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    Start Preamble zanaflex medicine Notice of amendment. The Secretary issues this amendment pursuant to section 319F-3 of the Public Health Service Act to add additional categories of Qualified Persons and amend the category of disease, health condition, or threat for which he recommends the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures. This amendment to the Declaration zanaflex medicine published on March 17, 2020 (85 FR 15198) is effective as of August 24, 2020. Start Further Info Robert P.

    Kadlec, MD, MTM&H, MS, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue SW, zanaflex medicine Washington, DC 20201. Telephone. 202-205-2882. End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) to issue a Declaration to provide liability immunity to certain individuals and entities (Covered Persons) against any claim of loss caused by, arising out of, relating to, or resulting from the manufacture, distribution, administration, or use of medical countermeasures (Covered Countermeasures), except for claims involving “willful misconduct” as defined in the PREP Act.

    Under the PREP Act, a Declaration may be amended as circumstances warrant. The PREP Act was enacted on December 30, 2005, as Public Law 109-148, Division C, § 2. It amended the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, adding section 319F-3, which addresses liability immunity, and section 319F-4, which creates a compensation program. These sections are codified at 42 U.S.C.

    247d-6d and 42 U.S.C. 247d-6e, respectively. Section 319F-3 of the PHS Act has been amended by the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act (PAHPRA), Public Law 113-5, enacted on March 13, 2013 and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136, enacted on March 27, Start Printed Page 521372020, to expand Covered Countermeasures under the PREP Act. On January 31, 2020, the Secretary declared a public health emergency pursuant to section 319 of the PHS Act, 42 U.S.C.

    247d, effective January 27, 2020, for the entire United States to aid in the response of the nation's health care community to the COVID-19 outbreak. Pursuant to section 319 of the PHS Act, the Secretary renewed that declaration on April 26, 2020, and July 25, 2020. On March 10, 2020, the Secretary issued a Declaration under the PREP Act for medical countermeasures against COVID-19 (85 FR 15198, Mar. 17, 2020) (the Declaration).

    On April 10, the Secretary amended the Declaration under the PREP Act to extend liability immunity to covered countermeasures authorized under the CARES Act (85 FR 21012, Apr. 15, 2020). On June 4, the Secretary amended the Declaration to clarify that covered countermeasures under the Declaration include qualified countermeasures that limit the harm COVID-19 might otherwise cause. The Secretary now amends section V of the Declaration to identify as qualified persons covered under the PREP Act, and thus authorizes, certain State-licensed pharmacists to order and administer, and pharmacy interns (who are licensed or registered by their State board of pharmacy and acting under the supervision of a State-licensed pharmacist) to administer, any vaccine that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends to persons ages three through 18 according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule (ACIP-recommended vaccines).[] The Secretary also amends section VIII of the Declaration to clarify that the category of disease, health condition, or threat for which he recommends the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures includes not only COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 or a virus mutating therefrom, but also other diseases, health conditions, or threats that may have been caused by COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, or a virus mutating therefrom, including the decrease in the rate of childhood immunizations, which will lead to an increase in the rate of infectious diseases.

    Description of This Amendment by Section Section V. Covered Persons Under the PREP Act and the Declaration, a “qualified person” is a “covered person.” Subject to certain limitations, a covered person is immune from suit and liability under Federal and State law with respect to all claims for loss caused by, arising out of, relating to, or resulting from the administration or use of a covered countermeasure if a declaration under subsection (b) has been issued with respect to such countermeasure. €œQualified person” includes (A) a licensed health professional or other individual who is authorized to prescribe, administer, or dispense such countermeasures under the law of the State in which the countermeasure was prescribed, administered, or dispensed. Or (B) “a person within a category of persons so identified in a declaration by the Secretary” under subsection (b) of the PREP Act.

    42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(i)(8).[] By this amendment to the Declaration, the Secretary identifies an additional category of persons who are qualified persons under section 247d-6d(i)(8)(B).[] On May 8, 2020, CDC reported, “The identified declines in routine pediatric vaccine ordering and doses administered might indicate that U.S. Children and their communities face increased risks for outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases,” and suggested that a decrease in rates of routine childhood vaccinations were due to changes in healthcare access, social distancing, and other COVID-19 mitigation strategies.[] The report also stated that “[p]arental concerns about potentially exposing their children to COVID-19 during well child visits might contribute to the declines observed.” [] On July 10, 2020, CDC reported its findings of a May survey it conducted to assess the capacity of pediatric health care practices to provide immunization services to children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey, which was limited to practices participating in the Vaccines for Children program, found that, as of mid-May, 15 percent of Northeast pediatric practices were closed, 12.5 percent of Midwest practices were closed, 6.2 percent of practices in the South were closed, and 10 percent of practices in the West were closed.

    Most practices had reduced office hours for in-person visits. When asked whether their practices would likely be able to accommodate new patients for immunization services through August, 418 practices (21.3 percent) either responded that this was not likely or the practice was permanently closed or not resuming immunization services for all patients, and 380 (19.6 percent) responded that they were unsure. Urban practices and those in the Northeast were less likely to be able to accommodate new patients compared with rural practices and those in the South, Midwest, or West.[] In response to these troubling developments, CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics have stressed, “Well-child visits and vaccinations are essential services and help make sure children are protected.” [] The Secretary re-emphasizes that important recommendation to parents and legal guardians here. If your child is due for a well-child visit, contact your pediatrician's or other primary-care provider's office and ask about ways that the office safely offers well-child visits and vaccinations.

    Many medical offices are taking extra steps to make sure that well-child visits can occur safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, including. Scheduling sick visits and well-child visits during different times of the Start Printed Page 52138day or days of the week, or at different locations. Asking patients to remain outside until it is time for their appointments to reduce the number of people in waiting rooms. Adhering to recommended social (physical) distancing and other infection-control practices, such as the use of masks.

    The decrease in childhood-vaccination rates is a public health threat and a collateral harm caused by COVID-19. Together, the United States must turn to available medical professionals to limit the harm and public health threats that may result from decreased immunization rates. We must quickly do so to avoid preventable infections in children, additional strains on our healthcare system, and any further increase in avoidable adverse health consequences—particularly if such complications coincide with additional resurgence of COVID-19. Together with pediatricians and other healthcare professionals, pharmacists are positioned to expand access to childhood vaccinations.

    Many States already allow pharmacists to administer vaccines to children of any age.[] Other States permit pharmacists to administer vaccines to children depending on the age—for example, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, or 12 years of age and older.[] Few States restrict pharmacist-administered vaccinations to only adults.[] Many States also allow properly trained individuals under the supervision of a trained pharmacist to administer those vaccines.[] Pharmacists are well positioned to increase access to vaccinations, particularly in certain areas or for certain populations that have too few pediatricians and other primary-care providers, or that are otherwise medically underserved.[] As of 2018, nearly 90 percent of Americans lived within five miles of a community pharmacy.[] Pharmacies often offer extended hours and added convenience. What is more, pharmacists are trusted healthcare professionals with established relationships with their patients. Pharmacists also have strong relationships with local medical providers and hospitals to refer patients as appropriate. For example, pharmacists already play a significant role in annual influenza vaccination.

    In the early 2018-19 season, they administered the influenza vaccine to nearly a third of all adults who received the vaccine.[] Given the potential danger of serious influenza and continuing COVID-19 outbreaks this autumn and the impact that such concurrent outbreaks may have on our population, our healthcare system, and our whole-of-nation response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must quickly expand access to influenza vaccinations. Allowing more qualified pharmacists to administer the influenza vaccine to children will make vaccinations more accessible. Therefore, the Secretary amends the Declaration to identify State-licensed pharmacists (and pharmacy interns acting under their supervision if the pharmacy intern is licensed or registered by his or her State board of pharmacy) as qualified persons under section 247d-6d(i)(8)(B) when the pharmacist orders and either the pharmacist or the supervised pharmacy intern administers vaccines to individuals ages three through 18 pursuant to the following requirements. The vaccine must be FDA-authorized or FDA-approved.

    The vaccination must be ordered and administered according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule.[] The licensed pharmacist must complete a practical training program of at least 20 hours that is approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). This training Start Printed Page 52139program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines.[] The licensed or registered pharmacy intern must complete a practical training program that is approved by the ACPE. This training program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines.[] The licensed pharmacist and licensed or registered pharmacy intern must have a current certificate in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation.[] The licensed pharmacist must complete a minimum of two hours of ACPE-approved, immunization-related continuing pharmacy education during each State licensing period.[] The licensed pharmacist must comply with recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the jurisdiction in which he or she administers vaccines, including informing the patient's primary-care provider when available, submitting the required immunization information to the State or local immunization information system (vaccine registry), complying with requirements with respect to reporting adverse events, and complying with requirements whereby the person administering a vaccine must review the vaccine registry or other vaccination records prior to administering a vaccine.[] The licensed pharmacist must inform his or her childhood-vaccination patients and the adult caregivers accompanying the children of the importance of a well-child visit with a pediatrician or other licensed primary-care provider and refer patients as appropriate.[] These requirements are consistent with those in many States that permit licensed pharmacists to order and administer vaccines to children and permit licensed or registered pharmacy interns acting under their supervision to administer vaccines to children.[] Administering vaccinations to children age three and older is less complicated and requires less training and resources than administering vaccinations to younger children. That is because ACIP generally recommends administering intramuscular injections in the deltoid muscle for individuals age three and older.[] For individuals less than three years of age, ACIP generally recommends administering intramuscular injections in the anterolateral aspect of the thigh muscle.[] Administering injections in the thigh muscle often presents additional complexities and requires additional training and resources including additional personnel to safely position the child while another healthcare professional injects the vaccine.[] Moreover, as of 2018, 40% of three-year-olds were enrolled in preprimary programs (i.e.

    Preschool or kindergarten programs).[] Preprimary programs are beginning in the coming weeks or months, so the Secretary has concluded that it is particularly important for individuals ages three through 18 to receive ACIP-recommended vaccines according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule. All States require children to be vaccinated against certain communicable diseases as a condition of school attendance. These laws often apply to both public and private schools with identical immunization and exemption provisions.[] As nurseries, preschools, kindergartens, and schools reopen, increased access to childhood vaccinations is essential to ensuring children can return. Notwithstanding any State or local scope-of-practice legal requirements, (1) qualified licensed pharmacists are identified as qualified persons to order and administer ACIP-recommended vaccines and (2) qualified State-licensed or registered pharmacy interns are identified as qualified persons to administer the ACIP-recommended vaccines ordered by their supervising qualified licensed pharmacist.[] Both the PREP Act and the June 4, 2020 Second Amendment to the Declaration define “covered countermeasures” to include qualified pandemic and epidemic products that “limit the harm such pandemic or epidemic might otherwise cause.” [] The troubling decrease in ACIP-recommended childhood vaccinations and the resulting increased risk of associated diseases, adverse health conditions, and other threats are categories of harms otherwise caused by Start Printed Page 52140COVID-19 as set forth in Sections VI and VIII of this Declaration.[] Hence, such vaccinations are “covered countermeasures” under the PREP Act and the June 4, 2020 Second Amendment to the Declaration.

    Nothing in this Declaration shall be construed to affect the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, including an injured party's ability to obtain compensation under that program. Covered countermeasures that are subject to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program authorized under 42 U.S.C. 300aa-10 et seq. Are covered under this Declaration for the purposes of liability immunity and injury compensation only to the extent that injury compensation is not provided under that Program.

    All other terms and conditions of the Declaration apply to such covered countermeasures. Section VIII. Category of Disease, Health Condition, or Threat As discussed, the troubling decrease in ACIP-recommended childhood vaccinations and the resulting increased risk of associated diseases, adverse health conditions, and other threats are categories of harms otherwise caused by COVID-19. The Secretary therefore amends section VIII, which describes the category of disease, health condition, or threat for which he recommends the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures, to clarify that the category of disease, health condition, or threat for which he recommends the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures is not only COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 or a virus mutating therefrom, but also other diseases, health conditions, or threats that may have been caused by COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, or a virus mutating therefrom, including the decrease in the rate of childhood immunizations, which will lead to an increase in the rate of infectious diseases.

    Amendments to Declaration Amended Declaration for Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act Coverage for medical countermeasures against COVID-19. Sections V and VIII of the March 10, 2020 Declaration under the PREP Act for medical countermeasures against COVID-19, as amended April 10, 2020 and June 4, 2020, are further amended pursuant to section 319F-3(b)(4) of the PHS Act as described below. All other sections of the Declaration remain in effect as published at 85 FR 15198 (Mar. 17, 2020) and amended at 85 FR 21012 (Apr.

    15, 2020) and 85 FR 35100 (June 8, 2020). 1. Covered Persons, section V, delete in full and replace with. V.

    Covered Persons 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(i)(2), (3), (4), (6), (8)(A) and (B) Covered Persons who are afforded liability immunity under this Declaration are “manufacturers,” “distributors,” “program planners,” “qualified persons,” and their officials, agents, and employees, as those terms are defined in the PREP Act, and the United States. In addition, I have determined that the following additional persons are qualified persons. (a) Any person authorized in accordance with the public health and medical emergency response of the Authority Having Jurisdiction, as described in Section VII below, to prescribe, administer, deliver, distribute or dispense the Covered Countermeasures, and their officials, agents, employees, contractors and volunteers, following a Declaration of an emergency.

    (b) any person authorized to prescribe, administer, or dispense the Covered Countermeasures or who is otherwise authorized to perform an activity under an Emergency Use Authorization in accordance with Section 564 of the FD&C Act. (c) any person authorized to prescribe, administer, or dispense Covered Countermeasures in accordance with Section 564A of the FD&C Act. And (d) a State-licensed pharmacist who orders and administers, and pharmacy interns who administer (if the pharmacy intern acts under the supervision of such pharmacist and the pharmacy intern is licensed or registered by his or her State board of pharmacy), vaccines that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends to persons ages three through 18 according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule. Such State-licensed pharmacists and the State-licensed or registered interns under their supervision are qualified persons only if the following requirements are met.

    The vaccine must be FDA-authorized or FDA-approved. The vaccination must be ordered and administered according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule. The licensed pharmacist must complete a practical training program of at least 20 hours that is approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). This training program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines.

    The licensed or registered pharmacy intern must complete a practical training program that is approved by the ACPE. This training program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines. The licensed pharmacist and licensed or registered pharmacy intern must have a current certificate in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The licensed pharmacist must complete a minimum of two hours of ACPE-approved, immunization-related continuing pharmacy education during each State licensing period.

    The licensed pharmacist must comply with recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the jurisdiction in which he or she administers vaccines, including informing the patient's primary-care provider when available, submitting the required immunization information to the State or local immunization information system (vaccine registry), complying with requirements with respect to reporting adverse events, and complying with requirements whereby the person administering a vaccine must review the vaccine registry or other vaccination records prior to administering a vaccine. The licensed pharmacist must inform his or her childhood-vaccination patients and the adult caregiver accompanying the child of the importance of a well-child visit with a pediatrician or other licensed primary-care provider and refer patients as appropriate. Nothing in this Declaration shall be construed to affect the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, including an injured party's ability to obtain compensation under that program. Covered countermeasures that are subject to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program authorized under 42 U.S.C.

    300aa-10 et seq. Are covered under this Declaration for the purposes of liability immunity and injury compensation only to the extent that injury compensation is not provided under that Program. All other Start Printed Page 52141terms and conditions of the Declaration apply to such covered countermeasures. 2.

    Category of Disease, Health Condition, or Threat, section VIII, delete in full and replace with. VIII. Category of Disease, Health Condition, or Threat 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(b)(2)(A) The category of disease, health condition, or threat for which I recommend the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures is not only COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 or a virus mutating therefrom, but also other diseases, health conditions, or threats that may have been caused by COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, or a virus mutating therefrom, including the decrease in the rate of childhood immunizations, which will lead to an increase in the rate of infectious diseases.

    Start Authority 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d. End Authority Start Signature Dated. August 19, 2020.

    Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of Health and Human Services. End Signature End Supplemental Information [FR Doc. 2020-18542 Filed 8-20-20.

    4:15 pm]BILLING CODE 4150-03-PToday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released Healthy People 2030, the nation's 10-year plan for addressing our most critical public health priorities and challenges. Since 1980, HHS's Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has set measurable objectives and targets to improve the health and well-being of the nation.This decade, Healthy People 2030 features 355 core – or measurable – objectives with 10-year targets, new objectives related to opioid use disorder and youth e-cigarette use, and resources for adapting Healthy People 2030 to emerging public health threats like COVID-19. For the first time, Healthy People 2030 also sets 10-year targets for objectives related to social determinants of health."Healthy People was the first national effort to lay out a set of data-driven priorities for health improvement," said HHS Secretary Alex Azar.

    "Healthy People 2030 adopts a more focused set of objectives and more rigorous data standards to help the federal government and all of our partners deliver results on these important goals over the next decade."Healthy People has led the nation with its focus on social determinants of health, and continues to prioritize economic stability, education access and quality, health care access and quality, neighborhood and built environment, and social and community context as factors that influence health. Healthy People 2030 also continues to prioritize health disparities, health equity, and health literacy."Now more than ever, we need programs like Healthy People that set a shared vision for a healthier nation, where all people can achieve their full potential for health and well-being across the lifespan," said ADM Brett P. Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health. "COVID-19 has brought the importance of public health to the forefront of our national dialogue.

    Achieving Healthy People 2030's vision would help the United States become more resilient to public health threats like COVID-19."Healthy People 2030 emphasizes collaboration, with objectives and targets that span multiple sectors. A federal advisory committee of 13 external thought leaders and a workgroup of subject matter experts from more than 20 federal agencies contributed to Healthy People 2030, along with public comments received throughout the development process.The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion leads Healthy People in partnership with the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which oversees data in support of the initiative.HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar II, ADM Brett P. Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health, and U.S.

    Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, and others from HHS and CDC will launch Healthy People 2030 during a webcast on August 18 at 1 pm (EDT) at https://www.hhs.gov/live. No registration is necessary. For more information about Healthy People 2030, visit https://healthypeople.gov..

    Start Preamble online doctor zanaflex Notice of amendment. The Secretary issues this amendment pursuant to section 319F-3 of the Public Health Service Act to add additional categories of Qualified Persons and amend the category of disease, health condition, or threat for which he recommends the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures. This amendment to the Declaration published on March 17, 2020 (85 FR 15198) online doctor zanaflex is effective as of August 24, 2020. Start Further Info Robert P.

    Kadlec, MD, MTM&H, MS, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, Office online doctor zanaflex of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201. Telephone. 202-205-2882. End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act) authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services (the Secretary) to issue a Declaration to provide liability immunity to certain individuals and entities (Covered Persons) against any claim of loss caused by, arising out of, relating to, or resulting from the manufacture, distribution, administration, or use of medical countermeasures (Covered Countermeasures), except for claims involving “willful misconduct” as defined in the PREP Act.

    Under the PREP Act, a Declaration may be amended as circumstances warrant. The PREP Act was enacted on December 30, 2005, as Public Law 109-148, Division C, § 2. It amended the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, adding section 319F-3, which addresses liability immunity, and section 319F-4, which creates a compensation program. These sections are codified at 42 U.S.C.

    247d-6d and 42 U.S.C. 247d-6e, respectively. Section 319F-3 of the PHS Act has been amended by the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act (PAHPRA), Public Law 113-5, enacted on March 13, 2013 and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136, enacted on March 27, Start Printed Page 521372020, to expand Covered Countermeasures under the PREP Act. On January 31, 2020, the Secretary declared a public health emergency pursuant to section 319 of the PHS Act, 42 U.S.C.

    247d, effective January 27, 2020, for the entire United States to aid in the response of the nation's health care community to the COVID-19 outbreak. Pursuant to section 319 of the PHS Act, the Secretary renewed that declaration on April 26, 2020, and July 25, 2020. On March 10, 2020, the Secretary issued a Declaration under the PREP Act for medical countermeasures against COVID-19 (85 FR 15198, Mar. 17, 2020) (the Declaration).

    On April 10, the Secretary amended the Declaration under the PREP Act to extend liability immunity to covered countermeasures authorized under the CARES Act (85 FR 21012, Apr. 15, 2020). On June 4, the Secretary amended the Declaration to clarify that covered countermeasures under the Declaration include qualified countermeasures that limit the harm COVID-19 might otherwise cause. The Secretary now amends section V of the Declaration to identify as qualified persons covered under the PREP Act, and thus authorizes, certain State-licensed pharmacists to order and administer, and pharmacy interns (who are licensed or registered by their State board of pharmacy and acting under the supervision of a State-licensed pharmacist) to administer, any vaccine that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends to persons ages three through 18 according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule (ACIP-recommended vaccines).[] The Secretary also amends section VIII of the Declaration to clarify that the category of disease, health condition, or threat for which he recommends the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures includes not only COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 or a virus mutating therefrom, but also other diseases, health conditions, or threats that may have been caused by COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, or a virus mutating therefrom, including the decrease in the rate of childhood immunizations, which will lead to an increase in the rate of infectious diseases.

    Description of This Amendment by Section Section V. Covered Persons Under the PREP Act and the Declaration, a “qualified person” is a “covered person.” Subject to certain limitations, a covered person is immune from suit and liability under Federal and State law with respect to all claims for loss caused by, arising out of, relating to, or resulting from the administration or use of a covered countermeasure if a declaration under subsection (b) has been issued with respect to such countermeasure. €œQualified person” includes (A) a licensed health professional or other individual who is authorized to prescribe, administer, or dispense such countermeasures under the law of the State in which the countermeasure was prescribed, administered, or dispensed. Or (B) “a person within a category of persons so identified in a declaration by the Secretary” under subsection (b) of the PREP Act.

    42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(i)(8).[] By this amendment to the Declaration, the Secretary identifies an additional category of persons who are qualified persons under section 247d-6d(i)(8)(B).[] On May 8, 2020, CDC reported, “The identified declines in routine pediatric vaccine ordering and doses administered might indicate that U.S. Children and their communities face increased risks for outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases,” and suggested that a decrease in rates of routine childhood vaccinations were due to changes in healthcare access, social distancing, and other COVID-19 mitigation strategies.[] The report also stated that “[p]arental concerns about potentially exposing their children to COVID-19 during well child visits might contribute to the declines observed.” [] On July 10, 2020, CDC reported its findings of a May survey it conducted to assess the capacity of pediatric health care practices to provide immunization services to children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey, which was limited to practices participating in the Vaccines for Children program, found that, as of mid-May, 15 percent of Northeast pediatric practices were closed, 12.5 percent of Midwest practices were closed, 6.2 percent of practices in the South were closed, and 10 percent of practices in the West were closed.

    Most practices had reduced office hours for in-person visits. When asked whether their practices would likely be able to accommodate new patients for immunization services through August, 418 practices (21.3 percent) either responded that this was not likely or the practice was permanently closed or not resuming immunization services for all patients, and 380 (19.6 percent) responded that they were unsure. Urban practices and those in the Northeast were less likely to be able to accommodate new patients compared with rural practices and those in the South, Midwest, or West.[] In response to these troubling developments, CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics have stressed, “Well-child visits and vaccinations are essential services and help make sure children are protected.” [] The Secretary re-emphasizes that important recommendation to parents and legal guardians here. If your child is due for a well-child visit, contact your pediatrician's or other primary-care provider's office and ask about ways that the office safely offers well-child visits and vaccinations.

    Many medical offices are taking extra steps to make sure that well-child visits can occur safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, including. Scheduling sick visits and well-child visits during different times of the Start Printed Page 52138day or days of the week, or at different locations. Asking patients to remain outside until it is time for their appointments to reduce the number of people in waiting rooms. Adhering to recommended social (physical) distancing and other infection-control practices, such as the use of masks.

    The decrease in childhood-vaccination rates is a public health threat and a collateral harm caused by COVID-19. Together, the United States must turn to available medical professionals to limit the harm and public health threats that may result from decreased immunization rates. We must quickly do so to avoid preventable infections in children, additional strains on our healthcare system, and any further increase in avoidable adverse health consequences—particularly if such complications coincide with additional resurgence of COVID-19. Together with pediatricians and other healthcare professionals, pharmacists are positioned to expand access to childhood vaccinations.

    Many States already allow pharmacists to administer vaccines to children of any age.[] Other States permit pharmacists to administer vaccines to children depending on the age—for example, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, or 12 years of age and older.[] Few States restrict pharmacist-administered vaccinations to only adults.[] Many States also allow properly trained individuals under the supervision of a trained pharmacist to administer those vaccines.[] Pharmacists are well positioned to increase access to vaccinations, particularly in certain areas or for certain populations that have too few pediatricians and other primary-care providers, or that are otherwise medically underserved.[] As of 2018, nearly 90 percent of Americans lived within five miles of a community pharmacy.[] Pharmacies often offer extended hours and added convenience. What is more, pharmacists are trusted healthcare professionals with established relationships with their patients. Pharmacists also have strong relationships with local medical providers and hospitals to refer patients as appropriate. For example, pharmacists already play a significant role in annual influenza vaccination.

    In the early 2018-19 season, they administered the influenza vaccine to nearly a third of all adults who received the vaccine.[] Given the potential danger of serious influenza and continuing COVID-19 outbreaks this autumn and the impact that such concurrent outbreaks may have on our population, our healthcare system, and our whole-of-nation response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must quickly expand access to influenza vaccinations. Allowing more qualified pharmacists to administer the influenza vaccine to children will make vaccinations more accessible. Therefore, the Secretary amends the Declaration to identify State-licensed pharmacists (and pharmacy interns acting under their supervision if the pharmacy intern is licensed or registered by his or her State board of pharmacy) as qualified persons under section 247d-6d(i)(8)(B) when the pharmacist orders and either the pharmacist or the supervised pharmacy intern administers vaccines to individuals ages three through 18 pursuant to the following requirements. The vaccine must be FDA-authorized or FDA-approved.

    The vaccination must be ordered and administered according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule.[] The licensed pharmacist must complete a practical training program of at least 20 hours that is approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). This training Start Printed Page 52139program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines.[] The licensed or registered pharmacy intern must complete a practical training program that is approved by the ACPE. This training program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines.[] The licensed pharmacist and licensed or registered pharmacy intern must have a current certificate in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation.[] The licensed pharmacist must complete a minimum of two hours of ACPE-approved, immunization-related continuing pharmacy education during each State licensing period.[] The licensed pharmacist must comply with recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the jurisdiction in which he or she administers vaccines, including informing the patient's primary-care provider when available, submitting the required immunization information to the State or local immunization information system (vaccine registry), complying with requirements with respect to reporting adverse events, and complying with requirements whereby the person administering a vaccine must review the vaccine registry or other vaccination records prior to administering a vaccine.[] The licensed pharmacist must inform his or her childhood-vaccination patients and the adult caregivers accompanying the children of the importance of a well-child visit with a pediatrician or other licensed primary-care provider and refer patients as appropriate.[] These requirements are consistent with those in many States that permit licensed pharmacists to order and administer vaccines to children and permit licensed or registered pharmacy interns acting under their supervision to administer vaccines to children.[] Administering vaccinations to children age three and older is less complicated and requires less training and resources than administering vaccinations to younger children. That is because ACIP generally recommends administering intramuscular injections in the deltoid muscle for individuals age three and older.[] For individuals less than three years of age, ACIP generally recommends administering intramuscular injections in the anterolateral aspect of the thigh muscle.[] Administering injections in the thigh muscle often presents additional complexities and requires additional training and resources including additional personnel to safely position the child while another healthcare professional injects the vaccine.[] Moreover, as of 2018, 40% of three-year-olds were enrolled in preprimary programs (i.e.

    Preschool or kindergarten programs).[] Preprimary programs are beginning in the coming weeks or months, so the Secretary has concluded that it is particularly important for individuals ages three through 18 to receive ACIP-recommended vaccines according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule. All States require children to be vaccinated against certain communicable diseases as a condition of school attendance. These laws often apply to both public and private schools with identical immunization and exemption provisions.[] As nurseries, preschools, kindergartens, and schools reopen, increased access to childhood vaccinations is essential to ensuring children can return. Notwithstanding any State or local scope-of-practice legal requirements, (1) qualified licensed pharmacists are identified as qualified persons to order and administer ACIP-recommended vaccines and (2) qualified State-licensed or registered pharmacy interns are identified as qualified persons to administer the ACIP-recommended vaccines ordered by their supervising qualified licensed pharmacist.[] Both the PREP Act and the June 4, 2020 Second Amendment to the Declaration define “covered countermeasures” to include qualified pandemic and epidemic products that “limit the harm such pandemic or epidemic might otherwise cause.” [] The troubling decrease in ACIP-recommended childhood vaccinations and the resulting increased risk of associated diseases, adverse health conditions, and other threats are categories of harms otherwise caused by Start Printed Page 52140COVID-19 as set forth in Sections VI and VIII of this Declaration.[] Hence, such vaccinations are “covered countermeasures” under the PREP Act and the June 4, 2020 Second Amendment to the Declaration.

    Nothing in this Declaration shall be construed to affect the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, including an injured party's ability to obtain compensation under that program. Covered countermeasures that are subject to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program authorized under 42 U.S.C. 300aa-10 et seq. Are covered under this Declaration for the purposes of liability immunity and injury compensation only to the extent that injury compensation is not provided under that Program.

    All other terms and conditions of the Declaration apply to such covered countermeasures. Section VIII. Category of Disease, Health Condition, or Threat As discussed, the troubling decrease in ACIP-recommended childhood vaccinations and the resulting increased risk of associated diseases, adverse health conditions, and other threats are categories of harms otherwise caused by COVID-19. The Secretary therefore amends section VIII, which describes the category of disease, health condition, or threat for which he recommends the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures, to clarify that the category of disease, health condition, or threat for which he recommends the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures is not only COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 or a virus mutating therefrom, but also other diseases, health conditions, or threats that may have been caused by COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, or a virus mutating therefrom, including the decrease in the rate of childhood immunizations, which will lead to an increase in the rate of infectious diseases.

    Amendments to Declaration Amended Declaration for Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act Coverage for medical countermeasures against COVID-19. Sections V and VIII of the March 10, 2020 Declaration under the PREP Act for medical countermeasures against COVID-19, as amended April 10, 2020 and June 4, 2020, are further amended pursuant to section 319F-3(b)(4) of the PHS Act as described below. All other sections of the Declaration remain in effect as published at 85 FR 15198 (Mar. 17, 2020) and amended at 85 FR 21012 (Apr.

    15, 2020) and 85 FR 35100 (June 8, 2020). 1. Covered Persons, section V, delete in full and replace with. V.

    Covered Persons 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(i)(2), (3), (4), (6), (8)(A) and (B) Covered Persons who are afforded liability immunity under this Declaration are “manufacturers,” “distributors,” “program planners,” “qualified persons,” and their officials, agents, and employees, as those terms are defined in the PREP Act, and the United States. In addition, I have determined that the following additional persons are qualified persons. (a) Any person authorized in accordance with the public health and medical emergency response of the Authority Having Jurisdiction, as described in Section VII below, to prescribe, administer, deliver, distribute or dispense the Covered Countermeasures, and their officials, agents, employees, contractors and volunteers, following a Declaration of an emergency.

    (b) any person authorized to prescribe, administer, or dispense the Covered Countermeasures or who is otherwise authorized to perform an activity under an Emergency Use Authorization in accordance with Section 564 of the FD&C Act. (c) any person authorized to prescribe, administer, or dispense Covered Countermeasures in accordance with Section 564A of the FD&C Act. And (d) a State-licensed pharmacist who orders and administers, and pharmacy interns who administer (if the pharmacy intern acts under the supervision of such pharmacist and the pharmacy intern is licensed or registered by his or her State board of pharmacy), vaccines that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends to persons ages three through 18 according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule. Such State-licensed pharmacists and the State-licensed or registered interns under their supervision are qualified persons only if the following requirements are met.

    The vaccine must be FDA-authorized or FDA-approved. The vaccination must be ordered and administered according to ACIP's standard immunization schedule. The licensed pharmacist must complete a practical training program of at least 20 hours that is approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). This training program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines.

    The licensed or registered pharmacy intern must complete a practical training program that is approved by the ACPE. This training program must include hands-on injection technique, clinical evaluation of indications and contraindications of vaccines, and the recognition and treatment of emergency reactions to vaccines. The licensed pharmacist and licensed or registered pharmacy intern must have a current certificate in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The licensed pharmacist must complete a minimum of two hours of ACPE-approved, immunization-related continuing pharmacy education during each State licensing period.

    The licensed pharmacist must comply with recordkeeping and reporting requirements of the jurisdiction in which he or she administers vaccines, including informing the patient's primary-care provider when available, submitting the required immunization information to the State or local immunization information system (vaccine registry), complying with requirements with respect to reporting adverse events, and complying with requirements whereby the person administering a vaccine must review the vaccine registry or other vaccination records prior to administering a vaccine. The licensed pharmacist must inform his or her childhood-vaccination patients and the adult caregiver accompanying the child of the importance of a well-child visit with a pediatrician or other licensed primary-care provider and refer patients as appropriate. Nothing in this Declaration shall be construed to affect the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, including an injured party's ability to obtain compensation under that program. Covered countermeasures that are subject to the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program authorized under 42 U.S.C.

    300aa-10 et seq. Are covered under this Declaration for the purposes of liability immunity and injury compensation only to the extent that injury compensation is not provided under that Program. All other Start Printed Page 52141terms and conditions of the Declaration apply to such covered countermeasures. 2.

    Category of Disease, Health Condition, or Threat, section VIII, delete in full and replace with. VIII. Category of Disease, Health Condition, or Threat 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d(b)(2)(A) The category of disease, health condition, or threat for which I recommend the administration or use of the Covered Countermeasures is not only COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 or a virus mutating therefrom, but also other diseases, health conditions, or threats that may have been caused by COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, or a virus mutating therefrom, including the decrease in the rate of childhood immunizations, which will lead to an increase in the rate of infectious diseases.

    Start Authority 42 U.S.C. 247d-6d. End Authority Start Signature Dated. August 19, 2020.

    Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of Health and Human Services. End Signature End Supplemental Information [FR Doc. 2020-18542 Filed 8-20-20.

    4:15 pm]BILLING CODE 4150-03-PToday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released Healthy People 2030, the nation's 10-year plan for addressing our most critical public health priorities and challenges. Since 1980, HHS's Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has set measurable objectives and targets to improve the health and well-being of the nation.This decade, Healthy People 2030 features 355 core – or measurable – objectives with 10-year targets, new objectives related to opioid use disorder and youth e-cigarette use, and resources for adapting Healthy People 2030 to emerging public health threats like COVID-19. For the first time, Healthy People 2030 also sets 10-year targets for objectives related to social determinants of health."Healthy People was the first national effort to lay out a set of data-driven priorities for health improvement," said HHS Secretary Alex Azar.

    "Healthy People 2030 adopts a more focused set of objectives and more rigorous data standards to help the federal government and all of our partners deliver results on these important goals over the next decade."Healthy People has led the nation with its focus on social determinants of health, and continues to prioritize economic stability, education access and quality, health care access and quality, neighborhood and built environment, and social and community context as factors that influence health. Healthy People 2030 also continues to prioritize health disparities, health equity, and health literacy."Now more than ever, we need programs like Healthy People that set a shared vision for a healthier nation, where all people can achieve their full potential for health and well-being across the lifespan," said ADM Brett P. Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health. "COVID-19 has brought the importance of public health to the forefront of our national dialogue.

    Achieving Healthy People 2030's vision would help the United States become more resilient to public health threats like COVID-19."Healthy People 2030 emphasizes collaboration, with objectives and targets that span multiple sectors. A federal advisory committee of 13 external thought leaders and a workgroup of subject matter experts from more than 20 federal agencies contributed to Healthy People 2030, along with public comments received throughout the development process.The HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion leads Healthy People in partnership with the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which oversees data in support of the initiative.HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar II, ADM Brett P. Giroir, MD, Assistant Secretary for Health, and U.S.

    Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, and others from HHS and CDC will launch Healthy People 2030 during a webcast on August 18 at 1 pm (EDT) at https://www.hhs.gov/live. No registration is necessary. For more information about Healthy People 2030, visit https://healthypeople.gov..

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    133 (4);Ardsley. 114 (6);Bronxville. 98 (2);Irvington. 101 (6);Larchmont. 90, (5);Buchanan.

    49 (3);Pound Ridge. 40 (5).Statewide, there were 133,212 COVID-19 tests administered yesterday, with 1,460 (1.09 percent) testing positive. There are currently 897 people hospitalized with the virus, down from 938 people and there were 13 new fatalities.Since the pandemic began, New York has administered 12,475,392 COVID-19 tests, with 479,400 testing positive. A total of 25,618 New Yorkers have died since mid-March. Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.New York Gov.

    Andrew Cuomo has signed new legislation that will officially designate Juneteeth as an official holiday each year on June 19 to celebrate the end of slavery.After making Juneteenth a holiday for state employees this year, Cuomo has officially recognized it as an annual holiday statewide.Cuomo said that Juneteenth is "a day to commemorate the end to slavery and celebrates Black and African American freedom and achievements while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.""I am incredibly proud to sign into law this legislation declaring Juneteenth an official holiday in New York State, a day which commemorates the end to slavery in the United States," Cuomo said when announcing the legislation. "This new public holiday will serve as a day to recognize the achievements of the Black community, while also providing an important opportunity for self-reflection on the systemic injustices that our society still faces today.” President Abraham Lincoln actually issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, but news of the momentous event took place. Juneteenth celebrates June 19, 1885, when the enslaved people in Galveston, Texas found out about it from Union army personnel, making them the last to know they were free.“Finally, we are beginning to acknowledge the historic oppression and injustices that African-Americans have endured,” Sen. Kevin Parker said.

    €œThis holiday is a first step in reconciliation and healing that our great state needs in order to ensure equity for all people.”Assemblymember Alicia Hyndman added. "Juneteenth serves as a piece of history towards Black liberation in this country. I am glad to serve along with my colleagues in government and Governor Cuomo, as a part of ensuring these important parts of Black American history will continue to be told in our great state of New York." Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.An elementary school in Westchester will be transitioning to its remote learning model after two students already in isolation due to COVID-19 began experiencing mild symptoms.Eric Rauschenbach, the Assistant Superintendent for Special Education and Student Services at the Scarsdale School District announced that the Quaker Ridge Elementary School will be temporarily closed down due to students and staff that need to quarantine due to possible exposure.Before going remote on Thursday, Oct. 15, Quaker Ridge had been utilizing its hybrid learning model, with two alternating cohorts attending classes to limit possible exposure to COVID-19.The district reported that it found out about the students displaying symptoms shortly before 8:15 a.m. On Thursday.The two students currently in quarantine are awaiting COVID-19 test results, Rauschenbach said, while the district and county Department of Health has begun contact tracing and will alert anyone who possibly may have been exposed.“This morning the school will contact the families who may have been in contact with the students so they can take precautionary steps while awaiting confirmation of the test results,” he wrote in a letter to parents.

    €œShould test results come back positive the district will work with the Department of Health to immediately contact trace and inform affected families.” Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.We are three physicians who share an apartment in Boston, and after months of wondering where we might catch Covid-19 — the crowded grocery store checkout line?. the gas station?. — we found out. At work.One of us recently tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 after an exposure at work, part of a cluster of Covid-19-positive health care workers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. This scenario is not unique.

    There have been outbreaks in hospitals in Washington state, central Massachusetts, and elsewhere over the past few months.These outbreaks are shedding light on many of the systems issues that U.S hospitals are dealing with nine months after Covid-19 first emerged here. From the beginning of the pandemic, there have been cries for a nationally coordinated Covid-19 response. Instead, with the exception of some unevenly distributed funding and deliveries of personal protective equipment, hospitals have been left to fend for themselves.advertisement The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines, but there has been little federal coordination or funding to assist in their implementation. A Boston Globe article highlighting “battle-weary staff” as the cause of the Brigham and Women’s outbreak completely misses the larger systems issues that hospitals and hospital workers are up against. The ideal response to a Covid-19 outbreak is identifying people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease, and isolating them, done by systematic contact tracing.

    For community members, national guidelines recommend quarantining for 14 days after exposure to someone positive for SARS-CoV-2, even if he or she does not have any symptoms.advertisement It’s more complicated for health care workers. While the CDC recommends that they quarantine after high-risk exposures, many major hospitals tell staff to keep working unless they have symptoms of Covid-19. Testing is recommended but not mandated, and there is little guidance around home quarantine or repeat testing after a negative test.These rules are designed to keep the workforce functioning — hospital systems would be substantially strained if all exposed employees quarantined for 14 days — but they create major risks for essential hospital workers, their close contacts, and their patients.Why is it so challenging to conduct effective and efficient contact tracing within a hospital?. First, despite clear evidence of asymptomatic transmission, routine testing of health care workers has not been broadly implemented, even though many professional schools and undergraduate institutions are routinely testing students, as often as three times a week, to ensure the safety of in-person classes.One argument against routinely testing health care workers is that universal masking of patients and employees is extremely effective in preventing transmission. The problem is that our patients — especially those who are confused or short of breath — do not always use masks appropriately, and we can’t really expect them to.

    In addition, despite universal masking policies, hospital workers must unmask to eat. We cannot leave our floors to eat elsewhere if we are frequently checking in on sick patients, so we eat where we can, often in cramped workspaces. Many hospital workers, like us, also live with other health care professionals and don’t wear masks at home. At many hospitals across the country, the testing process takes anywhere from 24 to 72 hours from scheduling a test to receiving results. While this may be faster than for community members, it is too slow to encourage frequent testing for minor symptoms and to stop outbreaks.

    It can be exceedingly difficult to know if it’s a new runny nose that could represent Covid-19 or just another day with seasonal allergies. A health care worker with a pending test result is liable to miss up to three days of work, burdening his or her co-workers and affecting patient care. This lengthy furlough period may disincentivize essential workers from reporting minor symptoms, leading to the risk of working while infected with SARS-CoV-2.Until hospitals employ rapid, widely accessible Covid-19 testing, the country will not be able to get this pandemic under control. When health care workers are exposed to Covid-19 at work and are unable to get tested in an expedient way that would permit early isolation and quarantine of infected contacts, they will cause further spread.To avoid this, major changes are needed. Hospitals must publicly endorse national policies for health care workers, including regular testing and quarantine after high-risk exposure.

    This should include a test at days five to seven, when false-negative rates after exposure are thought to be lowest. Routine testing, weekly or biweekly, must be considered for all health care workers, just as many professional and undergraduate schools are doing, understanding that universal masking policies are imperfect.Health care workers need widely available rapid testing — less than 24-hour turnaround — to encourage frequent testing for even minor symptoms. This requires coordinated national support and funding for rapid testing platforms. They also need appropriately distanced workspaces and areas in which to eat, perhaps by reopening portions of buildings unused by staff who are working remotely.It is a failing of our health care system and national response that despite months of anticipation and one prominent surge in the Northeast, we are still woefully underprepared for the next surge, which is already underway.As three essential health care workers in Boston, we love our jobs, we love taking care of our patients, and we’re not weary — we just need more support. We need routine, rapid testing, we need better contract tracing, and we need safe spaces to eat.

    We owe it to our patients.Kathryn Holroyd is a fourth-year chief neurology resident in the Mass General Brigham neurology program. Neha Limaye is a fourth-year resident in internal medicine and pediatrics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital and a member of the Global Health Equity residency. Hallie Rozansky is a fellow in addiction medicine at Boston Medical Center and a graduate of the internal medicine/primary care residency program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The opinions expressed here are solely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of their employers.Ten months into the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, there is mounting frustration that life is not back to “normal.” Many U.S. Schools and businesses remain closed, people are hesitant to fly and enjoy vacations, and in many places, restaurants and indoor activities are sharply limited, with severe economic consequences.With patience wearing thin, it may be tempting to consider policies that give us a return to normalcy, whatever the consequences.This wishful thinking describes the recent political consideration of herd immunity, a public health term that refers to the threshold at which enough people in a community are immune to an infectious disease so it cannot spread if reintroduced.

    Historically, herd immunity has been achieved only through the use of vaccines. Trying to achieve herd immunity against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, without a vaccine is an idea that has come into vogue. But it is a misguided and dangerous approach that would not bring life back to normal, and would lead to the deaths of 500,000 or more Americans.advertisement Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar testified last week that “herd immunity is not the strategy of the U.S. Government.” Yet President Trump has asserted that with increased SARS-CoV-2 spread “you’ll develop herd — like a herd mentality. It’s going to be — it’s going to be herd developed — and that’s going to happen.” Scott Atlas, an adviser on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, has espoused such a plan.

    Herd immunity protects those with vulnerable immune systems. Here’s how. Alex Hogan/STAT It has also been reported that the White House “embraces” the Great Barrington Declaration, a statement written by three infectious disease researchers who have since been joined the thousands of co-signers. This political statement, funded by the American Institute for Economic Research, a libertarian think tank, calls for allowing “those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk,” until many people are infected by SARS-CoV-2 and recover — achieving the herd immunity threshold.advertisement The declaration proposes a vague set of “Focused Protection” measures for the vulnerable older adults, including testing of nursing home staff. The declaration is simplistic and doesn’t acknowledge the scientific uncertainties of immunity to the virus, the long-term consequences of infection, or that young people can — and do — develop severe cases of Covid-19 and sometimes die from it.This declaration profoundly underestimates the suffering that would result if this strategy were to be enacted.The declaration glosses over scientific realities.

    The young are not invulnerable to the effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection. While children tend to have fewer hospitalizations and milder disease than adults, more than 1,000 have suffered from multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) which leads to vascular complications and shock. Risk factors for severe Covid-19 in people of all ages include obesity and diabetes — which encompasses 40% of the U.S. Population.Death is not the only measure of Covid-19’s impact. Many non-elderly adults infected by SARS-CoV-2 have become “long-haulers,” experiencing long-term health effects like cardiovascular and respiratory problems.

    About 20% to 35% of U.S. Patients with Covid-19 have lingering symptoms two to three weeks after recovery. Risk factors may not be obvious, with at least 10 football players developing a heart condition called myocarditis after infection. It is not known what additional long-term consequences may result — we still have a lot to learn about this new disease. Achieving herd immunity would require recovered people to have lasting immunity, but scientists do not yet know how long immunity lasts.

    Reinfections are rare, but have occurred. Though much has been learned about the immune response to SARS-CoV-2, and the importance of antibodies and T cells, there is no test a person can take to determine if they are immune or to know if their immunity has waned.Without a vaccine, the human cost to reach herd immunity would be profound. There is a range of models for herd immunity thresholds, depending on how much weight is given to vaccine efficacy, degree of social distancing, and how long immunity lasts. Most models, however, indicate it would require 60% to 80% of the population to be infected, which would be a minimum of nearly 200 million cases in the U.S. Alone.

    Approximately 8% of the U.S. Population has been infected with SARS-CoV-2, based upon the prevalence of antibodies, so significantly more infections would be required, leading to at least 510,000 deaths based on the current fatality rate and equations for herd immunity.Relying on herd immunity alone would overwhelm hospitals. And infections, hospitalizations, and deaths would continue to disproportionately impact Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color — something the declaration conveniently omits.Calls for a herd immunity strategy have been met with strong resistance from experts, including the 12,000 members of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, hundreds of signatories to the John Snow Memorandum, and 17 public health organizations, led by the Trust for America’s Health. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health has condemned the idea as “nonsense and very dangerous.”No country has successfully achieved herd immunity from the coronavirus. The example of Sweden’s approach, with minimal social distancing and masking measures coupled with restaurants and schools remaining open, should serve as a deterrent rather than a model, with significant deaths tolls and blows to health care systems.The U.S.’s goals should echo the science-based, layered approaches of countries such as South Korea and Germany.

    Leaders in public health note that it is a false choice to either do nothing to prevent infections or shut everything down. The U.S. Needs a strategic approach with the commonsense precautions that we’ve heard over and over again. These measures and an eventual vaccine can save lives and livelihoods.The path ahead cannot rely on magical thinking. Herd immunity is not a plan.Gigi Kwik Gronvall is a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

    Rachel West is a postdoctoral scholar with the Center for Health Security and the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health..

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    Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.Marist College has informed students that a campus-wide pause of in-person classes, visitation from those not living on-campus and activities, after nine active COVID cases linked to an illicit off-campus party multiplied to 29, according to the Marist College COVID Dashboard and student reporting from the Marist Circle. Initially, all classes for Marist online doctor zanaflex students on Friday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Oct.

    10 were conducted online, according to a letter sent to students by college Vice President Geoff Brackett on Oct. 8. However, contact tracing on campus led to the identification and subsequent isolation of 20 additional students, leading campus administration to announce the extension of the school's hiatus until Wednesday, Oct.

    14 on Oct. 11. After more positive test results, the school announced that they would halt in-person classes further, until Friday, Oct.

    16."The College identified new cases of COVID-19 and immediately mobilized a rapid and comprehensive response to limit further spread, including extensive contact tracing and the testing of over 1,000 students in targeted populations," wrote Brackett in an Oct. 13 letter to students. "Through this testing, the College identified 27 positive cases, most of which can be attributed to an off-campus event."Brackett said that all students that violated college policy during the disallowed off-campus party will be "disciplined swiftly and appropriately."Thus far this semester Marist has tested 11,121 individuals for COVID-19, up by 1,838 since the pause was first enacted on Saturday, Oct.

    9. Of the 37 students that tested positive before they arrived at campus when the semester began, all have quarantined, tested negative for the virus and returned to campus. Of the 37 who tested positive after they arrived on campus, eight have been cleared to return, while 26 are currently isolating at home and three are isolating somewhere on campus grounds.In addition to conducting classes online and forbidding visitation from family members and those who do not live on campus, all athletic team meetings are canceled, as is the McCann Recreation Center and students are disallowed from visiting dorms they do not live in."We believe that our proactive strategies, including the precautionary pause, have contained this situation.

    If the results of our most recent targeted testing support this, we plan to allow in-person classes to resume Saturday, October 17," wrote Brackett in the Oct. 13 communication. "We will also make a determination about other policies and whether to reopen the James J.

    McCann Recreation Center on that date." Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.There were more than 100 new COVID-19 cases reported in Westchester as the county continues to see an uptick in confirmed cases.The Westchester County Department of Health reported 103 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, Oct. 15, bringing the active total to 795, up from 734 the day before. Since the virus was first reported in Westchester seven months ago, there have now been 39,200 confirmed COVID cases in Westchester out of 753,323 tested, according to the state's Department of Health.The overall percentage of positive results for those tested in Westchester is down to 5.2 percent.There were new fatalities reported, bringing the total to 1,463 COVID-19-related deaths in Westchester since March.A breakdown of the total, active, and new COVID-19 cases in Westchester municipalities on Thursday, Oct.

    15, according to the county Department of Health:Yonkers. 8,103 (124, 9 new);New Rochelle. 3,508 (164, 54 new);Mount Vernon.

    2,948 (45, 5 new);White Plains. 2,021 (30, 1 new);Port Chester. 1,387 (28, 2 new);Greenburgh.

    1,326 (26, 6 new);Ossining Village. 1,164 (19, 4 new);Peekskill. 1,097 (22, 3 new);Cortlandt.

    1,028 (35, 2 new);Yorktown. 857 (29, 2 new);Mount Pleasant. 68 (28, 3 new);Mamaroneck Village.

    518 (14, 2 new);Eastchester. 485 (5);Sleepy Hollow. 495 (20, 4 new);Harrison.

    488 (11, 1 new);Somers. 470 (14);Scarsdale. 401 (8, 1 new);Dobbs Ferry.

    359 (9);Tarrytown. 337 (10, 1 new);Mount Kisco. 320 (8, 1 new);Bedford.

    314 (11);New Castle. 259 (6);North Castle. 247 (5);Rye City.

    249 (14, 2 new);Elmsford. 221 (2, 1 new)Croton-on-Hudson. 219 (1);Rye Brook.

    220 (13, 1 new);Mamaroneck Town. 194 (3);Pelham. 186 (6, 1 new);North Salem.

    185 (21);Ossining Town. 175 (1);Pleasantville. 167 (15);Tuckahoe.

    152 (4);Hastings-on-Hudson. 155 (7);Lewisboro. 143 (4);Pelham Manor.

    133 (4);Briarcliff Manor. 133 (4);Ardsley. 114 (6);Bronxville.

    98 (2);Irvington. 101 (6);Larchmont. 90, (5);Buchanan.

    49 (3);Pound Ridge. 40 (5).Statewide, there were 133,212 COVID-19 tests administered yesterday, with 1,460 (1.09 percent) testing positive. There are currently 897 people hospitalized with the virus, down from 938 people and there were 13 new fatalities.Since the pandemic began, New York has administered 12,475,392 COVID-19 tests, with 479,400 testing positive.

    A total of 25,618 New Yorkers have died since mid-March. Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed new legislation that will officially designate Juneteeth as an official holiday each year on June 19 to celebrate the end of slavery.After making Juneteenth a holiday for state employees this year, Cuomo has officially recognized it as an annual holiday statewide.Cuomo said that Juneteenth is "a day to commemorate the end to slavery and celebrates Black and African American freedom and achievements while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.""I am incredibly proud to sign into law this legislation declaring Juneteenth an official holiday in New York State, a day which commemorates the end to slavery in the United States," Cuomo said when announcing the legislation.

    "This new public holiday will serve as a day to recognize the achievements of the Black community, while also providing an important opportunity for self-reflection on the systemic injustices that our society still faces today.” President Abraham Lincoln actually issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, but news of the momentous event took place. Juneteenth celebrates June 19, 1885, when the enslaved people in Galveston, Texas found out about it from Union army personnel, making them the last to know they were free.“Finally, we are beginning to acknowledge the historic oppression and injustices that African-Americans have endured,” Sen.

    Kevin Parker said. €œThis holiday is a first step in reconciliation and healing that our great state needs in order to ensure equity for all people.”Assemblymember Alicia Hyndman added. "Juneteenth serves as a piece of history towards Black liberation in this country.

    I am glad to serve along with my colleagues in government and Governor Cuomo, as a part of ensuring these important parts of Black American history will continue to be told in our great state of New York." Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.An elementary school in Westchester will be transitioning to its remote learning model after two students already in isolation due to COVID-19 began experiencing mild symptoms.Eric Rauschenbach, the Assistant Superintendent for Special Education and Student Services at the Scarsdale School District announced that the Quaker Ridge Elementary School will be temporarily closed down due to students and staff that need to quarantine due to possible exposure.Before going remote on Thursday, Oct. 15, Quaker Ridge had been utilizing its hybrid learning model, with two alternating cohorts attending classes to limit possible exposure to COVID-19.The district reported that it found out about the students displaying symptoms shortly before 8:15 a.m. On Thursday.The two students currently in quarantine are awaiting COVID-19 test results, Rauschenbach said, while the district and county Department of Health has begun contact tracing and will alert anyone who possibly may have been exposed.“This morning the school will contact the families who may have been in contact with the students so they can take precautionary steps while awaiting confirmation of the test results,” he wrote in a letter to parents.

    €œShould test results come back positive the district will work with the Department of Health to immediately contact trace and inform affected families.” Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.We are three physicians who share an apartment in Boston, and after months of wondering where we might catch Covid-19 — the crowded grocery store checkout line?. the gas station?. — we found out.

    At work.One of us recently tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 after an exposure at work, part of a cluster of Covid-19-positive health care workers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. This scenario is not unique. There have been outbreaks in hospitals in Washington state, central Massachusetts, and elsewhere over the past few months.These outbreaks are shedding light on many of the systems issues that U.S hospitals are dealing with nine months after Covid-19 first emerged here.

    From the beginning of the pandemic, there have been cries for a nationally coordinated Covid-19 response. Instead, with the exception of some unevenly distributed funding and deliveries of personal protective equipment, hospitals have been left to fend for themselves.advertisement The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines, but there has been little federal coordination or funding to assist in their implementation. A Boston Globe article highlighting “battle-weary staff” as the cause of the Brigham and Women’s outbreak completely misses the larger systems issues that hospitals and hospital workers are up against.

    The ideal response to a Covid-19 outbreak is identifying people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease, and isolating them, done by systematic contact tracing. For community members, national guidelines recommend quarantining for 14 days after exposure to someone positive for SARS-CoV-2, even if he or she does not have any symptoms.advertisement It’s more complicated for health care workers. While the CDC recommends that they quarantine after high-risk exposures, many major hospitals tell staff to keep working unless they have symptoms of Covid-19.

    Testing is recommended but not mandated, and there is little guidance around home quarantine or repeat testing after a negative test.These rules are designed to keep the workforce functioning — hospital systems would be substantially strained if all exposed employees quarantined for 14 days — but they create major risks for essential hospital workers, their close contacts, and their patients.Why is it so challenging to conduct effective and efficient contact tracing within a hospital?. First, despite clear evidence of asymptomatic transmission, routine testing of health care workers has not been broadly implemented, even though many professional schools and undergraduate institutions are routinely testing students, as often as three times a week, to ensure the safety of in-person classes.One argument against routinely testing health care workers is that universal masking of patients and employees is extremely effective in preventing transmission. The problem is that our patients — especially those who are confused or short of breath — do not always use masks appropriately, and we can’t really expect them to.

    In addition, despite universal masking policies, hospital workers must unmask to eat. We cannot leave our floors to eat elsewhere if we are frequently checking in on sick patients, so we eat where we can, often in cramped workspaces. Many hospital workers, like us, also live with other health care professionals and don’t wear masks at home.

    At many hospitals across the country, the testing process takes anywhere from 24 to 72 hours from scheduling a test to receiving results. While this may be faster than for community members, it is too slow to encourage frequent testing for minor symptoms and to stop outbreaks. It can be exceedingly difficult to know if it’s a new runny nose that could represent Covid-19 or just another day with seasonal allergies.

    A health care worker with a pending test result is liable to miss up to three days of work, burdening his or her co-workers and affecting patient care. This lengthy furlough period may disincentivize essential workers from reporting minor symptoms, leading to the risk of working while infected with SARS-CoV-2.Until hospitals employ rapid, widely accessible Covid-19 testing, the country will not be able to get this pandemic under control. When health care workers are exposed to Covid-19 at work and are unable to get tested in an expedient way that would permit early isolation and quarantine of infected contacts, they will cause further spread.To avoid this, major changes are needed.

    Hospitals must publicly endorse national policies for health care workers, including regular testing and quarantine after high-risk exposure. This should include a test at days five to seven, when false-negative rates after exposure are thought to be lowest. Routine testing, weekly or biweekly, must be considered for all health care workers, just as many professional and undergraduate schools are doing, understanding that universal masking policies are imperfect.Health care workers need widely available rapid testing — less than 24-hour turnaround — to encourage frequent testing for even minor symptoms.

    This requires coordinated national support and funding for rapid testing platforms. They also need appropriately distanced workspaces and areas in which to eat, perhaps by reopening portions of buildings unused by staff who are working remotely.It is a failing of our health care system and national response that despite months of anticipation and one prominent surge in the Northeast, we are still woefully underprepared for the next surge, which is already underway.As three essential health care workers in Boston, we love our jobs, we love taking care of our patients, and we’re not weary — we just need more support. We need routine, rapid testing, we need better contract tracing, and we need safe spaces to eat.

    We owe it to our patients.Kathryn Holroyd is a fourth-year chief neurology resident in the Mass General Brigham neurology program. Neha Limaye is a fourth-year resident in internal medicine and pediatrics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital and a member of the Global Health Equity residency. Hallie Rozansky is a fellow in addiction medicine at Boston Medical Center and a graduate of the internal medicine/primary care residency program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

    The opinions expressed here are solely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of their employers.Ten months into the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, there is mounting frustration that life is not back to “normal.” Many U.S. Schools and businesses remain closed, people are hesitant to fly and enjoy vacations, and in many places, restaurants and indoor activities are sharply limited, with severe economic consequences.With patience wearing thin, it may be tempting to consider policies that give us a return to normalcy, whatever the consequences.This wishful thinking describes the recent political consideration of herd immunity, a public health term that refers to the threshold at which enough people in a community are immune to an infectious disease so it cannot spread if reintroduced. Historically, herd immunity has been achieved only through the use of vaccines.

    Trying to achieve herd immunity against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, without a vaccine is an idea that has come into vogue. But it is a misguided and dangerous approach that would not bring life back to normal, and would lead to the deaths of 500,000 or more Americans.advertisement Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar testified last week that “herd immunity is not the strategy of the U.S. Government.” Yet President Trump has asserted that with increased SARS-CoV-2 spread “you’ll develop herd — like a herd mentality.

    It’s going to be — it’s going to be herd developed — and that’s going to happen.” Scott Atlas, an adviser on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, has espoused such a plan. Herd immunity protects those with vulnerable immune systems. Here’s how.

    Alex Hogan/STAT It has also been reported that the White House “embraces” the Great Barrington Declaration, a statement written by three infectious disease researchers who have since been joined the thousands of co-signers. This political statement, funded by the American Institute for Economic Research, a libertarian think tank, calls for allowing “those who are at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to build up immunity to the virus through natural infection, while better protecting those who are at highest risk,” until many people are infected by SARS-CoV-2 and recover — achieving the herd immunity threshold.advertisement The declaration proposes a vague set of “Focused Protection” measures for the vulnerable older adults, including testing of nursing home staff. The declaration is simplistic and doesn’t acknowledge the scientific uncertainties of immunity to the virus, the long-term consequences of infection, or that young people can — and do — develop severe cases of Covid-19 and sometimes die from it.This declaration profoundly underestimates the suffering that would result if this strategy were to be enacted.The declaration glosses over scientific realities.

    The young are not invulnerable to the effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection. While children tend to have fewer hospitalizations and milder disease than adults, more than 1,000 have suffered from multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) which leads to vascular complications and shock. Risk factors for severe Covid-19 in people of all ages include obesity and diabetes — which encompasses 40% of the U.S.

    Population.Death is not the only measure of Covid-19’s impact. Many non-elderly adults infected by SARS-CoV-2 have become “long-haulers,” experiencing long-term health effects like cardiovascular and respiratory problems. About 20% to 35% of U.S.

    Patients with Covid-19 have lingering symptoms two to three weeks after recovery. Risk factors may not be obvious, with at least 10 football players developing a heart condition called myocarditis after infection. It is not known what additional long-term consequences may result — we still have a lot to learn about this new disease.

    Achieving herd immunity would require recovered people to have lasting immunity, but scientists do not yet know how long immunity lasts. Reinfections are rare, but have occurred. Though much has been learned about the immune response to SARS-CoV-2, and the importance of antibodies and T cells, there is no test a person can take to determine if they are immune or to know if their immunity has waned.Without a vaccine, the human cost to reach herd immunity would be profound.

    There is a range of models for herd immunity thresholds, depending on how much weight is given to vaccine efficacy, degree of social distancing, and how long immunity lasts. Most models, however, indicate it would require 60% to 80% of the population to be infected, which would be a minimum of nearly 200 million cases in the U.S. Alone.

    Approximately 8% of the U.S. Population has been infected with SARS-CoV-2, based upon the prevalence of antibodies, so significantly more infections would be required, leading to at least 510,000 deaths based on the current fatality rate and equations for herd immunity.Relying on herd immunity alone would overwhelm hospitals. And infections, hospitalizations, and deaths would continue to disproportionately impact Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color — something the declaration conveniently omits.Calls for a herd immunity strategy have been met with strong resistance from experts, including the 12,000 members of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, hundreds of signatories to the John Snow Memorandum, and 17 public health organizations, led by the Trust for America’s Health.

    Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health has condemned the idea as “nonsense and very dangerous.”No country has successfully achieved herd immunity from the coronavirus. The example of Sweden’s approach, with minimal social distancing and masking measures coupled with restaurants and schools remaining open, should serve as a deterrent rather than a model, with significant deaths tolls and blows to health care systems.The U.S.’s goals should echo the science-based, layered approaches of countries such as South Korea and Germany. Leaders in public health note that it is a false choice to either do nothing to prevent infections or shut everything down.

    The U.S. Needs a strategic approach with the commonsense precautions that we’ve heard over and over again. These measures and an eventual vaccine can save lives and livelihoods.The path ahead cannot rely on magical thinking.

    Herd immunity is not a plan.Gigi Kwik Gronvall is a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. Rachel West is a postdoctoral scholar with the Center for Health Security and the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health..

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    Genomic Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, New YorkbDepartment of Cardiology, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MassachusettscDepartment of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California↵∗Address for correspondence:Dr. Roberta G low cost zanaflex. Williams, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, 4650 Sunset Boulevard, MS 34, Los Angeles, California 90027.Jaqueline A. Noonan, MD, low cost zanaflex passed away on July 23, 2020, at age 91 years. Over those years, she led a fulfilling life in the care for children.

    She was born on October 28, 1928, in Burlington, Vermont, but moved to Hartford, Connecticut, at low cost zanaflex age 9 months. At age 5 years, she decided to become a doctor and had chosen the field of pediatrics at age 7 years. She spent her youth low cost zanaflex in Connecticut, graduating from Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, with a degree in chemistry. She returned to Vermont to attend medical school, where she graduated in 1954 and went to the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, for a rotating internship, her first time visiting the South. Following internship, she completed a residency low cost zanaflex in pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

    (It was the practice of the day to become a “free agent” after internship year.) During her residency in Cincinnati, she saw many children from Appalachia who had “come over the hill” from Kentucky. She became committed to the people of Appalachia for their warmth and humanity and to the care of children with long-standing and unmet low cost zanaflex needs. It was there that she became interested in congenital heart defects during her pathology rotation and decided to pursue a career in pediatric cardiology.Jackie joined the pediatric cardiology fellowship program at Boston Children’s Hospital under Dr. Alexander Nadas in 1956. During her fellowship, she published, with Dr low cost zanaflex.

    Nadas, “The hypoplastic left heart syndrome. An analysis of 101 cases” in Pediatric Clinics of North America in 1958 low cost zanaflex (1). In her words, there was great demand for pediatric cardiologists as she finished her fellowship and accepted a position as the first pediatric cardiologist at the University of Iowa in 1959. While in Iowa, she noted a low cost zanaflex similarity between patients with pulmonary valve stenosis. Short stature, webbed neck, low-set ears, and wide-spaced eyes.

    She presented her findings low cost zanaflex in a regional pediatrics meeting in 1963 and published them in 1968 (2). In 1971, the renowned geneticist Dr. John Opitz low cost zanaflex decided that the condition should be called Noonan syndrome, as it has been deemed ever since. Jackie went on to study the disorder, the most common nonchromosomal genetic trait causing congenital heart disease, throughout her career, publishing her final paper on the topic in 2015 at the age of 86 years (3).After 2.5 years in Iowa, Jackie met with Dr. John Githens, who had just accepted the position of low cost zanaflex the first Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky.

    Although she was happy in Iowa, her department chairman was leaving, so Dr. Githens was able to convince her to come with him to Kentucky to build a pediatric cardiology program “from scratch.” low cost zanaflex Following her earlier passion for the underserved children in Appalachia, she joined the University of Kentucky in 1961. She served the children of Kentucky for the next 53 years, first as Chief of Pediatric Cardiology and then as Chair of Pediatrics from 1974 to 1992. She was one low cost zanaflex of the first women to serve as pediatric departmental chair in the United States. Jackie retired at age 85 in 2014.Collective Impressions of ColleaguesJackie Noonan is best remembered for her passion for helping individuals with Noonan syndrome and their families in coping with its myriad issues.

    Aside from her own practice in Kentucky, she regularly attended family-run Noonan syndrome meetings, held every summer. Bruce Gelb recalled meeting Jackie low cost zanaflex for the first time at the 2002 meeting in Towson, Maryland. €œI had never seen a physician as rock star before—every moment of the day, wherever she went, children with ‘her’ syndrome and their parents would crowd around her, eager just to be in her presence but also to receive her insights into their challenges.” Similarly, Amy Roberts, a geneticist who started attending those meetings in 2005 as a genetics trainee, recalled. €œThe parents hung low cost zanaflex on Jackie’s every word. Her deep interest in each child and her remarkable memory for the details of many of them she saw every few years left a big impression.

    Although she was a pediatric cardiologist by low cost zanaflex training, she was at heart a pediatrician. She was as interested in each child’s growth or learning as she was in their cardiac history.” At those meetings, Jackie was infinitely patient, always sensible with her advice, and still eager to learn more from the families. When the physicians gathered in the evening after the day of clinic, at which each had met with 20 or so families, to review interesting cases, Jackie’s low cost zanaflex wisdom was manifest. At the final meeting that Jackie attended in Florida in 2014, the families and physicians joined to tribute for her more than 50-year sustained devotion to the well-being of individuals with Noonan syndrome.Professionally, Jackie was a trailblazer beyond just her seminal genetic trait discovery. Although cardiovascular genetics is now well accepted as an area of focus within cardiology, that was most definitely not the case as Jackie low cost zanaflex embarked on her career.

    It is unclear if her discovery of Noonan syndrome kindled that interest or if some passion for genetics allowed her to see what other pediatric cardiologists were overlooking. In any low cost zanaflex case, she did much in her career to draw attention to the importance of disorders beyond Down and Turner syndromes that were related to congenital heart disease, teaching us much about the need to think about our patients holistically, not just their heart defects. That lesson has become increasingly important as we seek to improve outcomes among survivors of congenital heart disease.Jackie was notably active in the pediatric academic community. Jane Newburger recalled meeting Jackie for the first time at the Cardiology Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics meeting, at which Jane was delivering low cost zanaflex her first-ever presentation. €œJackie was warm and encouraging to me and the other young cardiology fellows.

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    Even preserved EF patients showed subtle changes in low cost zanaflex myocardial deformation, suggesting subclinical myocardial injury. During an abbreviated follow-up, there was good recovery of systolic function but persistence of diastolic dysfunction and no coronary aneurysms.Condensed abstract Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is an illness that resembles Kawasaki Disease (KD) or toxic shock, reported in children with a recent history of COVID-19 infection. This study analyzed echocardiographic low cost zanaflex manifestations of this illness. In our cohort of 28 MIS-C patients, left ventricular systolic and diastolic function were worse than in classic KD. These functional parameters low cost zanaflex correlated with biomarkers of myocardial injury.

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    Nadas, “The hypoplastic left heart syndrome. An analysis of 101 cases” in Pediatric Clinics of online doctor zanaflex North America in 1958 (1). In her words, there was great demand for pediatric cardiologists as she finished her fellowship and accepted a position as the first pediatric cardiologist at the University of Iowa in 1959. While in Iowa, she noted online doctor zanaflex a similarity between patients with pulmonary valve stenosis.

    Short stature, webbed neck, low-set ears, and wide-spaced eyes. She presented her findings in a regional online doctor zanaflex pediatrics meeting in 1963 and published them in 1968 (2). In 1971, the renowned geneticist Dr. John Opitz decided that the condition should be online doctor zanaflex called Noonan syndrome, as it has been deemed ever since.

    Jackie went on to study the disorder, the most common nonchromosomal genetic trait causing congenital heart disease, throughout her career, publishing her final paper on the topic in 2015 at the age of 86 years (3).After 2.5 years in Iowa, Jackie met with Dr. John Githens, who had just accepted the position of the first Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky online doctor zanaflex. Although she was happy in Iowa, her department chairman was leaving, so Dr. Githens was able to convince her to come with him to Kentucky to build a pediatric cardiology program “from scratch.” Following her earlier passion online doctor zanaflex for the underserved children in Appalachia, she joined the University of Kentucky in 1961.

    She served the children of Kentucky for the next 53 years, first as Chief of Pediatric Cardiology and then as Chair of Pediatrics from 1974 to 1992. She was one of the first women to serve as online doctor zanaflex pediatric departmental chair in the United States. Jackie retired at age 85 in 2014.Collective Impressions of ColleaguesJackie Noonan is best remembered for her passion for helping individuals with Noonan syndrome and their families in coping with its myriad issues. Aside from her own practice in Kentucky, she regularly attended family-run Noonan syndrome meetings, held every summer.

    Bruce Gelb online doctor zanaflex recalled meeting Jackie for the first time at the 2002 meeting in Towson, Maryland. €œI had never seen a physician as rock star before—every moment of the day, wherever she went, children with ‘her’ syndrome and their parents would crowd around her, eager just to be in her presence but also to receive her insights into their challenges.” Similarly, Amy Roberts, a geneticist who started attending those meetings in 2005 as a genetics trainee, recalled. €œThe parents hung online doctor zanaflex on Jackie’s every word. Her deep interest in each child and her remarkable memory for the details of many of them she saw every few years left a big impression.

    Although she was a pediatric cardiologist online doctor zanaflex by training, she was at heart a pediatrician. She was as interested in each child’s growth or learning as she was in their cardiac history.” At those meetings, Jackie was infinitely patient, always sensible with her advice, and still eager to learn more from the families. When the physicians gathered in the online doctor zanaflex evening after the day of clinic, at which each had met with 20 or so families, to review interesting cases, Jackie’s wisdom was manifest. At the final meeting that Jackie attended in Florida in 2014, the families and physicians joined to tribute for her more than 50-year sustained devotion to the well-being of individuals with Noonan syndrome.Professionally, Jackie was a trailblazer beyond just her seminal genetic trait discovery.

    Although cardiovascular genetics is now well accepted as an area of focus within cardiology, that was most definitely not the case as online doctor zanaflex Jackie embarked on her career. It is unclear if her discovery of Noonan syndrome kindled that interest or if some passion for genetics allowed her to see what other pediatric cardiologists were overlooking. In any case, she did much in her career to draw attention to online doctor zanaflex the importance of disorders beyond Down and Turner syndromes that were related to congenital heart disease, teaching us much about the need to think about our patients holistically, not just their heart defects. That lesson has become increasingly important as we seek to improve outcomes among survivors of congenital heart disease.Jackie was notably active in the pediatric academic community.

    Jane Newburger recalled meeting Jackie for the first time at online doctor zanaflex the Cardiology Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics meeting, at which Jane was delivering her first-ever presentation. €œJackie was warm and encouraging to me and the other young cardiology fellows. She was deeply engaged in the abstract presentations, rising to the microphone often to comment on the online doctor zanaflex strengths and weaknesses of the work. Indeed, she attended that meeting faithfully every year, always sitting in the front row.” Similarly, Roberta Williams remembered “the sight of Jackie Noonan and Jerry Liebman, buddies since training, sitting together at every American College of Cardiology meeting, getting up to make astute comments, showing the inextinguishable curiosity for emerging knowledge, challenging us to do the same.

    It was the essence of what brings joy to our field. Curiosity, novelty, dynamic interaction, friendships.” Jackie achieved this notoriety at a time when women were few and far between in pediatric cardiology (e.g., in the online doctor zanaflex class picture from her fellowship at Boston Children’s hospital, she was the only woman). As Jane Newburger observed, “Jackie will always be an exemplar in strength, integrity, and leadership for women in our field.”Finally, Jackie was known for her style and her passions. Jane Newburger recalled, “At social events where we gathered, Jackie’s enthusiasm and joie de vivre buoyed the spirits of all those around her—she loved life.” Amy Roberts, who accompanied Jackie to a Noonan syndrome family meeting in the Netherlands, recalled, “I learned of Jackie’s deep pride in being an aunt, her varied interests outside of medicine, her love of basketball, online doctor zanaflex and her fierce self-reliance and independence.

    Although she was nearly 80 years old at the time, we were not permitted to help carry her bags, and she was often the one walking the most briskly down the sidewalk. As dedicated as she was to online doctor zanaflex her professional career, she was also a well-rounded person who loved her family and friends, her church, her garden, and Kentucky basketball. Big things come in small packages. That was Jackie.” Roberta Williams summed online doctor zanaflex up the essence of Jackie.

    €œHers was a joyous life of accomplishment, friendship, and deep meaning.”2020 American College of Cardiology FoundationAbstractBackground Centers from Europe and United States have reported an exceedingly high number of children with a severe inflammatory syndrome in the setting of COVID-19, which has been termed multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).Objectives This study aimed to analyze echocardiographic manifestations in MIS-C.Methods We retrospectively reviewed 28 MIS-C, 20 healthy controls and 20 classic Kawasaki disease (KD) patients. We reviewed echocardiographic parameters in acute phase of MIS-C and KD online doctor zanaflex groups, and during subacute period in MIS-C group (interval. 5.2 ± 3 days).Results Only 1 case in MIS-C (4%) manifested coronary artery dilatation (z score=3.15) in acute phase, showing resolution during early follow up. Left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic function measured by deformation online doctor zanaflex parameters, were worse in MIS-C compared to KD.

    Moreover, MIS-C patients with myocardial injury (+) were more affected than myocardial injury (-) MIS-C with respect to all functional parameters. The strongest parameters to predict myocardial injury in MIS-C were global longitudinal strain (GLS), global circumferential strain (GCS), peak left atrial strain (LAS) and peak longitudinal strain online doctor zanaflex of right ventricular free wall (RVFWLS) (Odds ratio. 1.45 (1.08-1.95), 1.39 (1.04-1.88), 0.84 (0.73-0.96), 1.59 (1.09-2.34) respectively). The preserved LVEF online doctor zanaflex group in MIS-C showed diastolic dysfunction.

    During subacute period, LVEF returned to normal (median. From 54% to 64%, p<0.001) but diastolic dysfunction persisted.Conclusions Unlike classic KD, coronary arteries may be spared in early MIS-C, however, myocardial injury is common. Even preserved EF patients showed subtle changes in myocardial deformation, suggesting subclinical myocardial online doctor zanaflex injury. During an abbreviated follow-up, there was good recovery of systolic function but persistence of diastolic dysfunction and no coronary aneurysms.Condensed abstract Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is an illness that resembles Kawasaki Disease (KD) or toxic shock, reported in children with a recent history of COVID-19 infection.

    This study online doctor zanaflex analyzed echocardiographic manifestations of this illness. In our cohort of 28 MIS-C patients, left ventricular systolic and diastolic function were worse than in classic KD. These functional parameters online doctor zanaflex correlated with biomarkers of myocardial injury. However, coronary arteries were typically spared.

    The strongest predictors of myocardial online doctor zanaflex injury were global longitudinal strain, right ventricular strain, and left atrial strain. During subacute period, there was good recovery of systolic function, but diastolic dysfunction persisted.Exercise makes it easier to bounce back from too much stress, according to a fascinating new study with mice. It finds that regular exercise increases the levels of a chemical online doctor zanaflex in the animals’ brains that helps them remain psychologically resilient and plucky, even when their lives seem suddenly strange, intimidating and filled with threats.The study involved mice, but it is likely to have implications for our species, too, as we face the stress and discombobulation of the ongoing pandemic and today’s political and social disruptions.Stress can, of course, be our ally. Emergencies and perils require immediate responses, and stress results in a fast, helpful flood of hormones and other chemicals that prime our bodies to act.“If a tiger jumps out at you, you should run,” says David Weinshenker, a professor of human genetics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta and the senior author of the new study.

    The stress response, in that situation, is appropriate and valuable.But if, afterward, we “jump at every little noise” and shrink from online doctor zanaflex shadows, we are overreacting to the original stress, Dr. Weinshenker continues. Our response has become maladaptive, because we no longer react with appropriate dread to online doctor zanaflex dreadful things but with twitchy anxiety to the quotidian. We lack stress resilience.In interesting past research, scientists have shown that exercise seems to build and amplify stress resilience.

    Rats that run on wheels for several weeks, for instance, and then experience stress through light shocks to their paws, respond later to unfamiliar — but safe — terrain with less trepidation than sedentary rats that also experience shocks.But the online doctor zanaflex physiological underpinnings of the animals’ relative buoyancy after exercise remain somewhat mysterious. And, rats are just one species. Finding similar relationships between physical activity and resilience in online doctor zanaflex other animals would bolster the possibility that a similar link exists in people.So, for the new study, which was published in August in the Journal of Neuroscience, Dr. Weinshenker and his colleagues decided to work with frazzled mice and to focus on the possible effects of galanin, a peptide that is produced throughout the body in many animals, including humans.Galanin is known to be associated with mental health.

    People born with genetically low levels of galanin face an uncommonly high risk of depression and anxiety disorders.Multiple studies show that exercise increases production of the substance. In the rat experiments, some online doctor zanaflex of which were conducted at Dr. Weinshenker’s lab, researchers found that exercise led to a surge in galanin production in the animals’ brains, particularly in a portion of the brain that is known to be involved in physiological stress reactions. Perhaps most interesting, they also found that the more galanin there, the greater the rats’ subsequent stress resilience.For the new research, they gathered healthy adult male and female mice and gave some of them access online doctor zanaflex to running wheels in their cages.

    Others remained inactive. Mice generally seem to enjoy online doctor zanaflex running, and those with wheels skittered through multiple miles each day. After three weeks, the scientists checked for genetic markers of galanin in the mouse brains and found them to be much higher in the runners, with greater mileage correlating with more galanin.Then the scientists stressed out all of the animals by lightly shocking their paws while the mice were restrained and could not dash away. This method does not physically online doctor zanaflex harm the mice but does spook them, which the scientists confirmed by checking for stress hormones in the mice.

    They had soared.The next day, the scientists placed runners and inactive animals in new situations designed to worry them again, including cages with both light, open sections and dark, enclosed areas. Mice are prey animals and their natural reaction is to run for the darkness and then, as they feel safe, explore online doctor zanaflex the open spaces. The runners responded now like normal, healthy mice, cautiously moving toward the light. But the sedentary animals tended to cower in the shadows, still too online doctor zanaflex overwhelmed by stress to explore.

    They lacked resilience.Finally, the researchers confirmed that galanin played a pivotal role in the animals’ stress resilience by breeding mice with unusually high levels of the substance. Those rodents reacted like the runners to the stress of foot shocks, with full-body floods of stress online doctor zanaflex hormones. But the next day, like the runners, they warily braved the well-lit portions of the light-and-dark cage, not recklessly but with suitable prudence.The upshot of these experiments is that abundant galanin seems to be crucial for resilience, at least in rodents, says Rachel P. Tillage, a online doctor zanaflex Ph.D.

    Candidate in Dr. Weinshenker’s lab who led the new study. And exercise increases galanin, online doctor zanaflex amplifying the animals’ ability to remain stalwart in the face of whatever obstacles life — and science — places before them.Of course, this was a mouse study and mice are not people, so it is impossible to know from this research if exercise and galanin function precisely the same way in us, or, if they do, what amounts and types of exercise might best help us to cope with stress.But regular exercise is so good for us, anyway, that deploying it now to potentially help us deal with today’s uncertainties and worries “just makes good sense,” Dr. Weinshenker says.The medical mistakes that befell the 87-year-old mother of a North Carolina pharmacist should not happen to anyone, and my hope is that this column will keep you and your loved ones from experiencing similar, all-too-common mishaps.As the pharmacist, Kim H.

    DeRhodes of Charlotte, online doctor zanaflex N.C., recalled, it all began when her mother went to the emergency room two weeks after a fall because she had lingering pain in her back and buttocks. Told she had sciatica, the elderly woman was prescribed prednisone and a muscle relaxant. Three days later, she online doctor zanaflex became delirious, returned to the E.R., was admitted to the hospital, and was discharged two days later when her drug-induced delirium resolved.A few weeks later, stomach pain prompted a third trip to the E.R. And a prescription for an antibiotic and proton-pump inhibitor.

    Within a month, online doctor zanaflex she developed severe diarrhea lasting several days. Back to the E.R., and this time she was given a prescription for dicyclomine to relieve intestinal spasms, which triggered another bout of delirium and three more days in the hospital. She was discharged after lab tests and imaging studies online doctor zanaflex revealed nothing abnormal.“Review of my mother’s case highlights separate but associated problems. Likely misdiagnosis and inappropriate prescribing of medications,” Ms.

    DeRhodes wrote in JAMA Internal online doctor zanaflex Medicine. €œDiagnostic errors led to the use of prescription drugs that were not indicated and caused my mother further harm. The muscle relaxer and prednisone led to her first incidence of delirium online doctor zanaflex. Prednisone likely led to the gastrointestinal issues, and the antibiotic likely led to the diarrhea, which led to the prescribing of dicyclomine, which led to the second incidence of delirium.”The doctors who wrote the woman’s prescriptions apparently never consulted the Beers Criteria, a list created by the American Geriatrics Society of drugs often unsafe for the elderly.In short, Ms.

    DeRhodes’s mother was a victim of two online doctor zanaflex medical problems that are too often overlooked by examining doctors and unrecognized by families. The first is giving an 87-year-old medications known to be unsafe for the elderly. The second is a costly and often frightening medically induced condition called “a prescribing cascade” that starts with drug-induced side effects which are then viewed as a new ailment and treated with yet another drug or drugs that can cause still other side effects.I’d like to think that none of this would have happened if instead of going to the E.R. The older woman had seen her primary care doctor online doctor zanaflex.

    But experts told me that no matter where patients are treated, they are not immune to getting caught in a prescribing cascade. The problem also can happen to online doctor zanaflex people who self-treat with over-the-counter or herbal remedies. Nor is it limited to the elderly. Young people can also become victims of a prescribing cascade, online doctor zanaflex Ms.

    DeRhodes said.“Doctors are often taught to think of everything as a new problem,” Dr. Timothy Anderson, internist at Beth Israel Deaconess online doctor zanaflex Medical Center in Boston, said. €œThey have to start thinking about whether the patient is on medication and whether the medication is the problem.”“Doctors are very good at prescribing but not so good at deprescribing,” Ms. DeRhodes said online doctor zanaflex.

    €œAnd a lot of times patients are given a prescription without first trying something else.”A popular treatment for high blood pressure, which afflicts a huge proportion of older people, is a common precipitant of the prescribing cascade, Dr. Anderson said.He cited online doctor zanaflex a Canadian study of 41,000 older adults with hypertension who were prescribed drugs called calcium channel blockers. Within a year after treatment began, nearly one person in 10 was given a diuretic to treat leg swelling caused by the first drug. Many were inappropriately prescribed online doctor zanaflex a so-called loop diuretic that Dr.

    Anderson said can result in dehydration, kidney problems, lightheadedness and falls.Type 2 diabetes is another common condition in which medications are often improperly prescribed to treat drug-induced side effects, said Lisa M. McCarthy, doctor of pharmacy at online doctor zanaflex the University of Toronto who directed the Canadian study. Recognizing a side effect for what it is can be hampered when the effect doesn’t happen for weeks or even months after a drug is started. While patients taking opioids for pain may readily recognize constipation as a consequence, Dr.

    McCarthy said that over time, patients taking metformin for diabetes online doctor zanaflex can develop diarrhea and may self-treat with loperamide, which in turn can cause dizziness and confusion.Dr. Paula Rochon, geriatrician at Women’s College Hospital in Ontario, said patients taking a drug called a cholinesterase inhibitor to treat early dementia can develop urinary incontinence, which is then treated with another drug that can worsen the patient’s confusion.Complicating matters is the large number of drugs some people take. €œOlder adults frequently take many medications, with two-fifths taking online doctor zanaflex five or more,” Dr. Anderson wrote in JAMA Internal Medicine.

    In cases of polypharmacy, as this is called, it can be hard to determine online doctor zanaflex which, if any, of the drugs a person is taking is the cause of the current symptom.Dr. Rochon emphasized that a prescribing cascade can happen to anybody. She said, “Everyone online doctor zanaflex needs to consider the possibility every time a drug is prescribed.”Before accepting a prescription, she recommended that patients or their caregivers should ask the doctor a series of questions, starting with “Am I experiencing a symptom that could be a side effect of a drug I’m taking?. € Follow-up questions should include:Is this new drug being used to treat a side effect?.

    Is there a online doctor zanaflex safer drug available than the one I’m taking?. Could I take a lower dose of the prescribed drug?. Most important, online doctor zanaflex Dr. Rochon said, patients should ask “Do I need to take this drug at all?.

    €Patients and doctors alike often overlook online doctor zanaflex or resist alternatives to medication that may be more challenging to adopt than swallowing a pill. For example, among well-established nondrug remedies for hypertension are weight loss, increasing physical activity, consuming less salt and other sources of sodium, and eating more potassium-rich foods like bananas and cantaloupe.For some patients, frequent use of a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug sold over-the-counter, like ibuprofen or naproxen, is responsible for their elevated blood pressure.The risk of getting caught in a prescribing cascade is increased when patients are prescribed medications by more than one provider. It’s up to patients to be sure every doctor they consult is given an up-to-date list of every drug they take, online doctor zanaflex whether prescription or over-the-counter, as well as nondrug remedies and dietary supplements. Dr.

    Rochon recommended that patients maintain an up-to-date list of when and why they started every new drug, along with its dose and frequency, and show that list to the doctor as well..

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