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Hep Express Issue 58

ABBREVIATIONS: ACIP, Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices; CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; DVH, Division of Viral Hepatitis; HAV, hepatitis A virus; HBV, hepatitis B virus; HCV, hepatitis C virus; IAC, Immunization Action Coalition; IDU, injection drug user; MMWR, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report; MSM, men who have sex with men; STD, sexually transmitted disease; VIS, Vaccine Information Statement; WHO, World Health Organization.
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July 11, 2007
NEW: CDC'S NATIONAL CENTER FOR IMMUNIZATION AND RESPIRATORY DISEASES LAUNCHES VACCINES & IMMUNIZATIONS WEBSITE

[The following is cross posted from the Immunization Action Coalition's "IAC EXPRESS" electronic newsletter, 6/11/07.]

CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) recently launched its new Vaccines & Immunizations website. The site, www.cdc.gov/vaccines, replaces www.cdc.gov/nip--and features a new look, a new feel, and many more resources!

The website format was redesigned using web-usability testing and was changed to a topic-driven layout. The change in format makes it quicker and easier for web visitors to find materials and critical answers to questions related to vaccinations and immunizations.

Check out the new left column navigation and the following new and updated sections to access timely, accurate, and credible CDC vaccine and immunization information by subject or audience type:

NEW!
Schedules (see them all in one place)
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/schedules

EXTENSIVELY UPDATED!
Information about vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases (not only are they all easier to find, but related information is included on one page: disease information, Q&As about disease and vaccine, who should not be vaccinated, what happens after vaccination, photos, vaccine shortages and delays, potential new vaccines, clinical resources, provider education, patient education materials, etc.) http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac

UPDATED!
Publications (now also sorted by type: Vaccine Information Statements (VISs), flyers, posters, textbooks, etc.) http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs

UPDATED!
Requirements and laws (easier to find school and state requirements, HIPAA, etc.) http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/laws

UPDATED!
Vaccination records (easier to find information on interpreting, recording, finding your vaccination records, etc.) http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs/immuniz-records.htm

NEW!
Immunization and vaccination (easier to find in one location: overview, common questions, why immunize? how vaccines work, etc.) http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen

NEW!
Recommendations and guidelines (ACIP, vaccine management, vaccine storage and handling, provisional recommendations, VFC resolutions, reminder systems, recalled vaccines, etc.) http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/recs

NEW!
Patient-education materials for providers (now find them all in one place) http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/ed/patient-ed.htm

NEW!
Resources and answers for parents (what parents need to know, how vaccines prevent disease, common misconceptions, what risks parents take if not vaccinating their children, parents guide, etc.) http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/spec-grps/parents.htm

UPDATED!
Resources for specific groups of people (adults, children, pregnant women, travelers, international adoption, racial and ethnic populations, people with specific diseases/conditions, etc.) http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/spec-grps

NEW!
Resources for immunization program managers (now listed on one page) http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/program-mgrs.htm

UPDATED!
Materials and contact information for the media http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/news

And much more!

Please note that all CDC vaccine safety information is now located at http://www.cdc.gov/od/science/iso/#general

Be sure to bookmark http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines and visit the new site often for the latest and most credible immunization information from CDC.

CDC is committed to being your trusted source for immunization information. CDC values your feedback and welcomes any suggestions or comments about the new website. Send comments to ncirdwebteam@cdc.gov
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ONLINE FORM FOR ORDERING CDC PUBLICATIONS IS UP AND RUNNING AGAIN

[The following is cross posted from the Immunization Action Coalition's "IAC EXPRESS" electronic newsletter, 7/9/07.]

An article in the June issue of CDC's Immunization Works electronic newsletter announced that the online form for ordering immunization education and training materials is now up and running again.

To access the form, go to: https://www2.cdc.gov/nchstp_od/PIWeb/niporderform.asp You may encounter a warning about the website's security clearance. If so, click on the icon titled "Continue to this website (not recommended)." You will be taken to the order form. According to CDC personnel, the form is operational, and many orders have been filled since the form resumed operation.
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July 11, 2007
NEW: 2008 EDITION OF CDC'S TRAVEL-HEALTH GUIDE--THE YELLOW BOOK--NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

[The following is cross posted from the Immunization Action Coalition's "IAC EXPRESS" electronic newsletter, 7/9/07.]

The new 2008 edition of Health Information for International Travel (also known as the Yellow Book), is now available online at http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentYellowBook.aspx It is published every two years by CDC as a reference for those who advise international travelers of health risks, as well as others who might find it useful.

The book offers vaccination and medication information for disease risks by destination, as well as helpful health hints for cruise ship travel, international adoptions, and a wide range of common travel problems such as motion sickness. The 2008 edition features an expanded seasonal influenza section that now includes avian and pandemic influenza.

You can also access the Yellow Book from CDC's Travelers' Health home page at http://www.cdc.gov/travel
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July 11, 2007
NEW: JULY 2007 ISSUE OF VACCINATE WOMEN IS ON THE IAC WEBSITE

[The following is cross posted from the Immunization Action Coalition's "IAC EXPRESS" electronic newsletter, 6/18/07.]

The July 2007 issue of Vaccinate Women is now available on the IAC website. Printed copies will soon be mailed to all members of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), local and state health departments, and thousands of other subscribers. This publication was supported by a cooperative grant by the Division of Viral Hepatitis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

You can view selected articles from the table of contents below or download the entire issue from the Web.

To download a ready-to-print (PDF) version of the entire issue, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vw/vw0707.pdf

The PDF file of the entire issue is large. For tips on downloading and printing PDF files, go to: http://www.immunize.org/nslt.d/tips.htm

To view the table of contents with links to individual articles, go to: http://www.immunize.org/vw

The July issue includes several notable articles: Ask the Experts, Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization, and two professional-education pieces and three patient-screening questionnaires on viral hepatitis. In addition, a new professional-education piece presents links to vaccination resources every practice should have, including links to resources that help decide who needs to be vaccinated and how to administer vaccines; all can be downloaded. The issue also provides links to immunization schedules for patients of different ages, all of which can be downloaded.
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July 11, 2007
REFORMATTED: IAC'S POPULAR ONLINE ASK THE EXPERTS WEB SECTION OFFERS USERS FAST, EASY NAVIGATION

[The following is cross posted from the Immunization Action Coalition's "IAC EXPRESS" electronic newsletter, 7/2/07.]

IAC recently reformatted its very popular and much-visited online Ask the Experts web section. Ask the Experts is a compilation of questions and answers about immunization and viral hepatitis that have appeared in past issues of IAC's three print periodicals, Needle Tips, Vaccinate Adults, and Vaccinate Women. It is written by CDC experts William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH; Andrew T. Kroger, MD, MPH; and Joanna Buffington, MD, MPH.

The section's main page now features a clean, visually appealing design, a disease/vaccine index, and a left-column navigation bar. In addition, many of the disease/vaccine pages offer users an index of subtopics pertinent to the disease/vaccine, as well as tables and other graphic elements that organize and explain complex information.

Information in the Ask the Experts web section is reviewed at least every six months and updated as necessary. Please browse through it at your convenience, and visit it whenever you need reliable, comprehensive immunization and hepatitis information. To access it, go to: http://www.immunize.org/askexperts
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July 11, 2007
NEW CDC REPORT EXAMINES DRUG USE AND SEXUAL BEHAVIOR

CDC's National Center for Health Statistics has issued a new report, "Drug Use and Sexual Behaviors Reported by Adults, United States, 1999-2002."

The report uses data collected over a four-year period from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Some of the findings include

  • Only 4 percent of adults ages 20 years and older have never had sex.
     
  • Of all race/ethnic groups, Mexican-American adults had the lowest percentage (88 percent) who ever had sex.
     
  • Twenty-nine percent of men reported having 15 or more female sexual partners over their lifetime compared to 9 percent of women who reported having 15 or more male sexual partners in a lifetime.
     
  • More than one in five adults 20-49 years of age have tried cocaine or other street drugs at some time in their life

To access the full report, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/ad/ad384.pdf
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July 11, 2007
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: AUGUST 9 IS THE DATE FOR CDC'S LIVE SATELLITE BROADCAST "IMMUNIZATION UPDATE 2007"

[The following is cross posted from the Immunization Action Coalition's "IAC EXPRESS" electronic newsletter, 6/18/07.]

The live satellite broadcast and webcast "Immunization Update 2007" will provide up-to-date information on the rapidly changing field of immunization. Anticipated topics include influenza, rotavirus, varicella, and zoster vaccines; the safety of thimerosal-containing vaccines; and other emerging vaccine issues.

The 2.5-hour broadcast is scheduled for August 9 from 9AM to 11:30AM ET; it will be re-broadcast later in the day from 12 noon to 2:30PM ET. Both broadcasts will feature a live question-and-answer session in which participants nationwide can interact with the course instructors on toll-free telephone lines.

Faculty. The course instructors include William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH; Donna L. Weaver, MN, RN; and Andrew T. Kroger, MD, MPH. All are with the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.

Audience. The program's intended audience includes physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, Department of Defense paraprofessionals, pharmacists, health educators, and their colleagues who either administer vaccines or set policy for their offices, clinics, or communicable disease or infection control programs. Private and public healthcare providers, including pediatricians, family practice specialists, residents, and medical and nursing students are encouraged to participate.

Registration. Registration is not required. HOWEVER, ONLINE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO RECEIVE CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS. To register, go to: http://www2a.cdc.gov/phtnonline Individual registration begins July 12.

Questions. For additional registration information, email ce@cdc.gov or call (800) 418-7246. For additional program information, send an email to nipinfo@cdc.gov

Webcast. The program will have a live webcast at http://www2a.cdc.gov/PHTN/webcast/immup-2007
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July 11, 2007
HEPATITIS B FOUNDATION POSTS CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS ONLINE

During the weekend of June 8-9, 2007, the Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF) sponsored the seventh annual B Informed Patient Conference. Almost 200 patients and family members gathered this year in Philadelphia, PA, to learn the latest about the care and management of chronic hepatitis B.

HBF has posted highlights from the main information sessions, as well as copies of the speakers' slides. Some of the presentations include links to additional print resources.

To access the conference proceedings, go to: http://www.hepb.org/patients/patient_conference.htm
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July 11, 2007
NEW ISSUE OF "VIRAL HEPATITIS" AVAILABLE ON VHPB WEBSITE

The Viral Hepatitis Prevention Board (VHPB) website has been updated to include a new issue of the publication "Viral Hepatitis."

"Viral Hepatitis," Volume 15, Number 2, reviews topics covered at the VHPB meeting held on November 23-24, 2006, in Madrid, Spain. The objective of the meeting was to review the current situation relating to prevention and control of viral hepatitis in Spain.

To access the ready-to-copy (PDF) version of this issue, click here. To access the home page of the VHPB website, go to: http://www.vhpb.org


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