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Issue Number 545            August 15, 2005

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. New: CDC issues comprehensive interim guideline for planning for an influenza vaccine shortage during the 2005-06 season
  2. Looking for sources of presentation material? Online PowerPoint slides put valuable information at your fingertips
  3. August issue of CDC's Immunization Works electronic newsletter now available on the NIP website
  4. August 12 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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August 15, 2005
NEW: CDC ISSUES COMPREHENSIVE INTERIM GUIDELINE FOR PLANNING FOR AN INFLUENZA VACCINE SHORTAGE DURING THE 2005-06 SEASON

CDC recently posted "Interim Guideline: Planning for a Possible U.S. Influenza Vaccine Shortage, 2005-06" to its influenza web section. The document is intended to aid state and local public health and immunization programs plan for and deal with an influenza vaccine shortage, if one occurs during the 2005-06 influenza season.

The bulk of the guideline is a compendium of planning practices and activities that proved necessary and effective at state and local levels during the 2004-05 influenza vaccine shortage.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the 15-page guideline, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/vaccination/pdf/vaccshortguide.pdf
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LOOKING FOR SOURCES OF PRESENTATION MATERIAL? ONLINE POWERPOINT SLIDES PUT VALUABLE INFORMATION AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

As part of National Immunization Awareness Month, NIP Acting Director Stephen L. Cochi, MD, MPH, recently addressed the National Press Club. In his presentation, he summarized the results of CDC's 2005 National Immunization Survey, demonstrating our nation's success in achieving its highest vaccination coverage levels to date. His presentation covered a wide range of other vaccine issues, including morbidity statistics for each vaccine-preventable disease past and present, vaccines in development, and challenges facing our nation's immunization program.

PowerPoint slides from Dr. Cochi's address are now available on IAC's website. Health professionals will find them useful when creating their own immunization presentations. To access them, go to: http://www.immunize.org/presentations/SNIS_Cochi_7-2005.ppt

To assist health professionals in developing presentations, IAC has collected and posted a number of them on a web page titled "PowerPoint Presentations on Immunization Issues and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases." To access the web page, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/presentations
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AUGUST ISSUE OF CDC'S IMMUNIZATION WORKS ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE ON THE NIP WEBSITE

The August issue of Immunization Works, a monthly email newsletter published by CDC, is available on NIP's website. The newsletter offers members of the immunization community non-proprietary information about current topics. CDC encourages its wide dissemination.

Much of the information in the August issue has already appeared in previous issues of IAC Express. Following is the text of one article we have not covered.

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OTHER IMMUNIZATION NEWS

TYPHIM VI VACCINE NOW AVAILABLE: Sanofi pasteur MSD, manufacturer of the injectable typhoid vaccine (Typhim Vi), announced that the vaccine is now available in single-dose Luer-Lok pre-filled syringes. The 20-dose vials are expected to be available in late July or early August. A temporary shortage of the vaccine, which began in February 2005, was attributed to unexpected demand. For more information about travel vaccines, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/travel

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To access the complete August issue from the NIP website, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/news/newsltrs/imwrks/2005/200508.htm
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AUGUST 12 ISSUE OF IAC'S HEP EXPRESS ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The August 12 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 August 12 Hep Express; titles of articles we have not yet covered follow.

  • CDC's National Viral Hepatitis Information Center now offers online ordering
  • Guidelines for hepatitis C management available online
  • WHO introduces a website on the safe management of healthcare waste
  • National Gay Men's Health Summit to be held October 19-23 in Salt Lake City
  • AASLD meeting to take place November 11-15 in San Francisco

To access the August 12 issue, go to:
http://www.hepprograms.org/hepexpress/issue33.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

 

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