Immunization Action Coalition and the Hepatitis B Coalition

IAC EXPRESS

Previous issues index

IAC Home page

Issue Number 143            March 2, 2000

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. Sixth edition of CDC's "Pink Book" now available
  2. Reserve your copy of AAP'S "2000 Red Book: Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases"
  3. Read ACIP Statements and receive free continuing education credits from CDC
  4. Year 2000 National Infant Immunization Week planned for April 16-22
  5. Department of Defense website offers military immunization information
  6. IAC distributes bulk copies of Dr. Seuss posters far and wide!
  7. Grand Forks Immunization Conference set for May 18-19, 2000
  8. Conference for vaccine manufacturers and developers, March 27-29, 2000

----------------------------------------------------------

Back to Top


(1)
March 2, 2000
SIXTH EDITION OF CDC'S "PINK BOOK" NOW AVAILABLE

The 6th edition of "Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases," also known as the "Pink Book," is now available for purchase. This edition was updated in January 2000, and provides the latest information on vaccine-preventable diseases, including general recommendations on immunization, immunization strategies for health care practices and providers,  strategies to increase vaccination, revised vaccine recommendations, and vaccine safety.

The "Pink Book" is published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is an easy-to-read, quick reference for busy clinics and health care offices. The book is also the textbook for the upcoming four-part satellite videoconference, "Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases," which will be broadcast on March 23, March 30, April 6, and April 13, 2000. For more information on the videoconference, visit Immunization Action Coalition's "Calendar of Events" at: http://www.immunize.org/calendar/

The cost of the "Pink Book" is $25 (US). To order the book online, go directly to the Public Health Foundation's (PHF) bookstore at: http://bookstore.phf.org/prod111.htm

You can also order this resource by calling PHF at (877) 252-1200 or (800) 41-TRAIN between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm ET. You can fax purchase orders and credit card orders to (301) 843-0159 or send an e-mail with payment information to: phf@tasco1.com Individuals calling from outside the United States should call (301) 645-7773.

In addition, individual chapters of the "Pink Book" are available in camera-ready versions (PDF format) on CDC's website at: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/pink/
------------------------------------------------------------

Back to Top

(2)
March 2, 2000
RESERVE YOUR COPY OF AAP'S "2000 RED BOOK: REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON INFECTIOUS DISEASES"

The 25th edition of the American Academy of Pediatric's (AAP) "Red Book: Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases" will contain up-to-date information on clinical manifestations, etiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of more than 200 childhood infectious diseases. Developed with the assistance and advice of hundreds of physician contributors from across the country, the 2000 edition will contain a host of significant revisions, updates, and additions to its authoritative content. 

The "Red Book" will be available in the spring, but orders are being taken now for three formats: a softcover edition ($89.95 non-members/$84.95 members), a commemorative hardcover Silver Edition ($99.95 non-members/$94.95 members), and the "Visual Red Book" CD-ROM version ($124.95 non-members/$109.95 members). You can save $50 by purchasing the softcover edition and CD-ROM together. These prices do not include shipping and handling.

To order online, go to the AAP bookstore at: http://www.aap.org/acb2/index.cfm?&DID=15
AAP members enter the bookstore through a special page to receive member discount pricing on purchases. Non-members can go directly to "Professional Publications and Resources, Clinical References." To order by phone or to ask questions, call AAP Publications at (888) 227-1770.
------------------------------------------------------------

Back to Top

(3)
March 2, 2000
READ ACIP STATEMENTS AND RECEIVE FREE CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS FROM CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers free and convenient continuing education credits (CMEs, CEUs, and CNEs) through its MMWR Continuing Medical Education Program. Participants can earn credit by reading various statements from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and completing short multiple-choice tests.

The MMWR Continuing Medical Education Program is available in either paper or electronic format. To take part in one or more of these courses online, visit: http://mmwr.cdc.gov/internetcet/cetapp.asp
At this site you can register, obtain the ACIP statements and exams, submit your answers, and receive credit, all without leaving your home or office. 

For more information, send an e-mail to the MMWR Continuing Education Program at: mmwrce@cdc.gov
------------------------------------------------------------

Back to Top

(4)
March 2, 2000
YEAR 2000 NATIONAL INFANT IMMUNIZATION WEEK PLANNED FOR APRIL 16-22

"You Gave Them Life, Protect It" will continue to be the message of this year's National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), set for April 16-22, 2000. According to an e-mail sent out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the NIIW national kickoff will be held in Houston, Texas, at which time a new Spanish-language public service campaign will be unveiled.

The English-language public service campaign and NIIW promotion kit will remain the same as last year and are available from CDC. NIIW kits can be requested by sending a fax to (404) 639-8555, or by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/niiw/index.htm Also available at this website are camera-ready versions (PDF format) of "The Community Guide" and "The Implementation Handbook," which contain activities, ideas, and sample documents that can be used during NIIW and  throughout the year to promote immunization. Users should be forewarned that the files are both in excess of 40 pages and may be difficult to download.

NOTE: You will need to make two changes to the NIIW promotion kit once you receive it from CDC. First, because rotavirus vaccine has been removed from the childhood immunization schedule, the materials in the NIIW kit that refer to the administration of rotavirus vaccine will need to be edited. In addition, last year's kit contains the 1999 childhood immunization schedule. You will need to remove the 1999 schedule and replace it with the 2000 childhood immunization schedule that is available at:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/pdf/child-schedule.pdf
If you are unable to download this document, you can request a copy by calling CDC's National Immunization Information Hotline at (800) 232-2522.
------------------------------------------------------------

Back to Top

(5)
March 2, 2000
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WEBSITE OFFERS MILITARY IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION

The Department of Defense (DoD) website titled "The Military Immunization Information Source" provides access to current immunization program information for DoD and the military services. The website includes information on military policy statements on the use of vaccines, anthrax-specific information, military immunization tracking policies and procedures, and a table of military indications for vaccines in each branch of the services.

Because DoD immunization programs are founded on national standards for immunization practice, the site provides links to other governmental and non-governmental sites dedicated to vaccines, immunization practices, and vaccine safety. 

To visit this site, go to: http://www.tricare.osd.mil/immunization/
------------------------------------------------------------

Back to Top

(6)
March 2, 2000
IAC DISTRIBUTES BULK COPIES OF DR. SEUSS POSTERS FAR AND WIDE!

Did you know that the "Cat in the Hat" and various "Sneetches" have kindly offered their services to help you promote childhood immunization? These eloquent characters created by Dr. Seuss are now available in three full-color posters to broadcast the message "Help Keep Kids Healthy," and to promote the National Immunization Information Hotline of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has a limited supply of these Dr. Seuss immunization posters available for bulk distribution to anyone who wants to promote child health. All we ask is that you provide the cost of shipping and handling and we will mail them within 2-4 weeks of receiving your order.

Created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Health and Human Services, each colorful poster measures 24" x 18". Three different poster designs make up each set and the minimum order is 100 sets (for a total of 300 posters).

To order your poster sets, go to the "Dr. Seuss Posters Order Form" on IACís website at: http://www.immunize.org/news.d/seuss.htm Print out this form, fill it in, and submit your request to IAC by fax or mail.

If you are visiting or located in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and would like to stop by our office to pick up these posters, we would love to see you! Although you might be disappointed that we are out of green eggs and ham, the posters will be free of charge.
------------------------------------------------------------

Back to Top

(7)
March 2, 2000
GRAND FORKS IMMUNIZATION CONFERENCE SET FOR MAY 18-19, 2000

A conference titled "Immunization in the 21st Century" is scheduled for May 18-19, 2000, at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, ND. Sponsored by the partners of the Greater Grand Forks Immunization  Coalition, the meeting is directed toward all public and private health care providers who deliver immunization services.

The featured speaker is William Atkinson, MD, MPH, a well-known immunization expert from the National Immunization Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Workshop topics will include immunization coalition building, international travel vaccines, newer vaccines, and communication with clients. CME and CEU credits will be available.

For more information, contact Kathy Dunn or Debbie Swanson at:

Grand Forks Public Health Department
151 South 4th St., N301
Grand Forks, ND 58201
Phone: (701) 787-8100
Fax: (701) 787-8145
E-mail: kdunn@grandforksgov.com

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

Back to Top

(8)
March 2, 2000
CONFERENCE FOR VACCINE MANUFACTURERS AND DEVELOPERS, MARCH 27-29, 2000

A conference for the manufacturers and developers of vaccines will be held March 27-29, 2000, in London, England. "Examining the Science and Meeting the Regulations for the Manufacture and Development of Vaccines" is the title of the program on March 27 and 28 at The Chelsea Hotel. The program will feature speakers from pharmaceutical companies, as well as representatives from regulating agencies. An interactive post-conference workshop, "Understanding and Implementing the Regulations for Vaccine Products," will be held on March 29, 2000, at The Rembrandt Hotel.

For more information, call 44 (0) 20 7915 5056, or go to: http://www.pharmaonline.co.uk
Follow the links for "Conferences," "Manufacturing," and "Vaccines."

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

 

Immunization Action Coalition1573 Selby AvenueSt. Paul MN 55104
E-mail: admin@immunize.org Web: http://www.immunize.org/
Tel: (651) 647-9009Fax: (651) 647-9131

This page was updated on March 2, 2000