AMMENDED IMMUNIZATION REGULATIONS Children who attend a licensed child care center and preschoolers MUST receive annual influenza vaccinations AND a pneumoccocal vaccine. In addition, children born
after January 1, 1997 and enrolled in Grade 6 or transferring into a New Jersey school from another state or country will be required to receive a booster dose of the
Tdap diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine as well as one dose of a Menactra the meningoccocal vaccine
Albuterol Asthma Inhaler Change Your Asthma Inhaler Is Changing!
If you or your child are using an Albuterol metered dose inhaler (MDI), also called a “short-acting” or “rescue” inhaler, it is vital for you to know that you will need to
change very soon to a new kind of asthma inhaler. Soon all rescue inhalers will be changed to what are known as earth-friendly rescue inhalers. Until now, your albuterol inhaler may have used chlorofluorocarbons
(CFCs) to deliver the medicine into your lungs. CFCs are safe for you, but hurt the environment. They change the ozone layer in the earth's atmosphere, letting more
of the sun's harmful rays pass freely through it.So the United States is requiring all inhalers to change to hydrofluoroalkane (HFA), an earth-friendly alternative to CFC.
This change will help make the air better for everyone.HFA inhalers contain the same medicine and provide the same relief as your current CFC inhaler.It is important
to talk to your doctor as soon as possible about making a switch to an HFA albuterol asthma inhaler.
**For future updates and changes go to, www.schoolasthmaallergy.com
Health Help for New Jersey Families
Do you have a child under the age of 21 who you think or know has special needs? Here are some places to contact to start getting the help you need: Special Child
Health Services (SCHS)- 609-777-7778 or www.nj.gov/health/fhs/sch Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD)- 800-832-9173 or www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddd/index.html Medicaid Community Care Waiver Unit of Division of Developmental Disabilities, 609-987-2040 or www.state.nj.us/humanservices/dmahs/childrens.html Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund, 800-335-3863 or www.state.nj.us/humanservices/catill1.htm
FLU IMMUNIZATION UPDATE
The following are recommendations from the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. This comprehensive vaccination campaign is an effort to raise
awareness of influenza and to protect more of New Jersey's residents through immunization. In keeping with target populations established by Federal organizations
for 2007, the priority areas in this year's campagian include:
1. Increase vaccination rates among all health care professionals, as well as residents in institutional settings,
2. Children 6 months and months younger than 9 years who have not been previously vaccinated are recommended to be vaccinated with 2 doses of flu vaccine
(doses separated by 4-6 weeks),
3. Children 6 months and younger than 9 years who received only one dose in their first year should receive 2
doses the following year (doses separated by 4-6 weeks and single dose in subsequent years),
4. Increasing vaccination among children 6 months to 5 years, their household contacts and out of home caregivers,
5. Vaccinate any child 6 months to 18 years of age that has a chronic health condition,
6. Increase awareness among underserved populations.
7. Vaccination of pregnant woman and individuals who have chronic medical conditions.