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COCA Email Updates: September 9 - September 23, 2013

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Available for download:September 23, 2013, COCA Email Update

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Upcoming COCA Call/Webinar

Protecting Children at Highest Risk for Influenza Complications

Date:Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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

Dial In Number:888-233-9077


Children with chronic medical conditions, including asthma, diabetes, and neurologic and neurodevelopmental disorders, are at higher risk for influenza-associated complications. Using antiviral therapies early and aggressively in these vulnerable children can lessen the impact of influenza infection. Clinicians have a critical role in taking action to immunize these children and their close contacts. During this COCA Call, subject matter experts from CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics will discuss strategies that primary care providers and medical subspecialists can use in partnership with parents to improve influenza prevention and control in children at highest risk.

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Recent COCA Call/Webinar

Improving the Health of Children and Adults through Vaccines: Updates and Recommendations for Clinicians

Date:Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Vaccines prevent children and adults from potentially harmful or deadly diseases. To promote health and prevent disease, CDC publishes written recommendations for vaccinating children and adults. These recommendations are based on information from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). It is important for pediatric and adult providers to stay up to date on the most recent ACIP recommendations. During this webinar, a CDC subject matter expert addressed recent vaccine recommendations along with available immunization resources.

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Additional COCA Conference Calls
Free CE credit/contact hours (CME, CNE, ACPE, CEU, CECH, and AAVSB/RACE) are available for most COCA calls.

CDC News and Announcements

NEW:2013 Select Agent Workshop Webcast – (APHIS/CDC)

Date:Friday, November 15, 2013

Time:10:00 am – 4:00 pm (Eastern Time)

The webcast will cover the changes to the Security section (section 11) of the select agent regulations, including information security, physical security, and personnel suitability, with emphasis on the additional requirements for entities possessing select agents and toxins designated as Tier 1 agents and toxins. If you are interested in participating in the webcast, please submit the registration form above no later than October 18, 2013. The webcast link, agenda, and supporting information will be sent to registered participants prior to the workshop.

CDC Science Clips: Volume 5, Issue: 35 – (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

National Preparedness Month 2013
National Preparedness Month is a great time to think about ways that you can prepare to stay safe and help others during a disaster or emergency. Whether it's by taking a First Aid and CPR class, joining a service organization or just putting preparedness apps on your phone so that you are prepared to make better decisions in a disaster, there are lots of things that you can do now to help yourself, your loved ones and your community stay safe when disaster strikes.

Be Ready! September is National Preparedness Month – (CDC)
Throughout September there will be activities across the country to promote emergency preparedness. More than 3,000 organizations – national, regional, and local public and private organizations – are supporting emergency preparedness efforts and encouraging all Americans to take action.

National Preparedness Month 2013 Toolkit – (FEMA)
The National Preparedness Month (NPM) 2013 Toolkit includes suggestions for activities and events that state, local, tribal and territorial governments, business, non-governmental organizations, and community organizations could sponsor to promote NPM.

NEW:Webinar: Training for Healthcare Providers on Indicators of Drinking Water Contamination – (EPA)

Date:October 1, 2013

Time:2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)


This webinar will educate public health professionals about drinking water systems and indicators of possible drinking water contamination, and will convey methods for communicating information to partners who play a role in protecting public health. Teleconference and web conference information will be emailed to registered participants in advance of webinar.

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NEW:Public Health Matters Blog: Helping Children Cope With a Disaster – September 12 (CDC)
Children often become distressed after a disaster, especially if it has directly impacted them or someone they care about. They may also feel sad or sorry for others and want very much to help them. Worries that something similar will happen to them or their family may lead them to ask a lot of questions so that they can better understand what has happened and therefore what they can do to protect themselves and their family. Parents and other adults who care for children can do a lot to help them understand and cope.

Emergency Preparedness and Response – (CDC)
Find resources for All Hazards and Specific Hazards preparedness.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Resources for Clinicians – (CDC)
Find online and in-person training centers and resources.

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather

NEW:Hurricane Health and Safety Tips: Food and Water Needs: Preparing for a Disaster or Emergency – September 12 (CDC)
Follow these steps to make sure you and your family have enough safe food and water (for drinking, cooking, bathing, etc.) available in the event of a disaster or emergency.

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 the CDC. Electronically Subscribe

September 13, 2013 / Vol. 62 / No. 36Download .pdf document of this issue

Infectious, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases

NEW:CDC Press Release: Untreatable: Report by CDC details today’s drug-resistant health threats – September 16 (CDC)
The report, Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013, presents the first snapshot of the burden and threats posed by antibiotic-resistant germs having the most impact on human health. The threats are ranked in categories: urgent, serious, and concerning.

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV)

Update:Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) – September 19 (CDC)
A novel coronavirus called “Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus” (MERS-CoV) was identified in 2012 as the cause of respiratory illness in people. Investigations are being done to figure out the source of MERS-CoV and how it spreads.

Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus

Update:Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus – September 19 (CDC)
Human infections with a new avian influenza A (H7N9) virus continue to be reported in China. The virus has been detected in poultry in China as well. While mild illness in human cases has been seen, most patients have had severe respiratory illness and some people have died. No cases of H7N9 outside of China have been reported. The new H7N9 virus has not been detected in people or birds in the United States.

Seasonal Influenza

Weekly Flu View – September 13 (CDC)
This 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 – September 9 (US Department of State)
Travel Warnings are issuedwhen long-term, protracted conditions that make a country dangerous or unstable lead the State Department to recommend that Americans avoid or consider the risk of travel to that country. A Travel Warning is also issued 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 its staff.

Food, Drug and Device Safety

Update:Multistate Outbreak of Cyclosporiasis – September 17 (CDC)
As of September 13, 2013, a total of 642 ill persons with Cyclospora infection have been reported from 25 states.

MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program – (HHS/USFDA)
Your FDA gateway for clinically important safety information and reporting serious problems with human medical products. Reports FDA and USDA Food Recalls, Alerts, Reporting & Resources – (HHS/UDSA/FDA/CDC/NIH)
For recalls and alerts by both FDA and USDA, or to report a problem or make inquiries.

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