to register for the summit, please visit vfcsummit.eventbrite.com.

TVFC Provider Annual Re-Enrollment
The Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) Program annual re-enrollment has ended. All providers are required to update their clinic information, including changes in provider population, clinic contact information, and other changes that may have occurred since the previous year.  Re-enrolling in the program confirms your clinic's agreement to abide by all terms and conditions of the TVFC Program. Providers not completing re-enrollment by the extended deadline will be withdrawn from the program.

Pentacel Shortage
The Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC)  Program was notified on November 30, 2015, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding a temporary manufacturing delay of Sanofi Pastuer's Pentacel® vaccine (Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Adsorbed, Inactivated Poliovirus and Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccine).  The vaccine delay will result in immediate vaccine allocation of this project to all VFC programs nationwide.  The vaccine delay is anticipated to last through the summer of 2016.

In order to ensure that all TVFC providers have access to this vaccine over the next few months, TVFC provider Maximum Stock Levels (MSLs) for Pentacel® will be reduced immediately.  However, further vaccine allocation reductions could be implemented based on manufacture and CDC guidance. 

Options to reduce the use of Pentacel® include the use of single vaccines for some populations and the use of alternative combination vaccines.  Providers should continue to follow the recommended immunization schedule and ensure that patients receive all recommended doses of DTaP, Hib, and polio vaccines. 

For additional information, please see the following documents:

Online Registration for Trainings & Events
You can now register online for trainings offered by the Immunization Bureau. Please visit the training calendar to view upcoming trainings and to register.

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