be extended to medical
students, nurse practitioners?
from the AAP Department of Membership
AAP voting members
will have the
opportunity to decide on two bylaw
changes designed to strengthen the Academy by allowing medical students to
become national members and nurse practitioners (NPs) to become National Affiliate
Over the past several years, medical student interest in AAP membership has skyrocketed, and more than 1,900 medical
students now are affiliate members of the
Section on Medical Students, Residents
and Fellows in Training. Medical students
have petitioned the Academy to become a
recognized national category of membership, which would give them access to
information to support their work for the
Academy at the national, chapter, section
and council levels.
The Academy long has maintained separate membership categories for Fellows in
Training (about 1,900 members) and Residents in Training (about 10,000 members).
Rather than create and maintain three separate and distinct in training categories of
membership, the Committee on Membership and Board of Directors recommend
consolidating membership for fellows in
training, residents and medical students
into a single In Training category. This will
For Your Benefit
See Referendum, page 8
In this issue
Expand contraceptive counseling
A new AAP policy and technical report say pediatricians should be familiar with the range of pregnancy
prevention options and emphasize long-acting
reversible contraception methods because of their
safety and efficacy. Page 16
Annual AAP awards section
Volume 35 • Number 10 • October 2014
Photos courtesy of Karen Ande
by Henry H. Bernstein, D.O., M.H.C.M., FAAP
The beginning of autumn reminds us
that it is time to prepare for the 2014-
’ 15 influenza season. The Academy’s
updated recommendations for the prevention and treatment of influenza in
children are available at www.pediatrics.org/cgi/doi/
10.1542/peds.2014-2413 and will be published in the
November issue of Pediatrics.
The 2013-’ 14 influenza season was less severe than
the 2012-’ 13 one, with a lower percentage of outpatient
visits for influenza-like illness, lower rates of hospitalization, and fewer deaths attributed to pneumonia and
influenza. Still, providers must remain vigilant since the
influenza virus is unpredictable.
The influenza season may start early in the fall/winter,
have more than one disease peak in a community and
even extend into late spring. Therefore, as soon as the sea-
sonal influenza vaccine is available locally, health care per-
sonnel should be immunized, parents and caregivers should
be notified about vaccine availability, and immunization
of all children 6 months and older, especially children at
high risk of complications from influenza, should begin.
Following are key messages from the updated policy
The influenza vaccine composition
is unchanged from last season.
The 2014-’ 15 influenza vaccine will be available in
both trivalent and quadrivalent formulations. (Neither
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]
nor the Academy has a preference.)
Highlights of updated AAP policy on influenza
What do all of these children have in common?
See Influenza, page 4
Looks can be deceiving, which
is why AAP California Chapter
1 is working to raise awareness
among pediatricians and the
public in Northern California
about this serious social health
issue. See article on page 8.