CDC Stands Up – New Disease Forecasting Center

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Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is announcing a new center designed to advance the use of forecasting and outbreak analytics in public health decision-making. Read about it on the CDC website here: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/p0818-disease-forecasting-center.html

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NIH Statement on Casirivimab Plus Imdevimab as PEP

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Vaccination remains the most effective way to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection. However, despite widespread availability of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, a number of individuals are either not fully vaccinated or cannot mount adequate responses to the vaccine. Some of these people, if infected, are at high risk of progression to serious COVID-19. On July 30, 2021, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded the …

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Back to School

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The debate rages on, children getting back to school, some starting as soon as next week, and we still aren’t sure how we are going to manage the mask issue! Some districts are mandating masks for children on buses and inside the school property and are also maintaining a 3-6 feet social distancing rule. Other districts are allowing the parents …

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United States Senate Committee on Finance Unveil Comprehensive Bill to Improve Nursing Homes for Residents and Workers

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The Nursing Home Improvement and Accountability Act takes significant steps to modernize nursing homes by filling much-needed gaps in staffing, transparency, accountability, oversight and the structure and culture of facilities. These steps will improve care for residents and ensure nursing homes are better prepared to face future public health emergencies. The bill would require nursing homes to meet minimum staffing standards, ensure …

State of Michigan Executive Directive:

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Protecting the most vulnerable Michiganders with an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MIEOG/2021/08/13/file_attachments/1905983/ED%202021-4%20Additional%20dose%20%28final%20signed%29.pdf

CDC Statement on Recommendation for an Additional Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine in Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People

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This official CDC recommendation — which follows FDA’s decision to amend the emergency use authorizations of the vaccines — is an important step in ensuring everyone, including those most vulnerable to COVID-19, can get as much protection as possible from COVID-19 vaccination. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0813-additional-mRNA-mrna-dose.html

ACIP Altered Immunocompetence Guidelines for Immunizations

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This section incorporates general content from the Infectious Diseases Society of America policy statement, 2013 IDSA Clinical Practice Guideline for Vaccination of the Immunocompromised Host (1), to which CDC provided input in November 2011. The evidence supporting this guidance is based on expert opinion and arrived at by consensus. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/acip-recs/general-recs/immunocompetence.html

White House Covid-19 Response Team and public health officials hold briefing — 8/5/2021

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The White House Covid-19 Response Team and federal public health officials hold a press briefing to provide updates on the Covid-19 response effort. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical advisor to the president, joins the briefing along with Dr. Vivek Murthy, surgeon general of the U.S., Jeff Zients, White House …

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Sniff Test!

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I remember when my children were young and they would pretend to be sick so they didn’t have to go to school, although to this day they deny it! I also remember, this may sound weird but, smelling their breath. Yes, I would smell their breath to see if they had something “cooking” in their throat or sinus. Honestly, 99% …