AAP -Behind the Scenes (Part 2)

Besides the focus on legislation and access to care, the AAP meeting provided an infectious disease update from Dr. Harry Keyserling, membership update by Dr. Roma Klicius, the Pediatric Foundation Report by Dr. Bob Wiskind, an update on oral health care by Dr. Chevron Brooks, a brief update on AAP Friends of Children by Dr. Jay Berkelhammer, and discussion about transitional care.

With regard to the infectious diseases update, Dr. Keyserling noted that despite the flu vaccine’s lower “match” this year and its reduced effectiveness, it is still quite important to receive the flu vaccine.

  • Each year, about 1/3rd ot the population gets the flu.
  • About 1 in 10,000 people die due to the flu.
  • In 2012-13, there were 171 pediatric deaths across the country due to influenza.  90% of these deaths occurred in children who were not immunized; in other words, for a child with the flu, the risk of death is more than 10 times higher in those who do not receive the immunization.

Here are a couple of slides (used with permission) regarding the flu:

Risk of Death from the Flu

Risk of Death from the Flu

Flu Data thru Jan 2015

Flu Data thru Jan 2015

Flu Vaccine Coverage

Flu Vaccine Coverage

Bottomline: The AAP is working on preventing deaths from all vaccine-preventable deaths, including the flu.

Related blog posts:

Since my job at the AAP is to work on nutrition-related issues, I would welcome suggestions for areas of concern.  As there are separate areas devoted to obesity and breastfeeding, my goal is to work on other aspects of nutrition in children.  Some ideas that have come up already include an update on gluten-related disorders and nutritional supplements.  Any other advice?

Upcoming AAP Schedule

Upcoming AAP Schedule

4 thoughts on “AAP -Behind the Scenes (Part 2)

  1. Jay, I’d like to see some input from AAP on fad diets– I realize that may be difficult, since some of them seem to come and go so quickly there isn’t even time to collect data or consider their health impact. Still, many parents are pursuing “Paleo” style diets, or gluten-free diets, or raw-food diets, or diets that seem overly dependent on food from little pouches, etc. Kind of dizzying!

  2. Dr. Hochman:

    Congrats on your recent assumption of the chairmanship of the Georgia AAP Committee on Nutrition. In October 2013, Kylia Crane, coordinator of the Georgia Chapter of the AAP Nutrition Program, visited Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to deliver a Nutrition Colloquium presentation updating clinical nutrition staff on the Georgia WIC program entitled “WIC Program Guidelines and Your Nutrition Support Practice.” I provided the following audience feedback in my blog synopsis of Kylia’s presentation:

    “In response to several concerns from attendees regarding the divergent WIC needs of healthy nonhospitalized children vs acutely ill hospitalized children, Kylia acknowledged the need for greater collaboration between the WIC program and clinical nutritionists in order to meet the unique needs of the hospitalized patient upon discharge. Attendee and current chair of the Georgia AAP Committee on Nutrition, Dr. Gayathri Tenjarla, voiced her agreement with this concern, noting her willingness to tackle this vexing issue during her tenure.”

    Would it be possible for the Georgia AAP to spearhead the creation of a WIC liaison position (social worker, case coordinator, or nutritionist) to facilitate the updating of acute care pediatric staff members at pediatric hospitals throughout Georgia in order to more effectively address the unique WIC support needs of the hospitalized patient upon discharge? Children’s staff constantly struggle to stay updated on the protean and complex nature of the WIC benefits program and would benefit immensely from regular updates from the proposed liaison position. I have included a link to the mentioned blog article for additional context:


    Thanks for continued blogging,
    Kipp Ellsworth, MS, RD, CSP, CNSC
    Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta @ Egleston

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