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The 2015 Building Community-Based Medical Homes for Children newsletter is here!

The Building Community-Based Medical Homes for Children newsletter is here!  It was published October 1, 2015.  The newsletter is mailed to all ICAAP members.  It is also available as a pdf. ICAAP has been working on several medical home initiatives over the past three years.  A few have been completed and results are summarized in this seventh edition of the newsletter.  Many other activities continue to support pediatricians, providers, and patients and families around the state.  Sara Parvinian, MD, FAAP, ICAAP pediatrician leader, offers a thoughtful commentary on what “medical home”  implementation has meant to her as a community pediatrician in Gurnee, IL as well as what it has done for patients.

Meningococcal Vaccine Requirements Start with School Year 2015-16

House Bill 3190, which will require students, upon entering the sixth and the twelfth grade of any public, private, or parochial school, to receive an immunization containing meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) in accordance with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), was signed into law as Public Act 098-0480 to become effective in January 1, 2014;

Preventing HPV Related Cancers

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a group of more than 150 related viruses. Both males and females are vulnerable to infections through intimate skin to skin contact. HPV can be transmitted by having vaginal, oral, or anal sex with someone who has already been infected by the virus. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). It is so common that nearly all men or women will contract it at some point in their lives if they are sexually active – even if they only have sex with one partner. Some HPV types can lead to genital warts and other types can lead to cancer, especially cervical cancer. Luckily, there are vaccines available that can protect males and females from the most common types of HPV. The HPV vaccine is the most preventable method to help protect against HPV. The vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective. The vaccine is given in three doses over a period of six months. Please review the following materials to learn more about HPV and the vaccine.

CDPH Important Message Regarding Religious Exemption Process

On August 3, 2015, Public Act 099-0249 was enacted that changes the process for parents or legal guardians seeking a religious exemption to any required immunizations or examinations for their children. The new law requires that parents or legal guardians who object on religious grounds to complete a Certificate of Religious Exemption, which must also be signed by the physician, advanced practice nurse or physician assistant responsible for performing the student examination.

CDPH Mumps Testing Recommendations

Since January 2015, 130 cases of mumps have been reported in Illinois. The majority of these cases have been associated with an outbreak at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). In Chicago, seven cases of mumps have been reported this year; two among UIUC students. The Chicago Department of Public Health reminds providers that previously vaccinated individuals may not have detectable mumps IgM antibody regardless of timing of specimen collection, resulting in false-negative serology. For individuals with symptoms suggestive of mumps who have previously received the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine, the preferred diagnostic test is real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) from a buccal/oropharyngeal swab of the affected parotid duct within three days but not more than eight days after symptom onset. A negative serologic result, especially in a vaccinated person, should not be used to rule out a mumps diagnosis. In the absence of another diagnosis, a person with clinically compatible symptoms should be reported as a suspect mumps case.

Important Message from IDPH!

Important Message from the Illinois Department of Public Health!

Please use the following Certificate of Religious Exemption form that is at the end of this memo regarding any religious exemption that is required beginning October 16, 2015 for all students entering kindergarten, sixth or ninth grades when the parent(s) or legal guardian (s) is requesting a religious exemption. Please read more regarding the new law (Public Act 099-0249) in this IDPH memo!

6th Annual ABC Conference – Registration now open!

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual ABC (Autism, Behavior, Complex Medical Needs) Conference, “A Trauma-Informed, Interprofessional Approach to Caring for Children with Special Needs.” The ABC conferences emphasize evidence-based and concrete strategies to address the struggles providers encounter related to Autism, Behavioral Challenges and Complex Medical Needs (ABC). Recently, the ABC conference has adopted a trauma-informed ‘lens’, and will focus on the pervasive effects of trauma as they relate to all disciplines serving children and their families, especially children with special needs. Trauma is a widespread public health issue whose implications are not limited to the behavioral health sector. Therefore, this conference emphasizes a multidisciplinary, interprofessional approach to most effectively serve people who have experienced trauma.

New ICAAP Early Childhood Development initiative

You are invited to learn about Tools to Empower Adolescent Moms, or TEAM, a new Early Childhood Development initiative of the Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP). The American Academy of Pediatrics Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents is the foundation for this work, as is the Illinois Promoting Resiliency of Trauma-exposed Communities Together (PROTECT) project.