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Issue Number 133            January 14, 2000

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. Foreign language translations of IAC's revised "Screening Questionnaire For Child and Teen Immunization" are now available
  2. Mark your calendar! CDC's "Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases" videoconference course begins March 23
  3. The National Conference on Immunization Coalitions will host more than 300 attendees in San Diego, January 23
  4. International symposium on combination vaccines starts February 2
  5. OSHA revises bloodborne pathogens compliance directive
  6. Public Health Image Library offers free visual resources
  7. World Congress on Vaccines and Immunization set for August 29-September 3
  8. Pasteur Merieux Connaught changes corporate name to Aventis Pasteur

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January 14, 2000
FOREIGN LANGUAGE TRANSLATIONS OF IAC'S REVISED "SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE FOR CHILD AND TEEN IMMUNIZATION" ARE NOW AVAILABLE 

Did you know that the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) publishes three foreign language translations of the "Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization?" The English version of this popular item was revised in August 1999 and now the Spanish, Hmong, and Chinese translations are also available.

This one-page screening questionnaire for the patient's parent and/or guardian to fill out helps clinic staff evaluate which vaccines can be given at that day's visit. 

All translations of the screening questionnaire are available to view and/or download from IAC's website. The English, Spanish and Hmong versions are available in text version (HTML format) and as a camera-ready copy (PDF  format). The Chinese version is only available as a camera-ready document (PDF format).

To view and/or download this document in all languages, go to IAC's "Free Print Materials" page at: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/free.htm and scroll down the right-hand column of the table to P4060, "Screening  Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization."

To link directly to a specific format and/or translation of this document, go to:

English camera-ready version (PDF):
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060scr.pdf
English text version (HTML):
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060scr.htm

Spanish camera-ready version (PDF):
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060-01.pdf
Spanish text version (HTML):
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060-01.htm

Hmong camera-ready version (PDF):
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060-02.pdf
Hmong text version (HTML):
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060-02.htm

Chinese camera-ready version (PDF):
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060ch.pdf

If you are unable to download any of these documents or would like to request that you receive a hard copy of this screening questionnaire by mail, fill out IAC's order form at: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n17/catalg1.htm and fax to (651) 647-9131 or mail to: IAC, 1573 Selby Avenue, Suite 234, St. Paul, MN, 55104.
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January 14, 2000
MARK YOUR CALENDAR! CDC'S "EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PREVENTION OF VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASES" VIDEOCONFERENCE COURSE BEGINS MARCH 23

Beginning March 23, 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will again be sponsoring the four-part videoconference series titled "Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases." This live interactive program will provide the most current information available in the field of immunization. Course faculty will include William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, and Sharon G. Humiston, MD, MPH, medical epidemiologists from CDC's National Immunization Program.

"Session One" will cover principles of vaccination, general recommendations on immunization, and strategies to improve immunization coverage levels. "Session Two" will cover diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, rotavirus, and polio.  "Session Three" will cover measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella. "Session Four" will focus on hepatitis B, Hib, influenza, and pneumococcal disease.

As always, participants will have a chance to address questions to the course instructors on toll-free telephone lines during question and answer sessions. Continuing education credits for a variety of professions will be offered based on 14 hours of instruction. Each of the four sessions runs from 12:00-3:30 pm, ET, on March 23, March 30, April 6, and April 13, 2000.

For more information about this course, contact the Public Health Training Network (PHTN) at (888) 232-3299 and enter document no. 130020, or visit the PHTN website at: http://www.cdc.gov/phtn/calendar.htm#future

For information about course site locations and times in your area, please contact your state immunization coordinator. For a listing of state immunization coordinator names and phone numbers, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/phtn/stcoords.htm
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January 14, 2000
THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON IMMUNIZATION COALITIONS WILL HOST MORE THAN 300 ATTENDEES IN SAN DIEGO, JANUARY 23


There are only 9 days left to make plans to attend the 2nd National Conference on Immunization Coalitions titled "Immunization Coalitions: Making a Valuable Resource Invaluable" set for January 23-25, 2000, in San Diego, California. Though mail-in registration opportunities have ended, onsite registration will be available for this conference which will focus on building successful public-private partnerships to promote immunization and on helping local, state, and national organizations sustain their coalitions. 

Conference organizers are planning on more than 300 attendees. Conference sponsors include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the CA Department of Health Services, Immunization Branch. 

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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January 14, 2000
INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON COMBINATION VACCINES STARTS FEBRUARY 2

The International Symposium on Combination Vaccines will be held February 2-4, 2000, at the Natcher Conference Center on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. According to the conference's literature, "the three-day International Symposium on  Combination Vaccines will explore the laboratory, clinical, and epidemiologic issues that are integral to the development and licensing of new combination vaccines that are both safe and effective." 

The symposium is presented by the National Vaccine Program Office and jointly sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, NIH, and the World Health Organization.

For more information, call (404) 687-6672, or visit: http://www.cdc.gov/od/nvpo/calendar.htm
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January 14, 2000
OSHA REVISES BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS COMPLIANCE DIRECTIVE

On November 5, 1999, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a new directive, revising the Bloodborne Pathogens Compliance Directive issued in 1992. The new document provides information on the availability of improved devices, better treatment following exposure, and OSHA policy interpretations.

In addition, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a related document in November titled "Preventing Needlestick Injuries in Health Care Settings."

Both of these documents can be obtained online at:  http://www.osha-slc.gov/SLTC/needlestick/index.html

The site described above links to the complete OSHA directive, the OSHA news release (which contains highlights of the directive), and the "NIOSH Alert" on needlestick injuries. Copies of the OSHA publication can also be obtained by calling (202) 693-1888. To receive the NIOSH article, call (800) 356-4674 and ask for publication #2000-108. 

More information about occupational health and safety can be found on both the OSHA and NIOSH websites at:

OSHA: http://www.osha.gov/
NIOSH: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/
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January 14, 2000
PUBLIC HEALTH IMAGE LIBRARY OFFERS FREE VISUAL RESOURCES

Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Public Health Image Library (PHIL) is an extensive collection of still images, image sets, and multimedia files related to public health -- a great resource for patient education or professional presentations. The library's website consists of several images relevant to immunization and vaccine-preventable diseases which are free to view and/or download online at: http://phil.cdc.gov/phil/default.asp

To search for a particular image, just type the name of any disease or key word in the space allotted on the PHIL home page. Also, under the "FAQs" selection on the home page, information is presented to help you troubleshoot problems with viewing and/or downloading the images. 

If you are interested in additional visual resources for immunization education, the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) also offers the following:

  1. Vaccine-preventable disease photographs online: view and/or download images that make up IAC's slide set and photo notebook (described below) free of charge at: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/pict001.htm
             
  2. Vaccine-preventable Disease Slide Set: a set of 31 slides of children and adults who exhibit visual signs of infection with vaccine-preventable diseases. A printed script accompanies the slides and is available in English or Spanish. Suitable for use by public health departments, community outreach workers, nursing schools, and medical teaching programs. Price $25.00 (US)
                  
  3. Photo Notebook of Vaccine-preventable Diseases: includes 20 full-page color photos of children and adults who exhibit visual signs of infection with vaccine-preventable diseases. A simple text accompanies the pictures and describes the diseases. Portable for taking out into the community to give presentations. Price $75.00 (US)

To order the slide set and/or photo notebook, please print out IAC's catalog/order form and look under "Photos, slides, posters, and more" at: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n17/catalg1.htm Write in your selections and fax the form to (651) 647-9131.
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January 14, 2000
WORLD CONGRESS ON VACCINES AND IMMUNIZATION SET FOR AUGUST 29-SEPTEMBER 3

The 2nd World Congress on Vaccines and Immunization will be held August 29-September 3, 2000, at the University of Liege, Belgium. Informational literature on the "Millennium World Congress" states that the objective of the meeting is to "discuss all aspects concerning the development of new  vaccines using modern technologies and immunization strategies, to prevent and control infections and other diseases of importance in human and veterinary medicine."

Deadline for early registration is March 30, 2000. To receive registration material, please contact: 

Dr. Edouard Kurstak
ICWO - University of Montreal
1 - Oriole
Kirkland, Qc.
Canada H9H 3G4
E-mail: kurstak@sympatico.ca
Fax: (514) 695-0514

To obtain a copy of the meeting's preliminary program and call for abstracts, go to: http://www3.sympatico.ca/kurstak/icwo
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January 14, 2000
PASTEUR MERIEUX CONNAUGHT CHANGES CORPORATE NAME TO AVENTIS PASTEUR

As a result of a merger between Rhone-Poulenc and Hoechst, Pasteur Merieux Connaught changed its corporate name, effective December 16, 1999, to Aventis Pasteur.

 

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