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Issue Number 27            November 4, 1998

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. Fall/Winter "NEEDLE TIPS" is now on the web and in the mail
  2. What's in the newest issue of "NEEDLE TIPS?"
  3. Been to our website lately? There's lots of new information you can use!

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FALL/WINTER "NEEDLE TIPS" IS NOW ON THE WEB AND IN THE MAIL

The fall/winter 1998-99 issue of "NEEDLE TIPS" is in the mail.  If you can't wait for your hard copy of "NEEDLE TIPS," you can download it now by clicking here: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n20/n20.pdf
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WHAT'S IN THE NEWEST ISSUE OF "NEEDLE TIPS?"

The new issue of "NEEDLE TIPS" has lots of new and practical information. Don't forget all our materials are camera ready, copyright free, and reviewed for technical accuracy by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can just click on any   of the following items and view and/or download them:

Ask the Experts: CDC immunization expert Dr. William Atkinson answers your questions

Ask the Experts: CDC hepatitis experts, Linda Moyer, RN, and Harold Margolis, MD, answer hepatitis A and B questions

Letters to the editor...

Vaccinate, don't vacillate! Varicella kills 100 people each year in the U.S. What are you waiting for? by Walter A. Orenstein, MD, Assistant Surgeon General, Director, National Immunization Program, CDC
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2058vac.htm

Vaccine highlights - latest recommendations and schedules

It's federal law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) by Neal Halsey, MD, Institute for Vaccine Safety
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2027law.htm

What's your state doing? hepatitis B laws, pneumococcal, influenza rates, etc.

Unprotected people...five varicella-related deaths
http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n20/story20.htm

Polio Vaccine Information Statement (VIS)(PDF format - camera-ready copy)
http://www.immunize.org/vis/polio3.pdf

NEW! Vaccinations for adults with hepatitis C virus infection
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/4042hepc.htm

Revised! Summary of recommendations for adult immunization
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2011b.htm

Revised! Dosage schedule of hepatitis A and B vaccines
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2081ab.htm

Need Help? Call your immunization, hepatitis, and VFC coordinators
http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n18/coord18.htm

National Resources: Where to get videos, ACIP statements, and more

Coalition Catalog: Immunization and hepatitis B videos, brochures, etc. Order one, make copies!
http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n17/catalg1.htm

Join the Coalition! A $50 annual membership will help support the Coalition plus we'll send you a huge packet of all our printed materials, too!
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BEEN TO OUR WEBSITE LATELY? THERE'S LOTS OF NEW INFORMATION YOU CAN USE!

There are a lot of new materials on our website that you may have missed if you haven't visited lately. Whenever a new or revised item is placed on the IAC website, it is listed on the home page in the right hand column under "What's new on our website?" Click here for our home page http://www.immunize.org/ to check out the list of items that have been added in the last six months.

Below are descriptions of the newest items on our website. Just click on the ones you want to view and/or download.

DR. WEXLER TELLS 93 MILLION "DEAR ABBY" READERS, "FLU SHOTS AREN'T JUST FOR SENIORS!"
Dr. Deborah Wexler's letter to "Dear Abby," "Roll up your sleeves: Flu shots aren't just for seniors," appeared during National Adult Immunization Awareness Week in newspapers around the world. Over 93 million people read "Dear Abby" To read Dr. Wexler's letter and Abby's response, click here:
http://www.immunize.org/genr.d/us001.htm#DearAbby

REVISED! "SUMMARY OF RULES FOR CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATION"
The Coalition's widely used immunization guideline, "Summary of Rules for Childhood Immunization," has completed its semiannual immunization checkup and received all necessary revisions! Click here
http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n17/rules1.htm to download the October 1998 revised edition.

ALL "ASK THE EXPERTS" QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ARE UPDATED, COMPILED, AND READY TO DOWNLOAD!
All of the immunization and hepatitis A and B prevention and  treatment questions that have ever appeared in "Ask the Experts" are now compiled and ready for you to download. A few of the original questions and answers were slightly revised and a few that were outdated were omitted. "Ask the Experts" has been a regular feature of "NEEDLE TIPS" since 1995. The questions in  "Ask the Experts" are answered by William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, Harold S. Margolis, MD, and Linda A. Moyer, RN, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To view and/or download the new compilation of "Ask the Experts," click here: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2021.htm

SPANISH VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS ARE ON THE WEB!
Atencion, por favor! The California Immunization Branch has Spanish translations of all the VISs (except pneumococcal and influenza). These translations are now on the Immunization Action Coalition's website for you to download, copy, and hand out to your Spanish-speaking patients. Just click on the version or versions you need. But first, a word from your advocates!  Before you vaccinate a child or an adult with a dose of DTaP, DTP, Td, MMR, varicella, polio, Hib, or hepatitis B vaccine, you are required by law to give a copy of the current VIS to the adult vaccinee or to the child's parent or legal guardian.

VISs in Spanish:
Chickenpox: http://www.immunize.org/vis/spvaric.pdf
DTaP: http://www.immunize.org/vis/spdtap.pdf
Hib: http://www.immunize.org/vis/sphib.pdf
Hepatitis B: http://www.immunize.org/vis/sphepb.pdf
MMR: http://www.immunize.org/vis/spmmr.pdf
Polio: http://www.immunize.org/vis/sppolio.pdf
Td: available soon

 

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