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Issue Number 579            January 30, 2006

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. CDC releases Dear Colleague letter about new recommendations to prevent perinatal hepatitis B virus transmission
  2. Reminder: Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases satellite broadcast begins February 9
  3. Reminder: February 17 is deadline for regular-price registration for the National Immunization Conference
  4. New: January 19 issue of CDC's Pandemic Influenza Update now available on IAC website
  5. CDC's web section on avian influenza has a link to WHO's updated information on global occurrences of the disease
  6. New: Award-winning BBC documentary "Fragile lives: Immunization at risk" now available on DVD
  7. New VIS translation: Spanish-language version of the new rabies VIS now available on IAC's website
  8. Updated translations: Revised IAC patient-education brochure on hepatitis B now available in Vietnamese and Chinese
  9. Teleconference on working with pharmacies to increase immunization rates is scheduled for February 14
  10. CDC adds to and updates its Influenza web section with Spanish- and English-language materials
  11. CDC reports on U.S. influenza activity during January 8-14

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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 30, 2006
CDC RELEASES DEAR COLLEAGUE LETTER ABOUT NEW RECOMMENDATIONS TO PREVENT PERINATAL HEPATITIS B TRANSMISSION

On January 18, CDC released a Dear Colleague letter intended for healthcare and public health professionals who provide care to pregnant women and infants. The letter succinctly summarizes the updated ACIP recommendations for hepatitis B that prenatal care providers, delivery hospitals, newborn care providers, and health departments should follow to prevent perinatal and early childhood hepatitis B virus transmission.

In addition, the letter includes information about an Internet conference on the updated recommendations. The conference is scheduled for February 2 from noon to 1PM ET.

To access the letter, which was signed by the directors of CDC's Division of Viral Hepatitis and Division of Immunization services, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/acip/HBVinfant_dearcolleague.pdf

To access complete updated recommendations (including Appendix A, B, and C) in ready-to-print (PDF) format, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/rr/rr5416.pdf

To access the body of the updated recommendations in web-text (HTML) format, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5416a1.htm

To access Appendix A (Case Finding and Management of Hepatitis B Surface Antigen [HBsAg]-Positive Persons During Delivery of Vaccination Services) in web-text (HTML) format, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5416a2.htm

To access Appendix B (Immunization Management Issues) in web-text (HTML) format, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5416a3.htm

To access Appendix C (Postexposure Prophylaxis of Persons with Discrete Identifiable Exposures to Hepatitis B Virus [HBV]) in web-text (HTML) format, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5416a4.htm

To access information about the Internet conference, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/ed/ciinc/hepatitisb.htm
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January 30, 2006
REMINDER: EPIDEMIOLOGY & PREVENTION OF VACCINE-PREVENTABLE DISEASES SATELLITE BROADCAST BEGINS FEBRUARY 9

The first session of NIP's four-session satellite broadcast of Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases is scheduled for February 9. A live interactive program, the broadcast will be given on four consecutive Thursdays: February 9, 16, and 23, and March 2. All sessions will be broadcast from 12 noon ET to 3:30PM ET.

Together, the four sessions present comprehensive core content about VPDs and immunization practice. The course is intended for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, DoD paraprofessionals, and pharmacists who either give immunizations or set policy for their offices, clinics, and communicable disease or infection control programs. The course is also appropriate for private and public healthcare providers, including pediatricians, family practice specialists, medical assistants, residents, and medical and nursing students.

The content of the sessions is outlined below:

  • Session One: principles of vaccination; general recommendations on immunization; and vaccine storage, handling, and administration
  • Session Two: pertussis, pneumococcal disease (childhood), polio, and Hib
  • Session Three: measles, rubella, varicella, and meningococcal disease
  • Session Four: hepatitis B, hepatitis A, influenza, and pneumococcal disease (adult)

The faculty includes Donna Weaver, RN, MN; Judy Schmidt, RN, EdD; Andrew Kroger, MD, MPH; and William Atkinson, MD, MPH. All are with NIP; additional presenters will include other CDC experts.

For comprehensive course information, including online registration information, go to:
http://www.phppo.cdc.gov/phtn/epv06

If you have registration questions, email ce@cdc.gov or phone (800) 418-7246. For other questions, email nipinfo@cdc.gov
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January 30, 2006
REMINDER: FEBRUARY 17 IS DEADLINE FOR REGULAR-PRICE REGISTRATION FOR THE NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION CONFERENCE

Scheduled for March 6-9 in Atlanta, this year's National Immunization Conference will bring together local, state, federal, and private-sector immunization partners to explore science, policy, education, and planning issues related to immunization in general and vaccine-preventable disease.

The deadline for regular-price registration ($200) is February 17. To register online, go to:
http://conferences.taskforce.org/2006NIC/2006NIC.htm

Online conference information was recently expanded and now includes new sections on (1) presentation information and guidelines and (2) continuing-education credit. In addition, the section on conference accommodations was recently updated.

To access online information, including the preliminary conference agenda, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/nic

To plan some fun in Atlanta, visit the official tourism website at http://www.atlanta.net

For additional information, contact the conference planning team at (404) 639-8225 or nipnic@cdc.gov
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January 30, 2006
NEW: JANUARY 19 ISSUE OF CDC'S PANDEMIC INFLUENZA UPDATE NOW AVAILABLE ON IAC WEBSITE

IAC recently updated its pandemic influenza web section with the January 19 issue of CDC's email newsletter Pandemic Influenza Update. To access it, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/pandemic/panflu011906.pdf

To access a range of pandemic influenza resources, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/pandemic
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January 30, 2006
CDC'S WEB SECTION ON AVIAN INFLUENZA HAS A LINK TO WHO'S UPDATED INFORMATION ON GLOBAL OCCURRENCES OF THE DISEASE

CDC's web section on avian influenza offers users a link to a comprehensive index of WHO updates on global occurrences of the disease. To access the index directly, go to:
http://www.who.int/csr/disease/avian_influenza/updates/en/index.html

To locate the link to the index on CDC's avian influenza web section, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian Scroll down the right column to the subhead News & Highlights and click on the topic WHO News & Updates.
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January 30, 2006
NEW: AWARD-WINNING BBC DOCUMENTARY "FRAGILE LIVES: IMMUNIZATION AT RISK" NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD

Filmed on location in Africa, Asia, and Europe, and broadcast worldwide on BBC World in May 2004, the documentary "Fragile Lives: Immunization at Risk" is now available in DVD format from amazon.com

Produced by PATH's Children's Vaccine Program, with WHO and UNICEF as production partners, the 48-minute documentary puts a human face on immunization. It won two awards in 2004: Best Documentary (Denver International Independent Film Festival) and Honorable Mention (Global Art Film Festival & Repertory of Sacramento).

The cost from amazon.com is $29.95. To order, click here.
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January 30, 2006
NEW VIS TRANSLATION: SPANISH-LANGUAGE VERSION OF THE NEW RABIES VIS NOW AVAILABLE ON IAC'S WEBSITE

Dated 1/12/06, the current version of the rabies vaccine VIS is now available on the IAC website in Spanish. IAC gratefully acknowledges the California Department of Health Services for the translation.

To obtain a ready-to-copy (PDF) version of the rabies VIS in Spanish, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/sp_rab06.pdf

To obtain it in English, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/rabies06.pdf

For information about the use of VISs, and for VISs in up to 33 languages, visit IAC's VIS web section at http://www.immunize.org/vis
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UPDATED TRANSLATIONS: REVISED IAC PATIENT-EDUCATION BROCHURE ON HEPATITIS B NOW AVAILABLE IN VIETNAMESE AND CHINESE

IAC recently posted on its website the updated Vietnamese- and Chinese-language versions of its patient-education brochure "If you, your parents, or your children were born in any of these places. . . ." The updated brochure, which was revised in September 2005 to reflect new treatment options for chronic hepatitis B virus infection, had been available only in English. IAC gratefully acknowledges the California Department of Health Services for the translations.

To obtain the updated Vietnamese-language version of the brochure in ready-to-print (PDF) format, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4170vn.pdf

To obtain the updated Chinese-language version of the brochure in ready-to-print (PDF) format, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4170ch.pdf

To obtain the updated English-language version of the brochure in ready-to-print (PDF) format, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4170ref.pdf

To obtain it in web-text (HTML) format, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4170.htm
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TELECONFERENCE ON WORKING WITH PHARMACIES TO INCREASE IMMUNIZATION RATES IS SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 14

The National Immunization Coalition TA [technical assistance] Network has scheduled a teleconference that will focus on ways immunization coalitions and pharmacies can collaborate to increase immunization rates. It will be held at 1:00PM ET, February 14.

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 February 14 presenter is Mitchel C. Rothholz, RPh, vice president, professional practice and membership services, American Pharmacists Association. A member of several immunization coalitions, Rothholz is a nationally recognized expert on pharmacy-based immunization delivery. He currently serves on the executive committee of the National Influenza Vaccine Summit (a collaboration between the American Medical Association and CDC) and on the advisory board of IAC.

Teleconference participants will learn how pharmacies can act as advocates to educate the public about vaccination and can host local immunization clinics.

To register for the teleconference, send an email to IZTA@aed.org Include this message: "Sign me up for the lifelong relationships with pharmacists teleconference."

For additional information, or to access earlier programs, go to: http://www.izcoalitionsta.org/confcall.cfm
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CDC ADDS TO AND UPDATES ITS INFLUENZA WEB SECTION WITH SPANISH- AND ENGLISH-LANGUAGE MATERIALS

CDC recently added a new Spanish-language resource to its Influenza web section and two revised English-language resources:

NEW
1. "Hoja informativa: Sintomas de la gripe, como protegerse y que hacer si se enferma" (posted 1/25/06; this is the Spanish-language version of "Fact sheet: Influenza symptoms, protection, and what to do if you get sick," which was updated 1/14/06 with information advising against the use of the antivirals amantadine and rimantadine during the 2005-06 influenza season)

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

UPDATED
2. "Antiviral agents for influenza: Dosage" (posted 1/23/06)
3. "Questions & answers: Vaccine supply and prioritization recommendations for the U.S. 2005-06 influenza season" (posted 1/23/06)

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

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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CDC REPORTS ON U.S. INFLUENZA ACTIVITY DURING JANUARY 8-14

CDC published "Update: Influenza Activity--United States, January 8-14, 2006" in the January 27 issue of MMWR. The first paragraph of the article is reprinted below.

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During January 8-14, 2006, the number of states reporting widespread influenza activity increased to eight. Fourteen states reported regional activity, 11 reported local activity, and 16 reported sporadic activity.

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To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5503a4.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5503.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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