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Issue Number 260            July 16, 2001

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. CDC's new pneumococcal conjugate and hepatitis B VISs now available
  2. Satellite teleconference on flu and pneumonia immunization in nursing homes on August 24
  3. Updated "Do You Have Chronic Hepatitis B?" now available in Spanish and Chinese
  4. New Chinese translation of childhood immunization screening questionnaire on IAC's website

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July 16, 2001
CDC'S NEW PNEUMOCOCCAL CONJUGATE AND HEPATITIS B VISs NOW AVAILABLE

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) for pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7) and hepatitis B vaccine to replace the interim VISs issued in the year 2000.

The new VIS for PCV7 vaccine is dated 7/9/01 and the new VIS for hepatitis B vaccine is dated 7/11/01. Both VISs are now available on CDC's website and the website of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC). Foreign-language translations of these new versions are not currently available.

Note: The pneumococcal conjugate VIS (dated 7/9/01) is to be used when administering this vaccine to infants and young children. It should not be confused with the pneumococcal polysaccharide VIS (dated 7/29/97), which is used for persons 65 years of age and older as well as other high-risk
individuals.

To obtain a copy of the new PCV7 vaccine VIS in camera-ready (PDF) format, use the following links:

CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/vis/vis-PneumoConjugate.pdf
IAC: http://www.immunize.org/vis/pnPCV7.pdf

To obtain a copy of the new hepatitis B vaccine VIS in camera-ready (PDF) format, use the following links:

CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/vis/vis-hep-b.pdf
IAC: http://www.immunize.org/vis/hepb01.pdf

To obtain copies of all other VISs, including some in up to26 languages, visit IAC's website at: http://www.immunize.org/vis/

IAC's website also has links to CDC instructions on how to use VISs and their legal requirements. For "Vaccine Information Statements: What You Need to Know," go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/instr00.htm

For "Instructions for Use of Vaccine Information Materials (Vaccine Information Statements)," go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/instr2.pdf
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July 16, 2001
SATELLITE TELECONFERENCE ON FLU AND PNEUMONIA IMMUNIZATION IN NURSING HOMES ON AUGUST 24

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), formerly called Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), will offer an interactive satellite teleconference on influenza and pneumococcal immunizations in nursing homes on August 24, 2001, from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

David Satcher, MD, PhD, Surgeon General of the United States, will introduce the broadcast, which will include individual and panel discussions, as well as a live question-and-answer session. Topics include the current disease burden and immunization rates in nursing homes, examples of outbreaks where low rates of immunization were documented, administration and reimbursement of influenza and pneumococcal vaccines, implementing standing orders programs, success stories, and federal regulations.

Continuing Medical Education is available for participants.

To register for the satellite program, go to: http://cms.distributedclassroom.org/

For more information contact Jackie Harley at CMS at (410) 786-7222.

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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July 16, 2001
UPDATED "DO YOU HAVE CHRONIC HEPATITIS B?" NOW AVAILABLE IN SPANISH AND CHINESE

Check IAC's website for new translations of the helpful patient education piece "Do You Have Chronic Hepatitis B?" This one-page document tells patients how they can best take care of themselves, how to protect others from hepatitis B, and where to turn for more information.

To obtain a copy in Spanish, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4120_01.htm

To obtain a copy in Chinese, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4120-08.pdf

To obtain a copy in English, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4120.htm
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July 16, 2001
NEW CHINESE TRANSLATION OF CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATION SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE ON IAC'S WEBSITE

The current version of IAC's "Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization" is now available in Chinese. This questionnaire for parents or guardians to fill out is a screening tool for contraindications and precautions to vaccine administration. It includes a companion piece in English explaining why each question is asked.

To obtain a copy of this new Chinese translation, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060-08.pdf

To obtain a copy of the screening questionnaire in English, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060scr.htm

 

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