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COCA Email Updates: June 16 – June 30, 2014

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Available for download:June 30, 2014, COCA Email Update


COCA News and Announcements

Upcoming COCA Calls/Webinars:

Record High US Measles Cases: Patient Vaccination, Clinical Assessment and Management

Date:Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Time:2:00 - 3:00 pm (EDT)

Dial In Number:888-769-8715 (U.S. Callers); 312-470-7111 (International Callers)

Passcode:9993473

Webinar

In May 2014, the United States recorded the largest number of reported measles cases since 1994 and the number continues to rise. Most cases reported have been acquired in the U.S. and are associated with importations from countries where measles is still common. This highly contagious, acute viral illness spreads quickly in unvaccinated populations once reaching the U.S. The recent measles outbreaks highlight the importance of maintaining high vaccination coverage in the U.S. and ensuring age-appropriate vaccination for international travelers. During this COCA call, clinicians will learn the status of measles in the U.S. and CDC vaccination recommendations and guidelines for patient assessment and management.

Recent COCA Calls/Webinars:

Healthy Swimming: Prevent and Treat Infections Caused by Brain-Eating Amebas and Chlorine-Tolerant Parasites

Date:Thursday, June 19, 2014

Additional COCA Conference Calls

Free continuing education credits (CME, CNE, ACPE, CEU, CECH, and AAVSB/RACE) are available for most calls. More information about free CE.

CDC News and Announcements

CDC Science Clips: Volume 6, Issue: 25 – (CDC)

Each week select science clips are shared with the public health community to enhance awareness of emerging scientific knowledge. The focus is applied public health research and prevention science that has the capacity to improve health now.

Public Health Preparedness

NEW:CDC launches updated Online CERC Training – CE Credits Available – June 25 (CDC)

CDC is pleased to offer an updated version of our web-based course for Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) Training. This free, online training offers public health communication professionals important knowledge and resources to effectively prepare for and respond to emergencies. Topics include introduction to CERC, psychology of a crisis, messages and audiences, crisis communication plans, role of the spokesperson, working with the media, and more. CE and CECH credits are now available.

Emergency Preparedness and Response - (CDC)

Find preparedness resources for all hazards.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Resources for Clinicians – (CDC)

Find online and in-person training resources.

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather

NEW:CDC Public Health Matters Blog: Prep Rally Brings Preparedness Spirit to Moore, Oklahoma – June 19 (CDC)

In May 2013, deadly tornadoes swept Moore, OK, destroying homes and the very foundation of community that families had come to know. At the heart of the destruction were children, whose schools, parks, and child care facilities were damaged beyond recognition, and in some cases, blown away along with children’s sense of routine and normalcy.

Get Ready for a Hurricane – (CDC)

If a hurricane might be headed toward you, you need to prepare. Listen for National Weather Service alerts on TV or radio or check for them online.

Food and Water Needs: Preparing for a Disaster or Emergency – (CDC)

Health and Safety Concerns for All Disasters – (CDC)

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

MMWR publications are prepared by CDC. Electronically Subscribe.

June 27, 2014 / Vol. 63 / No. 25 Download .pdf document of this issue

Infectious, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases

Seasonal Influenza

Weekly Flu View – June 21 (CDC)

Flu View is a weekly influenza surveillance report prepared by CDC Influenza Division. All data are preliminary and may change as CDC receives more reports.

Planning and Preparedness: Health Professionals and Seasonal Flu - (HHS)

Health care providers play an important role during flu season. The following guidance and information will assist health care providers and service organizations to plan and respond to seasonal flu.

Travel Safety

Current Travel Warnings - June 27 (US Department of State)

The U.S. Department of State issues Travel Warnings when long-term, protracted conditions make a country dangerous or unstable. Travel Warnings recommend that Americans avoid or carefully consider the risk of travel to that country. The State Department also issues Travel Warnings when the U.S. Government's ability to assist American citizens is constrained due to the closure of an embassy or consulate, or because of a drawdown of State Department staff.

Food, Drug and Device Safety

MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program – (FDA)

MedWatch is your Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gateway for clinically important safety information and reporting serious problems with human medical products.

FoodSafety.gov Reports FDA and USDA Food Recalls, Alerts, Reporting & Resources – (HHS/USDA/FDA/CDC/NIH)

Foodsafety.gov lists notices of recalls and alerts from both FDA and USDA. Visitors to the site can report a problem or make inquiries.

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