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FREE BROCHURES AVAILABLE TO ADVISE PARENTS ON CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATIONS; CALL 1-800-472-KIDS

FREE BROCHURES AVAILABLE TO ADVISE PARENTS ON CHILDHOOD IMMUNIZATIONS;
 CALL 1-800-472-KIDS
 WAYNE, N.J., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Two new brochures now are available to inform parents about childhood immunizations. The brochures, "Parents' Guide to Childhood Immunizations" and "Important Facts Every Parent Should Know About Immunizing Their Children Against Pertussis," are available at no charge through Lederle-Praxis Biologicals, an American Cyanamid business unit, by calling 1-800-472-KIDS.
 The availability of the brochures coincides with the publication of a recent Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) article, "Pertussis Hospitalizations and Mortality in the United States, 1985-1988." The article highlights a study which concludes that the number of pertussis (whooping cough) cases in the United States are substantially underreported, indicating that the impact of pertussis disease is considerably higher than originally estimated. This is especially important information for parents who have children scheduled for immunizations.
 The brochures discuss basis information about eight childhood diseases that can be prevented by immunization -- diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella (German measles) and Haemophilus influenzae (HIB). Brief histories and definitions of these diseases, immunization schedules, specific information about each type of vaccine and explanations regarding the risks and benefits of immunization are among the topics covered in the brochures. These brochures should not be substituted for the brochures now required by the Centers for Disease Control.
 "We believe the brochures will be a valuable tool in helping parents make informed decisions about immunizing their children," said Ronda J. Saldarini, Ph.D., president and chief executive officer, Lederle-Praxis Biologicals.
 Lederle-Praxis Biologicals, a business unit of American Cyanamid Company (NYSE: ACY), is a leading developer, manufacturer and distributor of several pediatric and adult vaccine products.
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 /CONTACT: Craig Engesser of Lederle-Praxis Biologicals, 201-831-3253/
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