Dr. Hank Bernstein D.O.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued updated recommendations for the use of trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine and antiviral medications for the prevention and treatment of influenza in children. The AAP policy statement, “Recommendations for Prevention and Control of Influenza in Children, 2010-2011,” will be published in the October 2010 print issue of Pediatrics and released early online on August 30.
The AAP recommends annual trivalent seasonal influenza immunization for all children and adolescents 6 months of age and older. Special efforts should be made to immunize all family members, household contacts, and out-of-home care providers of children who are younger than 5 years; children with high-risk conditions (e.g., asthma, diabetes, or neurologic disorders); health care personnel; and pregnant women. These groups are most vulnerable to influenza-related complications.
Dr. Hank Bernstein M.D. a member of the Committee on Infectious Diseases (COID/Red Book Committee) of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), whose responsibility it is to develop and revise guidelines of the AAP for control of infectious diseases in children, comes on the show to discuss the AAP reccommendations on the new Flu vaccine.
Hank Bernstein is Professor of Pediatrics at Dartmouth Medical School and Children's Hospital at Dartmouth. He regularly shares his knowledge and expertise by educating the public through writing for academic and health information websites as well as regular participation in media interviews.
Dr. Bernstein is a member of the Committee on Infectious Diseases (COID/Red Book Committee) of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), whose responsibility it is to develop and revise guidelines of the AAP for control of infectious diseases in children. He also serves as the AAP Liaison to the Influenza Workgroup of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
He leads several national initiatives in medical education and clinical primary care research. His research focuses on issues important to the community-based practice of primary care, including immunization development, education, and delivery, health promotion, preventive health services, technology, medical education, and advocacy. Dr. Bernstein's clinical research studies have had significant impact on the practice of primary care pediatrics and national policy.
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