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

Flu activity is increasing in the United States. Five pediatric deaths have been reported so far this season, with influenza A (H3N2) and influenza B viruses being identified most commonly in the United States. The CDC has reported that 52% of the influenza A (H3N2) viruses collected and analyzed in the United States from October 1 through November 22, 2014 were antigenically different (drifted) from the H3N2 virus strain in the vaccine.

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Marijuana Legalization: Why Physicians & Communities Should Be Concerned

Krishna Upadhya, MD, FAAP, Chair of DC AAP’s Adolescent Health Working Group recently participated in an event co-hosted by Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana) and the Heritage Foundation to review the science of marijuana’s effects and implications for policy.  Dr. Upadhya discussed why physicians and communities should be concerned about marijuana legalization and encouraged more physicians to express their concerns to policy makers. 

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