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Issue Number 290            January 14, 2002

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. AAP releases 2002 Schedule for Childhood Vaccinations
  2. Fall/Winter Edition of VACCINATE ADULTS! is now on the  web
  3. IAC offers "Photo Notebook of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases": Order yours now to share with patients
  4. See IAC's two new web pages: "Immunization Exemption Issues" and "Bioterrorism Information"
  5. Revised! Screening questionnaires for child and teen and adult immunization
  6. Revised! "Immunization for Babies" easy chart for parents
  7. Workshop on Immunization Finance Dissemination to be held January 17

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January 14, 2002
AAP RELEASES 2002 SCHEDULE FOR CHILDHOOD VACCINATIONS

The January issue of Pediatrics (vol. 109, no. 1) contains "Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule--United States, 2002" accompanied by a policy statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Infectious Diseases.

The schedule, issued annually in January, is approved by AAP, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).

As stated in a press release issued by AAP on January 7, 2002, "no major changes  have been made in the content of this year's schedule. However, this year the recommendations are accompanied by a caveat in order to accommodate the current  national shortage of the pneumococcal vaccine." In addition, "the 2002 schedule reaffirms and encourages the routine use of hepatitis B vaccine for all infants before  hospital discharge," listing "three important reasons" for the birth dose.

To access the schedule and policy statement in Pediatrics, go to:
http://www.pediatrics.org/cgi/content/full/109/1/162

To read the January 7 press release about the schedule, go to:
http://www.AAP.org/advocacy/releases/janimmsch.htm

To access the schedule on IAC's website, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/recs/child-schedule.PDF
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January 14, 2002
FALL/WINTER EDITION OF VACCINATE ADULTS! IS NOW ON THE WEB

The Fall/Winter 2001-2002 issue of VACCINATE ADULTS! is now available on the website of the Immunization Action Coalition. Hard copies were mailed in December.

This issue contains new information and resources that will help adult medicine practitioners stay up to date with adult vaccination guidelines.

Don't miss the always-informative "Ask the Experts" column by William Atkinson, M.D.,  M.P.H.; Harold Margolis, M.D.; and Linda Moyer, R.N. All three are highly regarded specialists with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

And be sure to copy and distribute the newly revised "Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization." This chart summarizes the most current recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on everything from  schedules and routes of administration to contraindications. Some practices laminate or  make cardstock copies of this document for each examination room and hand them out to immunization staff as a ready-reference guide.

There are several ways to access these and other VACCINATE ADULTS! features and articles on the web.

  1. You can download the entire issue from the web, but the PDF file of the issue is  large (404,701 bytes) and some printers are unable to print a file of that size. For helpful tips on downloading and printing PDF files, go to: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/tips.htm
       
    If you are ready to download a PDF-format, camera-ready copy of the entire issue, go to:
    http://www.immunize.org/va/va8.pdf
        
  2. You can also view selected articles (in either HTML or PDF format) by clicking on links from the publication's table of contents at:
    http://www.immunize.org/va/index.htm
       
  3. Finally, you can simply click on the following links to individual pages of VACCINATE ADULTS! Choose between HTML and PDF versions.
       
    a) "Ask the Experts"
    HTML: http://www.immunize.org/va/va8exprt.htm
    PDF: http://www.immunize.org/va/va8exprt.pdf
           
    b) "Vaccine Highlights"
    HTML: http://www.immunize.org/va/va8vac.htm
    PDF: http://www.immunize.org/va/va8vac.pdf
         
    c) "Hepatitis A, B, and C: Learn the Differences"
    HTML: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4075abc.htm
    PDF: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4075abc.pdf
        
    d) "Do I Need Any Vaccinations Today?"
    HTML: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/4036need.htm
    PDF: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/4036need.pdf
        
    e) "Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization"
    HTML: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2011b.htm
    PDF: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2011b.pdf
        
    f) "Checklist for Safe Vaccine Handling and Storage"
    HTML: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3035chk.htm
    PDF: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3035chk.pdf
        
    g) "Vaccine Products Licensed for Use in the U.S."
    HTML: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2019prod.htm
    PDF: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2019prod.pdf
        
    h) "IAC Adult Resources"
    PDF only: http://www.immunize.org/va/catalog.pdf

If you are an adult medicine health professional and would like to receive a hard copy of VACCINATE ADULTS! or be added to our mailing list, please contact us by email at admin@immunize.org
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January 14, 2002
IAC OFFERS "PHOTO NOTEBOOK OF VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASES":  ORDER YOURS NOW TO SHARE WITH PATIENTS

For those who don't already have one, IAC's "Photo Notebook of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases" provides a powerful visual aid for clinic staff or community outreach workers conducting immunization presentations. A three-ring binder holds 20 plastic-protected, 8x10" color photographs of children and adults with vaccine-preventable diseases. Each picture is accompanied by simple text that explains the disease portrayed. When you show your patients pictures of people with severe varicella and other infections, they will begin to understand the seriousness of the diseases that vaccines can prevent.

To see the photos from the Photo Notebook on our website, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/news.d/6025pix.pdf

To view the Photo Notebook cover, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/images/r2053.jpg

To order your own "Photo Notebook of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases" online (item P2053, $75 each), go to:
http://www.immunize.org/photobook/

The images also can be downloaded for free from IAC's website at: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/pict001.htm

Be sure to scroll down to the thumbnail images and click on the "live labels" next to them to view at different sizes!

The images are also available as a "Slide Set of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases." The Slide Set contains eight more images than the Photo Notebook. To assist you with slide presentations, an English-language script comes with the Slide Set. A Spanish-language script is also available upon request. (The Spanish-language translation was generously provided to IAC by the Puerto Rico Immunization Program.)

To order a Slide Set online (item S3010, $25 each), go to:
http://www.immunize.org/slideset/

To view the English-language script, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/3010slid.pdf

To view the Spanish-language script, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/3010-01.pdf

You may also order Photo Notebooks or Slide Sets by sending a check to IAC, Orders Dept., 1573 Selby Avenue, Suite 234, St. Paul, MN 55104.

Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of these items.

Whether viewed as photos on a tabletop or as slides on a screen, we've found that these images are worth more than a thousand words each, and we think you and your patients will, too.
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SEE IAC'S TWO NEW WEB PAGES: "IMMUNIZATION EXEMPTION ISSUES" AND "BIOTERRORISM INFORMATION"

IAC'S new "Immunization Exemption Issues" page contains links (and bibliographic references) to recent journal articles about state exemption laws and their effects. The most recent article is titled "Processes for Obtaining Nonmedical Exemptions to State Immunization Laws" (American Journal of Public Health, April 2001). This article examines the impact of the amount of effort required to claim a nonmedical exemption.

To see the new "Immunization Exemption Issues" page on IAC's website, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/exemptions

The "Bioterrorism Information" page contains numerous references and links to journal  articles and CDC and other websites pertaining to bioterrorism in general and to smallpox and anthrax in particular.

Of special note is a link to archived broadcasts from CDC's Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Program. These broadcasts were held in November and December of 2001 and covered clinical diagnosis of anthrax and smallpox and risk communication. To watch the broadcasts online, go to:
http://www.bt.cdc.gov/VideoArchive.asp

To see the new "Bioterrorism Information" page on IAC's website, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/bioterror
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January 14, 2002
REVISED! SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRES FOR CHILD AND TEEN AND ADULT IMMUNIZATION

Be sure to print and make copies of IAC's popular screening questionnaires, newly updated to reflect the recent reduction in the recommended "waiting period" between MMR vaccination and pregnancy from three months to just one month.

The revised "Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization" and "Screening Questionnaire for Adult Immunization" are both available in Spanish as well as English.

To obtain "Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization," go to:
English HTML: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060scr.htm
English PDF: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060scr.pdf
Spanish HTML: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060-01.htm
Spanish PDF: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060-01.pdf

To obtain "Screening Questionnaire for Adult Immunization," go to:
English HTML: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4065scr.htm
English PDF: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4065scr.pdf
Spanish HTML: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/4065-01.htm
Spanish PDF: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/4065-01.pdf

For more information on the changed recommendation, see IAC EXPRESS #286, story 1, at: http://www.immunize.org/genr.d/issue286.htm
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January 14, 2002
REVISED! "IMMUNIZATION FOR BABIES" EASY CHART FOR PARENTS

This very useful visual planner and reminder for parents of infants has been updated to reflect the new Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendation on the birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine.

To obtain a copy of "Immunization for Babies," go to:
HTML: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4010.htm
PDF: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4010imm.pdf

For information on the new birth dose recommendation, read "ACIP votes on birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine" at:
http://www.immunize.org/genr.d/issue279.htm
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January 14, 2002
WORKSHOP ON IMMUNIZATION FINANCE DISSEMINATION TO BE HELD JANUARY 17

The third and final regional Immunization Finance Dissemination Workshop will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2002, at the School of Public Health, University of California  at Los Angeles. A national meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., in March. The purpose of the meetings is to "enhance awareness of the results of the study of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Immunization Finance, `Calling the Shots: Immunization Finance Policies and Practice.'" Goals include building consensus about immunization infrastructure initiatives, measurement approaches, and financing plans; and identifying health finance issues at regional, state, and local levels.

Workshop sessions will include a Southern California overview, private provider perspectives, and future strategies for financing immunization programs.

To register for the workshop, contact Ryan Palugod by phone at (202) 334-3973 or by email at rpalugod@nas.edu

For more information on the workshop series, go to:
http://www.iom.edu/iom/iomhome.nsf/Pages/HCS+Immunization+Finance+dissemination

To read the IOM report "Calling the Shots: Immunization Finance Policies and  Practices" online go to: http://www.nap.edu/books/0309070295/html/

 

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This page was updated on January 14, 2002