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Issue Number 86            June 1, 1999

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. MMWR publishes updated recommendations on prevention of varicella
  2. MMWR publishes article on progress toward global poliomyelitis eradication, 1997-98

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May 28, 1999
MMWR PUBLISHES UPDATED RECOMMENDATIONS ON PREVENTION OF VARICELLA

"Prevention of Varicella - Updated Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)," was published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the May 28, 1999, issue of the MMWR.

The summary statement of the updated recommendations is as follows:

"In February 1999, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) expanded recommendations for varicella (chickenpox) vaccine to promote wider use of the vaccine for susceptible children and adults. The updated recommendations include establishing child care and school entry requirements, use of the vaccine following exposure and for outbreak control, use of the vaccine for some children infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and vaccination of adults and  adolescents at high risk for exposure. These recommendations also provide new information on varicella vaccine postlicensure safety data."

To read the entire statement in text format, click here:
http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr4806a1.htm

For a camera-ready copy (PDF format) of the document, click here:
ftp://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Publications/mmwr/rr/rr4806.pdf

To obtain a text version of the original ACIP statement, "Prevention of Varicella," published in the July 12, 1996, issue of the MMWR, click here: http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00042990.htm

To obtain a camera-ready copy (PDF format) of the original 1996 statement, click here: ftp://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Publications/mmwr/rr/rr4511.pdf

For information on how to get a free electronic subscription to the MMWR, see article two below.
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May 28, 1999
MMWR PUBLISHES ARTICLE ON PROGRESS TOWARD GLOBAL POLIOMYELITIS ERADICATION, 1997-98

In anticipation of the year 2000 goal to eradicate poliomyelitis worldwide which was set by the World Health Organization in 1988,  the May 28, 1999, issue of the MMWR featured the article "Progress  Toward Poliomyelitis Eradication -- 1997-98."

The article's introductory paragraph is reprinted here as follows:

"In 1988, the World Health Assembly resolved to eradicate poliomyelitis globally by 2000. Since then, substantial progress has been reported by all countries where polio is endemic in implementing the recommended polio eradication strategies (i.e., achieving and maintaining high routine coverage with oral poliovirus vaccine; conducting National Immunization Days to rapidly decrease poliovirus circulation; establishing sensitive surveillance systems for polio cases and poliovirus; and carrying out mopping-up vaccination activities to eliminate the remaining reservoirs of poliovirus transmission). Although much progress has been made in many countries, substantial obstacles remain, particularly in 14 priority countries (i.e., global reservoir countries or countries with ongoing armed internal strife or civil war). This report updates progress during 1998 toward the global eradication target and describes accelerated activities to achieve the 2000 goal."

To access the entire article in text format, click here: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm4820a2.htm

For a camera-ready copy (PDF format) of the document, click here: ftp://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Publications/mmwr/wk/mm4820.pdf

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://www2.cdc.gov/mmwr/

 

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