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Issue Number 563            November 7, 2005

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. New: DHHS releases pandemic influenza plan for nation; federal government launches a pandemic influenza website
  2. CDC updates its Influenza web section
  3. Spanish-language version of the interim VIS for meningococcal disease available on IAC's website
  4. Updated: IAC revises two professional-education pieces related to viral hepatitis
  5. New: November 4 issue of Hep Express now available on IAC's website
  6. CDC publishes a correction to the current adult immunization schedule
  7. CDC reports on the global Measles and Rubella Laboratory Network during January 2004-June 2005
  8. November 11 is the early-bird registration date for the Phacilitate North American Vaccine Forum

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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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November 7, 2005
NEW: DHHS RELEASES PANDEMIC INFLUENZA PLAN FOR NATION; FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES A PANDEMIC INFLUENZA WEBSITE

On November 2, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) issued a press release outlining its plan for preparing the national healthcare system for an influenza pandemic. Portions of the press release are reprinted below.

On November 1, the federal government launched a website dedicated to providing information on pandemic influenza and avian influenza. To access the website, go to: http://www.pandemicflu.gov

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For immediate release
November 2, 2005

HHS RELEASES PANDEMIC INFLUENZA PLAN; Plan provides guidance to prepare nation's healthcare system for a pandemic

HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt today released the HHS Pandemic Influenza Plan, a detailed guide for how our nation's healthcare system can prepare and respond to an influenza pandemic. The HHS plan is the medical and public health component of the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza, announced by the President yesterday.

"An influenza pandemic would test our nation's healthcare system as never before, and this plan anticipates the specific problems we will face and recommends solutions to better protect the American people," Secretary Leavitt said. "A pandemic will cause disease outbreaks in many different communities all at the same time, making state and local preparedness so important in saving lives."

The HHS plan specifies four major components of preparedness and response to pandemic influenza.

  • Intensifying surveillance and collaborating on containment measures--both international and domestic;
  • Stockpiling of antivirals and vaccines and working with industry to expand capacity for production of these medical countermeasures;
  • Creating a seamless network of federal, state, and local preparedness, including increasing healthcare surge capacity; and
  • Developing the public education and communications efforts so critical to keeping the public informed. . . .


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To access the complete press release, go to:
http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2005pres/20051102.html

To access the DHHS pandemic influenza plan, go to:
http://www.hhs.gov/pandemicflu/plan
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November 7, 2005
CDC UPDATES ITS INFLUENZA WEB SECTION

On October 28, CDC updated two pages of its Influenza web section:

  1. "Recent Avian influenza outbreaks in Asia and Europe"
  2. "Questions and answers: Vaccine supply and prioritization recommendations for the U.S. 2005-06 influenza season"

To access these materials, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/whatsnew.htm#updated and click on the pertinent links.

On November 3, the Influenza web section posted the link to WHO's web section on "Avian influenza: Frequently asked questions."

To access it, go to: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/avian_influenza/avian_faqs/en/index.html and click on links of interest.

To access a broad range of continually updated influenza information, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu
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November 7, 2005
SPANISH-LANGUAGE VERSION OF THE INTERIM VIS FOR MENINGOCOCCAL DISEASE AVAILABLE ON IAC'S WEBSITE

The Spanish-language version of the interim VIS for meningococcal disease (dated 10/7/05) is now available on the IAC website. IAC gratefully acknowledges the California Department of Health Services for the translation.

To obtain a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the interim VIS for meningococcal disease in Spanish, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/sp_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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November 7, 2005
UPDATED: IAC REVISES TWO PROFESSIONAL-EDUCATION PIECES RELATED TO VIRAL HEPATITIS

[The following is cross posted from the Immunization Action Coalition's "Hep EXPRESS" electronic newsletter, 11/4/05.]

The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) has revised "Hepatitis A & B Vaccines. . . Be sure your patient gets the correct dose!" to reflect that FDA recently approved use of both hepatitis A vaccines in children as young as 12 months.

To obtain the document in ready-to-print (PDF) format, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2081ab.pdf

To obtain it in web-text (HTML) format, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2081ab.htm

Coleman I. Smith, MD, has updated a piece he wrote for IAC titled "Does your patient have chronic hepatitis B?" This piece answers questions often asked by physicians, and was revised to reflect newly licensed treatments.

To obtain the document in ready-to-print (PDF) format, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2162.pdf

To obtain it in web-text (HTML) format, go to
http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n18/p2162.htm
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November 7, 2005
NEW: NOVEMBER 4 ISSUE OF HEP EXPRESS NOW AVAILABLE ON IAC'S WEBSITE

The November 4 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 November 4 Hep Express; titles of articles we have not yet covered follow.

  • CDC adds web section on viral hepatitis transmission in ambulatory care settings
  • Detailed agenda for National Viral Hepatitis Prevention Conference available online
  • CDC discontinuing online hepatitis C training module
  • National blood-borne pathogen conference to be held October 2006 in Chicago; abstracts due November 18
  • B Informed Patient Conference notes posted

To access the November 4 issue, go to:
http://www.hepprograms.org/hepexpress/issue37.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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November 7, 2005
CDC PUBLISHES A CORRECTION TO THE CURRENT ADULT IMMUNIZATION SCHEDULE

CDC published "Erratum: Vol. 54, No. 40" in the November 4 issue of MMWR. It is reprinted below in its entirety.

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In the Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule--United States, October 2005-September 2006, on page Q4, an error occurred in the first sentence under footnote 10, "Selected conditions for which Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine may be used." The sentence should read as follows: "Hib conjugate vaccines are licensed for children aged 6 WEEKS--71 months."

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To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5443a7.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5443.pdf
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November 7, 2005
CDC REPORTS ON THE GLOBAL MEASLES AND RUBELLA LABORATORY NETWORK DURING JANUARY 2004-JUNE 2005

CDC published "Global Measles and Rubella Laboratory Network, January 2004-June 2005" in the November 4 issue of MMWR. A summary made available to the press is reprinted below in its entirety.

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An effective worldwide measles/rubella laboratory network has been developed [that] supports the control and elimination of measles and rubella. Measles and rubella control and elimination programs depend on effective global surveillance. Serological testing and genetic characterization performed within the Measles and Rubella Laboratory Network (LabNet) improves the accuracy of case identification and confirmation, thus improving the quality of disease surveillance. About 190 laboratories worldwide can now perform IgM testing on sera from suspected cases, and virological (genotyping) information is now available on viruses from every WHO region. Genotype information can help to document viral transmission pathways, aid in case classification, and help to document the elimination of endemic disease. Both surveillance activities and vaccination programs must be continued in countries where measles or rubella have been eliminated, since there is still a threat of disease importation from endemic areas.

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To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5443a3.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5443.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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November 7, 2005
NOVEMBER 11 IS THE EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION DATE FOR THE PHACILITATE NORTH AMERICAN VACCINE FORUM

Planned for January 30-February 1, 2006, the Phacilitate North American Vaccine Forum will be held at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, Baltimore. The conference is intended for senior-level industry and public personnel driving the development of novel prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines. Register by November 11 to save $200.

For comprehensive information on the conference, go to:
http://www.phacilitate.co.uk/pages/baltimore_vac

For registration information, go to:
http://www.phacilitate.co.uk/pages/baltimore_vac/register.html

 

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