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December 2003 Back to top
Issue 433 - Dec 22, 2003
  1. Happy holidays from all of us at IAC
  2. CDC issues an update on influenza-related deaths among children less than 18 years old during the current influenza season
  3. CDC Health Advisory: CDC requests reports of all deaths among children with laboratory-confirmed influenza virus infection
  4. CDC adds significant new information to its influenza web page
  5. Transcript of the latest CDC news conference on the current influenza situation now available
  6. CDC issues an update on U.S. influenza activity during December 7-13
  7. Did you miss out on the 2003-04 Influenza Vaccination Pocket Information Guide? If so, download it from IAC's website
  8. CDC notifies readers about a shortage of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7)
  9. December issue of CDC's "Immunization Works!" now available on IAC's website
  10. JAMA publishes NVAC recommendations for strengthening the U.S. vaccine supply
  11. New: Maps and figures depicting 2002 NIS data now available on the National Immunization Program website
  12. New: IAC web page has links to an array of artwork and photographic images related to immunization
  13. CDC issues guidelines for infection control in dental health-care settings
  14. New: Inactivated influenza VIS now available in French
Issue 432 - Dec 17, 2003
  1. Breaking news from CDC: Friday, December 19, is the date for "Influenza Update 2003" live satellite broadcast
Issue 431 - Dec 15, 2003
  1. CDC launches new influenza web section
  2. CDC's update on influenza activity for the 2003-04 season includes new recommendations for influenza prevention
  3. Standards for Adult Immunization Practices and Child and Adolescent Immunization Practices both available in journal-article format
  4. CDC requests information about acute encephalopathy associated with influenza virus infection in U.S. children
  5. Measles immunization campaigns in Iran and Turkey to reach 53 million children and young people
  6. IOM meeting on vaccines and autism set for February 9, 2004
Issue 430 - Dec 11, 2003
  1. Plan ahead: Use your year-end dollars to stock up on popular, practical immunization resources for 2004
Issue 429 - Dec 8, 2003
  1. CDC assesses current influenza vaccine supply and encourages vaccination of high-risk persons and health care workers
  2. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment confirms influenza death of five children
  3. CDC's "Immunization Works!" electronic newsletter for November includes information on changes to infant hepatitis B schedule
  4. New: IAC's latest professional education materials available on the Web
  5. HIV Vaccine Awareness Communications Campaign seeks partners for education and outreach
  6. Conference on Needle-Free and Auto Injectors to be held in London on February 23-24, 2004
Issue 428 - Dec 1, 2003
  1. CDC website posts a Q&A series about its Vaccine Safety Datalink Study on thimerosal-containing vaccines
  2. Latest edition of CDC's "Guide to Contraindications to Vaccinations" is available free of charge
  3. CDC issues print version of report on current hepatitis A outbreak in Pennsylvania and corrects electronic version
  4. Update: IAC revises two patient-education brochures
  5. Today is World AIDS Day
  6. Job opening: National Immunization Program seeks candidates for director of its Global Immunization Division
  7. Free: Bulk copies of the latest issue of "VACCINATE ADULTS" (November 2003) are available--place your order now
  8. January 15, 2004, is the deadline for abstracts for the 1st International Neonatal Vaccination Workshop
  9. Submit late-breaker abstracts for the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases as early as December 10
  10. CDC reports on global progress toward certifying polio eradication and laboratory containment of wild polioviruses
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November 2003 Back to top
Issue 427 - Nov 26, 2003
  1. CDC Health Update warns that the 2003-04 influenza season could be more severe than those in the recent past
  2. The National Influenza Summit urges the public to get immunized against influenza this season
  3. CDC offers clinicians a host of resources for the current influenza season
Issue 426 - Nov 24, 2003
  1. CDC issues warning about possible severe influenza season and urges vaccination
  2. CDC publishes information about current hepatitis A outbreak in Pennsylvania
  3. Updated: Reformatted Fahrenheit and Celsius vaccine temperature logs available on IAC's website
  4. Find "IAC EXPRESS" valuable? Then, please email your colleagues and ask them to sign up
  5. New VIS translation: 2003-04 inactivated influenza VIS now available in Ilokano
Issue 425 - Nov 17, 2003
  1. CDC Health Advisory: Consumers advised that recent hepatitis A outbreaks have been associated with green onions
  2. CDC reports on first human death associated with raccoon rabies
  3. Wisconsin enacts legislation requiring college students to receive meningococcal and hepatitis B information
  4. IAC posts new and revised Asian-language translations of the 2003-04 inactivated influenza VIS on its website
  5. Free: Bulk copies of the latest issue of "NEEDLE TIPS" (October 2003) are just a click away
  6. Last chance: Adult Immunization Record Card available by the carton at half-price--while supplies last
  7. December 15 is the deadline for abstracts for the National Conference on Immunization Coalitions
Issue 424 - Nov 10, 2003
  1. Looking for ideas to increase your state's immunization rates for seniors? Then take a lesson from Alabama's Betsy Frazer
  2. New: Fourth edition of "Vaccines" now available for order
  3. Updated: IAC makes major revision to its patient-education sheet "Hepatitis A, B, C: Learn the Differences"
  4. "Pediatrics" article reports on the use of immunization reminder and recall messages by pediatric providers
  5. Latest version of CDC's Adult CASA program includes four new reports
  6. New: Latest issue of GAVI's "Immunization Focus" quarterly publication is available online
  7. New VIS translations: Five VISs now available in Hindi on IAC's website
  8. Revised Turkish translations for three educational sheets now available on IAC's website
  9. CDC reports on recent progress toward polio eradication in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Sudan
Issue 423 - Nov 5, 2003
  1. Tetanus Toolkit: IAC pulls together tetanus immunization resources for health professionals and their patients
Issue 422 - Nov 3, 2003
  1. Looking for additional places to refer patients for flu vaccine? These nationwide email and phone resources will help
  2. Attention adult medical specialists: The latest issue of "Vaccinate Adults!" is on the Web
  3. CDC's Division of Viral Hepatitis launches Spanish version of its website
  4. "The Vaccine Handbook" is now available for order online or by phone
  5. CDC reports on 2002 Italian measles epidemic
  6. The Conference on Innovative Administration Systems for Vaccines is planned for December 18-19
  7. "Shots for Tots" Louisiana Infant Immunization Conference set for December 11-12 in New Orleans
  8. Revised: IAC corrects an error in the October 27 issue of "IAC EXPRESS"
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October 2003 Back to top
Issue 421 - Oct 31, 2003
  1. Unprotected People #58-62: Tetanus, a virtually preventable disease, still endangers and claims lives
Issue 420 - Oct 27, 2003
  1. CDC notifies readers about guidelines for maintaining and managing the vaccine cold chain
  2. CDC Health Update: CDC identifies clusters of influenza A infections; timely influenza vaccination urged
  3. New: CDC posts information about ACIP decision to recommend influenza vaccination for children age 6 to 23 months
  4. New: IAC adds substantial information on vaccine-preventable diseases to its public website
  5. CDC Health Advisory: Unvaccinated Pennsylvania resident reported to have contracted respiratory diphtheria in Haiti
  6. October issue of CDC's "Immunization Works!" newsletter is available online
  7. Order now: Adult Immunization Record Card available by the carton at half-price--while supplies last
  8. New: Audio-format VISs explain the inactivated influenza VIS to English- and Spanish-speaking patients
  9. New: IAC posts three resources to help you translate immunization records from foreign countries
Issue 419 - Oct 21, 2003
  1. Action needed within a week: Contact your senators about signing the current immunization appropriations letter
Issue 418 - Oct 20, 2003
  1. New: CDC posts comprehensive "Immunize Now" provider kit; CMS website has news about increased vaccine payments
  2. FDA and CDC statement counters rumors concerning influenza vaccination contamination
  3. New: October issue of "NEEDLE TIPS" is in the mail and on the Web
  4. Influenza vaccination of adults 50 and over and pneumococcal vaccination of adults 65 and over nowhere near 2010 goals
  5. National Medical Association promotes flu shots for African Americans
  6. New translation: Spanish-language live intranasal influenza vaccine VIS now on IAC website
  7. National Quality Forum endorses new national voluntary consensus standards for Nursing Home Performance Measures
  8. CDC notifies readers about its Viral Hepatitis Resource Center
  9. CDC notifies readers about the International Conference on Women and Infectious Diseases
  10. Thank you, readers, for faxing headlines from last week's Dear Abby column promoting influenza vaccination
  11. Report on the first phase of the Immunization Coalition Sustainability Project is complete and available online
Issue 417 - Oct 13, 2003
  1. Standards for Adult Immunization Practices and Child and Adolescent Immunization Practices now in public domain
  2. CDC publishes the Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule for 2003-04
  3. Dear Abby and IAC's executive director will team up to make the case for influenza immunization on October 14
  4. This week is Adult Immunization Awareness Week
  5. CDC reports on racial/ethnic disparities in influenza and pneumococcal vaccination levels among persons age 65 and over
  6. New AAP policy statement: "Increasing Immunization Coverage" available in current issue of "Pediatrics"
  7. Causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and development of autism not supported by Danish study
  8. Revised: CDC updates the online version of its booklet "Guidelines for Vaccinating Pregnant Women"
  9. Revised: Case-based influenza prevention teaching module available at no charge on the ATPM website
  10. IOM releases its review of influenza vaccines and neurological complications
Issue 416 - Oct 7, 2003
  1. Think of all the times you've turned to IAC for help—now, IAC is turning to you
  2. Federal and military employees: Help IAC by using agency code 0233 when you make your Combined Federal Campaign contribution
Issue 415 - Oct 6, 2003
  1. National health officials urge influenza and pneumococcal vaccination at NFID/NCAI press conference
  2. Stephen L. Cochi, MD, MPH, named deputy director of CDC's National Immunization Program
  3. "Immunization Techniques" video will update your staff's vaccine administration skills for flu vaccination season
  4. IAC adds "MSM Vaccination" page to its website
  5. CDC offers new resources for preventing hepatitis A at concerts and festivals
  6. CDC adds vaccine manufacturers' current phone numbers to its emergency procedures for protecting vaccine inventories
  7. New: Bilingual video and DVD explain the inactivated influenza VIS to English- and Spanish-speaking patients
  8. New: IAC website posts new VIS translations for inactivated influenza vaccine and meningococcal vaccine
  9. CDC notifies readers about SARS and the use of influenza vaccine
  10. CDC reports on incidence of cardiac deaths following 1947 New York City smallpox vaccination campaign
  11. CDC reports on investigation of deaths among U.S. postal service workers potentially exposed to bacillus anthracis
  12. Rescheduled: October 23 is the new date for "Vaccinate Before You Graduate" adolescent immunization broadcast
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September 2003 Back to top
Issue 414 - Sept 29, 2003
  1. CDC releases ACIP recommendations on using live, attenuated influenza vaccine
  2. CDC reports on transmission of hepatitis B and C viruses in U.S. outpatient settings during 2000-02
  3. Read it now: Washington Post article "Measles Cases Rebounding in Affluent Society" accessible until October 5
  4. New: September 2003 issue of "VACCINATE WOMEN" now online
  5. September issue of CDC's "Immunization Works!" available online
  6. CDC issues update on recent U.S. and global influenza activity
  7. American Lung Association encourages flu vaccine for people with asthma and lung disease, as well as senior citizens
  8. CDC notifies readers about FDA approval of INFANRIX for fifth consecutive DTaP vaccine dose
  9. Reminder: Register for CDC's "Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases" course in California
  10. CDC notifies readers about status of standards of excellence for immunization registries
  11. CDC issues Health Advisory about a current multi-state outbreak of foodborne hepatitis A
  12. CDC reports on laboratory surveillance for wild and vaccine-derived polioviruses
Issue 413 - Sept 22, 2003
  1. CDC reports on decline in varicella incidence, 1990-2001
  2. CDC reports on measles epidemic in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, July 13-September 13, 2003
  3. Revised: IAC updates its Prototype of "Notification of Vaccination" Letter
Issue 412 - Sept 17, 2003
  1. CDC issues instructions for protecting vaccine in the event of weather catastrophes
Issue 411 - Sept 15, 2003
  1. New: CDC releases VIS for intranasal influenza vaccine and makes minor change to inactivated influenza VIS
  2. Just in time for flu vaccination season: National Immunization Program posts 2003-04 "Flu Gallery" materials
  3. New: National Immunization Program issues Influenza Vaccine Bulletin #3 for the 2003-04 influenza season
  4. Minnesota expands and changes day care and school entry requirements for three childhood vaccines
  5. CDC reports on global progress toward childhood hepatitis B vaccination
  6. IAC's newest web section features PowerPoint presentations
  7. IAC posts new VIS translations for inactivated influenza, meningococcal, inactivated polio, and MMR vaccines
  8. IAC's Hepatitis Prevention Programs website now features 90 programs
Issue 410 - Sept 8, 2003
  1. CDC reports on a multistate outbreak of hepatitis A among young adult concert attendees
  2. HFI's 2003 Hep Summit to take place November 10-11
  3. CDC notifies readers about incomplete packages of Aventis Pasteur rabies vaccine
  4. UNICEF announces Zambia's recent measles campaign vaccinated nearly five million children
Issue 409 - Sept 5, 2003
  1. Story #57: MMWR reports influenza as the cause of severe illness and death among 14 young people in Michigan
Issue 408 - Sept 2, 2003
  1. CDC updates providers about issues related to the power outage and vaccine storage
  2. CDC expects influenza vaccine supply to meet demand
  3. Death of Dr. Natalie Smith is a great loss to the U.S. immunization community
  4. August "Immunization Works!" electronic newsletter now available on IAC website
  5. Reminder: NNii website maintains information on state vaccine mandates
  6. September 5 is the registration deadline for CHOP's Vaccine Education Symposium
  7. Revised: IAC updates its patient education sheet "If you have chronic hepatitis B (HBV) infection . . ."
  8. CDC reports on adverse events following civilian smallpox vaccination
  9. CDC reports on polio eradication in Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo
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August 2003 Back to top
Issue 407 - Aug 25, 2003
  1. CDC notifies readers about recommendations for the timing of influenza vaccination in the 2003-04 influenza season
  2. New: IAC expands its web content on immunization mandates
  3. Get ready for influenza vaccination season with the help of IAC's Adult Immunization Record Cards
  4. IAC helps health professionals give their non-English speaking patients current VIS information
  5. CDC reports on vaccination coverage of children entering U.S. schools
  6. New: 2003-04 edition of CDC's "Health Information for International Travel" (The Yellow Book) now available
Issue 406 - Aug 18, 2003
  1. Revised: Updated "Standards for Adult Immunization Practices" now available in abstract form
  2. Reminder: August 21 is the date for CDC's satellite broadcast "Immunization Update 2003"
  3. Free: Bulk copies of the latest issue of "NEEDLE TIPS" (Spring 2003) are just a click away
  4. Spring 2003 issue of "B Informed" features many useful articles
  5. "Vaccinate Before You Graduate" adolescent immunization conference will be broadcast September 18
Issue 405 - Aug 15, 2003
  1. Important: CDC releases information about the impact of the August 14 power outage on vaccine storage
Issue 404 - Aug 11, 2003
  1. CDC reports on vaccination coverage levels among U.S. children in 2002
  2. New edition of "Vaccines: What You Should Know" available for order
  3. IAC reorganizes Unprotected People reports and asks readers to send in influenza articles
  4. IOM report urges major changes in U.S. vaccination financing and delivery
  5. Three states enact legislation for a variety of educational institutions
  6. New translations: 2003-2004 inactivated influenza VIS now available in nine languages
  7. "American Journal of Preventive Medicine" article indicates lack of consistent evidence for autism-thimerosal connection
  8. Updated: IAC revises its patient education sheet on reliable sources of immunization information
  9. New: Superheroes poster is a colorful reminder of IAC's four websites
  10. CDC publishes updated pneumococcal vaccination recommendations for cochlear implant candidates and recipients
  11. CDC releases updated slide set on hepatitis A
  12. Immunization Registry Conference scheduled for October 27-29 in Atlanta
  13. CDC reports on vaccination services in postwar Iraq
  14. Latest Afghani measles immunization campaign reaches 5 million children
Issue 403 - Aug 4, 2003
  1. AAP issues an erratum about epinephrine information published in the "2003 Red Book"
  2. "Pediatrics" publishes a clinical report on immunization of preterm and low birth weight infants
  3. Menomune is once again available in single-dose vials
  4. CDC announces the number of children receiving vaccines is at an all time high
  5. Revised: National Immunization Program updates the meningococcal VIS
  6. CDC seeks information on provider-based quality improvement projects aimed at enhancing immunization delivery
  7. Revised: IAC updates "It's Federal Law!" health professional information sheet about VISs
  8. CDC updates pneumococcal vaccination recommendations for cochlear implant candidates and recipients
  9. CDC reports on vaccination coverage among Alaska Native children and on other American Indian and Alaska Native health issues
  10. September 29 is deadline for abstracts for the 2004 National STD Prevention Conference
  11. IAC adds new resources to its Hepatitis Prevention Programs website
  12. WHO reports Angola vaccinated almost 5 million children against polio
Issue 402 - Aug 1, 2003
  1. If your workplace benefits from a health department immunization program, please contact your senators soon about the need for increased funding
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July 2003 Back to top
Issue 401 - July 28, 2003
  1. New: National Immunization Program publishes "Influenza Vaccine Bulletin #2" for influenza season 2003-04
  2. New: July issue of "Immunization Works!" electronic newsletter available online
  3. FDA approves supplement to Infanrix license, allowing providers to give it as a fifth consecutive DTaP dose
  4. JAMA article links autism to accelerated brain growth in the first year of life
  5. IAC continually updates its web page on the hepatitis B vaccine birth dose
  6. New: Children's Vaccine Program at PATH posts free vaccine advocacy tools online
  7. CDC reports on polio eradication efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan
Issue 400 - July 21, 2003
  1. Reminder to providers: Medicare administration reimbursement rates for influenza and pneumococcal vaccination have almost doubled
  2. Mark your calendar: August 21 is the date for CDC's satellite broadcast "Immunization Update 2003"
  3. CHOP makes "Vaccines: Separating Fact From Fear" video available in Spanish
  4. Adult Immunization Schedule now available in Spanish
  5. CDC announces initiative to raise awareness of the importance of early autism screening and intervention
  6. GAVI's most recent quarterly newsletter available online
  7. IAC adds "Dialysis, Viral Hepatitis, and Immunization" page to its website
  8. WHO letter reports on Islamic legal scholars' verdict on the medicinal use of gelatin derived from pork products
  9. North Carolina Immunization Conference set for October 1-3 in Greensboro
Issue 399 - July 14, 2003
  1. Look here for the materials you need to promote National Immunization Awareness Month
  2. "New York Times" editorial champions adult immunization
  3. NMA brochure on meningitis on college campuses now available
  4. Indiana enacts varicella legislation for kindergarten and first grade attendance
  5. WHO's Weekly Epidemiologic Record keeps readers informed about disease outbreaks around the globe
  6. Erie County Professional Immunization Seminar set for September 24
  7. APHA annual meeting planned for November 15-19 in San Francisco
  8. CDC publishes an update of smallpox adverse events surveillance
  9. CDC publishes an update on the current monkeypox outbreak
Issue 398 - July 7, 2003
  1. June issue of CDC's "Immunization Works!" electronic newsletter is packed with timely news
  2. Article about hepatitis B vaccination of high-risk adults makes case for federal funding
  3. NNii combs national and international press to generate content for "Immunization Newsbriefs"
  4. New website for MSM lists clinics providing free or low-cost hepatitis A and B vaccination
  5. Wisconsin Hepatitis Conference set for September 5
  6. CDC updates interim guidance for use of smallpox vaccine, cidofovir, and vaccinia immune globulin for prevention and treatment of monkeypox infections
  7. CDC publishes an update on current monkeypox outbreak
Issue 397 - July 2, 2003
  1. CDC confirms monkeypox in rodents; issues interim recommendations to curb further spread
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June 2003 Back to top
Issue 396 - June 30, 2003
  1. IAC's new "Immunization Registries" web page simplifies access to online resources
  2. Every Child By Two electronic newsletter makes it easy to keep up with federal immunization legislation
  3. North Carolina enacts meningococcal legislation for college attendance
  4. Routine immunization of children re-established across Iraq
  5. CDC publishes an update on current monkeypox outbreak
  6. Annual SIGN meeting to be held September 18-20 in Nairobi, back-to-back with the Africa AIDS Conference
  7. DHHS receives report of the National Advisory Committee on Children and Terrorism
Issue 395 - June 26, 2003
  1. CDC publishes announcement that National HIV Testing Day is Friday, June 27
Issue 394 - June 23, 2003
  1. FDA approves license for FluMist intranasal influenza virus vaccine
  2. Seventy-five percent of U.S. tetanus deaths occur in people age 60 and older, according to CDC's 1998-2000 surveillance
  3. Three states enact immunization legislation for college attendance
  4. "Immunization Techniques" video prepares you and your staff for the summer and fall immunization rush
  5. CDC reports 32 new monkeypox cases as the outbreak spreads to three more states
  6. Old Vaccine Injury Compensation Program web address is functional again
  7. CDC reports on a hepatitis A outbreak among restaurant patrons in Massachusetts in 2001
  8. Tuesday, June 24, is the new abstract submission deadline for CDC's Fourth Immunization Registry Conference
  9. CDC reports on Nigeria's progress toward polio eradication
Issue 393 - June 23, 2003
  1. Use your clout, "IAC EXPRESS" readers! Convince your U.S. senators to sign the 2004 immunization appropriation letter--TODAY
Issue 392 - June 16, 2003
  1. Four states enact immunization legislation for college attendance
  2. CDC reports on current multistate outbreak of monkeypox
  3. New: IAC adds "Evaluating Health Information on the Internet" to two of its websites
  4. IAC's Adult Immunization Record Cards make your patients partners in staying current on immunizations
  5. Attention pharmacists: sign up now for free credit for the "Adult Immunization Update 2003" Web and satellite broadcast
  6. Registration opens June 17 for "AIDS Vaccine 2003" conference
Issue 391 - June 13, 2003
  1. Story #56: MMWR article describes two of nine varicella deaths reported in the United States in 2002
Issue 390 - June 12, 2003
  1. CDC Health Alert presents guidance on using smallpox vaccine, cidofovir, and vaccinia immune globulin in preventing and treating monkeypox infections
Issue 389 - June 9, 2003
  1. Vaccines For Children (VFC) program supports a universal hepatitis B birth dose policy
  2. CDC reports on 2002-03 influenza activity in the U.S. and worldwide and on composition of the 2003-04 influenza vaccine
  3. Information from the National Influenza Summit 2003 now posted on the American Medical Association website
  4. CDC allows immunization providers to use VISs with old Vaccine Injury Compensation Program Web address
  5. Reminder: June 26 is the date for CDC's "Adult Immunization Update 2003" satellite broadcast
  6. Minnesota passes new immunization law for pharmacists
  7. California Distance Learning Health Network's broadcast on eliminating immunization disparities set for July 10
  8. IAC makes minor correction to an attachment to its "Vaccination Record for Adults" professional education sheet
  9. Institute of Medicine releases third letter report on CDC's smallpox vaccination program implementation
  10. CDC reports on recent progress in eradicating polio in Southern Africa
  11. MMWR issues a correction to the Recommendations and Reports for Prevention and Control of Influenza
Issue 388 - June 2, 2003
  1. American Academy of Pediatrics paper rebuts article purporting a connection between thimerosal and autism
  2. Article traces the American Academy of Pediatrics' history of support for the hepatitis B vaccine birth dose
  3. National Immunization Program releases Influenza Vaccine Bulletin #1 for influenza season 2003-04
  4. New: Updated editions of three significant immunization resources available for order
  5. NFID report offers lots of ideas for boosting childhood influenza immunization rates
  6. Know someone with chronic hepatitis B infection? If so, be sure to tell them about the "B-Informed 2003" conference!
  7. New: English- and Spanish-language hepatitis B Vaccine Information Statements available in audio format
  8. CDC publishes an update about cardiac-related events during the smallpox vaccination program
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May 2003 Back to top
Issue 387 - May 30, 2003
  1. Story #55: Pertussis claims life of Texas infant
Issue 386 - May 27, 2003
  1. May "Immunization Works!" bursting with good information
  2. CDC reports on global measles control
  3. IAC's Hepatitis Prevention Programs website adds five new programs and a support group section
  4. IAC posts presentations from CDC's 2003 National Hepatitis Coordinators' Conference
  5. CDC publishes an update of smallpox adverse events surveillance
Issue 385 - May 19, 2003
  1. CDC notifies readers about the end of the PCV7 vaccine shortage and reports on pneumococcal disease among vaccinees
  2. CDC's 2003-2004 Inactivated Influenza Vaccine Information Statement is now available
  3. Employment opportunity at the Immunization Action Coalition in St. Paul, MN
  4. New: IAC adds two more valuable web pages to its website
  5. Gripping "Photo Notebook of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases" and "Slide Set of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases" available
  6. HHS expands online health information for Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders
  7. Last week's "ER" episode included a powerful immunization message. Please let NBC know you appreciated it!
  8. Free teleconferences update health professionals on immunizing adults against tetanus and diphtheria
  9. Position opening: PKIDS seeks Coordinator of Educational Outreach for its office in Vancouver, WA
  10. Many newly translated and revised Vaccine Information Statements are available on the IAC website
  11. Report of proceedings of the SIGN 2002 annual meeting now available on the Web
  12. CDC publishes an update of smallpox adverse events surveillance
Issue 384 - May 12, 2003
  1. Attention adult medicine specialists: Spring 2003 issue of "Vaccinate Adults!" is available now
  2. April "Immunization Works!" gives providers ideas for talking with vaccine-hesitant parents
  3. CMS releases new Medicare payment rates for administering influenza, pneumococcal, and hepatitis B vaccines
  4. New on the Web: The Sabin Vaccine Institute posts white paper on global vaccine shortage
  5. Hepatitis B Foundation re-launches website
  6. After six months and almost 1,200 deaths, Burkina Faso's meningitis epidemic eases
  7. 2003 National HIV Prevention Conference to take place in Atlanta on July 27-30
  8. Illinois Immunization and Communicable Disease Conference set for July 14-16
  9. CDC notifies readers about special Mother's Day supplement to "Pediatrics"
  10. CDC publishes an update of smallpox vaccine adverse events surveillance
Issue 383 - May 5, 2003
  1. "NEEDLE TIPS" spring 2003 issue is in the mail and on the Web
  2. Updated: IAC's vaccine administration records now come with how-to-record examples
  3. Time during which reconstituted 10-dose vials of Menomune may be used is extended from 10 days to 35 days
  4. New: "Vaccination in Long-Term Care" added to IAC's "Topics of Interest" e-library
  5. Mark your calendar: June 26 is the date for CDC's satellite broadcast "Adult Immunization Update"
  6. New: CDC's Spanish-language infant immunization materials ready for downloading or ordering
  7. June 17 is the deadline for submitting abstracts for the 2003 Immunization Registry Conference
  8. CDC issues "Summary of Notifiable Diseases--United States, 2001"
  9. Free! Copies of "VACCINATE ADULTS!" (Summer 2002 issue) available for the asking
  10. CDC reports data from the National Smallpox in Pregnancy Registry
  11. New: English-language anthrax VIS and Thai-language PCV7 VIS available on IAC's website
  12. CDC publishes guidance on HIPAA privacy rule and public health
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April 2003 Back to top
Issue 382 - April 30, 2003
  1. IAC's e-libraries link you to an abundance of practical, topical immunization resources
Issue 381 - April 28, 2003
  1. CDC releases recommendations on prevention and control of influenza
  2. CDC clarifies hepatitis B birth dose information presented in its earlier notification about PEDIARIX combination vaccine
  3. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists places its guidelines on immunization during pregnancy into the public domain
  4. New on the Web: "Vaccines Across the Life Span, 2003"
  5. Maine adopts regulations requiring hepatitis B vaccination for children attending licensed daycare facilities
  6. Act today: April 28 is early bird registration deadline for the National Conference on Immunization Coalitions
  7. New vaccination website offers valuable vaccine information plus an online childhood/adolescent immunization scheduler
  8. CDC presents progress report on global eradication of poliomyelitis
  9. Angola launches campaign to immunize seven million children against measles by May 19
  10. CDC reports on success of the 2002 Afghani measles vaccination campaign
  11. CDC publishes an update of smallpox vaccine adverse events surveillance
  12. CDC notifies readers about "M Guide Online Knowledge Centers"
Issue 380 - April 21, 2003
  1. Paul Offit's editorial explains the power of the anecdote in influencing parents' immunization decisions
  2. Updated: New edition of "Plain Talk About Childhood Immunizations" now available online
  3. Revised: IAC corrects errors on two professional education sheets
  4. CDC clarifies measles information published in a footnote to the "Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule--United States, 2002-2003"
  5. Afghani polio immunization campaign set to vaccinate 6 million children
  6. CDC publishes an update of smallpox vaccine adverse events surveillance
Issue 379 - April 14, 2003
  1. American Council on Science and Health posts immunization publications online
  2. April 30 is application deadline for NPI's 2003 Excellence in Immunization Awards
  3. It's National Infant Immunization Week
  4. India launches massive polio immunization campaign
  5. "End of Polio" website's photo essay chronicles the eradication of the long-prevalent disease
  6. New translations: Vaccine Information Statements for MMR available in nine additional languages
  7. Minnesota Department of Health's "Viral Hepatitis Compendium" a good resource for health professionals
  8. Free! Copies of "NEEDLE TIPS" (Summer 2002 issue) available for the asking
  9. CDC publishes an update of smallpox vaccine adverse events surveillance
Issue 378 - April 11, 2003
  1. CDC publishes guidance on HIPAA Privacy Rule and Public Health
Issue 377 - April 7, 2003
  1. Neuropathologists write in "Pediatrics" that a link between thimerosal and autism is improbable
  2. Paul Offit's and Charles Hackett's "Pediatrics" article concludes that studies fail to show that vaccines cause chronic diseases
  3. CDC notifies readers about ACIP recommendations for additional exclusion criteria for smallpox vaccination program
  4. New: Immunization Action Coalition launches "HEP EXPRESS" electronic newsletter
  5. FDA approves preservative-free diphtheria and tetanus toxoids adsorbed (DT) for pediatric use
  6. Immunization coalitions to see lots of activity in upcoming weeks
  7. Dr. Carlo Urbani, communicable disease expert, dies of SARS
  8. CDC publishes an update of smallpox vaccine adverse events surveillance
  9. CDC publishes supplemental Recommendations for Using Smallpox Vaccine in a Pre-Event Vaccination Program
  10. CDC report describes hepatitis C virus transmission to organ and tissue recipients of antibody-negative donor
  11. Turn to CDC and WHO Internet sites for current SARS information
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March 2003 Back to top
Issue 376 - Mar 31, 2003
  1. CDC reports on cardiac adverse events following smallpox vaccination
  2. Available online: Transcript of CDC news conference on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and smallpox vaccine program
  3. New: CDC to introduce Spanish-language and Native American immunization materials during National Infant Immunization Week April 13-19
  4. IOM report urges CDC to assess the progress and safety of its smallpox vaccination program as it prepares for expansion
  5. CDC publishes a worldwide update on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
  6. CDC publishes Preliminary Clinical Description of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
  7. CDC reports on Egypt's progress in poliomyelitis eradication in 2002
  8. CDC notifies readers about the National Smallpox in Pregnancy Registry
  9. Reminder: NFID Sixth Annual Conference on Vaccine Research set for May 5-7
Issue 375 - Mar 26, 2003
  1. CDC issues press release: Temporary Deferral Recommended for Heart Patients Volunteering for Smallpox Vaccination
Issue 374 - Mar 24, 2003
  1. New on the Web: "Infectious Diseases in Children" monograph offers vital information on talking to parents about vaccines
  2. "Immunization Techniques" video--a powerful staff teaching tool you can't afford to be without
  3. New translations: PCV7 VIS available in Spanish; MMR VIS available in Thai
  4. Popular self-study course "Teaching Immunization Practices for Nurses" is updated for 2003
  5. Use "Power of 10" campaign materials to boost your adult patients' tetanus and diphtheria immunization rates
  6. CDC releases report on animal rabies prevention and control
  7. New: Yellow fever vaccine VIS now available
  8. CDC publishes clinical description of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
  9. CDC publishes an update on 2002-03 influenza season
  10. CDC reports on current outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
  11. CDC publishes an update of smallpox vaccine adverse events surveillance
  12. CDC publishes a Public Health Dispatch on transmission of d9 measles in the Region of the Americas
Issue 373 - Mar 19, 2003
  1. CDC releases "Updated Interim Domestic Infection Control Guidance in the Health Care and Community Setting for Patients with Suspected Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)"
Issue 372 - Mar 17, 2003
  1. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS): Interim Information and Recommendations for Health Care Providers
Issue 371 - Mar 17, 2003
  1. Reader alert: CDC to clarify its notification about Pediarix pediatric combination vaccine
  2. CDC makes corrections to recommendations on prevention and control of hepatitis infections in correctional settings
  3. IOM Immunization Safety Review Committee's study indicates no link between SIDS and childhood vaccines
  4. New translations: Updated smallpox VIS now available in nine languages
  5. New: Learn the fine points of vaccine storage and handling from IAC's latest education sheet
  6. New: IAC adds to its library of reliable immunization resources
  7. New: Pro-vaccine experts and parents available for vaccine safety interviews
  8. CDC notifies readers about the National Vaccine Advisory Committee's report on strengthening the vaccine supply
  9. Updated: IAC revises its information sheet about vaccines distributed in the United States
  10. CDC publishes update of smallpox vaccine adverse events surveillance
Issue 370 - Mar 10, 2003
  1. Updated "Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases" now available
  2. Second printing of "Parents Guide to Childhood Immunizations" now available from the National Immunization Program
  3. Updated: Revised "Guide for Vaccinating Pregnant Women" now on the National Immunization Program website
  4. Coming soon: National Infant Immunization Week is scheduled for April 13-19
  5. CDC reports on vaccination coverage among children enrolled in Head Start and licensed child care facilities and those entering school
  6. WHO's redesigned injection safety web pages include information about the Safe Injection Global Network
  7. New: CDC releases smallpox information for clinicians
  8. CDC clarifies catch-up schedule for Hib vaccine
  9. CDC reports on polio eradication in India
  10. CDC publishes update of smallpox vaccine adverse events surveillance
  11. Reader alert: April 15 is the date for Massachusetts' Annual Adult Immunization Conference
Issue 369 - Mar 3, 2003
  1. CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices votes on recommendations for the use of Pediarix vaccine
  2. UNICEF's plan to immunize four million Iraqi children against polio goes forward despite threat of war
  3. Three million Rwandan children immunized against measles
  4. CDC publishes update of smallpox vaccine adverse events surveillance
  5. Boost your clinic's immunization rate--IAC's Adult Immunization Record Cards prompt patients to keep immunizations up to date
  6. CDC issues supplemental Recommendations for Using Smallpox Vaccine in a Pre-Event Vaccination Program
  7. Track pending immunization legislation the easy way on the website of the National Conference of State Legislatures
  8. Attention immunization coalitions: The Immunization Coalition Sustainability Project needs your input
  9. Newly available: IOM report from the Los Angeles workshop on immunization finance is in print and online
  10. Immunize for Life conference scheduled for May 15-16 in Grand Forks, ND
  11. MMWR notifies readers about availability of Maxi-Vac smallpox vaccination software
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February 2003 Back to top
Issue 368 - Feb 24, 2003
  1. CDC publishes information on smallpox vaccine adverse events among the first wave of vaccinated civilians
  2. CDC publishes recommendations for clinicians on smallpox vaccination and adverse reactions
  3. Update: IAC adds more video clips and photos to its new website for the public and health professionals
  4. Update: IAC makes minor revisions to "It's Federal Law!!" professional education piece on Vaccine Information Statements
  5. Conference of the International Society of Travel Medicine set for May 7-11 in New York
  6. Reader alert: February 28 is registration deadline for Minnesota conference on adult vaccine preventable diseases
Issue 367 - Feb 17, 2003
  1. Jade Ribbon Campaign offers hepatitis B information to the nation's Asian American and Pacific Islander community
  2. April 28 is early bird registration deadline for the National Conference on Immunization Coalitions

Issue 366 - Feb 13, 2003

Story #54: Medical errors cause two more children to be chronically infected with hepatitis B

Issue 365 - Feb 10, 2003
  1. New! IAC releases results from its 2002 Hepatitis B Birth Dose Survey
  2. New! IAC's latest professional education pieces make a strong case for giving all newborns hepatitis B vaccine in the hospital
  3. Revised: IAC updates the popular "Questions Frequently Asked About Hepatitis B" information piece
  4. Revised: IAC updates dosage information on its "Hepatitis A & B Vaccines" professional education piece
  5. Revised! CDC's updated MMR Vaccine Information Statement available on IAC's website in three languages
  6. New! CD-ROM on smallpox vaccination techniques now available
  7. Open meeting of IOM Committee on Smallpox Vaccination Program Implementation set for February 13 in Washington, DC
  8. CDC establishes Smallpox Vaccine Adverse Events Monitoring System
  9. CDC's AFIX strategy helps providers raise immunization coverage levels
  10. CDC releases guidelines on laboratory testing and result reporting of antibody to hepatitis C virus
  11. CDC compares HIV/STD risk differences for men who have sex with men and disclose their sexual orientation and those who do not disclose
  12. Reader alert! February 19 is deadline for abstracts for the National HIV Prevention Conference
  13. New edition! Comprehensive book on infection control in child care and preschool settings is updated
  14. Free! Get your "Immunization . . . Not Just Kids' Stuff" posters while they last
  15. New! European Vaccine Manufacturers announce website launch
Issue 364 - Feb 05, 2003
  1. Help IAC! Provide a link on your website to IAC's newest website: http://www.vaccineinformation.org
Issue 363 - Feb 03, 2003
  1. CDC publishes "Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule--United States, 2003"
  2. CDC notifies readers that use of standing orders for influenza and pneumococcal vaccination can increase vaccination rates among persons age 65 and over
  3. New! "What If You Don't Immunize Your Child" brochure can help convince hesitant parents to choose vaccination
  4. New edition! Canadian Paediatric Society publishes revised vaccination guide for parents
  5. Reminder: CDC satellite broadcast series on vaccine-preventable diseases begins February 13
  6. Reminder: CDC's National Immunization Conference is set for March 17-20 in Chicago
  7. Revised! CDC issues updated version of smallpox Vaccine Information Statement
  8. Website of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health offers bilingual health information
  9. New! Hepatitis C video "The Hidden Epidemic" now available from HFI
  10. IOM report lists immunization as one of twenty priority areas that can transform U.S. health care system
  11. March 10 is application deadline for hepatitis C educational workshop grants
  12. IOM Immunization Safety Review Committee to meet about the safety of influenza vaccine on March 13-14
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January 2003 Back to top
Issue 362 - Jan 27, 2003
  1. CDC releases recommendations on prevention and control of hepatitis virus infections in correctional settings
  2. IOM report urges caution in implementing national smallpox immunization program
  3. CDC publishes guidance for clinicians on smallpox vaccination and adverse reactions
  4. New! CDC's "2001-2002 State Immunization Requirements" now on IAC website
  5. CDC releases surveillance summary on safety after immunization
  6. Professional education pieces on the management of patients chronically infected with HBV are updated on IAC's website
  7. February 4 is the date for CDC's satellite broadcast and webcast on clinical management of smallpox adverse events
  8. CDC publishes report on a recent rabies death in Iowa
  9. CDC broadcast on smallpox and vaccinia for laboratorians is set for January 29
  10. MMWR notifies readers that vaccine research conference is set for May 5-7; February 7 is abstract deadline
Issue 361 - Jan 21, 2003
  1. IAC reorganizes and expands its Vaccine Safety resources
  2. New translation! MMR Vaccine Information Statement now in Spanish
  3. JCAHO's article on protecting newborns from hepatitis B now on IAC's website
  4. New! "Hepatitis B and Refugees: A Clinical Perspective" PowerPoint presentation now available on CDC website
  5. Kids with hepatitis can go to camp!
  6. CDC publishes update on influenza activity for the current season
  7. Free! IAC's "Roll Up Your Sleeves" pre-teen hepatitis B poster available for the asking
  8. CDC requests information about encephalopathy cases in children with influenza
Issue 360 - Jan 16, 2003

Story #53: Outbreak of pneumococcal pneumonia in a New Jersey nursing home claims four lives
Issue 359 - Jan 13, 2003
  1. JAMA reports U.S. influenza deaths rising steadily
  2. Freeware puts 2003 childhood immunization schedule in the palm of your hand
  3. Updated! NNii revises and adds new sections to its "Communicating with Patients about Immunization" resource kit
  4. CDC reports on a recent pertussis outbreak among adults in Illinois
  5. Take note: Registration begins January 23 for CDC's "Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases" satellite broadcast and webcast series
  6. Reminder: CDC's National Hepatitis Coordinators' Conference set for January 26-30 in San Antonio
  7. ASTHO pandemic influenza report urges state officials to prepare for a likely epidemic
  8. New! Program report and advocacy booklet available online from the Children's Vaccine Program at PATH
  9. GAVI's most recent quarterly newsletter available online
  10. FDA advises blood-collection industry about accepting blood from donors recently vaccinated against smallpox
  11. CDC summarizes Cambodia's success in reducing measles incidence
Issue 358 - Jan 09, 2003

Story #52: As the New Year begins, a parent expresses gratitude for immunization
Issue 357 - Jan 06, 2003
  1. New! "Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule--United States, 2003" available on IAC website
  2. Highly recommended: "Vaccines and Your Baby" video answers parents' questions and concerns about vaccines
  3. New! CDC creates a web page for smallpox Q&As
  4. CDC Program "Smallpox Preparedness: Considerations for Response Team Volunteers" to be rebroadcast January 9
  5. New! CD-ROM and video of "CDC Bioterrorism Update: Smallpox Preparedness" now available
  6. CDC publishes article indicating that people with bleeding disorders are unlikely to contract viral hepatitis from blood products
  7. Register soon: January 17 is "early bird" registration deadline for CDC's National Immunization Conference
  8. Conference on Needle-Free and Auto Injectors to be held February 24-25 in London
  9. Reminder: Symposium on Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease will take place April 6-10 in Sydney, Australia
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