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Issue Number 89            June 8, 1999

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. CDC releases ACIP statement on the use of Lyme disease vaccine
  2. National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition conference set for August 2-4, 1999
  3. APHA annual meeting set for November 7-11, 1999
  4. Tropical medicine conference set for November 27-28, 1999
  5. Satellite broadcast on disease surveillance set for December 2, 1999
  6. 1999 edition of Shoreland's "Travel and Routine Immunizations" now available

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June 4, 1999
CDC RELEASES ACIP STATEMENT ON THE USE OF LYME DISEASE
VACCINE

"Recommendations for the Use of Lyme Disease Vaccine - Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)," was published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the June 4, 1999, issue of the MMWR.

The number of annually reported cases of Lyme disease in the United States has increased approximately 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982; during 1993-1997, a mean of 12,451 cases annually were reported by states to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, unpublished data, 1998). The summary statement of the new recommendations is as follows:

"This report provides recommendations for use of a newly developed recombinant outer-surface protein A (rOspA) Lyme disease vaccine (LYMErix,TM SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals) for persons aged 15-70 years in the United States. The purpose of these recommendations is to provide health-care providers, public health authorities, and the public with guidance regarding the risk for acquiring Lyme disease and the role of vaccination as an adjunct to preventing Lyme disease. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that decisions regarding vaccine use be made on the basis of assessment of individual risk, taking into account both geographic risk and a person's activities and behaviors relating to tick exposure."

NOTE: Continuing education credits (CMEs, CEUs, CNEs) sponsored by CDC are available for reading this statement and completing the test which is printed at the end of the PDF format document. These credits are available at no charge.

For a camera-ready copy (PDF format) of the document, click here:
ftp://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Publications/mmwr/rr/rr4807.pdf

To access the complete document in text format (this version does not contain the continuing education credits), click here:
http://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr4807a1.htm
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June 8, 1999
NATIONAL HEALTHY MOTHERS, HEALTHY BABIES COALITION CONFERENCE SET FOR AUGUST 2-4, 1999

The National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition conference, "Moving Mountains to Close the Gaps," will be held August 2-4, 1999, in Seattle, Washington. The conference will focus on many cutting-edge issues in maternal and child health, including immunization. The topics are intended to benefit maternal and child health administrators, educators, nurses, social workers, clinic directors, physicians, health care advocates, community perinatal outreach workers, policymakers, and health-related industry leaders.

If you register before June 30th, the cost is $325. After June 30th, the conference fee increases to $385.

For more information on conference agenda or registration, call 703-836-6110, or click here:
http://www.hmhb.org/Events/Biennial_Conference/biennial_conference.html (link discontinued)
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June 8, 1999
APHA ANNUAL MEETING SET FOR NOVEMBER 7-11, 1999

The American Public Health Association's (APHA) 127th Annual Meeting and Exposition will be held on November 7-11, 1999, in Chicago, Illinois. The theme of the meeting is "Celebrating a Century of Progress in Public Health." More than 900 sessions have been planned and over 12,000 health professionals are expected to attend.

Details about the meeting were printed in the May issue of APHA's publication "The Nation's Health" and will be reprinted in the June through September issues, as well as in the "American Journal of Public Health." Individuals registering before September 1, 1999, will receive the "early bird" registration rate of $225 for members, $355 for nonmembers. For registration information, contact Carroll Lewis at 202-789-5620, or by e-mail at carroll.lewis@apha.org.

The same information can be obtained from:
http://www.apha.org/convention/fusion99/index.htm (link discontinued)
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June 8, 1999
TROPICAL MEDICINE CONFERENCE SET FOR NOVEMBER 27-28, 1999

"Travel-Related Vaccine Preventable Illnesses" is the title of the tropical medicine conference on November 27-28, 1999, in Washington, DC. This course is sponsored by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) in cooperation with the American Committee on Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health, and immediately precedes the ASTMH annual meeting.

The course will consider the use, indications, adverse events, efficacy, and cost effectiveness of vaccines such as those used to protect against hepatitis A & B, Japanese encephalitis, yellow fever, rabies, typhoid, meningococcal disease, anthrax, and plague, among others.

For additional information, please contact ASTMH at 847-480-9592. You can also access the ASTMH website by clicking here: http://www.astmh.org
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June 8, 1999
SATELLITE BROADCAST ON DISEASE SURVEILLANCE SET FOR DECEMBER 2, 1999

"Surveillance of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases," a live, interactive, videoconference, will be broadcast by CDC on December 2, 1999. Guidelines for vaccine-preventable surveillance, case investigation, and outbreak control will be the focus of the three-and-a-half hour videoconference. Continuing education credits will be available.

More information about the surveillance course can be found at: http://www.cdc.gov/phtn/surveillance/vpd.htm or by calling 888-232-3299 and requesting document #130034.

To register for the course or to find out viewing locations, please contact your state immunization site coordinator. Find his/her phone number at: http://www.cdc.gov/phtn/stcoords.htm

NOTE: For information about other immunization and/or hepatitis events, visit IAC's "Calendar of Events" at http://www.immunize.org/calendar/
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June 8, 1999
1999 EDITION OF SHORELAND'S "TRAVEL AND ROUTINE IMMUNIZATIONS" NOW AVAILABLE

The 1999 edition of "Travel and Routine Immunizations: A Practical Guide for the Medical Office" is now available. Written by Richard F. Thompson, MD, this soft cover book is a summary of travel and routine immunization guidelines compiled from CDC, ACIP, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, with additional information from other sources.

This resource is $25 plus an extra $5 for shipping and handling. Copies can be obtained by phone: 800-433-5256, by fax: 414-290-1907, or by mail:

Shoreland, Inc.
Attn: Order Processing
P.O. Box 13795
Milwaukee, WI 53213-0795

Checks should be made payable to "Shoreland, Inc."

 

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