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Issue Number 494            November 29, 2004

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. CDC notifies MMWR readers that December 1 is World AIDS Day
  2. Updated: CDC continues to supplement its website with information related to the influenza vaccine shortage
  3. New: CDC's Division of Viral Hepatitis posts the Hepatitis C Toolkit on its website
  4. Updated: IAC revises its parent-education piece "Immunizations for Babies"

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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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November 29, 2004
CDC NOTIFIES MMWR READERS THAT DECEMBER 1 IS WORLD AIDS DAY

CDC published "World AIDS Day--December 1, 2004" in the November 26 issue of MMWR. The notice is reprinted below in its entirety, excluding references.

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World AIDS Day 2004 focuses on the increasing vulnerability of women to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) with the theme, Women, Girls, HIV, and AIDS. Globally, women account for nearly half of adults living with HIV. However, in some African countries, HIV prevalence is nearly five times greater among young women than men.

In the United States, women in racial/ethnic minority populations are especially vulnerable. In 2003, black and Hispanic women accounted for 25% of all U.S. women but 83% of women with diagnosed AIDS. Black women were 25 times more likely and Hispanic women six times more likely than white women to have diagnosed AIDS.

In 2002, surveys of U.S. adults indicated that one tenth had been tested for HIV during the previous year. CDC estimates one fourth of the approximately 900,000 persons living with HIV in the United States do not know that they are infected, are not receiving treatments, and might unknowingly transmit HIV to others.

CDC supports a combined biomedical and behavioral strategy to reduce HIV infections in the United States, including expanded access to counseling, behavioral interventions, and screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases. Additional information is available at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv or by telephone, (800) 342-2437.

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To access a web-text (HTML) version of the notice, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5346a1.htm

To access a ready-to-copy (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5346.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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November 29, 2004
UPDATED: CDC CONTINUES TO SUPPLEMENT ITS WEBSITE WITH INFORMATION RELATED TO THE INFLUENZA VACCINE SHORTAGE

CDC recently updated its website with documents related to the influenza vaccine shortage. Following are links to the new information.

(1) The information in the two-page document "Guidelines & Recommendations: Interim Guidance for Influenza Diagnostic Testing During the 2004-05 Influenza Season" helps clinicians determine when they should order influenza testing.

To access a ready-to-print version, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/diagnosis/pdf/0405testingguide.pdf

To access a web-text (HTML) version, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/diagnosis/0405testingguide.htm

(2) The two-page patient-education sheet "Key Facts About the Flu: How to Prevent the Flu and What to do if you Get Sick" is now available in Chinese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog, as well as in English.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of it in CHINESE, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/cht/pdf/keyfacts-chinese.pdf

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of it in VIETNAMESE, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/vie/pdf/keyfacts-vietnamese.pdf

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of it in TAGALOG, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/tgl/pdf/keyfacts-tagalog.pdf

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of it in ENGLISH, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/keyfacts.pdf

To access a web-text (HTML) version of it in ENGLISH, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm

(3) The web page "Questions & Answers: 2004-05 Flu Season" has been updated with information about this season's vaccine strains. To access it, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/0405season.htm

For ongoing information about new and updated additions to CDC's Influenza web section, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/whatsnew.htm
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November 29, 2004
NEW: CDC'S DIVISION OF VIRAL HEPATITIS POSTS THE HEPATITIS C TOOLKIT ON ITS WEBSITE

CDC's Division of Viral Hepatitis recently posted the complete contents of its Hepatitis C Toolkit on its website. The toolkit includes the following: online training, a physician's booklet, a reference for interpretation of hepatitis C virus (HCV) test results, HCV infection testing for diagnosis, recommendations for testing based on risk for HCV infection, a patient information card, and a patient-education poster in English and Spanish.

To access the materials in the toolkit, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/c/index.htm#toolkit
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November 29, 2004
UPDATED: IAC REVISES ITS PARENT-EDUCATION PIECE "IMMUNIZATIONS FOR BABIES"

IAC recently updated its one-page parent-education piece "Immunizations for Babies." The piece presents a simple-to-follow chart of the vaccinations babies need in their first 23 months; it has been reformatted and updated to add influenza vaccine.

To access a ready-to-copy (PDF) version of the updated piece, go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4010imm.pdf

To access a web-text (HTML) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4010.htm

 

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