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Issue Number 189            September 20, 2000

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. National Medical Association to hold immunization dinner symposium September 21, 2000, in Atlanta
  2. IAC website update! Download high-resolution photos of people with vaccine-preventable diseases
  3. Free immunization poster offer from CDC
  4. Reminder! Workshop on Vaccine Communication to be held October 5-6, 2000, in Arlington, Va.
  5. Sign up for the SIGN news service

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September 20, 2000
NATIONAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATION TO HOLD IMMUNIZATION DINNER SYMPOSIUM SEPTEMBER 21, 2000, IN ATLANTA

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 Georgia State Medical Association, will be held Thursday, September 21, 2000, at the Ritz Carlton, 181 Peachtree St., Atlanta, Ga., from 7 to 9 p.m. A reception will begin at 6:30 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 disparities 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, Yvonne@NMAnet.org or Cheryl Dukes, Program Coordinator, at extension 264, Cheryl@NMAnet.org
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September 20, 2000
IAC WEBSITE UPDATE! DOWNLOAD HIGH-RESOLUTION PHOTOS OF PEOPLE WITH VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASES

Do you offer immunization education presentations or develop immunization education materials? Whether you are creating displays, brochures, posters, color prints, or presentations, you can enhance your message with these photographs of people with vaccine-preventable diseases. These images graphically display the physical effects of vaccine-preventable diseases.

To view thumbnail images of the 31 available photographs, descriptive text, and instructions for downloading and ordering, go to: http://www.immunize.org/photos/

To view high-resolution presentation-quality photos (image only, no text), click on the standard or large links next to the thumbnail image.

To download a camera-ready copy (PDF) of the text that accompanies these photos, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/3010slid.pdf

To order a set of all 31 photographs as 35mm slides (with accompanying script), send your request and a check for $25.00 (in U.S. dollars) to the Immunization Action Coalition, 1573 Selby Ave., St. Paul, MN 55104. (For orders outside the U.S., please add $10 for postage.)
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September 20, 2000
FREE IMMUNIZATION POSTER OFFER FROM CDC

CDC is offering free copies of an immunization education poster. This large, full-color poster (20" x 40") features a white background with a baby holding a fuzzy white blanket.  The text reads: "We can think of 9 good reasons to immunize on time--measles, mumps, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis B, rubella, spinal meningitis, pertussis, polio--but you need only one."

Perhaps you already have a copy of this poster that's yellowing and need replacement--this is a great time to do it. CDC has 400,000 copies in its warehouse and will ship in quantities to individuals and organizations.

To order the posters online (item #6445), go to: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications and click on "Online order form."

Worried that the poster lists only nine reasons to immunize? Use your creativity to include any updates you want to emphasize. Cross out the "9" with a red marker and change it to a higher number--you can add other reasons in red marker at the bottom of the original list. (IAC suggests adding varicella, influenza, pneumococcal disease, or other diseases that might be appropriate for your community.) Or how about having stickers made to customize the list? Call a local printer.
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September 20, 2000
REMINDER! WORKSHOP ON VACCINE COMMUNICATION TO BE HELD OCTOBER 5-6, 2000, IN ARLINGTON, VA.

The National Vaccine Advisory Committee, the Inter-Agency Vaccine Communications Group, and the National Vaccine Program Office will sponsor a Workshop on Vaccine Communication on October 5-6, 2000, at the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va.

The workshop will focus on

  1. identifying key issues, forces, and trends that are influencing and shaping perceptions about vaccines;
  2. determining how to establish more meaningful discussions regarding issues of concern;
  3. defining options for establishing more effective mechanisms for communicating vaccine benefits and risks; and
  4. examining and discussing the effectiveness, purpose, methods, and timing of current vaccine communications.

This workshop should interest people working in the vaccine and immunization arena, including health communication and public affairs specialists, public and private sector health care providers, parent and consumer groups, vaccine manufacturers, and immunization program managers and directors.

For additional information, visit the National Vaccine Program Office's website: http://www.cdc.gov/od/nvpo/calendar.htm or contact Ms. Lena Kombo at (404) 687-6672.
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September 20, 2000
SIGN UP FOR THE SIGN NEWS SERVICE

The Safe Injection Global Network (SIGN) offers a free moderated e-mail forum to discuss injection safety issues. This international coalition, created by the World Health Organization, works to prevent poor injection practices. Its partner groups include United Nations organizations, nongovernmental organizations, governments, donors, and universities sharing a common interest in a safe and appropriate use of injections.

When you join SIGN, you will receive messages from its weekly, moderated e-mail forum to exchange information about new ideas and resources related to injection safety.

To visit the SIGN website, go to: http://www.injectionsafety.org/

To sign up for the e-mail news service, go to: http://www.injectionsafety.org/html/joining.html

 

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This page was updated on September 20, 2000