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July 27, 2017

New: VAERS 2.0

The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), https://vaers.hhs.gov/, has been updated to include two options for reporting possible adverse events. Choose the online form or download the new writeable PDF to submit online.

VAERS relies on reports from physicians, manufacturers and the public and uses data to help monitor the safety of vaccines licensed in the U.S. The updated website also includes access to VAERS data and vaccine safety monitoring by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

Call for nominations

The AAP Section on Nephrology is seeking nominees by Sept. 29 for the 2018 Henry Barnett Award for lifetime achievement in the field of pediatric nephrology.

Any pediatric nephrologist meeting the following qualifications can be nominated for this award: dedication to teaching nephrology; contributions to advocacy for children; distinguished service to the field of pediatric nephrology.

Access the nominations form and find information at http://bit.ly/2tm0JRT. Submit information to Suzanne Kirkwood at skirkwood@aap.org.

Nominees for cancer prevention award

Submit nominations by Sept. 15 for the HPV Vaccine Is Cancer Prevention Champion Award. Up to one champion from the 10 Department of Health and Human Services regions will be honored. Nominees can be clinicians, clinics, practices, groups and/or health systems.

The award recognizes prevention of HPV cancers through timely vaccination. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Association of American Cancer Institutes and the American Cancer Society award aims to reinforce the message that HPV vaccination is an important part of cancer prevention and a normal part of adolescent immunization. It also serves to motivate clinicians to adopt effective recommendation practices. Champions will be announced in October. Visit www.cdc.gov/hpv/champions

Pediatrics ‘most cited’ in field

Reflecting Pediatrics’ reputation as a trusted source for pediatricians, institutions, researchers and authors, the journal is ranked as the “most-cited” journal in the field.

A yearly Journal Citation Report by Thomson Reuters found Pediatrics had reached a record high of 73,380 cumulative citations and ranks 79th in the Top 100 Most-Cited Journals in all of science and medicine out of 12,000 worldwide journals. Read Pediatrics at http://gateway.aap.org.

Shop AAP

Newborn Care: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers covers basic baby care and essential health care topics. Sold in packs of 10 (HE0542; members: $35), https://shop.aap.org/newborn-care-brochure/.

New reports

  • Pregnant Women and the Zika Virus Vaccine Research Agenda: Ethics Guidance on Priorities, Inclusion and Evidence Generation, from Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics, the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the University of North Carolina's UNC Center for Bioethics, http://www.zikapregnancyethics.org/guidance
  • Watching Gender: How Stereotypes in Movies and on TV Impact Kids’ Development, from Common Sense Media, http://bit.ly/2tv29bx
  • Building Communication Capacity to Counter Infectious Disease Threats, from the National Academies Press, http://bit.ly/2suBREP

  Free webinars, podcasts

  • Adolescent Substance Use and Rx Medication Misuse, developed by the Coalition of Health Care Providers on Adolescent Substance Use with AAP input. Earn up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit, http://bit.ly/2sGXTZ4.
  • An AAP-hosted webinar HPV Vaccination is Cancer Prevention offers 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credit through Boston University. Visit http://bucme.org/node/1018
  • WIC Improving Health for Infants and Young Children at 3 p.m. ET Aug. 10, http://bit.ly/2tQIhld, describes prescriptive food packages, breastfeeding support, nutrition education and referrals to health and social services. The webinar also helps pediatricians identify eligible participants and make referrals.
  • Mind-Body Therapies in Children and Youth discusses concepts, incorporation into behavioral and medical treatment plans, yoga, biofeedback, guided imagery, meditation and hypnosis, and more training opportunities for doctors, http://bit.ly/2tLMTsW.
  • Free Pink Book Wednesday webinars from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in August: rotavirus and hepatitis A, DTaP/Tdap, varicella, meningococcal, polio and Hib vaccines, http://bit.ly/2sKMtDN.
  • CDC podcast: “Defining Moments in MMWR History: E. coli O157:H7,” http://bit.ly/2tunJwP.

AAP dually awarded 

AAP marketing specialist Christina Orda Tagle was honored with an Emerging Leader Award from Association Media & Publishing (AM&P). She was recognized as an up-and-coming association publishing and communications professional under age 35 who is making an impact on the Academy and her industry.

The Academy also was honored with a silver AM&P EXCEL Award in the Technical Books category for the AAP Red Book Atlas of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

There were 830 entries in this year’s contest, which recognizes excellence and leadership in nonprofit association media, publishing, marketing and communications.

AAP tutorials

Get a guided tour of Pediatric Care Online, Red Book Online and Pediatric Patient Education with tutorials that explain how to navigate the site and use the digital content effectively.

Visit AAP Point of Care Solutions at https://pediatriccare.solutions.aap.org/ then click Pediatric Care Online, Red Book Online or Pediatric Patient Education at the top of the page, then click Resources Tour.

Advanced Pediatric Life Support course 

Coming to Chicago for the AAP National Conference & Exhibition? Plan to attend Advanced Pediatric Life Support: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Course Sept. 16.

Learn the steps to assess and manage critically ill or injured children in an office or emergency department setting. Visit http://aapexperience.org/ to register.

Celiac disease clinical guide

A new clinical guide, https://clinical.celiac.org/, provides sequential management decisions and interventions to diagnose and treat pediatric celiac disease.

Pediatricians can follow evidence-based step-by-step questions to assess whether a patient’s symptoms and test results point to the disease. People with a parent, child or sibling with celiac disease have a one in 10 risk of developing the disease.

The online guide was developed by the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the Celiac Disease Foundation.

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