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Issue Number 7                                         May 4, 1998

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

1. Coalition e-mail news service now called "IAC Express"
2. CDC releases 1998 ACIP statement "Prevention and Control
     of Influenza"
3. CDC releases "Hepatitis B vaccine fact sheet" and "Hepatitis
    B vaccine questions and answers"
4. It's bad enough to lose a spleen!
5. Are you looking for HBV clinical trials for your patients?
6. "NEEDLE TIPS" is in the mail and "VACCINATE ADULTS!" will
     follow soon!
7. FREE! Bulk copies of last issue of "NEEDLE TIPS" now available
8. Adult immunization videoconference is coming to your
     neighborhood on June 4
9. Will we see you at the National Immunization Conference in July?
10. Link up to our latest publications
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March 10, 1998
COALITION E-MAIL NEWS SERVICE NOW CALLED "IAC EXPRESS"

We received several tips that we should change the name of our news service, "NEEDLE TIPS NOW!" because people are mixing it up with our newsletter, "NEEDLE TIPS." The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) news service is now called "IAC Express."
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May 1, 1998
CDC RELEASES ANNUAL ACIP STATEMENT ON INFLUENZA PREVENTION
AND CONTROL

On May 1, 1998, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices released its updated statement, "Prevention and Control of  Influenza," for the 1998-99 influenza season. This statement, published every spring in the MMWR, reviews recommendations for the use of influenza vaccine such as which children and adults should be given influenza vaccine, when it should be administered, who needs more than one dose, vaccine side effects, antiviral treatment for influenza, etc. Click here http://www2.cdc.gov/mmwr/
to access the updated recommendations on MMWR's website, or call your state's immunization program manager to obtain a copy.

Click here http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n18/coord18.htm if you need your immunization program manager's phone number.
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April 30, 1998
CDC RELEASES "HEPATITIS B VACCINE FACT SHEET" AND "HEPATITIS
B VACCINE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS"

On April 27, 1998, ABC News affiliates in several U.S. cities aired a story that raised concerns about hepatitis B vaccine causing chronic illnesses (such as multiple sclerosis,
autoimmune disorders). As a result, CDC has developed a fact sheet called "Hepatitis B vaccine: what you may have heard...and what you should know," for distribution to the public. You may obtain a copy from CDC's National Immunization Program website by clicking here: http://www.cdc.gov/nip/.   In addition, "Hepatitis B vaccine questions and answers" provides more extensive information about hepatitis B vaccine. It may be obtained from CDC's Hepatitis Branch website by clicking here: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/b/faqb.htm.
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May 1998
IT'S BAD ENOUGH TO LOSE A SPLEEN!

If you were at CDC/HCFA's National Adult Immunization Conference in March, chances are you walked away with a vivid memory of the picture of the woman who needed to have her legs and arms amputated.  She developed overwhelming pneumococcal infection. Not one of the several physicians who took care of her in the years following her emergency splenectomy had vaccinated her against pneumococcal disease.
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May 1998
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR HBV CLINICAL TRIALS FOR YOUR PATIENTS?

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has information about adult and pediatric HBV clinical trials being conducted in the United States.  For adult studies, contact Lanette Sherrill, CRNP, MSN. For pediatric studies, contact Jan Kiell, RN, BS.  They both can be reached at 205-934-2424.
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May 1998
"NEEDLE TIPS" IS IN THE MAIL AND "VACCINATE ADULTS!" WILL FOLLOW
SOON!

Over 300,000 copies of these two publications will soon reach mailboxes around the world! You can expect a hard copy of one of them will be in your hands shortly (if it isn't already). If you can't wait for your copy of "NEEDLE TIPS" to arrive, get a web copy by clicking here: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/backissu.htm.   "VACCINATE ADULTS!" will be on the web soon and we'll let you know via e-mail when it's available. Here's a special note for those of you who are wondering what the difference is between "NEEDLE TIPS" and "VACCINATE ADULTS!" "NEEDLE TIPS" is for health professionals who treat children, adolescents, and/or adults.  "VACCINATE ADULTS!" is for health professionals who treat adults only. Everything in "VACCINATE ADULTS!" is excerpted from "NEEDLE TIPS."
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May 1998
FREE! BULK COPIES OF LAST ISSUE OF "NEEDLE TIPS" NOW AVAILABLE

We're giving away bulk copies of the fall/winter 1997-1998 issue of "NEEDLE TIPS & the Hepatitis B Coalition News" to make space for the spring/summer 98 issue. If you have an immunization conference or meeting, "NEEDLE TIPS" is an ideal handout!  Although this publication was released 7 months ago, this "oldie but goodie" still has lots of up-to-date immunization information.  Please send us an e-mail to mail@immunize.org, or click here mailto:mail@immunize.org, and let us know how many copies of the previous newsletter you would like.  (Up to 500 is OK!)  Our last give-away was a great success so don't balk at the bulk!
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June 4, 1998
ADULT IMMUNIZATION VIDEOCONFERENCE IS COMING TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ON JUNE 4

On Thursday, June 4, a live, interactive videoconference, "Adult Immunization: Strategies That Work," will be led by William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, and Sharon Humiston, MD, MPH, medical epidemiologists with the National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The 2.5 hour broadcast will feature interviews with providers who have implemented successful adult immunization strategies, as well as question and answer sessions with the moderators via toll-free telephone lines.   Participants can also share their successes at this time.  CEUs available.   Call your state immunization program to find out the satellite site that is most convenient for you.  Click here http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n18/coord18.htm to find your state immunization program's phone number.
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July 1998
WILL WE SEE YOU AT THE NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION CONFERENCE IN JULY?

Come to Atlanta and find out how to raise immunization rates in your practice, your school, your city, your state, your county, or your country!   The 32nd National Immunization Conference will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, July 21-24, 1998, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.  Health professionals who conduct and manage childhood, adolescent, and/or adult immunization activities in either the public or private sector should consider attending this conference.  Topics include vaccine development, vaccine safety, immunization practices, information technology, legislation, national policy, and more, more, more.  For registration information, call Elizabeth Perry, National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 404-639-8638.   For exhibit information, call Craig Wilkins at 404-639-8225. It's a big, well-attended meeting so call now!  Hotel reservations must be received by June 19 to receive the special conference group rate.  Hotel information and reservations, 404-521-0000.
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May 1998
LINK UP TO OUR LATEST PUBLICATIONS

All of the Coalition publications listed below are new, revised, or have new translations. Click on these resources and you will get camera-ready or web version, copyright free, materials you can start using or handing out to your patients today!

NEW! "All kids need hepatitis B shots" - brochure that tells parents all children birth through 18 years of age need hepatitis B shots.
  Web version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/4055kidb.htm
  PDF version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/4055kidb.pdf

NEW! "Every week thousands of sexually active people get hepatitis B" - a hepatitis B brochure for sexually active adults.  Great illustrations by a new Coalition artist.
  Web version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/4112std.htm
  PDF version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/4112std.pdf

NEW! "Basic knowledge about hepatitis B" - a list of high-risk groups, interpretation of the hepatitis B panel, and tests to diagnose chronic hepatitis B, C, and D.
  Web version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2110.htm
  PDF version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2110.pdf

NEW! "Hepatitis B and the health care worker" - CDC answers frequently asked questions about how to protect health care workers from hepatitis B virus infection.   Also includes a table on how to manage someone who is exposed to hepatitis B.
  Web version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2109hcw.htm
  PDF version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2109hcw.pdf

NEW! "Pneumococcal vaccine: Who needs it and who needs it again?" - CDC answers frequently asked questions on pneumoccocal vaccine.  Also includes a table adapted from the ACIP pneumoccocal statement on who needs pneumoccocal vaccine and who needs revaccination.
  Web version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2015pne.htm
  PDF version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/2015pne.pdf

REVISED! "Summary of rules for childhood immunization" - a two-sided reference table of appropriate use, scheduling, and contraindications of vaccines.  No need to search for answers in a variety of textbooks.  This two-sided table was adapted from information published by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.  Use this table to assist you in determining the appropriate use and scheduling of vaccines for children on schedule and for children who have fallen behind.   Worthy of lamination!
  Web version: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n17/rules1.htm
  PDF version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/rules1.pdf

REVISED! "Immunizations for babies" - a visual picture of the shot schedule.
  Web version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4010.htm
  PDF version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4010imm.pdf

REVISED! "When do children and teens need shots" - a visual picture of the shot schedule.  Available in English now.  Spanish translation will follow shortly.
  Web version: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/n17/when1.htm
  PDF version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/when1.pdf

REVISED! "Are you 11-19 years old? Then you need to be vaccinated!"- covers all vaccinations for teens. New artwork, too.
  Web version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020.htm
  PDF version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/11teens8.pdf

REVISED! "Vaccine administration record for children and teens" - keep children and teens' immunization records on this one-page sheet in the front of their medical charts.
  Web version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2022b.htm
  PDF version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2022b.pdf

NEW TRANSLATIONS! "After the shots...what to do if your child has discomfort" - soon available on the web in English, Spanish, Hmong, Cambodian, Laotian, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Russian, Chinese, Korean, and Farsi.

NEW TRANSLATION! "Screening questionnaire for adult immunization" - a form your adult patients fill out to help you evaluate which vaccines can be given at that day's visit. Available in English and Spanish.
  English web version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4065scr.htm
  English PDF version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4065scr.pdf
  Spanish web version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/4065-01.htm
  Spanish PDF version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/4065-01.pdf

 

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