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Vaccinations

The New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics (NJAAP) supports current immunization requirements for children to attend child care centers, preschool facilities and schools in New Jersey, both public and private, as established by the New Jersey Department of Health NJDOH. Furthermore, we support legislative efforts that strengthen these requirements by passing legislation that calls for the elimination of all non-medical exemptions from school-required vaccinations and also support medically indicated exemptions to specific immunizations as determined for each individual child.

Legislators: If you would find it helpful to speak with a New Jersey-based, board certified pediatrician regarding topics addressing vaccines for children, follow this LINK to schedule a call.

THE AGENDA FOR CHILDREN

The New Jersey Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, believes every newborn, infant, child, adolescent and young adult should have access to the highest quality of medical care available, care that is most capably provided by a pediatrician led healthcare team, which is highly trained, credentialed and experienced in all aspects of the development and medical diagnosis and care of children at every age.

THE PEDIATRIC PSYCHIATRY COLLABORATIVE IS NOW AVAILABLE STATEWIDE

The Pediatric Psychiatry Collaborative (PPC) is available at hospital-based hubs in your area*.  To learn more about & join the collaborative that can provide you with quick access to psychiatric consultation and referrals to mental/behavioral healthcare for your patients, click here. *Essex County served by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. Click here for more information.

The 2020 Census is important for you and your community, and you can help. Your community benefits the most when the census counts everyone. The countdown to the 2020 Census has begun! Partners across the state are now planning their awareness, education and outreach efforts leading up to the next census to support a complete and accurate count. Do you know why the 2020 Census matters? Do you know how participating can help your community?

Pediatric Update – Novel Coronavirus Identified:
CDC Situation Summary

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in hundreds of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan, with additional cases being identified in a growing number of countries internationally. The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. CDC Response

  • On January 23, 2020, The CDC travel notice was raised from Level 1; Practice Usual Precautions, to a Warning – Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel to Wuhan. The CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Wuhan, China. In response to an outbreak of respiratory illness, Chinese officials have closed transport within and out of Wuhan, including buses, subways, trains, and the international airport.
  • Information for travelers to other parts of China is available at wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/china.
  • Initiated entry screening of passengers on direct and connecting flights from Wuhan, China to the three main ports of entry in the United States on January 17, 2020. Entry screening will be expanded to airports in Atlanta and Chicago in the coming days.
  • Issued an updated interim Health Alert Notice (HAN) Advisory to inform state and local health departments and health care providers about this outbreak on January 17, 2020.
  • CDC Team deployment to support the ongoing investigation in the state of Washington
  • CDC has developed a real time Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (rRT-PCR) test that can diagnose 2019-nCoV.

Pediatrician should be aware that the respiratory panel currently used by many identifies coronaviruses, but not the outbreak strain. Currently, testing for this virus must take place at the CDC, but in the coming days and weeks, the CDC will share these tests with domestic and international partners through the agency’s International Reagent Resource. Also, pediatricians don’t need to send patients to hospitals for respiratory panel screening. For additional information visit: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov