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Immunization Action Coalition
IAC Express 2007
Issue number 655: April 2, 2007
 
Contents of this Issue
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  1. New: FDA advisory panel selects vaccine strains that will make up the U.S. influenza vaccine for 2007-08
  2. New: April 2007 issue of Vaccinate Adults is on the Web and soon to be mailed
  3. HHS officially approves reorganization of CDC's Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases
  4. March 28 issue of IAC's Hep Express electronic newsletter now online
  5. English and Spanish VISs for most child and adult vaccines now in audio, multimedia, and web-page video format
  6. CDC issues "Summary of Notifiable Diseases—United States, 2005"
  7. Register now for the B Informed 2007 patient conference
  8. CDC reports on progress toward polio eradication in Nigeria in 2005-06
  9. AIM Provider Toolkit is a resource guide for immunization in Michigan
  10. Connections in Health Care conference scheduled for June 20-21 in Duluth, MN
  11. Public Health Congress planned for July 16-18 in Washington, DC
 
Abbreviations
AAFP, American Academy of Family Physicians; AAP, American Academy of Pediatrics; ACIP, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices; AMA, American Medical Association; CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; FDA, Food and Drug Administration; IAC, Immunization Action Coalition; MMWR, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; NCIRD, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases; NIVS, National Influenza Vaccine Summit; VIS, Vaccine Information Statement; VPD, vaccine-preventable disease; WHO, World Health Organization.
  
Issue 655: April 2, 2007
1.  New: FDA advisory panel selects vaccine strains that will make up the U.S. influenza vaccine for 2007-08

The FDA website recently posted the following information about the selection of the vaccine strains that will compose the U.S. influenza vaccine for the 2007-08 influenza season.


FDA's Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) met in Gaithersburg, Maryland, on February 28, 2007, to select the influenza virus strains for the composition of the influenza vaccine for use in the 2007-2008 U.S. influenza season. During this meeting, the advisory panel reviewed and evaluated the surveillance data related to epidemiology and antigenic characteristics, serological responses to 2006/2007 vaccines, and the availability of candidate strains and reagents.

The panel recommended that vaccines to be used in the 2007-2008 influenza season in the U.S. contain the following:
  • An A/Solomon Islands/3/2006 (H1N1)-like virus;
  • An A/Wisconsin/67/2005 (H3N2)-like virus;
  • A B/Malaysia/2506/2004-like virus

The influenza vaccine composition to be used in the 2007-2008 influenza season in the U.S. is identical to that recommended by the World Health Organization on February 14, 2007.

To access the information from the FDA website, go to:
http://www.fda.gov/cber/flu/flu2007.htm

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2 New: April 2007 issue of Vaccinate Adults is on the Web and soon to be mailed

IAC will soon be mailing the latest issue of Vaccinate Adults (April 2007) to 145,000 adult medicine specialists and others who work in the field of immunization. Packed with immunization resources for health professionals and patients, the 12-page issue is well worth downloading. All articles and education pieces have been thoroughly reviewed by immunization and hepatitis experts at CDC.


HOW TO READ VACCINATE ADULTS ON THE WEB
You can view selected articles from the table of contents below or download the entire issue from the Web.

To view the table of contents with links to individual articles, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/va

The PDF file of the entire issue, linked below, is large. For tips on downloading and printing PDF files, go to: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/tips.htm

To download a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the April issue, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/va/va19.pdf

Below are descriptions of articles published in the April issue, followed by links:


GENERAL IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION
(1) In "Ask the experts," immunization and hepatitis experts from CDC answer questions about vaccines and their recommended use.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/va/va19exprt.pdf


ADULT IMMUNIZATION (two resources)
(1) "Healthcare personnel vaccination recommendations" includes the most current recommendations for the following vaccines: measles-mumps-rubella; tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis; and varicella.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/va/hcw_recomendations.pdf

(2) Formatted for easy photocopying, the four-page "Recommended adult immunization schedule, U.S., October 2006–September 2007" is a must-have reference for health professionals who see adult patients.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/va/va19adultsched.pdf


VIRAL HEPATITIS
(1) "Viral hepatitis education materials for patients and staff" offers five resources: two professional-education sheets and three patient-screening questionnaires. The professional materials reflect the most current information on hepatitis A, B, and C. The patient questionnaires inform patients on who should receive hepatitis A and B vaccines and who should be tested for hepatitis C. All can be downloaded.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the page, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/va/hepatitismaterials.pdf


IAC RESOURCES (two resources)
(1) "Essential immunization resources from IAC" presents a succinct overview and catalog of IAC's resources.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/va/va19resour.pdf

(2) Written by IAC's executive director, Deborah L. Wexler, MD, "Immunization Action Coalition resources keep you current!" presents a succinct overview of new vaccines and new vaccine recommendations that are pertinent to adult immunization. It concludes with information about IAC and CDC resources that can help health professionals stay up to date about immunization news.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/va/va19back.pdf

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3 HHS officially approves reorganization of CDC's Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases

On March 23, CDC News, a publication of CDC's Office of Enterprise Communications, announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officially approved the reorganization of CDC's Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases (CCID). Portions of the announcement are reprinted below.


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt has officially approved the reorganization of CDC's Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases (CCID). Effective immediately, CCID is officially realigned into a new organizational structure with four national centers and two consolidated organizations designed to provide services across all four new centers. . . .

CCID's new structure now includes the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), directed by RADM [Rear Admiral] Anne Schuchat, MD, USPHS [United States Public Health Service]; the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases (NCZVED), directed by Lonnie King, DVM; the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), directed by Kevin Fenton, MD, PhD; and the National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases (NCPDCID), directed by Rima Khabbaz, MD. . . .

To access the complete announcement, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/about/news/2007/03/ccid_reorg.htm

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4 March 28 issue of IAC's Hep Express electronic newsletter now online

The March 28 issue of Hep Express, an electronic newsletter published by IAC, is now available online. It is intended for health professionals, program planners, and advocates involved in prevention, screening, and treatment of viral hepatitis.

IAC Express has already covered some of the information presented in the March 28 Hep Express; titles of articles we have not yet covered follow.

  • Bay Area students promote hepatitis B awareness
  • Journal articles you may have missed

To access the March 28 issue, go to:
http://www.hepprograms.org/hepexpress/issue54.asp

To sign up for a free subscription to Hep Express, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/subscribe

To access previous issues of Hep Express, go to:
http://www.hepprograms.org/hepexpress

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5 English and Spanish VISs for most child and adult vaccines now in audio, multimedia, and web-page video format

Healthy Roads Media recently announced that English and Spanish VISs are offered on its website in three enhanced formats (in addition to print): audio, multimedia, and web-page video. VISs in all formats are available for most of the common child and adult vaccines (chickenpox, DTaP, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Hib, MMR, inactivated influenza, pneumococcal polysaccharide, Td, and polio).

VISs in the enhanced formats are available in full-content versions and short versions (less than 4 minutes). The short versions, which cover key concepts about each vaccine, are intended for use in busy clinical settings or when multiple vaccines are being administered during a patient visit.

The print and enhanced VISs are available at no charge. To access them, go to:
http://www.healthyroadsmedia.org/topics/immunization.htm

The development of VISs in enhanced formats is an activity of the Web-Based Immunization Information Resource Project. For information on the project, contact the director of Healthy Roads Media, Mary Alice Gillispie, MD, at magillispie@healthyroadsmedia.org

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6 CDC issues "Summary of Notifiable Diseases—United States, 2005"

CDC published "Summary of Notifiable Diseases—United States, 2005" in the March 30 issue of MMWR Summary of Notifiable Diseases.

The summary has three primary sections. They are Part 1: Summaries of Notifiable Diseases in the United States, 2005; Part 2: Graphs and Maps for Selected Notifiable Diseases in the United States, 2005; and Part 3: Historical Summaries of Notifiable Diseases in the United States, 1974-2005. The opening paragraph of the preface is reprinted below.


The Summary of Notifiable Diseases—United States, 2005 contains the official statistics, in tabular and graphic form, for the reported occurrence of nationally notifiable infectious diseases in the United States for 2005. Unless otherwise noted, the data are final totals for 2005 reported as of June 30, 2006. These statistics are collected and compiled from reports sent by state health departments to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS), which is operated by CDC in collaboration with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE). The Summary is available at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/summary.html This site also includes publications from previous years.


To access a web-text (HTML) version of the summary online, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5453a1.htm

Because the summary is a large file (1.1 MB), printing problems may occur because of printer memory size. One solution is to print a few pages at a time. To access more tips on downloading and printing large PDF files, go to: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/tips.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5453.pdf

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7 Register now for the B Informed 2007 patient conference

[The following is cross posted from IAC's Hep Express electronic newsletter, 3/28/07.]

The 7th Annual B Informed Patient Conference will be held in Philadelphia on June 8–9.

In collaboration with the Hepatitis B Information and Support List and the Chinese Health Information Center of Thomas Jefferson University, this year's conference will include a special afternoon Parents Session on Friday, June 8, featuring one of the nation's leading pediatric HBV specialists, Dr. Maureen Jonas, Children's Hospital of Boston. Information sessions will focus on new advances in treatments, healthy living with hepatitis B, discussing hepatitis B with family members and friends, and the basics of hepatitis B in English and Chinese.

View the complete program at
http://www.hepb.org/patients/patient_conference.htm

For more information, or to register online, go to: http://www.hepb.org/patients/patient_conference2007.htm There is no charge for conference registration.

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8 CDC reports on progress toward polio eradication in Nigeria in 2005-06

CDC published "Progress Toward Poliomyelitis Eradication—Nigeria, 2005-06" in the March 30 issue of MMWR. A summary made available to the press is reprinted below in its entirety.


During 2006, Nigerian authorities and partners implemented new strategies (e.g., offering a better polio vaccine along with other health benefits) to address the resurgence of polio in the country. If efforts to improve vaccination coverage continue during 2007, the country will progress towards polio eradication.

The majority of the world's 2,000 cases of polio in 2006 were reported by Nigeria. Some northern states of Nigeria stopped vaccination in 2003-4 due to suspicions about the polio vaccine, resulting in chronically low vaccination coverage. This, along with poor-quality mass campaigns, led to ongoing poliovirus transmission there. Health authorities in Nigeria initiated major innovations in 2006, including using a more effective vaccine and changing the way that campaigns were implemented. The newly organized Immunization Plus Days offered supplemental health benefits (e.g., de-worming medication and other immunizations) in addition to the polio vaccine and improved health worker interaction with local communities. During 2005-6, there was a significant reduction in the number of unvaccinated children. The continuation and expansion of Immunization Plus Days, if implemented well, should ensure progress towards the goal of polio eradication in Nigeria.


To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5612a3.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5612.pdf

To receive a FREE electronic subscription to MMWR (which includes new ACIP statements), go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/mmwrsubscribe.html

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9 AIM Provider Toolkit is a resource guide for immunization in Michigan

The Alliance for Immunization in Michigan (AIM) recently announced the availability of its 2007 Providers Immunization Toolkit for Children & Adults. The toolkit is a resource guide containing the most current standards of practice, forms, and methodologies for immunization in Michigan.

To access the online version, go to: http://www.aimtoolkit.org

For Michigan immunization providers: To order one free print copy, go to http://www.hpclearinghouse.org/preframestart.htm Select "Immunization," and then select "IM106 Immunization Provider Toolkit Limit 1."

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10.  Connections in Health Care conference scheduled for June 20-21 in Duluth, MN

Connections in Health Care is planned for June 20-21 in Duluth, MN. Among the speakers are CDC's William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH; IAC's Deborah L. Wexler, MD; and the Minnesota Department of Health's Kristen Ehresmann, RN, MPH. The deadline for registration is June 11.

To access the conference brochure, which includes a registration form, go to:
http://www.medinfosystems.org/images/pdf/Conference%20Brochure.pdf

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11.  Public Health Congress planned for July 16-18 in Washington, DC

The 2007 Public Health Congress, scheduled for July 16-18, will be held in the Mandarin Oriental, Washington, DC. Its goal is to bring together federal, state, and local health officials, hospital and health system administrators, and private sector executives to improve preparedness, prevention, and infectious disease control.

For comprehensive information, go to:
http://www.publichealthcongress.com

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