CDC issues updated guidance for U.S. laboratory and other healthcare personnel handling and testing r outine clinical specimens when a concern for Ebola virus disease (EVD) has been raised by a physician.

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CDC has issued updated, more comprehensive guidance for U.S. clinical laboratories on recommended testing for the assessment and care of patients for whom Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a concern, while minimizing risk to laboratory personnel.

The updated guidance stresses that the consideration of EVD should not delay diagnostic assessments, laboratory testing, and appropriate patient care for other, more likely medical conditions while patients are undergoing evaluation to determine if they meet the criteria to be tested for EVD. The recommended approach is to conduct a limited menu of tests for evaluation of differential diagnoses other than EVD.

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New sections in the guidance include determination of when a patient meets the criteria for a person under investigation (PUI), risk assessment and mitigation strategies to minimize risk to laboratory personnel, recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff testing clinical specimens, considerations for point of care (POC) testing and core laboratory instrumentation, and limitations of equipment decontamination.

The updated guidance is available here: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/healthcare-us/laboratories/safe-specimen-management.html

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Cancer Survivor Makes Fighting off Infection during Chemotherapy a Family Affair

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Breast Cancer Survivor Talks about Steps for Giving Kids Power in a Powerless Situation

Pamela Bryant About half of all cancer patients who receive treatment with chemotherapy will develop neutropenia (low white blood cell count), making them more vulnerable to infection. Despite advances in care, infections remain a major cause of hospitalization and death among cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. More than 60,000 cancer patients are hospitalized each year due to infection.

This week, Pamela Bryant, breast cancer survivor, shares how she empowered herself and others to practice simple steps to keep her as healthy as possible during her treatment. Pamela is a health communications specialist at CDC.

Read Pamela’s story in Mommybites

To learn what CDC is doing to help prevent infections in cancer patients, visit http://www.PreventCancerInfections.org/

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CDC Schedule: Childhood & Adolescent Immunization Schedule (birth-18 years) Update

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You’re receiving this notice because you subscribe to one or more CDC web pages specific to recommended child and adolescent immunizations.

CDC has updated the following parent-friendly schedules to reflect the new 2015 recommended immunization schedule:

Remember, you can display these easy to read immunization schedules on your website. For instructions, see Display Immunization Schedules on Your Website.

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CDC Childhood Immunization Schedules now available

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You’re receiving this notice because you subscribe to one or more CDC web pages specific to recommended child and adolescent immunizations.

The 2015 Birth-18 Years & Catch-up Immunization Schedules for healthcare professionals are published and available.

  • PDFs for printing in color and in black and white are available.
  • If you syndicate and display the schedules on your website, your online version should automatically show 2015 recommendations.
  • The easy-to-read versions in English and Spanish, intended for parents, have also been updated (birth through 6 years and preteens and teens).
  • There are no substantive changes from 2014 to 2015. See the list of changes in the schedule effective January 26, 2015.
  • Free copies of the schedules will be available to order in April.

Updates on the immunization schedule interactive tools:

  • The CDC Vaccines app is being updated and should available through iTunes and Google Play in mid-March.
  • The Instant Childhood Immunization Schedule, which generates a personalized, printable recommended schedule for children birth through age 6 years is updated for 2015.
  • Two online tools – the Interactive Catch-up Scheduler and the Adolescent Scheduler – are no longer available. Please use your state or local immunization information system (IIS) to assess patient immunization status. For access, see Awardee Immunization Websites.

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CDC News: Immunization Works! Newsletter Update

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CDC’s CoCASA Installation

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CDC ACIP: Meetings Update

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This email serves to inform you that the DRAFT February ACIP meeting agenda is now available.

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