HPV Vaccine Misunderstood Despite Decade of Safety and Effectiveness

Traditional childhood vaccinations gave parents relief and satisfaction that their child was protected from an immediate threat; a disease they had seen firsthand in their community.  In contrast, the HPV vaccine is given to a well child whose risk for developing HPV-related cancers is not until many years later in adulthood. This fundamental difference about HPV vaccine may be a core reason for the low acceptance rate of the vaccine by parents.

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Chapter Resolution Guidelines

The Annual Leadership Forum or ALF occurs each spring. Chapter leaders and Executive Directors attend the ALF. I am the Chapter Forum Management Committee Representative for District 8. It is my job to support pediatricians to submit written resolutions to address pediatric issues and track them throughout the process. The purpose of resolutions are to provide a formal mechanism whereby the members of the Academy can give input concerning Academy policy and activities. It is important to remember that adopted resolutions are advisory to the Board.

What makes a “good” resolution?

  • An effective resolution defines as specifically as possible the action to be taken by the AAP
  • Each resolution must contain a “Resolved”  which stand alone and requests action by the Academy.
  • Resolutions should be limited to one page, have no more than 4 “Whereas” clauses and no more than two resolves.


Individual members of the AAP may write a resolution. If you are passionate about a particular idea or topic that you feel should be a priority for the National AAP, then please consider submitting a resolution.   Please see the “Guidelines for Submitting Resolutions, Writing and Submitting a Resolution – A Step by Step Guide”, and the latest resolution template accessible via links below to get you started. These resources are also available on the ALF main page accessible via the My AAP website, where you will also find a searchable database of past resolutions. Resolutions should have new ideas not previously considered or discussed at Annual Leadership Forum (ALF).


The deadline to submit resolutions for consideration during the regular business session at the ALF is midnight CST (10pm PST) on November 15, 2016.  In advance of that deadline, please send your resolutions to myself, tpatters38@gmail.com  and I can help with sponsorship consideration and submission to the ALF.

In advance of ALF, the CFMC reviews all the submitted resolutions. Those resolutions felt to be without controversy are placed on a consent calendar and go straight to the voting session.

At ALF, resolutions not on the consent calendar are discussed. They may be amended or possibly combined. Ultimately, the resolutions are voted on to determine if they should be adopted. All adopted resolutions receive a formal response from the AAP with the top 10 resolutions going directly to the AAP Board of Directors. The top 10 resolutions are considered advisory to the board and are not binding. District 8 is consistently the source of many great resolutions.

Good luck!! I look forward to assisting you with the process.

Tom Patterson, MD, FAAP

Chapter Forum Membership Committee.

Resolution Links

Guidelines, Tips, and Template

Resolution Samples


The submission deadline for 2017 resolutions is November 15, 2016.
Any resolution submitted after that point will be considered “late.”

FastVaxFacts Immunization Information App

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This app allows providers to answer anti vax questions quickly and efficiently and is 100% free and grant funded by the CDC.

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A series of short videos recorded by a pediatrician on targeted topics that address the most common immunization questions and concerns; An interactive immunization schedule customized by child’s age; Trusted answers to frequently asked questions; and more!

AAP to use federal Zika funds to create network of trained providers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Thursday it would award the Academy $350,000 to help prepare providers. The funds come on the heels of a $450,000 award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the Academy and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.



ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL — The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) agrees with the interim recommendation today from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to recommend that live attenuated influenza vaccine should not be used in the upcoming 2016-2017 season.

The AAP recommends children ages 6 months and older be immunized against influenza every year. Previously, the CDC and AAP had recommended either form of flu vaccine – the inactivated influenza vaccine that is given by injection and is approved for all patients older than 6 months, or the live attenuated influenza vaccine that is given by intranasal spray, which is approved for healthy patients ages 2 through 49 years.

“We agree with ACIP’s decision today to recommend health care providers and parents use only the inactivated vaccine,” said Benard Dreyer, MD, FAAP, President of the AAP. New data presented to the ACIP showed that currently only the inactivated influenza vaccine provides protection against flu. The ACIP assessed new data from the past three influenza seasons and cited evidence of poor effectiveness of the live attenuated influenza vaccine during this time period.

“We do understand this change will be difficult for pediatric practices who were planning to give the intranasal spray to their patients, and to patients who prefer that route of administration,” said Karen Remley, MD, MBA, MPH, FAAP, CEO/Executive Director of the AAP. “However the science is compelling that the inactivated vaccine is the best way to protect children from what can be an unpredictable and dangerous virus. The AAP will be working with CDC and vaccine manufacturers to make sure pediatricians and families have access to appropriate vaccines, and to help pediatricians who have already ordered intranasal vaccines.”

“The AAP continues to strongly recommend parents immunize all children older than 6 months against influenza every year,” Dr. Dreyer said. “Flu vaccine is the best way we have to protect children, and being immunized every year significantly reduces the risk of a child being hospitalized due to flu.”

Alaska’s Cleft Lip Cleft Palate Clinic

The State of Alaska has sponsored the Cleft Lip and Palate Clinics for over 20 years. As the State of Alaska faces budget challenges, state employees have been assessing current services to determine the best use of limited resources. Southcentral Foundation (SCF), a health care organization in Anchorage that has been a partner with the clinics for many years, will assume the sponsorship and coordination of the clinics.

We are actively working with SCF on the transition to ensure the clinics resume providing services October 17­18, 2016. [There will also be a clinic December 5­-6.]

This transition comes with positive enhancements for families, including a designated clinic coordinator and nurse case manager to help families through the process. This team will also ensure that the recommended multidisciplinary treatment plan for the child will be implemented.

In addition, behavioral health services will be available for all families in the clinics. Finally, the State of Alaska will also continue to sponsor a family navigator to attend the clinics and assist in navigating the various necessary health systems. The clinics will continue to provide services to all families in Alaska, both Alaska Native and non­Native.
For new referrals, or to refer existing families, please use the contact information below.

Jeanette Akin―Manager
Alaska Cleft Lip and Palate Program at SCF 4315 Diplomacy Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: 729­6535
Fax: 729­2054

Mayquelle Buckley Administrator – Dental Southcentral Foundation 907­729­8860 or 907­9525417
Matt Hirschfeld, MD/PhD
Medical Director—Maternal Child Health Services Alaska Native Medical Center

Meg Kurtagh
Specialty Clinics Program Manager
State of Alaska, DHSS, DPH, WCFH”

Campaign for Dental Health Partnership


The Campaign for Dental Health (CDH) is a network of local children’s and oral health advocates, health professionals, and scientists, who work together to raise public awareness about oral health, emphasizes prevention, and provides accurate science-based information about why community water fluoridation (CWF) is a safe and essential component of any community’s prevention efforts.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) coordinates the CDH and manages CDH Web site (www.ILikeMyTeeth.org) and related social media accounts. CDH partners are encouraged to post a link to the CDH Web site on their Web site, as well as follow the CDH social media channels.

  • Facebook – www.facebook.com/CampaignforDentalHealth
  • Twitter – www.twitter.com/ILikeMyTeeth
  • YouTube – www.youtube.com/LifeIsBetterWTeeth

As a CDH partner, organizations benefit from receiving monthly e-mail partner updates filled with useful news, resources, and information that can be shared with your constituents. The CDH offers periodic webinars for partners to update them about the activities of the CDH and inform them about important information and resources related to CWF.

The AAP recognizes the important and meaningful contributions that organizational partners of the CDH make to ensuring that the public receives accurate information about the benefits of prevention and CWF. Acknowledging the collaborative nature of the CDH, the AAP encourages partner organizations to regularly provide public resources and information that can be posted to the CDH Web site and/or included in other CDH communications with the purpose of accurately informing the public about oral health prevention and the benefits of CWF. Each organization has an equal opportunity to submit resources and information to be posted on the CDH Web site. The extent to which resources and information are posted to the Web site will be under the discretion of the AAP.

The 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2016 KIDS COUNT Data Book finds today’s youth — Generation Z — are healthier and completing high school on time despite mounting economic inequality and increasingly unaffordable college tuition. Aided by smart policies and investments in prevention, a record number of teens are making positive choices. This year, the annual report focuses on key trends in child well-being in the post-recession years and offers recommendations for how policymakers can ensure all children are prepared for the future, based on the country’s shared values of opportunity, responsibility and security.

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