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Issue Number 183            August 28, 2000

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. National Medical Association to hold immunization dinner symposium August 31, 2000, in New Orleans
  2. National Immunization Conference Abstracts available online
  3. New immunization curricula available from Michigan State University
  4. Updated! "It's Federal Law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)"
  5. New immunization education presentation available for speakers bureaus
  6. World Vaccine Congress 2000 to be held September 18-20, 2000, in Paris
  7. CDC reports on progress toward polio eradication in Pakistan

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August 28, 2000
NATIONAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATION TO HOLD IMMUNIZATION DINNER SYMPOSIUM AUGUST 31, 2000, IN NEW ORLEANS

The immunization dinner symposium, "Immunization--A Family Affair," sponsored by the National Medical Association (NMA) in collaboration with the Health Care Financing Administration and the New Orleans Medical Society, will be held Thursday, August 31, 2000, at Arnaud's Restaurant in New Orleans, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

The educational seminar is geared toward physicians and other health professionals who provide immunizations to adults, and it specifically examines the immunization rate disparity between African American and white adults.

The program is offered at no cost to participants. Meeting materials, continuing medical education credits, and dinner will be provided; however, registration is required.

The NMA is the oldest and largest association representing the interest of 25,000 Black physicians in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean.

For registration and additional information, contact Yvonne Fuller, Director, Maternal and Child Health at (202) 347-1895, extension 263, or by email at Yvonne@NMAnet.org
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August 28, 2000
NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS AVAILABLE ONLINE

If you'd like information from the 34th National Immunization Conference held July 5-8, 2000, in Washington, DC, abstracts from conference presentations are now available online. 

CDC has published its book of abstracts from the conference on its website in PDF camera-ready format. The book contains the nearly 300 presentation abstracts from the conference arranged alphabetically by topic, ranging from Adolescent Immunization to Women, Infants, and Children.

To view the abstracts, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/nic/ and follow the links to the book cover, table of contents, and book of abstracts.
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August 28, 2000
NEW IMMUNIZATION CURRICULA AVAILABLE FROM MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

The Michigan Department of Community Health and Michigan State University have developed new, comprehensive immunization curricula for health providers and their office staff. Designed to be presented by an RN, modules are available for three types of medical practices: pediatric medicine, family medicine, and adult medicine.

These flexible modules, based on adult learning principles, cover immunization schedules, recommended vaccines, permanent and temporary contraindications, vaccine administration, documentation, and vaccine storage and handling. 

Each module packet contains tools developed for administering an immunization education program, as well as the complete program content and masters for participant handouts with a note-taking guide.

For more information about the modules and their content, call Nancy Fasano, Michigan Department of Community Health, at (517) 335-9423.

To request an order form, call the Health Promotion Program at Michigan State University at (517) 353-2596. Each module costs $10.
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August 28, 2000
UPDATED! "IT'S FEDERAL LAW! YOU MUST GIVE YOUR PATIENTS CURRENT VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS (VISs)"

The Immunization Action Coalition has updated its printed immunization education item "It's Federal Law! You Must Give Your Patients Current Vaccine Information Statements." This piece helps clinicians learn more about the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act. Federal law requires health professionals to provide a copy of the Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) to either the adult vaccinee or the child's parent or legal guardian with each dose of DTaP, DTP, Td, MMR, varicella, polio, Hib, or hepatitis B vaccine.

This article, written by Neal A. Halsey, MD, Director, Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, will help you comply with the provisions of the law.

To obtain a camera-ready copy (PDF format), go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2027law.pdf
To obtain the text version (HTML format), go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2027law.htm

For a camera-ready copy (PDF format)of the instructions for using the VISs, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/instr00.pdf
For the text version (HTML format), go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/instr00.htm

To obtain copies of Vaccine Information Statements, some in up to 22 languages, visit:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/index.htm

To visit the Institute for Vaccine Safety website, go to:
http://www.vaccinesafety.edu/
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August 28, 2000
NEW IMMUNIZATION EDUCATION PRESENTATION AVAILABLE FOR SPEAKERS BUREAUS

Members of the Metro Omaha Immunization Task Force--Professional Liaison Committee in Omaha, Nebraska, have produced an educational PowerPoint slide program to use in speakers bureau presentations for immunization advocacy. Aimed primarily at medical office staff and physicians, the presentation may also be adapted for use with other health professionals and lay groups.

This slide program (1) provides an overview of vaccine preventable diseases, (2) offers a brief discussion of new vaccine products, (3) presents compliance statistics and discusses issues associated with noncompliance, and (4) initiates a discussion of strategies office-based practitioners can use to maintain high compliance rates. The core presentation lasts about 30-45 minutes and may be abbreviated or expanded to meet audience needs and requests for additional information.

Persons who wish to obtain an electronic copy of this resource for adaptation to their specific community needs may do so by contacting Linda K. Ohri, PharmD, Chair, Metro Omaha Immunization Task Force, e-mail: lohri@creighton.edu
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August 28, 2000
WORLD VACCINE CONGRESS 2000 TO BE HELD SEPTEMBER 18-20, 2000, IN PARIS

World Vaccine Congress 2000 will be held in Paris September 18-20, 2000, at the Sofitel Paris Forum Rive Gauche. Sponsored by the European Centre for Pharmaceutical Information (ECPI), this three-day conference addresses the evolving needs and challenges of the vaccine industry. On September 18, a pre-conference briefing titled, "Driving the Future of Global Vaccine Development" will look at funding issues. The following two days of the conference will look at the practical challenges manufacturers face in product development, commercialization, and regulation.

To register or request more information, go to:
http://www.ecpi-online.com/vaccine2000/ (link discontinued) or contact ECPI, AiC Worldwide Limited, 2nd Floor, 100 Hatton Garden, London EC1N 8NX UK, telephone 44 (0) 20 7242 1548, fax 44 (0) 207242 1508, ecpi@aic-uk.com
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August 28, 2000
CDC REPORTS ON PROGRESS TOWARD POLIO ERADICATION IN PAKISTAN

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published "Progress Toward Poliomyelitis Eradication--Pakistan, 1999-June 2000" in the August 25, 2000, issue of the MMWR. This report summarizes progress toward polio eradication in Pakistan.

According to the Editorial Note, several issues may contribute to the large number of susceptible children not being reached by routine vaccination coverage and supplemental campaigns in Pakistan: "Nomads, the economically disadvantaged, and displaced persons, such as Afghan refugees, are particularly difficult to reach and are often a source of new polio cases. Also, conflict in adjacent Afghanistan affects eradication efforts in Pakistan."

Through intensified vaccination activities, "the interruption of wild poliovirus transmission appears feasible in Pakistan in 2001."

To obtain the complete text version (HTML format) of this MMWR article, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4933a4.htm

HOW TO OBTAIN A FREE ELECTRONIC SUBSCRIPTION TO THE MMWR:
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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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