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Issue Number 122            October 22, 1999

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. Participate in the "Healthy People 2000" satellite meeting in December
  2. Ready to download! Serbo-Croatian VISs now available on IAC's website
  3. CDC publishes article on progress toward polio eradication in Nepal
  4. Year 2000 registry conference set for March, 2000, in Rhode Island
  5. Register now! Tropical medicine conference is coming in November
  6. Order your Dr. Seuss immunization posters soon before they're all gone!"

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October 22, 1999
PARTICIPATE IN THE "HEALTHY PEOPLE 2000" SATELLITE MEETING IN DECEMBER

David Satcher, MD, PhD, U.S. Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary, Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services, invites all interested parties to join him for a satellite broadcast on Wednesday, December 1, 1999, entitled "Healthy People 2000 Progress Review:  Immunization and Infectious Diseases." The primary objectives of this meeting are to 1) assess progress made in achieving the "Healthy People 2000" objectives for immunization and infectious diseases, 2) highlight effective programs, and 3) learn how to translate the "Healthy People 2000" national  objectives into local action.

Dr. Satcher will be joined by a panel of experts who will respond to participants' questions. The target audience includes state and local public health officials, health care providers and students, professionals and students  of public health, health educators, consumer advocates, and others involved in policy development.

The broadcast is scheduled from 2-4 pm ET. Sponsors include the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Public Health Training Network.

For information about where to view this broadcast, contact your state immunization program manager. Find his/her phone number at: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n18/coord18.htm For more information about the content of the meeting, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/phtn/fact-sheets/hlthy2000/130020.htm or call Jennifer Brooks at CDC at (404) 639-4915.
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October 22, 1999
READY TO DOWNLOAD! SERBO-CROATIAN VISs NOW AVAILABLE ON IAC'S WEBSITE

Eight Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) in the Serbo-Croatian language are now available on the Immunization Action Coalition's (IAC) website including statements for varicella, DTP, hib, hepatitis B, hepatitis A, MMR, polio, and tetanus vaccines. These translations were graciously provided by the Indiana Department of Health and the California Department of Health Services, Immunization Branch.

Visit IAC's website to obtain these Serbo-Croatian VISs, as well as VISs in 17 other languages, at: http://www.immunize.org/vis/

Or you can also download individual Serbo-Croatian VISs by visiting any of the links listed below:
                  

MMR:
DTP:
Hib:
Hepatitis B:
Polio:
Varicella:
Hepatitis A:
Tetanus:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/sc_mmr98.pdf
http://www.immunize.org/vis/scdtap97.pdf
http://www.immunize.org/vis/sc_hib98.pdf
http://www.immunize.org/vis/sc_hpb98.pdf
http://www.immunize.org/vis/sc_pol99.pdf
http://www.immunize.org/vis/sc_var98.pdf
http://www.immunize.org/vis/sc_hpa98.pdf
http://www.immunize.org/vis/sc_td94.pdf

NOTE: VISs are available as camera-ready documents (PDF format) only. To view them, you will need version 3.01 of Adobe Acrobat Reader software. For "Tips on Downloading and Printing Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) Files," go to: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/tips.htm

If you are unable to download any of these Serbo-Croatian files, contact the immunization program at your state health department to request a hard copy be sent to you via fax and/or mail. For a list of state immunization program managers' phone numbers, go to: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n18/coord18.htm

If your state health department cannot supply you with the copies you need, contact Wendi Cate at the California Department of Health Services, Immunization Branch, by e-mail at: wcate@dhs.ca.gov or by fax at (510) 883-6015.
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October 22, 1999
CDC PUBLISHES ARTICLE ON PROGRESS TOWARD POLIO ERADICATION IN NEPAL

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published "Progress Toward Poliomyelitis Eradication -- Nepal, 1996-1999" in the October 22, 1999, issue of the MMWR. The "Editorial Note" reads in part:

"Nepal is a geographic buffer between India, the world's largest reservoir for poliovirus, and China, which has been polio-free since 1995. During 1998, 85% of the world's polioviruses were isolated from polio cases in India; Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, two large Indian states on Nepal's southern border, accounted for 54% of India's polioviruses isolated.

"...Fewer than 440 days remain to reach the target for global polio eradication by the end of 2000. Substantial and rapid improvement in NIDs (National Immunization Days) and AFP (Acute Flaccid Paralysis) surveillance has  brought Nepal closer to the goal of eradication. Priorities for polio eradication in Nepal in 1999 and 2000 include 1) execution of high-quality NIDs and supplemental vaccination campaigns targeting high risk areas and populations (five monthly rounds will be synchronized with India during November 1999-March 2000); 2) maintenance of sensitive AFP surveillance, especially in the densely populated districts bordering India; and 3) improving routine OPV3 coverage."

To obtain the text version of this entire MMWR article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4841a2.htm

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 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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October 22, 1999
YEAR 2000 IMMUNIZATION REGISTRY CONFERENCE IS SET FOR  MARCH, 2000, IN RHODE ISLAND

The National Immunization Program (NIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is sponsoring the 2000 Immunization Registry Conference scheduled for March 27-29, 2000, in Newport, Rhode Island. This conference will bring together both government (State, Federal, and local) and private sector health care partners to share knowledge and experiences regarding the development and utilization of immunization registries. The "early bird" registration deadline is February 11, 2000. Before this date, registration costs $100, after this date, the fee increases to $125. On-site registration is $150. For more registration information and/or to obtain a call for abstracts, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/registry/2000conf.htm (link discontinued)
or call Phyllis Harmon at NIP at (404) 639-8584.
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October 22, 1999
REGISTER NOW! TROPICAL MEDICINE CONFERENCE IS COMING IN  NOVEMBER

"Travel-Related Vaccine Preventable Illnesses" is the title of a tropical medicine conference scheduled for November 27-28, 1999, in Washington, DC. The course will consider the use, indications, adverse events, efficacy, and cost effectiveness of vaccines such as those used to protect against hepatitis A & B, Japanese encephalitis, yellow fever, rabies, typhoid, meningococcal disease, anthrax, and plague, among others.

Sponsored by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) in cooperation with the American Committee on Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health, this course immediately precedes the ASTMH annual meeting.

For additional information, please contact ASTMH at (847) 480-9592. You can also obtain the conference agenda and registration form from the ASTMH website at: http://www.astmh.org
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October 22, 1999
ORDER YOUR DR. SEUSS IMMUNIZATION POSTERS SOON BEFORE  THEY'RE ALL GONE! 

Don't let the "Grinch who stole Christmas" steal your opportunity to order these colorful posters which feature the art of "Dr. Seuss" and promote on-time childhood immunizations. In just a few months, they will no longer be available from CDC's National Immunization Program (NIP).

As of December 31, 1999, CDC's right to distribute this artwork will cease. So order your posters now! The posters come in a variety of graphic formats with familiar Dr. Seuss characters. Available in English and Spanish. To order your posters today, send a fax request to NIP at (404) 639-8555, or complete an order form on the web at: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/seuss.htm (link discontinued) For more information and/or to place an order, you can also call (404) 639-8226.

 

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