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Issue Number 155            April 5, 2000

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. Congressional committee hearing on autism will be held Thursday, April 6
  2. Redesigned! The National Immunization Program unveils its new Internet home page
  3. New book for parents provides answers to immunization questions

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April 5, 2000
CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE HEARING ON AUTISM WILL BE HELD THURSDAY, APRIL 6

The House Committee on Government Reform will hold a hearing titled "Autism: Present Challenges, Future Needs--Why the Increased Rates?" on Thursday, April 6, 2000, beginning at 10:30 am (ET). The hearing will include testimony from experts and lay people about the alleged causal relationship between vaccinations and autism.

The hearing will be held in room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building, and can be watched live via the committee web page at: http://www.house.gov/reform/

For more information on this topic, visit:

The American Medical Association website at:
http://www.ama-assn.org/med-sci/immunize/vacautism.htm

CDC's National Immunization Program "Vaccines and Autism" fact sheet at:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/vacsafe/concerns/autism/

The Institute for Vaccine Safety of the Johns Hopkins University at:
http://www.vaccinesafety.edu/mmrandibd.htm

The National Network for Immunization Information at:
http://www.idsociety.org/vaccine/autism.htm
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April 5, 2000
REDESIGNED! THE NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM UNVEILS ITS NEW INTERNET HOME PAGE

The National Immunization Program (NIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has redesigned its home page, and has added links to many useful resources for parents, health professionals, and others interested in immunization issues. This updated page includes sections titled "Vaccine Recommendations," "A Safe and Healthy Future" (which highlights current developments in immunology and vaccinology), "The Importance of Immunization," "Vaccine Safety," and "Information and Education Resources." The new page also includes a section called "In the Spotlight," which features stories about significant or newsworthy immunization issues. This week's stories concern the controversy over vaccines and autism, National Infant Immunization Week 2000, and developments in vaccine safety. To access the new NIP home page, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/

If you access the NIP web page regularly, you may need to press the "reload" or "refresh" button on your browser to ensure that you are viewing the most recent version of the page.
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April 5, 2000
NEW BOOK FOR PARENTS PROVIDES ANSWERS TO IMMUNIZATION QUESTIONS

"Vaccinating Your Child: Questions and Answers for the Concerned Parent" (Peachtree Publishers, 2000), by Sharon Humiston, MD, MPH, and Cynthia Good, is written for parents who want reliable medical information about why and when to vaccinate their children against childhood diseases.

"Vaccinating Your Child" addresses the medical, ethical, and legal issues related to immunization to help parents make informed decisions about individual vaccines. Humiston and Good provide the most up-to-date information available about vaccines, and the benefits and risks of each vaccine for the individual and the community. The authors also provide an evaluation of medical reasons not to vaccinate and an overview of parental rights. Finally, the book reviews the vaccines that children may need as they grow older, and the vaccines that family members may need as they travel outside of the United States.

The cost of the book "Vaccinating Your Child" is $14.95 (paperback). To purchase this book, check your local bookstore or call Peachtree Publishers at (800) 241-0113 and ask for the "sales department."

 

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