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A group of Kalamazoo Central High School students recently began a Change.org petition urging lawmakers to “make comprehensive and responsible gun control policy to keep our schools and society safe.” News reports state the students felt compelled to act after the February 14, 2018 school shooting in Florida.
The absence of guns from children’s homes and communities is the most reliable and effective measure to prevent firearm-related injuries in children and adolescents. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) continues to support a number of specific measures to reduce the destructive effects of guns in the lives of children and adolescents, including the regulation of the manufacture, sale, purchase, ownership, and use of firearms; a ban on semiautomatic assault weapons; and the strongest possible regulations of handguns for civilian use. (AAP Statement on Firearm-Related Injuries Affecting the Pediatric Population)
The petition, “Students Fighting Guns Since Adults Won’t,” is more than halfway to its goal of 150,000 signatures. When it reaches the goal of 150,000 signatures, the petition will be sent to Representative Fred Upton; Senators Debbie Stabenow, Chris Murphy, Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson, Gary Peters, Richard Blumenthal; and Michigan Senator Margaret O’Brien.
The Michigan Chapter of the AAP supports the petition by the Kalamazoo, Michigan students and encourages you to sign in support as well. Click here to sign and share the petition.
In October 2017, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) approved the Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents Aged 18 Years or Younger — United States, 2018. The 2018 child and adolescent immunization schedule summarizes ACIP recommendations, including several changes from the 2017 immunization schedules, in three figures and footnotes to the figures. These documents can be found on the CDC immunization schedule website (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/index.html). These immunization schedules are approved by ACIP (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/acip/index.html), the American Academy of Pediatrics (https://www.aap.org), the American Academy of Family Physicians (https://www.aafp.org), and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (https://www.acog.org). Health care providers are advised to use the figures and the footnotes together. The full ACIP recommendations for each vaccine, including contraindications and precautions, can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/index.html. Providers should be aware that changes in recommendations for specific vaccines can occur between annual updates to the childhood/adolescent immunization schedules. If errors or omissions are discovered within the child and adolescent schedule, CDC posts revised versions on the CDC immunization schedule website.*
Printable versions of the 2018 immunization schedules for children and adolescents aged 18 years or younger and ordering instructions for laminated versions and easy-to-read versions for parents also are available at the immunization schedule website.
For further guidance on the use of each vaccine included in the schedules, including contraindications and precautions, health care providers are referred to the respective ACIP vaccine recommendations.
In order to comply with federal screening requirements, all providers who serve Michigan Medicaid beneficiaries, including providers participating in a Managed Care Organization’s provider network, are required to be enrolled in the Michigan Medicaid program.
If you are interested in having an MDHHS Provider Enrollment Representative speak with your organization about enrolling in the Michigan Medicaid program, complete the online Provider Enrollment Request form to have a representative make arrangements to assist you: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RFWRGPP.
For additional information on the Provider Enrollment process, please visit www.michigan.gov/MedicaidProviders and click on “Provider Enrollment.”
The Region 5 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) established an Opioid Taskforce compromised, not only of HHS Operating Divisions, but also representatives from other Federal agencies. HHS welcomes the opportunity to provide strategic consultation or resource identification. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with the Taskforce, please complete the request form. Click for the Region 5 Opioid Taskforce Request form that can be submitted by any entity that seeks information or assistance from HHS, related to the opioid crisis.
LANSING, MI – The Parent Information Network (PIN), comprised of MIAAP and Michigan’s leading health care providers, on March 20, came out in strong support of the newly launched “I Vaccinate” initiative from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and Franny Strong Foundation. This campaign will be an important tool in raising awareness of the importance of vaccines and the role they play in preventing deadly diseases.
“It’s incredibly important for parents to ensure their children are vaccinated,” said pediatrician and assistant professor of pediatrics at Michigan State University, Michael Stiffler, MD. “It not only protects their own family’s health, but the health of their communities as well.”
Recent data revealed Michigan’s childhood immunization rates as one of the lowest nationwide, putting the entire state at risk for an increase in vaccine-preventable diseases. Safe and effective, vaccines are the best way to protect children from deadly, preventable illnesses. Find resources, facts about vaccines, and more at IVaccinate.org.
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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and the leading health professional organizations in Michigan have published this updated letter regarding the promotion of the HPV Vaccine.
The Detroit Free Press recently published MIAAP’s President Dr. Neil R. Wienberg’s article that addresses the various social stressors children are facing in addition to the Flint Water Crisis. Click here to read the article.
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