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Issue Number 222            January 12, 2001

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. New harmonized childhood immunization schedule released by ACIP, AAP, and AAFP
  2. CDC reports on the progress in development of immunization registries in the United States
  3. CDC reports on polio eradication in the Western Pacific Region

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January 12, 2001
NEW HARMONIZED CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE RELEASED BY ACIP, AAP, AND AAFP

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published"Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule--United States, 2001" in the January 12, 2001, issue of MORBIDITY AND MORTALITY WEEKLY REPORT (MMWR).

The article announces the harmonized childhood immunization schedule endorsed by CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for 2001.

The notice reads in part: "For 2001, ACIP, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Pediatrics have added pneumococcal conjugate vaccine to the schedule and have extended the recommendation for the use of hepatitis A vaccine to include persons through age 18 years in selected geographic areas and in certain high-risk groups. Detailed recommendations for using vaccines are available from the manufacturers' package inserts, ACIP statements on specific vaccines, and the 2000 Red Book."

To view the complete text of this article online, including the chart of the 2001 recommended childhood immunization schedule and references, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr//preview/mmwrhtml/mm5001a3.htm

The AAP and the AAFP have also posted the 2001 childhood immunization schedule on their websites.
AAP: http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/janimmun.htm
AAFP: http://aafp.org/exam/rep-520.html

ACIP statements for each recommended childhood vaccine can be viewed, downloaded, and printed from CDC's National Immunization Program website: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/ACIP-list.htm or from IAC's website: http://www.immunize.org/acip

For information on how to obtain a free electronic subscription to the MMWR, see the information following story three below.
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January 12, 2001
CDC REPORTS ON THE PROGRESS IN DEVELOPMENT OF IMMUNIZATION REGISTRIES IN THE UNITED STATES

CDC published a report titled "Progress in Development of Immunization Registries--United States, 2000," in the January 12, 2001, issue of the MMWR.

The findings in the report indicate that an estimated 21 percent of children under age 6 have their immunization histories recorded in a population-based immunization registry. According to the editorial note, "Four major issues may limit registry participation and development: protecting the privacy of persons and the confidentiality of registry information, ensuring provider participation, overcoming technical and operational challenges, and determining resources needed to develop and maintain immunization registries. To protect the privacy of patients, providers, and other participants of these systems, CDC developed privacy specifications and implementation guidelines in 2000."

Additional information on immunization registries is available from CDC's immunization registry website: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/registry and by telephone at (800) 799-7062 or e-mail at siisclear@cdc.gov

To view the complete text of this article online, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr//preview/mmwrhtml/mm5001a2.htm

For information on how to obtain a free electronic subscription to the MMWR, see the information following story three below.
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January 12, 2001
CDC REPORTS ON POLIO ERADICATION IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC REGION

CDC published a Public Health Dispatch titled "Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication--Western Pacific Region, October 2000," in the January 12, 2001, issue of MMWR. According to the report, the World Health Organization (WHO) has certified that the Western Pacific Region is free of indigenous wild poliovirus transmission. This region includes, Australia, China, Korea, Laos, New Zealand, the Philippines, Viet Nam, and thirty other countries and territories. 

Although polio has been eradicated in the region, the report warns that an imported case of polio in China in 1999 and the transmission of wild polio in areas bordering the region during 2000 underscore the importance of continued vaccination coverage and surveillance, even in countries that are currently polio free.

To view the complete text of this article online, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr//preview/mmwrhtml/mm5001a1.htm

HOW TO OBTAIN A FREE ELECTRONIC SUBSCRIPTION TO THE MMWR:
To obtain a free electronic subscription to 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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