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Issue Number 117            October 5, 1999

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. Vaccinate Adults! National Adult Immunization Awareness Week is October 10-16, 1999
  2. Read all about it! Obtain a transcript of the national press conference on adult immunization
  3. Free! Order adult immunization posters from IAC
  4. Materials you can download and use to promote adult immunization all year long
  5. Adult immunization booklets available from CDC

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October 1, 1999
VACCINATE ADULTS! NATIONAL ADULT IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS  WEEK IS OCTOBER 10-16, 1999

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published "National Adult Immunization Awareness Week -- October 10-16, 1999" in the October 1, 1999, issue of the MMWR. The announcement reads in part:

National Adult Immunization Awareness Week (NAIAW) is October 10-16 this year. NAIAW highlights the influenza vaccination season, which typically begins in early fall of each year. NAIAW emphasizes the need for health-care  providers and public health officials to intensify their efforts to vaccinate adults according to recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. In addition to specifying the appropriate use of influenza and pneumococcal vaccines for adults, the recommendations cover adult vaccination against diphtheria, hepatitis A and B, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and varicella.

Information about NAIAW is available from the National Coalition for Adult Immunization, 4733 Bethesda Ave., Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20814; telephone (301) 656-0003; fax (301) 907-0878; e-mail adultimm@aol.com and World-Wide Web site http://www.nfid.org/ncai

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To obtain the full text version (HTML format) of this announcement, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4838a5.htm

A campaign kit to help get adults in your community immunized is available from the National Coalition for Adult Immunization (NCAI). Featuring camera-ready campaign ads and health education materials, the kit is  designed for use during the October NAIAW. The cost for each kit is $15. To order and/or for more information, contact NCAI at the phone number and website provided at the end of the MMWR announcement reprinted above.
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October 5, 1999
READ ALL ABOUT IT! OBTAIN A TRANSCRIPT OF THE NATIONAL PRESS CONFERENCE ON ADULT IMMUNIZATION

On October 7, 1999, a press conference entitled "Developments in Adult Immunization" will take place in Washington, D.C., and is sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and the National Coalition for Adult Immunization (NCAI). Transcripts of this event will be made available  following the press conference.

The press conference will focus on adult immunization issues including pneumococcal disease, influenza information for 1999, and how to improve vaccination rates for minorities. Speakers at the event include David Satcher, MD, PhD, U.S. Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary, Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services; Walter Orenstein, MD, Assistant Surgeon General and Director, National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and several other national adult immunization experts.

To obtain a transcript of this event which will be available after the October 7, 1999, press conference, visit: http://www.connectlive.com/events/infectiousdiseases/ Under "user name," insert the word "media." Under the heading "password," insert the word "entry." For more information and/or assistance if you are unable to  obtain a copy of this transcript online, call NCAI at (301) 656-0003.
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October 5, 1999
FREE! ORDER ADULT IMMUNIZATION POSTERS FROM IAC

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has supplies of the adult immunization poster "Immunization...Not Just Kids' Stuff" free for the asking. This 7" x 14" peach and purple poster is a colorful attention-grabber, but still small enough to find a spot on your clinic's waiting room or exam room wall. The poster's cartoon graphic shows a child laughing while watching an adult  receive a vaccination. Space is provided to insert personalized provider contact information. IAC was given permission to reprint and distribute this poster from the New York State Department of Health.

Please note, estimated time until delivery is 4-6 weeks. Posters will not arrive in time to display during National Adult Immunization Awareness Week, but  luckily, these posters are for YEAR-ROUND USE. Posters are available in units of ten. Limit 100 posters per person/organization. To order your free posters, fill out the online order form at: http://www.immunize.org/emal.d/emal003.htm

If you have any questions related to this offer and/or are unable to submit the order form online, send an e-mail to Elyse Chadwick at: elyse@immunize.org or call her at (651) 647-9009.

MAKE SURE EVERY WEEK IS ADULT IMMUNIZATION WEEK!
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October 5, 1999
MATERIALS YOU CAN DOWNLOAD AND USE TO PROMOTE ADULT  IMMUNIZATION ALL YEAR LONG

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has lots of materials on our website that you can use to promote adult immunization during National Adult Immunization Awareness Week and throughout the year.

For a camera-ready, copyright-free copy of "Immunization...Not Just Kids' Stuff," a brochure on immunization for adult patients, just click on the language you want.

English: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4035.pdf
Spanish: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4035-01.pdf
Chinese: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4035ch.pdf

For a copy of "Vaccinations for Adults, You're Never Too Old for Shots," a simple one-page sheet that shows adults which vaccinations they need, click here:

http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030a.pdf (camera-ready format)
http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n18/p4030new.htm (text format)
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030-01.pdf (Spanish camera-ready format)
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030-01.htm (Spanish text format)

You can also check out the IAC's VACCINATE ADULTS! catalog on our website at: http://www.immunize.org/va/va5catlg.htm Once you get to the catalog, you can click on the item you want. You can either download the item in web text format (HTML) or camera-ready format (PDF). If you are unable to  download the catalog, send an e-mail to: elyse@immunize.org and she will fax it to you. Remember to include your fax number!
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October 5, 1999
ADULT IMMUNIZATION BOOKLETS AVAILABLE FROM CDC 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed two comprehensive booklets on immunizations for adults, "Immunization of Adults -- Your Call to Action" and "Immunization of Seniors -- Your Call to Action." These booklets are intended to help adults: 1) find out if they need more vaccinations, 2) get the needed vaccines, 3) keep a record of immunizations, and 4) record when subsequent shots are due.

You can order one copy of each book free through CDC's fax service. The order form can be found at: https://www2.cdc.gov/nchstp_od/PIWeb/niporderform.asp or you can fax an order to (404) 639-8828, requesting either "Immunization of Adults -- Your Call to Action" (item #99-6070) or "Immunization of Seniors -- Your Call to Action" (item #99-6071). For more information, call the National Immunization Program's information center at (404) 639-8226 or send a fax to (404) 639-8828.

 

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