Surgeon General’s Message on the Current Measles Outbreaks

Dear Partners,

The Nation’s Doctor would like to share a very important message with you about the current measles outbreaks occurring throughout our country.

Measles is a highly-contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, and is followed by a rash that spreads all over the body.

Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 9 out of 10 people around that person will also become infected if they’re not yet vaccinated. You can get measles just by being in a room where a person with measles has been, even up to two hours after that person has left.  And what is even more worrisome is that an infected person can spread measles to others even before the infected person develops symptoms—from four days before they develop the measles rash through four days afterwards.

The good news is that measles can be prevented with the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.

The MMR vaccine has an excellent safety record and is highly effective. It is one of the most effective vaccines we have in our country.

Surgeon General Adams hopes you will share his message with your networks. It’s up to us to protect the health of our communities.

For more information, please visit CDC.gov

Office of the Surgeon General

Lt. Governor’s Challenge

Lt. Governor Bethany Hall-Long invites you to join the celebration as the state of Delaware kicks off the Lt. Governor’s Challenge — an ongoing opportunity for Delawareans to embrace healthier living, inspire their peers and be recognized for their achievements. More than a recognition program for health and wellness initiatives, the Lt. Governor’s Challenge is an opportunity for everyone to drive change and to elevate the well-being, productivity, and prosperity among communities in our state!

The Kickoff Celebration is a free public event, open to all individuals and groups in Delaware that are passionate about improving physical and emotional health through individual and communal activities.

When: Thursday, October 25 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Where: DE TURF Sports Complex | 4000 Bay Road | Frederica, DE 19946
Find the flyer here!

Kickoff Highlights

  • Remarks by the Lt. Governor!
  • Official reveal of the Lt. Governor’s Challenge vision and platform!
  • Preview of the Lt. Governor’s Challenge nomination and resource website!
  • Networking with state leaders in health and well-being!

Please RSVP by October 23 to info@ltgovernorschallenge.org

Flu Season

2018-2019 Flu Season

Check out the Division of Public Health’s Bulletin – Special Flu Edition to learn more about the flu.

Numerous flu clinics are scheduled across Delaware.  To find them:

Department of Public Health Flu Clinics

New Castle County

  • Monday to Friday | 8:15 am – 11:30 am | Hudson State Service Center | 501 Ogletown Road, Newark
  • Monday to Friday | 8:15 am – 11:30 am | Porter State Service Center | 509 W. 8th Street, Wilmington

Kent County

  • Monday (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm) & Wednesday (9:00 am – 11:00 am) | Milford State Service Center | 253 NE Front Street, Milford (By Appointment Only)
  • Monday to Thursday | 8:00 am – 3:30 pm | Williams State Service Center | 805 River Road, Dover (By Appointment Only)

Sussex County

  • Monday – Friday| 8:30 am – 4:00 pm | Shipley State Service Center | 350 Virginia Avenue, Seaford
  • Thursdays | 9:00 am – 11:00 am | Adams State Service Center | 544 S. Bedford Street, Georgetown

Mini Med 2018 On YouTube!

Did you miss 2018’s Mini Medical School? Watch it on YouTube!

The 2018 Mini Medical School program, a collaboration between the Delaware Academy of Medicine and Christiana Care Health System, concluded in April, with six lectures and hundreds of eager-to-learn attendees. For the first time in the annual program’s history, the lectures have been captured on video and are now available for viewing on YouTube.

Watch here!

Smartphone CPR App in New Castle County

Leaders in New Castle County, Delaware, have launched a new smartphone application they say will save lives when help is urgently needed.

Activated when a call is made to 911, the PulsePoint app alerts and directs trained residents to people nearby who need cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR. County Executive Matt Meyer said citizen responders, who include off-duty first responders, can make all the difference in those critical moments before first responders arrive.

Learn more

Christiana Care Medical Aid Units

Five Christiana Care Medical Aid Units (CCMAU) are now available for convenient care, 7 days a week! Most are open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, and no appointment is necessary.  Express Check-In (available on christianacare.org) enables people to see current wait times and reserve their spot in line.

When you should go:

If you have an illness or injury that are NOT extremely serious or life-threatening, but DO require care within a few hours or the same day
(game day sports injuries, sore throats & coughs, eye & ear problems, minor burns, flu-like symptoms, etc.)

5 Convenient MAU Locations

Star Campus
550 South College Avenue
Suite 115
Newark, DE 19713
302-533-7148

Smyrna Health & Wellness Center
100 S. Main Street
Smyrna, DE 19977
302-659-4444

Glasgow Medical Center
2600 Glasgow Avenue
Newark, DE 19702
302-836-8350

Middletown Care Center
124 Sleepy Hollow Drive
Middletown, DE 19709
302-449-3100

HealthCare Center at Christiana
200 Hygeia Drive
Newark, DE 19713
302-623-0444

Innovative Discoveries Series

Pharmacoepidemiology: An Academic Perspective

Pharmacoepidemiology is the study of the health effects of drugs and other medical products in real-world populations. It is also the basic science underlying the public health practice of drug safety surveillance. This talk will describe the role of Pharmacoepidemiology is assessing the safety of prescription drugs after they have approved, and summarize the study designs and data options that are most frequently used in pharmacoepidemiology.

Presented By:

Sean Hennessy, PharmD, PhD

Member, US National Academy of Medicine

Free!  Lunch will be served!

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY!

Friday, June 14, 2019
Noon to 1 p.m.
In-person: Christiana Hospital,Room 1100
Online: Watch live at https://bluejeans.com/361095905
Or join meeting ID 361095905 on the BlueJeans app on your smartphone or tablet

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Upcoming Lectures:

June 21: Exploring the Geography of Health in the US: the Impact of Health Factors and County-level Demographics

Statement on Vaccines

Vaccines Continue to be Tested and Proven Safe

American Academy of Pediatrics. (2017). American Academy of Pediatrics Emphasizes Safety and Importance of Vaccines. Retrieved from https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/American-Academy-of-Pediatrics-Emphasizes-Safety-and-Importance-of-Vaccines.aspx

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Infant Immunizations FAQs. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/parent-questions.html

Institute of Medicine. (2004). Immunization Safety Review: Vaccines and Autism. Retrieved from https://www.nap.edu/catalog/10997/immunization-safety-review-vaccines-and-autism

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (2015).  Thimerosal in Vaccines: Questions and Answers. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/Vaccines/QuestionsaboutVaccines/UCM070430#q5

In light of recent claims by politicians or appointees that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, or contain dangerous products like Thimerosal, the public health community and the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association continue to come down on the side of science.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research is responsible for regulating vaccines in the United States.  Before a vaccine can be licensed for public use, it must be tested for safety in the laboratory, in animals, and in human clinical trials.  Human clinical trials include looking for common adverse events in a few participants (phase 1), several hundred volunteers looking for local reactions and general side effects like fever (phase 2), and establishing the effectiveness of the vaccine and determining less common side effects with thousands of participants (phase 3).  If a vaccine is to be given at the same time as another vaccine, the two vaccines are tested together (FDA, 2015).  If a dangerous effect is found, that vaccine is not licensed for public use.

Vaccines are continuously monitored following licensure by the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), which is run by both the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  The VAERS is a national system that collects all reports of adverse events following vaccination.  Phase 4 clinical studies are also conducted to further evaluate the new vaccine, and population based studies are conducted through the use of databases like the Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) for the lifetime of the use of the vaccine (FDA, 2015).

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Immunization Safety Review Committee “favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism” (IOM, 2004).  Despite this finding, “all vaccines routinely recommended for children 6 years of age or younger and marketed in the U.S. contain no thimerosal or only trace amounts” (FDA, 2015).

“Infants and young children who follow immunization schedules that spread out shots – or leave out shots – are at risk of developing diseases during the time that shots are delayed” (CDC, 2016). Vaccines “keep communities healthy, and protect some of the most vulnerable in our society” (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2017).  The Delaware Academy of Medicine will continue to advocate for vaccines and vaccine use in the state of Delaware and the United States.

CCHS Global Health Residency Track

GLOBAL HEALTH SERIES

Please join us for this month’s global health talk!
The Global Health Residency Tracks of Christiana Care Health System, in partnership with the Delaware Academy of Medicine / Delaware Public Health Association, are pleased to invite you to this month’s global health talk.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
5:30 – 6:30 pm
LIVE: Ammon Medical Education Center Room 14

Eligible but excluded: The protection of unaccompanied refugee minors in Greece

As an unprecedented number of refugees washed ashore Greek islands in 2015, numerous humanitarian organizations launched response efforts to provide displaced people with aid. Among these efforts were child protection projects for unaccompanied minors, who by some estimates made up 35% of the new arrivals in 2015. This talk presents the findings of a 2018-2019 study exploring how the development of immigration and refugee assistance policies systematically excluded certain categories of unaccompanied minors from accessing child protection programs that they were eligible for. Using the situation of unaccompanied refugee minors in Greece as a case study, this talk discusses how limited local knowledge in humanitarian response situations can lead to unintended consequences, and highlights management strategies that can respond to unexpected information.

Speakers:
Divya Mishra, PhD

REGISTER ONLINE

The CCHS Global Health Curriculum is an interdepartmental collaboration, supporting the Global Health Tracks in the Depts. of Medicine and Family Medicine, and the Med-Peds Residency, with the support of the Delaware Academy of Medicine, Delaware Public Health Association, and Delaware Academy of Family Physicians.

All are welcome to attend this talk.  Global Health Curriculum residents are required to attend.  There is no charge to attend this event, but registration is required. Food and Refreshments will be served.