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Issue Number 201            October 16, 2000

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. New hepatitis B resources from CDC's Hepatitis Branch
  2. Order your copy of the "Visual Red Book on CD-ROM" from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  3. JAMA offers patient education piece on flu vaccine
  4. Reminder: Workshop on cytomegalovirus (CMV) vaccine development to be held October 25-27, 2000
  5. CDC publishes erratum regarding updated ACIP recommendations on delayed supplies of influenza vaccine

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October 16, 2000
NEW HEPATITIS B RESOURCES FROM CDC'S HEPATITIS BRANCH

The Hepatitis Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has several new resources on hepatitis B for health professionals and their patients.

"Hepatitis B and You" is a health education program designed for women who test positive for the hepatitis B virus during pregnancy. Health care workers can use the program to present information on the cause, transmission, and prevention of hepatitis B. Available online in HTML, PowerPoint, or PDF format, the educational materials are written at a sixth-grade reading level in order to reach mothers with low literacy skills.

CDC's Hepatitis Branch reports: "Use of this specialized program with a large group of women from a county health department has improved the rate of completion for both the hepatitis B vaccination series and serologic follow-up by 50 percent."

To view or download this free program from the website of CDC's Hepatitis Branch, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/b/education/index.htm

Two new patient education brochures are also available: "Prevent Hepatitis B: Get Vaccinated!" and "If You Have Chronic Hepatitis B." These brochures provide important information about hepatitis B prevention and treatment in an easy-to-read format.

These free brochures can be downloaded directly. To obtain a camera-ready copy of "Prevent Hepatitis B: Get Vaccinated!" (PDF format, 8.5 X 14" -- use legal-size paper!), go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/resource/PDFs/HBV_Prevet_Brochure.pdf

To obtain "If You Have Chronic Hepatitis B" (PDF format, 8.5 X 11"), go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/resource/PDFs/Chronic_Hep_B_brochure.pdf

To order bulk copies of these brochures, download the Viral Hepatitis Patient/Professional Education Materials Order Form at:
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/resource/PDFs/orderform.pdf
or call (888) 443-7232 (888-4-HEP-CDC).

Visit the Hepatitis Branch website regularly to find out about new information and resources as they become available. Go to: http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis
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October 16, 2000
ORDER YOUR COPY OF THE "VISUAL RED BOOK ON CD-ROM" FROM THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS (AAP)

Have you seen the latest "Visual Red Book on CD-ROM" from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)? This handy new format of the AAP's authoritative reference guide contains the complete text of the 25th edition of the "Red Book," plus many other useful materials:

  • More than 600 color images linked to text that can be used in diagnosis, self-study, or health education
  • More than 60 AAP policy statements on prevention and treatment of pediatric diseases 
  • AAP-recommended immunization schedules and parent education materials
  • AAP patient education brochures
  • Selected reports and recommendations from CDC
  • Web links to access helpful Internet sites

The "Visual Red Book on CD-ROM" is available for $124.95 nonmembers/$109.95 members. Softcover or hardcover editions of the "Red Book" are also available, and AAP offers a $50discount for ordering the print and CD-ROM versions together.

To order online, go to the AAP bookstore at: http://www.aap.org/acb2/index.cfm?&DID=15 From this page, AAP members can log-in to receive member discount pricing on purchases. Nonmembers can click on "Professional Publications and Resources, Clinical References."

For more information or to order by phone, call AAP Publications at (888) 227-1770.
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October 16, 2000
JAMA OFFERS PATIENT EDUCATION PIECE ON FLU VACCINE

The "Journal of the American Medical Association" (JAMA) offers a new patient education piece titled "Flu Vaccine" in its issue dated October 4, 2000. Written in clear, nontechnical language, this reproducible education piece describes what influenza is, who should receive a flu vaccine and how often, and resources to consult for further information.

Every issue of JAMA features a patient education article on its back page. These education pieces may be reproduced noncommercially by physicians and other health professionals to share with patients.

To view this resource online in camera-ready (PDF) format, go to:
http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v284n13/fpdf/jpg1004.pdf

To purchase bulk reprints of the flu vaccine patient education page, call (718) 946-7424.
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October 16, 2000
REMINDER: WORKSHOP ON CYTOMEGALOVIRUS (CMV) VACCINE DEVELOPMENT TO BE HELD OCTOBER 25-27, 2000

There's still time to sign up for the workshop on cytomegalovirus (CMV) vaccine development to be held October 25-27, 2000, at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel in Atlanta. Co-sponsored by the National Vaccine Program Office and the National Vaccine Advisory Committee, the workshop will include a look at the background and rationale for CMV vaccine development, a discussion of the obstacles, and a review of progress of CMV vaccine development. 

Additional information is available from the National Vaccine Program Office. To view the agenda and registration materials, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/od/nvpo/calendar.htm For further information by telephone, call Lena Kembo at (404) 687-6672.
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October 13, 2000
CDC PUBLISHES ERRATUM REGARDING UPDATED ACIP RECOMMENDATIONS ON DELAYED SUPPLIES OF INFLUENZA VACCINE

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published "Erratum: Vol. 49, No. 39" in the October 13, 2000, issue of "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" (MMWR). The erratum is reprinted below in its entirety:

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In the Notice to Readers, "Updated Recommendations From the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in Response to Delays in Supply of Vaccine for the 2000-01 Season," on page 889 in the last sentence of the second paragraph, an age range was incorrect. The sentence should read, "More than 18,000 (more than 90 percent) of these deaths and approximately 48,000 of the P&I hospitalizations per year occur among persons aged 65 years and older who are at highest risk for influenza-related complications."

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To read this erratum online, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4940a5.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://www.cdc.gov/mmwr Select "Free MMWR Subscription" from the menu at the left of the screen.

You can also subscribe by visiting http://www.cdc.gov/subscribe.html

Once you have submitted the required information, weekly issues of the MMWR and all new ACIP statements (published as "MMWR Recommendations and Reports") will arrive by e-mail. 

 

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