The legislation, enacted in 2011, required parents to talk to a doctor before they could get their child exempted from vaccinations for nonmedical reasons.
Please read the following health alerts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and share with your colleagues
Screening patients in hurricane-affected areas
There have been media reports and accounts of various infectious diseases in hurricane-affected areas, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Because of compromised drinking water and decreased access to safe water, food and shelter, the conditions for outbreaks of infectious disease exist. Clinicians assessing patients currently in or who have recently returned from hurricane-affected areas are being asked to be vigilant in looking for certain infectious diseases, including leptospirosis, dengue, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, vibriosis, and influenza. Learn more and get recommendations.
Hepatitis A outbreaks in California
A large hepatitis A outbreak is ongoing in California with a majority of reported cases among those who are homeless, who use injection and non-injection drugs. The outbreak is being spread person-to-person and through contact with a fecally contaminated environment. The CDC notes that person-to-person transmission through close contact is the primary way people get hepatitis A in the United States. San Diego, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles counties have declared local outbreak status. Outbreak associated cases have been confirmed in other California jurisdictions. Get details and resources.
Serogroup B Meningococcal disease outbreak at Oregon State University
Five OSU students have been diagnosed with serogroup B meningococcal disease during this academic year; the most recent case diagnosed Nov. 24. Meningococcal disease outbreaks can persist for months. Clinicians: Be aware of an ongoing serogroup B meningococcal disease outbreak as many OSU students will be travelling or returning home during the winter break.
More than three times as many men than women in the U.S. have oral infections with human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus responsible for causing 31,500 new cancers every year, found a new study. And the HPV strain responsible for the vast majority of HPV-related cancers in the U.S. occurred orally six times more often in men than in women, researchers learned.
The potentially life-saving cancer vaccine has been around for more than a decade, so why isn’t everyone getting it?
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has created a new online tool called the Health Workforce Connector to help health care professionals, including pediatricians, find jobs at more than 20,000 sites and health care facilities in the communities across the country.
To learn more about the Connector, visit https://connector.hrsa.gov.