The Department of Health’s Healthcare Associated Infections Program is asking physicians and hospitals to review applicable resources provided below and to seek out other necessary resource materials to ensure that health care provided by you, or provided under your supervision, meets these standards of safety.
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Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that is increasing internationally. Though the illness associated with the virus is generally mild, Zika Virus can be spread from a pregnant woman to her fetus and there have been reports of birth defects and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers affected with Zika. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington State Department of Health and other organizations have issued precautions for pregnant women traveling to areas with ongoing Zika transmission and guidelines for physicians treating pregnant women, children and other populations with possible Zika exposure.
From WSMA and the Washington State Department of Health
From the CDC
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a reminder to physicians that delayed or alternative immunization schedules increase the risk to all children.
The AAP joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and nearly all federal and state health organizations in recommending that physicians who vaccinate young children follow the schedule prepared by the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. ACIP recommends children receive the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine at age 12-15 months and again at 4-6 years.
Resources for physicians
Physicians should remind their patients—and their staff—of the importance of getting a flu shot. The state Department of Health continues to advise that everyone six months and older should get a yearly flu shot. In addition, the CDC, DSHS and the DOH continue to urge physicians to recommend the flu vaccine to their pregnant patients throughout the flu season. Physicians are encouraged to adopt the National Adult Immunization Practice Standards to help ensure that their patients receive influenza and Tdap vaccinations as well as all other indicated vaccinations.
2016-2017 flu season
From the WSMA and Department of Health
Ebola training webinar: Identifying, Isolating and Evaluating Patients with Suspected Ebola Virus Disease
From the CDC
From the Washington State Department of Health
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