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Issue Number 99            July 22, 1999

CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE

  1. FDA announces meeting on needle safety
  2. CDC publishes 1999-2000 edition of "The Yellow Book"
  3. Mark your calendar for CDC's upcoming "Immunization Update" satellite broadcast
  4. Conference on immunization coalition building set for January 2000 in San Diego
  5. PKIDS starts toll-free number for parents of children with infectious diseases
  6. Spanish language videos of Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) now available
  7. Immunization registry software vendors now listed on AKC's website
  8. AMDA develops information kit on immunization in long-term care facilities

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July 22, 1999
FDA ANNOUNCES MEETING ON NEEDLE SAFETY

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a meeting of the General Hospital and Personal Use Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee on August 2, 1999, in Rockville, MD. The panel will discuss and provide recommendations to the FDA on updating current guidance for devices with sharps injury prevention features and potential elements for new guidance for the needle-free devices such as jet injectors.

For more information about this meeting you can contact Martha T. O'Lone, the Executive Secretary of the General Hospital and Personal Use Devices Panel, at 301-443-8913, extension 198.
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July 22, 1999
CDC PUBLISHES 1999-2000 EDITION OF "THE YELLOW BOOK"

Every two years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes a volume entitled "Health Information for International Travel," otherwise know as "The Yellow Book" because of its color. It contains immunization requirements, disease risk and precautions, and prevention information for travel outside the United States.

The cost of the 1999-2000 edition is $22 including shipping charges. If you wish to place an order by phone, call 202-512-1800 and order stock #017-023-00202-3. By mail, please send your request with title and payment to:

Superintendent of Documents
P.O. Box 371954
Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954
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July 22, 1999
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR CDC'S UPCOMING "IMMUNIZATION UPDATE" SATELLITE BROADCAST

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will sponsor "Immunization Update," a live, interactive, satellite videoconference on September 16, 1999. The broadcast will provide the most current information available in the constantly changing field of immunization. Continuing education credits will be offered for a variety of   professions.

Topics covered will include new recommendations for polio vaccination in the U.S., expanded recommendations for the use of hepatitis A vaccine, characteristics and use of Lyme disease vaccine, and vaccine safety issues.

The broadcast's instructors will be William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, and Sharon G. Humiston, MD, MPH, medical epidemiologists, National Immunization Program, and other guest experts from the CDC.

Two broadcasts of "Immunization Update" are schedule on September 16th, 1999. The first broadcast will run from 9:00-11:30 a.m. (EDT), and the second from 12:00-2:30 p.m. (EDT).

For more information, call 888-232-3299 and request fax document #130022, or click here: http://www.cdc.gov/phtn/calendar.htm#Satellite

To register for the course, or to find out viewing locations, contact your state immunization program manager. Find his/her phone number at: http://www.cdc.gov/phtn/stcoords.htm
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July 22, 1999
CONFERENCE ON IMMUNIZATION COALITION BUILDING SET FOR JANUARY 2000 IN SAN DIEGO

The 2nd National Conference on Immunization Coalition Building will be held in San Diego, CA, on January 23-25, 2000. Workshops will include "Marketing Your Coalition," "Anti-Vaccine Issues," "Media Advocacy," and others.

For more information about the conference, call Concepts Worldwide, the conference planners, at (858/619) 535-0050.
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July 22, 1999
PKIDS STARTS TOLL-FREE NUMBER FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Parents who are looking for support services, counseling, referrals and information for their children suffering from infectious diseases and/or for themselves, can now call 1-877-55-PKIDS, a toll-free number from Parents of Kids with Infectious Disease (PKIDS). The PKIDS toll-free number is sponsored by a mother of an infected child who feels   strongly that all parents should have access to PKIDS' resources.

Not only does PKIDS offer services to connect parents with similar experiences, but the organization also provides referrals to health organizations, and details about ongoing and upcoming clinical trials for kids living with hepatitis B or hepatitis C. PKIDS is a national nonprofit organization with two major goals - to help families of kids living with  chronic, viral infectious diseases and to educate the public about these diseases. The organization works primarily with hepatitis B and C, HIV/AIDS, herpes and cytomegalovirus (CMV).

For more information about PKIDS on the Internet, click here: http://www.pkids.org
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July 22, 1999
SPANISH LANGUAGE VIDEOS OF VACCINE INFORMATION STATEMENTS (VISs) NOW AVAILABLE

The Michigan State University Extension's "Physician Peer Education Project on Immunization" has developed a videotape set of Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) in Spanish. The six videos cover polio, Hib, varicella, DTP, hepatitis B, and MMR. Each video is under ten minutes in length.

Watching these videotapes is an effective and easy way to make sure that Spanish-speaking patients understand the legally required information contained in a VIS. This is a helpful tool for clinics that serve people from Spanish-speaking countries.

The "Vaccine Information Statement Videotape Set - Spanish Edition" costs $25 for six videos, including shipping and handling. Send a check or money order payable to "Michigan State University" to:

Michigan State University Health Promotion Program
B127 West Fee Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1316
(Please include your name, address, phone and fax numbers)

For more information, please call 517-353-2596 or fax 517-432-0155.
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July 22, 1999
IMMUNIZATION REGISTRY SOFTWARE VENDORS NOW LISTED ON AKC'S WEBSITE

All Kids Count (AKC) has compiled a directory of vendors offering immunization registry software and support. Both private companies and public health departments are listed. The directory is posted on the AKC website at http://www.allkidscount.org (check the "Resources" section under "Technology").
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July 22, 1999
AMDA DEVELOPS INFORMATION KIT ON IMMUNIZATION IN LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES

The American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) recently released an informational kit "Immunization in Long Term Care: Focusing on Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccinations." The kit is a compilation of information to help directors of long-term care facilities initiate influenza and pneumococcal vaccination programs. Reference materials include recommendations from the CDC, sample policies and procedures, brochures and more.

AMDA's kit is available for $25 per copy for AMDA members and $30 for nonmembers. Order forms are available through AMDA's fax-on- demand service at 410-740-6953, or at AMDA's website at http://www.amda.com, or by calling AMDA directly at 800-876-2632.

 

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