Information For Health Care Providers & Outbreak Information

Measles Update August 2016

ADHS Press Release – Measles outbreak ends August 8, 2016. Link here
ADHS updated measles website – Read More
Dr. Cara Christ’s measles blog – May 27, 2016  - Link here
Public Information office ADHS webpage – Link here
CDC updated measles website -Read More

Resources for Physicians and Providers:

  • Measles Sign – Think It Might Be Measles   English | Spanish
  • Measles Screening Tool Update 2_4_15 - click here
  • ADHS Measles Clinician Fact Sheet – click here
  • MCDPH Measles Clinician Fact Sheet 2_5_15 - click here
  • ADHS Measles Surveillance Toolkit for Providers – click here

Information to provide to your patients and the community:

  • Community information at Stop The Spread AZ – click here
  • All About Measles Fact Sheet for parents, families and the community (PDF) – English  |  Spanish

2016-2018 Influenza Resources
 - for more influenza information click here

ACIP votes down the use of LAIV for the 2016-2017 flu season – read the CDC news release here

Unofficial update (What we’ve heard):

  • There are no concerns about the safety of FluMist.
  • Some CDC data indicated it was only 3% efficacious against circulating H1N1 and perhaps one of the B strains.  (Could be interference from the added B strain, a change in last season’s H1N1 component or  previous season FluMist use hindered antibody production. The data needs further review)
  • ACIP has removed FluMist from VFC for 2016/2017 and is recommending exclusive use of the injectable vaccine for this season.
  • AstraZeneca presented different data and posted that their efficacy data and data from public health authorities in other countries shows that it is comparable to the injectable vaccine and the vaccine will continue to be available outside the US.
  • FluMist is approximately 8% of the total flu vaccine doses in the US, but those doses can account for up to 1/3 of orders in pediatric offices.
  • There are several injectable flu vaccines that can be used in place of FluMist, so the impact of the decision will be mostly in pediatric offices shuffling orders, workflow and counseling patients that prefer the needless vaccine.
  • We haven’t yet received guidance on the process for changing either private or VFC pre-booked orders, but the other flu manufacturers are reporting ample supply.


ADHS Influenza update – click here

CDC Influenza update – click here

Arizona Influenza update -Stop the Spread AZ

Resources for Physicians and Providers:

  • OB/GYN Tdap and Influenza Referral Letter Resource – download  Word Doc | PDF Doc


Pertussis Update from ADHS Office of Infectious Disease Services:
Pertussis in the U.S. – Read More

  • Arizona continues to monitor pertussis cases. For more AZ information click here.

Resources for Physicians and Providers:

  • OB/GYN Tdap and Influenza Referral Letter Resource – download  Word Doc | PDF Doc

 Arizona Partners Against Pertussis Campaign (APAP) –  In 2012 we had one infant death in Arizona. Arizona Partners Against Pertussis (APAP) was a statewide campaign created to work together to reduce pertussis exposure to patients. Our first big campaign in 2012-2013 resulted in over 2,000 healthcare workers pledging to keep their patients safe by immunizing themselves against pertussis. Our education grand rounds reached over 2,255 health care workers. If you are interested in more information regarding grand rounds please contact us. Your support of this initiative is crucial. All healthcare personnel and staff are asked to get immunized against pertussis to decrease the spread of this contagious, yet preventable disease. If you are interested in APAP education materials please contact

Zika Virus (pronounced Zee-Ku)

  • is a virus that is spread through mosquito bites – the same Aedes mosquitoes that can spread dengue and chikungunya.
  • is a risk to anyone traveling to a region of the world where Zika virus is found

Principle symptoms are:

  • fever
  • rash
  • joint pain
  • Conjunctivitis (red eyes)

Resources for Physicians and Providers:

Enterovirus D68

Information for health care providers about Enterovirus D68 – CDC link

Enterovirus D68 – map of the US  – click here

2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa
Up to date CDC Ebola information - Read More

The CDC also has wonderful resources for health care providers. Click this link to access their information.

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