Join immunization campaign to protect infants
;e Academy is calling on pediatricians,
chapters and parents to highlight how vaccines protect our youngest patients. ;e
AAP-supported National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 22-29, features
opportunities to start conversations on the
theme “Immunizations. Power to Protect.”
Pediatricians and chapters are invited to
access several new AAP tools.
An interactive map, Child Vaccination
Across America, at https://immunizations.aap.org/ highlights data on
vaccinations by state, including outbreak data and trends. Users can
hover their mouse over their state for details and compare their state
Use this information and personal experiences to develop a blog to
post on your website. Need writing tips? Access the Academy’s blog kit
and instructions on how to share your published blogs with AAP sta;
and online ( http://bit.ly/2meLdUs).
;e Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is calling for
all bloggers to participate in a NIIW blog-a-thon. From April 22-29,
pediatricians can post their blogs about topics that increase awareness
of vaccine-preventable diseases, benefits of vaccines and common questions. Download a CDC badge to use with your post to let others know
you’re participating, http://bit.ly/2lU8yYR. Once posted, email your
link to email@example.com. Share others’ blogs throughout the
week via social channels using hashtag #NIIW. ;e CDC will post a
summary and links to blog posts on the NIIW website after the event.
Pediatricians who are on Twitter (Tweetiatricians) can share blogs
with a broader audience using the hashtag #VaccinesWork and the
CDC hashtag #IVax2Protect. Be sure to follow @AmerAcadPeds for
details about participating in a planned CDC Twitter storm. ;e Twitter
storm is a prime time to tweet your blog and help retweet AAP and
Additional AAP resources include:
• A toolkit to assist chapters in using state-specific data to tack-
le local challenges and personalize discussions in their state,
• ;e AAP Voices blog, with observations from a featured immunization advocate, https://www.aap.org/en-us/aap-voices.
• AAP parent-friendly and parent-contributed articles on how infant
immunizations protect their children and vulnerable populations,
• AAP News columns about infectious diseases and immunizations,
http://www.aappublications.org/collection/id-snapshot and http://
Find details about the AAP activities surrounding NIIW at http://
Public health awareness week
National Public Health Week,
April 3-9, provides an opportunity to promote collaboration
between pediatricians and public health professionals to advance the health of all children
in the community. Working together, the professions can help ensure that
every child lives in a community with the conditions needed to be healthy.
Participate with the Academy through the following channels:
• AAP Public Health Special Interest Group website, http://bit.ly/1LK9yuh
• ;e AAP Campaign for Dental Health, which is spearheading public
health messages throughout the week at www.ilikemyteeth.org and social
media on April 6 with the hashtag #HealthyCommunities.
Find out more on the American Public Health Association website, http://
Toolkit for Alcohol Awareness Month
to alcohol is the leading preventable cause
of birth defects, intellectual disability and
neurodevelopmental disorders. April is Alcohol Awareness Month,
an opportunity to focus on alcohol misuse and e;ects. ;e AAP Fetal
Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Program, under a cooperative
agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, supports the campaign through awareness-building and development of
educational resources for pediatricians.
To ensure that all children a;ected by prenatal alcohol exposure
receive appropriate and timely interventions, access the FASD Toolkit ( http://bit.ly/1MHg YMF). ;e toolkit o;ers best practice documents, tools and step-by-step guidance on how to identify and manage
children with a FASD in the medical home.
Two new resources are available in the FASD Toolkit:
• ;e 2017 FASD webinar series at http://bit.ly/2l T WN51 consists
of three 45-minute educational webinars focusing on the iden-
tification, diagnosis, referral and care management of children
with one of the FASDs. Complete the pre-test and post-test
surveys beneath the webinar recordings to give feedback on how
to improve future content.
• ;e Substance Use Screening and Intervention Implementation
Guide, available at http://bit.ly/2meNBuj, was developed based
on a survey of pediatric clinicians to assess screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) attitudes and practices
for adolescent substance use, particularly alcohol. Survey findings indicate a significant increase in the number of pediatric
clinicians who report screening for alcohol use in patients ages
9-20 (up from 50% in 1997 to 75% in 2013). However, many
clinicians surveyed were not using an evidence-based and validated screening tool. Clinicians suspected that they likely were
missing a lot of youths who engage in risky alcohol use. ;e
guide helps pediatricians incorporate SBIRT for use of alcohol,
tobacco, marijuana and other drugs among adolescent patients
and encourages the use of a validated screening tool.
Community of Immunizers Listserv
Looking to communicate with fellow immunizers, ask questions and share
ideas? The Community of Immunizers Listserv includes more than 100 members,
including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, medical
assistants and office staff. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe.
Behavioral health treatment locator
;e Behavioral Health Treatment Services
Locator is a confidential, anonymous source for
those seeking treatment facilities for substance
abuse, addiction and mental health problems.
Access the locator at https://findtreatment.
samhsa.gov/. Patients also can call 800-662-
4357 to get free, confidential information 24/7.