Letter to the Editor: Mumps Outbreak

Research, record family’s vaccinations

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Dispatch has reported that the lack of vaccinations among students in local schools has helped spread the mumps cases in our community (“Lack of vaccination helps spread mumps,” last Thursday).

With more than 150 cases now reported, there are evidenced-based actions that can be taken to prevent another outbreak.

Pediatricians statewide support parental education about vaccines to help parents make informed decisions and to help them understand the importance of keeping vaccinations up to date through routine well-child visits.

We support mandating vaccinations for entry into child-care settings at all levels, from birth to college. One simply needs to look at how one case of mumps at Ohio State University now is linked to at least 100 cases to understand how important it is for children who are in group care or close living settings to receive these critical vaccinations.

Additionally, attempts by special-interest groups to fracture the medical home in our state can lead to missed vaccinations and lack of parental education about important health topics. That’s why we work hard to ensure that any efforts to improve access to health care for Ohio children maintain the high quality and consistency of care available through a licensed pediatrician.

This is not the time to panic over the spread of preventable diseases like mumps, but it is the time to look at our public policies and utilize evidence-based medical practices that can prevent and eliminate these diseases in our local community.

More information about vaccinations for children of all ages can be found at ohioaap.org.

MELISSA WERVEY ARNOLD

Executive director

Ohio Chapter

American Academy of Pediatrics

Westerville

 

Ohio AAP Concussion Victory

Ohio AAP Successfully Removes Provision to Allow Chiropractors to Assess Concussions… Again

The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics successfully removed an amendment from House Bill 483 that would have allowed chiropractors to clear young athletes to return to play following a concussion and would have required 6 hours of CME annually for physicians and chiropractors who want to return youth to play.

Advocacy PillarThe amendment was removed from HB 483 on Wednesday, April 9 as part of the mid-biennium review (MBR).

James Duffee, MD, voiced his concerns before the House Finance Committee on Tuesday, calling it “unnecessary and potentially harmful to Ohio’s youth athletes.”

Ohio AAP secured a line-item veto in 2013 striking down a similar amendment in the annual budget.

An Advocacy Call is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15 from 5:30pm-6:30pm if you would like more information on today’s victory and the potential for this amendment to return in the senate. Email Melanie Farkas if you would like to take part. (#1-800-466-8543, code: 462132)

For those of you who would like to express your gratitude to Representative Ryan Smith for removing the amendment, click here for his email address. Please thank him for removing his amendment to allow us more time for dialogue with those who were supportive of allowing chiropractors to assess concussions and why we think this could be very harmful to children.

You may also view Ohio AAP’s Concussion Guidelines for Physicians by clicking here.

 

Ohio AAP Promotes Vaccinations Amid Mumps Outbreak

April 8, 2014 — With now more than 160 cases of mumps reported in the Columbus area, the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is urging physicians and parents to be vigilant in keeping their children’s vaccines up-to-date.

Mumps is a systemic viral illness characterized by swelling of the salivary glands. In males, the virus also can cause orchitis and possibly sterility, although the latter is unusual.

There are reports that many of the cases of the current outbreak, which began on a university campus, are in those who were vaccinated. Outbreaks of mumps are typically found to be associated with the initial case occurring in a person who is unimmunized or under-immunized. The more people who are not fully immunized, the more risk of a large outbreak.

Children should receive an initial dose of MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine at 12-15 months of age and a second dose at 4-6 years of age.

“The second dose is important to boost immunity as well as provide immunity to people who did not respond to the first dose of the vaccine — about 5% of people. A single dose of MMR is not sufficient to provide lasting immunity and is why the second dose is recommended,” said Robert W. Frenck, Jr., MD, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

To best prevent outbreaks, it is important to check the immunization status of people before they enter school and also before entering college. Those who are not fully immunized should receive the required number of vaccinations to bring the person up to date.

You may find out more about Maximizing Office Based Immunization, Ohio AAP’s free statewide provider immunization education and training program developed for health care workers, by clicking here.

 

 

Ohio AAP QI Project Practice Promotion – Radio Interview with Dr. Montiel Rosenthal

As a benefit of participating in an Ohio AAP QI Project, practices have the opportunity to promote their participation in the project, as well as learn about other ways to market their practice using tools like social media and news releases.

As part of the Injury Prevention Learning Collaborative (IPLC), Dr. Montiel Rosenthal of TCH/UC Family Medicine Residency discussed the project on Sunday Morning Magazine with Rodney Lear, a news program that airs on four local Cincinnati radio stations every Sunday. Click here to listed to Dr. Rosenthal’s interview.

To learn more about practice promotion or the Ohio AAP’s QI Projects, please complete the form below.

Sending

TIES Regional Trainings

tieslogo smallRegional Seminars

The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics and Ohio Department of Health present four regional seminars to educate physicians, nurses and other vaccinators in Ohio on adolescent vaccines. National and local experts will speak about various issues relating to adolescent vaccination, including parental refusal, sexual misconceptions, HPV-caused cancers and reminder/recall strategies.

Columbus

Cincinnati

  • b529715c-4270-42d3-aa82-3ac317d16807Thursday, June 12, 2014
  • 9am-1pm
  • Location: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center MERC Building, (map)
  • Keynote Speaker: Robert W. Frenck, MD, Medical Director of Division of Infectious Diseases at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  • Lunch provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • click here to register

Cleveland

  • Thursday, July 17, 2014
  • 9am-1pm
  • Location: Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Auditorium (map)
  • Lunch provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • click here to register

Athens

  • Thursday, August 21, 2014
  • 9am-1pm
  • Location: Athens Community Center (map)
  • Lunch provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • click here to register

An application is pending for the regional trainings to provide 3.00 prescribed credits of CME by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Nurses will be provided the same certificate of participation as physicians by your trainer. Keep your certificate on file, as the Ohio Nurses Association will accept CME toward CNE credit.

2014 Lions, Literacy and Lunch Fundraiser!

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Join the Ohio AAP Foundation on Saturday, May 17, 2014 for the 8th Annual Summer Fundraiser – Lions, Literacy and Lunch!

The event will take place from 1:00 – 3:30pm and will feature celebrity guest readers, up-close encounters with some of the Zoo’s animals, and a picnic lunch. Admission to the event includes all day admission to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

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Click here for Tickets!

 

 

For information on sponsoring the event, click here.

 

Click here to see the 2013 Summer Fundraiser Sponsors
The Ohio AAP Foundation would like to say thank you to all of the individuals and corporations who sponsored the event.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar”
$1,000 Level Sponsors

  • The Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital

“Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you See?”
$500 Level Sponsors

  • Accel Inc.
  • American Dairy Association Mideast
  • Dr. Andrew Garner
  • Drs. Bill Cotton & Patty Davidson
  • Dr. Chuck Spencer & Pediatric Rhuematology
  • The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption
  • Edwin and Carol Hall
  • Dr. Judy Romano
  • Krile Communications
  • Thad & Barbara Matta and Family
  • Dr. William Knobeloch

Affordable Care Act

As part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplaces began on Tuesday, October 1, with coverage beginning as soon as Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Health Insurance Marketplaces are one-stop shops for consumers to research, compare, and purchase comprehensive health insurance plans, but currently, less than 25% of Americans are aware that marketplaces exist.

Providing good information to help patients make informed decisions about their health care is something you do every day, and it’s what you can do now to help make sure your patients are aware of their options.

People who are unaware of the ACA implementation run the risk of not being ready for enrollment deadlines and are likely unaware of the new services and benefits.

Health Insurance Marketplaces offer:
  • Low cost coverage options
  • Comprehensive plans with essential benefits.
The ACA’s changes for 2014 mean:
  • Plans can no longer deny coverage due to pre-existing conditions
  • People without health care coverage will have to pay a fee.

Primary care physicians and other health care professionals have the opportunity to help patients understand and navigate the changing health care landscape by discussing the insurance options that are available through the marketplace.

In August, the AAP developed and distributed state-specific fact sheets linking parents and families to their state’s marketplace and answering a series of questions about what to look for in an insurance plan. The AAP also developed fact sheets to educate pediatric practices that might benefit from the law’s small business health insurance options. All of these can be found on www.aap.org/ACAmarketplace. On www.healthychildren.org/ACAmarketplace (also in Spanish), parents can also learn about how to navigate the new marketplace and better understand how insurance works.

Additional information about the ACA and the new marketplace can be found at Healthcare.gov.