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Issue Number 578            January 23, 2006

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. MMWR includes CDC's report on adamantane resistance among influenza A (H3N2) viruses and interim guidelines for use of antiviral agents
  2. WHO publishes the December 2005 meeting report of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety
  3. CDC adds to and updates its Influenza web section
  4. Attention NIC attendees: The National Immunization Coalitions (TA) Network needs your immediate feedback
  5. CDC reports on U.S. influenza activity during January 1-7
  6. MMWR list of exams available for continuing education credit includes three related to immunization and viral hepatitis

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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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January 23, 2006
MMWR INCLUDES CDC'S REPORT ON ADAMANTANE RESISTANCE AMONG INFLUENZA A (H3N2) VIRUSES AND INTERIM GUIDELINES FOR USE OF ANTIVIRAL AGENTS

CDC published "High Levels of Adamantane Resistance Among Influenza A (H3N2) Viruses and Interim Guidelines for Use of Antiviral Agents--United States, 2005-06 Influenza Season" in the January 20 MMWR. Previously, the article was available only in electronic format as an MMWR Dispatch.

To access a web-text (HTML) version of the MMWR article, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5502a7.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5502.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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January 23, 2006
WHO PUBLISHES THE DECEMBER 2005 MEETING REPORT OF THE GLOBAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON VACCINE SAFETY

On January 13, the WHO publication Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER) published "Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety [GACVS], 1-2 December 2005." An expert clinical and scientific advisory body, GACVS deals independently and with scientific rigor with vaccine safety issues of potential global importance. It held its thirteenth meeting December 1-2, 2005.

The WER article summarizes some of the issues meeting attendees considered, including the following vaccine safety and policy issues: (1) the Vaccine Safety Net Project; (2) safety issues associated with pandemic influenza vaccines; (3) safety of adjuvants; (4) rotavirus vaccine safety; (5) subacute sclerosing panencephalitis and measles vaccination; (6) chronic fatigue syndrome and hepatitis B vaccination; and (7) conjugate meningococcal vaccine and Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the January 13 issue, go to: http://www.who.int/wer/2006/wer8102.pdf
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January 23, 2006
CDC ADDS TO AND UPDATES ITS INFLUENZA WEB SECTION

CDC recently added a new patient-information flyer to its Influenza web section. In addition, CDC posted to the web section many revised pieces regarding antiviral agents for influenza and one Q&A piece about avian influenza.

NEW
(1) "Flyer: Important notice to all patients--please tell staff immediately if you have flu symptoms" (1/18/06)

To access this resource, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/whatsnew.htm#updated and click on the pertinent link.

UPDATED:
(2) "Questions and answers about avian flu (bird flu) and avian influenza A (H5N1) virus" (1/18/06)

(3) "Antiviral agents for influenza: background information for clinicians" (1/17/06)

(4) "Influenza antiviral medications: 2005-06 interim chemopropylaxis & treatment guidelines" (1/14/06)

(5) "Antiviral drugs and influenza" (1/14/06)

(6) "Avian influenza infection in humans" (1/14/06)

(7) "Preventing the flu" (1/14/06)

(8) "Antiviral agents for influenza: side effects and adverse reactions" (1/14/06)

(9) "Interim guidance for protection of persons involved in U.S. avian influenza outbreak disease control and eradication activities" (1/14/06)

(10) "Antiviral drug-resistant strains of influenza" (1/14/06)

(11) "Antiviral agents for influenza: dosage" (1/14/06)

(12) "Influenza symptoms, protection, and what to do if you get sick" (1/14/06)

(13) "Questions & answers: influenza antiviral medications" (1/14/06)

(14) "Recommendations for using antiviral agents for influenza" (1/14/06)

(15) "Antiviral agents for influenza: indications for use" (1/14/06)

To access these resources, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/whatsnew.htm#updated and click on the pertinent link(s).

To access a broad range of continually updated information on seasonal influenza, avian influenza, and pandemic influenza, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu
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January 23, 2006
ATTENTION NIC ATTENDEES: THE NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION COALITIONS (TA) NETWORK NEEDS YOUR IMMEDIATE FEEDBACK

The National Immunization Coalitions (TA) Network and its parent organization, the Academy for Educational Development, will offer one or more training sessions in Atlanta on March 5, one day before the start of the National Immunization Conference. To decide which session(s) to offer, the network needs immediate feedback from potential attendees.

The three proposed session topics follow:

(1) Media tools for the immunization professional

(2) Social marketing to reduce health disparities in immunization

(3) Working with pharmacists to increase immunization rates

To access descriptions of the content of the proposed sessions, go to: http://izcoalitionsta.org/content.cfm?id=454 and click on "open word."

To fill out a form indicating which session(s) you are interested in, go to: http://www.izcoalitionsta.org/content.cfm?id=455 and click on "open word."
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January 23, 2006
CDC REPORTS ON U.S. INFLUENZA ACTIVITY DURING JANUARY 1-7

CDC published "Update: Influenza Activity--United States, January 1-7, 2006" in the January 20 MMWR. A portion of the article is reprinted below.

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During January 1-7, 2006, the number of states reporting widespread influenza activity remained at seven. Eleven states reported regional activity, nine reported local activity, and 21 reported sporadic activity.

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To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete MMWR article, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5502a8.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5502.pdf
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January 23, 2006
MMWR LIST OF EXAMS AVAILABLE FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT INCLUDES THREE RELATED TO IMMUNIZATION AND VIRAL HEPATITIS

CDC published "MMWR Continuing Education Exams Available for Credit" in the January 20 MMWR. It lists 19 exams for which health professionals can receive continuing education credit.

Three exams relate to immunization:

(1) A comprehensive immunization strategy to eliminate transmission of hepatitis B virus infection in the United States: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Part 1: Immunization of infants, children, and adolescents (expires 12/23/08)

(2) Prevention and control of meningococcal disease: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) (expires 5/27/08)

(3) Guidelines for laboratory testing and result reporting of antibody to hepatitis C virus (expires 2/7/06)

To access a listing of all available exams, go to:
http://www2a.cdc.gov/ce/availableactivities.asp

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5502.pdf

 

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