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Issue Number 280            November 5, 2001

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. Updated! CDC's "Instructions for the Use of Vaccine Information Statements"
  2. Fourth National Conference on Immunization Coalitions set for January 9-11
  3. New translations! Get this year's VIS updates in 12 languages
  4. "WhatWorks" CD-ROM gives providers practical ways to increase adult immunization rates
  5. Handling and storage questions? Consult these vaccine management guides
  6. National Asian Women's Health Organization announces funding for community-based immunization education

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November 5, 2001
UPDATED! CDC'S "INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE USE OF VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS"

On October 1, CDC revised its handy sheet "Instructions for the Use of Vaccine Information Statements." The instructions cover when to provide  Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) and how to record that you did so correctly.

To print a formatted copy (PDF file) of "Instructions for the Use of Vaccine Information Statements," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/instr2.pdf

For more information on VISs and how to obtain them, go to the VIS page on CDC's website at:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/vis

Or go to the VIS page on IAC's website at:
http://www.immunize.org/vis
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November 5, 2001
FOURTH NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON IMMUNIZATION COALITIONS SET
FOR JANUARY 9-11

The Fourth National Conference on Immunization Coalitions, with the theme "Building Healthy Immunized Communities: Yours, Mine and Ours," will be held January 9-11, 2002, at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, San  Antonio, Texas. The conference is hosted by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Immunize Georgia's Little Guys.

This conference offers information, resources, and skill building sessions to help local, state, and national organizations create and sustain coalitions and partnerships. Continuing education credits (CMEs, CNEs, and CECHs) are  available for attendees.

The registration deadline is Monday, December 10. The registration fee is $125.

To view the conference brochure online, go to: http://www.choa.org/immunization/iglg2.pdf

For more information or to obtain a registration form, contact Dena Stansbury, conference coordinator, by phone at (404) 929-8684, fax at (404) 929-8481, or email at dena.stansbury@choa.org
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November 5, 2001
NEW TRANSLATIONS! GET THIS YEAR'S VIS UPDATES IN 12 LANGUAGES

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released updated Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) for DTaP, hepB, and pneumococcal conjugate vaccines in July 2001. These three VISs are now available from IAC in the following 12 languages: Armenian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Farsi, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Samoan, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, and Tagalog.

To obtain the DTaP VIS in the above languages, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/index.htm#dtap

To obtain the hepatitis B VIS in the above languages, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/index.htm#hepatitisb

To obtain the pneumococcal conjugate VIS in the above languages, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/index.htm#pneumococcal2

Thanks to the California Department of Health Services Immunization Branch for providing these translations.
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"WHATWORKS" CD-ROM GIVES PROVIDERS PRACTICAL WAYS TO INCREASE ADULT IMMUNIZATION RATES

The Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine (ATPM) has produced "Increasing Adult Vaccination Rates: WhatWorks," an interactive CD-ROM  program for primary care providers who want information on--and new strategies for--properly immunizing adult patients.

According to IAC's reviewer, the program is user-friendly and engaging. Our reviewer especially enjoyed the case-study quizzes with their immediate feedback.

The program is free of charge and is approved for 2 hours CME, 2.3 hours CNE, and .2 hours CEU credits through CDC.

For more information, contact ATPM by phone at (800) 789-6737, email at WhatWorks@ATPM.org, or go to: http://www.atpm.org/Immunization/whatworks.html

To order a copy of the CD-ROM program online, go to:
http://fs7.formsite.com/atpm/whatworks/index.html
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November 5, 2001
HANDLING AND STORAGE QUESTIONS? CONSULT THESE VACCINE MANAGEMENT GUIDES

From diphtheria toxoid to varicella vaccine (and everything in between), CDC's 8-page publication "Vaccine Management: Recommendations for  Handling and Storage of Selected Biologicals" provides clear and succinct directions for maintaining your vaccine supply.

For each vaccine type, the guide gives shipping requirements, condition on arrival (e.g., "should not have been frozen"), storage requirements, shelf life (for vaccine and diluent), instructions for reconstitution or use, shelf life after reconstitution or opening (e.g., "discard if not used within 8 hours"), and special instructions.

To print a formatted copy of "Vaccine Management: Recommendations for Handling and Storage of Selected Biologicals," go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/vac_mgt_book.pdf

The California Department of Health Services Immunization Branch offers a 1-page chart titled "Vaccine Handling and Storage," perfect for posting, that includes vaccine preparation and administration information.

To print a formatted copy of the chart "Vaccine Handling and Storage," go to:
http://www.dhs.ca.gov/ps/dcdc/izgroup/pdf/imm266jan01.pdf
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November 5, 2001
NATIONAL ASIAN WOMEN'S HEALTH ORGANIZATION ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR COMMUNITY-BASED IMMUNIZATION EDUCATION

The National Asian Women's Health Organization (NAWHO) has announced the availability of Year 2002 funds through "Promoting Prevention for Healthy  Communities: the National Asian American Immunization Project," a cooperative agreement with CDC.

Following a competitive review process, NAWHO will award up to a maximum of eight local community-based minority organizations with $10,000 to $25,000 to conduct immunization education activities in 2002. (Funding estimates may be subject to change.) Applications for this funding cycle are due December 7, 2001.

For more information, contact NAWHO by phone at (415) 989-9747 or email at nawho@nawho.org

For a copy of the guidelines (PDF format) and to request an application online, go to: http://www.nawho.org/partnership/immunization.html

 

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