9/30 NKF/CDC Webinar on Influenza & COVID-19

NKF and CDC will co-host a free September 30, 2020 webinar on Protecting Yourself and Your Patients: Preventing Influenza in the COVID-19 Era, focused on taking the steps to prevent influenza during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Influenza can be associated with serious illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths, especially in people with certain chronic medical conditions, such as those with CKD at any stage, including patients on dialysis and transplant recipients.  This webinar will provide an overview of the implications of influenza vaccinations among healthcare professionals caring for kidney patients.  Also, strategies for encouraging influenza vaccination among patients and others will be discussed.  The webinar offers 0.50 CME credit.  Find full details and register at https://education.kidney.org/content/webinar-protecting-yourself-and-your-patients-preventing-influenza-covid-19-era.

2020 Flu Season

CDC has published (non-COVID-19) flu vaccine recommendations for the 2020-2021 season.  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the spread of respiratory illness, like flu, this fall and winter is more important than ever.  Find the 2020-2021 recommendations at https://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/acip/summary/summary-recommendations.htm.  Also available in Spanish and eight other languages.*

Medicare Part B covers one flu shot per flu season and additional flu shots if medically necessary.  Flu shots are free for Medicare patients.  Pneumonia and flu shots can be given during the same office visit; find recommended schedules at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/adult.html.

CDC, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee recommend that all U.S. health care workers get annual flu shots.

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* To find the non-English versions, go to the links above, then click on “Español” or “Other Languages” – these links are either in the upper right corner of the page, or between the title and the text of the document.

9/16 NCC Tip Sheets on Multigenerational Living

The supplement the September 16, 2020 NCC COVID-19 webinar on Living in a Multi-Generational Household, NCC has produced one-page tip sheets in English and Spanish on Staying Safe in Multigenerational Households (Cómo mantenerse seguro en un hogar mul generacional).  Find more details and register for the webinar at https://esrdncc.org/en/events/2020/september-2020/covid09162020/?date=9/1/2020.  Find the tip sheets below:

9/20 ANNA 503 Virtual Fall Workshop

ANNA Chapter 503 will present their 2020 Fall Workshop via Zoom on September 20, 2020 from 10am till noon PDT.  The Workshop will feature Nephrologists Sarah Struthers, MD sharing her experience of working in New Orleans during the coronavirus surge, and Kate Butler, MD sharing her research focus on ethical allocation of limited resources during a pandemic.  Cost is $20 for ANNA members & students, and $35 for non-members.  The course has been approved by the California State Board of Nursing for 2.0 CE’s.  Register, before 11:30 pm PDT September 18, at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/anna-503-virtual-fall-workshop-2020-tickets-114236426226.  Full details follow:

9/9 COVID-19 Dialysis Facility Call Correction

The time for the September 9, 2020 CMS Dialysis Facility COVID-19 Call was incorrect in our recent post on 9/8+ September CMS COVID-19 Calls.  The correct time is 2:30-3:00 pm PDT.  The correct September 9 entry is:

We’ve also corrected the time in the original post (https://nwrnbulletins.wordpress.com/2020/09/02/9-8-september-cms-covid-19-calls/).

9/8+ NCC September COVID-19 Calls

The ESRD NCC’s COVID-19 half-hour “Quickinars” have morphed to one-hour webinars.  The September webinars include:

  • For patients, September 8, 2020 – Choosing a Kidney Transplant during COVID-19, 1-2 pm PDT.
  • For providers, September 16, 2020 – Living in a Multi-Generational Household, noon-1 pm PDT.

For details and registration, see https://esrdncc.org/en/covid-19/covid-webinars/.  You can also find links to recordings of previous webinars there.

9/8+ September CMS COVID-19 Calls

CMS has announced the following September COVID-19 calls:

Find more information and further schedules at https://www.cms.gov/outreach-education/partner-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-partner-toolkit.

2020-21 CDC Flu Vaccine Recommendations

CDC has published their recommendations for influenza vaccinations, suggesting that reducing seasonal influenza will help avoid confusion with pandemic COVID-19, and help relieve pressure on overloaded healthcare facilities.  Find the recommendations at https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/rr/rr6908a1.htm?s_cid=rr6908a1_e&deliveryName=USCDC_921-DM35682.

Wildfire Smoke and COVID-19

A recent CDC announcement comments on wildfire smoke:

“Wildfire smoke can irritate your lungs, cause inflammation, affect your immune system, and make you more prone to lung infections, including SARS-CoV-2, the virus that cause COVID-19.  Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, preparing for wildfires might be a little different this year.  Know how wildfire smoke can affect you and your loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic and what you can do to protect yourselves.”

The rest of the announcement details what you can do about it.  Find it at https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/covid-19/wildfire_smoke_covid-19.html.