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Issue Number 283            November 26, 2001

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. CDC presents satellite broadcast about smallpox for clinicians on December 13
  2. Fourth National Conference on Immunization Coalitions registration deadline extended
  3. New translation! "Hepatitis B Shots Are Recommended for All New Babies" in Turkish
  4. National Immunization Survey (NIS) data are released in a new web-based Public Use File 
  5. Call for online abstracts for 36th National Immunization Conference--deadline December 14
  6. In memoriam: Christopher N.H. Jenkins Cancer Control Award nominations sought
  7. Asian and Pacific Islanders hepatitis B prevention funding deadline extended
  8. Free! Copies of VACCINATE ADULTS! (Spring 2001 issue) available
  9. CDC reports on wild polio virus outbreak in Bulgaria

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November 26, 2001
CDC PRESENTS SATELLITE BROADCAST ABOUT SMALLPOX FOR CLINICIANS ON DECEMBER 13

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) will present a live satellite and web broadcast, "Smallpox: What Every Clinician Should Know," on Thursday, December 13, 12:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The program will be rebroadcast on Monday, December 17, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

A panel of experts from CDC will present information on virology, epidemiology, clinical features and diagnosis of smallpox, and the characteristics and use of smallpox vaccine.

For program details, registration and continuing education credit information,  and satellite specifications, go to:
HTML: http://www.phf.org/smallpox1HTML.htm
PDF: http://www.phf.org/smallpox1.pdf

If you are unable to view the live broadcast, CDC will provide a single VHS videotape of the program free of charge. Videotapes will be available after  January 9, 2002. To order a videotape, contact the Public Health Foundation by phone at 1-877-252-1200 or email at info@phf.org

Or order online at: http://bookstore.phf.org/prod184.htm

Additional copies may be purchased in packages of five copies for $35, with a 15% discount on orders of 20 or more five-packs.

Webcast links for the entire series of bioterrorism broadcasts since October 18 can be found at: http://www.phppo.cdc.gov/phtn
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November 26, 2001
FOURTH NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON IMMUNIZATION COALITIONS REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED

As previously announced, 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 opening reception will be held in the  evening on January 9.) 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 new registration deadline is Monday, December 24. The registration fee is $125 through that date and increases to $250 thereafter. Note: The hotel registration deadline remains Monday, December 10. After that date, room rates go up by $65 per night. Call the San Antonio Rivercenter Marriott no later than December 10 to get the $125 single room rate or the $145 double room rate.

For more information on the conference 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

To view the conference brochure online, go to: http://www.choa.org/immunization/iglg2.pdf
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November 26, 2001
NEW TRANSLATION! "HEPATITIS B SHOTS ARE RECOMMENDED FOR ALL NEW BABIES" IN TURKISH

IAC now offers this recently revised popular patient brochure on hepatitis B vaccine for babies in the Turkish language. 

To obtain a camera-ready (PDF format) copy of "Hepatitis B Shots Are Recommended for All New Babies" in Turkish, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4110tu.pdf

To obtain a camera-ready (PDF format) copy of the brochure in English, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4110bab.pdf

Thanks to Dr. Mustafa Kozanoglu, pediatrician, and Dr. Murat Serbest, pediatric hematologist, both in a private pediatric practice in Adana, Turkey, who generously provided the translation.
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November 26, 2001
NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION SURVEY (NIS) DATA ARE RELEASED IN A NEW WEB-BASED PUBLIC USE FILE

The National Immunization Survey (NIS) data for 1999 are now available in a Public Use File (PUF) on the NIS website at: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/coverage

This PUF is provided through the collaborative efforts of the National Immunization Program (NIP) Data Management Division Assessment Branch and the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). PUFs will be finalized soon for the years 1995-1998.

The NIS, sponsored by NIP and conducted by NCHS, is a list-assisted random-digit-dialing telephone survey that began in 1994 to monitor childhood immunization; data are used to produce timely estimates of vaccination coverage rates for the six recommended vaccines. The target population for the NIS is children 19-35 months of age living in the United States at time of interview.

For more information about the PUFs, call Ali Mokdad, PhD, acting chief, CDC/NIP/DMD at (404) 639-8163. ------------------------------------------------------------

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November 26, 2001
CALL FOR ONLINE ABSTRACTS FOR 36TH NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION CONFERENCE--DEADLINE DECEMBER 14

Abstracts are still being accepted for the 36th National Immunization Conference to be held in Denver, Colorado, April 29-May 2, 2002. The deadline for abstracts is December 14.

The new online submission system allows authors to complete the submission in stages if necessary. If, for instance, you have your Introduction and Background but do not yet have complete data, you can begin your submission now; the system allows you to return to it later using a unique abstract number and password.

Abstracts should be submitted online at: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/nic
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November 26, 2001
IN MEMORIAM: CHRISTOPHER N.H. JENKINS CANCER CONTROL AWARD NOMINATIONS SOUGHT

IAC shares the following award nomination announcement in honor of the memory of Chris Jenkins, a prominent figure in the hepatitis prevention community as Executive Director of the Vietnamese Community Health Promotion Project at the University of California San Francisco. Chris passed away last April at an early age.

The Christopher N.H. Jenkins Cancer Control Award of the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research, and Training (AANCART) seeks nominations for the 2002 awardee. The 2001 awardee was Gary L. Euler, DrPH, MPH, Chief, Hepatitis Activity, National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control.

Nominations are due February 22, 2002. Self-nominations are welcome. Nominees should be people who have made significant contributions to community-oriented cancer prevention and control efforts targeting Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. These contributions could be in tobacco control, hepatitis B vaccination, breast and cervical cancer screening, or other areas.

For more information, contact AANCART's Program Manager Barbara Kinsey by phone at (614) 932-6349 or email at barbara.kinsey@cancer.org
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November 26, 2001
ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HEPATITIS B PREVENTION FUNDING DEADLINE EXTENDED

The National Task Force on Hepatitis B, Focus on Asians and Pacific Islanders, is extending its deadline for applications for hepatitis B prevention program funding of up to $5,000 for four awards. The new deadline is Tuesday, December 11, 2001 (by close of business day).

The Task Force is particularly interested in applications targeted at  interventions to reduce barriers for Vaccines For Children (VFC) providers, continuation of Asian language school coverage surveys, and education and vaccination programs. 

Applications should contain a brief background and statement of need, history of the organization, efforts to date, proposed project with evaluation component, qualifications of personnel, timeline, and a budget with a narrative (this may be an attachment).

Send applications (up to five pages) as a Word-file attachment via email to Barbara A. Reilley, RN, PhD, Coordinator, Hepatitis B Task Force, at breilley39@aol.com
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November 26, 2001
Free! Copies of VACCINATE ADULTS! (Spring 2001 issue) available

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) is giving away bulk copies of the Spring issue of VACCINATE ADULTS! to make room for our new Fall 2001 issue.

If you have an immunization conference or an educational program coming up for health professionals, this is an excellent item to distribute.

Because supplies are limited, it's best to make your request right away. The free copies go quickly. To request copies, fill out the online form on IAC's website: http://www.immunize.org/oldva/

You will be asked to supply the following information:

  1. the number of copies you want
  2. a description of how you plan to use the copies
  3. your name and complete contact information, including mailing address, telephone number, and email address

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November 26, 2001
CDC REPORTS ON WILD POLIO VIRUS OUTBREAK IN BULGARIA

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) published "Imported Wild Poliovirus Causing Poliomyelitis--Bulgaria, 2001" in the November 23, 2001, issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

The synopsis reads as follows:

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An outbreak of polio due to a poliovirus imported from India has been documented in Bulgaria. An outbreak of poliomyelitis due to an imported poliovirus strain has resulted in 3 proven cases in Bulgaria between March and May 2001. This outbreak affected children from the Roma ("gypsy") minority in the Eastern city of Bourgas and the capital Sofia. Two additional  children, both Roma, were found to be healthy carriers of the wild virus. Bulgarian authorities implemented rapid outbreak control interventions including vaccination of high-risk children immediately after the first case was  diagnosed and two rounds of countrywide mass vaccination of children in May and June. The World Health Organization alerted and assisted  neighboring countries to strengthen poliomyelitis surveillance and conduct local supplementary vaccinations. No other cases were found outside Bulgaria  and the outbreak appears to be now under control.
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To obtain the complete text of this report online, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5046a2.htm

To obtain a camera-ready (PDF format) copy of this issue of MMWR, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5046.pdf

 

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