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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.


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. 


Seeking Ebola Information? Resources Available from AAP and CDC

american-academy-of-pediatrics-logo21Ebola resources can be found on the National AAP website at:

Please note that this page is in the process of being updated as new information becomes available.

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If you have questions or are seeking additional information, please send an e-mail to


Providers Are the Key: Making a Strong HPV Recommendation

by Sherrie Flynt Wallington, PhD

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is very common among both men and women. HPV has been found to be associated with several types of cancer: cervical, vulvar, vaginal, penile, anal, and oropharyngeal. Reports from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that in the U.S., HPV causes about 17,000 cancers in women and about 9,000 cancers in men each year.


Protect the Next Generation: Recommend the HPV Vaccine – A Video Commentary from CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden

safe_image.phpIn this video commentary from the CDC, Dr. Tom Frieden, CDC Director, asks pediatric and family medicine clinicians to recommend and administer HPV vaccine as the same time as Tdap and meningococcal vaccine. This strong, bundled recommendation can reduce missed opportunities for HPV vaccination and increase the number of patients with protection from many HPV cancers in the future.


Preparticipation Physical Evaluation (PPE)

There are over 7.6 million high school athletes in the United States, and at some point each one of them is going to need a preparticipation physical evaluation (PPE). However, recent data show that many pediatricians are not comfortable with the PPE process and not aware of AAP resources in performing these evaluations.


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