Following the failure of Florida leaders to pre-order COVID-19 vaccines for children younger than 5 years, the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) is working to find options for Florida families who want to protect their youngest children, while urging Gov. DeSantis to reconsider a decision that puts thousands of infants, toddlers, and young children in Florida at risk.
Following the release of new Florida Department of Health guidelines advising against the provision of gender-affirming healthcare for children, AHCA’s decision not to provide gender-affirming care to children and adolescents under Medicaid, and the state surgeon general’s request that the Florida Board of Medicine develop a standard of care for the treatment of all children with gender dysphoria, the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics today released the following statement urging caution and reconsideration.
Since 1965, the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics has recognized medical students who have shown outstanding ability and exemplary service within a Florida medical school’s pediatric department. Named in honor of the Chapter’s first president, the Luther W. Holloway Award is given annually to graduating students from Florida’s medical school pediatric departments. Congratulations to the 2022 recipients!
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH PROMOTES GENERATOR SAFETY AHEAD OF 2022 DISASTER PREPAREDNESS TAX HOLIDAY
On May 6, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 7071 authorizing a Disaster Preparedness Supplies Sales Tax Holiday from May 28 to June 10, 2022. This tax holiday includes portable generators and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors/alarms.
AAP Urges White House, Congress to Take Comprehensive, Urgent Action to Address Infant Formula Shortage
As the national shortage in infant formula continues, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) wrote two letters to federal officials urging immediate action at every level of government to increase the supply of safe infant formula in the United States.
CDC COCA CALL: CLINICAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ADENOVIRUS TESTING AND REPORTING OF CHILDREN WITH ACUTE HEPATITIS OF UNKNOWN ETIOLOGY
The CDC is investigating a cluster of children identified with hepatitis and adenovirus infection. CDC has recommended that U.S. clinicians who encounter pediatric patients with hepatitis of unknown etiology to consider adenovirus testing and to report such cases to state public health authorities and CDC.
In response to the ongoing shortage of baby formula, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics have issued recommendations to affected families.
The 2022-2024 FCAAP Board of Directors Call for Nominations is now open. Each year, leadership positions on the Chapter’s Board of Directors open for nomination and election.
The FCAAP E-Cigarette Task Force is happy to announce, “Facing the Fumes: Best Practices in Supporting Youth Vaping Cessation.” The free webinar, to be held May 23 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. ET via ZOOM, will provide pediatricians and pediatric practitioners with the latest information about the scourge of e-cigarette use among children and adolescents.
The Spring 2022 edition of The Florida Pediatrician is now available!