Provider Resources WA

11/23/22 Health Advisory: Pediatric respiratory illness increasing in Western Washington

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On Nov. 18, Washington State Department of Health (DOH) issued a high-level alert on a surge in respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) causing remarkable strain on pediatric emergency departments (EDs) and intensive care units (ICUs). This alert followed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Nov. 4 Health Alert Network (HAN) advisory on multiple viruses causing 11/23/22 Health Advisory: Pediatric respiratory illness increasing in Western Washington

11/10/22 Health Advisory: Increased Respiratory Virus Activity

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This increase in illness early in respiratory illness season highlights the importance of prompt vaccination and antiviral treatment. See Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) HAN alert. Multiple viruses are causing increased respiratory illness, especially among children, straining healthcare systems. Transmission of respiratory illnesses is increased in our communities. Schools report much higher absenteeism 11/10/22 Health Advisory: Increased Respiratory Virus Activity

11/1/22 Health Advisory: Updated bivalent COVID-19 boosters available to children 5 years or older

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup approved an age expansion for updated bivalent COVID-19 vaccine booster doses. The expansion allows children: 5–11 years old to get 1 booster dose of Pfizer pediatric updated bivalent COVID-19 vaccine. 6–17 years old to get 1 11/1/22 Health Advisory: Updated bivalent COVID-19 boosters available to children 5 years or older

09/14/22 Health Advisory: COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Providers

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FDA removed its authorization of current (monovalent) Moderna and Pfizer mRNA vaccines for use as booster doses in people 12 years or older. As of Aug. 31, you may no longer give current (monovalent) Moderna and Pfizer vaccines as booster doses to people 12 years or older. Reschedule existing booster dose appointments for people 12 years 09/14/22 Health Advisory: COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Providers

09/14/22 Health Advisory: Monkey Pox Information for Providers

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Monkeypox Monkeypox virus (MPV) is an ongoing health emergency. Whatcom County has 2 reported cases. The United States has over 21,000 reported cases. See our provider resources monkeypox page for prevention, testing and treatment guidance. Monkeypox is a notifiable condition. Call 360-778-6150 to report suspected or confirmed cases within 24 hours. Jynneos vaccine We have a limited 09/14/22 Health Advisory: Monkey Pox Information for Providers

08/26/22 Health Advisory: Monkeypox Update for Providers

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Requested actions Be aware, the first cases of monkeypox virus (MPV) in cisgender adult females and an adolescent under the age of 18 were reported in Washington State. Clinicians should suspect Monkeypox virus infection in any patient presenting with one or more lesions that suggest monkeypox infection, regardless of the patient’s age, social history, gender, 08/26/22 Health Advisory: Monkeypox Update for Providers

07/28/22 Health Advisory: Monkeypox Update

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We continue to monitor the monkeypox outbreak in Washington and the United States. Report possible monkeypox cases immediately upon suspicion, as Washington State Department of Health (DOH) requires. Call . We will help you complete an intake form and review exposure guidelines to evaluate close contacts. Monkeypox is rare and not often seen in the United States. It can cause a rash 07/28/22 Health Advisory: Monkeypox Update

07/18/22 Health Advisory: Updated Monkeypox Guidance

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Requested actions Washington currently has 53 reported cases of monkeypox, mostly in King County. Early cases were linked to travel but Public Health Seattle–King County announced last week the virus is likely spreading locally.  Monkeypox is rare and not often seen in the United States. It can cause a rash that looks like bumps, blisters 07/18/22 Health Advisory: Updated Monkeypox Guidance

06/24/22 Health Advisory: Updated Monkeypox Guidance

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Requested actions Immediately report suspected monkeypox cases to Whatcom County Health Department. Call the reporting line: 360-778-6150. Submit a suspect monkeypox intake form to help us determine whether to test for monkeypox. Be aware, recent confirmed cases of monkeypox in the United States differ from the classic monkeypox presentation of previous outbreaks. To date, all 06/24/22 Health Advisory: Updated Monkeypox Guidance

06/24/22 Health Advisory: COVID-19 Vaccine for Children as Young as 6 Months

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Be aware, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup concluded COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for children as young as 6 months. Available to children 6 months to 4 years old: Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, in a 3-dose primary series. Be sure to review dosage and vial labeling 06/24/22 Health Advisory: COVID-19 Vaccine for Children as Young as 6 Months