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IDPH IMPORTANT VFC PROGRAM UPDATE EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 1, 2016

Posted on: August 24, 2016

Effective October 1, 2016, the VFC program will no longer provide vaccines for children who have All Kids insurance, the state’s Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage (referred to as Title XXI [21] or “State Funded”). Participants through age 18 with Medicaid coverage (referred to as Title XIX [19]) are VFC eligible and may continue to receive vaccines through the VFC program.

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New PediaLink Course: 2 hours CME on the pediatrician’s role in breastfeeding matters.

Posted on: April 27, 2016

The AAP PediaLink has a new on-line course called “Breastfeeding Matters, The Role of the Pediatrician” with 2hrs. of CME credit. This course allows you to learn more about office based support for breastfeeding mothers and infants in an on-line format to help you support breastfeeding mothers and infants reach their breastfeeding goal. Click Here to access the course or read more information about the course below.

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AAP Recommends Pediatricians Screen for Poverty

Posted on: March 10, 2016

The American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy statement, “Poverty and Child Health in the United States,” on March 9th that recommends pediatricians screen for poverty at all well-child visits. These screenings include asking about basic needs, such as food and housing, and making appropriate referrals when needed. The policy statement also recommends pediatricians help patients and their families build resilience to the negative effects of poverty by identifying and supporting protective factors within families.

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Care Coordination Provider Toolkit

Posted on: December 14, 2015

We know that children and families can benefit from access to a broad range of developmentally appropriate and family supportive community-based services. As such, it is critical that there be an effective and sustainable process to ensure families are appropriately referred and can access such needed resources.  The toolkit, “Coordinating Medical Homes and Community Services: A Resource for Enhancing Referrals and Care Coordination among Primary Care Medical Homes, Early Intervention Service Providers and  Community Service Providers is designed to help providers initiate a referral to Early Intervention (EI) services for children with suspected developmental delay, and to receive information back from EI about the outcome of the referral

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

Posted on: October 1, 2015

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.

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Meningococcal Vaccine Requirements Start with School Year 2015-16

Posted on: September 30, 2015

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; however, the new law allows that the requirement would not be implemented until at least six months after the Illinois Department of Public Health established administrative rules for implementing the law. The immunization requirement consists of one dose of the MCV4 vaccine for 6th grade entrance and 2 doses for 12th grade entrance, unless the first dose was administered to a child who was 16 years of age or older, in which case only one dose would be required at 12th grade entrance. It is anticipated the meningococcal requirement will be implemented for the 2015-2016 school year.

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Preventing HPV Related Cancers

Posted on: September 11, 2015

What is the HPV vaccine?

              A. Procedural

The Human Papillomavirus Vaccination shot is administered in a series of three doses over six months for preteens 11-12 years old. The shot protects against Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infections developing into cancers of the vagina, vulva, throat, penis, and anus.

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CDPH Important Message Regarding Religious Exemption Process

Posted on: September 2, 2015

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.

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CDPH Mumps Testing Recommendations

Posted on: September 2, 2015

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.

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Upcoming ICAAP Events

Posted on: July 1, 2015

Register today for these exciting educational opportunities:

 

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