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What’s the Latest with the Flu: Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

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2015-2016 Influenza Season

Flu activity is increasing in the US, as would be expected at this time of year. There already have been 4 deaths in children from influenza. A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report provides an update regarding the 2015-2016 flu activity.

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9-valent HPV Vaccine – Info & Guidance from CDC

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A 9-valent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine (Gardasil 9, Merck & Co., Inc) was licensed for use in females and males in the United States in December 2014. 1,2,3,4 9-valent HPV vaccine is the third HPV vaccine licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); the other vaccines are bivalent HPV vaccine, licensed for use in females, and quadrivalent HPV vaccine, licensed for use in females and males.

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Here’s Your Toolkit To Raise Awareness During National Immunization Awareness Month

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August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM)! NIAM is an annual observance to highlight the value of immunization across the lifespan, and we need your help to promote it.  You are key to raising awareness among parents about the importance of vaccination, and NIAM is another great opportunity for you to talk to families about the benefits of immunization.

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AAP Infographic | The State of Immunity

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AAP Updates Recommendations on Obesity Prevention: It’s Never Too Early to Begin Living a Healthy Lifestyle

In updated recommendations, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers practical steps families can take to help children maintain a healthy weight.

The advice comes as part of an AAP clinical report published in the July 2015 issue of Pediatrics. The report, “The Role of the Pediatrician in Primary Prevention of Obesity,” (published online June 29), offers guidance to pediatricians and families on how to include healthy habits into daily life, including a well-balanced diet, increased physical activity and reduced sedentary behaviors.

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American Academy of Pediatrics President Urges Parents to Vaccinate Their Children Against Measles

Statement by Sandra G. Hassink, MD, FAAP

As the measles outbreak linked to Disneyland continues to spread, pediatricians are deeply concerned about the children who have been infected, and those who are at risk because they have not been vaccinated. The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly urges parents to make sure their children have received the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

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