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Issue Number 406            August 18, 2003

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. Revised: Updated "Standards for Adult Immunization Practices" now available in abstract form
  2. Reminder: August 21 is the date for CDC's satellite broadcast "Immunization Update 2003"
  3. Free: Bulk copies of the latest issue of "NEEDLE TIPS" (Spring 2003) are just a click away
  4. Spring 2003 issue of "B Informed" features many useful articles
  5. "Vaccinate Before You Graduate" adolescent immunization conference will be broadcast September 18

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August 18, 2003
REVISED: UPDATED "STANDARDS FOR ADULT IMMUNIZATION PRACTICES" NOW AVAILABLE IN ABSTRACT FORM

The revised "Standards for Adult Immunization Practices" was published in the August issue of the "American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM)." Said to be more comprehensive and evidence-based than the previous version (dated 1990), the current version also provides links to tools and websites accessible in provider offices.

The National Vaccine Advisory Committee led the current revision effort, in collaboration with more than 60 organizations, including professional societies, state and local health departments, immunization programs, and immunization providers.

Currently, the full text of the article is available only to AJPM subscribers; the abstract is available to all. To access the full text or abstract, go to: http://www.medicinedirect.com/journal/journal/current?sdid=6075 Scroll down to the article title,  and click on the version available to you.

When the complete text is available, "IAC EXPRESS" will give readers the information.
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REMINDER: AUGUST 21 IS THE DATE FOR CDC'S SATELLITE BROADCAST "IMMUNIZATION UPDATE 2003"

Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the live broadcast and webcast "Immunization Update 2003" is scheduled for August 21 from 9 am to 11:30 am EDT. It will be rebroadcast later in the day from noon to 2:30 pm EDT. Both broadcasts will feature a Q&A session in  which participants nationwide can interact with the course instructors via toll-free telephone lines.

The course instructors are William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, medical epidemiologist, and Donna L. Weaver, RN, MN, nurse educator. Both are with the CDC's National Immunization Program. For information about program content, email nipinfo@cdc.gov

To register and receive continuing education credits, you must register online on the Public Health Training Network website at http://www.phppo.cdc.gov/phtnonline

For registration information, call (800) 418-7246 or email ce@cdc.gov

The program will have a live webcast at
http://www.phppo.cdc.gov/phtn/webcast/imm-up2003

For technical support and to prepare for the webcast ahead of time, go to:
http://www.phppo.cdc.gov/phtn/webcast/techsupport.asp
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August 18, 2003
FREE: BULK COPIES OF THE LATEST ISSUE OF "NEEDLE TIPS" (SPRING 2003) ARE JUST A CLICK AWAY

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) is giving away bulk copies (up to 175 per request) of the Spring 2003 issue of "NEEDLE TIPS" to make room for our new Fall 2003 issue.

If you have an immunization conference or an educational program coming up for health professionals, this 28-page publication is an excellent item to distribute. It's packed with information that can make many aspects of immunization go more smoothly. Topics covered include everything from storing vaccines properly to winning over vaccine-hesitant parents.

Because supplies are limited, it's best to make your request right away. The free copies go quickly. Sorry, we can only mail orders to addresses within the United States.

To request copies, fill out the online form on IAC's website: http://www.immunize.org/oldnt

You will be asked to supply the following information:

  • The number of copies you want (maximum 175)
  • A description of how you plan to use the copies
  • Your name and complete contact information, including mailing address, telephone number, and email address

For further information, please contact Pat Storti, office administrator, by email at pat@immunize.org
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SPRING 2003 ISSUE OF "B INFORMED" FEATURES MANY USEFUL ARTICLES

[The following is cross posted from the Immunization Action Coalition's "HEP EXPRESS" electronic  newsletter, 8/15/03.]

The Spring 2003 issue of "B Informed," the newsletter of the Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF), includes many articles of interest. HBF President Timothy Block writes, "In this issue of 'B Informed,' there are personal stories about liver cancer, thoughtful insights from some of the leading authorities, and a clear message of hope."

Samuel So, MD, FACS, Director of the Liver Cancer Program and the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University, contributed an article titled "Hepatitis B and Primary Liver Cancer." Mark Kane, MD, MPH, Director, Children's Vaccine Program at PATH, wrote "HBV Vaccine Crucial to Global Cancer Control." Other articles explore both the medical and personal aspects of hepatitis B infection.

The current issue of "B Informed," as well as archived issues, can be read or downloaded at no charge from the HBF website at http://www.hepb.org/02-0107.hepb To receive "B Informed" through the U.S. mail, please send your name and full address to info@hepb.org and HBF will add your name to their confidential mailing list.

The HBF website offers many other resources, including the continually updated "HBF Drug Watch." To access the home page of this informative site, go to: http://www.hepb.org
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"VACCINATE BEFORE YOU GRADUATE" ADOLESCENT IMMUNIZATION CONFERENCE WILL BE BROADCAST SEPTEMBER 18

Planned for broadcast from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, "Vaccinate Before You Graduate" adolescent immunization conference is intended for a nationwide audience of public and private immunization providers, including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, and medical students.

Scheduled for broadcast September 18 from 8 am to 10 am ET, the program will update and educate immunization providers about improving immunization coverage among adolescents and reinforce current recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Faculty includes Daniel B. Fishbein, MD, Senior Medical Epidemiologist, National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Participants will have the opportunity to take part in a Q&A session via toll-free telephone lines.

Though the conference and broadcast are free, registration is required. To register, call (800) 395-2453 or (757) 668-7500 weekdays between 8 am and 5 pm ET.

Program materials, satellite specifications, and the toll-free telephone number will be available on the conference website one week before the broadcast at http://www.chkd.org/vbg CME credits are available by completing the conference evaluation at the same web address after the program or by signing up for credits at the conference site.

For additional information, email NascaSR@chkd.com or call (757) 668-6488. To arrange for accommodations for a disability, call the same number no later than September 3.

 

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This page was updated on August 18, 2003