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Issue Number 229            February 21, 2001

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. New website offers information on pneumococcal disease and its prevention
  2. Hepatitis B immunization programs make progress globally
  3. CDC's "Guidelines for Vaccinating Pregnant Women" now available in Spanish on IAC's website
  4. Many new Turkish translations available on IAC'S website

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February 21, 2001
NEW WEBSITE OFFERS INFORMATION ON PNEUMOCOCCAL DISEASE AND ITS PREVENTION

Looking for online information about pneumococcal disease and its prevention? Visit www.pneumo.com to find frequently asked questions for both parents and doctors, online forums to connect with experts, and quick links to new information and resources on the disease and the vaccine. The website is edited by Dr. Jerome Klein of Boston Medical Center and Dr. Ron Dagan of Ben-Gurion University, as well as a team of other experts.

To view this website, go to: http://www.pneumo.com
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February 21, 2001
HEPATITIS B IMMUNIZATION PROGRAMS MAKE PROGRESS GLOBALLY

An article titled "Infant and Adolescent Hepatitis B Immunization up to 1999: A Global Overview" was published in the December 8, 2000, issue of VACCINE. The programs of many countries are summarized and compared in the text and accompanying maps, showing that 108 countries have universal infant or adolescent hepatitis B immunization programs and 87 countries reported their national infant coverage rates. Several programs documented decreases in hepatitis B virus infection and disease in their populations, but worldwide, most infants are still not being immunized against hepatitis B. Readers can see how their nation's program compares worldwide and learn about programs in the countries of origin of immigrants in their communities.

To view the abstract of the article online, go to:
http://www.elsevier.nl/gej-ng/10/42/35/40/32/32/abstract.html

Registered subscribers who wish to view the full text of the article online can go to: http://www.elsevier.nl/gej-ng/10/42/35/40/32/32/article.pdf
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February 21, 2001
CDC'S "GUIDELINES FOR VACCINATING PREGNANT WOMEN" NOW AVAILABLE IN SPANISH ON IAC'S WEBSITE

CDC's guidelines for vaccinating pregnant women are now available on IAC's website in Spanish as well as English. This 15-page document includes relevant passages from recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The reference section of the document includes information about prenatal screening for vaccine-preventable diseases and vaccinations for women who are breastfeeding.

To obtain the guidelines in Spanish, go to: http://www.immunize.org/genr.d/sppreg.htm

To obtain the guidelines in English, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/genr.d/pregguid.htm
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February 21, 2001
MANY NEW TURKISH TRANSLATIONS AVAILABLE ON IAC'S WEBSITE

Turkish translations of many educational pieces and Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) are now available on the IAC website.

IAC greatly appreciates the work of Dr. Mustafa Kozanoglu, pediatrician, and Dr. Murat Serbest, pediatric hematologist, both in a private pediatric practice in Adana, Turkey, who provided these new translations.

To view the list of twelve Turkish-language VISs, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/#turkish

To view the list of Turkish-language educational pieces, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/noneng.htm#turkish

  • For "After the Shots...What to Do If Your Child Has Discomfort," go to:
    http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/4015tu.pdf
            
  • For "All Kids Need Hepatitis B Shots!" go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/4055tu.pdf
            
  • For "Every Week Hundreds of Teens Are Infected with Hep B," go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4100tu.pdf
              
  • For "Do You Have Chronic Hepatitis B?" go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4120tu.pdf
 

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