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Issue Number 278            October 22, 2001

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. CDC's National Immunization Program releases influenza bulletin #9
  2. Revised! Parent education brochure on hepatitis B shots for new babies
  3. Updated! Three educational pieces on hepatitis B for adoptive parents
  4. New! AAP Immunization Policy Statements page on IAC's website
  5. CDC confirms four anthrax cases
  6. CDC publishes guide to recognizing disease caused by biologic agents
  7. IOM Safety Review Committee meeting is set for November 12

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October 22, 2001
CDC's NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM RELEASES INFLUENZA BULLETIN #9

On October 16, 2001, the National Immunization Program (NIP) issued the ninth in a series of influenza bulletins designed to update health professionals on the production, distribution, and administration of influenza vaccine for the 2001-2002 season.

Of special note are two items: "Health care providers may redistribute influenza vaccine this year" and "Health care providers should take precautions to avoid administering influenza vaccine from previous seasons."

To obtain a camera-ready (PDF format) copy of Influenza Bulletin #9, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/news.d/flubull9.pdf

For previous influenza vaccine bulletins, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/flu/News.htm#bulletin

The latest information regarding influenza vaccine, as well as patient education materials to print and use, is available on CDC's website: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/flu
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October 22, 2001
REVISED! PARENT EDUCATION BROCHURE ON HEPATITIS B SHOTS FOR NEW BABIES 

See IAC's newly revised foldout brochure for parents, "Hepatitis B Shots Are Recommended for All New Babies."

Information is clearly presented under headings such as "What is hepatitis B?", "How is hepatitis B spread?", "Why does my baby need hepatitis B shots now?", and "Is this vaccine safe?"

To print "Hepatitis B Shots Are Recommended for All New Babies" (PDF format), go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4110bab.pdf

To view or print an unformatted version of the brochure (HTML), if you cannot download PDF files, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4110bab.htm 
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October 22, 2001
UPDATED! EDUCATIONAL PIECES ON HEPATITIS B FOR ADOPTIVE PARENTS

Three IAC pieces for people who are adopting children have been updated: "Brief Introduction to Hepatitis B for Parents of Adopted Children," by Sarah Jane Schwarzenberg, M.D., a pediatric gastroenterologist and an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, University of Minnesota; "Hepatitis B Vaccine Is Imperative for Families Adopting from Abroad," by Jane Aronson, M.D., director of International Pediatric Health Services, New York; and "Confused about the Hepatitis B Panel? Letter from Adoptive Mom Is a Familiar Story to the Coalition," by a mother in Indiana, which includes information on interpreting hepatitis B panel results.

These pieces provide essential information for families adopting from countries with high or moderate HBV endemicity rates.

To obtain a camera-ready (PDF format) copy of "Brief Introduction to Hepatitis B for Parents of Adopted Children," go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/4150intr.pdf

To obtain a camera-ready (PDF format) copy of "Hepatitis B Vaccine Is Imperative for Families Adopting from Abroad," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/4153adop.pdf

To obtain a camera-ready (PDF format) copy of "Confused about the Hepatitis B Panel?", go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4151.pdf

To view or print unformatted versions of the three brochures (HTML), if you cannot download PDF files, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/4150intr.htm
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/4153adop.htm
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4151.htm
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October 22, 2001
NEW! AAP IMMUNIZATION POLICY STATEMENTS PAGE ON IAC'S WEBSITE

Be sure to check out our new page of links to immunization policy statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The AAP statements address issues ranging from varicella to meningococcal disease to immunizations for Native American children.

To view IAC's AAP Immunization Policy Statements web page, go to: http://www.immunize.org/aap
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October 22, 2001
CDC CONFIRMS FOUR ANTHRAX CASES

On October 19, 2001, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published "Update: Investigation of Anthrax Associated with Intentional Exposure and  Interim Public Health Guidelines, October 2001" in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The synopsis reads as follows:

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Four confirmed U.S. cases of anthrax have resulted from intentional use of  Bacillus anthracis spores. These are the first confirmed cases of anthrax associated with intentional exposure. For rapid identification of threat agents, such as B. anthracis, states should have access to the Laboratory Response Network for Bioterrorism which links state and local public health laboratories with advanced capacity laboratories. Recommended regimens for postexposure prophylaxis are available. This report includes information on the three clinical forms of anthrax (inhalation, gastrointestinal and cutaneous); recommended postexposure treatment regimens; handling letters/packages  and environmental management of exposed areas; handling laboratory specimens possibly infected with anthrax (for healthcare providers); and handling anthrax and other biological agent threats (for the general public).

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To obtain the complete text of this article online, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5041a1.htm

To obtain a camera-ready (PDF format) copy of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5041.pdf

HOW TO OBTAIN A FREE ELECTRONIC SUBSCRIPTION TO THE MMWR:
To obtain a free electronic subscription to the "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" (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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October 22, 2001
CDC PUBLISHES GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING DISEASE CAUSED BY BIOLOGIC AGENTS

CDC published "Recognition of Illness Associated with the Intentional Release of a Biologic Agent" in the October 19, 2001, issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The article recommends heightened surveillance for unusual disease occurrences following the terrorist attacks in September. Specific clinical features of six agents are discussed. The synopsis reads as  follows:

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This report provides basic guidance that can be implemented to improve recognition of potential biological agents. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, state and local health departments initiated various activities to improve surveillance and response, ranging from enhancing communications to conducting special surveillance projects. Healthcare providers, clinical laboratory personnel, infection control professionals, and health departments play critical and complementary roles in recognizing and responding to illness caused by the release of biologic agents. This report includes basic information for healthcare providers for recognizing anthrax, plague, botulism, smallpox, inhalational tularemia, and hemorrhagic fever.

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To obtain the complete text of this article online, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5041a2.htm

To obtain a camera-ready (PDF format) copy of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5041.pdf

HOW TO OBTAIN A FREE ELECTRONIC SUBSCRIPTION TO THE MMWR: see story #5.
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October 22, 2001
IOM IMMUNIZATION SAFETY REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING IS SET FOR NOVEMBER 12

The fourth open public meeting of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Immunization Safety Review Committee will be held on November 12, 2001, at the Aljoya Conference Center in Seattle, Washington.

The topic of the meeting is the "possible association between multiple immunizations in newborns and infants and immune system dysfunction." A draft agenda will be posted on IOM's website by next Monday, October 29, at: http://www.iom.edu/imsafety

If you plan to attend, contact IOM by November 5, 2001. Call (202) 334-1342 or email imsafety@nas.edu 

Hotel information is available. 

 

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This page was updated on October 22, 2001