This site provides health care practitioners with the most recent vaccine-related information and news. The following materials are intended to offer resources and readings for those who are interested in obtaining further information on specific vaccine-related topics. This site is updated frequently. The date adjacent to some topic titles indicates the date the information was issued. To access a particular source, please click on the appropriate link under the specific vaccine heading.
General Vaccine Information
The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) is a comprehensive source for childhood, adolescent, and adult immunization information and hepatitis B educational materials. This website has developed two new resource pages for vaccine information: CDC Resources You Should Know About (lists numerous CDC sources for vaccine-related information) and Vaccine Safety (includes links to numerous publications and websites that provide recent and reliable information on this important topic). Vaccinate Adults! (published by the IAC) is an immunization and hepatitis B publication for adult medicine specialists.
The Vaccine Page: this web site provides links to vaccine organizations and the latest vaccine news stories.
National Immunization Program: CDC's National Immunization Program web site.
The Vaccine Initiative: web site for the Vaccine Initiative Program of the Infectious Disease Society of America.
Vaccines and Foreign Travel: Geographical Travel Map: The CDC's Travel Information web site provides country-specific vaccine requirements and health information for international travelers.
The National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has developed a website devoted to vaccine research information. This website contains links to various fact sheets, brochures, amd special recommendations and reports.
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) has launched a website to serve as a nationwide mechanism by which adverse events can be reported, analyzed, and made available to the public. A printable VAERS form is available on this site. In upcoming months, online vaccine adverse events (VAE) reporting will be added. Of special interest to providers is a Vaccine Safety Bibliography which is generated monthly from the National Library of Medicine's SDILINE.
The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists' website offers immunization information for seniors.
Diphtheria/Tetanus Toxoids/Acellular Pertussis Vaccine, Adsorbed
1/27/99 Tripedia® recall (FDA notice)
1/27/99 Tripedia® recall (Manufacturer letter)
Hepatitis B Vaccine, Recombinant
9/10/99 "Availability of Hepatitis B Vaccine That Does Not Contain Thimerosal as a Preservative" (MMWR)
9/16/99 CDC distributes a "Dear Colleague" letter on guidance for use of hepatitis B vaccine that does not contain thimerosal as a preservative. (CDC)
3/20/00 Two dose hepatitis B vaccine schedule now an option for adolescents (IAC Express)
Immune Globulin IV, Human
3/5/99 IgG (IV) availability of treatment for immune deficient patients (MMWR)
6/25/99 "Renal Insufficiency and Failure Associated with Immune Globulin Intravenous Therapy--United States, 1985-1998" (MMWR)
Influenza Virus Vaccine
8/29/00 Comprehensive information from CDC on the influenza vaccine shortage/delay for the 2000-2001 influenza season.
10/16/00 JAMA offers patient education piece on influenza vaccine.
12/27/00 See CDC's influenza vaccine availability website for updates on obtaining vaccine.
Lyme Disease Vaccine
3/20/00 AAP publishes policy statement on Lyme disease prevention (Pediatrics)
2/7/00 Health Professionals Are Notified of A Change in Storage Conditions for
Orimune (Poliovirus Vaccine Live Oral Trivalent) (Manufacturer notice)
7/28/00 Voluntary Recall of Rabies Vaccine, IMOVAX Rabies I.D. (FDA Recall Notice)
3/20/00 AAP publishes policy statement on varicella vaccine (Pediatrics)
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