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HCP News October 2017


The Healthcare Provider News is compiled quarterly.
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Haywood L. Brown, M.D., president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released the following statement on the safety of the influenza vaccine during pregnancy:

“ACOG continues to recommend that all women receive the influenza vaccine. This is particularly important during pregnancy. Influenza vaccination is an essential element of prenatal care because pregnant women are at an increased risk of serious illness and mortality due to influenza. In addition, maternal vaccination is the most effective strategy to protect newborns because the vaccine is not approved for use in infants younger than six months."
Click here for the full statement.

Additional Influenza information:

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The Immunization Action Coalition (IAC) is urging hospitals and birthing centers to meet the national standard of care by providing a universal birth dose of hepatitis B vaccine.

Information for your practice
Information for your patients

Read about Shortened Interval for Post-vaccination Serologic Testing of Infants Born to Hepatitis B-Infected Mothers from Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)





Reportable diseases are conditions that, due to their infectious nature and the risks they pose in being spread to others, are mandated under Ohio law to be reported to the local health department for follow-up. Primary responsibility to report these diseases rests with health care providers, hospitals, and laboratories, but anyone with knowledge of a reportable disease is encouraged to report. Recommended preventive measures might include vaccination, treatment of other individuals exposed to the illness, or temporary restriction from work or school.

If you need to report a communicable disease, or have any questions, call us at 330-723-9688 (option 2 during regular business hours) (option 5 after hours) or click here for more information, including the ABC's of Communicable Disease.


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The Ohio Department of Health subscribes to the infant feeding recommendations made by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Nutrition. The Ohio Special Supplementation Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) encourages you to join us in promoting and supporting breast milk as the optimal food and the primary feeding choice for the first 12 months of life and beyond for all children.

For those mother and infant dyads who choose not to breastfeed exclusively, supplemental iron-fortified formula is available through Ohio WIC. There are several notable changes to Ohio WIC's formulary, beginning October 1, 2017. If you have forms dated prior to October 1, 2017, please throw them away and use the new forms.

The following files provide additional information.  Call our WIC office at 330-723-9688, option 4 for more information.

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TRAINING - ACIP Meeting updates and Shingles Vaccines

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases sponsoring upcoming webinars listed below. CME and CNE credit are available for completing any of these activities.

Updates from October 2017 ACIP Meeting
November 9, 12:00–1:00 p.m. (ET)
Registration information

Shingles Vaccines: What You Need to Know
December 6, 12:00–1:00 p.m. (ET)
Registration information
Related Links
NFID's Online Education web page
NFID home page

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Here are some Halloween Safety information for you and your patients. Click here for a PDF handout.
Walk Safely
  1. Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  2. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross. 
  3. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  4. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  5. Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
    the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  6. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.
Trick or Treat With an Adult
  1. Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe
  1. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  2. Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  3. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers. 
  4. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. 
Drive Extra Safely on Halloween
  1. Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  2. Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  3. Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  4. Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  5. Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  6. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.
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Maximizing Office Based Immunizations (MOBI) and Teen Immunization Education Sessions (TIES)  

What is MOBI?

Maximizing Office Based Immunization (MOBI) is a free statewide provider immunization education and training program developed for health-care providers. This continuing education program, which trains practices in techniques to improve immunization rates in their practice, is offered through the Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (Ohio AAP), and funded by the Ohio Department of Health with technical assistance from the National Immunization Program, Centers for Disease Control & PreventionMore details can be found here.

What it TIES?

Medina County Health Department offers a program for pediatric and family medicine practices throughout Medina County. Teen Immunization Education Sessions (TIES) is a one-hour in-office continuing education program provided by trained vaccine experts from our office. TIES aims to raise adolescent immunization rates among Ohio's adolescents by teaching physicians and their entire staff evidence-based strategies to overcome barriers to immunization. An adolescent immunization assessment is also available for healthcare providers to find out their practice's adolescent immunization rates.   

Call us today for more details or to schedule a training: 330-723-9688, option 2.

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