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Issue Number 238            April 20, 2001

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. CDC publishes new ACIP statement on prevention and control of influenza
  2. Updated resource on advising patients about immunizations for travel
  3. Need help understanding foreign vaccination records? Check out these resources

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April 20, 2000
CDC PUBLISHES NEW ACIP STATEMENT ON PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF INFLUENZA

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published "Prevention and Control of Influenza: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)" in the April 20, 2001, issue of "MMWR Recommendations and Reports."

The section titled "Primary Changes in the Recommendations" is reprinted below:

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These recommendations include five principal changes:

  • Information regarding the cost-effectiveness of influenza vaccination has been added.
  • Information regarding the influenza vaccine supply has been added.
  • Information regarding neuraminidase-inhibitor antiviral drugs has been updated.
  • The 2001-2002 trivalent vaccine virus strains are A/Moscow/10/99 (H3N2)-like, A/New Caledonia/20/99 (H1N1)-like, and B/Sichuan/379/99-like strains.
  • The recommended optimal time period for vaccinating individuals is October-November.

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The influenza ACIP statement is revised annually and published every spring.

To obtain the complete text version (HTML format) of this ACIP statement, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5004a1.htm

To obtain a camera-ready (PDF format) of this ACIP statement, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/rr/rr5004.pdf

The PDF version of this report includes a free CDC-sponsored continuing education activity that can be completed online or submitted via U.S. mail for CME, CEU, or CNE credit. Simply read the MMWR report, answer the questions at the end of the report, and follow the instructions for submitting your answers.

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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April 20, 2001
UPDATED RESOURCE ON ADVISING PATIENTS ABOUT IMMUNIZATIONS FOR TRAVEL

Visit the website of the Minnesota Department of Health for the current edition of "Tips on Advising Patients about Shots for International Travel." This four-page publication helps health professionals provide sound advice to patients on travel immunizations. It includes basic information as well as a general schedule of recommended immunizations for travel and a list of special-use vaccines and biologics. To obtain a copy of this helpful tip sheet, call (612) 676-5588 or visit: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/dpc/adps/travel/travtips.pdf
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April 20, 2001
NEED HELP UNDERSTANDING FOREIGN VACCINATION RECORDS? CHECK OUT THESE RESOURCES

Do you have difficulty understanding your patients' foreign vaccination records? If so, "Vaccines and Biologics Used in U.S. and Foreign Markets" and "Translation of Foreign Vaccine-Related Terms" from the Minnesota Department of Health can help you make sense of them. The first is an 11-page guide to vaccine products that lists vaccines and biologics by their trade name and spells out what antigens each includes, as well as the manufacturer and country of manufacture. The second is a six-page chart that lists foreign vaccination terms alphabetically and provides a translation.

To obtain "Vaccines and Biologics Used in U.S. and Foreign Markets," go to: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/dpc/adps/forgnvac1.pdf

To obtain "Translation of Foreign Vaccine-Related Terms," go to: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/dpc/adps/forgnvac2.pdf

The Embassy Project is another organization that offers a helpful resource for understanding foreign immunization records, a 30 by 40" immunization wall chart. This chart translates the nine required vaccines into 25 languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian, French, Creole, Italian, German, Greek, Russian, Romanian, Croatian, Armenian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Thai, Hindi, Farsi, and Somali. The cost is $75.

For more information, call (508) 778-5646 or visit http://www.embassyproject.net/

 

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