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Issue Number 567            November 28, 2005

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. CDC proposes updating communicable disease regulations, including those for pandemic influenza and diphtheria
  2. New: IAC website presents standing orders protocols in a single table for easy reference
  3. New: IAC website consolidates answers to FAQs onto one web section
  4. NIP collects several adult immunization resources on one web page
  5. New: CDC announces addition of polio module to its "You Call the Shots" training course
  6. CDC reports on the October 2005 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Poliomyelitis Eradication
  7. Teleconference about immunizing migrant workers scheduled for December 13
  8. Turkish translations for three educational materials now available on IAC's website

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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 28, 2005
CDC PROPOSES UPDATING COMMUNICABLE DISEASE REGULATIONS, INCLUDING THOSE FOR PANDEMIC INFLUENZA AND DIPHTHERIA

On November 22, CDC issued a press release outlining its proposal for updating communicable disease regulations. Portions of the press release are reprinted below.

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For immediate release
November 22, 2005

CDC PROPOSES MODERNIZING CONTROL OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASE REGULATIONS

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today proposed critical updates to existing regulations that will allow the agency to move more swiftly to control a potential outbreak of disease that may result when a sick passenger arrives in the United States via commercial airline or ship. The new proposed regulations are being published in the Federal Register for public comment. . . .

The changes are designed to ensure that CDC has the tools in place to respond to any public health threat that may emerge. Key updates to existing regulations include

  • Expanded reporting of ill passengers on board interstate flights as well as airline flights and ships arriving from foreign countries,
  • Requirements that ships and airline flights arriving from foreign countries and certain interstate flights maintain passenger and crew lists and submit lists electronically to CDC upon request,
  • Explicit due process provisions for persons subject to quarantine. . . .

HHS is empowered to prevent persons who are believed to have one of nine specific communicable diseases from entering the country through the use of isolation and quarantine. Pandemic influenza is one of these nine diseases. Cholera, diphtheria, infectious tuberculosis, plague, smallpox, yellow fever, viral hemorrhagic fevers, and SARS complete the list. . . .

The proposed regulations are available for a 60-day public comment period at www.regulations.gov and CDC and HHS encourage the public, industry, and other stakeholders to review and comment on the proposed update.

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To access the complete press release, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/r051122.htm
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November 28, 2005
NEW: IAC WEBSITE PRESENTS STANDING ORDERS PROTOCOLS IN A SINGLE TABLE FOR EASY REFERENCE

IAC recently organized links to all its standing orders protocols into one table. The table gives website users easy access to the standing orders.

The table includes links to standing orders for administering the following vaccines to adults: influenza, pneumococcal, hepatitis B, hepatitis A, tetanus-diphtheria, measles-mumps-rubella, varicella, and meningococcal. It also includes links to a protocol for medical management of vaccine reactions in adults.

In addition, the table includes a standing orders protocol for administering influenza vaccine to children and adolescents.

To access the table, go to: http://www.immunize.org/standingorders

You can also access the table from IAC's homepage by going to http://www.immunize.org and scrolling down the Favorites listing in the left column until you reach the entry for standing orders.
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November 28, 2005
NEW: IAC WEBSITE CONSOLIDATES ANSWERS TO FAQs ONTO ONE WEB SECTION

To save you time, and the price of a long-distance phone call, IAC recently gathered answers to questions you ask us most frequently and posted them in one section of its main website.

To access the FAQ section, go to: http://www.immunize.org/faq

You can also access the FAQ section from IAC's homepage by going to http://www.immunize.org and scrolling down the Favorites listing in the left column until you reach the entry for frequently asked questions.
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November 28, 2005
NIP PRESENTS SEVERAL ADULT IMMUNIZATION RESOURCES ON ONE WEB PAGE

The NIP web page Adult Immunization Schedule presents users with links to several useful adult immunization resources, including the following: (1) the adult immunization schedule in various formats, (2) a list of vaccines for adults (including those for healthcare workers), (3) two adult vaccination screening forms (one for the public, one for providers), (4) IAC's Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization, and (5) CDC's adolescent and adult vaccine quiz.

To access the web page, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/recs/adult-schedule.htm
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November 28, 2005
NEW: CDC ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF POLIO MODULE TO ITS "YOU CALL THE SHOTS" TRAINING COURSE

CDC recently announced the addition of a polio module to NIP's web-based training course "Immunization: You Call the Shots." This module discusses polio disease, the polio vaccine, and recommendations for vaccine use. Extra learning opportunities, self-test practice questions, reference and resource materials, and a glossary are all provided.

For additional information on "You Call the Shots," go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/ed/youcalltheshots.htm

To access the polio module, go to:
http://www2.cdc.gov/nip/isd/ycts/mod1/courses/polio/start.asp
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November 28, 2005
CDC REPORTS ON THE OCTOBER 2005 MEETING OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON POLIOMYELITIS ERADICATION

CDC published "Brief Report: Conclusions and Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Poliomyelitis Eradication--Geneva, Switzerland, October 2005" in the November 25 issue of MMWR. A portion of the article is reprinted below.

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The second meeting of the Advisory Committee on Poliomyelitis Eradication (ACPE) was convened in Geneva, Switzerland, on October 11-12, 2005, to provide the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative with advice on program policies for (1) interrupting wild poliovirus (WPV) transmission worldwide, (2) limiting the international spread of circulating polioviruses, and (3) refining the program of work for eventual cessation of immunization with oral poliovirus vaccine (OPV). This report summarizes the results of that meeting.

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To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5446a5.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5446.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 28, 2005
TELECONFERENCE ABOUT IMMUNIZING MIGRANT WORKERS SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 13

The National Immunization Coalition TA [technical assistance] Network has scheduled a teleconference that will focus on immunization outreach to migrant, mobile, and immigrant communities. It will be held at 1:00PM, EDT, December 13.

NOTE: CDC will give updates on the current influenza vaccine supply at the beginning of this teleconference and at the beginning of future teleconferences throughout the influenza season.

The presenter is pediatrician Jennie McLaurin, MD, MPH. Trained in maternal and child health care, Dr. McLaurin has 20 years' experience in migrant health care, including service as an outreach worker, medical director, liaison with AAP, and faculty member for the Health Disparities Collaboratives.

To register for the teleconference, email IZTA@aed.org and put this message in the subject line: "Sign me up for migrant health."

For additional information, or to access earlier programs, go to: http://www.izcoalitionsta.org/confcall.cfm
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November 28, 2005
TURKISH TRANSLATIONS FOR THREE EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS NOW AVAILABLE ON IAC'S WEBSITE

IAC recently posted translations of the following educational materials on its website: (1) the interim VIS for meningococcal vaccine (dated 10/7/05), (2) the September 2005 version of the Summary of Recommendations for Childhood and Adolescent Immunization, and (3) the October 2005 version of Should You be Tested for Hepatitis C? A Screening Questionnaire for Adults. IAC gratefully acknowledges Mustafa Kozanoglu, MD, and Murat Serbest, MD, for the translations.

INTERIM VIS FOR MENINGOCOCCAL VACCINE
To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the interim VIS for meningococcal vaccine in Turkish (dated 10/7/05), go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/tu_men05.pdf

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of 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

SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENT IMMUNIZATION
Note: The current English-language version of the summary is dated November 2005. The most recent Turkish-language version is not current; the information it contains was updated in September 2005.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the Summary of Recommendations for Childhood and Adolescent Immunization in Turkish, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2010tu.pdf

No web-text (HTML) version is available in Turkish.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the summary in English (dated 11/05), go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/rules1.pdf

To access a web-text (HTML) version of it in English, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n17/rules1.htm

SHOULD YOU BE TESTED FOR HEPATITIS C? A SCREENING QUESTIONNAIRE FOR ADULTS
To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the questionnaire in Turkish (dated 10/05), go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2192tu.pdf

No web-text (HTML) version is available in Turkish.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the questionnaire in English (dated 10/05), go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2192hepc.pdf

To access a web-text (HTML) version of it, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2192hepc.htm

 

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