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Immunization Action Coalition

IAC Express 2011

Issue number 928: May 9, 2011

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Contents of this Issue
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  1. Dr. Sharon G. Humiston joins the Immunization Action Coalition as associate director for research
  2. Reminder: New issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults available online
  3. Correction: IAC posts second correction for "Medical Management of Vaccine Reactions in Children and Teens"
  4. CDC issues new editions of the VISs for the HPV vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix
  5. IAC revises its two most popular educational pieces, "Summary of Recommendations for Child/Teen Immunization" and "Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization"
  6. CDC offers resources in response to recently reported cases of imported measles
  7. Spotlight on immunize.org: IAC's Measles web section offers one-stop access to vaccination information
  8. Cervical Cancer-Free America launched on May 5 in Washington, DC
  9. IAC's Video of the Week focuses on cervical cancer prevention and treatment
  10. Now in Spanish: 2011 U.S. immunization schedules for children/teens and 2011 recommended vaccinations for babies
  11. IAC updates "Don't be Guilty of These Errors in Vaccine Storage and Handling"
  12. IAC's patient screening questionnaire "Are You 11 to 19 Years Old?" now available in Spanish
  13. CDC's 2011 "Parent's Guide to Childhood Immunizations" and 2011 "Immunization Works" CD available for order
  14. IAC's popular laminated versions of the 2011 U.S. immunization schedules are now available. Order a supply for your workplace today!
  15. National Influenza Vaccine Summit announces recipients of its 2011 Immunization Excellence Awards
  16. April issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available
  17. Award-winning DVD! "Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults"--from the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch
  18. Scheduled for May 19: State University of New York webcast on recognizing and correcting unsafe injection practices
  19. VICNetwork hosts "Speak Up! The 2011 Virtual Immunization Symposium" on May 25
  20. Now available: Abstracts, slides, and recordings of presentations made at the 2011 National Immunization Conference
  21. May is Hepatitis Awareness Month
  22. CDC reports on hepatitis C virus infection among adolescents and young adults in Massachusetts
  23. Symposium on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment to be held in New York City on May 16
  24. NVHR's May 16 webinar to explore HHS's national strategy for preventing and treating viral hepatitis
  25. Conference on strategies to improve screening and treatment of chronic viral hepatitis to be held June 4-5 in Atlanta
  26. Guidelines for preventing disease associated with animals published in MMWR Recommendations and Reports
 
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 928: May 9, 2011
1.  Dr. Sharon G. Humiston joins the Immunization Action Coalition as associate director for research

Sharon G. Humiston, MD, MPH, recently joined IAC as associate director for research. A board-certified pediatrician, Dr. Humiston is also professor of pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a health services researcher and clinician in the Division of Emergency and Urgent Care, Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, Kansas City.

During the past 20 years, Dr. Humiston has held faculty appointments in emergency medicine and pediatrics at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY. From 1997 to 2000, Sharon served as a medical officer in the Training and Education Branch, National Immunization Program, CDC. From 2005 to 2009, she was a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, serving as chair of the Subcommittee on Communication and Public Engagement. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Early in her career, Dr. Humiston wrote the first Vaccine Information Statements based on the 11-page pamphlets that had been distributed for each vaccine. Since then, she has authored more than 70 journal articles and reports, and has contributed ten chapters to scholarly medical textbooks. Her research interests include immunization outreach, adolescent immunization, school-located vaccination, and web-based immunization education for providers. She has been involved in approximately 30 research projects that have received funding from CDC and other government agencies. Some of her research projects have examined vaccine risk-benefit communication, emergency department vaccination, immunization coverage, and immunization outreach. Sharon reviews manuscripts for Pediatrics, Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, Academic Pediatrics, and Journal of the National Medical Association.

The mother of two children, one of whom is diagnosed with autism, Sharon is an immunization expert for Parents of Kids with Infectious Diseases (PKIDs), and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board, Autism Science Foundation.

We have added Sharon to IAC's staff page at: http://www.immunize.org/aboutus/iacstaff.asp

To view a video of Dr. Humiston speaking about meningococcal disease and vaccine on ABC News on April 26, go to: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/video/fighting-meningitis-13462121
 
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2 Reminder: New issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults available online

The April issues of Needle Tips and Vaccinate Adults are available online for viewing, downloading, and printing. These issues focus on newly published 2011 U.S. immunization schedules and on recently released ACIP recommendations for use of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4). They also include the Ask the Experts column from CDC experts William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, and Andrew T. Kroger, MD, MPH. Most of the content of Vaccinate Adults is identical to that of Needle Tips; only the pediatric information has been removed.

To download the entire issue of Needle Tips right now, go to: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n48/n48.pdf

To download the entire issue of Vaccinate Adults right now, go to: http://www.immunize.org/va/va31.pdf

For complete information about the new issue of Needle Tips--including the table of contents and the magazine-viewer option--and for access to back issues, go to: http://www.immunize.org/nt

For complete information about the new issue of Vaccinate Adults--including the table of contents and the magazine-viewer option--and for access to back issues, go to: http://www.immunize.org/va
 
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3 Correction: IAC posts second correction for "Medical Management of Vaccine Reactions in Children and Teens"

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has posted a second correction to its educational piece for healthcare professionals titled "Medical Management of Vaccine Reactions in Children and Teens."

The maximum single dose of 50 mg of diphenhydramine (Benadryl) for adolescents cited on page 2 of 3, differed from the maximum single dose of 100 mg noted in the table on page 3. IAC has revised the table on page 3 to correspond with the information given on page 2 (i.e., 50 mg as the maximum single dose).

We apologize for any confusion this has caused and thank our readers for calling attention to this discrepancy in the educational piece.

Note: Recommendations differ for the use of diphenhydramine. The source materials IAC referenced for this piece recommend a maximum single dose of 50 mg of diphenhydramine (Benadryl) for adolescents (>100 lbs), whereas other sources recommend a maximum single dose of 100 mg of diphenhydramine (Benadryl) for adolescents (>100 lbs). The sources IAC referenced are included at the end of the handout.

If you obtained "Medical Management of Vaccine Reactions in Children and Teens" from our website prior to May 4, 2011, be sure to download the updated and corrected version at http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3082a.pdf

All errata from IAC are posted at http://www.immunize.org/errata
 
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4 CDC issues new editions of the VISs for the HPV vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix

On May 3, CDC issued new editions of the VISs for two human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix. Both HPV vaccine VISs received minor updates to incorporate Gardasil's approval for prevention of anal cancer. CDC/ACIP recommendations have not changed. Stocks of the existing HPV vaccine VISs may be used up.

To access the new VIS for Gardasil HPV vaccine, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis-hpv-gardasil.pdf

To access the new VIS for Cervarix HPV vaccine, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis-hpv-cervarix.pdf

For information about the use of VISs, and for VISs in more than 35 languages, visit IAC's VIS web section at http://www.immunize.org/vis
 
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5 IAC revises its two most popular educational pieces, "Summary of Recommendations for Child/Teen Immunization" and "Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization"

IAC recently updated its two most popular educational pieces: "Summary of Recommendations for Child/Teen Immunization" and "Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization."

The Td/Tdap and meningococcal conjugate vaccine sections of both summaries were significantly changed to reflect recent revisions ACIP made to its recommendations.

To access "Summary of Recommendations for Child/Teen Immunization," go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2010.pdf

To access "Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization," go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2011.pdf

IAC's Handouts for Patients and Staff web section offers healthcare professionals and the public approximately 250 FREE English-language handouts (many also available in translation), which we encourage website users to print out, copy, and distribute widely. To access all of IAC's free handouts, go to: http://www.immunize.org/handouts
 
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6 CDC offers resources in response to recently reported cases of imported measles

In light of recently reported U.S. cases of imported measles, CDC has posted resources related to the use of an accelerated immunization schedule for children who are or will be traveling or living abroad.

For information on the accelerated dosing schedule, go to the CDC web section titled Measles--Recommendations for Prevention, and scroll down to the Travelers subhead: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/measles/dis-detail-rec.htm#traveler

For continually updated information on the current measles situation, go to the 2011 Measles Update at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/in-the-news/measles.htm

For additional information and resources, go to the April 2011 issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter at http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/news/newsltrs/imwrks/default.htm Scroll down to the article titled Accelerated Dosing Schedule for MMR Vaccination.
 
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7 Spotlight on immunize.org: IAC's Measles web section offers one-stop access to vaccination information

With a rising number of measles cases in cities across the United States, you may be looking for measles information and MMR vaccination resources. Look no further. IAC offers one-stop access to essential information, including links to CDC recommendations, patient and staff handouts, as well as many other resources to help you carry out your vaccination activities. To access the Measles web section, visit http://www.immunize.org/measles

The Diseases and Vaccines web section is a central organizing hub of IAC's website. To access information and resources for 19 vaccine-preventable diseases in addition to measles, visit http://www.immunize.org/vaccines
 
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8 Cervical Cancer-Free America launched on May 5 in Washington, DC

A press event held on May 5 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, marked the official launch of Cervical Cancer-Free America. A collaboration among health research experts from member states, Cervical Cancer-Free America seeks to eliminate cervical cancer through vaccination, screening, and education. Its two specific goals are to (1) increase HPV vaccination among female adolescents ages 11-18 and (2) increase cervical cancer screening among women ages 25-70 who have not been screened in the last four years.

For additional information, go to: http://www.cervicalcancerfreeamerica.org
 
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9 IAC's Video of the Week focuses on cervical cancer prevention and treatment

IAC encourages IAC Express readers to watch a 4-minute video featuring Christine Baze, a cervical cancer survivor who was diagnosed with an advanced form of the disease at age 31. She immediately underwent a hysterectomy followed by radiation and chemotherapy. Christine now works to educate women about human papillomavirus and the prevention of cervical cancer through her organization, the Yellow Umbrella.

The video will be available on the home page of IAC's website through May 15. To access it, go to: http://www.immunize.org and click on the image under the words Video of the Week.

To access the home page of Cervical Cancer-Free America (CCFA), go to: http://www.cervicalcancerfreeamerica.org

To access an IAC Unprotected People Report of Christine Baze's story, go to: http://www.immunize.org/reports/report091.asp

To access Christine Baze's Yellow Umbrella organization website, go to: http://www.theyellowumbrella.org

Remember to bookmark IAC's home page to view a new video every Monday. To view an IAC Video of the Week from the past, go to the video archive at http://www.immunize.org/votw
 
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10.  Now in Spanish: 2011 U.S. immunization schedules for children/teens and 2011 recommended vaccinations for babies

CDC recently posted a Spanish-language version of the 2011 recommended U.S. immunization schedules for children and adolescents ages 0 through 18 years, which includes the catch-up schedule. Go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules/downloads/child/0-18yrs-and-catchup-spanish.pdf

A parent-friendly chart of vaccinations recommended for babies from birth to age 15 months in 2011 is also available in Spanish. Go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/spec-grps/infants/downloads/rec-iz-babies-sp.pdf

 
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11.  IAC updates "Don't be Guilty of These Errors in Vaccine Storage and Handling"

IAC recently updated the healthcare professional education piece titled "Don't Be Guilty of These Errors in Vaccine Storage and Handling." Go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3036.pdf
 
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12.  IAC's patient screening questionnaire "Are You 11 to 19 Years Old?" now available in Spanish

Updated in March, IAC's patient screening questionnaire "Are you 11-19 years old? Then you need to be vaccinated against these serious diseases!" is now available in Spanish.

For Spanish: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020-01.pdf

For English: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020.pdf
 
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13.  CDC's 2011 "Parent's Guide to Childhood Immunizations" and 2011 "Immunization Works" CD available for order

Two immunization-related resources updated for 2011 are now available for order. They are the booklet "Parent's Guide to Childhood Immunizations" and the "Immunization Works" CD.

THE BOOKLET
The "Parent's Guide to Childhood Immunizations" helps parents and caregivers learn about the role vaccines play in keeping children healthy. The color booklet, illustrated with children's artwork, has 5 parts plus a glossary and list of resources.

To order the booklet, go to the NCIRD ordering form at http://wwwn.cdc.gov/pubs/ncird.aspx and scroll down to the subhead titled Other Materials. The booklet is item # 21-1013.

To read the booklet online or download it, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/parents-guide

THE CD
The 2011 "Immunization Works" CD includes the 2011 Pink Book, CDC/ACIP immunization recommendations, immunization-related MMWR articles, and other documents of interest.

To order the CD, go to the NCIRD ordering form at http://wwwn.cdc.gov/pubs/ncird.aspx and scroll down to the subhead titled Immunization Multi Media. The CD is item #22-0694
 
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14.  IAC's popular laminated versions of the 2011 U.S. immunization schedules are now available. Order a supply for your workplace today!

IAC's laminated versions of the 2011 U.S. child/teen and adult immunization schedules are covered with a tough, washable coating that lets them stand up to a year's worth of use in every area of your workplace where immunizations are given. Each has six pages (i.e., three double-sided pages) and is folded to measure 8.5" by 11".

Laminated schedules are printed in color for easy reading, come complete with essential tables and footnotes, and include contraindications and precautions--a feature that will help you make an on-the-spot determination about the safety of vaccinating patients of any age.

PRICING
1-4 copies: $7.50 each
5-19 copies: $5.50 each
20-99 copies: $4.50 each

To view images of the laminated schedules, or to order online or download an order form, go to: http://www.immunize.org/shop/laminated-schedules.asp

For quotes on customizing or placing orders in excess of 999 schedules, call (651) 647-9009 or email admininfo@immunize.org

To learn about other essential immunization resources available for purchase from IAC, go to: http://www.immunize.org/shop
 
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15.  National Influenza Vaccine Summit announces recipients of its 2011 Immunization Excellence Awards

On May 10, the National Influenza Vaccine Summit (NIVS) will announce the recipients of its 2011 Immunization Excellence Awards. The awards, which are available in four categories, recognize individuals and organizations that have made contributions toward improved adult and/or childhood influenza vaccination rates within their communities during the 2010-11 influenza season. The awards will be presented at the NIVS' National Influenza Vaccine Summit, to be held May 9-11 in San Diego.

Here are the 2011 winners in the four categories:
  • In the category Overall Season Activities, the winner is Walgreens (Deerfield, IL); the recipient of the honorable mention award is the Chicago Department of Health.
     
  • In the category Healthcare Personnel Campaign, the winner is Virginia Mason Medical Center (Seattle); the recipient of the honorable mention award is Emory Health Care (Atlanta).
     
  • In the category Immunization Coalitions/Public Health/Community Campaign, the winner is Protecting Alachua County from Flu (Gainesville, FL); the recipient of the honorable mention award is Northern Nevada Immunization Coalition (Reno).
     
  • In the category Corporate Campaign, the winner is the American Lung Association's Rostros de la gripe (New York, NY); the recipient of the honorable mention award is Joint Commission Resources (Oakbrook Terrace, IL).

To access a news release about the award-winning campaigns, go to: http://www.preventinfluenza.org/NIVS_2011/news_release_42911.pdf

To access a booklet with details about the winning campaigns and the awards ceremony, go to: http://www.preventinfluenza.org/nivs_2011/awards_booklet.pdf

To access a variety of information from "Prevent Influenza," the website sponsored by the National Influenza Vaccine Summit, go to: http://www.preventinfluenza.org

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16.  April issue of CDC's Immunization Works newsletter now available

CDC recently released the April issue of its monthly newsletter Immunization Works and posted it on the website of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). The newsletter offers the immunization community information about current topics. The information is in the public domain and can be reproduced and circulated widely.

Most articles in the April Immunization Works newsletter have been covered in this or previous issues of IAC Express.

To access the complete April issue, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/news/newsltrs/imwrks/2011/201104.htm
 
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17.  Award-winning DVD! "Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults"--from the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Immunization Branch, has updated its award-winning training video, "Immunization Techniques: Best Practices with Infants, Children, and Adults." The 25-minute program can be used to train new employees and to refresh the skills of experienced staff. The video demonstrates the skills and techniques needed to administer vaccines to patients of all ages.

Prices start at $17 each for 1-9 copies and are greatly reduced for large orders, dropping to $3 each for 1,000-1,499 copies.

To learn more about the DVD, and find out how to order it, go to: http://www.immunize.org/shop/toolkit_iztechdvd.asp
 
For quotes on larger quantities, call (651) 647-9009 or email admininfo@immunize.org

The Immunization Action Coalition is the only nationwide vendor of this new DVD.

Note for healthcare settings located in California: Contact your local health department immunization program for a free copy.
 
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18.  Scheduled for May 19: State University of New York webcast on recognizing and correcting unsafe injection practices

A webcast titled "Take Your Best Shot: Injection Safety" is scheduled for May 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET. The event is sponsored by the School of Public Health, State University of New York at Albany. For details, go to: http://www.albany.edu/sph/cphce/phl_0511.shtml
 
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19.  VICNetwork hosts "Speak Up! The 2011 Virtual Immunization Symposium" on May 25

The Virtual Immunization Communication Network (VICNetwork) is hosting "Speak Up! The 2011 Virtual Immunization Symposium" on May 25 at 9 a.m. Pacific time/noon Eastern time. A virtual conference, the symposium provides a venue where health professionals and health communicators can listen to and interact with presenters such as Paul A. Offit, MD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Seth Mnookin, author, "The Panic Virus: A true story of medicine, science, and fear"; and CDC immunization communications expert Kristine Sheedy, PhD.

The symposium is free, but registration is required. To register, go to: http://speakup2011.vicnetwork.org/register.html

For more information, go to http://vicnetwork.org

VICNetwork is a project of the National Public Health Information Coalition in collaboration with the California Immunization Coalition.
 
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20.  Now available: Abstracts, slides, and recordings of presentations made at the 2011 National Immunization Conference

CDC reports that the 2011 National Immunization Conference was a great success, with more than 1,500 attendees. The conference was held in Washington, DC, on March 28-31.

Abstracts of the presentations are available online at http://cdc.confex.com/cdc/nic2011/webprogram/meeting.html Slides and recordings of most of the presentations are also available at the link above.
 
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21.  May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

CDC published "Hepatitis Awareness Month--May 2011" in the May 6 issue of MMWR. The first paragraph is reprinted below.


This month marks the 16th anniversary of Hepatitis Awareness Month in the United States. Viral hepatitis, particularly infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV), is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. This issue of MMWR includes a report that focuses on a recent trend in HCV infection.


To access the full article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6017a1.htm
 
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22.  CDC reports on hepatitis C virus infection among adolescents and young adults in Massachusetts

CDC published "Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among Adolescents and Young Adults--Massachusetts, 2002-2009" in the May 6 issue of MMWR. A portion of a press summary of the article is reprinted below.


An analysis of state surveillance data finds that hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is increasing among adolescents and young adults across Massachusetts, likely due to increases in injection drug use in this population. . . .


To access the full article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6017a2.htm
 
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23.  Symposium on HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment to be held in New York City on May 16

The New York Academy of Sciences is hosting a symposium titled "Cracking the Safe: Advances in HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment." Presented by the Vaccine Science Discussion Group, the symposium will take place in New York City on May 16.

For more information, go to: http://www.nyas.org/Events/Detail.aspx?cid=6872ae4c-8a1a-46ab-8a19-95469a5d063c
 
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24.  NVHR's May 16 webinar to explore HHS's national strategy for preventing and treating viral hepatitis

The National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) is hosting a webinar that will explore the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) "Action Plan for the Prevention and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis." The webinar is scheduled for May 16 at noon Pacific time/3:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Webinar participants will learn how they can use the plan to support the addition of viral hepatitis services into local health policy. To access details about webinar presenters and find out how to register for and join the webinar, go to: http://www.nvhr.org/webinars.htm

For information about NVHR, go to: http://www.nvhr.org

 
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25.  Conference on strategies to improve screening and treatment of chronic viral hepatitis to be held June 4-5 in Atlanta

MMWR published "Announcements: Hepatitis Single Topic Conference--June 4-5, 2011" in its May 6 issue. A portion of the first paragraph is reprinted below.


Registration is still open for the Hepatitis Single Topic Conference, Chronic Viral Hepatitis: Strategies to Improve Effectiveness of Screening and Treatment, to be held June 4-5, 2011, at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Deadline for registration is May 6, 2011. However, late registration will be accepted, and participants also will be permitted to register at the conference.


To access the full article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6017a5.htm
 
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26.  Guidelines for preventing disease associated with animals published in MMWR Recommendations and Reports

On May 6, MMWR published "Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2011" in MMWR Recommendations and Reports. The recommendations include information about rabies prevention.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the recommendations, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/rr/rr6004.pdf
 
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