Help Protect your pediatric patients from Influenza; Every office visit is an opportunity to advocate for influenza vaccination; Parents are more likely to vaccinate their children against the flu when their physicians say it is important.
As the pandemic protracts, so does the stress on clinicians.
Approaching the fifth month of COVID-19-related impacts on their practice, patients, personal and financial well-being, only 13% of clinicians report adapting to a “new normal.” When asked to describe their stress and the stress on their practice, 45% noted that “my ability to bounce back and adjust to adversity has become limited.” 38% say they are “maxed out with mental exhaustion.”
Fewer than 4 in 10 clinicians feel confident and safe with their access to PPE, while slightly more than 1 in 3 (36%) feels their lack of access to PPE feels unsafe, both because of reuse (20%) and scarcity (20%). Story HERE
While anti-vaxxers flood social media with lies about the upcoming coronavirus vaccine — that it contains monkey brains, that it’s a CIA plot to take over the world — the government’s multi-billion-dollar vaccine effort has yet to come up with a public education campaign to counteract that propaganda. Read more by clicking this link.
“Del Bigtree was a mediocrity who found he could gather a following (and make money) by joining the anti-vaccine bandwagon. He was a minor producer for the daytime TV show “The Doctors” before he quit to join Andrew Wakefield’s team creating the fake documentary “Vaxxed”. If you’ve forgotten Del (or never knew who he was), we discussed him and his efforts a great deal during time Vaxxed was being shown. Since then he’s grown his online presence, spreading conspiracy theories, anti-vaccine messages and general bad medical information.”
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A toolkit provided by Shots Heard Round The World, a grassroots nonprofit that defends social media pages against vaccine misinformation and social media reputation attacks. This specific toolkit instructs officer managers and practitioners on how to prepare, endure, and reorganize following a social media attack from an anti-vaccination movement. You can learn more about their mission and other resources through their website found here!
1. In a systematic review, in utero exposure to influenza vaccine was not associated with adverse health outcomes in children older than 6 months of age.
2. All-cause morbidity and mortality, infectious, autoimmune, atopic, and neurodevelopmental outcomes were examined in the study, which included data from over 750,000 children.
Evidence Rating Level: 2 (Good)
Study Rundown: Influenza while seemingly common, is a respiratory infection that can be life threatening, particularly in young children and pregnant women. Influenza vaccination of pregnant women has been shown to reduce the risk of serious illness in infants during the first 6 months of life. However, skepticism of adverse effects of the vaccine has led to low rates of immunization amongst pregnant women. This study is the first systematic review to assess long term health outcomes in children who were exposed to maternal influenza vaccine in utero. Studies that examined health outcomes of children between age 6 months and 5 years were included in the review, encompassing hundreds of thousands of children. No statistically significant association was found between in utero exposure to influenza vaccine and all cause morbidity and mortality as well as a number of infectious, autoimmune, and neurodevelopmental outcomes. Meta-analyses were not possible due to the small number of studies available. Generalization of the results is limited by the fact that most studies examined exposure to pandemic (not seasonal) influenza vaccines, and all of them were conducted in high income countries in North America or Europe. Nonetheless, the results provide further evidence that maternal immunization with influenza vaccine is unlikely to cause adverse childhood health outcomes and can confidently be recommended to pregnant women.
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Schools are an important part of the infrastructure of communities and play a critical role in supporting the whole child, not just their academic achievement.
This guidance is intended to aid school administrators as they consider how to protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of students, teachers, other school staff, their families, and communities and prepare for educating students this fall.
This guidance is for K-12 school administrators who are preparing for students, teachers, and staff to return to school in fall 2020. School administrators are individuals who oversee the daily operations of K-12 schools, and may include school district superintendents, school principals, and assistant principals. More Details.
As polling suggests that only half of America’s population would be willing to get the Covid-19 vaccine if it were available, a panel of scientific and academic experts on Thursdays released a set of recommendations for how to boost confidence in vaccines, including appointing community spokespeople and making the vaccine free to all and available at familiar places like centers for worship.
Coronavirus Pandemic Causes Climate Of Anxiety And Changing Routines In America
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The panel, comprising 23 experts in health, science, communications, bioethics, anthropology and more, organized by Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and Texas State Anthropology, made the recommendations in order to achieve the goal of universal vaccination against coronavirus, a public health objective threatened by Americans’ growing skepticism of vaccines.
As Vaccine Skepticism In U.S. Grows, Experts Recommend Strategies For Covid-19 Vaccination Campaign
The American Cancer Society (ACS) has updated its guideline for human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination. New recommendations are for healthcare providers to routinely offer the HPV vaccine series to boys and girls between ages 9 and 12.
For most children younger than 15, HPV vaccination is a series of 2 shots. Children who have weakened immune systems and those who get the first dose at age 15 and older need 3 shots.
For any kids who haven’t completed the series, the ACS guideline recommends healthcare providers offer “catch-up” HPV vaccination up to age 26. The ACS does not recommend vaccination after age 26.
These updates came from the ACS’s Guideline Development Group’s (GDG) review and adaptation of the 2019 update from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). The ACIP is the main source for US immunization policy and part of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The full, updated guideline was published online July 8, 2020 in CA: Cancer Journal for Clinicians along with an informal patient page.
ACS Updates HPV Vaccination Recommendations to Start at Age 9
Face coverings, along with social distancing, staying home when you are sick and good hand hygiene, are vital tools in the fight against COVID-19. Wearing a face covering or mask has been shown to dramatically decrease the release of droplets from people’s mouths, which can carry infectious particles. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has created a Mask Up, New Jersey! toolkit to encourage everyone to wear a mask in outdoor public spaces. Please help us remind New Jerseyans to mask up by sharing these resources on social media channels and at your offices.
Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would “settle” for a Covid-19 vaccine that’s 70% to 75% effective, but that this incomplete protection, coupled with the fact that many Americans say they won’t get a coronavirus vaccine, makes it “unlikely” that the US will achieve sufficient levels of immunity to quell the outbreak.