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Issue Number 154              April 3, 2000

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. CDC now has a toll-free telephone number for its International Travelers' Information line
  2. Year 2000 video on new polio vaccine recommendation now available
  3. NCAI offers free booklet on successful vaccination programs
  4. APIC conference set for June 18-22 in Minneapolis
  5. National Army Research Institute symposium set for May 3-5 in Bethesda

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April 3, 2000
CDC NOW HAS A TOLL-FREE TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR ITS INTERNATIONAL TRAVELERS' INFORMATION LINE

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a new toll-free number for its International Travelers' Information line. Callers can access recorded voice messages on diseases specific to international travel, request a list of publications on international travel available from CDC's automated fax information service, or order a copy of "Health Information for International Travel" (the "Yellow Book"). 

The new toll-free number is (877) 394-8747 (877-FYI-TRIP). Travelers' health information can also be obtained from the National Center for Infectious Diseases' Travelers' Health website at: http://www.cdc.gov/travel
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April 3, 2000
YEAR 2000 VIDEO ON NEW POLIO VACCINE RECOMMENDATION NOW AVAILABLE

The "New Polio Vaccine Recommendation" (2000 edition) is a 7-minute videotape designed to help parents and health professionals understand the 2000 Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendation that only an injectable all-inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) be used for vaccination. Produced by Michigan State University in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Community Health, the videotape describes polio disease trends, explains why the recommendation has changed, and presents the new polio vaccine schedule. A previous version of this video won the 1999 American Academy of Pediatrics Lay Education Project Award.

The video is available from Michigan State University for $10 (including shipping and handling). Fax your request for an order form to Michigan State University Health Promotion Program (MSUHPP) at (517) 432-0155, or call Denise Poirer at (517) 353-2596.

NOTE: MSUHPP also has available copies of "Varicella Vaccine: A Giant Step Towards Disease Prevention" (1998 edition). This 16-minute video describes chickenpox, its complications, who is at risk for the disease, how the chickenpox vaccine works, and for whom it is recommended. Videotapes are free to Michigan health professionals, and are $15 a copy (shipping and handling included) for those outside of Michigan. They are available from MSUHPP by fax or phone at the numbers given above.
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April 3, 2000
NCAI OFFERS FREE BOOKLET ON SUCCESSFUL VACCINATION PROGRAMS

The National Coalition for Adult Immunization (NCAI) has published "Model Programs Initiative Guide: Immunization Coalitions Striving for Excellence," designed to aid state and local coalitions in building and sustaining their coalition efforts. The guide profiles 22 Model Programs Initiative (MPI) participants, and includes a resource section, bibliography, fact sheets, and more.

A free individual copy, as well as information about bulk-copy orders, can be obtained by contacting NCAI by phone at (301) 656-0003, by fax at (301) 907-0878, or by e-mail at ncai@nfid.org
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April 3, 2000
APIC CONFERENCE SET FOR JUNE 18-22 IN MINNEAPOLIS 

The 27th Annual Educational Conference and International Meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) will be held June 18-22, 2000, in Minneapolis, MN. This conference will include formal presentations, poster sessions, and small group forums that provide practical information about infection control and clinical epidemiology.

Reduced "early bird" registration rates for this conference are available until April 27. Preliminary programs, the call for abstracts, and conference registration information may be obtained by phone at (202) 789-1890, by e-mail at apicinfo@apic.org, or online at: http://www.apic.org
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April 3, 2000
NATIONAL ARMY RESEARCH INSTITUTE SYMPOSIUM SET FOR MAY 3-5 IN BETHESDA 

The 6th National Symposium: Basic Aspects of Vaccines will be held at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, on May 3-5, 2000. This symposium is sponsored by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) and is intended to provide a broad-based, interactive forum for discussion of current issues in basic immunology and vaccinology.

To learn more about this symposium, visit the WRAIR website at: http://wrair-www.army.mil/symposia/dmbsym.htm
Information can also be obtained by e-mail at symposium@na.amedd.army.mil or by phone at (301) 319-9462.

 

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