HAND HYGIENE SAVES LIVES
Proper handwashing is an important part of controlling influenza and other contagious diseases. CDC's ongoing Hand Hygiene Saves Lives campaign offers providers information, training, promotional materials and more in order to help them practice and promote hand hygeine in healthcare settings. For more information and links, visit CDC's Hand Hygiene website.
KICK THE FLU 2013 A ROUSING SUCCESS!
More than 150 healthcare professionals attended the Ninth Annual Kick The Flu Community Immunization Summit on Friday, Sept. 6. The standing-room-only audience was there to learn the latest information about flu vaccines and upcoming flu season.
The Summit featured presenters Litjen (L.J) Tan, PhD, Chief Strategy Officer of theImmunization Action Coalition; Wilma J. Wooten, MD, MPH, County Public Health Officer; and Mark Sawyer, MD, Medical Director of the San Diego Immunization Partnership. Two local TV Stations, FOX 5 and San Diego 6, sent staff to interview Drs. Tan and Sawyer about influenza disease, flu prevention and the importance of flu vaccine.
Presentations (links to downloadable files below) covered the upcoming flu season, the available vaccines, some history of past flu seasons, impact of the Affordable Care Act on Immunizations and influenza from a local San Diego perspective. As in previous years, participants asked questions of the speakers and took advantage of the opportunity to network with colleagues.
The Kick The Flu Community Summit is presented every year by the San Diego County Immunization Coalition (SDIC). This group consists of approximately 150 partner organizations working together to identify and develop strategies to raise immunization coverage for all residents of San Diego County. For more information about the Coalition, visit SDIC’s website at: www.sdizcoalition.org/index.html
Summit Presentations (PDF--click to view/download):
What's New with Flu in 2013-2014
Impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Immunizations
San Diego Perspective
Pregnant Women Need Protection From Flu
A Message From the California Vaccines For Children Program
Pregnant women are recommended to get a flu shot during any stage of pregnancy. If you treat pregnant women in your practice or if your patient’s mother is pregnant, please urge them to get vaccinated against flu.
Pregnant women are more severely affected by flu than the general population. Flu is 5 times more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant. Changes in the immune system, heart, and lungs during pregnancy make pregnant women more prone to severe illness from influenza.
Below are 3 reasons pregnant women should get vaccinated against the flu:
1. Flu vaccines are safe for pregnant women and their babies. Millions of pregnant women have received flu shots over the last decade, and the vaccination has not been shown to cause harm to women or their infants.
2. Flu shots during pregnancy also protect her newborn. Vaccination during pregnancy has been shown to protect both the mother and her infant from flu illness, flu hospitalizations, and flu-related preterm labor. Some of the protection mothers receive from flu shots passes to their babies during pregnancy, thereby helping protect them until they’re old enough to get flu shots at 6 months of age.
3. Pregnant women with flu have a greater chance for serious problems for their unborn babies, including premature labor and delivery.
For more information, please visit the EZIZ/VFC website at http://eziz.org.
Women Need Tdap Vaccine Protection
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)decided to
build on the momentum of the H1N1 influenza vaccination of
pregnant women to work on Tdap vaccination in that population.
The College has worked with the American Academy of
Pediatrics, Every Child By Two, and CDC to promote Tdap
For ACOG's latest opinion
on Tdap Vaccination from the Committee on Obstetric Practice, click this link.
The College maintains a website
just for women about immunization.
For additional information and resources for OB-GYNs, please visit this
Also, see the NEW Immunization Resources for Obstetrician-Gynecologists: A Comprehensive Tool Kit.
Informed Immunization Consent Law Is Effective in 2014
The new law will take effect beginning in January, 2014.
This legislation requires that a parent or guardian who wants to exempt their child from school or childcare immunization requirements to first receive information from a licensed healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of vaccinations and the risks of vaccine preventable diseases. The provider signs a standardized form (created by the California Department of Public Health) that a parent or guardian would also sign, and then turn in to the school or child care facility.
For more information about the new law and how it will be implemented, please click here or see the link at the top of this web page.