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Issue Number 315            May 28, 2002

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. FDA approves new DTaP vaccine product
  2. New "Pink Book" from CDC is available in print and online
  3. National Immunization Program gives latest influenza vaccine ordering information for 2002-2003 season
  4. Coming up in July: National Leadership Summit to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health
  5. Teleclinics on tetanus prophylaxis and wound management are scheduled for May 30, May 31, and June 11

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May 28, 2002
FDA APPROVES NEW DTAP VACCINE PRODUCT

On May 14, 2002, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved DAPTACEL (tm), which contains diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine adsorbed (DTaP), for distribution in the United States. DAPTACEL (tm) is a product of Aventis Pasteur Limited in Toronto, Ontario.

DAPTACEL is thimerosal-free. It joins Tripedia and Infanrix in the U.S. market for DTaP vaccines for infants and children. DAPTACEL is indicated for immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis  in infants aged 6 weeks through children aged 6 years (up to 7th birthday).

To see the Product Approval Information--Licensing Action for DAPTACEL on the FDA website, go to: http://www.fda.gov/cber/products/dtapave051402.htm
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May 28, 2002
NEW "PINK BOOK" FROM CDC IS AVAILABLE IN PRINT AND ONLINE

The 7th edition of "Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases," widely known as the "Pink Book," is now available both in print for purchase and online for free downloading. The 6th edition was published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2000 and updated in January 2001.

The "Pink Book" is an easy-to-read, quick reference work for clinics and other health care settings. It deserves a place on every "immunization bookshelf." Highlights of the 7th edition include a revised chapter on general vaccine recommendations, new chapters on smallpox and anthrax vaccines, and an  appendix devoted to vaccine administration.

The cost of the "Pink Book" is $25 plus shipping and handling. To order a copy, choose one of the following methods: call (877) 252-1200 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET; send a fax order with credit card or purchase order information to (301) 843-0159; or visit the Public Health Foundation (PHF) bookstore at: http://bookstore.phf.org/prod171.htm

To print a camera-ready (PDF format) copy of the entire "Pink Book" or selected chapters, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/pink/
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May 28, 2002
NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION PROGRAM GIVES LATEST INFLUENZA VACCINE ORDERING INFORMATION FOR 2002-2003 SEASON

On May 10, 2002, CDC's National Immunization Program (NIP) published the second in this year's  annual series of influenza bulletins designed to update health professionals on the production, distribution, and administration of influenza vaccine.

According to the bulletin, production of influenza vaccine for 2002-2003, at approximately 90 million doses, is estimated to be slightly higher than last year's production.

Of special note are two items: (1) "CDC published the 2002 influenza vaccine recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on April 12" (see IAC EXPRESS #306 at http://www.immunize.org/genr.d/issue306.htm) and (2) "Influenza vaccine for the 2002-2003 influenza season is still available for purchase." The bulletin states that Aventis-Pasteur is completely prebooked for influenza vaccine, but two other suppliers continue to take orders.

- Evans Vaccines influenza vaccine may be purchased through FFF Enterprises by phone at (800) 843-7477 or fax at (800) 418-4333. To order online, go to: http://www.fluvaccine.net

- Wyeth influenza vaccine may be ordered by phone at (800) 358-7443

To read Influenza Bulletin #2, go to: http://www.immunize.org/news.d/flubull2.pdf
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May 28, 2002
COMING UP IN JULY: NATIONAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT TO ELIMINATE RACIAL AND ETHNIC DISPARITIES IN HEALTH

Registration is still open for the National Leadership Summit to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health, scheduled for July 10-12, 2002, at the Hilton Hotel and Towers in Washington, D.C. The summit is sponsored by the Office of Minority Health (OMH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The Leadership Summit seeks to draw national attention to the existence of health disparities and to innovative approaches being implemented at the local, state, federal, and tribal levels.

The summit will be organized around three major "tracks": (1) access to care; (2) health professions;  and (3) research and data. The issue of culturally and linguistically appropriate services will be incorporated into the five plenary sessions and 80 workshops.

The registration fee for the summit is $150. On-site registration will not be available.

For more information on registering, exhibiting, or applying for a poster session, call (888) 516-5599 or visit http://www.summit.omhrc.gov
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May 28, 2002
TELECLINICS ON TETANUS PROPHYLAXIS AND WOUND MANAGEMENT ARE SCHEDULED FOR MAY 30, MAY 31, AND JUNE 11

The interactive teleclinic "Tetanus Prophylaxis and Wound Management: Update on Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Tetanus" will be held this Thursday, May 30, at 5:00p.m. ET, and this Friday, May 31, at 11:00 a.m ET. Another session will be held on Tuesday, June 11, at 12:00 noon ET.  Participants may earn 1.5 continuing medical education (CME) or nursing contact hours.

The presenters of the TeleClinic are David Talan, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., F.I.D.S.A., Professor of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine and Erwin W. Gelfand, M.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Immunology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver.

To register for a TeleClinic online, go to: http://www.interactiveteleclinics.com/TPWM_contact.shtml

To register for a TeleClinic by phone, call (800) 870-8376.

 

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