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Issue Number 526            May 23, 2005

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. New: May 2005 issue of "Needle Tips" provides lots of resources on childhood, adolescent, and adult immunization
  2. Visit IAC's redesigned hepatitis prevention programs website for Hepatitis Awareness Month
  3. New: DVD format of "Immunization Techniques: Safe, Effective, Caring" is now available
  4. CDC issues press release about factors possibly associated with autism risk
  5. New: May 20 issue of IAC's Hep Express electronic newsletter now available online

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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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May 23, 2005
NEW: MAY 2005 ISSUE OF "NEEDLE TIPS" PROVIDES LOTS OF RESOURCES ON CHILDHOOD, ADOLESCENT, AND ADULT IMMUNIZATION

IAC recently mailed the latest issue of "Needle Tips" (May 2005) to 130,000 health professionals and others who work in the field of immunization. Packed with immunization resources for health professionals, patients, and parents, the 24-page issue is well worth downloading. All articles and education pieces, except editorials, have been thoroughly reviewed by immunization and hepatitis experts at CDC.


HOW TO READ "NEEDLE TIPS" ON THE WEB
You can view selected articles from the table of contents below or download the entire issue from the Web.

To view the table of contents with links to individual articles, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/nt.


The PDF file of the entire issue, linked below, is large at 1.13 megabytes. Some printers cannot print such a large file. For tips on downloading and printing PDF files, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/tips.htm.

To download a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the May issue, go to: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n32/n32.pdf.

The articles in the May issue fall into four broad areas: (1) general immunization information, (2) viral hepatitis information, (3) childhood and adolescent immunization resources, and (4) adult immunization resources.


GENERAL IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION (four articles)
(1) In "Ask the Experts--Immunization Questions," CDC specialists answer questions about the newly licensed meningococcal conjugate vaccine and a variety of questions about hepatitis B disease and vaccine.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n32/expert32.pdf.

To access a web-text (HTML) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n32/expert32.htm.

(2) "Vaccine Highlights" presents information on newly licensed vaccines, new pediatric immunization CPT codes, and Medicare's increased payment for vaccine administration.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n32/vaccin32.pdf.

To access a web-text (HTML) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n32/vaccin32.htm.

(3) Updated in April, "Suggestions to Improve Your Immunization Services" gives health professionals an easy means of assessing the immunization services they provide to patients.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2045tip.pdf.

To access a web-text (HTML) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2045.htm.

(4) "Vaccine Storage and Handling" presents links to four online IAC resources.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n32/vaccinestorage.pdf.

No web-text (HTML) version is available.


VIRAL HEPATITIS INFORMATION (one article)
(1) Adapted from a recent MMWR article, "Hepatitis B Virus Transmitted in U.S. Long-Term-Care Facilities" presents guidelines for preventing hepatitis B virus transmission in healthcare settings.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n32/hepb_ltc.pdf.

No web-text (HTML) version is available.



CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENT IMMUNIZATION RESOURCES (six articles)
(1) "Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule, 2005" includes the regular and "catch-up" schedules.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n32/2005childsched.pdf.

No web-text (HTML) version is available.

(2&3) The English-language "Immunizations for Babies: A guide for parents" and its Spanish-language counterpart, "Vacunas para Bebes: Una guia para los padres," give parents information about the vaccines recommended for babies up to 24 months old.

To access the English-language version in ready-to-print (PDF) format, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4010imm.pdf.

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

To access the Spanish-language version in ready-to-print (PDF) format, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4010-01imm.pdf.

To access it in web-text (HTML) format, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4010-01.htm.

(4) "Unprotected People: Parents helpless as children battle pertussis" presents three parents' accounts of their young children's experience with the disease.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n32/story32.pdf.

To access a web-text (HTML) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n32/story32.htm.

(5) The article "Vaccine Concerns" is excerpted from the most recent edition of "Vaccines: What You Should Know," written by Paul A. Offit, MD, and Louis M. Bell, MD.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n32/vaccineconcerns.pdf.

No web-text (HTML) version is available.

(6) Updated in April, the two-page brochure "Questions parents ask about baby shots" succinctly answers parents' general questions about vaccines, VPDs, vaccine safety, and more.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4025.pdf.

To access a web-text (HTML) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n18/p4025.htm.

ADULT IMMUNIZATION RESOURCES (one article)
(1) Updated in January, "Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV23): CDC answers your questions" presents the latest information about pneumococcal disease and PPV23 administration.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2015pne.pdf.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2015pne.htm.
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May 23, 2005
VISIT IAC'S REDESIGNED HEPATITIS PREVENTION PROGRAMS WEBSITE FOR HEPATITIS AWARENESS MONTH

[The following is cross posted from the Immunization Action Coalition's "Hep Express" electronic newsletter, 05/20/05.]

On May 14, IAC released a redesigned version of its hepatitis prevention programs website. The website was originally launched in March 2001, as part of a cooperative agreement with CDC's Division of Viral Hepatitis.

Originally, the site only showcased innovative programs across the nation that worked to prevent hepatitis A, B, and/or C in adults and adolescents at risk of infection. As such, the content was targeted toward public health and social service managers who might be able to use the information to improve their own programs.

As time went by, it became clear that more and more of the website's visitors were members of the public. Many of these individuals probably found the website via an Internet search engine while looking for hepatitis information. To meet their needs, IAC added support group information and links to other web pages that provide information on such topics of interest as tattooing and travel vaccines.

The current redesign continues to broaden the information base of the website, adding pages of hepatitis A and hepatitis B FAQs, cases histories, photos, and video clips. We hope that this expanded coverage will be helpful to the approximately 600 visitors who access this website every day.

Please visit the redesigned website at
http://www.hepprograms.org.

As always, we need your input! If you have a model program to share, go to: http://www.hepprograms.org/tellus.htm. If you know of additional HBV [hepatitis B virus] or HCV [hepatitis C virus] support groups, have viral hepatitis resources to share (including brochures, manuals, slide sets, photos, or videos), write admin@hepprograms.org.
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May 23, 2005
NEW: DVD FORMAT OF "IMMUNIZATION TECHNIQUES: SAFE, EFFECTIVE, CARING" IS NOW AVAILABLE

An extremely popular and effective training tool, the video "Immunization Techniques: Safe, Effective, Caring" is now available as a DVD disc as well as a VHS tape. The chief benefit of the DVD is that it offers both English- and Spanish-language versions of the video and accompanying print materials (see details below). Another benefit is that the video on the DVD can be viewed on a computer as well as on a television.

VIDEO CONTENT INFORMATION
Every healthcare site in the United States that delivers vaccination services should have a copy of this 35-minute video. Developed by the California Department of Health Services Immunization Branch in collaboration with a team of national experts, the video teaches best practices for administering intramuscular (IM) and subcutaneous (SC) vaccines to infants, children, and adults. It is designed for use as a "hands-on" instructional program for new staff, as well as a refresher course for experienced health professionals.

VHS INFORMATION
The VHS is available from IAC in English only and comes with the following English-language print materials: (1) presenter's notes that include instructional objectives, pre- and post-tests, and photos showing vaccination sites appropriate for infants and toddlers and (2) a skills checklist to help you document that your staff is well trained.

DVD INFORMATION
The DVD contains both an English version of the video and a version dubbed in Spanish. You can watch the DVD on a television with a DVD player or on a computer with a DVD drive.

The DVD includes English- and Spanish-language versions of the following print materials: (1) the presenter's notes described above, (2), "Comforting Restraint," a poster that clearly shows parents how to hold a child during vaccination, and (3) "Be there for your child," a poster that presents ideas parents can use before, during, and after vaccination to make the experience easier for their child. The DVD also includes the following print materials in English only: (1) the skills checklist described above, (2) "Immunization Record and History," a chart that allows health professionals to document vaccine administration information for each of the recommended childhood vaccines, and (3) a resource list that directs parents to sources of reliable immunization information. PLEASE NOTE: You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or above to view and print the materials included on the DVD.

ORDERING INFORMATION
The cost for each VHS tape or DVD disc is $30. Discounts are available for orders of 20 or more by calling (651) 647-9009.

To order online (U.S. addresses only), go to:
https://www.immunize.org/iztech.

To order by mail or fax, go to:
https://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2020a.pdf.

Shipping is free for small orders sent by fourth-class mail to U.S. addresses. Expect delivery in 3-4 weeks.

To place an order from outside the United States, call IAC at (651) 647-9009 or email us at admin@immunize.org (no phone orders please).
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May 23, 2005
CDC ISSUES PRESS RELEASE ABOUT FACTORS POSSIBLY ASSOCIATED WITH AUTISM RISK

On May 16, CDC issued a press release, "Parent, Pregnancy, and Birth Factors Found Possible Associations with the Risk of Autism." Portions of it are reprinted below.

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Pregnancy factors, parental psychiatric history, and preterm delivery may be associated with the risk of autism, according to a recent study supported in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study, "Risk Factors for Autism: Perinatal Factors, Parental Psychiatric History, and Socioeconomic Status," appears in the most recent issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology.

The research, which involved a national study of all 698 Danish children with autism born after 1972 and diagnosed before 2000, focused on perinatal risk factors (i.e., delivery and newborn characteristics, pregnancy characteristics, and parental characteristics), parental psychiatric history (i.e., did a parent have a diagnosed psychiatric illness before the date that autism was diagnosed in the child), and socioeconomic status (i.e., the mom's formal education and parental wealth at the child's birth). Previous research had suggested each category may represent or include risk factors for autism.

"This study is a helpful step forward in identifying possible risk factors for autism," said Dr. Josť Cordero, director of CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. "It also indicates there may be some children for whom we need extra vigilance in watching for signs of developmental delay. In recent years, many programs and studies have found that early recognition of autism and other developmental disabilities is important because early treatment can significantly improve a child's development. . . ."

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To access the entire press release, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/r050516.htm.
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May 23, 2005
NEW: MAY 20 ISSUE OF IAC'S HEP EXPRESS ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The May 20 issue of Hep Express, an electronic newsletter published by IAC, is now available online. Hep Express is intended for health and social service professionals involved in the prevention and treatment of viral hepatitis. The May 20 issue includes articles on the following:

  • Online hepatitis resources from the Migrant Clinicians Network and the Asian Liver Center at Stanford University
     
  • Two donation opportunities: (1) to fund hepatitis B vaccination services to a child in China and (2) to help fund liver cancer research and education through this year's two Answer to Cancer Races, scheduled for Oregon and New Jersey
     
  • A conference on drug using communities and hepatitis C, scheduled for May 26-27 in Brooklyn
     
  • WHO's guide for estimating the number of hepatitis and HIV infections among healthcare workers that are related to injuries from contaminated sharps

To access the May 20 issue, go to:
http://www.hepprograms.org/hepexpress/issue30.asp.

To sign up for a free subscription to Hep Express, go to:
http://www.hepprograms.org/hepexpress/signup.asp.

To access previous issues of Hep Express, go to:
http://www.hepprograms.org/hepexpress/index.asp.

 

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This page was updated on June 3, 2005