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Arizona pertussis update

Pertussis update:
  • Arizona continues to see high levels of pertussis, with the highest rates in northern Arizona.
  • In 2012, there were 1,130 reported cases of pertussis.
  • From January through September there have been 1,037 reported cases compared with 863 from the same period of 2012.
  • Arizona’s average number of total pertussis cases in the last 5 years has been 597 per year.
Recommendations:
  • Babies first dose of pertussis vaccine should be the one their mothers get. The CDC recommends vaccinating pregnant women with a Tdap vaccine during every pregnancy to prevent mothers from contracting pertussis and passing it to their newborns. Babies also benefit from the antibodies they receive during pregnancy, protecting them in those early weeks of life before they are able to receive the full Dtap series.
  • Consider vaccinating caregivers, siblings and adult family members with Tdap to provide a cocoon of protection around babies too young to receive a DTaP vaccine.
  • Most often the first doses of DTaP is given at 2 months but it can be given as early as 6 weeks if necessary. Administer a 5-dose series of DTaP vaccine at ages 2, 4, 6, 15-18 months, and 4-6 years. The fourth dose may be administered as early as age 12 months, provided at least six months have lapsed since the third dose.
  • A booster dose of Tdap is recommended at 11-12 years or for adults that have not received a Tdap before.
Pertussis resources and toolkit
  • Online is a pertussis tool kit for employers, parents and physicians with tools to help recall patients in for vaccines, community education print and media resources, sample Facebook and Twitter messages, schedules and recommendations.
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New AHRQ materials on childhood obesity prevention now available

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has available new, free evidence-based Effective Health Care Program resources on childhood obesity prevention.

For clinicians For consumers
  • Keeping Children at a Healthy Weight, which helps patients explore treatment options on how to keep their child from becoming overweight or obese, compare the benefits and risks of these options and prepare to discuss these options with their healthcare provider.
Also included is a link to download template newsletter articles, tweets and Facebook posts to share these resources among your colleagues and/or membership.

For additional health information, click here for patient resources and click here for clinician resources, or subscribe to the EHC Inside Track newsletter for regular updates about new materials that compare the effectiveness of various treatment options.

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PHARMACY UPDATES


FDA move to restrict hydrocodone products could harm patients
National Community Pharmacists Association
National Community Pharmacists Association CEO B. Douglas Hoey issued a statement in response to news that the Food and Drug Administration is moving to reschedule Vicodin and other hydrocodone-containing products from Schedule III to Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act.
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US guidelines expand potential uses of J&J TB drug
Reuters
New federal guidelines expand the range of patients who might benefit from Johnson & Johnson's Sirturo drug for the treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, the first new type of TB drug to win U.S. regulatory approval in more than 40 years.
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Mandatory flu shots linked with reduced sick day use
Pharmacy Times
Healthcare workers who were required to get a flu vaccine took far fewer sick days for flu-related symptoms than did healthcare workers who were not required to get vaccinated, a new study finds.
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New multiple sclerosis treatment recommendations
Medscape
While onsite at the European Committee for Research and Treatment in Multiple Sclerosis 2013 annual meeting in Copenhagen, Medscape correspondent Dr. Andrew N. Wilner, spoke with Mark S. Freedman from the University of Ottawa about new Canadian recommendations for the management of multiple sclerosis.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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IN THE NEWS


Extended-release hydrocodone painkiller approved
HealthDay News
Zohydro ER has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for severe pain that requires around-the-clock long-term treatment, the agency said in a news release.
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Influenza vaccine coverage during 2012-13 season: Healthcare workers and pregnant women
American Pharmacists Association
Routine influenza vaccination of healthcare workers and pregnant women is critically important. Among HCWs, annual vaccination can help protect them and their patients from the potentially dire consequences of influenza-related illness. For pregnant women, vaccination means increased protection for both mother and infant.
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Pharmacy schools turning out too many grads
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
For pharmacists, the salad days were just a decade ago, a time when a young man or woman newly in possession of a pharmacy doctorate could find a job in any state, working flexible hours, for handsome pay. And if the pay wasn't handsome enough, he or she could pick up and move from a more saturated city like Pittsburgh — which has two pharmacy schools — to someplace in where druggists were in critically short supply and higher demand. Six-figure salaries, $30,000 signing bonuses, even new cars, weren't uncommon.
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Extended-release hydrocodone painkiller approved
HealthDay News
Zohydro ER has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for severe pain that requires around-the-clock long-term treatment, the agency said in a news release.

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Food for thought: How are you perceived professionally?
By Karen Childress
How you are perceived as a healthcare professional makes a difference. Fair or not, we're all judged based on how we present ourselves. Being perceived professionally goes way beyond the wardrobe we choose, however.

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Slideshow: Old drugs that are still good drugs
Medscape
Medications are constantly being developed and improved. However, drugs discovered over a century ago are still being used today. Here are some old drugs that are still good drugs.

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MEDICATION UPDATES


Research: Old cancer drug may help prevent rejection after transplantation
By Joy Burgess
According to new transplant research in Sweden, an old cancer drug, Zebularine, may help to prevent rejection after transplantation. Rejection of the new tissue or organ has long been a problem for patients after receiving a transplant from an organ donor. However, this new discovery may help scientists to develop new anti-rejection treatments that will provide excellent results for transplant patients.
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Data inconsistent on calcium supplement benefits, risks
Pharmacy Times
A range of trials has failed to resolve whether calcium supplementation significantly decreases the risk of fracture or increases the risk of cardiovascular events.
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ACIP OKs meningitis vaccine for high-risk infants
Medscape
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend the meningococcal conjugate vaccine MenACWY-CRM for use in infants and young toddlers who are at increased risk for meningococcal disease.
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Study: HPV vaccines may be less effective for black women
HealthDay News
Black women may get less protection than whites from the vaccines recommended for preventing human papillomavirus, which causes cervical cancer, a new study suggests. The currently available vaccines, Gardasil and Cervarix, don't target the types of HPV infection found most often in black women, the study authors said.
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