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Issue Number 54            February 4, 1999

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. A couple of clicks and you'll be prepared for the influenza pandemic satellite broadcast
  2. CDC's four-part immunization satellite broadcast begins March 25
  3. "Early Adolescents: How to Save Their Lives" is topic of March 12 satellite broadcast
  4. Join the Second National Hepatitis Congress and Walk on Washington
  5. March 15 is the "early bird" registration deadline for CDC's 33rd National Immunization Conference
  6. All Kids Count Registry Conference set for April 27-30, 1999

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February 4, 1999
A COUPLE OF CLICKS AND YOU'LL BE PREPARED FOR THE INFLUENZA PANDEMIC SATELLITE BROADCAST

"...Epidemiologists agree that the probability is high that another dangerous new strain of the influenza virus will emerge."  (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

On Thursday, February 25, 1999, CDC will present a live, interactive 2.5-hour satellite course, "Preparing for the Next Influenza Pandemic." The course will be broadcast twice, once from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. eastern time and again from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. eastern time.

After the course, participants will be able to:
    1. Identify the rationale for influenza pandemic preparedness
    2. Identify four components of the guidelines for influenza pandemic
        preparedness
    3. Initiate influenza pandemic preparedness planning

The course will be moderated by William L. Atkinson, MD, MDH, medical epidemiologist, National Immunization Program, CDC.

For more detailed information about the course, click here: http://www.cdc.gov/phtn/pandemic/pandemicflu.htm

To register and order materials, contact your satellite broadcast state coordinator. Click here to find these phone numbers: http://www.cdc.gov/phtn/stcoords.htm

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February 4, 1999
CDC'S FOUR-PART IMMUNIZATION SATELLITE BROADCAST BEGINS MARCH 25

William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, will present the popular four-part series, "Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases," via live interactive satellite broadcast on March 25, April 1, 8, and 15. All broadcasts will be from 12:00 noon-3:30 p.m. eastern time.

"Dr. Bill," a medical epidemiologist from the National Immunization Program at CDC, is well known not only for his expertise on immunization issues, but also for his clear and engaging presentations. He will be joined for these sessions by Sharon G. Humiston, MD, MPH, also a medical epidemiologist from the National Immunization Program at CDC.

This program will provide the most current information available in the constantly changing field of immunization. The sessions are as follows:

Session One (March 25) will cover principles of vaccination, general recommendations on immunization, and strategies to improve immunization coverage levels.

Session Two (April 1) will cover diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, rotavirus, and polio.

Session Three (April 8) will cover measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella.

Session Four (April 15) will focus on hepatitis B, Haemophilus influenzae type b, influenza, and pneumococcal disease.

Continuing education credit will be available for certain groups of health professionals based on 14 hours of instruction.

For more information about the course, visit: http://www.cdc.gov/phtn/130021.htm or call CDC's fax information line at 888-232-3299 and request document #130021.

For information about where to view the broadcast, contact your
satellite broadcast state coordinator. Click here to find these
phone numbers: http://www.cdc.gov/phtn/stcoords.htm

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February 4, 1999
"EARLY ADOLESCENTS: HOW TO SAVE THEIR LIVES" IS TOPIC OF MARCH 12 SATELLITE BROADCAST

"Early Adolescents: How to Save Their Lives," will be broadcast via live interactive satellite on March 12, 1999 (12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Pacific time). This 1.5-hour course will describe adolescent health risks and behavior, appropriate immunizations, and effective communication techniques.

The program is sponsored by the California Department of Health Services, Kaiser Permanente, and the American Liver Foundation in partnership with the California Medical Association and the California Distance Learning Health Network.

YOU MUST REGISTER BY THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 1999. If you would like to attend but can't downlink the broadcast, please contact your state health department about the closest site. Click here for these phone numbers: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n18/coord18.htm

If you have access to a satellite dish and wish to host a downlink site, you can register online at http://www.foundation.sdsu.edu:80/cdlhn/ or call the California Distance Learning Health Network at 619-594-3348.

Videotapes will be available for $25 plus tax and can be ordered at: http://www.foundation.sdsu.edu/cdlhn

Note: Category I CME or CEUs are only available to California course participants.

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February 4, 1999
JOIN THE SECOND NATIONAL HEPATITIS CONGRESS AND WALK ON WASHINGTON

The Hepatitis Foundation International (HFI) is sponsoring the Second National Hepatitis Congress and Walk on Washington, March 27-29, 1999. Patients and health care providers involved with support groups and counseling persons with HCV and those co-infected with HIV and HBV are encouraged to attend to share their successes and frustrations.

For a schedule of events and registration information, please click here: http://www.hepfi.org You may also call the HFI at 800-891-0707.

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MARCH 15 IS THE "EARLY BIRD" REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR CDC'S 33RD NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION CONFERENCE

Calling all early birds! The 33rd National Immunization Conference will be held June 22-25, 1999, in Dallas, Texas, and early registration pays! If you register by March 15, your fee is $60. Regular registration is from March 15 until June 7, 1999, at which time the fee is $85. If you register after June 7, the registration fee is $100.

To order a registration booklet, go to the National Immunization Program's website at   http://www.cdc.gov/nip/NIC/nic-reg-mat-req-em.htm
(link discontinued) and fill out the electronic form, or you can fax your request for a registration booklet to 404-639-8828.

IAC EDITORS' NOTE: CDC's National Immunization Conference is a great place to get new ideas on how to stop vaccine-preventable diseases in ourselves, families, communities, cities, counties, country, world! As plans for the conference develop, we'll remind you to register because we really want to see you there!

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February 4, 1999
ALL KIDS COUNT REGISTRY CONFERENCE SET FOR APRIL 27-30, 1999

The All Kids Count Immunization Registry Conference will be held in St. Paul, Minnesota, on April 27-30, 1999. This year's conference will emphasize solutions to common barriers affecting broad implementation of immunization registries and integration with larger public health information systems.

The 1999 AKC conference is being co-sponsored by CDC's National Immunization Program Registry Clearinghouse and the Information Network for Public Health Officials (INPHO) project, and the Minnesota Department of Health.

Visit the AKC website at http://www.allkidscount.org for more information and/or to register. You may also call AKC at 1-404- 687-5615.

 

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