Sports media have been reporting an outbreak of mumps among National Hockey League players this winter. But the outbreak is much larger than that.
Between January and February 2017, 37 states and the District of Columbia reported 1,077 cases of mumps to CDC. In 2016, there were 5,311 cases of mumps reported. See the CDC update. And the mumps outbreak-related Questions and Answers for Patients from the CDC is here.
The NJAAP is joining states in AAP District 3 in a quality improvement project to increase HPV immunization rates and prevent HPV cancers in the state. Webinars and other materials are archived here for all participating chapters and practices. For more information, contact Aldina M. Hovde, MSW at email@example.com or 609-842-0014, ext 123.
Partnerships & Funding
Preventing HPV Cancers Kick-Off
New ACIP Recommendations for HPV Vaccination
Overview of Quality Improvement Science and Networking
According to the annual vaccination report, only 33.3% of eligible adolescents received the CDC-recommended MenACWY booster vaccination to help protect against meningococcal meningitis, as compared to 81.3% of those teens who received the recommended first vaccination.
The second booster vaccination, recommended at 16 years of age, is important because data suggest that protection from the first dose wanes within 5 years in approximately half of immunized teens.
AAP Urges States to Eliminate All Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions for Child Care and School Attendance
AAP released its policy statement: Medical Versus Non-medical Immunization Exemptions for Child Care and School Attendance, along with a clinical report on countering vaccine hesitancy, outlining strategies and approaches that pediatricians can use with parents to help them make the decision to vaccinate their child.
Read the full news release HERE.
New Jersey received two Healthy People 2020 Immunization Coverage Awards for influenza vaccination among children age 6 month to 17 years for the 2015-16 season, and adolescents age 13-17 years, at this year’s National Immunization Conference (NIC) in Atlanta, GA (September 13-15th).
Outstanding progress was also made for three adolescent vaccinations in 2015, based on National Immunization Survey-Teen data: Tdap, MenACWY, and HPV.
Recognizing low-rates of HPV vaccination as a serious public health threat, the 69 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated cancer centers in the U.S. are urging parents and health care providers to protect the health of our children by encouraging completion of the 3-dose HPV vaccine series, and emphasizing the importance of a strong recommendation.
Low rates of pertussis infection in the 1990’s have given way to a dramatic spike in cases. In 2012, over 48,000 cases were reported, and 20 children died, most of whom were unimmunized infants. Larry Frenkel, MD explores the causes of the increased incidence in pertussis rates, and what should be done in his article The Problem with Pertussis.