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Hep Express Issue 73

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 31, 2008
CDC REDESIGNS ITS VIRAL HEPATITIS WEBSITE

CDC's Division of Viral Hepatitis recently redesigned its website, accessed at http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis

The changes are designed to make it easier for people to find hepatitis information and resources quickly. The pages for hepatitis A, B, and C information have separate entry portals for members of the public and health professionals.

Take a look and be sure to bookmark this great resource.
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July 31, 2008
FOR EASY ACCESS TO MORE THAN 175 FREE, READY-TO-PRINT IMMUNIZATION MATERIALS FOR PATIENTS AND PROFESSIONALS, VISIT IAC'S REDESIGNED PRINT MATERIALS WEB SECTION

[The following is cross posted from the Immunization Action Coalition's "IAC Express" electronic newsletter, 7/21/08.]

IAC's recently redesigned Print Materials web section gives users access to more than 175 FREE, reliable, ready-to-print immunization resources. Intended for use by health professionals and the public, most materials have been reviewed for technical accuracy by CDC immunization experts. All are in ready-to-print (PDF) format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing.

To improve access, the Print Materials section has been reorganized. Materials are now grouped under the following headings:

Most popular print materials:
http://www.immunize.org/printmaterials/toppicks.asp

Print materials by topic:
http://www.immunize.org/printmaterials/viewall.asp

Print materials translations:
http://www.immunize.org/printmaterials/translations.asp

Q&As about diseases and vaccines:
http://www.immunize.org/printmaterials/questions.asp

Standing orders: http://www.immunize.org/standingorders

Materials organized by item number:
http://www.immunize.org/printmaterials/number.asp

Materials listed in alphabetical order:
http://www.immunize.org/printmaterials/alpha.asp

To access the entire listing of print materials, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/printmaterials
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July 31, 2008
IAC WEBSITE HAS VIS TRANSLATIONS IN 36 LANGUAGES; THE MOST RECENTLY ADDED IS KAREN

[The following is cross posted from the Immunization Action Coalition's "IAC Express" electronic newsletter, 6/23/08.]

With the addition of Karen (spoken in Burma), IAC now offers healthcare professionals VIS translations in 36 languages. IAC gratefully acknowledges the Minnesota Department of Health for the Karen translations. To access them, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_karen.asp

CHECK OUT IAC'S REDESIGNED VIS WEB SECTION
The recent redesign of IAC's VIS web section speeds the process of locating VIS-related resources. Following are some of the web section's features:

*A continually updated chart, "Current VIS Dates," that healthcare professionals can use to make sure they are giving patients the most current VISs:
http://www.immunize.org/vis

*VISs organized by language (English and 36 others):
http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_english.asp

*VISs organized by vaccine (25 different single-antigen and combination vaccines):
Http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_anthrax.asp

*VISs organized alphabetically:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_alpha.asp

*A compendium of information on how to use VISs:
http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_howto.asp

*Links to sources that offer VISs in other formats (e.g., audio and web-media VISs): http://www.immunize.org/vis/vis_sources.asp

Visit IAC's VIS redesigned web section at http://www.immunize.org/vis

The IAC website has many other immunization materials in translation. All are FREE and ready-to-print. To access them, go to: http://www.immunize.org/printmaterials/translations.asp
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July 31, 2008
IAC REVIEWS AND REVISES SEVERAL OF ITS VIRAL HEPATITIS PRINT MATERIALS

IAC recently reviewed and/or revised the following hepatitis print resources. Information about the revisions follows.

"Should You Be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis B? A screening questionnaire for adults." This risk-assessment statement was added: "I have HIV infection."

To access "Should You Be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis B? A screening questionnaire for adults," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2191.pdf

"Should You Be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis A? A screening questionnaire for adults." This risk-assessment statement was added: "I might have been exposed to the hepatitis A virus in the past two weeks."

To access "Should You Be Vaccinated Against Hepatitis A? A screening questionnaire for adults," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2190.pdf

"Hepatitis B and A Vaccines Are Imperative for Families Adopting from Abroad." Formerly titled "Hepatitis B Vaccine Is Imperative for Families Adopting from Abroad," this resource was updated with information about hepatitis A. IAC gratefully acknowledges Dr. Jane Aronson (http://www.orphandoctor.com) who made this resource available to us many years ago and contributed to its revision.

To access "Hepatitis B and A Vaccines Are Imperative for Families Adopting from Abroad," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4153.pdf

"Hepatitis A: Questions and Answers--information about the disease and vaccines." Changes were made to information about the use of immune globulin and/or hepatitis A vaccine prior to travel.

To access "Hepatitis A: Questions and Answers--information about the disease and vaccines," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4204.pdf

Note: This resource is also available in web-text format on IAC's www.vaccineinformation.org website at http://www.vaccineinformation.org/hepa/qandadis.asp

"Hepatitis B Information for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders" was extensively revised.

To access "Hepatitis B Information for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4190.pdf

"Standing Orders for Administering Hepatitis A Vaccine to Children and Teens." Information on vaccinating children with recent possible exposure to hepatitis A virus was added; other minor changes were made.

To access the revised standing orders protocol for administering hepatitis A vaccine to children and teens, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3077a.pdf

"Standing Orders for Administering Hepatitis A Vaccine to Adults." Information on vaccinating adults with recent possible exposure to hepatitis A virus was added; other minor changes were made.

To access the revised standing orders protocol for administeringhepatitis A vaccine to adults, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p3077.pdf

"Hospitals & Doctors Sued for Failing to Protect Newborns from Hepatitis B Virus Transmission" was reviewed and found to be still accurate.

To access "Hospitals & Doctors Sued for Failing to Protect Newborns from Hepatitis B Virus Transmission," go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2061.pdf

"Hospitals and Doctors Sued for Failing to Immunize" was reviewed and found to be still accurate.

To access "Hospitals and Doctors Sued for Failing to Immunize," go to: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p2060.pdf

IAC's Print Materials web section has more than 175 FREE, ready-to-print English-language materials for healthcare professionals and the public--as well as many in translation. To access all of IAC's print resources, go to: http://www.immunize.org/printmaterials
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July 31, 2008
IAC OFFERS ADDITIONAL TRANSLATIONS OF BROCHURES FOR NEW PARENTS

The IAC website now has translations of the parent-education brochure "Questions Parents Ask about Baby Shots" in seven languages in addition to English. The languages are Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese. Links to all follow.

To access the Spanish version of "Questions Parents Ask about Baby Shots" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4025-01.pdf

To access the Arabic version of "Questions Parents Ask about Baby Shots" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4025-20.pdf

To access the Chinese version of "Questions Parents Ask about Baby Shots" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4025-08.pdf

To access the French version of "Questions Parents Ask about Baby Shots" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4025-10.pdf

To access the Korean version of "Questions Parents Ask about Baby Shots" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4025-09.pdf

To access the Russian version of "Questions Parents Ask about Baby Shots" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4025-07.pdf

To access the Vietnamese version of "Questions Parents Ask about Baby Shots" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4025-05.pdf

To access the English version of "Questions Parents Ask about Baby Shots" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4025.pdf


IAC now offers the "All Kids Need Hepatitis B Shots!" brochure in Arabic and French.

To access the Arabic version of "All Kids Need Hepatitis B Shots!" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4055-20.pdf

To access the French version of "All Kids Need Hepatitis B Shots!" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4055-10.pdf

To access the English version of "All Kids Need Hepatitis B Shots!" go to:
http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4055.pdf

In addition to Arabic, French, and English, "All Kids Need Hepatitis B Shots!" is available in Spanish and six other languages. To access these additional translations, go to the alphabetical listing of print resources at http://www.immunize.org/printmaterials/alpha.asp

To access additional FREE, ready-to-print translations from the IAC website, go to:
http://www.immunize.org/printmaterials/translations.asp
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July 31, 2008
PRESENTATIONS FROM HEPATITIS B FOUNDATION'S (HBF) PATIENT CONFERENCE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

The Hepatitis B Foundation's (HBF) 8th Annual Patient Conference was held June 27-28, in Los Angeles. This year's patient conference was hosted in collaboration with the Asian Pacific Liver Center at St. Vincent Medical Center, Hepatitis B Information and Support Listserv (HB-List), and the HBV-Adoption List.

The keynote address regarding advances in hepatitis B management was given by Dr. Robert Gish, medical director of the Liver Transplant Center at California Pacific Medical Center. A comprehensive overview of the available drug therapies was provided by Dr. Timothy Block, president of the Hepatitis B Foundation and professor at Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Philip Rosenthal spoke about the unique management and issues of children living with chronic hepatitis B. Dr. Rosenthal is professor of pediatrics and surgery, director of pediatric hepatology, and medical director of the Pediatric Liver Transplant Program at University of California San Francisco Children's Hospital.

These presentations, and more, are available on the HBF website at http://www.hepb.org/patients/patient_conference.htm
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July 31, 2008
HBF POSTS SPRING 2008 ISSUE OF "B INFORMED" NEWSLETTER ON ITS WEBSITE

The Spring 2008 issue of "B Informed," the newsletter of the Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF), is now available online. This issue includes articles on combination therapy and finding a good doctor, as well as regular features such as information about clinical trials and the "HBF Drug Watch."

The current issue of "B Informed" can be accessed at http://www.hepb.org/pdf/hepbnews52.pdf

To receive "B Informed" through the U.S. mail, please send your name and full address to info@hepb.org and HBF will add your name to its confidential mailing list.

The HBF website offers many other resources at http://www.hepb.org
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July 31, 2008
HBF ADDS MORE EXPERT SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS TO ITS WEBSITE

The Hepatitis B Foundation (HBF) now features 11 online Expert Speaker presentations, many available in audio, video, and printer-friendly text formats.

The experts and their topics follow.

Melissa Palmer, MD: "Nutrition, Exercise and Healthy Lifestyles with Chronic Hepatitis B"

Maureen Kamischke: "HBV 101: What Parents Should Know About Hepatitis"

Maureen Jonas, MD: "Management and Treatment of Children with Hepatitis B"

Hie-Won L. Hann, MD: "From Despair to Hope: Advances in the Care of Hepatitis B"

Timothy Block, PhD: "What's New on the HBV Drug Watch"

Samuel So, MD, FACS: "How Serious is Hepatitis B?"

Hillel Tobias, MD, FACS: "What is the impact of hepatitis B in the U.S?"

W. Thomas London, MD: "Why is hepatitis B important?"

Emmet Keeffe, MD: "Evolving Treatment Strategies for Chronic Hepatitis B"

Samuel So, MD, FACS: "Eliminating the Voodoo from Hepatitis B"

Harold Margolis, MD: "Viral Hepatitis--A National Perspective: Closing the Gaps"

To access the HBF Expert Speakers Forum, go to: http://www.hepb.org/expforum
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July 31, 2008
SIGN MEETING 2008 TO BE HELD IN MOSCOW ON OCTOBER 13-15

[The following is cross posted from the Immunization Action Coalition's "IAC Express" electronic newsletter, 7/21/08.]

The annual meeting of the Safe Injection Global Network (SIGN) is planned for October 13-15 in Moscow. For additional information, go to http://www.who.int/injection_safety/en


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