CDC has issued a Health Alert Network Advisory on Hepatitis A Virus infections, especially among drug users and homeless persons. The HAN includes recommendations for testing, vaccination, reporting, and other healthcare facility procedures. For details see https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00412.asp.
CDC has issued a “HAN” Health Advisory on increased influenza A(H3N2) activity and its clinical implications. The HAN also includes a summary of influenza antiviral drug treatment recommendations, an update about approved treatment drugs and current supply, and background information for patients about influenza treatment. Find the HAN at https://emergency.cdc.gov/han/han00409.asp.
CMS has also recently published a list of flu vaccine resources, at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/FFSProvPartProg/Provider-Partnership-Email-Archive-Items/2016-12-08-eNews.html?DLPage=1&DLEntries=10&DLSort=0&DLSortDir=descending#_Toc468862699.
KCER has published their October 2017 Newsletter, with articles on the following:
- Emergency Preparedness Requirements Go into Effect November 15, 2017
- Flu Season is Here: Time for a Shot
- How to Prepare for a Wildfire
- Emotional Support After a Disaster
- Protecting Your Dialysis Vascular Access
- Handwashing After a Disaster
The Northwest Renal Network September 2017 Patient Bulletin is all about Flu Shots – it’s Vaccination Time of the year. Find the Bulletin at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html .
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them. Communities use August each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases. For details see https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam.html .
Northwest Renal Network (ESRD Network 16) has distributed the May 2017 version of its patient newsletter, Network Consumer News. This issue features a headline article on Stay Healthy: Medicare’s Preventive Services, and important information on What Vaccinations Do You Need?
We want your feedback on this newsletter. Please complete the brief survey on the Survey Monkey website at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/consumer05 .
All newsletter materials, including Spanish and Big-Print editions and an invitation to volunteer to be on the Patient Advisory Committee (How You Can Make a Difference: Become a Patient Subject Matter Expert), are available on the Network website at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/ncn.html .
We’ve added the September Monthly Patient Flyer/Poster to the Network 16 website at https://www.nwrn.org/patients-a-family/ptedres/mon.html . The Poster includes information about the flu, vulnerability, and the vaccine, links to a “Flu IQ Widget” or quiz, and how to get more information.
Don’t forget that healthcare personnel flu vaccination is part of the ESRD QIP, and must be reported to NHSN by May 15, 2017 for PY2019.