Zika network seeks volunteer specialists
Zika Care Connect (www.zikacareconnect.org/) is a new program designed to connect women, parents and caregivers of infants, and families affected by the Zika virus to health care services.
The program seeks health care specialists in audiology, developmental pediatrics, endocrinology, infectious disease, maternal-fetal medicine, mental health, pediatric neurology, pediatric ophthalmology and radiology to join the network.
Participating providers will receive periodic emails with key Zika updates, including new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) clinical guidance recommendations and patient resource tools. Joining the network is voluntary. Zika Care Connect seeks to include providers who can offer clinical services recommended by the CDC; receive new patient referrals; review regular email updates; and maintain up-to-date profile information on the Zika Care Connect website.
Zika Care Connect establishes a network of specialty health care providers in high-risk areas throughout the United States and its territories, including California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It plans to expand to five to 10 more jurisdictions soon.
Join the provider network at www.zikacareconnect.org or call 844-677-0447 for information on how to enroll.
National Conference Planner
Planning to attend the AAP National Conference Sept. 16-19 in Chicago? Use the AAP Conference Planner, https://www.eventscribe.com/2017/aapexperience/, to build a digital itinerary to meet your personal conference needs.
The planner allows you to search and review descriptions of all educational sessions and special events, build your customized itinerary and find sessions with simultaneous interpretation in English and Spanish.
Plan to arrive a day early to attend the Pediatrics for the 21st Century program “Pediatricians Leading Change in Physician Health and Wellness.” Find out more at http://aapexperience.org/.
Immunization: Best Practices Guidance
General Best Practices Guidelines for Immunization: Best Practices Guidance of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, http://bit.ly/2oLM9hP, addresses common questions and concerns of clinicians and other health care providers about vaccines.
Updates include information on simultaneous vaccination and febrile seizures; an expanded definition of “precaution”; anaphylactic allergy characterization and management; age and intradermal influenza vaccine; and guidance on vaccination of those with altered immunocompetence and bleeding disorders. The resource aims to help providers incorporate administrative practices, weigh benefits of vaccine administration and boost coverage.
Vaccine storage and handling information previously included in the resource now can be accessed via a toolkit at http://bit.ly/2q5CIuL.
AAP resource update
- Order 2015 and 2016 PREP Self-Assessments including PREP Subspecialties by June 16 to save 10%. Save up to $49 or buy multiple years and save even more. Use promo code NEEDMYPREP10 at checkout on http://shop.aap.org/needmyprep. This offer cannot be combined with other offers and is not valid for existing 2015 or 2016 subscriptions.
- El primer año de su bebé, segunda edición (Your Baby’s First Year, second edition) (#CB0101; members: $9.95) parenting book in Spanish, https://shop.aap.org/el-primer-ano-de-su-bebe-paperback-1/
- Pediatric Care Online, https://pediatriccare.solutions.aap.org/Pediatric-Care.aspx, now includes the new fourth edition of Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents, the Bright Futures Pocket Guide and the interactive Periodicity Schedule.
Epidemic Intelligence Service fellowship
Are you a disease detective? The Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking applicants for its two-year training program in the practice of applied epidemiology.
Candidates are selected from physicians, scientists and other health professions. The competitive fellowship offers on-the-job training, supervision and mentoring. EIS officers seek causes of disease outbreaks and work within the CDC Injury Center on violence and unintentional injury prevention efforts, including the opioid epidemic and suicide.
Apply by June 30 at http://www.cdc.gov/eis/application.html.
Medication error webinar
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is presenting a webinar about the Ongoing Role of FDA in Medication Error Prevention at 1 p.m. ET on June 6. Participants will learn about the FDA’s pre-marketing and post-marketing activities to prevent and address medication errors. The webinar also will present strategies to increase safe use of drug products by minimizing error, outline recent actions to address medication errors, and explain how to identify, prevent and mitigate medication errors. Continuing medical education credit is available. Register at http://bit.ly/2p6hVWc.