National Nominating Committee (NNC) Election
The eligibility requirements for the position are as follows, and a full job description can be read here.
“Must be a Full or Specialty Fellow in good standing and be a member of the district to which elected as National Nominating Committee Representative. NNC members may not serve concurrently on any other national AAP committee, council, task force, or section executive committee. NNC members are precluded from becoming candidates for President-elect until they have been retired from the NNC for a minimum of three years.”
Nominations are due by Friday, March 3rd (self-nominations are welcome). Nominees will need to supply a full curriculum vitae, photo, and 250-word bio written in 3rd person (to be used in the election materials). Please see the District Election Rules and Procedures for more information.
Potential candidates are welcome to e-mail Stuart Sweet at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-454-2694 with any questions about the process or the position.
Pediatrics in Review (PIR) Approved for MOC Part 2
The National AAP has announced that Pediatrics in Review (PIR) is approved for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) part 2, starting in January 2017, offering 20 MOC points.
The journal is approved to offer 30 Part 2 Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points beginning in 2017. Included in each monthly issue of the journal will be three quizzes eligible for MOC points. Subscribers must complete the first 10 issues or a total of 30 quizzes of journal CME credits and achieve a 60% passing score to claim MOC credits as early as October 2017.
What’s the Latest with the Flu: Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Current Flu Situation
Flu activity is elevated in the US, and is expected to continue to increase at this time of year. So far, influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been most commonly isolated this season. Overall, the viruses identified to be circulating in communities appear to be well matched with the vaccine viruses recommended in this season’s influenza vaccines. Five deaths in children from influenza have been reported this flu season.
It is important to continue to recommend influenza vaccination to our patients and ensure children 6 months through 8 years, who need two doses to be adequately protected, receive both doses 4 weeks apart. It is especially important to identify and vaccinate infants who turned 6 months old since the beginning of this year’s flu season.
Importance of Antiviral Medications
People at high risk of serious flu complications (such as children younger than 5 years of age, adults 65 years of age and older, pregnant women, people with certain medical conditions, and residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities) and people who are very sick with flu (such as those hospitalized because of flu) should get antiviral treatment. It should be recommended as soon as possible for all persons with suspected or confirmed influenza requiring hospitalization or who have progressive, severe, or complicated illness, regardless of previous health or vaccination status. This can help minimize morbidity and mortality.
Initiation of influenza antiviral treatment should never be delayed while waiting for a confirmatory test result, because early therapy results in the best outcomes. Educating parents about the importance of contacting a health care provider early on if their child has influenza-like symptoms, particularly if either younger than 5 years of age or otherwise at high risk for influenza complications, is a best practice in influenza control. While antiviral medication is not a substitute for influenza immunization, it is important in the control of influenza. For more information, see the CDC’s Web site on this topic.
Many Strategies Exist to Reach Families
Informing families about the importance of influenza prevention (eg, vaccine) and control (eg, antiviral medicine) through a variety of messaging strategies can make a real difference. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Public Health Matters Blog outlines steps to protect people from the flu. Pediatricians can share a link to this blog with families and encourage them to take important steps in preparing for whenever flu strikes their community. Also consider sharing the Vaccine Locator. This tool identifies the locations where influenza vaccine is available in a person’s area. Does your practice have a Web site or a social media outlet? If not, consider creating one to easily send updates and reminders throughout the flu season.
For more information, see the AAP Red Book Online Influenza Resource page and CDC FluView. All AAP “What’s the Latest with the Flu” messages are archived. Members of the AAP also have access to Flu Vaccine Recommendations and Key Speaking Points.
AAP National Committee Positions
AAP National Committees are open for nominations. Please contact the chapter email if you are interested.
Open member positions for terms starting July 1, 2017:
- Committee on Bioethics: 2 positions
- Committee on Coding and Nomenclature: 1 position
- Committee on Continuing Medical Education: 2 positions
- Committee on Development: 2 positions
- Committee on Drugs: 1 position
- Committee on Infectious Diseases: 1 position
- Committee on Membership: 1 position
- Committee on Native American Child Health: 1 position
- Committee on Nutrition: 2 positions
- Committee on Pediatric Workforce: 1 position
- Committee on Practice & Ambulatory Medicine: 1 position
- Committee on State Government Affairs: 1 position
- Committee on Substance Use and Prevention: 2 positions
- Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health: 1 position
- Committee on Pediatric Research: 1 position
- Committee on Medical Liability and Risk Management: 1 position
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