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Ebola & Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine

Today’s topics:

  • Ebola
  • Human papilloma virus vaccine

Ebola

Action requested:  Be aware that Ebola monitoring has now ended for all travelers from Africa.

Background & Recommendations:

The World Health Organization has declared Guinea as an Ebola-free country.  Although air travelers entering the United States who have been in Guinea are being routed through designated U.S. airports for entry screening  and are being given kits to support self-monitoring, local public health will no longer actively monitor travelers from Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea.  Screening specifically for travel from Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea is no longer recommended, but clinicians should still be alert for travelers from Guinea who present with fever or other symptoms.  Persons traveling to West Africa should practice usual precautions, especially to avoid contact with sick people, dead bodies, and blood and other body fluids.

 

Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccine

Action requested:  Consider attending an educational session about HPV vaccine.

Background & Resources:

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S. and is the principal cause of cervical cancer among women.  Although vaccines have been available since 2006 and vaccination is recommended for all males and females aged 11-12 years old, only 39% of eligible Snohomish County adolescents have been vaccinated.

Jay Lieberman, MD, Regional Medical Director for Vaccines at Merck & Co., will discuss HPV vaccine at 7-8:30 AM on Wednesday, January 13.  Dr. Lieberman is boarded in pediatric infectious diseases and is a former clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of California, Irvine.  Breakfast will be served.  RSVP by January 8 to Susan Ingram at 425-339-5234 or singram@snohd.org.

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