Help Kids’ Safe Return to School – Get Caught Up on Recommended Vaccines
COVID-19 disrupted both in-person learning and routine well-child visits for many children over the last year. As a result, too many children have fallen behind on receiving recommended vaccines1. We all want our kids to be back in school safely, and that means getting caught up on vaccines that were missed over the last year. CDC’s public sector vaccine ordering data show a 14% drop in 2020-2021 compared to 2019, and measles vaccine is down by more than 20%. Kids need to get caught up now so that they are protected as they go back to in-person learning. Catch-up vaccination will require efforts from healthcare systems, health care providers, schools, state and local governments, and families.
Healthcare systems and healthcare providers should:
- Identify families whose children have missed doses and contact them to schedule appointments
- Prompt clinicians when these children are seen to deliver vaccines that are due or overdue
- Let families know what precautions are in place for safe delivery of in-person services
Healthcare provider organizations should:
- Encourage members to identify and follow up with families whose children have missed doses to get appointments scheduled
Schools and state and local governments agencies should:
- Send reminders to families about school immunization requirements
- Follow-up with families of children who are not in compliance with requirements to encourage compliance
- Use the state’s immunization information system’s reminder-recall capacity to notify families whose children have fallen behind on vaccines
We all should:
- Communicate directly to families the importance of well-child visits and getting caught up on any recommended vaccines that were missed
- Help us protect children by doing what you can to get kids caught up on recommended vaccines.
Nancy Messonnier, MD
Senior Official, CDC COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force Director,
National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
The Bloomberg Philanthropies working with Governor Cuomo are attempting to enlist COVID Contact Tracers as soon as possible. This important request from Bloomberg Philanthropies requires just a click of your email!
We have been asked by Bloomberg Philanthropies to send out this link to enlist contact tracers in New York State. This work is critical to reopening New York State and preventing the spread of the virus. We hope you can share this opportunity with your employees and to anyone on your email list.
Coronavirus (COVID-2019) Outbreak –
- New AAP Red Book Online Resource
Health officials are currently investigating an outbreak of a 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) that began in December 2019 in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and has now spread to multiple countries, including the United States.
A new entry on this coronavirus outbreak has been added to the Red Book Online Outbreaks section, providing information about the outbreak and its impacts for the pediatric population. The entry will be regularly updated, and recommendations may change as more is understood about the outbreak.
Overseen by members of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases, the Outbreaks section is intended to provide pediatric health care professionals with a quick resource to get up to speed on current outbreaks and how they affect children, along with links to explore further.
- World Health Organization: Coronavirus
- NYC DOHMH: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/providers/health-topics/novel-respiratory-viruses.page
- COVID-19 Provider Resources (PDF)
Have a Family Having Trouble Putting Food on the Table? SNAP Works. NOEP Helps.
The Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) offers free and confidential services to connect hungry New Yorkers with nutrition assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP is our nation’s first line of defense against hunger, stretching the monthly food budgets of all who meet program guidelines. NOEP is available in many counties across the state and throughout all boroughs of New York City. Find Nutrition Outreach and Education Program (NOEP) coordinators here.
October 30, 2018
The AAP is proud to announce a new resource to the HPV Champion Toolkit: Free downloads of the documentary “Someone You Love: The HPV Epidemic” along with a community viewing guide to help members show this lifesaving film in their practice or community. Narrated by Vanessa Williams, this poignant documentary showcases the lives of five women affected by Human Papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes several types of cancer. Their intimate stories shed light on the risks, myths, and hard truths of this widespread epidemic. Approximately 80 million Americans currently are infected with HPV and 14 million people become newly infected each year (CDC, 2018).
October 22, 2018
Please read this health advisory with updated information regarding the current measles exposures in New York State.
The NYCLU has released our updated Teenagers, Healthcare, and the Law guide book. The guide has been a critical resource for service providers and minors across the state about their ability to provide and receive confidential sensitive services, including sexual and reproductive healthcare.
Download the guide book here.
The NYS Office of Mental Health’s (OMH) will launch the first State-operated intensive outpatient service for Maternal Depression by the end of the month at Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse. Additional programs are expected to open later in the-summer. Additionally, OMH is in the process of making Project TEACH resources specific to maternal depression available statewide. OMH will also be sponsoring several trainings throughout the summer and fall of 2018 to increase .awareness of maternal depression, symptoms, screening and treatment options. OMH will provide two Webinars in the months ahead, as well as a conference on Maternal Depression for medical practitioners and mental health professionals in the Fall of 2018. Read more here.
New Paid Family Leave Webinars for Health Care Providers
Since the January 1, 2018, launch of New York State’s landmark Paid Family Leave benefit, millions of New Yorkers are now eligible for job-protected, paid time off to bond with a newly born, adopted, or fostered child, care for a family member with a serious health condition, or assist loved ones when a family member is deployed abroad on active military service.
Health care providers play a critical role in certifying medical documentation in a timely manner and raising awareness of Paid Family Leave among their patients and their families.
Resources Available to You
Complete details and resources for health care providers are available at ny.gov/PaidFamilyLeave, including request forms, downloadable guides, and more. You can also call the Paid Family Leave Helpline at (844) 337-6303, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for more information or assistance.
Paid Family Leave is now live and helping New Yorkers care for their loved ones when they are most needed. Please join an upcoming webinar to learn how you can help your patients use this important benefit.