A Message from the Editor
October 21, 2009
Now that the 2009 H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines are available, CDC would like to provide updates to its partners on vaccine safety and CDC's vaccine safety monitoring system. CDC expects the 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine to have a similar safety profile as seasonal flu vaccines, which have very good safety track records. Already, the 2009 H1N1 influenza and seasonal flu vaccines have not been associated with any unexpected adverse events. Vaccination is the best way to prevent influenza infection and its complications.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CDC closely monitor the safety of all vaccines licensed for use in the United States, including seasonal influenza vaccines, in cooperation with state and local health departments, healthcare providers and other partners. Additional special monitoring is occurring to assure that any rare side effects of the 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine are detected as soon as possible.
The purpose of vaccine safety monitoring is timely identification of any clinically significant adverse events following immunization, as well as to provide timely information to the public, vaccine providers, public health officials and policy makers.
CDC and its partners will use several systems to monitor the safety of 2009 H1N1 flu vaccine. One primary system that will be used is the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which is jointly operated with the FDA. To assist state and local health departments in getting the word out about reporting adverse events to VAERS, CDC has developed a template that can be e-mailed or sent standard mail to local healthcare providers. Visit CDC’s 2009 H1N1 Flu page for information on the safety of the 2009 H1N1 vaccine.
Additionally, CDC will conduct surveillance of adverse events through partnerships with other federal agencies, professional organizations and academic institutions.
For more information on vaccine safety monitoring, contact CDC-INFO at 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636), TTY: (888) 232-6348 or email@example.com.
CDC’s H1N1 Flu Information a Click Away
What should I do if my child is sick? When is an employee too sick to work? What does CDC recommend this season regarding testing for influenza? Where can I get ready-made brochures and flyers on H1N1? All these questions and more are answered on CDC’s 2009 H1N1 Flu site. >> read the full text
Women with Disabilities and Breast Cancer
Most women are likely to have regular mammogram screenings; however, women with disabilities are less likely to have been screened within the recommended guidelines. CDC is promoting the facts about breast cancer as well as tips and materials to make getting a quality mammogram and clinical examination easier through its campaign "Breast Cancer Screening: The Right to Know." The materials can assist healthcare professionals, organizations and their partners to effectively communicate the need for early and regular breast cancer screening for women living with physical disabilities. >> read the full text
Secondhand Smoke: Making Sense of the Evidence
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Nearly three of four U.S. adults have at least one major risk factor for heart disease. Yet, only 40 percent of Americans live in areas with comprehensive state or local laws that ban smoking in public places. A new report, Secondhand Smoke Exposure and Cardiovascular Effects: Making Sense of the Evidence, released October 15, provides a comprehensive review of the science on the relationship between secondhand smoke exposure and acute coronary events. >> read the full text
Events and Seminars
All events and seminars listed are open to CDC's partners. For more information, contact the POC listed. >> read the full text
2009 National Environmental Public Health Conference
Hosted by CDC's National Center for Environmental Health, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and National Environmental Health Association
15th Annual Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference
Hosted by CDC’s Division of Reproductive Health
Kimberly Geissman, MS, MSEd, retired September 30, after 40 years of civil service—37 of those years dedicated to public health (and 21 years at CDC).
Former CDC employee Loraine Good, who worked as a scientific writer/editor in the Epidemiology Program Office, died October 4, after a long battle with cancer.
Former CDC employee Army Captain Ben Sklaver, along with one of his men, was killed in a suicide bombing attack on Friday, Oct 2, in Afghanistan.
CDC Partnership Matters: Reader's Feedback
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