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Issue Number 335            September 9, 2002

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. New! Current information on state meningococcal prevention mandates for colleges and universities available on IAC's website
  2. Correction: NEEDLE TIPS article "Vaccines and Autism" contained a one-word error
  3. Revised! IAC's "Ask the Experts" compilation updated with current hepatitis B and hepatitis A information
  4. Nine newcomers added to IAC's Hepatitis Prevention Programs website
  5. New! Twelve World Health Organization (WHO) position papers and other significant WHO resources on vaccines available on IAC's website
  6. New translation! Anthrax Vaccine Information Statement now in Spanish
  7. MMWR notifies readers about occupational health guidelines for remediation workers at sites contaminated by Bacillus anthracis-ROM

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September 9, 2002
NEW! CURRENT INFORMATION ON STATE MENINGOCOCCAL PREVENTION MANDATES FOR COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AVAILABLE ON IAC'S WEBSITE

At the request of health care professionals, the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has compiled a chart of state mandates for meningococcal prevention for colleges and universities.

To date, 13 states mandate that in-coming college students have proof of meningococcal vaccination (or a waiver), receive education about it, or both. To view the chart of state mandates and their  implementation dates, go to: http://www.immunize.org/laws/menin.htm

To view other meningococcal information such as journal articles, recommendations, state laws, case histories, and other resources, see IAC's Meningococcal Information web page at: http://www.immunize.org/mening

For current information about state mandates on other vaccine-preventable diseases, check: http://www.immunize.org/laws

State laws and regulations for hepatitis A immunization will be posted on IAC's website in the future, and we will continue to highlight new immunization laws and mandates in upcoming issues of IAC EXPRESS.

We depend on our readers and states to help us stay informed and to ensure this is the most accurate and current information available. Please let us know when any changes occur in your state by emailing us at: admin@immunize.org
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September 9, 2002
CORRECTION: NEEDLE TIPS ARTICLE "VACCINES AND AUTISM" CONTAINED A ONE-WORD ERROR

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) published the article "Vaccines and Autism" by Paul A. Offit, MD, in the Summer 2002 issue of NEEDLE TIPS (vol. 12, no. 1). In the section titled "Evidence that  autism occurs in utero," the phrase "24 weeks" appeared twice. Both instances have been corrected to  "24 days" on the web-based version of the article on IAC's website.

The article summarizes the following: flaws in studies supporting the hypothesis that MMR vaccine causes autism, studies refuting the hypothesis, and other investigations into causes of autism.

To obtain the complete text of the corrected version of "Vaccines and Autism," go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2065.htm

For a camera-ready (PDF format) copy of the corrected version of "Vaccines and Autism," go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2065.pdf
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September 9, 2002
REVISED! IAC'S "ASK THE EXPERTS" COMPILATION UPDATED WITH CURRENT HEPATITIS B AND HEPATITIS A INFORMATION

"Ask the Experts: Compilation of Current and Past Questions from NEEDLE TIPS" features always-relevant questions and answers from the flagship publication of the Immunization Action Coalition  (IAC), NEEDLE TIPS & the Hepatitis B Coalition News. The sections containing answers to hepatitis B  and hepatitis A questions have now been updated to include material from the Summer 2002 issue of NEEDLE TIPS.

The hepatitis B and hepatitis A information is written by experts from the Division of Viral Hepatitis of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Q&As offer a breadth of information to health professionals. Included are charts of laboratory nomenclature for hepatitis B and hepatitis A, as well as tables interpreting the hepatitis B panel and giving post-exposure prophylaxis recommendations for hepatitis B.

For an HTML copy of the updated hepatitis B Q&As, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2021b.htm

For an HTML copy of the updated hepatitis A Q&As, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2021a.htm

"Ask the Experts" also contains answers to other individual vaccine and general vaccine questions  written by William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, medical epidemiologist at the CDC's National Immunization Program. Dr. Atkinson's materials were last revised in June 2001.

For a camera-ready copy (PDF format) of the entire "Ask the Experts" compilation, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2021.pdf
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September 9, 2002
NINE NEWCOMERS ADDED TO IAC'S HEPATITIS PREVENTION PROGRAMS WEBSITE

The Hepatitis Prevention Programs website of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has added nine programs, bringing the total to 79!

Each program is successful in preventing one or more types of hepatitis in adults and adolescents at risk for infection. Following are the nine new additions:

Chinatown Pediatric Services (Philadelphia)
http://www.hepprograms.org/apia/apia7.asp

El Centro Del Barrio Health Care for the Homeless (San Antonio)
http://www.hepprograms.org/homeless/home1.asp

Hepatitis B Prevention and Information Project (Boston)
http://www.hepprograms.org/apia/apia6.asp

H.O.P.E. (Louisville, KY)
http://www.hepprograms.org/homeless/home2.asp

Lafayette Consolidated Government, Wellness and Safety (Louisiana)
http://www.hepprograms.org/other/other7.asp

Michigan Department of Corrections
http://www.hepprograms.org/adult/adult9.asp

New Mexico Hepatitis Prevention Program
http://www.hepprograms.org/drug/drug10.asp

StopHep in San Francisco
http://www.hepprograms.org/msm/msm17.asp

Street Targeted AIDS & Addiction Reduction (Volusia and Flagler counties, FL)
http://www.hepprograms.org/homeless/home3.asp

To read about these programs or to explore dozens of hepatitis resources including organization websites, provider guides, and patient education materials, visit IAC's Hepatitis Prevention Programs website at: http://www.hepprograms.org

We are always looking for new programs to add to the site! If you have information you would like to share with your colleagues, go to the "Tell us about your program" page at http://www.hepprograms.org/tellus.htm

You can also email us at evaluation@immunize.org
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September 9, 2002
NEW! TWELVE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO) POSITION PAPERS AND OTHER SIGNIFICANT WHO RESOURCES ON VACCINES AVAILABLE ON IAC'S WEBSITE

Check out the compiled World Health Organization position papers on vaccines, as well as other WHO vaccine resources, on the website of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC). The papers are intended primarily for national public health officials and program managers of large-scale immunization programs.

The papers on IAC's website cover the following: influenza, rabies, mumps, cholera, typhoid, rubella, hepatitis A, pneumococcal, pertussis, rotavirus, varicella, and Hib. The papers summarize essential background information on the respective diseases and vaccines, and conclude with the current WHO position concerning the vaccines' use in the global context.

For links to IAC's web page on WHO Position Papers on Vaccines and Other WHO Resources, go to: http://www.immunize.org/who
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September 9, 2002
NEW TRANSLATION! ANTHRAX VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENT NOW IN SPANISH

The Anthrax Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) is now available in Spanish on the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) website. IAC gratefully acknowledges CDC en Espanol, the Spanish language service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for providing the Spanish translation.

To obtain a copy of the current Anthrax VIS in Spanish, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/sp_ant00.pdf

To obtain a copy of the current Anthrax VIS in English, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/anthrx00.pdf
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September 9, 2002
MMWR NOTIFIES READERS ABOUT OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH GUIDELINES FOR REMEDIATION WORKERS AT SITES CONTAMINATED BY BACILLUS ANTHRACIS

On September 6, 2002, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published "Notice to Readers: Occupational Health Guidelines for Remediation Workers at Bacillus anthracis-Contaminated Sites--United States, 2001-2002" in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

The article presents information on medical and preventive measures to protect remediation workers against exposure to anthrax. The measures described "go beyond HAZWOPER [hazardous waste operations and hazardous material response workers] requirements," according to the article summary.

To obtain the complete text of the article online, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5135a3.htm

To obtain a camera-ready (PDF format) copy of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5135.pdf

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