What’s the Latest with the Flu?

December 2016

Current Flu Situation
Flu activity is increasing in the US. With flu being unpredictable, it’s not possible to say when, where, or how quickly flu activity might increase more, how severe it will be, or which viruses will predominate.

​It’s critically important to recommend influenza vaccination to your patients who have not yet received it. With family and friends gathering for the holidays, now is a fine time to get the flu vaccine, if you have not already done so. Remind families that it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza infection. Vaccination is the most valuable step anyone can take to protect themselves and their loved ones against influenza and its complications.

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Child Vaccination Across America – Interactive Map

Routine childhood immunizations are vital to individual and society health. Across the United States, immunization rates vary, and as a result, some communities have experienced preventable disease outbreaks. Higher immunization rates protect vulnerable children who are too young to be vaccinated as well as those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.

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Twitter Feed Updates

Danny Hibbard is a new pediatrician at Alaska Center for Pediatrics. He has agreed to take over from Rachel Lescher in maintaining the AAP-AK Chapter’s Twitter presence. If you are not yet following the chapter’s twitter feed, you can sign on by following it @AAPAlaska. If you have anything you wish to promote or have shared via twitter, e-mail him at dhibbard@akpeds.com.

2016 AAP National Election

Members of the AAP:

I am pleased to announce the outcome of the 2016 AAP National Election. All of our members involved in the election have been notified and thanked for their willingness to be a part of our AAP leadership. The terms of the leadership below will begin on January 1, 2017. Please join me in congratulating our AAP officers-elect! I look forward to working with each of these leaders, and with all of you, to improve the health and well-being of all children.

AAP President-Elect
Colleen A. Kraft, MD, FAAP
District I – District Chairperson
Wendy S. Davis, MD, FAAP
District II – District Vice Chairperson
Michael D. Terranova, MD, FAAP
District II – National Nominating Committee Representative
Abraham Jelin, MD, FAAP
District IV – District Chairperson
Jane Meschan Foy, MD, FAAP (re-elected)
District IV – District Vice Chair
Robert C. Gunther, MD, MPH, FAAP (re-elected)
District V – District Vice Chairperson
Gerald J. Tiberio, MD, FAAP (re-elected)
District V – National Nominating Committee Representative
Jeannette Lia Gaggino, MD, FAAP
District VII – District Chairperson
Anthony D. Johnson, MD, FAAP (re-elected)
District VII – District Vice Chairperson
Gary W. Floyd, MD, FAAP (re-elected)
District IX – National Nominating Committee Representative
Phyllis F. Agran, MD, MPH, FAAP

In the 2016 AAP election, 14.8 percent of eligible voters cast ballots. For complete election coverage, see the January 2017 AAP News.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP
CEO/Executive Vice President
American Academy of Pediatrics
141 Northwest Point Blvd.
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-1098

​Medicaid Managed Care: Challenges and Opportunities for Pediatric Medical Home Implementation and Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) who have or are at risk for physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional chronic conditions have increased needs for health-related services. In an effort to reduce health care costs and potentially improve quality of care, states are expanding managed care programs for Medicaid beneficiaries with complex conditions, including some CYSHCN.

The National Center for Medical Home Implementation, in collaboration with the National Academy for State Health Policy, created a fact sheet that discusses challenges and opportunities to provision of care for CYSHCN enrolled in Medicaid managed care. The fact sheet identifies states that leverage Medicaid managed care to advance the pediatric medical home model through payment incentives, technical assistance, and care coordination services.

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‘Arctic gene’ that poses risks when fasting is found in many more infants now that DNA testing has begun

Experts once thought the condition was rare, but new DNA testing of newborns has found that CPT1A Arctic variant, as it’s called, is common among the state’s indigenous residents. While not normally a problem, the condition can lead to serious health problems when a person doesn’t or can’t eat, especially when very young.

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Immunization Social Media Toolkit

The AAP has developed Guidance to help pediatricians develop social media accounts, and sample messages to share.


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