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Hep Express Issue 12

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December 19, 2003
CDC'S "IMMUNIZATION WORKS!" ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER FOR NOVEMBER INCLUDES INFORMATION ON CHANGES TO INFANT HEPATITIS B SCHEDULE
 
The November issue of "Immunization Works!" a monthly email newsletter published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is available on the website of the Immunization Action Coalition (IAC). The newsletter offers members of the immunization community non-proprietary information about current topics. CDC encourages its wide dissemination.
 
A notable article is the one about the decision the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices made concerning the minimum age for administering the last dose of pediatric hepatitis B vaccine. It follows:
 
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CHANGE IN THE MINIMUM AGE FOR ADMINISTRATION OF THE LAST DOSE OF
HEPATITIS B VACCINE: At its October meeting, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to change the minimum age at which the last dose of hepatitis B vaccine (either the third or fourth dose) can be given to 24 weeks of age. The recommendation for a minimum age of 24 weeks is a change from the minimum age of 6 months published in the ACIP and American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) General Recommendations on Immunization. This change is effective immediately. As with other vaccines, there is a four-day grace period around this dose; therefore the earliest age at which the last dose of hepatitis B vaccine can be administered is 164 days of age. Questions on dosage can be directed to nipinfo@cdc.gov
 
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To access a ready-to-copy (PDF) version of the entire November issue of "Immunization Works," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/news.d/news1103.pdf

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December 19, 2003
MINIMUM STANDARDS FOR CONDUCTING STREET OUTREACH AVAILABLE ONLINE
 
"Outreach Competencies: Minimum Standards for Conducting Street Outreach for Hard-to-Reach Populations," a 29-page manual, is available free online. The document is not intended to be a set curriculum, but rather an identification of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed by street outreach workers, from which training might be developed.
 
"Outreach Competencies" was developed by the National Advisory Board for Outreach Standards (NABOS), with sponsorship from the Center for HIV, Hepatitis, and Addiction Training and Technology (CHHATT), the Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center at The Danya Institute, Inc., and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
 
To download the manual as a ready-to-copy (PDF) document, go to
http://www.ceattc.org/OtherPDF/Counselor_competencies.PDF


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December 19, 2003
HEPATITIS A BROCHURE PRODUCED BY THE INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE AVAILABLE ON CDC WEBSITE
 
A hepatitis A educational brochure targeted toward Native Americans is available on the website of the Division of Viral Hepatitis, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Produced by the Indian Health Service (IHS), the colorful brochure is intended to be culturally appropriate.
 
"Hepatitis A: A Vaccine Preventable Disease" can be downloaded in ready-to-copy (PDF) format at
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/hepatitis/resource/PDFs/hav_na.pdf

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December 19, 2003
NEW: IAC'S LATEST PROFESSIONAL-EDUCATION MATERIALS AVAILABLE ON THE WEB

[The following is cross posted from the Immunization Action Coalition's "IAC EXPRESS" electronic newsletter, 12/08/03.]

The Immunization Action Coalition recently posted two newly developed professional-education sheets on its website. Following are brief descriptions of and URLs for each sheet:

  1. "Vaccine Handling Tips" offers valuable information on safeguarding vaccines from the time you receive them to the time you administer them.
     
    To access a ready-to-copy (PDF) version of this sheet, go to:
    http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3048.pdf

  2. "Administering Vaccines: Dose, Route, Site, and Needle Size" has information on administering the vaccines most commonly given to children, teens, and adults, including combination vaccines.
     
    To access a ready-to-copy (PDF) version of this sheet, go to:
    http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3085.pdf
    To access a web-text (HTML) version of it, go to:
    http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3085.htm

To access a collection of resources that will help you provide vaccines appropriately and efficiently, visit IAC's Improving Immunization Practices web section at http://www.immunize.org/izpractices

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December 19, 2003
AMERICAN CORRECTIONAL ASSOCIATION TO HOST LIVE WEBCAST JANUARY 12, 2004
 
The American Correctional Association will host a live webcast as part of its 2004 Winter Conference in New Orleans. Titled "Correctional Health Care Solutions Through Partnerships," this event will feature the Hon. Vice Adm. Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, Surgeon General of the United States, and Ed Thompson, MD, MPH, Deputy Director of Public Health Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among other speakers.
 
"Correctional Health Care Solutions Through Partnerships" will be webcast on Monday, January 12, 2004, at 2:15 PM CST at http://www.aca.org

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December 19, 2003
"HEPATITIS IN THE HEARTLAND" CONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 30-31, 2004
 
The Iowa Department of Public Health, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Nebraska Health and Human Services, and others are sponsoring a conference titled "Hepatitis in the Heartland."
 
The conference will take place March 30-31, 2004, in Overland Park, Kansas. For more information, call Kathryn White, Hepatitis C Coordinator for Nebraska Health and Human Services System, at (402) 471-8252.

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December 19, 2003
CDC ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF HIV PREVENTION FUNDING THROUGH TWO PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
Two program announcements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) give details for applying for HIV prevention funding.
 
CDC's Prevention Program Branch released program announcement 04064, "HIV Prevention Projects for Community-Based Organizations." A letter of intent is due December 22, 2003, and the application deadline is February 6, 2004.
 
For more information on program announcement 04064, go to
http://www2a.cdc.gov/hivpra/pa04064.html
 
CDC's Division of HIV and AIDS Prevention, Capacity Building Branch, released program announcement 04019, "Capacity Building Assistance to Improve the Delivery and Effectiveness of HIV Prevention Services for Racial/Ethnic Minority Populations." A letter of intent is due December 22, 2003, and the application deadline is January 26, 2004.
 
For more information on program announcement 04019, go to
http://www.cdcnpin.org/scripts/pa04019/index.htm


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