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Issue Number 208            November 13, 2000

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. "It's Federal Law! You Must Give Your Patients Current Vaccine Information Statements" has been updated
  2. New translations of the VIS for pneumococcal conjugate vaccine available online
  3. Spanish translations of the VISs for hepatitis B and meningococcal vaccine now available online
  4. CDC publishes report on influenza activity in the US and worldwide
  5. Reminder! Abstracts for the National Immunization Conference due December 1

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November 13, 2000
"IT'S FEDERAL LAW! YOU MUST GIVE YOUR PATIENTS CURRENT VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS" HAS BEEN UPDATED

The Immunization Action Coalition has updated its educational piece titled "It's Federal Law! You Must Give Your Patients Current Vaccine Information Statements." The publication is a one-page reprint of an article written by Neal A. Halsey, MD, Director of the Institute for Vaccine Safety, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, which originally appeared in NEEDLE TIPS in 1998.

Revisions include information on the latest Vaccine Information Statements for hepatitis B and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines, as well as updated telephone numbers and web links.

To obtain this publication in camera-ready (PDF) format, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2027law.pdf

For a web text (HTML) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2027law.htm
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November 13, 2000
NEW TRANSLATIONS OF THE VIS FOR PNEUMOCOCCAL CONJUGATE VACCINE AVAILABLE ONLINE

The Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) for pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7) is now available in nine additional languages on the IAC website. Thanks to the California Department of Health Services, Immunization Branch, for providing these many translations.

For individual translations, use the following links:

Armenian: http://www.immunize.org/vis/arpnPCV7.pdf

Chinese: http://www.immunize.org/vis/chpnPCV7.pdf

Japanese: http://www.immunize.org/vis/jppnPCV7.pdf

Korean: http://www.immunize.org/vis/kopnPCV7.pdf

Portuguese: http://www.immunize.org/vis/prpnPCV7.pdf

Romanian: http://www.immunize.org/vis/ropnPCV7.pdf

Samoan: http://www.immunize.org/vis/sapnPCV7.pdf

Serbo-Croatian: http://www.immunize.org/vis/scpnPCV7.pdf

Tagalog: http://www.immunize.org/vis/tapnPCV7.pdf

For a list of all the translations of the VIS for PCV7, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/#pneumococcal2

To obtain copies of all other VISs, including some in up to 23 languages, visit IAC's website at: http://www.immunize.org/vis/

IAC's website also has links to CDC instructions on how to use VISs and their legal requirements. For "Vaccine Information Statements: What You Need to Know," go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/

For "Instructions for Use of Vaccine Information Materials (Vaccine Information Statements)," go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/instr2.pdf
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November 13, 2000
SPANISH TRANSLATIONS OF THE VISs FOR HEPATITIS B AND MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

New Spanish translations of the VISs for hepatitis B and meningococcal vaccines are now available on the IAC website. 

To obtain the meningococcal VIS in Spanish, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/sp_men00.pdf

To obtain the hepatitis B VIS in Spanish, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/sphepb00.pdf

Thanks to the California Department of Health Services, Immunization Branch, for providing these new translations.

To obtain copies of all other VISs, including some in up to 23 languages, visit IAC's website at: http://www.immunize.org/vis/

IAC's website also has links to CDC instructions on how to use VISs and their legal requirements. For "Vaccine Information Statements: What You Need to Know," go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/instr00.htm

For "Instructions for Use of Vaccine Information Materials (Vaccine Information Statements)," go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/instr2.pdf
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November 13, 2000
CDC PUBLISHES REPORT ON INFLUENZA ACTIVITY IN THE US AND WORLDWIDE

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an article in the November 10, 2000, issue of the MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT (MMWR), titled "Influenza Activity--United States and Worldwide, April-October 2000."

This report summarizes influenza activity in the United States and internationally. It also characterizes influenza virus isolates analyzed by the World Health Organization's Collaborating Center for Reference and Research on Influenza at CDC.

The Editorial Note states in part: "Recent isolates from the Northern Hemisphere have been predominantly influenza A(H1N1) and influenza B viruses. However, surveillance information is not a reliable predictor of future influenza activity. The type(s)/subtype(s) of influenza virus that will circulate, the timing of onset and peaking, and the severity of the upcoming season in the Northern Hemisphere cannot be predicted. Persons at increased risk for influenza-related complications should receive annual influenza vaccination to reduce their chances for influenza infection and the severity of the illness should they become infected."

Influenza surveillance data collected by CDC are updated weekly October through May and are available by calling (888) 232-3228, or by calling (888) 232-3299 and requesting that document #361100 be faxed to you.

You can also review influenza data on the website of CDC's Influenza Branch, at:
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/flu/weekly.htm

To view the full text of this article online, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4944a3.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. 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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November 13, 2000
REMINDER! ABSTRACTS FOR THE NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION CONFERENCE DUE DECEMBER 1

The abstract submission deadline for the 35th National Immunization Conference is December 1, 2000. The conference will be held May 29 to June 1, 2001, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta.

For more information or to submit an abstract to CDC's National Immunization Program, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/NIC/default.htm

Further information on the conference, including registration and a conference agenda, will be added to the website as it becomes available.

For questions or further information, contact Rick Nelson at (404) 639-8225 or via email at mrn2@cdc.gov

 

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