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Issue Number 128            November 22, 1999

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. CDC publishes update on current influenza activity in the United States
  2. CDC calls for abstracts for the 34th National Immunization Conference
  3. December 10th is the early registration deadline for the Second National Conference on Immunization Coalitions set for January
  4. December 1st is the early registration deadline for the International Symposium on Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease in April

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November 19, 1999
CDC PUBLISHES UPDATE ON CURRENT INFLUENZA ACTIVITY IN THE  UNITED STATES

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an article titled "Influenza Activity -- United States, 1999-2000 Season" in the November 19, 1999, issue of the MMWR. 

This report summarizes influenza activity in the United States during October 3-November 6, 1999. It also summarizes U.S. influenza surveillance methodology, including the four primary sources of surveillance data, a modification to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) mortality reporting, and discusses detection and control of institutional influenza outbreaks.

The "Editorial Note" states in part: "Three of four influenza surveillance systems indicated that influenza activity was low from October through early November in the United States; however, 30 states reported  laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza, and four long-term-care-facility outbreaks were reported. The 122 cities mortality reporting system data indicated that P&I mortality was above epidemic thresholds for 7 consecutive  weeks; however, these results must be viewed with caution because recent changes have been made to the reporting system."

Influenza surveillance data collected by CDC are updated weekly during October through May and are available by calling (888) 232-3228, or by calling (888) 232-3299 and requesting that document #361100 be faxed to you.

You can also review influenza data on the website of CDC's National Center for Infectious Diseases, Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, Influenza Branch, at: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/flu/weekly.htm

To obtain the text version (HTML format) of this MMWR article go to: http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4845a3.htm

HOW TO OBTAIN A FREE ELECTRONIC SUBSCRIPTION TO THE MMWR To obtain a free electronic subscription to the MMWR (delivered weekly), visit CDC's MMWR website listed below. Select "Free MMWR Subscription" from the menu at the left of the screen. Once you have submitted the required  information, weekly issues of the MMWR and all new ACIP statements (published as MMWR's "Recommendations and Reports") will automatically arrive in your e-mail box. To go to the MMWR website, visit: http://www2.cdc.gov/mmwr
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November 22, 1999
CDC CALLS FOR ABSTRACTS FOR THE 34TH NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION CONFERENCE

Full registration information including a call for abstracts for the 34th National Immunization Conference (NIC) is now available on the website of CDC's National Immunization Program (NIP). Deadline for abstract submission is January 10, 2000.

The National Immunization Conference, set for July 5-8, 2000, in Washington, DC, is the largest annual immunization conference in the United States. Participants who register before May 5, 2000, benefit from the "early bird" registration fee of $60. Individuals who register after this date are subject to an $85 conference fee until June 16, 2000, or an on-site registration fee of $100. 

To obtain information on NIC registration or abstract submission, go to NIP's website at: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/NIC/

Information on NIC is also available by calling NIP at (404) 639-8225 or by fax at (404) 639-8828.

IAC EXPRESS will publish updates on registration and agenda when such information becomes available.

Please visit the Immunization Action Coalition's "Calendar of Events" for information about additional conferences: http://www.immunize.org/calendar/
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November 22, 1999
DECEMBER 10TH IS THE EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THE  SECOND NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON IMMUNIZATION COALITIONS SET FOR JANUARY

Register by December 10th and pay a discounted registration fee for the Second National Conference on Immunization Coalitions set for January 23-25, 2000, in San Diego. Titled "Immunization Coalition: Making a Valuable Resource Invaluable," the conference will focus on building successful public-private partnerships to promote immunization and help local, state, and national organizations sustain coalitions. Scheduled workshops sessions  include "Start Your New Coalition," "Funding and Generating Community Resources," "Starting a 501(c)3," and many others. Mrs. Tipper Gore and U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein are among the invited speakers. For more  information and a complete meeting agenda, call Concepts Worldwide, the conference planners, at (858) 535-0050 or send an e-mail to: planners@conceptsworldwide.com
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November 22, 1999
DECEMBER 1ST IS THE EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR THE
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON VIRAL HEPATITIS AND LIVER DISEASE
IN APRIL

To take advantage of the discounted fee offered to early registrants, you must sign up before December 1, 1999, for the 10th International Symposium on Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease set for April 9-13, 2000, in Atlanta. This meeting is sponsored by the U.S. Public Health Service in collaboration with the World Health Organization and is hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For more information, please call the Organizing Secretariat at (404) 233-4490 or visit the website for the conference at: http://www.hep2000.com

 

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