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Issue Number 302            March 18, 2002

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. GSK posts online letter about Lymerix discontinuation
  2. New IOM report answers major anthrax vaccine questions
  3. National Immunization Program presents vaccine-preventable diseases course in Atlanta April 3-4
  4. San Diego manual on immunization in STD clinics is now available online
  5. Revised translations! Screening questionnaires for child/teen and adult immunization in Chinese, Hmong, and Turkish
  6. Coming soon! "The Germ Patrol" in Spanish

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March 18, 2002
GSK POSTS ONLINE LETTER ABOUT LYMERIX DISCONTINUATION

As most of us have heard by now, Lymerix, the Lyme disease vaccine, has been discontinued by its manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The company has posted a short letter to customers on its website. In the letter, GSK requests that providers not administer any more doses of Lymerix, especially to "individuals who would be initiating their vaccination series this year." A full refund or credit will be given for returned Lymerix stock.

To read GSK's letter on Lymerix, go to:
http://gskvaccines.com/vaccines/pages/offer_detail_public.jsp?contentId=12

For information on Lymerix returns, call the GSK Vaccines Service Center at (866) 475-8222.
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March 18, 2002
NEW IOM REPORT ANSWERS MAJOR ANTHRAX VACCINE QUESTIONS

On March 6, 2002, the National Academy Press (NAP) announced publication of the new anthrax vaccine report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) titled "THE ANTHRAX VACCINE: IS IT SAFE? DOES IT WORK?"

The study of Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed (AVA) was already under way before events in the fall of 2001 gave it special relevance. After the U.S. Department of Defense began a mandatory anthrax vaccination program for military personnel in 1997 following confirmation of Iraqi bioweapons capability, questions about the vaccine's efficacy and safety emerged.

The IOM report concludes that the current anthrax vaccine is both effective and safe but has "drawbacks" that include a six-dose schedule over 18 months. Research on an improved vaccine is encouraged in the report.

Still a forthcoming title, the approximately 200-page book will cost $33.00 ($26.40 if purchased on the NAP website). Prepublication copies (uncorrected proofs) are available for purchase now.

For information about the report "THE ANTHRAX VACCINE: IS IT SAFE? DOES IT WORK?", go to: http://www.nap.edu/catalog/10310.html

To read all or part of the book online for free, go to: http://www.nap.edu/books/0309083095/html

For more information, call the National Academy Press at (800) 624-6242.
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March 18, 2002
NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM PRESENTS VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASES COURSE IN ATLANTA APRIL 3-4

The National Immunization Program (NIP) is presenting a two-day course titled "Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases" on April 3 and 4 at the Sheraton Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

Course content includes principles of vaccination, general recommendations on immunization, specific disease and vaccine information, and vaccine safety.

The registration fee for the course is $69. The registration deadline is Friday, March 29, with no exceptions.

To print a registration form to fax or mail in along with your payment, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/ed/Registration.pdf

For hotel reservations, call the Sheraton Buckhead at (888) 627-9041 or (404) 261-9250.

If you need further information, contact Judy Schmidt by email at Jschmidt1@cdc.gov

"Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases" will be presented again this year in Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 28-29; in Norwalk, California, November 18-19; and in Folsom (Sacramento), California, November 21-22.
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March 18, 2002
SAN DIEGO MANUAL ON IMMUNIZATION IN STD CLINICS IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The STD and Hepatitis Prevention Program of the County of San Diego, California, spent years researching and developing a comprehensive manual for STD clinics that want to integrate vaccination against viral hepatitis into their patient services. The result, "Hepatitis B Immunization in an STD Clinic," was worth the wait. This manual is now available at no charge on IAC's Hepatitis Prevention Programs website.

The manual contains a wealth of information for STD clinics that intend to start vaccinating, including sections on getting buy-in at all levels of your organization, training staff, handling patient flow, educating and counseling patients, prescreening patients, and much more.

To read or download "Hepatitis B Immunization in an STD Clinic," go to the table of contents page at: http://www.hepprograms.org/std/manual/index.htm

The manual is in PDF format and can be downloaded or viewed as a whole or by chapter.

To order the manual from the STD and Hepatitis Prevention Program, contact Paula J. Murray, M.P.H.,  by phone at (619) 692-8003 or email at STDHep@co.san-diego.ca.us
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March 18, 2002
REVISED TRANSLATIONS! SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRES FOR CHILD/TEEN AND ADULT IMMUNIZATION IN CHINESE, HMONG, AND TURKISH

IAC recently updated the English and Spanish versions of these two popular screening questionnaires to reflect a change in the recommended waiting period between MMR vaccination and pregnancy. The  previous recommended waiting period of three months was reduced to just one month. Now, instead of asking if a patient is pregnant or might become pregnant within the next three months, the questionnaires ask if a patient is pregnant or might become pregnant during the next month.

The revised "Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization" and "Screening Questionnaire for Adult Immunization" are now available in Chinese, Hmong, and Turkish as well as in English and Spanish.

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
Chinese PDF: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060-08.pdf
Hmong HTML: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060-02.htm
Hmong PDF: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060-02.pdf
Turkish PDF: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4060tu.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
Chinese PDF: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4065ch.pdf
Hmong HTML: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4065hm.htm
Hmong PDF: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4065hm.pdf
Turkish PDF: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4065tu.pdf

For more information on the changed waiting-period recommendation, see IAC Express #286, story 1, at: http://www.immunize.org/genr.d/issue286.htm
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March 18, 2002
COMING SOON! "THE GERM PATROL" IN SPANISH

Children (and their parents) will enjoy reading this 36-page, colorfully illustrated book about Super Nurse, the Germ Patrol, and a little girl named Trudy who hides in a treehouse to avoid her vaccinations  appointment at the doctor's office. "THE GERM PATROL: ALL ABOUT SHOTS FOR TOTS . . . AND BIG KIDS, TOO!" explains to kids how vaccines work and helps boost their courage when going to the doctor.

The book was written by Neil Shulman, M.D.; Todd Stolp, M.D.; and Robin Voss.

More than 130,000 copies of "THE GERM PATROL" have been printed in English. Thanks to the generosity of the state of North Carolina, a Spanish translation of "THE GERM PATROL" will be available in May or June. Order now to assure prompt delivery!

The book retails for $14.95. Ask your local bookseller to special order "THE GERM PATROL" in Spanish from Ingram Book Company.

You can order directly from the publisher, Rx Humor, by sending your check, money order, or purchase order for $12 per copy (price for 1-9 copies, s/h included) or $7.50 (10+ copies, s/h included) to:

Rx Humor
2272 Vistamont Drive
Decatur, GA 30033

For more information, contact Neil Shulman by email at nshulma@bellsouth.net or call (404) 321-0162. 

 

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