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HCPN March 2017

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Recommendations on the HPV Vaccine


On October 19, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that 11- to 12-year-olds receive two doses of HPV vaccine at least six months apart rather than the previously recommended three doses to protect against cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infections. Teens and young adults who start the series later, at ages 15 through 26 years, will continue to need three doses of HPV vaccine to protect against cancer-causing HPV infection.
 
“Safe, effective, and long-lasting protection against HPV cancers with two visits instead of three means more Americans will be protected from cancer,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “This recommendation will make it simpler for parents to get their children protected in time.” 

Click here for the full press release.

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School Immunizations



 
It's not too early to start planning with your patients who will be entering kindergarten, 7th, or 12th grades in the 2017-2018 school year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides easy access to immunization schedules for adults and children. 

Easy-to-read Schedules for All Ages: Easy-to-read formats to print, tools to download, and ways to prepare for your office visit.

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Expanding Services: Your Partner in Care


The Medina County Health Department is expanding services to include primary care and reproductive health offered by:
  • Mary Franklin, MSN, RN, CNM. Mary has 30 years of experience as a nurse midwife
  • Stephen M. Bodjanac, DO. Dr. Bodjanac is Board Certified in Family Practice and has 19 years experience.
Support, including referrals to Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, Newborn Home Visit program, and community partners, is another service we offer. Most insurances are accepted, we have a sliding fee scale, and offer assistance with Medicaid applications. Call us at 330-723-9688, option 1 to discuss how we can be your partner in care.

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Newborn Home Visits


Did you know the Medina County Health Department offers Newborn Home Visits?  Each visit provides a booklet to new moms and famlies with information on:
  • When to call your child's doctor or provider
  • Seven questions about your newborn baby's first week
  • Safe sleep
  • Car seat safety
  • Infant CPR
  • Becoming tobacco-free
  • Breastfeeding
  • Lead screening
  • Immunization schedule
  • Child development
For more information on how this service could benefit your patients, call us at 330-723-9688, option 2.

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Maximizing Office Based Immunizations (MOBI)   

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.

MOBI Attendees also receive the latest information available on:

  • Immunization recommendations
  • New vaccines
  • Childhood immunization schedule changes
  • Missed opportunities
  • Common misconceptions
  • Practice-based consultation
  • Immunization strategies for optimal practice

MOBI is a one-hour in-office continuing education program provided by trained vaccine experts. Target offices include pediatric and family medicine practices throughout Ohio. MOBI aims to raise immunization rates among Ohio's children by teaching physicians and their entire staff evidence-based strategies to overcome barriers to immunization.

Ohio AAP annually trains more than 100 experts to conduct these in-office programs. These experts are experienced in immunization practice and bring the most up-to-date and practical information to their peers in office practice. More than 500 programs are conducted each year throughout Ohio, with more than 5,000 health care providers in attendance.

Schedule a MOBI

Call us at 330-723-9688, option 2.

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Teen Immunization Education Sessions (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.   

What is TIES?
 
The Teen Immunization Education Sessions (TIES) Program is a free statewide provider immunization education and training program developed for healthcare providers. This continuing education program trains providers in techniques to improve adolescent immunization rates in their practice. It 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 and Prevention.

TIES Attendees also receive the latest information available on:

  • Immunization recommendations
  • New vaccines
  • Missed opportunities
  • Common misconceptions
  • Practice-based consultation
  • Immunization strategies for optimal practice

Bring TIES training to your office! For more information on TIES, the adolescent immunization assessment, or to schedule a TIES session, call us at 330-723-9688, option 2.

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Communicable Disease Update

To report a communicable disease during regular business hours, call 330-723-9688, option 2 or toll-free at 1-888-723-9688, option 2. For after-hours public health emergencies, please call our toll-free number at 1-888-723-9688 and when prompted, press 5 to be transferred to the Medina County Sheriff Dispatch (this option is provided for public health emergencies ONLY - not general calls, appointment requests, or to leave staff messages).

If you are looking for the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Communicable Disease Posterclick here. You will be taken to the ODH online Infectious Disease Control Manual. There is a link to order a poster from ODH. You may also click here for a PDF.
















































These case counts were extracted from the Ohio Disease Reporting System, and compiled using an Excel spreadsheet. The list includes only diseases that had cases reported in Medina County within the quarter. The above data reflect cases that were classified as “confirmed” or “probable” in ODRS as of the data extraction date (suspected cases are not included). Historic averages are based on ODRS data from the years 2011 – 2015. Because disease rates at the month level are too small to reflect differences in disease trends, this report only includes case count. Counts in red denote a month with a noteworthy increase (based on 1 standard deviation) from the historical average. Counts in green denote a month with a noteworthy decrease (based on 1 standard deviation) from the historical average.

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Communicable Disease Reminders - Sensitive Occupations 


The Medina County Health Department receives notification of reportable communicable diseases in Medina County through the Ohio Disease Reporting System (ODRS). You may receive a call from one of our nurses conducting an investigation. Additional information may be requested to complete follow-up and reporting requirements, including: 
  • determining if your patient needs additional testing prior to returning to employment in a sensitive occupation. We may request that you ask your patient about their occupation (e.g. food service, daycare, direct healthcare, etc.) if you suspect an Enteric illness (e.g. Salmonellosis, Campylobacter, Shigellosis, E. Coli, etc.).
  • providing us with necessary information required to report to the Ohio Department of Health and/or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • providing educational information to your patient.
 
Resource: The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Infectious Disease Control Manual (IDCM) is a valuable resource for healthcare providers. It contains a current listing of all reportable communicable diseases in the state of Ohio.

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