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Issue Number 245            May 14, 2001

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. AAP reports find no evidence to link MMR vaccine with autism or inflammatory bowel disease
  2. Minnesota's Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule available online
  3. Hepatitis Control Report is available online
  4. Reminder! 2001 Immunization Registry Conference set for July 9-11 in Little Rock

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May 14, 2001
AAP REPORTS FIND NO EVIDENCE TO LINK MMR VACCINE WITH AUTISM OR INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE

The May 2001 issue of PEDIATRICS includes two new American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reports on autism. The first is "Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine and Autistic Spectrum Disorder: Report From the New Challenges in Childhood Immunizations Conference Convened in Oak Brook, Illinois, June 12-13, 2000" by Neal A. Halsey, MD, Susan L. Hyman, MD, and the Conference Writing Panel. The authors, a multidisciplinary panel of international experts, examined the evidence regarding hypothesized connections among measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and autism spectrum disorders.

The report concludes: "Although the possible association with MMR vaccine has received much public and political attention and there are many who have derived their own conclusions based on personal experiences, the available evidence does not support the hypothesis that MMR vaccine causes autism or associated disorders or IBD. Separate administration of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines to children provides no benefit over administration of the combination MMR vaccine and would result in delayed or missed immunizations. Pediatricians need to work with families to ensure that children are protected early in the second year of life from these preventable diseases."

A complete copy of this report is available online at: http://www.pediatrics.org/cgi/content/full/107/5/e84

The second article on autism in this issue, "Technical Report: The Pediatrician's Role in the Diagnosis and Management of Autistic Spectrum Disorder in Children" by the AAP Committee on Children with Disabilities, offers current state-of-the-art guidance to physicians who care for children with autism.

A complete copy of this report is available online at: http://www.pediatrics.org/cgi/content/full/107/5/e85
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May 14, 2001
MINNESOTA'S RECOMMENDED CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE AVAILABLE ONLINE

Check out the website of the Minnesota Department of Health for the updated "Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule, Minnesota, 2001." This two-page chart, available in both color and black and white, is based on the harmonized recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). This version is graphically designed for easy comprehension and provides detailed guidelines for all recommended childhood vaccines, as well as clear tables showing proper catch-up schedules for children who start a vaccination series late or who fall more than a month behind schedule.

For a color copy of the immunization schedule, go to: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/dpc/adps/images/pdfgen/chldsch01.pdf

For a copy of the immunization schedule in black and white, go to: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/dpc/adps/images/pdfgen/bwsched.pdf
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May 14, 2001
HEPATITIS CONTROL REPORT IS AVAILABLE ONLINE

The Winter 2000-2001 issue of HEPATITIS CONTROL REPORT is now available online. Articles include "Hepatitis C Called 'Tipping Point' in Marriage of STD/HIV and Viral Hepatitis Programs," "In Florida, a Brave New World of Hepatitis C Surveillance and Prevention," and the regular feature "Hepatitis Control Notes."

For a camera-ready copy (PDF format) of the entire quarterly newsletter, go to: http://www.hepatitiscontrolreport.com/HCR%20Winter%202000-2001.pdf

For links to articles indexed by subject, go to: http://www.hepatitiscontrolreport.com/subject.html
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May 14, 2001
REMINDER! 2001 IMMUNIZATION REGISTRY CONFERENCE SET FOR JULY 9-11 IN LITTLE ROCK

The 2001 Immunization Registry Conference is scheduled for July 9-11 in Little Rock, Ark., and the deadline for early-bird registration is approaching fast. Register by May 25 in order to receive a discounted registration fee of $125 (standard registration is $150). Sponsored by the National Immunization Program (NIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this conference brings together government and private-sector health care professionals to exchange information, share ideas on building support for immunization registries, and more.

For registration materials and further information, visit the conference website at: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/registry/irc2001.htm or contact Cathy Stout of NIP by email at cstout@cdc.gov or by telephone at (404) 639-8816.

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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