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>This e-mail message contains recent news items prepared by the
>Immunization Action Coalition & the Hepatitis B Coalition,
>publishers of NEEDLE TIPS & the Hepatitis B Coalition News and
>publishers of VACCINATE ADULTS!
>
>Previous issues may be obtained from the Web at
>http://www.immunize.org/genr.d/ntn.htm
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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."
>----------------------------------------------------------
>
>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://www.cdc.gov/epo/mmwr/mmwr_rr.html
>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.
>---------------------------------------------------------
>
>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/hepb43098.htm.  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/faqbvax.htm.
>---------------------------------------------------------
>
>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.  Both can be reached at 205-934-2424.
>---------------------------------------------------------
>
>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/n19/nslt19h.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!
>---------------------------------------------------------
>
>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.
>---------------------------------------------------------
>
>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.
>---------------------------------------------------------
>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/p2022a.htm
> PDF version: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2022a.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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>As always, we would be delighted to hear from you regarding any
>timely immunization and/or hepatitis resource materials or news
>items that you think might be of interest to our subscribers.  If
>you have suggestions, please send them to us at mail@immunize.org
>( mailto:mail@immunize.org ) or to the postal address listed below.
>
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