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Issue Number 470            July 19, 2004

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. Get ready for influenza vaccination season with IAC's Adult Immunization Record Card
  2. Updated: Newly revised "Summary of Adult Immunization Recommendations" now online
  3. New VIS translations: Inactivated trivalent influenza vaccine VIS now available in ten additional languages
  4. CDC publishes hard copy of July 9 electronic article on fourth rabies death linked to organ transplantation
  5. "Vaccines: Preventing Disease and Protecting Health" examines past, present, and future vaccine development
  6. CDC corrects telephone number published in the Updated Recommendations for Use of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine

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ABBREVIATIONS: AAFP, American Academy of Family Physicians; AAP, American Academy of Pediatrics; ACIP, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices; CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; FDA, Food and Drug Administration; IAC, Immunization Action Coalition; MMWR, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; NIP, National Immunization Program; VIS, Vaccine Information Statement; VPD, vaccine-preventable disease; WHO, World Health Organization.
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July 19, 2004
GET READY FOR INFLUENZA VACCINATION SEASON WITH IAC'S ADULT IMMUNIZATION RECORD CARD

With influenza vaccination season right around the corner, busy health professionals need an easy way to educate their adult patients about adult immunization. The Adult Immunization Record Card is an inexpensive educational tool and a foolproof way to help patients keep track of their vaccination status.

Developed by IAC in collaboration with CDC and several state health departments, the card lists seven vaccines that all adults or certain adults should receive. Health professionals can use the card during patient visits to discuss a patient's vaccination status with them. At the end of the visit, give the card to the patient and encourage them to refer to it to find out when they're due for their next Td booster, a pneumococcal vaccine dose, or other vaccination.

Since introducing Adult Immunization Record Cards in May 2002, IAC has shipped more than 1.8 million cards to health care providers across the United States. Health professionals nationwide have found the card invaluable for educating patients that immunization is a lifelong process and for giving patients the means to keep a lifetime record of their immunization status.

Printed on smudge-proof, rip-proof, waterproof paper, the card comes pre-folded to fit in a wallet. Its bright, canary-yellow color makes it easy to spot among credit cards and other items.

To view a color image of IAC's Adult Immunization Record Card, go to: http://www.immunize.org/adultizcards/adultizcard.pdf

The cost for one 250-count box is $30; two boxes (500 cards), $55; three boxes (750 cards), $75; four boxes (1,000 cards), $90. Additional pricing for larger quantities can be found on the online order form (see link below). NOTE: THE FIRST ORDER OF A 250-CARD BOX COMES WITH A 30-DAY MONEY-BACK GUARANTEE.

To order IAC's Adult Immunization Record Cards online (including online with a purchase order), go to:
https://www.immunize.org/adultizcards

To print an order form to send with payment information by fax or mail, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/adultizcards/izorder.pdf

If you have questions about IAC's Adult Immunization Record Card, call us at (651) 647-9009, or email us at admin@immunize.org (Use the same email address to receive a sample of 5 cards.)
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July 19, 2004
UPDATED: NEWLY REVISED "SUMMARY OF ADULT IMMUNIZATION RECOMMENDATIONS" NOW ONLINE

If you see adult patients in your practice or at your clinic, it's imperative that you download and print IAC's newly revised "Summary of Adult Immunization Recommendations." Updated in July 2004, IAC's adult summary now reflects ACIP's latest recommendations for adult influenza immunization. Immunization experts at CDC have reviewed the information in the summary for technical accuracy.

In addition to presenting the latest recommendations on influenza immunization, the adult summary distills hundreds of pages of ACIP recommendations for adult immunization into a document that can be printed on one double-sided sheet of 8-1/2" x 11" paper. Health professionals are encouraged to print the summary on card stock and place one in every exam room for handy reference.

To obtain the summary in ready-to-copy (PDF) format, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2011b.pdf

To obtain it in web-text (HTML) format, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2011b.htm
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July 19, 2004
NEW VIS TRANSLATIONS: INACTIVATED TRIVALENT INFLUENZA VACCINE VIS NOW AVAILABLE IN TEN ADDITIONAL LANGUAGES

Dated 5/24/04, the current version of the VIS for inactivated trivalent influenza vaccine (TIV) is now available on the IAC website in ten additional languages: Cambodian, Chinese, French, Hmong, Ilokano, Korean, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese.

IAC gratefully acknowledges the California Department of Health for the Cambodian, Chinese, Hmong, Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese translations. We extend our thanks to Dr. Aicha Ben Moussa and the American Embassy Medical Unit, Tunis, Tunisia, for the French translation; to the Hawai'i State Department of Health for the Ilokano translation; to Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, for the Thai translation, and to Mustafa Kozanoglu, MD, and Murat Serbest, MD, Adana, Turkey, for the Turkish translation.

To obtain a ready-to-copy (PDF) version of the VIS for TIV in Cambodian, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/ca_flu04.pdf

To obtain it in Chinese, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/ch_flu04.pdf

To obtain it in French, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/fr_flu04.pdf

To obtain it in Hmong, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/hm_flu04.pdf

To obtain it in Ilokano, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/il_flu04.pdf

To obtain it in Korean, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/ko_flu04.pdf

To obtain it in Tagalog, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/ta_flu04.pdf

To obtain it in Thai, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/th_flu04.pdf

To obtain it in Turkish, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/tu_flu04.pdf

To obtain it in Vietnamese, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/vn_flu04.pdf

To obtain it in English, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/2flu.pdf

For information about the use of VISs, and for VISs in a total of 31 languages, visit IAC's VIS web section at http://www.immunize.org/vis
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July 19, 2004
CDC PUBLISHES HARD COPY OF JULY 9 ELECTRONIC ARTICLE ON FOURTH RABIES DEATH LINKED TO ORGAN TRANSPLANTATION

CDC published "Update: Investigation of Rabies Infections in Organ Donor and Transplant Recipients--Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, 2004" in the July 16 issue of MMWR. Originally published July 9 in the web-based "MMWR Dispatch," the article has not been available in hard-copy format until now.

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To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5327a5.htm

To access a ready-to-copy (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5327.pdf

To receive a FREE electronic subscription to MMWR (which includes new ACIP statements), go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/mmwrsubscribe.html
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July 19, 2004
"VACCINES: PREVENTING DISEASE AND PROTECTING HEALTH" EXAMINES PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE VACCINE DEVELOPMENT

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recently announced the publication of "Vaccines: Preventing Disease and Protecting Health." Dr. Ciro A. de Quadros is the book's technical editor.

Divided into eight parts, this comprehensive treatment of vaccine technology covers the following:

  1. eradication of polio, measles, rubella, and yellow fever
  2. developments in vaccines for Haemophilus Infuenzae type B, varicella, hepatitis A, meningococcal, and pneumococcal
  3. progress in developing vaccines against rotavirus, typhoid, cholera, shigella, human papillomavirus, Helicobacter pylori, hepatitis C virus, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus
  4. the quest for vaccines for tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, dengue, malaria, and hookworm
  5. new concepts for vaccine development, adjuvants, and delivery systems
  6. vaccines and bioterrorism
  7. regulatory and safety issues
  8. vaccines, prevention, and public health

The price of the 412-page book is $62 in the United States and $46 in Latin America and the Caribbean; the order code is SP596.

To order online and for additional content information, click here.

To order by fax, send a fax to PAHO Sales and Distribution Center at (301) 206-9789; the email address is paho@pmds.com
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July 19, 2004
CDC CORRECTS TELEPHONE NUMBER PUBLISHED IN THE UPDATED RECOMMENDATIONS FOR USE OF PNEUMOCOCCAL CONJUGATE VACCINE

CDC published "Erratum: Vol. 53, No. 26" in the July 16 issue of MMWR. Please note that IAC EXPRESS readers received the CORRECTED telephone number in the July 12 issue of IAC EXPRESS. The erratum is reprinted below in its entirety.

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In the notice to readers, "Updated Recommendations for Use of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine: Reinstatement of the Third Dose," an error occurred on page 590; an incorrect telephone number was provided for the customer service department at Wyeth Vaccines. The correct number is (800) 666-7248.

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To access a web-text (HTML) version of the erratum, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5327a6.htm

To access a ready-to-copy (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5327.pdf

 

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