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Issue Number 273            September 14, 2001

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. All of us at IAC extend our condolences
  2. Order this new video and learn the most up-to-date information on vaccine administration techniques!
  3. MMWR notifies readers of decreased availability of 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7)
  4. IOM conference on vaccine safety and thimerosal available online
  5. 2001-2002 influenza vaccine VIS available online in 11 languages
  6. Concise Spanish-language translation of the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV23) VIS now available
  7. Turkish translations of IAC'S "Immunization for Babies" and VISs for DTaP, Hep B, and PCV7 vaccines now available
  8. MMWR publishes notice of upcoming satellite broadcast on immunization

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September 14, 2001
ALL OF US AT IAC EXTEND OUR CONDOLENCES

All of us at IAC extend our condolences to readers whose family or friends were injured or lost in Tuesday's tragedies. Please know that your loss and grief are shared by all of us.
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September 14, 2001
ORDER THIS NEW VIDEO AND LEARN THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON VACCINE ADMINISTRATION TECHNIQUES!

Every clinic in the United States that delivers vaccination services should have a copy of this brand new 35-minute video titled "Immunization Techniques: Safe, Effective, Caring" available for clinic staff! Developed by the California Department of Health Services Immunization Branch in collaboration with a team of national experts, this video teaches best practices about how to administer intramuscular (IM) and subcutaneous (SC) vaccines to infants, children, and adults. It is designed for use as a "hands-on" instructional program for new staff as well as a refresher course for experienced health professionals.

The video provides discussion of all the following:

  • Anatomic sites
  • Choice of needle size
  • Vaccines and routes of administration
  • How to "draw up" doses of vaccine

Infants, toddlers, kindergartners, and adults are vaccinated in the video to demonstrate these techniques.

The video comes with presenter's notes that include instructional objectives, pre- and post-tests, photos showing vaccination sites appropriate for infants and toddlers, and a skills checklist to help you document that your staff is well trained. To view a copy of the "Skills Checklist," click here.

IAC distributes the video and presenter's notes at $15 per set (to U.S. addresses). California Distance Learning Health Network (CDLHN) offers it at $25 per set. The versions are the same except that IAC's video comes in a plain cardboard sleeve and the presenter's notes are printed in black and white, while CDLHN's video box and presenter's notes are printed in color. The videotape and text of presenter's notes are identical.

If you'd like to place an order with IAC, send your order payment (check, credit card information, or purchase order) to Immunization Action Coalition, 1573 Selby Ave., Ste. 234, St. Paul, MN 55104 and include your complete mailing information and phone number. You can fax your order with payment information to IAC at (651) 647-9131. If you are placing an order from outside the United States, please call IAC at (651) 647-9009 for pricing information.

Alternatively, you can order online (U.S. addresses only) at: http://www.immunize.org/iztech

CDLHN also offers the following resources developed by the California Department of Health Services Immunization Branch in addition to the video  and presenter's notes:

  • Anatomic Sites for Immunization poster (33" x 13") sold in quantities of 5 posters at $20 per set;
       
  • Comfort Measures poster (25" x 20") in English-language and Spanish-language versions, sold in quantities of 5 posters at $20 per set.

If you have questions about CDLHN materials or wish to place an order, call (619)594-3348, email cdlhn@projects.sdsu.edu, or visit CDLHN online at
http://www.cdlhn.com/
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September 14, 2001
MMWR NOTIFIES READERS OF DECREASED AVAILABILITY OF 7-VALENT PNEUMOCOCCAL CONJUGATE VACCINE (PCV7)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a Notice to Readers titled "Decreased Availability of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine" in the September 14, 2001, issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The entire notice, excluding the footnote reference, reads as follows:

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In February 2000, Prevnar, the new 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7) marketed by Wyeth Lederle Vaccines (Pearl River, New York) was licensed for use among infants and young children. CDC recommends this vaccine for all children aged <2 years and for children aged 2-5 years who are at increased risk for pneumococcal disease (e.g., children with sickle cell disease or anatomic asplenia, chronic illness, or who are immunosuppressed, including those with human immunodeficiency virus infection).

In August 2001, deliveries of Prevnar were delayed resulting in shortages for some health-care providers and health departments. Although the manufacturer projects shipping sufficient vaccine to meet needs throughout the remainder of 2001 and has sufficient manufacturing capacity to meet U.S. demand, health-care providers may continue to experience temporary shortages as supplies are replenished. In the meantime, CDC recommends that all providers defer the vaccination of children >2 years except those aged 2-5 years who are at increased risk for pneumococcal disease (see previous examples). Providers should give highest priority to vaccinating all infants aged <12 months and children aged 1-5 years at increased risk. Catch-up vaccinations for healthy children aged 1-2 years and booster doses for healthy children who have completed the primary series may be deferred. Records should be kept so that the deferred vaccinations can be given when vaccine becomes available.

To obtain the full text of this announcement, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5036a3.htm

To obtain a camera-ready (PDF format) copy of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5036.pdf
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September 14, 2001
IOM CONFERENCE ON VACCINE SAFETY AND THIMEROSAL AVAILABLE ONLINE 

On July 16, 2001, the Institute of Medicine's (IOM's) Immunization Safety Review Committee held a scientific meeting examining thimerosal and neurodevelopmental outcomes. The agenda, audiocast, slide presentations, and a transcript of the meeting are now available on IOM's website at: http://www.iom.edu/IOM/IOMHome.nsf/Pages/Thimerosal+Agenda

For more information, contact IOM's Project Staff at (202) 334-1342 or email  ImSafety@nas.edu
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September 14, 2001
2001-2002 INFLUENZA VACCINE VIS AVAILABLE ONLINE IN 11 LANGUAGES

The 2001-2002 Influenza Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) is available in English and ten additional languages on IAC's website.

For individual translations, use the following links:

Cambodian: http://www.immunize.org/vis/ca_flu01.pdf
Chinese: http://www.immunize.org/vis/ch_flu01.pdf
English: http://www.immunize.org/vis/2flu.pdf
Hmong: http://www.immunize.org/vis/hm_flu01.pdf
Laotian: http://www.immunize.org/vis/la_flu01.pdf
Russian: http://www.immunize.org/vis/ru_flu01.pdf
Somali: http://www.immunize.org/vis/so_flu01.pdf
Serbo-Croatian: http://www.immunize.org/vis/sc_flu01.pdf
Spanish: http://www.immunize.org/vis/spflu01.pdf
Turkish: http://www.immunize.org/vis/flutu-01.pdf
Vietnamese: http://www.immunize.org/vis/vn_flu01.pdf

Thanks to the Minnesota Department of Health for providing nine translations and to Drs. Mustafa Kozanoglu and Murat Serbest, of Adana, Turkey, for the Turkish translation.

To obtain copies of all other VISs (some in up to 26 languages) as well as to find links to other IAC and CDC documents about legal requirements for the use of VISs, visit IAC's website at: http://www.immunize.org/vis/
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September 14, 2001
CONCISE SPANISH-LANGUAGE TRANSLATION OF THE PNEUMOCOCCAL POLYSACCHARIDE VACCINE (PPV23) VIS NOW AVAILABLE

A reformatted Spanish-language translation of the Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) for pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV23) is available to download on IAC's website. This Spanish-language VIS is now just two pages instead of four.

To obtain the two-page PPV23 VIS in Spanish, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/sppne97.pdf

Thanks to the California Department of Health, Immunization Branch, for reformatting this translation.

To obtain the English-language PPV23 VIS, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/pneum3.pdf

To obtain copies of all other VISs (some in up to 26 languages) as well as to find links to other IAC and CDC documents about legal requirements for the use of VISs, visit IAC's website at: http://www.immunize.org/vis/
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September 14, 2001
TURKISH TRANSLATIONS OF IAC'S "IMMUNIZATION FOR BABIES" AND VISs FOR DTaP, HEP B, AND PCV7 VACCINES NOW AVAILABLE

  • IAC has a new Turkish translation of its handy parent education piece "Immunization for Babies." This easy-to-read chart shows what vaccinations babies need and when. To obtain a copy in the Turkish language, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4010tu.pdf
          
    To obtain this item in English, go to:
    http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4010.htm
         
  • The DTaP VIS is now available in the Turkish language on IAC's website. To obtain a copy, go to:
    http://www.immunize.org/vis/tudtap01.pdf
       
    To obtain the English-language version of the DTaP VIS, go to:
    http://www.immunize.org/vis/dtap01.pdf
          
  • The hep B VIS in Turkish is also available. Go to:
    http://www.immunize.org/vis/tu_hpb01.pdf
          
    To obtain the hep B VIS in English, go to:
    http://www.immunize.org/vis/hepb01.pdf
       
  • The PCV7 VIS is also available in the Turkish language. Go to:
    http://www.immunize.org/vis/tupnPCV7.pdf
       
    To obtain the English-language PCV7 VIS, go to:
    http://www.immunize.org/vis/pnPCV7.pdf

Many thanks to Drs. Mustafa Kozanoglu and Murat Serbest, of Adana, Turkey, for the Turkish translations.

To obtain copies of all other VISs (some in up to 26 languages) as well as to find links to other IAC and CDC documents about legal requirements for the use of VISs, visit IAC's website at: http://www.immunize.org/vis/
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September 14, 2001
MMWR PUBLISHES NOTICE OF UPCOMING SATELLITE BROADCAST ON IMMUNIZATION

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a Notice to Readers titled "Satellite Broadcast on Immunization" in the September 14, 2001, issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The entire notice reads as follows:

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Immunization Update 2001, a live interactive satellite broadcast, will be held Thursday, September 20, 2001, from 9-11:30 a.m. eastern daylight time with a repeat broadcast from 12-2:30 p.m. This broadcast will provide up-to-date information on the changing field of immunization. Topics include pneumococcal conjugate vaccine; influenza vaccine (including vaccine supply and recommendations for the 2001-02 influenza season); national shortage of tetanus and diphtheria toxoids; meningococcal vaccine; hepatitis B
vaccine for adolescents; global polio eradication; and recent vaccine safety issues. Both broadcasts will feature a question and answer session in which participants nationwide can interact with the course instructors via toll-free telephone lines. Continuing education credits will be offered for a variety of professions based on 2.5 hours of instruction.

This broadcast has been designed for physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, medical students, and others who provide immunizations and counsel patients about immunization.

Online registration information is available at http://www.phppo.cdc.gov/phtnonline/ or by fax, telephone (888)  232-3299 or (877) 232-1010 and request document number 130024 (for sites) or number 130021 (for individual registration). Questions about the broadcast  should be directed to Craig Wilkins, telephone (404) 639-8799, or e-mail ckw4@cdc.gov. For questions about registration, call (800) 418-7246 (800 41-TRAIN].

To obtain the full text of this announcement, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5036a5.htm

To obtain a camera-ready (PDF format) copy of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5036.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.

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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This page was updated on November 27, 2001