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.

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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