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Issue Number 237            April 17, 2001

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. Too good to miss! How to administer IM and SQ vaccines to children and adults
  2. Reminder! National Infant Immunization Week is April 21-28
  3. Lyme disease conference scheduled for April 22-23 in Farmington, Conn.
  4. Conference on Vaccine Research to be held April 23-25 in Arlington, Va.
  5. Reminder! National Immunization Conference is set for May 29-June 1 in Atlanta
  6. CDC reports on polio eradication progress in Sudan

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April 17, 2001
TOO GOOD TO MISS! HOW TO ADMINISTER IM AND SQ VACCINES TO CHILDREN AND ADULTS

The Minnesota Department of Health offers two new online charts that illustrate how to give intramuscular (IM) and subcutaneous (SQ) injections to children and adults. Anatomical drawings clearly show appropriate injection sites, and additional pictures illustrate proper needle insertion angles. The charts state which vaccines should be administered IM and which should be administered SQ, as well as the proper injection site and needle size according to the patients' ages.

Post these charts in your vaccine preparation area and make sure that every person who administers vaccines in your practice or health facility has a personal copy.

To obtain "How to Administer IM (Intramuscular) Injections," go to:
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/dpc/adps/newsltr/admim.pdf

To obtain "How to Administer SQ (Subcutaneous) Injections," go to:
http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/dpc/adps/newsltr/admsq.pdf
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April 17, 2001
REMINDER! NATIONAL INFANT IMMUNIZATION WEEK IS APRIL 21-28

Remember that National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) will be observed April 21-28, 2001. NIIW focuses attention on the importance of proper immunization for infants and toddlers. Across the US, communities work during this week to increase awareness of the benefits of infant immunization. Many clinics offer expanded hours, and businesses and community groups typically distribute immunization information to the public.

Check out the NIIW Kit online. This publication, produced in 2000, includes a community guide and an implementation handbook with materials for parents, providers, and community partners. To obtain this kit, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/niiw/default.htm
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April 17, 2001
LYME DISEASE CONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 22-23 IN
FARMINGTON, CONN.

The Lyme Disease Foundation and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University will present the 14th International Scientific Conference on Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Borne Disorders on April 21-23 at the Farmington Marriott in Farmington, Conn.

The conference is designed for clinical professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, public health officers, researchers, and other health professionals. 

For further information or registration, contact the Lyme Disease Foundation at (860) 525-2000 or visit online at http://www.lyme.org and click on the link to conference information.
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April 17, 2001
CONFERENCE ON VACCINE RESEARCH TO BE HELD APRIL 23-25 IN ARLINGTON, VA.

The Fourth Annual Conference on Vaccine Research will be held April 23-25 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Va. Topics to be discussed include vaccination and autoimmune diseases, vaccines against chronic diseases, control of meningococcal disease by vaccination, new approaches to vaccine development, ethical aspects of vaccines, and more.

The conference is sponsored by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the International Society for Vaccines, the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute.

For further information or to register, go to:
http://www.nfid.org/conferences/vaccine01/ or call NFID at (301) 656-0003, ext. 19.
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April 17, 2001
REMINDER! NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION CONFERENCE IS SET FOR MAY 29-JUNE 1 IN ATLANTA

The National Immunization Conference will be held May 29-June 1 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Atlanta. The conference sessions will cover important immunization topics such as child and adult immunization, policy and legislation, immunization registries, vaccine safety, communication and education, vaccine development, and more.

The conference is targeted to public health officials, medical practitioners, immunization providers, educators, and anyone interested in immunization.

For more information about the National Immunization Conference, contact Rick Nelson at (404) 639-8225 or mrn2@cdc.gov or visit http://www.cdc.gov/nip/NIC/default.htm
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April 17, 2001
CDC REPORTS ON POLIO ERADICATION PROGRESS IN SUDAN

CDC published an article titled "Progress Toward Poliomyelitis and Dracunculiasis Eradication--Sudan, 1999-2000" in the April 13, 2001, issue of "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" (MMWR). According to the article, "Sudan began poliomyelitis and dracunculiasis eradication activities in 1994 and 1995, respectively, in response to resolutions by the World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO). Sudan poses special obstacles to global eradication campaigns as a result of the disruption caused by ongoing civil war in the vast southern part of the country. The activities of both programs are summarized in this report, which indicated that substantial progress was made to eradicate polio and control of dracunculiasis improved slightly. Continued commitment of resources, access to persons in areas of conflict, and a peaceful resolution of civil unrest are needed to eradicate both diseases."

For the complete text of this article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5014a4.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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