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Hep Express Issue 72

Issue Number 72, June 18, 2008
 
Contents of this Issue
1. June 2008 issue of Vaccinate Women now available on IAC's website
2. "Ask The Experts" Q&As from CDC experts now included in IAC Express
3. Two hepatitis B parent-education resources and two general immunization pieces now available in Spanish and six additional languages
4. IAC updates five pieces related to hepatitis B or general immunization
5. CDC announces vaccination information important for international travel during summer 2008
6. Two comprehensive sharps injury prevention resources are available--one on CD-ROM, the other for downloading
7. ECRI Institute provides resources related to medical device reuse issues
8. AASLD 2008 Liver Meeting to be held in San Francisco, October 31-November 4
9. California Central Valley Viral Hepatitis Summit scheduled for August 8 in Atwater
10. Minnesota Viral Hepatitis Symposium to take place July 30 in Bloomington

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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June 18, 2008
JUNE 2008 ISSUE OF VACCINATE WOMEN NOW AVAILABLE ON IAC'S WEBSITE

[The following is cross posted from the Immunization Action Coalition's "IAC Express" electronic newsletter, 5/27/08.]

The June 2008 issue of Vaccinate Women is now available on the IAC website. Printed copies have been mailed to all members of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), local and state health departments, and thousands of other subscribers.

The June issue includes several notable articles: Ask the Experts, Summary of Recommendations for Adult Immunization, a professional-education piece on hepatitis testing and vaccination, information on accessing standing orders for administering child and adult vaccines, and an adult vaccine administration record form.

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, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vw/vw0608.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
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June 18, 2008
"ASK THE EXPERTS" Q&AS FROM CDC EXPERTS NOW INCLUDED IN IAC EXPRESS

On June 12, IAC published a special IAC Express featuring four new "Ask the Experts" questions answered by William L. Atkinson, MD, MPH, and Andrew T. Kroger, MD, MPH, medical epidemiologists at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC. The issue also detailed how to submit a question about vaccines or immunization.

One of the Q&As included is "How can I use Twinrix in combination with hepatitis B and hepatitis A vaccines to complete a series that was started with Twinrix but can't be completed that way?"

To access all the Q&As from the recent "Ask the Experts" edition of IAC Express, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/express/issue736.asp

We plan to publish this special Q&A feature periodically in IAC Express. To subscribe to IAC Express or any of IAC's other free publications, go to: http://www.immunize.org/subscribe
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June 18, 2008
TWO HEPATITIS B PARENT-EDUCATION RESOURCES AND TWO GENERAL IMMUNIZATION PIECES NOW AVAILABLE IN SPANISH AND SIX ADDITIONAL LANGUAGES

IAC now offers two of its popular hepatitis B parent-education print resources in languages in addition to English. "Hepatitis B Shots Are Recommended for All New Babies" is available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese. "All Kids Need Hepatitis B Shots" is available in Spanish, Chinese, Hmong, Korean, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. IAC gratefully acknowledges the California Department of Public Health, Immunization Branch, for the translations of "All Kids Needs Hepatitis B Shots."

IAC has also had the following two general immunization pieces translated into Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese: "Are you 11-19? Then you need to be vaccinated against these serious diseases!" and "Vaccinations for Adults: You're NEVER too old to get immunized!"

Links to all translations of these free print resources follow.

"HEPATITIS B SHOTS ARE RECOMMENDED FOR ALL NEW BABIES"
For a Spanish version of "Hepatitis B Shots Are Recommended for All New Babies," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4110-01.pdf

For an Arabic version of "Hepatitis B Shots Are Recommended for All New Babies," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4110-20.pdf

For a Chinese version of "Hepatitis B Shots Are Recommended for All New Babies," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4110-08.pdf

For a French version of "Hepatitis B Shots Are Recommended for All New Babies," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4110-10.pdf

For a Korean version of "Hepatitis B Shots Are Recommended for All New Babies," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4110-09.pdf

For a Russian version of "Hepatitis B Shots Are Recommended for All New Babies," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4110-07.pdf

For a Vietnamese version of "Hepatitis B Shots Are Recommended for All New Babies," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4110-05.pdf

For an English version of "Hepatitis B Shots Are Recommended for All New Babies," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4110.pdf


"ALL KIDS NEED HEPATITIS B SHOTS"
For a Spanish version of "All Kids Need Hepatitis B Shots," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4055-01.pdf

For a Chinese version of "All Kids Need Hepatitis B Shots," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4055-08.pdf

For a Hmong version of "All Kids Need Hepatitis B Shots," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4055-02.pdf

For a Korean version of "All Kids Need Hepatitis B Shots," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4055-09.pdf

For a Russian version of "All Kids Need Hepatitis B Shots," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4055-07.pdf

For a Tagalog version of "All Kids Need Hepatitis B Shots," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4055-06.pdf

For a Vietnamese version of "All Kids Need Hepatitis B Shots," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4055-05.pdf

For an English version of "All Kids Need Hepatitis B Shots," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4055.pdf


"ARE YOU 11-19?"
For a Spanish version of "Are you 11-19?" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020.pdf

For an Arabic version of "Are you 11-19?" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020-20.pdf

For a Chinese version of "Are you 11-19?" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020-08.pdf

For a French version of "Are you 11-19?" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020-10.pdf

For a Korean version of "Are you 11-19?" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020-09.pdf

For a Russian version of "Are you 11-19?" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020-07.pdf

For a Vietnamese version of "Are you 11-19?" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020-05.pdf
For an English version of ""Are you 11-19?" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4020.pdf


"VACCINATIONS FOR ADULTS"
For a Spanish version of "Vaccinations for Adults," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030-01.pdf

For an Arabic version of "Vaccinations for Adults," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030-20.pdf

For a Chinese version of "Vaccinations for Adults," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030-08.pdf

For a French version of "Vaccinations for Adults," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030-10.pdf

For a Korean version of "Vaccinations for Adults," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030-09.pdf

For a Russian version of "Vaccinations for Adults," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030-07.pdf

For a Vietnamese version of "Vaccinations for Adults," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030-05.pdf

For an English version of "Vaccinations for Adults," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030.pdf

To access more FREE, ready-to-print translations from the IACwebsite, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/printmaterials/translations.asp
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June 18, 2008
IAC UPDATES FIVE PIECES RELATED TO HEPATITIS B OR GENERAL
IMMUNIZATION

IAC recently revised the following five pieces.

"It's Federal Law! You must give your patients current Vaccine Information Statements (VISs)"
To access a copy of the revised piece, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2027.pdf

"Every year, thousands of people are infected with hepatitis B virus, including teens"
To access a copy of the revised piece, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4100.pdf

"Emergency Response Worksheet"
To access a copy of the revised piece, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3051.pdf

"Vaccines Work! CDC Statistics Demonstrate Dramatic Declines in Vaccine-Preventable Diseases When Compared with the Pre-Vaccine
Era"
To access a copy of the revised piece, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4037.pdf

"Summary of Recommendations for Child and Adolescent Immunization"
To access a copy of the revised piece, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2010.pdf

To access more than 175 FREE print resources for healthcare professionals and the public from IAC's Print Materials web section, go to: http://www.immunize.org/printmaterials
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June 18, 2008
CDC ANNOUNCES VACCINATION INFORMATION IMPORTANT FOR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL DURING SUMMER 2008

[The following is cross posted from the Immunization Action Coalition's "IAC Express" electronic newsletter, 6/16/08.]

On June 9, CDC's Travelers' Health web section posted an announcement informing international travelers about the importance of getting routine or travel-related vaccines before departing. This is of particular significance to those traveling to the EURO 2008 Soccer Games, the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as to other international destinations in summer 2008.

To access the announcement, as well as information and links topertinent travel vaccine information, go to:
http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentVaccinesSummer2008.aspx
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June 18, 2008
TWO COMPREHENSIVE SHARPS INJURY PREVENTION RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE--ONE ON CD-ROM, THE OTHER FOR DOWNLOADING

[The following is cross posted from the Immunization Action Coalition's "IAC Express" electronic newsletter, 6/9/08.]

The CD-ROM "Sharps Injury Prevention" is available from the Public Health Foundation's Learning Resource Center. It contains a 168-page workbook for designing, implementing, and evaluating a sharps injury prevention program; customizable slide presentations that provide an overview of sharps injury prevention practices; and a brochure that urges healthcare workers to be prepared, be aware, and dispose with care. Alternatively, the workbook can be downloaded directly from the CDC website.

To order the CD-ROM from the Public Health Foundation for $14.50, go to:
http://bookstore.phf.org/product_info.php?cPath=69_58&products_id=618

To download the workbook at no cost from the CDC website, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/sharpssafety and click on the pertinent links in the left column.
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June 18, 2008
ECRI INSTITUTE PROVIDES RESOURCES RELATED TO MEDICAL DEVICE REUSE ISSUES

ECRI Institute, an independent, nonprofit organization that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, has created a new online resource devoted to medical device reuse issues. The site includes recommended practices, as well as policy and procedure development tools on patient communication and device reuse issues.

To access this new web section, go to: http://www.ecri.org/device_reuse/Pages/infection.aspx You will have to register (no charge) to access the hundreds of guidance articles, medical product alert reports, and toolkits.
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June 18, 2008
AASLD 2008 LIVER MEETING TO BE HELD IN SAN FRANCISCO, OCTOBER 31-NOVEMBER 4

The 2008 Liver Meeting, sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), will be held in San Francisco, October 31-November 4. The International Association for the Study of the Liver will hold its 50th anniversary meeting in conjunction with the AASLD Liver Meeting.

For more information, go to:
https://www.aasld.org/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?webcode=08AM
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June 18, 2008
CALIFORNIA CENTRAL VALLEY VIRAL HEPATITIS SUMMIT SCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 8 IN ATWATER

On August 8, the California Hepatitis C Task Force & Impact House of Merced will present the Central Valley Viral Hepatitis Summit at the Atwater Community Center, Atwater, CA. Registration is free, but required. For more information, contact Bill at (707) 773-4922 or wmremak@pacbell.net
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June 18, 2008
MINNESOTA VIRAL HEPATITIS SYMPOSIUM TO TAKE PLACE JULY 30 IN BLOOMINGTON

The American Liver Foundation-Midwest Chapter and the Minnesota Department of Health will present the 2008 Minnesota Viral Hepatitis Symposium on July 30 in Bloomington, MN.

Early registration deadline is July 15. Space is limited. For more information, contact Cheri at (651) 201-4035 or cheri.booth@state.mn.us


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