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Issue Number 266            August 15, 2001

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. Updated! State varicella immunization mandates on IAC's website
  2. CDC publishes report on the effectiveness of California's middle school vaccination law
  3. The 2001-2002 edition of The Yellow Book is now available
  4. Revised English version and new Spanish translation of IAC's patient education piece "Immunizations for Babies"
  5. CDC's National Immunization Program issues Influenza Bulletin #6
  6. New issue of Partner Newsbrief is available online

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August 15, 2001
UPDATED! STATE VARICELLA IMMUNIZATION MANDATES ON IAC'S WEBSITE

Check out the website of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) for a newly updated table of state varicella immunization mandates. This table offers a brief overview of which states currently mandate varicella vaccination for what ages, and the implementation dates for those mandates.

Missouri is the most recent state to provide IAC with varicella mandate information. Missouri's new varicella immunity requirement for entry into daycare took effect July 30, 2001.

To view IAC's table of state mandates for varicella prevention and their implementation dates, go to: http://www.immunize.org/laws/varicel.htm

To get additional information compiled by IAC on state mandates for hepatitis B prevention and vaccination in long-term care facilities, as well as state mandates for DTP, MMR, polio, and Hib vaccination reprinted from "State Immunization Requirements 1998-1999" by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), go to: http://www.immunize.org/laws

We depend on our readers to help us stay informed and to ensure this is the most accurate and current information available. Please let us know when any changes occur in your state. Send an email to admin@immunize.org or call (651) 647-9009.
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August 10, 2001
CDC PUBLISHES REPORT ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF CALIFORNIA'S MIDDLE SCHOOL VACCINATION LAW

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an article titled "Effectiveness of a Middle School Vaccination Law--California, 1999-2001," in the August 10, 2001, issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The study indicates that vaccination requirements and laws are effective in protecting young people from vaccine-preventable diseases. 

CDC, in collaboration with the Pre-Teen Health Project in San Diego, evaluated the impact of California's middle school vaccination law, which requires students entering seventh grade on or after July 1, 1999, to have three doses of hepatitis B vaccine and two doses of measles-containing vaccine. The results of the analysis indicate that when school entrance requirements are enforced, high vaccination coverage can be achieved. The article notes that although vaccination laws are important in increasing coverage, cooperation by the public health community in enforcing the law is essential for successful implementation.

For the complete text of this article online, including the footnotes and a table showing the percentage of California students in compliance with the law, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5031a2.htm

To download a copy of the entire MMWR in camera-ready (PDF) format, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5031.pdf

HOW TO OBTAIN A FREE ELECTRONIC SUBSCRIPTION TO THE MMWR:
To obtain a free electronic subscription to 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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August 15, 2001
THE 2001-2002 EDITION OF THE YELLOW BOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE

The 2001-2002 edition of CDC's "Health Information for International Travel" also known as The Yellow Book, is now available. Published every two years, this guidebook contains updated vaccination information, revised disease-specific text and tables, new sections on altitude sickness and international adoption, and improved maps and indexing. This year's edition also comes in a new, larger format (8.5" by 11") for easier reading.

To obtain a copy of this important resource for $25 (plus $5.50 shipping and handling), contact the Public Health Foundation at (877) 252-1200 or (301) 645-7773, or visit the online bookstore at http://bookstore.phf.org
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August 15, 2001
REVISED ENGLISH VERSION AND NEW SPANISH TRANSLATION OF IAC'S PATIENT EDUCATION PIECE "IMMUNIZATIONS FOR BABIES"

IAC has a revised English version and a new Spanish translation of its handy patient education chart "Immunizations for Babies: A Guide for Parents." This easy-to-read chart graphically shows what vaccinations babies need and when.

The English version has been updated to remove all mention of oral polio vaccine.

To obtain this resource in English, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4010.htm


To obtain this resource in Spanish, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4010-01.htm

IAC greatly appreciates the contribution of Suffolk County Department of Health Services (New York) for generously providing the translation.
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August 15, 2001
CDC'S NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM ISSUES INFLUENZA BULLETIN #6

On August 10, 2001, CDC's National Immunization Program issued the sixth in a series of influenza vaccine bulletins designed to update health professionals on the production, distribution, and administration of influenza vaccine for the 2001-2002 influenza season.

To obtain this important bulletin with the latest news on the influenza vaccine supply, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/flu_bull.pdf

To obtain CDC's "Guidelines for Mass Influenza Vaccination Campaigns During a Vaccine Delay or Shortage," go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/flu_guid.pdf

To obtain CDC's "Best Practices for Mass Influenza Vaccination Campaigns," go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/flu_prac.pdf
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August 15, 2001
NEW ISSUE OF "PARTNER NEWSBRIEF" IS AVAILABLE ONLINE

The Standing Orders Project--a collaborative pilot project of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and CDC to increase coverage rates for pneumococcal and influenza vaccines in long-term care facilities--has issued its latest issue of Partner Newsbrief.

To obtain this publication, go to:
http://www.nationalpneumonia.org/sopprojectoverview/soppartnernewsbrief/soppartnernewsbrief.html

To be added to the newsletter distribution list, contact Jennifer O'Hagan at the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality at (840) 2891 ext. 205, or e-mail to okpro.johagan@sdps.org

 

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