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Issue Number 232            March 9, 2001

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. Revised! IAC's "Summary of Rules for Childhood Immunization" and "Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization"
  2. Updated! "Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization" is now available on IAC's website
  3. Reminder! CDC satellite broadcast series on vaccine-preventable disease begins March 15
  4. Satellite conference "Vaccines and Your Clinic" scheduled for April 11
  5. Learn about the Brighton Collaboration
  6. Minnesota conference on prevention of influenza and pneumococcal disease scheduled for March 16

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March 9, 2001
REVISED! IAC'S "SUMMARY OF RULES FOR CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATION" AND "SUMMARY OF RULES FOR ADULT IMMUNIZATION"

Visit the website of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) to get the 2001 editions of "Summary of Rules for Childhood Immunization" and "Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization."

Each of these invaluable IAC resources contains a concise two-page summary of immunization recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). These documents are reviewed for technical accuracy by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Many health professionals laminate copies of these rules and keep them available in exam rooms for long-lasting handy reference.

To obtain "Summary of Rules for Childhood Immunization," go to: http://www.immunize.org/childrules/

To obtain "Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization," go to: http://www.immunize.org/adultrules/
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March 9, 2001
UPDATED! SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE FOR CHILD AND TEEN IMMUNIZATION IS NOW AVAILABLE ON IAC'S WEBSITE

IAC has updated its popular "Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization." This one-page questionnaire for parents or guardians to fill out is a screening tool for contraindications and precautions to vaccine administration.

Revised as of March 2001 and reviewed by CDC for technical accuracy, the new edition modifies two questions since oral polio vaccine is no longer available for use in the United States and adds one additional question: Has the child received any vaccinations in the past 4 weeks?

Watch for revised translations of this important resource in the coming months.

To obtain a copy of this latest revision, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060scr.htm
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March 9, 2001
REMINDER! CDC SATELLITE BROADCAST SERIES ON VACCINE- PREVENTABLE DISEASE BEGINS MARCH 15

CDC's National Immunization Program (NIP) and the Public Health Training Network (PHTN) will cosponsor a live satellite broadcast for professionals who either give vaccinations or set policy in their workplaces. The series, "Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases," will be broadcast on four consecutive Thursdays, March 15, 22, 29, and April 5, 2001, from noon to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

The target audience includes physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, residents, medical and nursing students, and their colleagues.

The first session presents principles of vaccination, general recommendations on vaccination, and strategies to improve vaccination coverage levels. The second covers pertussis, pneumococcal disease (childhood), polio, and Hib. The third session discusses measles, rubella, varicella, and vaccine safety. The fourth session focuses on hepatitis B, hepatitis A, influenza, and pneumococcal disease (adult).

Course instructors are medical epidemiologists William Atkinson, MD, MPH, and Raymond Strikas, MD, as well as nurse educator Donna Weaver, MN, RN. All three are from CDC's National Immunization Program (NIP).

Continuing education for a variety of professions will be offered based on 14 hours of instruction.

Course participants are required to obtain their own copy of the primary course text, "Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases," 6th edition (2000), also known as "The Pink Book." To obtain ordering information or to download a copy of the text, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/pink/
All other course materials will be provided on site.

For further course information, visit NIP's website at: http://www.cdc.gov/phtn/fact-sheets/epv2001.htm

To register for the course, contact your state or county immunization program. A list of state immunization coordinators is available on NIP's website 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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March 9, 2001
SATELLITE CONFERENCE "VACCINES AND YOUR CLINIC" SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 11

A free satellite conference titled "Vaccines and Your Clinic: How to Increase Immunization Levels and Talk to Parents about Vaccines" is scheduled for April 11, 2001. The course covers methods for increasing immunization levels of infants and children in private and public clinics, as well as a discussion of the purpose for assessing immunization levels and the importance of maintaining high vaccine coverage rates. It will also discuss common parental misconceptions about vaccines, how to respond, and effective methods for communicating the benefits and risks of vaccines to parents. Presenters include Bruce Gellin, MD, MPH; Sharon Humiston, MD, MPH; Alan Kohrt, MD, FAAP; and John Stevenson, M Phil.

For further information, contact the Alabama Department of Public Health at (334) 206-5618 or visit the website at: http://www.alapubhealth.org/alphtn and click on "Satellite Conference Schedule."

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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March 9, 2001
LEARN ABOUT THE BRIGHTON COLLABORATION

Immunization safety has become an increasingly prominent issue. As immunization programs worldwide mature, it is becoming more necessary to develop international standard case definitions for adverse events following immunization (AEFI). Without standardized definitions, the presence, impact, and possible causal relationship of AEFI can only be inferred indirectly.

The Brighton Collaboration was formed in 1999 as an international voluntary effort to facilitate the development, evaluation, and dissemination of high-quality information about the safety of human vaccines. Its primary is to enhance research and surveillance of immunization safety by developing globally accepted and implemented standardized case definitions of AEFI.

Working groups of 10-15 volunteers will prepare and maintain up to 100 standardized case definitions over the next 5-10 years. Volunteers will be drawn from university medical disciplines; from vaccine safety, public health, pharmaceutical, and regulatory agencies; and from developing as well as developed countries. The case definitions will be disseminated and implemented worldwide for use in clinical vaccine trials and post-marketing surveillance systems.

For more information about The Brighton Collaboration and ways to contribute, check out an informational handout on the Collaboration on IAC's website at: http://www.immunize.org/news.d/brighton.pdf or write to brighton@cdc.gov
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March 9, 2001
MINNESOTA CONFERENCE ON PREVENTION OF INFLUENZA AND PNEUMOCOCCAL DISEASE SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 16

The Minnesota Coalition for Adult Immunization will hold its annual Prevention of Influenza and Pneumococcal Disease conference on March 16, 2001, at the Doubletree Hotel in Bloomington. 

Designed for health care providers, the conference aims to increase knowledge about the impact of influenza and pneumococcal disease and discuss how to develop, implement, and evaluate related prevention programs. Register by March 12.

For more information, contact Mari Drake, MPH, at the American Lung Association of Minnesota by telephone at (651) 223-9564 or (800) 642-5864 or by email at mari.drake@alamn.org

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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