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Notice to Readers: Satellite Broadcast on Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

CDC's National Immunization Program (NIP) and the Public Health Training Network (PHTN) will co-sponsor a live satellite broadcast for physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, residents, medical and nursing students, and their colleagues who either give vaccinations or set policy in their workplace. The four-part series, "Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases," will be broadcast on March 15, 22, and 29, and April 5, 2001, from noon to 3:30 p.m. eastern time.

The program will provide the most current information in the field of immunization. Session one will cover principles of vaccination, general recommendations on vaccination, and strategies to improve vaccination coverage levels; session two will cover pertussis, pneumococcal disease (childhood), poliomyelitis, and Haemophilus influenzae type b; session three will cover measles, rubella, varicella, and vaccine safety; and session four will focus on hepatitis B, hepatitis A, influenza, and pneumococcal disease (adult).

Participants will be able to interact with instructors through toll-free telephone, fax, and TTY lines. Continuing education for various professions will be offered based on 14 hours of instruction.

Information and registration are available through state or county health department immunization programs. A list of state immunization coordinators is available on the NIP World-Wide Web site, http://www.cdc.gov/nip/ed/coordinators.htm. Course participants will be required to obtain their own copy of the primary course text, Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, 6th edition (2000). The text is available from the Public Health Foundation for $25; telephone (877) 252-1200; World-Wide Web site, http://bookstore.phf.org. All other course materials will be provided on site.



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