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Issue Number 65            March 24, 1999

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. APIC's resource packet can help you plan next fall's flu campaign
  2. Hib and pertussis teaching tools now available from ATPM
  3. WHO publishes 1999 edition of "International Travel And Health"
  4. Neonatal tetanus kills 400,000 newborns worldwide every year

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March 24, 1999
APIC'S RESOURCE PACKET CAN HELP YOU PLAN NEXT FALL'S FLU CAMPAIGN

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) has produced an influenza prevention package designed for health care and infection control professionals to use for community and health care worker education. "Influenza Prevention: A Program for Community and Healthcare Worker Education" contains everything necessary for implementing a successful influenza prevention program, including an instructor guide and lesson plan, handouts, transparency masters, promotional flyers, news release, staff bulletin, and PowerPoint slide presentation (all on disk except instructor guide).

The package costs $28 ($22 for APIC members), and can be ordered by contacting APIC at 202-789-1890 (phone) or 202-789-1899 (fax).
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March 24, 1999
HIB AND PERTUSSIS TEACHING TOOLS NOW AVAILABLE FROM ATPM

The Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine (ATPM) has produced two new sets of instructional materials, one on Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and the other on pertussis.  Like ATPM's instructional materials on hepatitis B, measles, influenza, pertussis, adult immunization, and child immunization, these new sets are created for medical students, physicians, and nurses and include slides, reference booklets, facilitator's guide, and student booklets. Each unit contains a CME component for physicians.

Developed in collaboration with CDC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, each unit includes materials on traditional didactic modules, multistation clinical teaching scenarios, and problem-based learning modules. Each unit costs $35, plus shipping and handling charges (approximately $5). For more information, please contact Donna Page by calling 540-334-2335 or 800-789-6737.
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March 24, 1999
WHO PUBLISHES 1999 EDITION OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL AND HEALTH

The 1999 edition of "International Travel and Health" has recently been published by the World Health Organization. This booklet is a convenient country-by-country list of required vaccinations, along with pertinent information about the malaria situation in every country in the world. Other chapters cover health hazards to which the traveler may be exposed, and precautions for visiting unfamiliar places.

The price for "International Travel and Health" is $15.30 in U.S. dollars (plus a $5 shipping and handling charge). To order in the United States, call 518-436-9686. If you are ordering from Switzerland the price is 17 Swiss francs. To order, call 41 22 791 24 76.

To read more about this booklet, please go to: http://www.who.int/dsa/justpub/justpub.htm.   For ordering information, visit: http://www.who.int/dsa/cat95/zhow.htm
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March 24, 1999
NEONATAL TETANUS KILLS 400,000 NEWBORNS WORLDWIDE EVERY YEAR

Neonatal tetanus, a rare occurrence in the United States, is a large killer worldwide. Every year 400,000 newborns and approximately 30,000 women of childbearing age die from unclean deliveries.

"Using Early Childhood Booster Doses to Maintain the Elimination of Neonatal Tetanus," a discussion paper by Robert Steinglass, proposes practical solutions for long-term control of neonatal tetanus. This paper was presented at the World Health Organization's (WHO) Neonatal Tetanus Elimination Technical Consultation in Geneva in 1997, and in June of 1998 WHO recommended the introduction of school-based booster programs to increase protection against both tetanus and diphtheria.

The paper can be downloaded by sections from BASICS' ("Basic Support for Institutionalizing Child Survival") website at http://www.basics.org/publications/tetanus/tetanus_toc.htm
As downloading may be a lengthy process, this paper and/or others can be ordered at no charge by visiting the publications section of BASICS's website at http://www.basics.org/asp_scripts/Pubs.asp You can also call BASICS at 703-312-6800 and ask for the Information Center to send you a copy of the booklet "Using Early Childhood Booster Doses to Maintain the Elimination of Neonatal Tetanus."

BASICS is the U.S. government's largest child survival project and works in collaboration with a multitude of international agencies in developing countries to provide technical assistance to countries' priority health programs. For more information about BASICS, visit their website at http://www.basics.org/

 

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