The above article focuses our attention on a mom’s experience after her daughter suffered from meningitis as an infant 11 years ago. She begins by mentioning the recent death of a Lakeland area high school student.
The Polk County Immunization Coalition works to communicate information about vaccines and immunizations to our community to help families avoid the tragic effects of vaccine-preventable diseases.
The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community. Systematic reviews are used to answer these questions:
Which program and policy interventions have been proven effective?
Are there effective interventions that are right for my community?
What might effective interventions cost; what is the likely return on investment?
Can a strategy to increase HPV vaccination rates be as simple as a 13-minute DVD?
To increase HPV vaccination rates in their area, researchers from the University of Kentucky PRC developed a video called “1-2-3 Pap,” a 13-minute educational and motivational DVD that features women and health care providers from Appalachian Kentucky. To test the video, researchers recruited 344 young women in community settings such as local health departments, outdoor festivals, and shopping centers. All of the participants received the first dose of the vaccine at the time of enrollment. Half of the women then watched the DVD on individual laptops, and the other half received an informational pamphlet. All the participants then received phone call reminders to complete doses 2 and 3 of the vaccine series.
Vaccine Education Center’s free mobile app for iPhones educates parents about vaccines
The Vaccine Education Center (VEC) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has launched a free mobile app for iPhones. It is described in a short video by VEC Director Dr. Paul Offit. Titled Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know, the app offers parents information about vaccines, the diseases they prevent, and common vaccine safety concerns.
The VEC app is available for free download from the iTunes app store.
The 2013-2014 influenza vaccines include those that are trivalent (protects against 3 strains) and quadrivalent (protects against 4 strains). Both types of vaccine contain new strains from the previous season. Because of the new strains and the fact that immunity drops up to 50% 6-12 months after vaccination, influenza vaccine is recommended every year for all those over 6 months of age.
Please note the AAP Recommendations for Influenza Immunization of Children, 2013-14 will be released Sept 2, 2013 and published in the October issue of Pediatrics.
March of Dimes, Sanofi Pasteur Launch Grandparents’ Corner
The March of Dimes and Sanofi Pasteur are excited to announce the availability of Grandparents’ Corner, a new online resource from the Sounds of Pertussis® Campaign to help grandparents learn more about pertussis, also known as whooping cough, and the importance of adult tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination. Researchers found when it could be determined how an infant caught pertussis, family members — including grandparents — were responsible for spreading the disease in up to 80 percent of cases.1
“As grandparents, it’s our responsibility to carry on the legacy of our families, which means prioritizing their health and happiness,” said Dr. Arthur Kornhaber, a psychiatrist and expert in the area of Grandparent Communication. “The first step for grandparents to help protect their families from health risks like pertussis is to learn more themselves and speak with their children to ensure the entire family is educated on the topic. Families should then work together to make sure anyone who comes in contact with their newborn is up-to-date on their adult Tdap vaccination.”