June 29 2016 10:56 AM

PA AAP supports Pre-K for PA

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On May 16, 2016, in the State Capitol rotunda, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics released a new report - Making a Healthy Investment in Child Development: The Benefits of High-Quality Pre-K – that details the health-related benefits of high-quality pre-kindergarten programs. As the report illustrates, high-quality pre-k is a proven tool to help overcome some of the negative impacts many of Pennsylvania’s young children face, including those children at higher risk of academic failure due to economic circumstances or family social and emotional issues. Unfortunately, too many of Pennsylvania’s 3- and 4-year-olds lack access to high-quality pre-k, in part due to a lack of state investments in these programs.

In addition to releasing the report, pediatric residents from across PA met with state legislators to advocate for universal pre-K education for all Pennsylvania children to ensure that pediatrician voices are heard on this important issue. As our report notes, high-quality pre-k works, and PA AAP has encouraged our elected leaders in Harrisburg to increase state investments in high-quality pre-k by $90 million. The Pre K for PA Campaign, a broad coalition of organizations advocating for increased access to high-quality pre-kindergarten, is leading the fight to increase pre-k funding in Harrisburg. PA AAP is proud to be supporting the Pre K for PA Campaign.

On June 22, 2016 ACIP announced recommendations for the 2016-17 influenza season. Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the "nasal spray" flu vaccine, should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season. AAP endorsed those recommendations. On June 27, 2016, Dr. Remley (AAP CEO) offered further guidance to practices.


  • Read the ACIP and AAP statements and inform your staff
  • Pre-book extra injectables NOW
  • Cancel your intranasal orders NOW (also tell staff NOT to respond to confirmations on your pre-booked FluMist or you may be financially responsible)
  • For VFC orders: Find your order form that was already submitted, cross out FluMist, change your order numbers for the other injectable flu vaccines and re-fax your order form ASAP to VFC

Infant Safe Sleep

The goal of this project is to educate health care providers about the safe sleep message and stress the urgency of the message in specific high risk areas in Philadelphia where sleep related infant deaths are most likely to occur.

Program Director: Eileen Tyrala, MD
Senior Program Assistant: Iris Colon-Burchette
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Additional Info

  • Funded by CJ Foundation for SIDS and Cribs For Kids®

Next CME Licensure Cycle Ends: December 31, 2016

Websites you should visit

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center

PA School Immunization Requirements

Get Active! Find a park and have family fun outdoors: PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/

Eat Healthy!

Choosing Quality Child Care

The AAP is organized into state chapters and chapters are clustered into districts. Pennsylvania is in District III. To connect with your national AAP District III Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT) representatives:

AAP – Section on Medical Students, Residents and Fellowship Trainees
Medical Students: http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/Committees-Councils-Sections/Medical-Students/Pages/default.aspx