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Issue Number 340            October 7, 2002

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. CDC's revised pneumococcal conjugate vaccine VIS is now available
  2. New! Fall 2002 issue of IAC's "VACCINATE WOMEN" now online and in the mail
  3. IAC's "Give the Birth Dose . . . Hepatitis B Vaccine Saves Lives!" is newly formatted
  4. Revised! IAC's updated "Are you 11-19 years old?" now online
  5. CDC's 37th Annual National Immunization Conference set for March 17-20, 2003; abstracts due November 15
  6. MMWR issues Update on Influenza Activity in the U.S. and Worldwide During June-September 2002
  7. New! AAP's "Compendium of Immunization Resources and Organizations" available in print and online
  8. New! Three Somali-language health videos available free
  9. New! NIOSH launches web page on needlestick prevention programs
  10. Conference on Needle-free Injection Systems to be held December 3-4 in Philadelphia
  11. "Immunize Texasize 2002" immunization conference set for November 18-21 in Austin, TX
  12. Eleventh Annual "Shots for Tots," Louisiana Infant Immunization Conference, to be held December 5-6
  13. Annual SIGN meeting set for October 24-26 in Cambodia

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October 7, 2002
CDC'S REVISED PNEUMOCOCCAL CONJUGATE VACCINE VIS IS NOW AVAILABLE

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a revised Vaccine Information Statement (VIS) for pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV).

Dated 9/30/02, the revised VIS is now available on CDC's website and the website of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC).

To obtain a copy of the revised PCV VIS in camera-ready (PDF) format, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/pnPCV7.pdf

For information about the use of VISs, as well as VISs for additional vaccines (some in up to 28 languages), visit IAC's website at: http://www.immunize.org/vis
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October 7, 2002
NEW! FALL 2002 ISSUE OF IAC'S "VACCINATE WOMEN" NOW ONLINE AND IN THE MAIL

The entire Fall 2002 issue of "VACCINATE WOMEN" is now available on the website of the  Immunization Action Coalition (IAC). Hard copies were mailed last week.

The Fall issue is filled with reliable, practical information intended to assist obstetrician/gynecologists in providing immunization services in their health care settings.

There are three ways to access "VACCINATE WOMEN" or its featured articles online. (1) View each  of the five main articles by clicking on the direct links below. (2) Download any article from the  publication's table of contents toward the end of this article. (3) Download the entire issue from the Web by clicking the link at the very end of this article.

Here are descriptions of and direct links to each of the main "VACCINATE WOMEN" articles:

  1. "Ask the Experts"
    CDC immunization expert William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, answers general immunization questions. Hepatitis specialists Stephen C. Hadler, MD, and Linda A. Moyer, RN, answer hepatitis questions.
      
    PDF: http://www.immunize.org/vw/expert2.pdf

     
  2. "Give the Birth Dose . . . Hepatitis B Vaccine at Birth Saves Lives!"
    IAC Executive Director Deborah L. Wexler, MD, provides the rationale for vaccinating all infants prior to hospital discharge.
      
    HTML: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2125.htm
    PDF: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2125.pdf

      
  3. "Labor & Delivery and Nursery Unit Guidelines to Prevent Hepatitis B Virus Transmission"
    Here are guidelines hospitals can use to establish standing orders for preventing perinatal hepatitis B virus transmission in Labor & Delivery and Nursery Units.
     
    PDF: http://www.immunize.org/vw/labordel.pdf

     
  4. "Hepatitis B Facts: Testing and Vaccination"
    This valuable resource presents information on who needs hepatitis B vaccine, who needs serologic testing, hepatitis B nomenclature, and how to interpret the hepatitis B panel.
     
    PDF: http://www.immunize.org/vw/hepb.pdf
      
  5. "An Open Letter to OB/GYNs from IAC's Executive Director"
    A page of information to help health professionals get answers to the most pressing questions about providing immunization in OB/GYN health care settings.
     
    PDF: http://www.immunize.org/vw/back2.pdf

To view a table of contents with links to the text version (HTML format) of individual articles, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vw/

To download a camera-ready copy (PDF) format of the entire Fall 2002 issue (256,350 bytes), go to: http://www.immunize.org/vw/vw0902.pdf

WARNING: The PDF format of the entire publication is a very large file, and some printers are unable to print a file of this size. For some helpful tips on downloading and printing PDF files, click here: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/tips.htm
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October 7, 2002
IAC'S "GIVE THE BIRTH DOSE . . . HEPATITIS B VACCINE AT BIRTH SAVES LIVES!" IS NEWLY FORMATTED

"Give the Birth Dose . . . Hepatitis B Vaccine at Birth Saves Lives!" is available for the first time as a  one-page professional education piece on the website of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC).

Adapted from an article that appeared in the Fall 2001 issue of IAC's publication "NEEDLE TIPS," the piece succinctly presents reasons to vaccinate every infant at birth prior to hospital discharge.

To view the HTML version of the revised piece, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2125.htm

For a camera-ready (PDF) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2125.pdf

To view a collection of recently published resources on the importance of giving a birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine, go to: http://www.immunize.org/birthdose/
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October 7, 2002
REVISED! IAC'S UPDATED "ARE YOU 11-19 YEARS OLD?" NOW ONLINE

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has updated its popular "Are You 11-19 Years Old? Then You Need to be Vaccinated Against These Serious Diseases!" The one-page educational piece is intended  to make young people aware of their need for immunization. It lists eight vaccines that can prevent serious disease in people 11-19 years old and describes which young people need them.

The significant change in this updated piece is that information about Lyme disease vaccine was removed because the vaccine was withdrawn from the marketplace.

To view the HTML version of the revised piece, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020.htm

For a camera-ready (PDF) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/11teens8.pdf
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October 7, 2002
CDC'S 37TH ANNUAL NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION CONFERENCE SET FOR MARCH 17-20, 2003; ABSTRACTS DUE NOVEMBER 15

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's 37th National Immunization Conference will take place in Chicago on March 17-20, 2003.

The objectives of the conference's education program are to bring together a wide variety of local, state, federal, and private-sector immunization partners to explore science, policy, education, and planning issues related to immunization in general and vaccine-preventable disease.

For an overview of the conference, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/nic/

The deadline for submitting abstracts is November 15. To submit abstracts online, go to: http://cdc.confex.com/cdc/nic2003/

For general information on the conference, call Suzanne Johnson-DeLeon at (404) 639-8225 or email her at nipnic@cdc.gov
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October 7, 2002
MMWR ISSUES UPDATE ON INFLUENZA ACTIVITY IN THE U.S. AND WORLDWIDE DURING JUNE-SEPTEMBER 2002

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an article titled "Update: Influenza Activity-United States and Worldwide, June-September, 2002," in the October 4, 2002, issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

From June through September 2002, influenza A[H1N1 and H1N2], A(H3N2), and B viruses have circulated worldwide and the majority of viruses antigenically characterized are well matched to the components of the 2002-03 influenza vaccine. . . Persons at high risk, health care workers, household members of high-risk persons, and children aged 6 months to 9 years receiving vaccine for the first time are recommended to receive vaccine beginning in October. This fall, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is encouraging children aged 6-23 months and their household contacts and  out-of-home caretakers to be vaccinated beginning in October when feasible. Other healthy persons,  including those 50-64 years of age, are recommended to seek vaccination beginning in November. Vaccination should continue into December and throughout the influenza season.

The Editorial Note states in part: "The three manufacturers distributing influenza vaccine in the United States are expected to produce approximately 94 million doses combined, the largest number of trivalent influenza vaccine doses ever projected for a single season. Vaccine manufacturers estimate that approximately 80% of the 94 million doses of influenza vaccine will be distributed by the end of October."

To obtain the complete text of the article online, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5139a3.htm

To obtain a camera-ready (PDF format) copy of this issue of MMWR, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5139.pdf

HOW TO OBTAIN A FREE ELECTRONIC SUBSCRIPTION TO THE MMWR:
To obtain a free electronic subscription to the "Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report" (MMWR), visit CDC's MMWR website at: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr Select "Free MMWR Subscription" from the menu at the left of the screen. Once you have submitted the required information, weekly issues of the MMWR and all new ACIP statements (published as MMWR's "Recommendations and Reports") will arrive automatically by email.
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October 7, 2002
NEW! AAP'S "COMPENDIUM OF IMMUNIZATION RESOURCES AND ORGANIZATIONS" AVAILABLE IN PRINT AND ONLINE

Healthcare professionals can receive a free print copy of the 92-page American Academy of Pediatrics' "Compendium of Immunization Resources and Organizations" or can download and print it from the Web.

According to the introduction, the Compendium "is a compilation of immunization organizations, initiatives, resources, and tools for pediatricians and other health care professionals. The information cited in the Compendium is reliable, is easy to understand, and provides answers about who to call or  where to go for more information about immunization and related subjects."

To view or download the Compendium, go to: http://www.cispimmunize.org/resour/rsc_main.html

To order a free hard copy of the Compendium, call (847) 434-7821, fax (847) 228-6432, or email crouse@aap.org
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October 7, 2002
NEW! THREE SOMALI-LANGUAGE HEALTH VIDEOS AVAILABLE FREE

The Minnesota Department of Health recently announced the availability of the three following Somali-language health videos.

  1. "What Are the Benefits of Immunization?" (Tallaalku Muxuutaraa?):
    Created by Children's Hospitals and Clinics, St. Paul, MN, this 16-minute video is intended to help Somali parents understand the benefits and risks of immunization. It comes with an English-language booklet that gives an overview of information covered on the video.
      
  2. "What Is Hepatitis B?" (Waa Maxay Cagaarshow B):
    Twelve minutes in length, this video features four 2-3 minute vignettes, each focusing on various aspects of the need for screening and vaccination against hepatitis B. Developed by the Minnesota Department of Health, Refugee Health Program, the video comes with an English translation of the script.
      
  3. "TB and One Man's Story" (Nin TB Qaba Iyo Nolshiisa):
    At 26 minutes in length, the video presents an engaging story as a way of discussing TB symptoms and transmission, as well as Somali cultural fears and stigma about the disease and the importance of seeking treatment from healthcare professionals. Created by the Minnesota Department of Health TB Prevention and Control Program, the video comes with an English translation of the script.

To order any of the videos free of charge, contact Jeanne Watson at (612) 676-5530 or email her at Jeanne.Watson@health.state.mn.us
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October 7, 2002
NEW! NIOSH LAUNCHES WEB PAGE ON NEEDLESTICK PREVENTION PROGRAMS

On September 23, 2002, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced the launch of a new web page. Titled "Safer Medical Device Implementation in Health Care Facilities: Sharing Lessons Learned," the page describes programs some health care facilities have established to protect employees from the risk of job-related needlesticks.

The page presents five essential steps for developing, establishing, and maintaining a needlestick-prevention program, and offers first-hand experiences from a variety of health care facilities. The facilities discuss barriers they encountered in establishing the programs, how the barriers were overcome, and lessons learned from their experiences.

To access the new NIOSH page, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/bbp/safer/

To view NIOSH's "Bloodborne Infectious Diseases, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B Virus, and Hepatitis C Virus" page, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/bbp/

To view the Office of Occupational Safety and Health's "Needlestick Prevention" page, go to:
http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/needlestick/

For broad information on the topic of needle safety, visit the Immunization Action Coalition's needle safety web page at http://www.immunize.org/needlestick/
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October 7, 2002
CONFERENCE ON NEEDLE-FREE INJECTION SYSTEMS TO BE HELD DECEMBER 3-4 IN PHILADELPHIA

A conference on Needle-free Injection Systems will be held in Philadelphia on December 3-4.

Topics to be covered include FDA regulations, status of draft international standards, high-speed devices and their safety evaluation, mass campaigns, and occupational health needlestick prevention regulations.

For information on all aspects of the conference, go to: http://www.barnettinternational.com/pdfs/BI-335EM1.pdf

For more information, call (800) 856-2556, ext. 2200, and refer to Conference Number BI-335.
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October 7, 2002
"IMMUNIZE TEXASIZE 2002" IMMUNIZATION CONFERENCE SET FOR NOVEMBER 18-21 IN AUSTIN, TX

Conference planners expect a thousand attendees to show up for "Immunize Texasize 2002." Set for November 18-21, the immunization conference will be held in Austin, TX.

Program highlights include cutting-edge information about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases. In addition, two highly regarded presenters will speak. Paul A. Offit, MD, will speak on Vaccines & Autism: Science, Politics & the Media. William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, will give his Immunization Update. Dr. Offit is Chief of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital, Philadelphia; Dr. Atkinson is a medical epidemiologist, National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta.

To view or download general conference information, go to: http://www.tdh.state.tx.us/immunize/confer.htm Click on "2002 Immunization Conference Registration Packet" for a camera-ready (PDF) conference brochure.

Conference contacts are Kathryn Johnson at kathryn.johnson@tdh.state.tx.us and Ryan Davis at ryan.davis@tdh.state.tx.us

To obtain information by telephone, call (800) 252-9152.
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October 7, 2002
ELEVENTH ANNUAL "SHOTS FOR TOTS," LOUISIANA INFANT IMMUNIZATION CONFERENCE, TO BE HELD DECEMBER 5-6

The New Orleans French Quarter is the site for the Louisiana Infant Immunization Conference, "Shots for Tots." It will be held December 5-6.

For the conference agenda, go to: http://www.shotsfortots.com/html/agenda.html

For additional information, call (800) 251-2229 or email info@shotsfortots.com
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October 7, 2002
ANNUAL SIGN MEETING SET FOR OCTOBER 24-26 IN CAMBODIA

The Safe Injection Global Network (SIGN) will hold its annual meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, October 24-26 at the Cambodiana Hotel.

Meeting objectives include submitting the World Health Organization (WHO) Injection Safety Planner for feedback, and identifying mechanisms for national drug and immunization managers to collaborate on injection policies.

To visit the meeting website, go to: http://www.injectionsafety.org/html/meeting_2002.html

For more details, fax the Department of Blood Safety and Clinical Technology, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland, at +41 (22) 791-48 36 or email sign@who.int

 

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This page was updated on October 7, 2002