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Issue Number 111            September 17, 1999

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. CDC publishes report on vaccination campaign for Kosovar Albanian refugee children
  2. Coming Soon! Teleconference on "Communicating with Parents: Best Practices in Childhood Immunization" is offered starting September 27, 1999
  3. Workshop on preteen vaccination set for October 27, 1999, in Kansas City, MO

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September 17, 1999
CDC PUBLISHES REPORT ON VACCINATION CAMPAIGN FOR KOSOVAR ALBANIAN REFUGEE CHILDREN

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report entitled "Vaccination Campaign for Kosovar Albanian Refugee Children -- Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, April-May, 1999" in the September 17, 1999, issue of the MMWR.

This MMWR report describes the first mass vaccination campaign for Kosovar Albanian refugee children in Macedonian refugee camps (April 26-May 10, 1999). The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Ministry of Health  planned the campaign in collaboration with other international agencies as "a major public health concern in these camps was the prevention of vaccine-preventable diseases, particularly measles." 

Kosovar Albanian refugee children aged less than 4 years without evidence of full vaccination were to be immunized during three consecutive mass campaigns separated by 30 days.  Initially, no provision was made to vaccinate new refugees who arrived between campaigns. This plan was modified to include weekly clinics at each camp to take into account rapid patient turnover. The article's editorial note states: "Had the original vaccination plan been followed, coverage rates would have been much lower and newly arrived children would have been susceptible to measles for up to 1 month before being vaccinated."

To read the complete MMWR report of this campaign, click here: 
http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4836a3.htm

HOW TO GET A FREE ELECTRONIC SUBSCRIPTION TO THE MMWR To get 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 get to the MMWR website, click here: http://www2.cdc.gov/mmwr/
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September 17, 1999
COMING SOON! TELECONFERENCE ON "COMMUNICATING WITH PARENTS: BEST PRACTICES IN CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATION" IS OFFERED STARTING SEPTEMBER 27, 1999

This live teleconference entitled "Communicating with Parents: Best Practices in Childhood Immunization" will provide information about changes made to the 1999 Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule and ways to effectively communicate this information to parents. The teleconference is scheduled at various times and dates throughout the end of September and the month of October. 

Sponsored by Montefiore Medical Center's CME teleconference series, the teleconference is a 30-minute live forum presented by William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, and Sharon G. Humiston, MD, MPH, medical epidemiologists at the National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A 15-minute interactive question-and-answer session will follow each teleconference. CME credit is available through Albert Einstein College of Medicine. CEU credit is offered though the New York State Nurses Association Council on Continuing Education.

To obtain a schedule of teleconference dates and times, and/or to register, call (888) 375-9573 between 9:00am and 5:30pm ET. You can also view a schedule of teleconference dates and times on CDC's website at http://www.cdc.gov/phtn/calendar.htm
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September 17, 1999
WORKSHOP ON PRETEEN VACCINATION SET FOR OCTOBER 27, 1999,  IN KANSAS CITY, MO

"Preteen Shots: Ouch-less Collaborative Strategies" is the title of a half-day workshop scheduled before the 73rd National School Health Conference in Kansas City, MO, October 27-30, 1999. The session will focus on "low-stress"  strategies for implementation and maintenance of preteen  vaccination programs. Topics include discussion of ACIP recommendations, the most common mistakes of program planners, how to select collaborators, and how to create an effective immunization timetable for 1999-2000. In addition, participants will view the video for preteens entitled "The Case of the Missing Shots."

Workshop presenters are Lynda Boyer-Chuanroong, RN, MPH, author of "Roll Up BOTH Sleeves," a preteen manual and video kit, and Carol Cowden, BS, MA, former project director of the Mid-America Immunization Coalition. Registration cost is $45 and includes a free luncheon and a copy of "Roll Up  BOTH Sleeves." For more information and/or to register, call (330) 678-1601 or fax (330) 678-4526 or send an e-mail to lhrobak@ashaweb.org A registration form for the workshop that also includes other activities scheduled during the 73rd National School Health Conference can be downloaded from the website of the American School Health Association (ASHA) at http://www.ashaweb.org/conferences/

 

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