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Issue Number 202            October 25, 2000

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. CDC publishes "Guidelines for Preventing Opportunistic Infections Among Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients"
  2. Hepatitis C conference to be held November 10-11, 2000, in League City, Texas
  3. Health professionals: Learn about hepatitis C with an online educational program from CDC

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October 20, 2000
CDC PUBLISHES "GUIDELINES FOR PREVENTING OPPORTUNISTIC INFECTIONS AMONG HEMATOPOIETIC STEM CELL TRANSPLANT RECIPIENTS"

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published "Guidelines for Preventing Opportunistic Infections Among Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients: Recommendations of CDC, the Infectious Disease Society of America, and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation" in the October 20, 2000, issue of "MMWR Recommendations and Reports" (vol. 49, no. RR-10).

This comprehensive 147-page report offers guidelines for preventing opportunistic infections in hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients. The guidelines were developed for use by HSCT recipients, their households and close contacts, transplant and infectious diseases physicians, HSCT center personnel, and public health professionals.

The report covers preventing exposure and disease from bacterial infections, viral infections, fungal infections, and protozoal and helminthic infections, as well as hospital infection control, strategies for safe living after HSCT, HSCT recipient vaccinations, and hematopoietic stem cell safety.

The report includes several tables with detailed vaccination recommendations.

To view the entire report in a text version (HTML format), go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr4910a1.htm

To view the entire report in a camera-ready version (PDF format), go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/rr/rr4910.pdf

NOTE: Because this 147-page PDF file is very large, it may take several minutes to load. Printing problems may occur if your printer does not have sufficient memory to print the entire document. For tips on downloading and printing PDF files, go to: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/tips.htm

This report contains several useful tables with vaccine recommendations. Links to the HTML versions of the tables are provided below for online viewing. To print copies of these tables, go to the PDF format of the report at: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/rr/rr4910.pdf and print pages 94-104 of the 147-page document.

To view Table 4, "Recommended vaccinations for hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) allogeneic and autologous recipients," go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr4910a1.htm#tab4

To view Table 5, "Vaccinations for family, close contacts, and health-care workers (HCWs) of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) recipients," go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr4910a1.htm#tab5

To view Table 6, "Vaccinations for hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients traveling to areas endemic for selected vaccine-preventable diseases," go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr4910a1.htm#tab6

To view Table 7, "Use of passive immunization for hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients exposed to vaccine-preventable diseases," go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr4910a1.htm#tab7

To view Table 8, "Vaccine Information," which lists vaccine trade names, vaccine manufacturers and their telephone numbers, and vaccine storage recommendations, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr4910a1.htm#tab8

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 listed below. 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 Recommendations and Reports") will automatically arrive in your e-mail box. To go to the MMWR website, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/
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October 25, 2000
HEPATITIS C CONFERENCE TO BE HELD NOVEMBER 10-11, 2000, IN LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS

The second annual "Hepatitis C: Update for the New Millennium" conference will be held November 10-11, 2000, at Southshore Harbour Resort in League City, Texas.

The event is sponsored by the University of Texas at Houston's Medical School, Department of Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and the Texas Liver Center at Memorial Hermann Hospital. Directed primarily toward primary care physicians, internists, family practitioners, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, the conference covers topics such as the pattern and course of hepatitis C viral infection, treatment options, and hepatitis C management decisions. Continuing medical education credit is available.

For registration or further information, including a downloadable conference brochure, go to: http://www.uth.tmc.edu/cme/update-sympos/hepatC.htm
or call (713) 500-5249.
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October 25, 2000
HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: LEARN ABOUT HEPATITIS C WITH AN ONLINE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FROM CDC

Did you know that approximately three million Americans are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV)? To learn more, check out CDC's interactive web-based training program titled "Hepatitis C: What Clinicians and Other Health Professionals Need to Know."

This program provides up-to-date information on HCV to primary care physicians, infectious disease specialists, blood bank staff, public health professionals, and other health care professionals. The program is designed to describe the natural history of HCV infection, the risk factors for acquiring HCV infection, and the tests used in diagnosis and evaluation. It includes discussion on treatment options for patients with chronic hepatitis C and the most effective methods to use in counseling patients with HCV infection.

Study questions and case studies let users test their understanding of the material. Continuing medical and nursing education credits are available free from CDC.

To access the online program, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/c/edu/default.htm

The CDC's Hepatitis Branch website also includes fact sheets and other materials on all types of viral hepatitis. Go to: http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis

 

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