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Issue Number 63            March 4, 1999

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. The Vaccine Initiative announces a free electronic immunization news service
  2. Just published! The updated and expanded edition of the reference book, "Vaccines"
  3. CDC releases instructions for use of Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)
  4. Subscribe to ProMED-mail to learn about emerging diseases around the world
  5. National tick-borne disease conference set for March 7-9
  6. Don't forget the Vaccine Research Conference on March 28-30
  7. Conference on needle-free injection technology set for March 31-April 1

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March 4, 1999
THE VACCINE INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES A FREE ELECTRONIC
IMMUNIZATION NEWS SERVICE

The Vaccine Initiative announces the availability of "Immunization NewsBriefs," a free service that brings immunization news to your computer three days a week. Delivered via e-mail every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, these news abstracts focus on immunization efforts, vaccine development, and disease outbreaks throughout the world as reported in the 1400 news sources that are regularly reviewed.

"Immunization NewsBriefs" is a service of the Vaccine Initiative. To subscribe, visit the Vaccine Initiative website at: http://www.idsociety.org

The Vaccine Initiative, a special project of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, is supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is an independent source of information on immunization and immunization-related issues for parents, health professionals, legislators, and the media. ----------------------------------------------------------

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March 4, 1999
JUST PUBLISHED! THE UPDATED AND EXPANDED EDITION OF THE REFERENCE BOOK, "VACCINES"

The fully updated and expanded third edition of "Vaccines," a highly respected reference book by Stanley A. Plotkin, MD, and Walter A. Orenstein, MD, was just published in January 1999. The 2,000 page reference book with 595 illustrations covers all vaccines currently in use as well as those about to be licensed. International contributing authorities provide a well-rounded perspective on individual vaccines, plus the history of vaccination, immunology, legal issues, and more. New chapters include immunization of the immunocompromised host, vaccine combinations, Lyme disease, parasitic disease vaccines, public health around the world, immunization of health care workers, and vaccine safety.

Retail price is $225, with a significant reduction for group purchases. "Vaccines" is published by WB Saunders. To order, call the publisher at 800-544-6678 and follow the prompts.  The ISBN number is 0-7216-7443-7.
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March 4, 1999
CDC RELEASES INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE OF VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS (VISs)

The National Immunization Program of the CDC released a new document on February 23, 1999, entitled "Instructions for Use of Vaccine Information Materials." The instructions include information about the law requiring the use of VISs; the effective date for required use of new materials; current edition dates; interim polio vaccine materials; and recordkeeping requirements.

These instructions will be available soon from state immunization program managers but you can download them now from the Immunization Action Coalition's website by clicking here: http://www.immunize.org/vis/

Camera-ready copies of the most current VISs are also available at the Coalition's website.
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March 4, 1999
SUBSCRIBE TO PROMED-MAIL TO LEARN ABOUT EMERGING DISEASES AROUND THE WORLD

The Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED) was proposed by the Federation of American Scientists specifically to create a global system of early detection and timely response to disease outbreaks. ProMED was inaugurated in September 1993, at a Geneva conference cosponsored by sixty prominent experts in human, animal, and plant health.

The ProMED-mail electronic list-serv reaches participants worldwide including subscribers in developing countries and remote areas. To subscribe to ProMED (it's free of charge) or to learn more about the organization, visit their website at: http://www.healthnet.org/programs/promed.html
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March 4, 1999
NATIONAL TICK-BORNE DISEASE CONFERENCE SET FOR MARCH 7-9

The National Conference on the Prevention and Control of Tick-Borne Diseases will be held in New York City on March 7-9, 1999. The conference is sponsored by the American Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc. (ALDF), a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and health professionals about the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and control of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections.

The three-day conference will feature 28 presentations by leading experts in tick-borne diseases, and will cover such topics as risk management, community-based prevention, tick population control, vaccines, and treatment. The complete conference programand registration materials are available on ALDF's website at: http://www.aldf.com or contact Cathie Fuhrmann at 914-277-6970, extension 725.
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March 4, 1999
DON'T FORGET THE VACCINE RESEARCH CONFERENCE MARCH 28-30

The Second Annual Conference on Vaccine Research is scheduled for March 28-30, 1999, in Bethesda, Maryland. Cosponsors are CDC, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research of the Food and Drug Administration, the World Health Organization, the Children's Vaccine Initiative, the International Society for Vaccines, and the Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute.

Additional information and registration materials are available from NFID, Attention: Kip Kantelo, Suite 750, 4733 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814-5228; telephone: 301-656-0003; fax: 301-907-0878; e-mail: kkantelo@aol.com You can also download this information at: http://www.nfid.org/conferences
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March 4, 1999
CONFERENCE ON NEEDLE-FREE INJECTION TECHNOLOGY SET FOR MARCH 31-APRIL 1

The Conference on Needle-Free Injection Technology will be held in Bethesda, Maryland, on March 31-April 1, 1999. This conference is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Agency for International Development, World Health Organization, PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health), and ANFIM  (Association of Needle-Free Injection Manufacturers). The stated purpose of the meeting is to: "Bring together public and private sector agencies, organizations, and companies working to overcome the drawbacks of administering vaccines and other medicaments with conventional needle and syringe."

For program information or registration materials, visit the National Immunization Program's (NIP) website at: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/vaccine/dev/inject or call Elizabeth Perry, NIP, at 404-639-8638. You may also call Robert Harrington at ANFIM at 215-362-4815.

 

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