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COCA Email Updates: February 2, 2015 – February 17, 2015

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Available for download: February 17, 2015, COCA Email Update

COCA News and Announcements

Upcoming COCA Calls/Webinars:

Title: Measles 2015: Situational Update, Clinical Guidance, and Vaccination Recommendations  

Date:Thursday, February 19, 2015

Time:2:00 – 3:00 pm (EDT)

Dial In Number:888-469-3090 (U.S. Callers); 517-308-9287 (International Callers)



From January 1 to February 6, 2015, 121 people from 17 states and Washington DC were reported to have measles. Most of these cases are part of a large, ongoing multi-state outbreak linked to an amusement park in California; however, unlinked importations continue to occur. The majority of the people who got measles were unvaccinated or did not know their vaccination status. This highly contagious, acute viral illness spreads quickly in unvaccinated populations, highlighting the importance of protecting children and adults against measles in the U.S. through vaccination. During this COCA call, clinicians will learn about the current measles situation in the US. In addition, they will learn about clinical guidelines for patient assessment and management, and age-appropriate vaccination recommendations for US residents including those who travel abroad.

Title: Protecting Children: Influenza Updates for Clinicians

Date:Thursday, February 26, 2015

Time:2:00 – 3:00 pm (EDT)

Dial In Number:888-810-4792 (U.S. Callers); 630-395-0368 (International Callers)



A recent analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found influenza A (H3N2) viruses are the predominant strain this year, and a little more than half of samples analyzed were found to be antigenically different (drifted) from the H3N2 vaccine strain. During this COCA Webinar, clinicians will learn about the current state of flu activity related to children, the importance of continued vaccination despite the mismatch and low vaccine effectiveness, and strategies for using antiviral therapy early to prevent and treat influenza.

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 Emergency Response – CDC Response to 2014 Ebola in the United States and West Africa

NEW:Emergency Department Ebola Preparedness Training Videos
CDC and the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and collaborated with numerous professional organizations to develop an Ebola Preparedness Training for emergency department personnel. Titled “Ebola Preparedness: Emergency Department Guidelines,” the training package consists of four video modules that supplement CDC’s recommended three-step strategy — identify, isolate and inform — for managing possible Ebola patients.

NEW:Interim Recommendations for Influenza Vaccination and Post-exposure Chemoprophylaxis to Prevent Influenza Virus Infection in People Being Actively Monitored for Potential Ebola Virus Exposure

Updated:Case Counts

NEW:Preventing Ebola by Screening Travelers

NEW:Q&A’s about the Transport of Pediatric Patients (< 18 years of age) Under Investigation or with Confirmed Ebola

CDC News and Announcements

CDC Science Clips: Volume 7, Issue: 6 – (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

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

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.

February 13, 2015 / Vol. 64 / No. 5 Download .pdf document of this issue

Infectious, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases

Seasonal Influenza

NEW: CDC and Partners Open Letter to Health Care Professionals Urging Protection from Influenza
CDC and partners jointly called on health care professionals to promptly treat young children and people age 65 and older with flu antiviral drugs.

NEW: CDC Algorithm for Evaluation of Patients with Possible Influenza
CDC has provided an algorithm for medical offices to use to evaluate patients for possible influenza over the telephone.

What You Should Know for the 2014-2015 Influenza Season

Information for Health Professionals

Weekly Flu View – February 17 (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 – February 17 (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. Reports FDA and USDA Food Recalls, Alerts, Reporting & Resources – (HHS/USDA/FDA/CDC/NIH) 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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