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Issue Number 175            July 11, 2000

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. CDC publishes report on 1999 vaccination coverage levels in the United States
  2. Place your bulk orders now! CDC is giving away multiple copies of the 1999 "Guide to Contraindications to Childhood Vaccinations"
  3. American Public Health Association annual meeting set for Boston, November 12-16

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July 7, 2000
CDC PUBLISHES REPORT ON 1999 VACCINATION COVERAGE LEVELS IN THE UNITED STATES

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report titled "National, State, and Urban Area Vaccination Coverage Levels Among Children Aged 19-35 Months--United States, 1999" in the July 7, 2000, issue of the MMWR. According to the article's introduction, "This report presents the findings of the 1999 National Immunization Survey (NIS), which indicate that vaccination coverage among U.S. children aged 19-35 months was at or near record high levels....

"In 1999, national vaccination coverage for three doses of any diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and pertussis vaccine (DTP) was 95.9%; for three doses of poliovirus vaccine, 89.6%; for three doses of Haemophilus influenzae type b vaccine (Hib), 93.5%; for one dose of measles-mumps-rubella vaccine (MMR), 91.5%; for three doses of hepatitis B vaccine (HepB), 88.1%; and for one dose of varicella vaccine (VAR), 59.4%."

The Editorial Note states in part that while national coverage rates remain at or near record high levels, "...this coverage level cannot ensure protection for children born during or after 1999 even though levels observed in 1999  demonstrate the feasibility of attaining high coverage. Achieving and sustaining the national health objectives for 2010 vaccination coverage and disease-elimination will require developing a functional vaccine-delivery system. This effort will require collaboration between national, state, local, private, and public partners.

"A comprehensive vaccine-delivery system that would achieve and maintain high vaccination coverage levels and low morbidity in children born during or after 1999 should consist of three components. These components are 1) state-and community-based computerized vaccination registries that include all children from birth, that can identify children needing vaccination, and can recall them for missed vaccinations; 2) ongoing quality-assurance and information-feedback activities; and 3) education programs for parents and health-care providers."

To obtain the text version (HTML format) of this MMWR article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4926a1.htm

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 at: http://www2.cdc.gov/mmwr 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 arrive automatically by e-mail.
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July 11, 2000
PLACE YOUR BULK ORDERS NOW! CDC IS GIVING AWAY MULTIPLE COPIES OF THE 1999 "GUIDE TO CONTRAINDICATIONS TO CHILDHOOD VACCINATIONS"

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) knows no limits! CDC's National Immunization Program (NIP) has removed the limit to the number of copies you can order of the 1999 edition of the spiral-bound (8.5" x 5.5") book titled "Guide to Contraindications to Childhood Vaccinations."

The 2000 edition of the contraindications guide will have two basic changes from the 1999 edition: removal of rotavirus vaccine and inclusion of the new pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7). However, the 1999 edition is still a valuable resource as long as practitioners note these two revisions. The 2000 edition will not be available until August.

To order your unlimited number of copies of the guide, complete NIP's online order form and submit it electronically at: https://www2.cdc.gov/nchstp_od/PIWeb/niporderform.htm

If you cannot order electronically, you can fax your order to NIP at (404) 639-8828.
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July 11, 2000
AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING SET FOR BOSTON, NOVEMBER 12-16

The 128th annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA) will be held in Boston on November 12-16, 2000, with the theme "Eliminating Health Disparities." This event will feature over 900 scientific sessions, 200 poster sessions, noted speakers, a public health expo, and CareerMart, a technology center lab. The meeting will be a chance to network and exchange ideas with over 13,000 colleagues in the public health field.

Register before September 1 to save $110 on registration fees. To find out more about the meeting, or to register online, visit: http://www.apha.org/meetings/registrn.htm (link discontinued)

Registration forms can also be requested from APHA's fax-on-demand service: call (703) 336-5552 and request document #201.

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

 

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