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Issue Number 106            August 23, 1999

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. Last week's offer of free copies of "Immunization Plus" is over
  2. CDC releases public health dispatch on potential hepatitis A exposure
  3. CDC publishes guidelines for the prevention of opportunistic infections for persons with HIV

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August 23, 1999
LAST WEEK'S OFFER OF FREE COPIES OF "IMMUNIZATION PLUS" IS OVER

Due to an overwhelming response from our subscribers, the middle school curriculum resource "Immunization Plus" is no longer available from the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC). Within 24 hours of publishing last week's e-mail announcement about this free resource, our entire supply of "Immunization Plus" was depleted by requests we received from all over the country.

We are pleased that this resource received such a big response, but because of this deluge, we will only be able to fill the requests of the first 120 individuals who responded and indicated that they work or provide services in school settings. We apologize to those of you who will not receive a copy. Thank you for your interest.

Please watch for future resource "giveaways" like this one. IAC will be publishing additional announcements about free resources in upcoming months.
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August 20, 1999
CDC RELEASES PUBLIC HEALTH DISPATCH ON POTENTIAL HEPATITIS A EXPOSURE

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report entitled "Public Health Dispatch: Potential Hepatitis A Exposure Among Interstate 95 Travelers -- North Carolina, 1999," in the August 20, 1999, issue of the MMWR. The dispatch reads:

"North Carolina health officials are advising persons who dined at the Texas Steakhouse in Smithfield (Johnston County), North Carolina, near Interstate 95 (exit 95) on July 24, July 25, July 26, July 31, August 1, August 2, August 7, or August 8 after 3 p.m. that they may have been exposed to hepatitis A. A worker at the restaurant during those times has had hepatitis A infection diagnosed. Potentially 3000 diners could have been exposed when the infected person was working.

"Although local health officials think that many diners were from the Smithfield/Johnston County area, many of the exposed persons may be from other areas, particularly along the eastern seaboard. Additional information is available from the Johnston County Health Department, telephone (919)  989-5200."

To obtain a text version of this MMWR article, click here: http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4832a5.htm

For information on how to obtain a free electronic subscription to the MMWR, see the instructions that follow article three below.
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August 20, 1999
CDC PUBLISHES GUIDELINES FOR THE PREVENTION OF  OPPORTUNISTIC INFECTIONS FOR PERSONS WITH HIV

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published "1999 USPHS/IDSA Guidelines for the Prevention of Opportunistic Infections in Persons Infected with Human Immunodeficiency Virus" on August 20, 1999. An appendix, "Recommendations to Help Patients Avoid Exposure to  Opportunistic Pathogens," is also included.

The report covers many aspects of potential risk such as travel, sex, drug use, and even pet ownership. Immunization recommendations are covered in several tables and sections including "Bacterial Respiratory Infections,"   "Varicella-Zoster Virus Infection," and "Hepatitis C." There is also immunization information in the "Travel" section of the appendix. The table entitled "Immunization Schedule for HIV-Infected Children" is Table 10.

To read the text version (HTML) of this MMWR article, click here: http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr4810a1.htm

To obtain a camera-ready copy (PDF) of this recommendation, click here: http://www2.cdc.gov/mmwr/mmwr_rr.html

To read the appendix, click here: http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr4810a2.htm

To obtain the table "Immunization Schedule for HIV-Infected Children" (Table 10), click here: http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr4810a1.htm#tab10

Single copies of this report can be obtained from the AIDS Treatment Information Service (ATIS) by calling (800) 448-0440. The report can also be downloaded from the ATIS website at http://www.hivatis.org

In addition, pamphlets for patients are available from ATIS and also can be accessed from CDC's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv

HOW TO OBTAIN A FREE ELECTRONIC SUBSCRIPTION TO THE MMWR To obtain a free electronic subscription to the MMWR (delivered weekly), go to the MMWR website and sign up. When you sign up, you will also automatically begin to receive all new ACIP statements which are published as MMWR's "Recommendations and Reports." To go to the MMWR website, click here: http://www2.cdc.gov/mmwr/

 

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