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Issue Number 163            May 12, 2000

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. CDC's National Immunization Program offers new online ordering system for publications and resources
  2. Preparing for the next influenza pandemic satellite broadcast set for July 13
  3. CDC publishes call for abstracts for international conference on emerging infectious diseases
  4. CDC publishes announcement of international course in applied epidemiology

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May 12, 2000
CDC'S NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM OFFERS NEW ONLINE ORDERING SYSTEM FOR PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCES

In the spirit of millennium technology, the National Immunization Program (NIP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has introduced a new online ordering system for NIP publications and resources.

Numerous resources are available through this new system, including individual and combined ACIP reports and current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs). In addition, various fact sheets, brochures, videos, and posters are also free for the ordering.

This online ordering system consists of a form titled "Immunization Educational and Training Materials" that you can fill out online and e-mail to NIP. Almost all of the resources that were previously listed on the "CDC/NIP Resource Request List" in hard copy format are now available on this new online form.

To view or fill out this form online, go to NIP's website at: https://www2.cdc.gov/nchstp_od/PIWeb/niporderform.htm

If you are unable to send your request by e-mail, you can print out the form, fill it out, and fax it to NIP at (404) 639-8828.
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May 12, 2000
PREPARING FOR THE NEXT INFLUENZA PANDEMIC SATELLITE BROADCAST SET FOR JULY 13

"The next influenza pandemic: Not if, but when" is the central message of the annual "Preparing for the Next Influenza Pandemic" satellite broadcast sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Public  health officials who attend this broadcast will learn about strategies to address community needs during the next influenza pandemic. Originally scheduled for June, this year's broadcast has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 13, 2000.

The literature for this broadcast states in part: "Epidemiologists agree that the probability is high that another dangerous new strain of the influenza virus will emerge. In an effort to lessen the worldwide morbidity and mortality that such a strain will cause, public health experts from federal, state, and local agencies have developed state and local guidelines to prepare for the next influenza pandemic and its anticipated vaccine shortage and disruption of social and community services. This live, interactive satellite broadcast will update local, state, and national plans, describe the federal role in the case of pandemic influenza as well as provide recommendations for antiviral drug use and triage and infection control measures."

For more information on this course, visit the website of CDC's Public Health Training Network at: http://www.cdc.gov/phtn/pandemic/pandemicflu.htm
Updates to the planning guide and general broadcast information will be made available on this website prior to July 13, 2000.

A guidebook titled "Pandemic Influenza: A Planning Guide for State and Local Officials (Draft 2.1)" will be the text for the course. To download this document online, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/od/nvpo/pandemicflu.htm

To register or to receive information about course materials and continuing education credit, contact your State Immunization Coordinator. For a list of State Immunization Coordinators and their phone numbers, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/ed/coordinators.htm
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May 12, 2000
CDC PUBLISHES CALL FOR ABSTRACTS FOR INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a Notice to Readers titled "Call for Abstracts: International Conference in Emerging Infectious Diseases 2000" in the May 12, 2000, issue of the MMWR. The full text of the Notice reads:

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The International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases 2000 (ICEID 2000) is calling for "Latebreaker" abstracts. Abstracts can be submitted online by June 9, 2000, at the American Society for Microbiology World-Wide Web site, http://www.asmusa.org/mtgsrc/iceid99main.htm

ICEID 2000 will be July 16-19, 2000, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. Cosponsors include CDC, Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, American Society for Microbiology, Association of Public Health Laboratories, CDC Foundation, and World Health Organization.

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To obtain the full text version (HTML format) of this MMWR article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4918a3.htm

For a detailed list of upcoming immunization and hepatitis conferences, visit the Immunization Action Coalition's "Calendar of Events" at: http://www.immunize.org/calendar/
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May 12, 2000
CDC PUBLISHES ANNOUNCEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL COURSE IN APPLIED EPIDEMIOLOGY

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a Notice to Readers titled "International Course in Epidemiology" in the May 12, 2000, issue of the MMWR. The full text of the Notice reads:

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CDC and Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health will cosponsor a course, "International Course in Applied Epidemiology" on October 2-27, 2000, in Atlanta, Georgia. This basic course in epidemiology is directed at public health professionals from countries other than the United States.

The course's content includes presentations and discussions of epidemiologic principles, basic statistical analysis, public health surveillance, field investigations, surveys and sampling, and discussions of the epidemiologic aspects of current major public health problems in international health. Included are small group discussions of epidemiologic case exercises based on field investigations. Participants are encouraged to give a short presentation reviewing some epidemiologic data from their own country. Computer training using Epi-Info, a software program developed at CDC and the World Health Organization for epidemiologists is included. Prerequisites are familiarity with the vocabulary and principles of basic epidemiology or completion of CDC's "Principles of Epidemiology" home-study course (SS3030) or equivalent. Preference will be given to applicants whose work involves priority public health problems in international health. There is a tuition charge.

Additional information and applications are available from:

Emory University
Rollins School of Public Health
International Health Dept. (PIA)
1518 Clifton Road N.E., Room 746
Atlanta, GA 30322
telephone: (404) 727-3485
fax: (404) 727-4590
email: pvaleri@sph.emory.edu
or on the World-Wide Web at:
http://www.sph.emory.edu/EPICOURSES

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To obtain the full text version (HTML format) of this MMWR article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4918a4.htm

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


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