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What’s New with Influenza Vaccines Available this 2018-2019 Season?

robert-jacobson-11052368By Robert Jacobson, MD, FAAP, and Jennifer Brickley, RN, Mayo Clinic

Charles H. Mayo, MD, one of the famed Mayo brothers wrote, “Today the only thing that is permanent is change.” That might have been a hundred years ago, but it’s certainly still the situation with influenza and its prevention nowadays. This coming fall for 2018-2019 clinicians will once again have changes to the recommendations that will affect their practice and their patients.

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Pain-Reducing Measures in the Office Setting for Pediatric and Adolescent Immunizations

By Katy M. Bos, MS, APRN, ACNS-BC, PCNS-BC – Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Mayo Clinic and Robert M. Jacobson, M.D., F.A.A.P. – Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Director, Employee and Community Health and Southeast Minnesota Region Immunization Programs, Mayo Clinic

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Part of a child’s routine medical care is vaccinations. In the first six years, a child will get up to 25 to 30 injections. The World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that needle pokes are a painful and anxiety-provoking health-related experience, potentially leading to a lifetime of fear of needles, vaccine non-compliance, negative health attitudes, and health care avoidance behaviors by children and their caregivers. The WHO also expressed concern that these negative effects could potentially lead to lower vaccine coverage rates and risk of vaccine-preventable diseases.

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Word from the President: Celebrating Large Chapter of the Year

By Robert M. Jacobson, MD, FAAP, president of MNAAP

In case you haven’t heard, MNAAP received the 2014 Outstanding Large Chapter of the Year award in March at AAP’s Annual Leadership Forum. AAP has been awarding chapters for their performance since 1964. Of its 66 chapters, 18 are defined as large. Minnesota is among those 18. We’ve won the award twice before, most recently in 2010 under the leadership of Anne Edwards, MD.

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Is Breastfeeding Still Best? MN Hospitals Make Changes to Support it

By Pamela Heggie, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, Fairview Children’s Clinic, Minneapolis and Robert M. Jacobson, MD, FAAP, Mayo Clinic, Rochester and MNAAP President

A recent article published in the journal Social Science and Medicine made headlines and was widely quoted in blogs, email list-serves and Facebook: “Is Breast Truly Best? Estimating the Effects of Breastfeeding on Long-term Child Health and Wellbeing in the United States Using Sibling Comparisons” (Colen, 2014). This article raised questions about the long-term benefits of breastfeeding on health outcomes for children.

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A Look Back at MNAAP’s Highlights in 2013

By Robert M. Jacobson, MD, FAAP…

What were the top ten events for our chapter in 2013? What would such a list look like, and what would we learn from it?

I ended up making such a list to help with our year-end reporting. At the end of 2013, our chapter submitted its annual chapter report for the national organization. The report details MNAAP’s accomplishments for the year. It’s a Herculean task of cleaning out the stables of the year gone by and trotting out accomplishments for a national audience. We ask the leaders of our workgroups and committees to participate in the reporting as well.

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