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Issue Number 67            April 5, 1999

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. MMWR article extolls the achievements of 20th century
    vaccines
  2. MMWR article says vaccination is one of the 20th century's
    ten greatest public health achievements
  3. MMWR article reports on progress toward poliomyelitis
    eradication in South East Asia region
  4. Update of "An Ounce of Prevention...What Are the Returns?"
    is now available from CDC
  5. How to get a free electronic subscription to the MMWR

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April 2, 1999
MMWR ARTICLE EXTOLLS THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF 20Th CENTURY VACCINES

An article entitled "Achievements in Public Health, 1900-1999: Impact of Vaccines Universally Recommended for Children - United States, 1990-1998" was published in the April 2, 1999, issue of the MMWR.

If you need a boost to realize just how important vaccines are in reducing disease and death, then you ought to read this article!

The article discusses the dramatic declines in morbidity that have been reported for the nine vaccine-preventable diseases for which vaccination was universally recommended for use in children before 1990 (this excludes hepatitis B, rotavirus, and varicella).

The article also points out that despite remarkable progress, several challenges face the U.S. vaccine-delivery system such as the number of doses needed, the new vaccines that are expected in the near future, and the role the United States has in helping the world eradicate polio by the end of 2000.

To access the complete article in text format, click here: http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00056803.htm
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April 2, 1999
MMWR ARTICLE SAYS VACCINATION IS ONE OF THE 20TH CENTURY'S TEN GREATEST PUBLIC HEALTH ACHIEVEMENTS

An article entitled "Ten Great Public Health Achievements - United States, 1900-1999" was published in the April 2, 1999, issue of the MMWR.

There were many notable public health achievements that occurred during the 1900s and the choices for this list were based on the opportunity for prevention and the impact on death, illness, and disability in the United States.

The 10 achievements were (the envelope, please!) vaccination, motor vehicle safety, safer workplaces, control of infectious diseases, decline in deaths from coronary heart disease and stroke, safer and healthier foods, healthier mothers and babies, family planning, fluoridation of drinking water, and recognition of tobacco use as a health hazard.

The MMWR will publish reports on each of these achievements. The vaccine report was published in the April 2, 1999, issue of the MMWR (see article directly above). The other nine achievements will appear in the MMWR throughout the remainder of 1999.

To access the complete text of this article, which includes brief descriptions of the other nine achievements, click here: http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00056796.htm
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April 2, 1999
MMWR ARTICLE REPORTS ON PROGRESS TOWARD POLIOMYELITIS ERADICATION IN SOUTH EAST ASIA REGION

An article entitled "Progress Toward Poliomyelitis Eradication - South East Asia Region, 1997-1998" was published in the March 26, 1999, issue of the MMWR.

This report summarizes the progress in achieving routine and supplemental vaccination coverage and surveillance for cases of acute flaccid paralysis and the impact of these activities on polio eradication in the South East Asia region.

In 1998, the World Health Assembly resolved to eradicate poliomyelitis by 2000. According to this report which details the polio vaccination coverage in the South East Asia Region, intensified supplemental vaccination activities will be needed, especially in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and DPR Korea if the world is to reach the 2,000 target date for global polio eradication.

To access the complete article in text format, click here: http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00056767.htm
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April 2, 1999
UPDATE OF "AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION...WHAT ARE THE RETURNS?" IS NOW AVAILABLE FROM CDC

The following "Notice to Readers" was published in the April 2, 1999, issue of the MMWR and is reprinted below:

NOTICE TO READERS: PUBLICATION OF "AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION...WHAT ARE THE RETURNS?"

The second edition of "An Ounce of Prevention...What are the Returns?" is now available. This publication outlines strategies for and economic benefits of health promotion and disease and injury prevention. In addition, it outlines interventions in 19 areas of chronic and infectious disease and injury in which prevention can improve the quality of life and increase longevity. Each section presents the health impact of the
disease, injury, or disability on U.S. society; the effectiveness of prevention strategies; the costs of the disease, injury, or disability; and the cost-effectiveness of prevention strategies.  "An Ounce of Prevention" is available on the World-Wide Web, http://www.cdc.gov/epo/prevent.htm, or from CDC's Prevention Effectiveness Branch, Division of Prevention Research and Analytic Methods, Epidemiology Program Office, Mailstop D-01, 1600 Clifton Road, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30333;  e-mail: epopeb@cdc.gov.
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April 2, 1999
HOW TO GET A FREE ELECTRONIC SUBSCRIPTION TO THE MMWR

To get a free electronic subscription to the MMWR (delivered weekly), go to the MMWR website and sign up. When you sign up, you will also automatically begin to receive all new ACIP statements which are published as MMWR's "Recommendations and Reports." To get to the MMWR website, click here: http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/mmwr.html

 

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