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Issue Number 258            July 6, 2001

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. Vaccine Education Center offers video on vaccine safety for health professionals and parents
  2. IOM announces that printed copies of its report on MMR and autism are now available
  3. Correction: Influenza and pneumococcal vaccination data provided by BRFSS
  4. Civil surgeons please note: The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service suspends Td immunization requirement for immigrants due to Td shortage
  5. New Turkish translations on IAC's website
  6. CDC seeks proposals for HIV prevention among young men of color who have sex with men

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July 6, 2001
VACCINE EDUCATION CENTER OFFERS VIDEO ON VACCINE SAFETY FOR HEALTH PROFESSIONALS AND PARENTS

The Vaccine Education Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has developed a new educational video for parents and health professionals. "Vaccines: Separating Fact from Fear," is a 27-minute video that addresses the most common questions parents have about vaccines, dispels myths and misconceptions about vaccine safety, and illustrates the continuing threat posed by vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States and around the world. It includes the stories of several parents whose children suffered vaccine-preventable diseases and also provides an extensive list of responsible Web sites.

Health professionals may request up to two copies of the video for their practice free of charge. The public can order the video for $5 per copy. Allow four to six weeks for delivery.

To order, contact the Vaccine Education Center:

  1. E-mail: vaccines@email.chop.edu
  2. Fax: (215) 590-2025
  3. Call: (215) 590-9990
  4. Write to:
    The Vaccine Education Center
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    3516 Civic Center Boulevard, ARC 1202
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-4318
    Attention: Denise Freeman

When ordering, you'll be asked to provide your name, street address, city, state, zip code, e-mail address, and the number of videos desired.

To visit the Vaccine Education Center, go to: http://www.vaccine.chop.edu/
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July 6, 2001
IOM ANNOUNCES THAT PRINTED COPIES OF ITS REPORT ON MMR AND AUTISM ARE NOW AVAILABLE

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has announced that the final printed and bound copies of its report titled "Immunization Safety Review: Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine and Autism" is now available for purchase in paperback book form.

To order the book by phone for $25 plus shipping and handling, call the National Academy Press (NAP) at (888) 624-8373 from 8:30 am to 5 pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

To order a discounted copy online for $20 plus shipping and handling, visit the NAP bookstore at: http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10101.html The PDF version of the report is also available here for free.
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July 6, 2001
CORRECTION: INFLUENZA AND PNEUOCOCCAL VACCINATION DATA PROVIDED BY BRFSS

IAC EXPRESS #257 incorrectly reported that the primary data used for the article "Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccination Levels Among Persons Aged 65 Years and Older--United States, 1999" (MMWR, June 29, 2001) was from the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The correct source of the data is the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). For information on BRFSS, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/brfss/
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July 6, 2001
CIVIL SURGEONS PLEASE NOTE: THE U.S. IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE SUSPENDS Td IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENT FOR IMMIGRANTS DUE TO Td SHORTAGE

CDC's Division of Quarantine (DQ) has announced an automatic waiver for the Td vaccination requirements for immigrants effective through September 30, 2001. The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) will issue guidance for its district and local offices, using similar guidance given last year when the influenza vaccine was delayed.

Because the INS Supplemental Form to I-693 (Adjustment of Status Applicant's Documentation of Immunization) does not have an "unavailable in country" box for vaccines, it is necessary to write "not available" on the form.

Because some INS offices might not yet be aware of the waiver, civil surgeons who encounter problems with local offices should contact DQ by fax at (404) 639-2599, Attention Visa Medical Activity.

At the end of September, the situation will be reevaluated, and if the Td shortage continues, the waiver period could be extended.
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July 6, 2001
NEW TURKISH TRANSLATIONS ON IAC'S WEBSITE

IAC now offers five new Turkish translations of its education materials.

For the 2001 influenza VIS in Turkish, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/flutu-01.pdf
To obtain this VIS in English, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/2flu.pdf

For the screening questionnaire "Are You at Risk for Hepatitis A?" in Turkish, go to: 
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2190tu.pdf
To obtain it in English, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2190hepa.htm

For the screening questionnaire "Are You at Risk for Hepatitis B?" in Turkish, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2191tu.pdf
To obtain it in English, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2191hepb.htm

For the screening questionnaire "Are You at Risk for Hepatitis C?" in Turkish, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2192tu.pdf
To obtain it in English, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2192hepc.htm

For the "Screening Questionnaire for Adult Immunization" Turkish, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4065tu.pdf
To obtain it in English, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4065scr.htm

IAC appreciates the contributions of Dr. Mustafa Kozanoglu, pediatrician, and Dr. Murat Serbest, pediatric hematologist, both in a private pediatric practice in Adana, Turkey, who generously provided these new translations.
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(6)
July 6, 2001
CDC SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR HIV PREVENTION AMONG YOUNG MEN OF COLOR WHO HAVE SEX WITH MEN

For fiscal year 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is offering funds for a cooperative agreement program for HIV projects for community-based organizations targeting young men of color who have sex with men (YMSM of color). CDC seeks to fund activities directly related to (1) preventing YMSM of color (ages 24 and younger) from getting HIV or transmitting the virus to someone else, or (2) providing intervention activities that involve preventing other sexually transmitted diseases or substance abuse as a means of reducing or eliminating the risk of HIV transmission among YMSM of color.

The application deadline is July 31, 2001, and funds are expected to be available in September.

For more information, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/od/pgo/funding/01163.htm

To request a hard copy of the application, call (888) GRANTS 4 (1-888-472-6874) and request Program Announcement number 01163.  

 

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