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NITAG TECNICAL NEWSLETTER
   
 
  United States
 
CDC recommends only two HPV shots for younger adolescents

CDC today recommended that 11- to 12-year-olds receive two doses of HPV vaccine at least six months apart rather than the previously recommended three doses to protect against cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infections. Teens and young adults who start the series later, at ages 15 through 26 years, will continue to need three doses of HPV vaccine to protect against cancer-causing HPV infection.

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  Nigeria
 
NGITAG on the process of issuing a Policy advice on Meningitis

The NGITAG Meningitis Working Group held a workshop in Abuja on October 26-28, 2016 to further develop the recommendation framework and the outline of their technical dossier following the FMoH query on introducing Meningococcal A Conjugate Vaccine into routine immunization in Nigeria. They ultimately decided to look at Meningitis in general and not focusing on MenA. Finalization and submission of the NGITAG recommendation on conjugate Meningitis vaccines is expected for December 2016.



 
 
  Senegal
 
Introduction of the Meningococcal A Conjugate Vaccine into routine immunization

Requested by the Minister of Health to issue a recommendation on the introduction of the Meningococcal A Conjugate Vaccine into routine immunization, the Advisory Committee on Immunization in Senegal (CCVS) has established a working group to prepare a technical dossier to guide experts in their deliberations...

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Focus on

China's Study Tours

Top EPI leaders in China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) travelled to Ottawa and Atlanta to discuss mechanisms for including new vaccines into existing immunization programs by use of a strong National Immunization Technical Advisory Group – in this case, Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and the United States’ Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

China’s EPI system currently protects children from 12 vaccine preventable diseases as a vertically-integrated program that is able to attain uniformly high coverage levels and that accomplishes ...
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Scientific resource
Overlapping topics in advisory reports issued by five well-established European National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups from 2011 to 2014

Vaccine / November 2016

We conducted an inventory of all the advisory reports issued by five well-established European NITAGs from 2011 to 2014 to assess overlaps in issues and activities. A total of 104 advisory reports were retrieved. Advisory reports on the same issues were compared to identify overlapping activities and processes.

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Operational resource
Digital communication for NITAGs is no longer optional
STIKO / 2016

In September 2016, STIKO, the German NITAG, launched its own app, the first of its kind in the NITAG community. Anyone can download the app, which is compatible with Android or IOS, and access all STIKO’s recommendations. “This innovative digital project aims to strengthen relationships between healthcare workers and STIKO,” explain Ole Wichmann and Judith Koch from Robert Koch Institute.

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Mimi Lhamu
Pediatrician
Chair of NCIP (The NITAG of Bhutan)
 
 
We have a bright future  ahead of us except for the fact that we are no longer eligible for Gavi funded vaccines and so introductions of new vaccines will be more challenging. Bhutan is yet to face any vaccine hesitancy groups.
 
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  Upcoming events  
     
 
5 - 7
December
  Estimating the full public health value of vaccines

This meeting will continue a discussion that has been engaged starting at the Global Vaccine and Immunization Research Forum in 2014 and was continued in 2015 and into 2016 starting with the Health Affairs special issue (HEALTH AFFAIRS, Volume 35, Issue 2: Vaccines), and discussions at the Global Vaccine and Immunization Research Forum (March) and the Geneva Health Forum (April)

Organized by Fondation Merieux
 
Veryier-du-lac
 
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6 - 8
December
 
Canadian Immunization Conference

The ongoing occurrence of vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks makes CIC 2016 an important venue to discuss the recurrence and emergence of infectious diseases that are posing challenges for public health at all levels. Critical to our degree of preparedness are an ability to continue to develop and improve vaccines, strengthen public health surveillance systems, and support timely and practice-relevant immunization program research, as well as an encouraging of evidence-based and ethical policy and practice measures to help us better control infectious diseases and improve public confidence in vaccines.

Organized by Canadian Public Health Association
 
Ottawa
 
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  Previous events  
     
 
21
September
  Workshop on Adding New Vaccines to EPI with a Strong NITAG

On 21 September, 2016 a workshop was held in Beijing, China to discuss the process of adding new vaccines to the routine immunization program through a strong national immunization technical advisory group (NITAG).

Organized by WHO China , The Chinese Preventive Medicine Association (CPMA), and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention
 
Beijing, P. R. China
 
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17
October
  A NITAG in DRC

By Ministerial decree dated of 17th October 2016, DRC becomes the 2nd country in Central Africa after Cameroon with a Technical Advisory Group on Immunization.

 
Democratic Republic of Congo
 
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1 - 3
November
 
Newly Established Tanzania NITAG oriented on NITAG functioning

The workshop addressed topics on role, scope and mode of operations of a NITAG, internal procedures manual development, conflict of interest management. Participants were also introduced to the concept and the methodology of issuing an EBR taking into account the local context of health system.

Organized by HPID and WHO
 
Morogoro
 
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7 - 11
November
  12th Annual African Vaccinology Course (AAVC)

NITAGs members from Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda, Zimbabwe and South Africa met to share their experience and explore avenues for networking and mutual technical assistance. During the session, attendees of the 12th AAVC were given an introductory presentation on the role and functioning of NITAGs, as well as the challenges.
The course also included a talk on Evidence-based recommendations on immunization and NITAGs.

Organized by University of Cape Town
 
Cape Town
 
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