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Starting January 1, 2015, Idaho Medicaid will be using the new 2015 CPT® code 99188 for application of fluoride varnish for children in the physician's office. If you have questions, contact Arlee Coppinger CPC, Alternative Care Coordinator for Idaho Medicaid at (208) 364-1958.
What's the Latest with the Flu: Information from the AAP - December 2014
Flu activity http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/summary.htm is increasing in the United States. Five pediatric deaths have been reported so far this season, with influenza A (H3N2) and influenza B viruses being identified most commonly in the United States. The CDC has reported that 52% of the influenza A (H3N2) viruses collected and analyzed in the United States from October 1 through November 22, 2014 were antigenically different (drifted) from the H3N2 virus strain in the vaccine. Read More >>
When predominant circulating influenza viruses drift, there is the potential for decreased vaccine effectiveness against that drifted strain. This finding highlights the importance of influenza antiviral treatment as a valuable second line of defense for children with influenza. For more information, see the CDC HAN Health Alert Network http://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00374.asp message and the AAP Latest News article http://aapnews.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/12/05/aapnews.20141205-1.
Flu activity http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/summary.htm is increasing in the United States. Five pediatric deaths have been reported so far this season, with influenza A (H3N2) and influenza B viruses being identified most commonly in the United States. The CDC has reported that 52% of the influenza A (H3N2) viruses collected and analyzed in the United States from October 1 through November 22, 2014 were antigenically different (drifted) from the H3N2 virus strain in the vaccine. When predominant circulating influenza viruses drift, there is the potential for decreased vaccine effectiveness against that drifted strain. This finding highlights the importance of influenza antiviral treatment as a valuable second line of defense for children with influenza. For more information, see the CDC HAN Health Alert Network http://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00374.asp message and the AAP Latest News article http://aapnews.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/12/05/aapnews.20141205-1.
National Influenza Vaccination Week http://www2.aap.org/immunization/about/nivw.html (NIVW) is taking place December 7-13, 2014. Vaccination remains the most important step in protecting against influenza. With flu activity increasing and family and friends gathering for the holidays, now is a great time to get your flu vaccine to protect yourself and your loved ones. As a reminder, it takes about two weeks after vaccination for the body to develop full protective immunity.
New data http://aapnews.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/11/06/aapnews.20141106-1 show that the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) was not effective against the influenza A H1N1 pandemic virus when compared with inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) in children 2 through 8 years of age. This data is contrary to earlier studies suggesting that LAIV has superior efficacy in children ages 2 years through 8 years. This, however, does not change the AAP's recommendation that all children 6 months and older, who are eligible for influenza vaccination, should be immunized against influenza as soon as possible. Remember that 80% of all influenza illness generally occurs in January, February, and March each year.
Also, be sure to check out the new 2014-2015 AAP Online Flu Courses http://pedialink.aap.org/visitor "Influenza Office Testing and Vaccinating Egg-Allergic Children" and "Prevention and Control of Influenza: 2014-2015". These courses deliver valuable information for clinicians to help keep children healthy during this flu season. Each online course brings you up to date in less than an hour and qualifies for American Medical Association (AMA) Physician's Recognition Award (PRA) Category 1 Credit(s)TM.
For more detailed influenza information, see the AAP Red Book Online Influenza Resource page http://redbook.solutions.aap.org/ss/influenza-resources.aspx or the CDC FluView http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/. All What's the Latest with the Flu messages will be archived www.aap.org/disasters/flu.
Disaster Preparedness — Update on initiatives
The Idaho Chapter of the AAP continues to provide input and assistance with pediatric disaster preparedness planning and response to local hospitals, healthcare centers, medical providers, EMS agencies, health departments, and various community partners. Read More >>
We monitor, educate, and prepare for pandemics and outbreaks, such as Enterovirus D-68 and Ebola. We have representation in Idaho EMSC, Southwest Hospital Coalition, Eastern Idaho Healthcare Coalition, Regional Healthcare Planning Group, Pediatric Trauma, Environment of Care,Emergency Management Committees, and the new Mountain States Pediatric Disaster Surge Coalition. We participated in a mass fatality community-wide exercise, the 2014 Alaska Shield FEMA exercise, as well as several local hospital emergency drills. Future initiatives include a full-scale pediatric disaster exercise in SE Idaho, additional planning and development of mass casualty protocols, and educational support for special needs, technology dependent patients and day care preparedness.
Aaron Gardner (Pediatric Intensivist at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center) has recently joined Kathy Stevens as an AAP Disaster Preparedness Chapter Contact. He serves as a Regional Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the National Disaster Medical System and has a masters degree in Disaster Medicine. He has extensive experience in disaster planning and response and is excited to help advance pediatric emergency preparedness in Idaho.
Dr. Joyce is Idahos CDC Childhood Immunization Champion
Thanks to Dr. Joyce's willingness to listen and his dedication to vaccine education, many parents in his practice who were previously unwilling to immunize their children have changed their minds. These parents now have fully immunized children, and many are up-to-date on their own vaccines as well.
Child Passenger Seat Safety
Children in the Media
Early Brain & Child Development
Ending Childhood Obesity
Electronic Health Records
Healthy Teen Relationships
How blessed we are to have access to safe vaccines?
During the Idaho Immunization Coalition Summit I had the privilege to experience briefly the Iron Lung. Let's bear in mind I chose to go in and new my friend Buck would be quick to release me from the chamber if needed. I inhaled the first breath as the lung was exhaling for me and a bit of panic set in as my chest expansion was quickly halted by the lung. A few more breaths and I was in sync and it was less worrisome. A patient suffering polio disease would have to be in the lung 2-20 hrs per day and sometimes continuously to support their respiratory function. Read More >>
Idaho Lead Advisory Committee
We need your help!The Idaho Chapter of the AAP is looking for a physician for the Idaho Lead Advisory Committee.If you are interested please contact Sherry Iverson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208-381-3033.More››
The members of the Idaho Lead Advisory would really appreciate the insight of a Pediatrician here in Idaho. The committee meets quarterly January, April, July, and October for 2 hours. Members may participate via phone conference.Our committee has been active since 2006, and is there is no specific term limit for being a member. This is completely on a volunteer basis. Our committee is comprised of a representative from the following agencies:
(A) Silver Valley Community Resource Center (2)
(B) Head Start Association
(C) A health professional
(D) Parent of a Medicaid child
(E) Representative from Environmental Health
(F) Non-voting, rotating representation from Regional District Health agencies
(G) Representative from the Infant Toddler Program
(H) Representative from the WIC Program
(I) Member at Large
(J) Staffed by the Division of Medicaid (2)
The purpose/mission of the Medicaid Lead Screening Advisory Committee is to provide information and advice to the Administrator of the Division of Medicaid regarding Blood Lead Screening for Idaho Medicaid children through a collaborative relationship with public health entities, educational entities, the Silver Valley Resource Center and private citizens.
(A) Improving parent/family education - The committee will recommend strategies for education efforts to increase the understanding of families on the importance of requesting blood lead screens for their children.
(B) Improve Blood Lead Screening rates by primary care providers through information and education - The committee will recommend information, education and intervention strategies for primary care providers to improve compliance with lead screening requirements.
Congratulations 2014 Immunization Champions!
Idaho Health and Wellness Collaborative for Children (IHAWCC)
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