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Issue Number 533            June 20, 2005

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. CDC announces topics for July 14 net conference on Current Issues in Immunization and opens online registration
  2. FDA approves Pegasys for treatment of chronic hepatitis B virus infection
  3. New: June 17 issue of IAC's Hep Express electronic newsletter now available online
  4. Corrections made to Hmong inactivated influenza vaccine VIS; interim meningococcal vaccine VIS now available in Turkish
  5. Upcoming events: Immunization coalition teleconference in July and Indiana immunization conference in October
  6. Somalia schedules emergency polio immunization campaign for June 17-26
  7. CDC reports on seroprevalence of poliovirus antibodies among children in a Dominican community in Puerto Rico in 2002
  8. CDC reports on progress in measles control in Zambia during 1999-2004

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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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June 20, 2005
CDC ANNOUNCES TOPICS FOR JULY 14 NET CONFERENCE ON CURRENT ISSUES IN IMMUNIZATION AND OPENS ONLINE REGISTRATION

Scheduled for July 14, from noon to 1PM ET, the net conference Current Issues in Immunization is designed to provide clinicians with up-to-date immunization information. The two program topics for July are (1) updated recommendations for varicella vaccine and (2) information on the new adolescent pertussis vaccine.

The conference requires registration, as space is limited. Registration will close when the course is full or on July 11 (midnight ET). To register for the conference, go to: http://www2.cdc.gov/nip/isd/ciinc

The program will combine a telephone audio conference and simultaneous online visual content. Participants can join the Q&A session by telephone or Internet. For instructions and system requirements, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/ed/ciinc/instructions.htm

For additional information, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/ed/ciinc
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June 20, 2005
FDA APPROVES PEGASYS FOR TREATMENT OF CHRONIC HEPATITIS B VIRUS INFECTION

On May 13, 2005, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Pegasys (Peginterferon alfa-2a) for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B infection. Pegasys is the only pegylated interferon approved for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B, including both HBeAg-positive and HBeAg-negative variations of chronic hepatitis B.

To access prescribing information from the FDA website, click here.
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June 20, 2005
NEW: JUNE 17 ISSUE OF IAC'S HEP EXPRESS ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The June 17 issue of Hep Express, an electronic newsletter published by IAC, is now available online. It is intended for health and social service professionals involved in the prevention and treatment of viral hepatitis. IAC Express has already covered some of the information presented in the June 17 Hep Express; titles of articles we have not yet covered follow.

  • Hepatitis B Foundation offers interactive tutorial and other new resources
  • NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health seeks abstracts for September conference
  • Latino Organization for Liver Awareness sponsoring New York City Hepatitis C March for Awareness
  • HFI's National Viral Hepatitis Summit to take place September 22-23 in Chicago
  • Free viral hepatitis program offered July 16 in Orange, CA

To access the complete June 17 issue, go to:
http://www.hepprograms.org/hepexpress/issue31.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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June 20, 2005
CORRECTIONS MADE TO HMONG INACTIVATED INFLUENZA VACCINE VIS; INTERIM MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINE VIS NOW AVAILABLE IN TURKISH

Recently, minor errors were corrected on the Hmong-language VIS for trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV), and the interim VIS for meningococcal vaccine was translated into Turkish. IAC thanks the California Department of Health Services for correcting the Hmong-language VIS and Doctors Mustafa Kozanoglu and Murat Serbest for providing the Turkish-language VIS.

VIS FOR INACTIVATED INFLUENZA VACCINE (dated 5/24/04)
To obtain a ready-to-copy (PDF) version of the VIS for TIV in Hmong, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/hm_flu04.pdf

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

INTERIM VIS FOR MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINE (dated 4/4/05)
To obtain a ready-to-copy (PDF) version of the interim VIS for meningococcal vaccine in Turkish, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/tu_men05.pdf

To obtain it in English, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/menin05.pdf

For information about the use of VISs, and for VISs in a total of 33 languages, visit IAC's VIS web section at http://www.immunize.org/vis
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June 20, 2005
UPCOMING EVENTS: IMMUNIZATION COALITION TELECONFERENCE IN JULY AND INDIANA IMMUNIZATION CONFERENCE IN OCTOBER

IAC recently posted the following to its Calendar of Events web section:

1. TELECONFERENCE ON USING REGISTRIES TO IMPROVE AND SUSTAIN IMMUNIZATION COALITIONS.

SCHEDULED FOR July 12 at 1PM ET.

DISCUSSION FOCUS: The role of an immunization coalition in implementing an immunization registry in a challenging medical environment.

PRESENTERS: Debbie McCune Davis, program director, the Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI), and Amy Pisani, executive director, Every Child by Two/The Carter-Bumpers Campaign for Early Immunization (ECBT).

REGISTER BY EMAIL at IZTA@aed.org and include the following in your message: "Sign me up for the Using Registries call."

PRESENTED BY the National Immunization Coalition TA [technical assistance] Network.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION on the National Coalition TA Network, go to: http://www.izcoalitionsta.org


2. INDIANA IMMUNIZATION FALL AWARDS RECEPTION AND CONFERENCE.

SCHEDULED FOR October 2 (reception with speakers) and October 3 (conference; 8:30AM to 3:30PM) at the Indianapolis Hilton.

SPEAKERS: William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, CDC/NIP, Atlanta, and Patricia Stinchfield, RN, CNP, Children's Immunization Project, St. Paul.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, email Beverly Sheets, Immunization Program, Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), at hepbbev@aol.com To visit the Immunization Program on the ISDH website, go to: http://www.in.gov/isdh/programs/immunization

FOR INFORMATION ON ADDITIONAL EVENTS of interest to those in the immunization community, visit the IAC Calendar of Events web section at http://www.immunize.org/calendar
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June 20, 2005
SOMALIA SCHEDULES EMERGENCY POLIO IMMUNIZATION CAMPAIGN FOR JUNE 17-26

On June 15, UNICEF issued a press release announcing that Somalia will conduct a nationwide emergency polio vaccination campaign during June 17-26. The campaign comes as WHO issued a warning that Somalia could become re-infected with polio from nearby Ethiopia and Yemen, where an outbreak of the disease has paralyzed 230 children.

Somalia has been polio free since October 2002. The current campaign is launched as an emergency preventive measure; the aim is to rapidly boost children's immunity to polio. It is estimated that only one-quarter of Somalia's children are routinely immunized against polio.

To access the complete press release, go to:
http://www.unicef.org/media/media_27376.html
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June 20, 2005
CDC REPORTS ON SEROPREVALENCE OF POLIOVIRUS ANTIBODIES AMONG CHILDREN IN A DOMINICAN COMMUNITY IN PUERTO RICO IN 2002

CDC published "Seroprevalence of Poliovirus Antibodies Among Children in a Dominican Community--Puerto Rico, 2002" in the June 17 issue of MMWR. Portions of a summary made available to the press are reprinted below.

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In response to an outbreak of 21 cases of paralytic poliomyelitis associated with type 1 oral polio vaccine on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (Haiti and Dominican Republic) during 2000-2001, the Puerto Rico Department of Health (PRDH) and CDC assessed the seroprevalence of poliovirus antibodies among 180 children in a community in Puerto Rico with a high proportion of immigrants from the Dominican Republic. Results of the study, conducted in 2002, show high levels of seropositivity (immunity) for all 3 poliovirus serotypes; 162 (90 percent) of the 180 children studied had antibodies to all 3 polioviruses, and only 3 (1.7 percent) children were negative to all 3 serotypes.

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To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5423a2.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5423.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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June 20, 2005
CDC REPORTS ON PROGRESS IN MEASLES CONTROL IN ZAMBIA DURING 1999-2004

CDC published "Progress in Measles Control--Zambia, 1999-2004" in the June 17 issue of MMWR. Portions of a summary made available to the press are reprinted below.

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Zambia, a southern African country, reported 1,698-23,518 measles cases annually during 1991-1999. During this time, measles was considered one of the five major causes of morbidity and mortality among children aged less than 5 years. During 1999-2004, Zambia tried several different strategies to control measles. In 2003, the country adopted a strategy of accelerated measles control. As part of this approach, a nationwide campaign targeting all children aged 6 months–14 years was conducted in July 2003. As a result, Zambia has seen greater than 85 percent reduction in reported measles cases and greater than 98 percent reduction in reported measles deaths. In 2004, 3,425 suspected measles cases were reported, of which 831 were serologically tested for measles and 34 (4 percent) were positive for measles. During this year there were only 3 reported measles deaths.

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To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5423a3.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5423.pdf

 

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