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Issue Number 506            January 24, 2005

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. Correction: AAP and IAC correct an error in a CPT code description that appeared in the IAC EXPRESS of January 12
  2. New: 2005 Childhood Immunization Schedule and 2004-05 Adult Immunization Schedule now available for Palm OS handhelds
  3. Update: CDC continues to supplement its Influenza web section
  4. MMWR notifies readers about satellite broadcasts on Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
  5. MMWR corrects error in a footnote in its article "Update: Influenza Activity--United States, 2004-05 Season"

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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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January 24, 2005
CORRECTION: AAP AND IAC CORRECT AN ERROR IN A CPT CODE DESCRIPTION THAT APPEARED IN THE IAC EXPRESS OF JANUARY 12

On January 12, IAC published IAC EXPRESS #504, which contained a reprinted document from the AAP website titled Comprehensive Overview: Immunization Administration 2005.

Unfortunately, the description of one of the CPT codes was incorrect in one section of the AAP document. The document contained an error in the section titled Vignette #2. In this vignette, the description for CPT code 90472 was given as "Immunization administration (oral/intranasal routes of administration); each additional vaccine." This is incorrect.

In Vignette #2, the description for CPT code 90472 has been corrected to "Immunization administration (percutaneous/intradermal/subcutaneous/intramuscular): each additional vaccine."

PLEASE NOTE: The only place the incorrect description appeared was in Vignette #2. The description for CPT code 90472 was CORRECT THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE DOCUMENT.

AAP has corrected the description on its website, and IAC has corrected the Web version of IAC EXPRESS #504. If you printed the document from the AAP website or from IAC EXPRESS #504 before January 18, discard your printed copies. You can print the corrected information from the following sources:

To obtain a corrected version from the AAP website, go to:
http://www.aap.org/visit/ImmunizationAdmin2005.doc

To obtain a corrected version of IAC EXPRESS #504, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/genr.d/issue504.htm

For additional information, contact Linda Walsh at AAP at lwalsh@aap.org or (800) 433-9016 Ext. 7931.
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January 24, 2005
NEW: 2005 CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE AND 2004-05 ADULT IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE NOW AVAILABLE FOR PALM 0S HANDHELDS

The 2005 Childhood Immunization Schedule and the 2004-05 Adult Immunization Schedule are now available for Palm OS handhelds. Called Shots 2005, the freeware is available on the website of the Group on Immunization Education of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

For a product description, system requirements, downloading and installation information, and more, go to: http://www.immunizationed.org/anypage.aspx?pagename=shotspalm
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January 24, 2005
UPDATE: CDC CONTINUES TO SUPPLEMENT ITS INFLUENZA WEB SECTION

CDC recently updated its Influenza web section with the following:

(1) On January 20, Guidelines and Recommendations: Updated Infection Control Measures for the Prevention and Control of Influenza in Health-Care Facilities was posted on the web section.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version, click here.

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

(2) On January 20, an updated case count was added to CDC's web page Recent Avian Influenza Outbreaks in Asia. To access it, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/outbreaks/asia.htm

(3) On January 18, a new web page, Questions & Answers: 2004-05 Flu Season, was added to the web section; to access it, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/0405season.htm

(4) On November 10, 2004, the patient-education sheet Antiviral Drugs and the Flu was made available in French.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version in FRENCH, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/antiviral/pdf/antiviral-fr.pdf

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

To access a web-text (HTML) version in ENGLISH, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/antiviral/index.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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January 24, 2005
MMWR NOTIFIES READERS ABOUT SATELLITE BROADCASTS ON EPIDEMIOLOGY AND PREVENTION OF VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASES

CDC published "Notice to Readers: Satellite Broadcast on Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases" in the January 21 issue of MMWR. The notice is reprinted below in its entirety.

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CDC's National Immunization Program and the Public Health Training Network (PHTN) will present a live, four-part, satellite broadcast series entitled "Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases" on February 17 and 24 and March 3 and 10, 2005, from 12:00 noon to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The series is intended for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, residents, medical and nursing students, and colleagues who either administer vaccinations or set policy in their workplaces.

Session 1 will cover principles of vaccination, general recommendations on immunization, vaccine administration, storage and handling, and vaccine safety. Session 2 will cover pertussis, pneumococcal disease (childhood), polio, and Haemophilus influenzae type b disease. Session 3 will cover measles, rubella, varicella, smallpox, and meningococcal disease. Session 4 will cover hepatitis B, hepatitis A, influenza, and pneumococcal disease (adult). Participants will be able to interact with instructors through toll-free telephone, fax, and TTY lines.

Continuing education credit will be offered for various professions based on 3 hours of instruction for each of the four broadcast sessions, providing a maximum of 12 hours of credit for all four sessions. Course participants should obtain their own copy of the primary course text, Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, 8th edition (2004). The text is available from the Public Health Foundation for $29, by telephone at (877) 252-1200, or at http://bookstore.phf.org/prod111.htm

The programs can be viewed via live webcast and will also be available for viewing after each live broadcast at http://www.phppo.cdc.gov/PHTN/webcast/epv05/default.asp Information about the satellite broadcasts or about continuing education credits is available at http://www.phppo.cdc.gov/PHTN/epv05/default.asp A list of state distance learning coordinators can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/nip/ed/coordinators.htm

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To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5402a7.htm

To access a ready-to-copy (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5402.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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January 24, 2005
MMWR CORRECTS ERROR IN A FOOTNOTE IN ITS ARTICLE "UPDATE: INFLUENZA ACTIVITY--UNITED STATES, 2004-05 INFLUENZA SEASON"

CDC published "Erratum: Vol. 54, No. 1" in the January 21 issue of MMWR. The erratum is reprinted below in its entirety.

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In the report, "Update: Influenza Activity--United States, 2004-05 Season," an error occurred on page 16 in the footnote linked to th[is] bullet point: "Out-of-home caregivers and household contacts of persons with high-risk conditions."

The footnote text should read, "Persons at high risk include adults aged >=65 years, children aged 0-3 months, persons aged 2-64 years with underlying chronic medical conditions, women who will be pregnant during the influenza season, residents of nursing homes and long-term-care facilities, and children aged 2-18 years on chronic aspirin therapy."

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To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5402a8.htm

To access a ready-to-copy (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5402.pdf

 

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