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Issue Number 476            August 23, 2004

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. IAC offers influenza and typhoid vaccine VISs in more languages and updates "It's federal law!" education piece
  2. New: August issue of CDC's "Immunization Works!" electronic newsletter now posted on NIP's website
  3. Act now: Free bulk copies of the latest issue of "NEEDLE TIPS" (May 2004) will go fast
  4. CDC alerts readers to an error in a footnote in ACIP's recommendations on prevention and control of influenza
  5. "Impact of Pediatric Vaccination in Family Practice" teleconference scheduled for September and October
  6. CHIC to hold its Annual Immunization Symposium in Cleveland October 22
  7. CDC notifies readers about the release of BRFSS Maps

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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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August 23, 2004
IAC OFFERS INFLUENZA AND TYPHOID VACCINE VISs IN MORE LANGUAGES AND UPDATES "IT'S FEDERAL LAW!" EDUCATION PIECE

IAC recently posted translations for the most current versions of the following VISs on its website: trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (Spanish, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole), live attenuated influenza vaccine (Spanish), and typhoid vaccine (Spanish).

IAC gratefully acknowledges the California Department of Health Services for the Spanish translations and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health for the Portuguese and Haitian Creole translations.

IAC also made minor modifications to its one-page professional education sheet "It's federal law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)." You'll find a link to the updated piece at the end of this article.

VIS FOR TRIVALENT INACTIVATED INFLUENZA VACCINE
The current VIS for trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV) is dated 5/24/04.

To obtain a ready-to-copy (PDF) version of it in Spanish, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/spflu04.pdf

To obtain it in Portuguese, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/pr_flu04.pdf

To obtain it in Haitian Creole, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/ha_flu04.pdf

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


VIS FOR LIVE ATTENUATED INFLUENZA VACCINE
The current VIS for live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) is dated 5/24/04.

To obtain a ready-to-copy (PDF) version of it in Spanish, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/spliveflu04.pdf

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


VIS FOR TYPHOID VACCINE
The current VIS for typhoid vaccine is dated 5/19/04.

To obtain a ready-to-copy (PDF) version of it in Spanish, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/sptyphoid.pdf

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


Updated in August, "It's federal law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)" explains what VISs are and how to use them. It also lists the dates of the most current VISs. Check your VIS supply against this list and discard out-of-date VISs. You can download current VISs from CDC (English only) or from IAC (see the two links at the end of this article).

To access a ready-to-copy (PDF) version of the updated "It's federal law," go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2027law.pdf

To access a web-text (HTML) version of it, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2027law.htm

To access current VISs in English from CDC, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/VIS/default.htm

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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August 23, 2004
NEW: AUGUST ISSUE OF CDC'S "IMMUNIZATION WORKS!" ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER NOW POSTED ON NIP'S WEBSITE

The August issue of "Immunization Works!" a monthly email newsletter published by CDC, is available on NIP's website. The newsletter offers members of the immunization community non-proprietary information about current topics. CDC encourages its wide dissemination.

Much of the information in the August issue has already appeared in previous issues of "IAC EXPRESS." Following is the text of three articles we have not covered.

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Meetings, Conferences, and Resources

PHYSICIAN AND PHARMACIST VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: CDC is seeking people who would like to be pilot testers for immunization training programs. These are mostly self-study programs that can be done through a CD-ROM or over the Internet. We are currently seeking physicians and pharmacists. The typical pilot testing effort is to review a training program, take the evaluation, and provide feedback. The process can take from 2 to 4 hours. Pilot testers can obtain continuing education credits once the training program becomes approved for CE credit. If interested, please contact Melissa Barnett at mbarnett2@cdc.gov or (404) 639-6202.

CURRENT ISSUES IN IMMUNIZATION: Get the latest update on late-breaking immunization topics through CDC's Quarterly Netconference Series. You can participate in these sessions through an Internet hook-up and a speakerphone. The one-hour session includes a PowerPoint presentation over the Internet and a live question and answer segment. The next netconference is October 14, 2004. For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/nip/ed/ciinc

FREE CMEs AVAILABLE RELATED TO THE VACCINE ADVERSE EVENT REPORTING SYSTEM (VAERS): Health care providers may access the "Vaccine Safety Post-Marketing Surveillance: The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System" with free CMEs through September 19, 2004. To access the CME article, visit http://www.cdc.gov/nip/vacsafe/VAERS/CME-post-mktg-surv.htm Additional information related to VAERS is available at www.vaers.org

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To access the complete August issue from the NIP website, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/news/newsltrs/imwrks/imwrks.htm and click on the month.
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August 23, 2004
ACT NOW: FREE BULK COPIES OF THE LATEST ISSUE OF "NEEDLE TIPS" (MAY 2004) WILL GO FAST

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) is giving away bulk copies (up to 100 per request) of the May 2004 issue of "NEEDLE TIPS."

If you have an immunization conference or an educational program coming up for physicians, residents, or nurses who specialize in pediatrics or family practice, this 24-page publication is an excellent item to distribute. The May issue includes three popular pieces: "Screening Questionnaire for Child and Teen Immunization," "Screening Questionnaire for Adult Immunization," and "Summary of Rules for Childhood and Adolescent Immunization." PLEASE NOTE: One of the patient-education pieces, "Protect Yourself Against Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B: A Guide for Gay and Bisexual Men," is intended for a gay audience in high-risk settings such as STD clinics. It is not intended for routine use in all clinic settings.

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

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

You will be asked to supply the following information:

  • The number of copies you want (maximum 100)
  • 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 email admin@immunize.org
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August 23, 2004
CDC ALERTS READERS TO AN ERROR IN A FOOTNOTE IN ACIP'S RECOMMENDATIONS ON PREVENTION AND CONTROL OF INFLUENZA

CDC published "Erratum: Vol. 53, No. RR-6" in the August 20 issue of MMWR. The error concerns a footnote in Table 4 of ACIP's influenza recommendations, which were published on May 28. The erratum is reprinted below in its entirety.

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In the MMWR Recommendations and Reports, "Prevention and Control of Influenza: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)," an error occurred on page 14 in Table 4. The first sentence of the first footnote (*) should read, "A 0.5-mL dose contains 15 mg each of A/Fujian/411/2002 (H3N2)-like, A/New Caledonia/20/99 (H1N1)-like, and B/Shanghai/361/2002-like antigens."

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To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5332a8.htm

To access a ready-to-copy (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5332.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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August 23, 2004
"IMPACT OF PEDIATRIC VACCINATION IN FAMILY PRACTICE" TELECONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER

Sponsored by Boston University School of Medicine, the teleconference "Impact of Pediatric Vaccination in Family Practice" will be presented on eight dates in September and October. The presenter is Donald R. Middleton, MD, professor and vice chair, Department of Family Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. A live Q&A session will follow each presentation.

Intended to educate clinicians in family practice, the teleconference will include a review of the epidemiology of childhood diseases, the impact of childhood vaccines to date on disease and society, the side effects and safety issues of current childhood vaccines, and the childhood vaccination schedule.

Teleconference dates and times follow; all times listed are Eastern:

September 20: Noon to 1PM
September 21: 1PM to 2PM
September 22: 2PM to 3PM
September 27: 2PM to 3PM
September 28: Noon to 1PM
September 29: 3PM to 4PM
October 4: 1PM to 2PM
October 5: 3PM to 4PM

CME credit is available. Advanced registration is requested. To register online, go to:
http://www.princetoncme.com/courses/eventreg.cgi?eid=11

Teleconference participants are requested to call (888) 874-9713 approximately five minutes before presentation time. When asked, give this program code: Impact of Pediatric Vaccination in Family Practice.

For additional information, go to: http://www.princetoncme.com/index.html or call (609) 371-1137.
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August 23, 2004
CHIC TO HOLD ITS ANNUAL IMMUNIZATION SYMPOSIUM IN CLEVELAND OCTOBER 22

The Ohio-based Consortium for Healthy & Immunized Communities (CHIC) will hold its Annual Immunization Symposium at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cleveland on October 22. Registration is encouraged by October 8.

Stephen L. Cochi, MD, MPH, acting director, National Immunization Program, is the featured speaker. The program includes presentations on NIP's current trends and future initiatives in relation to CDC's health agenda, the National Vaccine Advisory Committee's current recommendations related to vaccine financing, new initiatives in vaccine research and development, the current status of immunization registries nationwide and future opportunities for growth, and local and global immunization initiatives and priorities.

To access the conference agenda and mail-in registration form, go to: http://www.chicohio.com/pdf/inv102204.pdf

For additional information, call (216) 201-2001, ext. 1310.
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August 23, 2004
CDC NOTIFIES READERS ABOUT THE RELEASE OF BRFSS MAPS

CDC published "Notice to Readers: Release of BRFSS Maps" in the August 20 issue of MMWR. The BRFSS Maps include data on immunization rates organized by geography, age, race, income, and education. The article is reprinted below in its entirety.

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BRFSS Maps is an Internet-based Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) mapping application that allows users to map BRFSS data interactively for state and metropolitan/micropolitan statistical areas (MMSAs). Beginning with 2002 BRFSS data, visitors to the BRFSS website can create, save, and print state- and MMSA-level maps for health-related risk factors.

State and MMSA data can be displayed independently or in combination to facilitate exploratory data analysis of within-state variations and identification of regional patterns. Users can choose from several advanced map display options, including number of data classes (i.e., two through six), data classification method (e.g., equal interval, natural breaks, quantile, and standard deviations), state and MMSA labels, and the option to display or hide outlying states and territories. Standard map interface tools are provided to enhance users' abilities to interact with the map, including zoom (via tool or drop-down menus), pan, rate retrieval, map recenter, and map reset. Users also can download state and MMSA BRFSS data in a geographic information system (GIS) shapefile format for in-depth analysis in a GIS.

BRFSS Maps is available at http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/gisbrfss Plans are under way for additional enhancements to BRFSS Maps, including advanced exploratory data analysis tools, data histograms, multivariate mapping capabilities, county-level mapping, and trend maps. Additional information is available at email jgh4@cdc.gov

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To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5332a6.htm

To access a ready-to-copy (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5332.pdf

 

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