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Issue Number 141            February 25, 2000

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. CDC publishes announcement of symposium on hepatitis and liver disease set for April 9-13, 2000
  2. CDC publishes announcement of upcoming conference on nosocomial infections, March 5-9, 2000
  3. Bulk copies of CDC's "What You Need to Know About Vaccine Information Statements" are free for the ordering!
  4. Would you like to receive a complete set of U.S. Public Health Service vaccine recommendations (ACIP statements) free from CDC?

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February 25, 2000
CDC PUBLISHES ANNOUNCEMENT OF SYMPOSIUM ON HEPATITIS AND  LIVER DISEASE SET FOR APRIL 9-13, 2000

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a "Notice to Readers" titled "Xth International Symposium on Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease" in the February 25, 2000, issue of the MMWR. The full text of the "Notice" reads as follows:

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Xth International Symposium on Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease

The Public Health Service, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, is sponsoring the Xth International Symposium on Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease, which will be hosted by CDC. The meeting will be held April 9-13, 2000, at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia.

The conference will include international experts to discuss the latest information about the molecular biology, diagnosis, epidemiology, clinical outcome, treatment, and prevention of each type of viral hepatitis. A major objective of the meeting is to highlight the importance of hepatitis surveillance,  research, treatment, vaccination, and prevention programs in the developing world.

The meeting will consist of plenary sessions, oral and poster sessions based on submitted abstracts, and exhibits. Information about conference registration is available through the symposium's World-Wide Web site, http://www.hep2000.com, or by telephone, (404) 233-4490. Proceedings of the symposium will be published in a comprehensive symposium book.

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To obtain the original text version (HTML format) of this document, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4907a3.htm

For a detailed list of additional upcoming immunization and hepatitis conferences, visit IAC's "Calendar of Events" at: http://www.immunize.org/calendar

For information on how to obtain a free electronic subscription to the MMWR, see the instructions that follow article two below.
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February 25, 2000
CDC PUBLISHES ANNOUNCEMENT OF UPCOMING CONFERENCE ON NOSOCOMIAL INFECTIONS, MARCH 5-9, 2000

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a "Notice to Readers" titled "Fourth Decennial International Conference on Nosocomial and Healthcare-Associated Infections" in the February 25, 2000, issue of the MMWR. The "Notice" reads in part:

"CDC is sponsoring the Fourth Decennial International Conference on Nosocomial and Healthcare-Associated Infections during March 5-9, 2000, at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference will highlight new strategies for preventing infections and promoting safety among patients and healthcare personnel. Key topics include patient safety, healthcare worker safety, antimicrobial resistance, and bioterrorism preparedness."

"... Additional information is available on the World-Wide Web, http://www.decennial.org, or telephone (301) 984-9450 (extension 17 for registration and program information, extension 11 for exhibit information, or extension 10 for other information)."

To obtain the full text version (HTML format) of this document, please go to: http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4907a4.htm

For a detailed list of additional upcoming immunization conferences, visit IAC's "Calendar of Events" at: http://www.immunize.org/calendar

HOW TO OBTAIN A FREE ELECTRONIC SUBSCRIPTION TO THE MMWR
To obtain a free electronic subscription to the "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" (MMWR), 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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February 25, 2000
BULK COPIES OF CDC's "WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS" ARE FREE FOR THE ORDERING!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is distributing bulk copies of its 28-page booklet titled "What You Need to Know about Vaccine Information Statements." Every provider of immunization services should have a copy of this resource!

This document details the responsibilities of immunization providers regarding the use of Vaccine Information Statements (VISs), and contains an informative question and answer section. In addition, the booklet includes a camera-ready copy of almost every VIS that CDC publishes.

NOTE: This booklet provides comprehensive, practical, and legal information for providers of vaccine services. However, a few items have been updated since the document was originally published including the date and version of the current polio VIS. The polio VIS which all health care providers will need to use beginning January 1, 2000, is NOT included in this booklet. Instead, the most up-to-date polio VIS dated "1/1/2000" can be downloaded from CDC's  website and IAC's website or ordered from your state health department or CDC directly.

To order free bulk copies of "What You Need to Know about Vaccine Information Statements," send a fax request to CDC's National Immunization Program (NIP) Information Center at (404) 639-8828 or send an e-mail to lao1@cdc.gov Be sure to include your complete mailing address and the number of copies you wish to order.

You can also obtain a copy of this booklet online. The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has made the text portion of this resource available on its website. Copies of the VISs can be downloaded separately.

To obtain a camera-ready copy (PDF format) of "What You Need to Know About Vaccine Information Statements," go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/instr00.pdf

To obtain the text version (HTML format) of this resource, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/instr00.htm

To obtain a camera-ready copy of this new polio VIS, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/ipv-00.pdf

For the most recent versions of all of CDC's VISs in English as well as some in up to 22 translations, visit the VIS index page on IAC's website at: http://www.immunize.org/vis/
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February 25, 2000
WOULD YOU LIKE TO RECEIVE A COMPLETE SET OF U.S. PUBLIC SERVICE HEALTH VACCINE RECOMMENDATIONS (ACIP STATEMENTS) FREE FROM CDC?

Did you know that all you have to do is ask and you will receive a complete set of Statements of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) delivered right to your door? The National Immunization Program (NIP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers this valuable resource on its order form for free immunization materials titled "CDC/NIP Resource Request List."

Up to date as of September 1998, the complete set contains the full text of ACIP statements in camera-ready format and three-hole punched, a set of  tab dividers that separate each statement by topic, and cover sheets for the face and binding of a 3-ring binder (in which you will definitely need to store  this weighty resource). In addition, CDC will also include camera-ready copies of all ACIP statements published since September 1998. This combined ACIP set is truly a gift for anyone who works to stay informed about U.S. vaccine recommendations. 

To obtain your very own set, download the "CDC/NIP Resource Request List" at: https://www2.cdc.gov/nchstp_od/PIWeb/niporderform.asp, fill out the form and fax it to (404) 639-8828 (the ACIP set is titled "Complete set of ACIP statements, up-to-date as of September 1998" and is listed at the end of the first section featuring individual ACIP statements).

 

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