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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Update—What Clinicians Need to Know to Prepare for COVID-19 in the United States

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020

Time: 2:00–3:00 P.M. (Eastern Time)

Webinar link: https://zoom.us/j/695903771

If you cannot join through digital audio, you may join by phone in listen only mode: – US: 1(646) 876-9923 or 1 (669) 900-6833,  Webinar ID: 695 903 771

Overview

During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn what they can do to prepare for COVID-19 including identifying persons under investigation, applying infection prevention and control measures, assessing risks for exposures, optimizing the use of personal protective equipment supplies, and managing and caring for patients (inpatient and at home).

Additional Resources for Clinicians mentioned on this call  can be found at https://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2020/callinfo_030520.asp

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February 2020- Influenza 

19-20 Flu Season

Statewide Letters to Children Overdue for Second Dose of Influenza Vaccine

Over the next few weeks, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Division of Immunizations will use the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) to send letters statewide to parents/guardians of children aged 8 months through 8 years who were indicated to receive 2 doses of flu vaccine during the 2019-20 season, have received their first dose, and are now overdue for their second dose. In accordance with the 2019-20 ACIP flu vaccine recommendations, this mailing will include children aged 8 years at the beginning of the flu season who needed 2 doses and have since turned 9 years old between receipt of dose 1 and dose 2.

As healthcare providers, you may receive increased phone calls or flu vaccine appointments because of this statewide mailing. Please ensure you have sufficient flu vaccine supply on hand! If you are a Vaccines for Children (VFC) provider, please order additional VFC flu vaccine if needed.

We anticipate most parents’ questions will be about why their child needs a second dose when they already received a flu vaccine this season. In addition to using the ACIP guidance linked above, please refer to our Flu Vaccine 2-Dose Algorithm to familiarize yourself with the recommendations. This can be found at www.michigan.gov/flu, “Current Flu Season Vaccination Materials for Health Care Professionals,” under our “2019-20 Influenza Vaccine Updates.”

If you have any questions about this statewide mailing or about flu vaccine recommendations, please reach out to your local health department or the MDHHS main immunization line at 517-335-8159.

Newsletters and Updates

The MDHHS Division of Immunization 2019-20 flu handouts have been updated for the new flu season and posted online! You can find these at www.michigan.gov/flu by clicking on Current Flu Season Vaccination Materials for Health Care Professionals at the top of the page.

The 2019-20 handouts include:

  • Quick Looks to Inactivated and Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccines
  • Pediatric Influenza Vaccine Dosage
  • Flu Vaccine Presentation Chart
  • LAIV Key Points for Patients and for Providers
  • How to Administer Intramuscular and Intranasal Flu Vaccines
  • 2 Dose Algorithm for Children 6 Months Through 8 Years
  • Screening for Egg Allergy
  • VFC Flu Vaccines

In addition, both influenza Quick Look handouts were also updated on our Quick Look webpage, which can be found at www.michigan.gov/vaccinequicklooks.

Immunization Action Coalition

American Academy of Pediatrics Immunization Initiatives Newsletter

Ask the Expert

BEDHD Communicable Disease Newsletter

Continuing Education 

Referring a patient to BEDHD for Immunizations

BEDHD stocks all ACIP recommended vaccines for children, adolescents, and adults including Meningitis B vaccines. BEDHD does not carry adult influenza vaccines. 

Appointments

Please instruct patients to call for an appointment.

For appointments and clinics, patients should bring immunization records, and insurance card.

Eaton County: (517) 541-2651

Barry County: (269) 798-4133

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