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Issue Number 327            July 29, 2002

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. August is National Immunization Awareness Month
  2. New! Seven final disease information pages on IAC's website
  3. New hepatitis B prevention law in Montana
  4. Reminder: CMS satellite broadcast on vaccinating nursing home residents will take place August 16
  5. Register now for CDC's August 15 "Immunization Update" broadcast course

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July 29, 2002
AUGUST IS NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION AWARENESS MONTH

Next month (actually, next week!) is August, which is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), sponsored by the National Partnership for Immunization (NPI), a joint program of National Healthy  Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB) and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). We've got a whole month to get the immunization message out, and NPI has worked hard to make it easy for us.

You can request a NIAM promotional kit for your community's efforts. The kit includes a list of NIAM endorsers, a sample proclamation and press release, an order form for NIAM brochures ("Are You Up-to-Date? Vaccinate!"), sample posters, stickers, and bookmarks, and more great stuff.

For further information, contact NPI by email at npi@nfid.org or phone at (703) 836-6110.

You can also visit NPI's website at: http://www.partnersforimmunization.org
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NEW! SEVEN FINAL DISEASE INFORMATION PAGES ON IAC'S WEBSITE

The "Diseases/Vaccines" section of IAC's website is now complete with 16 web pages for diseases and the vaccines that prevent them. All contain valuable sources of information in the form of journal articles,  organizations to contact, medical recommendations, laws, photos, and case histories.

The newest "Diseases/Vaccines" additions are: the Diphtheria Information page, the Pertussis Information page, the Tetanus Information page, the Pneumococcal Conjugate Information page, the Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Information page, the Meningococcal Information page, and the Rabies Information page.

To view IAC's DIPHTHERIA INFORMATION PAGE, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/diphtheria

To view IAC's PERTUSSIS INFORMATION PAGE, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/pertussis

To view IAC's TETANUS INFORMATION PAGE, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/tetanus

To view IAC's PNEUMOCOCCAL CONJUGATE INFORMATION PAGE, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/pneumoconj

To view IAC's PNEUMOCOCCAL POLYSACCHARIDE INFORMATION PAGE, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/pneumopoly

To view IAC's MENINGOCOCCAL INFORMATION PAGE, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/mening

To view IAC's RABIES INFORMATION PAGE, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/rabies
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NEW HEPATITIS B PREVENTION LAW IN MONTANA

Montana now requires that every pregnant woman be tested for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), and all positive results in Montana are now reportable. This law went into effect in Montana on October 1, 2001.

To see IAC's list of hepatitis B prevention mandates, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/hepb

To see all of IAC's state immunization law pages, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/laws
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REMINDER: CMS SATELLITE BROADCAST ON VACCINATING NURSING HOME RESIDENTS WILL TAKE PLACE AUGUST 16

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will broadcast and webcast the program "Standards of Care and Strategies for Immunizing Nursing Home Residents" Friday, August 16, 2002, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT.

The targeted audience for this free program includes nursing home administrators, nursing home surveyors, medical directors, and nurses. The program may also benefit nurse practitioners, infection control practitioners, epidemiologists, physicians, physician assistants, and nursing home inspection personnel.

The educational program will be a mix of live discussion and pre-taped video presentations. Presenters include Dale Bratzler, D.O., M.P.H.; Alexis S. Christian; Linda McKibben, M.D., M.P.H., A.B.D.; Abigail M. Shefer, M.D.; and Leslie Stafford, J.D. A live question-and-answer session will be held with the moderator and panel.

Individual and site registration is now available on the CMS website at: http://cms.internetstreaming.com

A webcast of the program will be available for viewing at the above URL/address after August 16 for one year.

If you have further questions, contact Jackie Harley by phone at (410) 786-7222 or email at jharley@cms.hhs.gov
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REGISTER NOW FOR CDC'S AUGUST 15 "IMMUNIZATION UPDATE" BROADCAST COURSE AUGUST 15, 2002

Mark your calendars now for August 15, 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. EDT--and register online--so you don't miss the most important immunization course of the year! (The program will be rebroadcast from 1:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EDT.)

Up-to-date information on the rapidly changing field of immunization will be presented. Anticipated topics include: recent Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations for the use of smallpox vaccine; revised General Recommendations on Immunization; influenza vaccine (including new recommendations for vaccination of healthy children); immunization registries; recent vaccine safety issues and other topics. Each 2.5 hour broadcast will feature a question-and-answer session in which participants nationwide can interact with the course instructors via toll-free telephone lines.

The goal of this course is to improve immunization practices in the United States. After viewing this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe two recent immunization recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
  • Describe two current vaccine safety issues.

The target audience is physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, medical students and others who provide immunizations and counsel patients about immunization.

After August 15, the course can be viewed as a webcast at:
http://www.phppo.cdc.gov/phtn/webcast/imm2002/webcast.asp

Satellite Technical Specifications: These broadcasts will be available on C and Ku-bands. Coordinates will be available the week prior to these programs. Call (888) 232-3299, or (877) 232-1010 for the hearing/speech impaired, and enter the document number 130029 when prompted.

Faculty:

  • William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, Medical Epidemiologist
  • Raymond A. Strikas, MD, Medical Epidemiologist
  • Donna Weaver, MN, RN, Nurse Educator, National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Guest experts from the CDC

To register, visit the CDC/ATSDR Training and Continuing Education Online system at: http://www.phppo.cdc.gov/phtn

You MUST use the CDC/ATSDR Training and Continuing Education Online system to register and to receive continuing education credit for these programs. Site and individual registration has begun.

Individuals who have questions about registration should call (800) 41-TRAIN [(800) 418-7246] or email ce@cdc.gov.

Continuing Education Credit:
Continuing education credit will be offered for a variety of professions, based on 2.5 hours of instruction. CE credit will be available only through the CDC/ATSDR Training and Continuing Education Online System.

Sponsors:
The National Immunization Program, the Public Health Training Network, the Division of Professional Development and Evaluation, Public Health Practice Program Office, CDC. 

 

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