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Issue Number 59             February 12, 1999


  1. "Roll Up BOTH Sleeves" and immunize!
  2. "Pocket Guide to Vaccination and Prophylaxis" is a great new resource
  3. "The Embassy Project" an immunization chart in 25 languages
  4. Two travel medicine directories available
  5. Order Dr. Seuss posters from CDC


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February 11, 1999

Many people are confused about adolescent immunizations - parents, students, school officials, and sometimes even providers. The "Roll Up BOTH Sleeves!" resource kit is a comprehensive guide that can help eliminate some of the confusion and barriers.

"Roll Up BOTH Sleeves!" includes: (1) a step-by-step manual for implementing school-based vaccination programs, packed with usable ideas and field-tested templates, (2) a 20-minute "X-Files"-style video, "The Case of the Missing Shots," for students, and (3) an American Medical Association award-winning video to encourage educators and health providers to start vaccination programs in schools.

The entire kit is only $15 and can be ordered from the American School Health Association by calling 330-678-1601, extension 100.


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February 11, 1999

A hot-off-the-press paperback, "Pocket Guide to Vaccination and Prophylaxis," has just become available for immunization providers. This guide succinctly but thoroughly summarizes childhood and adult vaccination guidelines that have been published by the CDC (ACIP), AAP, AAFP, ACP, and IDSA.

Besides its completeness and compact size, this guide has two other great features: its price (only $20) and the fact that updates will be available on the web.

The Pocket Guide was authored by Hal B. Jenson, MD, chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center. It is published by WB Saunders (ISBN 0-7216-7993-5). To order, call the publisher at 800-544-6678 and follow the prompts.


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February 11, 1999

The Embassy Project was born when Jean Tsotsonis, RN, BSN, a public health nurse from Lowell, MA, became frustrated with trying to correctly immunize non-English-speaking patients without the benefit of a professional translator. Tsotsonis realized that without the ability to correctly interpret foreign immunization records, health providers often administered doses the patient had already received.

Tsotonis began to assemble a list of immunizations in languages common to immigrants and refugees in the United States, collecting names of vaccines from many embassies and individual interpreters. The final product is a large chart with the names of the nine recommended childhood immunizations in: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian, French, Creole, Italian, German, Polish, Greek, Russian, Romanian, Croatian, Armenian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Thai, Hmong, Hindi, Farsi, and Somali.

The chart is printed on tear-resistant Tyvek paper and dimensions are 30" x 40". Cost is $50 plus shipping and handling. Please allow six weeks for delivery (no C.O.D.s, please).

To order the chart, or for more information, contact Jean Tsotsonis by phone, fax, or e-mail.
Phone: 978-459-6331
Fax: 978-970-1978


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February 11, 1999

Two professional organizations have recently published directories that might be useful to physicians looking for providers of travel medicine services for their patients.

1. "The International Society of Travel Medicine Clinic Directory" is published by the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM) "to assist health care providers, the travel industry, and the public in locating health care professionals with an expertise in travel medicine." The directory includes over 500 travel medicine clinics and practitioners associated with the ISTM, organized by country and state. Copies are
available free by writing:
International Society of Travel Medicine
P.O. Box 871089
Stone Mountain, GA, USA 30087-0028

2. The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene has published the "ASTMH 1998 Clinical Consultants Directory." This guide lists physicians who offer consultative services in tropical medicine, medical parasitology, and travelers' health.

An electronic version of the ASTMH directory is located at: and is updated on a quarterly basis.

A free copy can be obtained by sending an 9" x 12" self-addressed, stamped envelope (with $1.70 postage) to:
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
60 Revere Drive, Suite 500
Northbrook, IL 60062


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February 11, 1999

Colorful, child friendly posters, featuring the art of "Dr. Seuss" and promoting on-time childhood immunizations, are available from CDC's National Immunization Program.

Mrs. Audrey Geisel, widow of Theodor Geisel ("Dr. Seuss"), graciously donated art from his private collection for these limited edition posters.

The posters, in English and Spanish, can be ordered by either faxing a request to Joy Dorsey at 404-639-8555, or by filling out a request form on the web at
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    Kelly L. Moore, MD, MPH
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    John D. Grabenstein, RPh, PhD
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    Courtnay Londo, MA
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