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Issue Number 596            May 1, 2006

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. VIS news: Interim VIS for rotavirus vaccine now available, as are translations for the current VIS for hepatitis A vaccine
  2. Important: May 5 mumps teleconference will feature speakers from CDC and the Iowa Department of Public Health
  3. Mumps update: CDC posts fresh information to its mumps web section
  4. CDC gathers resources related to the new ACIP hepatitis recommendations on one web page
  5. CDC updates three avian influenza resources on its Influenza web section
  6. New: April 26 issue of Hep Express now available online
  7. CDC reports on worldwide progress toward interrupting wild polio transmission during 2005–06

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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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May 1, 2006
VIS NEWS: INTERIM VIS FOR ROTAVIRUS VACCINE NOW AVAILABLE, AS ARE TRANSLATIONS OF THE CURRENT VIS FOR HEPATITIS A VACCINE

The NIP and IAC websites recently posted an interim VIS for rotavirus vaccine, and the IAC website recently posted six translations of the VIS for hepatitis A vaccine.

ROTAVIRUS VACCINE INTERIM VIS
An interim VIS for rotavirus vaccine, dated 4/12/06, is now available in English only on the websites of NIP and IAC. A final VIS will be available after ACIP recommendations have been published and the new VIS has been developed according to legally mandated procedures, probably later in 2006.

To obtain a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the interim VIS for rotavirus vaccine from the NIP website, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/VIS/vis-rotavirus.pdf

To obtain it from the IAC website, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/rota_06.pdf

For information about VISs in development, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/VIS/vis-news.htm

HEPATITIS A VACCINE VIS TRANSLATIONS
Dated 3/21/06, the current version of the VIS for hepatitis A vaccine is now available on the IAC website in Arabic, Armenian, Farsi, Hmong, Korean, and Russian. IAC gratefully acknowledges the California Department of Health Services for the translations.

To obtain a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the VIS for hepatitis A vaccine in Arabic, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/ab_hpa06.pdf

To obtain it in Armenian, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/ar_hpa06.pdf

To obtain it in Farsi, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/fa_hpa06.pdf

To obtain it in Hmong, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/hm_hpa06.pdf

To obtain it in Korean, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/ko_hpa06.pdf

To obtain it in Russian, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/ru_hpa06.pdf

To obtain it in English, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vis/v-hepa.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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May 1, 2006
IMPORTANT: MAY 5 MUMPS TELECONFERENCE WILL FEATURE SPEAKERS FROM CDC AND THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

The National Immunization Coalition TA [technical assistance] Network has scheduled a special teleconference that will focus on what public health departments and immunization coalitions can do if and when the current mumps outbreak comes to their area. It will be held at 2:00PM ET, May 5.

Presenters scheduled for the teleconference are Dr. Jane Seward, acting deputy director, Division of Viral Diseases, CDC, and Kevin Teale, communications director, Iowa Department of Public Health.

To register for the teleconference, send an email to IZTA@aed.org Include this message: "Sign me up for the mumps discussion." A recording of the call will be posted to this website by the close of business on May 5: http://www.izcoalitionsta.org

For additional information, or to access earlier programs, go to: http://www.izcoalitionsta.org/confcall.cfm
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May 1, 2006
MUMPS UPDATE: NIP POSTS FRESH INFORMATION TO ITS MUMPS WEB SECTION

On April 28, NIP posted the following resources to its mumps web page:

To access continually updated information for the public and health professionals, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/nip/diseases/mumps/default.htm#ref
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May 1, 2006
CDC GATHERS RESOURCES RELATED TO THE NEW ACIP HEPATITIS RECOMMENDATIONS ON ONE WEB PAGE

[The following is cross posted from IAC's Hep Express electronic newsletter, 4/26/06.]

On December 23, 2005, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) published updated recommendations for preventing hepatitis B in infants, children, and adolescents. Healthcare providers, hospitals, and health departments involved in prenatal, obstetrical, neonatal, and pediatric care should become familiar with these recommendations to better prevent perinatal and early childhood hepatitis B virus transmission. As a service to busy healthcare professionals, CDC has gathered related resources together on one web page.

Resources available on this web page include

  • "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 I: Immunization of Infants, Children, and Adolescents"
  • An archived net conference in which CDC experts discuss the new recommendations
  • A letter to healthcare and public health professionals who provide care to pregnant women and infants
  • Other resources such as slide sets, FAQs, and links to CDC partners

To visit this web page, go to:
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/b/acip.htm
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May 1, 2006
CDC UPDATES THREE AVIAN INFLUENZA RESOURCES ON ITS INFLUENZA WEB SECTION

CDC recently updated three pages of its Influenza web section:

  1. Embargo of birds from specified countries [added Gaza, the West Bank, and the Ivory Coast to the embargo] (posted 4/28/06)
  2. Questions & answers about avian influenza (bird flu) & avian influenza virus (posted 4/24/06)
  3. Avian influenza infection in humans [updated the count of human cases] (posted 4/24/06)

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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May 1, 2006
NEW: APRIL 26 ISSUE OF HEP EXPRESS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The April 26 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 April 26 Hep Express; titles of articles we have not yet covered follow.

  • Hepatitis B Foundation releases new online tutorial for persons infected with HBV [hepatitis B virus]
  • CDC posts signal-to-cut-off ratio guidelines
  • Hepatitis B Foundation posts press release about NIH meeting on hepatitis B management
  • Hepatitis B Foundation posts Winter 2006 issue of the "B Informed" newsletter on its website
  • North Carolina shares paper on the impact of its immunization initiatives on acute hepatitis B incidence

To access the April 26 issue, go to:
http://www.hepprograms.org/hepexpress/issue43.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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May 1, 2006
CDC REPORTS ON WORLDWIDE PROGRESS TOWARD INTERRUPTING WILD POLIO TRANSMISSION DURING 2005–06

CDC published "Progress Toward Interruption of Wild Poliovirus Transmission—Worldwide, January 2005–March 2006" in the April 28 issue of MMWR. A summary made available to the press is reprinted below in its entirety.

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Although progress towards global polio eradication was made in 2005, addressing transmission in the remaining high-risk areas, especially in northern Nigeria, will require program flexibility and innovation. Strong commitment from government and healthcare workers at all levels will also be required.

Progress towards global polio eradication was made in 2005, despite challenges posed by the international spread of poliovirus. The number of countries where polio is being transmitted has decreased to only four (Nigeria, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, although recent data suggests low levels of naturally occurring transmission in Niger). Monovalent oral polio vaccines (mOPV) were re-licensed and used, and the majority of importation-related outbreaks were controlled. In 2005, after a 43% increase in the number of people who were paralyzed from polio, 234 supplementary immunization campaigns (SIAs) were conducted and the polio laboratory network effectively responded. The greatest risk to global polio eradication is the ongoing transmission of poliovirus in northern Nigeria. New strategies and interventions (e.g., transit site immunization and mosquito net distribution) will play an increasingly important role in the final push towards global polio eradication.

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To access a web-text (HTML) version of the complete article, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5516a5.htm

To access a ready-to-print (PDF) version of this issue of MMWR, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5516.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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