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Mumps Outbreak in Ohio

Wednesday April 16, 2014

In addition to the ongoing measles outbreaks across the country, there is currently a large mumps outbreak in central Ohio.

Although not getting as much attention, the mumps outbreak, which began in January, has grown to include 230 people.

Ranging in age from 9-months to 80-years, at least 60% of the cases are linked to an outbreak at Ohio State University, including 105 OSU students and 14 staff members. At least 7 people have been hospitalized.

Unfortunately, although the MMR vaccine has helped decrease mumps cases more than 99% from the pre-vaccine era (about 212,000 cases a year), as we have seen in recent years, it is still possible to have mumps outbreaks in highly vaccinated communities. While two doses of the MMR vaccine are over 99% effective at protecting against measles, they are only about 88% effective at protecting against mumps. Add in those people who are intentionally not vaccinated and travel to areas outside of the United States were mumps is still endemic and it is not surprising that we still have outbreaks each year.

To help combat these outbreaks, in addition to encouraging everyone to get vaccinated, area health department officials may start to quarantine unvaccinated students for up to 25 days if the outbreaks spread to area schools. As in most outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, so far, most of the children caught up in these mumps outbreaks have been unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated.

Of course, quarantining intentionally unvaccinated kids is not a new practice. Many unvaccinated kids have been made to stay out of school for weeks at a time during recent outbreaks of measles and chicken pox. It is important to remember that getting an vaccine exemption might get you into school in some states, but it doesn't necessarily mean that you will get to stay in school.

Get Educated. Get Vaccinated. Stop the Outbreaks.

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More Car Seat Recalls

Wednesday April 16, 2014

TrendZ Fastback Car Seat Recall - Photo courtesy of the NHTSABaby Trend, Inc., in collaboration and cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, is recalling about 16,655 of their  3-in-1 child restraints because, because like a recent Graco car seat recall, "it may be difficult to remove the child from the restraint, increasing the risk of injury in the event of an emergency in which a prompt exit from the vehicle is required."

Included in this car seat recall, are the 2011 and 2012 TrendZ Fastback 3-in-1 child restraints, including:

  • model FB60070 (Granite)
  • model FB60408 (Jellybean)

It is important to note that there have been no actual reports of incidents with the TrendZ car seats. The car seats are being recalled because they use the same QT harness buckles made by AmSafe Commercial Products, Inc. as the recalled Graco car seats.

Baby Trend will soon be offering owners of these car seats a free repair kit, including a replacement harness buckle.

This recall from Baby Trend follows an even larger recall by Evenflo, who recalled 1,368,649 car seats a few weeks ago, including, their:

  • Momentum 65 (including LX and DLX)
  • Chase (including LX, DLX, and Select)
  • Maestro (including Performance)
  • Symphony (including 65, LX, 65 E3, and DLX)
  • Snugli All-In-One, Snugli Booster
  • Titan 65, SureRide DLX
  • Secure Kid (including LX, DLX, 100, 300, and 400)

The recalled Evenflo convertible car seats and harnessed booster seats included those with model numbers that start with 306, 308, 310, 329, 345, 346, 371 or 385. Again, the recall is related to the AmSafe QT harness buckle, which Evenflo will be replacing with their free replacement repair kit.

Both companies state that there is no risk to continuing to use their car seats if the harness buckles are functioning normally.

The recall is also a great reminder to register your car seat and other baby and child products when you buy them. It is the best way to be notified when products you have are recalled.

And also read your owner's manual for the new "enhanced" buckle cleaning instructions for Graco car seats. The manual might also include Graco's instructions for getting a child out of a car seat with a stuck harness buckle in an emergency situation (like after a car accident) - "the child occupant of the car seat can be extricated from the car seat by loosening the harness assembly, unlatching the chest clip and removing the child from the seat with the harness still buckled." Or if that doesn't work, "the entire car seat can be disconnected from the vehicle and the car seat and child could be removed from the vehicle as one single unit."

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Do Not Track Kids Act of 2013

Wednesday April 9, 2014

The Do Not Track Kids Act of 2013 (S. 1700) was introduced in the United States Senate and in the House as HR. 3481 last November.

The bill "amends the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 to extend, enhance, and revise the provisions relating to collection, use, and disclosure of personal information of children, to establish certain other protections for personal information of children and minors, and for other purposes."

Do you have questions about the Do Not Track Kids Act of 2013?

Join Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) today for a #AskKidsPriv Q&A at 2pm EST today and ask them your questions, such as:

  • @MarkeyMemo @RepJoeBarton What can we do to make this bill law? #AskKidsPriv

In addition to the AAP, organizations that support the Do Not Track Kids Act Act of 2013 include the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Common Sense Media, and the Parent Teacher Association.

You can take action to help protect your kids online by supporting the Do Not Track Kids Act Act of 2013. Contact your senators and representative and urge them to become a cosponsor of the Do Not Track Kids Act of 2013 (senate bill: S. 1700 and house bill: H.R. 3481).

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World Health Day 2014

Monday April 7, 2014

World Health Day - Photo courtesy of the WHOIt's World Health Day and the focus this year is on vector-borne diseases, or diseases that can be transmitted by the bite of mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and water snails.

Unfortunately, while the CDC states that "vector-borne diseases account for 17% of the estimated global burden of all infectious diseases," it is important to remember that there are no vaccines to help prevent most of them. These diseases include dengue, schistosomiasis, leishmaniasis, Lyme disease, West Nile virus, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Chagas disease, and malaria, which remains "one of the most severe public health problems worldwide."

The World Health Organization, which was founded 66 years ago, states that "more than 50% of the world's population is at risk from these vector-borne diseases."

In addition to being to possibly being a problem where you live, for many of us, these vector-borne diseases become even more of a threat when we travel.

This year, on World Health Day, learn what you can do to protect yourself and others from these vector-borne diseases.

According to Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, "A global health agenda that gives higher priority to vector control could save many lives and avert much suffering. Simple, cost-effective interventions like insecticide-treated bed nets and indoor spraying have already saved millions of lives. No one in the 21st century should die from the bite of a mosquito, a sandfly, a blackfly or a tick."

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