American Academy of Pediatrics. [Chapter title]. In: Pickering LK, Baker CJ, Kimberlin DW, Long SS, eds. Red Book: 2009 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. 28th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2009.
The Red Book is a unique source of information on immunizations and infectious diseases for practitioners. The practice of pediatric infectious diseases is changing rapidly. With the limited time available to the practitioner, the ability to quickly obtain up-to-date infor-mation about new vaccines and vaccine recommendations, emerging infectious diseases, new diagnostic modalities, and treatment recommendations is essential. The Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the editors of the Red Book are dedicated to providing the most current and accurate information avail-able in the concise, practical format for which the Red Book is known.
The value of the Red Book is further enhanced by the Red Book Online (www. aapredbook.org), where statements and recommendations from the AAP and other important information that becomes available during the 3 years between editions of Red Book are provided. Another important resource is the visual library of Red Book Online, which has been updated and expanded to include more images of infectious diseases, examples of classic radiologic and other findings, and recent epidemiology of infectious diseases.
The Committee on Infectious Diseases relies on information and advice from many experts, as evidenced by the lengthy list of contributors to Red Book. We especially are indebted to the many contributors from other AAP committees, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, the Canadian Paediatric Society, the World Health Organization, and many other organizations and individuals who have made this edition possible. In addition, suggestions made by individual AAP members to improve the presentation of information on specific issues and on topic selection have been incorporated into this edition.
Most important to the success of this edition is the dedication and work of the edi-tors, whose commitment to excellence is unparalleled. Under the able leadership of Larry K. Pickering, MD, editor, with associate editors Carol J. Baker, MD, David W. Kimberlin, MD, and Sarah S. Long, MD, this new edition was made possible. We also are indebted to Edgar O. Ledbetter, MD, for his invaluable and untiring efforts to gather and organize the slide materials that make up the visual library of Red Book Online and are part of the electronic versions of the Red Book.
As noted in previous editions of the Red Book, some omissions and errors are inevi-table in a book of this type. We ask that AAP members continue to assist the committee actively by suggesting specific ways to improve the quality of future editions.
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