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Issue Number 213            December 1, 2000

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. Reminder! CDC'S satellite training "Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases" is December 8
  2. National survey shows that some parents have misconceptions about vaccines
  3. CDC publishes erratum on ACIP's DTaP statement
  4. New! Anthrax VIS now available online
  5. CDC publishes notice on outbreak of wild polio in Cape Verde

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December 1, 2000
REMINDER! CDC'S SATELLITE TRAINING "SURVEILLANCE OF VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASES" IS DECEMBER 8

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) satellite conference "Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases" is Friday, December 8, 2000. The broadcast will air from 12 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

Medical epidemiologist William Atkinson, MD, MPH, and Melinda Wharton, MD, chief of the Child Vaccine-Preventable Disease Branch, both from CDC's National Immunization Program, will present the program. It will provide guidelines for vaccine-preventable disease surveillance, case investigation, and outbreak control.

The course is designed for nurses, physicians, epidemiologists, sanitarians, infection control practitioners, disease reporters, and others. Continuing education credit will be offered.

The text for the course, MANUAL FOR SURVEILLANCE OF VACCINE PREVENTABLE DISEASES, can be purchased for $20 (plus $5.50 shipping) through the Public Health Foundation online at http://bookstore.phf.org/prod99.htm or by telephone at (877) 252-1200. The manual is recommended for the course but not required.

For more information on registration and the technical specifications for the broadcast, go to CDC's website at: http://www.cdc.gov/phtn/surveillance/vpd.htm or contact your state or county immunization program. A list of state immunization coordinators is available on the website of CDC's National Immunization Program at: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/ed/coordinators.htm

For a detailed list of additional upcoming immunization and hepatitis conferences and events, visit IAC's "Calendar of
Events" at: http://www.immunize.org/calendar/
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December 1, 2000
NATIONAL SURVEY SHOWS THAT SOME PARENTS HAVE MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT IMMUNIZATION

Health professionals play an important role in helping parents make informed immunization decisions for their children, as highlighted in the November 2000 issue of PEDIATRICS. The study "Do Parents Understand Immunizations? A National Telephone Survey" by Bruce Gellin, MD, MPH, et al., found that while a majority of parents understand the benefits of immunization, many have misconceptions that could erode their confidence in vaccines. For example:

  • 25% of respondents were concerned that their child's immune system could be weakened by too many immunizations
  • 23% believed that children get more immunizations than are good for them

According to the article, "To compete effectively in today's information marketplace, clinicians and public health officials must understand parents' thinking about vaccine-preventable diseases, vaccines, and immunization policies to design effective public education programs that assist parents to make informed decisions about their children's health." Because parents identified their children's health care providers as their most important source of information about immunizations, physicians, nurses, and other providers of primary care have an excellent opportunity to educate parents.

To read the abstract of this article online, go to: http://www.pediatrics.org/cgi/content/abstract/106/5/1097

Full text of the article is available online to PEDIATRICS subscribers or to others for a fee by clicking the link "Full Text of this Article" on the above web page.
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December 1, 2000
CDC PUBLISHES ERRATUM ON ACIP'S DTaP STATEMENT

CDC published an erratum in the December 1, 2000, issue of MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEEKLY REPORT (MMWR). The notice reads as follows:

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Erratum: Vol. 49, No. RR-13

In the MMWR Recommendations and Reports, "Use of Diphtheria Toxoid-Tetanus Toxoid-Acellular Pertussis Vaccine as a Five-Dose Series: Supplemental Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)," the table on page 2 is incorrect regarding the pertussis antigens contained in ACEL-IMUNE. ACEL-IMUNE contains inactivated pertussis toxin, 3.2 micrograms; filamentous hemagglutinin, 34 micrograms; pertactin, 1.6 micrograms; and type 2 fimbriae, 0.8 micrograms. All amounts are approximate.

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For the complete text of this article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4947a8.htm

For information on how to obtain a free electronic subscription to the MMWR, see the information following story five below.
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December 1, 2000
NEW! ANTHRAX VIS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

CDC has issued a Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) for anthrax. This VIS (dated 11/06/00) is now available on CDC's website and the website of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC). Foreign-language translations of this document are not currently available.

To obtain a copy of the anthrax VIS, go to one of these two websites: IAC: http://www.immunize.org/vis/anthrx00.pdf
CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/VIS/vis-anthrax.pdf

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

To obtain copies of all other VISs, including some in up to 23 languages, visit IAC's website at: http://www.immunize.org/vis/
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December 1, 2000
CDC PUBLISHES NOTICE ON OUTBREAK OF WILD POLIO IN CAPE VERDE

CDC published a Public Health Dispatch titled "Outbreak of Poliomyelitis--Cape Verde, 2000" in the December 1, 2000, issue of MMWR. According to the article, "During August 16-October 17, 2000, 33 cases of acute flaccid paralysis (AFP), including seven (21%) deaths, were reported in Cape Verde, an archipelago of 10 islands west of Senegal and Mauritania. Preliminary laboratory results identified wild type 1 poliovirus among eight cases." The government has initiated a mass vaccination campaign to vaccinate every child aged 0-59 months, and investigations are underway to determine the circumstances that led to the outbreak, whether the outbreak has spread to neighboring countries of West Africa, and whether additional interventions are needed.

The article states, "Travelers to Cape Verde and West Africa who are not vaccinated adequately must be considered at risk for polio."

To view the complete text of this article online, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4947a5.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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