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Whales Tales Keeping MOBI Trainers Informed

Melanie Farkas - Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics, Director of Communications and Immunization Programs Kari Veraas, RN - MOBI Nurse Consultant

March 2014 Welcome to Whale’s Tales! Whale’s Tales is a periodic bulletin written for the MOBI Trainer. WT reports the pertinent information about statewide MOBI training activities, trainer experiences, challenges and immunization information that impact the MOBI trainer and program participant. Thank you to the many MOBI trainers for scheduling and/or presenting over 70 programs since this very wintery start of 2014!

Letter from Melanie Melanie Farkas joined the Ohio AAP staff in February 2014 as the Director of Communications and Immunization Programs. I’m very excited to be a part of Maximizing Office Based Immunizations. As the parent of two small children, I’m honored to be a part of a program that helps keep children healthy and safe around the state of Ohio. I met many of you at the March 21 Train-the-Trainer, have spoken with many on the phone and look forward to meeting others at the April 17 training. Thank you so much for the warm welcome! You may have already notice some changes happening with MOBI. We have converted to online forms, we have a new logo and we are in search of a new medical director. I understand all these changes at once can be stressful -especially with a program that many of you have been involved in for many years. Please feel free to call or email me with any questions as we work to improve the process of scheduling, conducting and following up with the trainings -- and make MOBI the most useful for physicians, nurses and families as possible! You can reach me at the Ohio AAP office at (614) 846-6258 or via email at Thank you!

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March 28, 2014 -- With now more than 100 cases of mumps reported in the Columbus area, the Ohio Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is urging physicians and parents to be vigilant in keeping their children’s vaccines up-to-date. Mumps is a systemic viral illness characterized by swelling of the salivary glands. In males, the virus also can cause orchitis and possibly sterility, although the latter is unusual. There are reports that many of the cases of the current outbreak, which began on a university campus, are in those who were vaccinated. Outbreaks of mumps are typically found to be associated with the initial case occurring in a person who is unimmunized or under-immunized. The more people who are not fully immunized, the more risk of a large outbreak. Children should receive an initial dose of MMR (measles-mumps-rubella) vaccine at 12-15 months of age and a second dose at 4-6 years of age. “The second dose is important to boost immunity as well as provide immunity to people who did not respond to the first dose of the vaccine — about 5% of people. A single dose of MMR is not sufficient to provide lasting immunity and is why the second dose is recommended,” said Robert W. Frenck, Jr., MD, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. To best prevent outbreaks, it is important to check the immunization status of people before they enter school and also before entering college. Those who are not fully immunized should receive the required number of vaccinations to bring the person up to date. News References: Mumps Fear is Spurring Innoculation: Ohio Mumps Outbreak Grows to 111 Cases:

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Training News Thank you to the over 100 trainers who attended the MOBI TTT Workshop in Columbus on March 21. The workshop was a success! 2014 is a big year for MOBI, with the program making some exciting changes that will benefit the trainer, the program, as well as the participating practices

MOBI TTT Workshop Reminder -- Thursday, April 17 Our annual Full Day MOBI Train-the-Trainer (TTT) workshop will take place on Thursday, April 17, 2014. The workshop will take place in the Ohio AAP Office at 94-A Northwoods Blvd., Worthington, Ohio 43233. All current trainers have been emailed registration materials and registration responses should be returned as soon as possible. The workshop will run from 10:00am-3:30 pm, with registration starting at 9:30am. This training workshop is intended for the NEW trainer and those unable to attend the March 21st training workshop. Trainers must attend a MOBI TTT workshop every year to order to be able to present the 2014 curriculum. Contact Melanie Farkas at or 614- 846-6258 with any questions. Link for TTT Workshop Registration: As a reminder, lunch will not be served. However, there are numerous restaurants in the area, for those wishing to venture out during the lunch break. This activity has been submitted to the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91) for approval to award contact hours. The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as an Approver of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

MOBI Materials Online All MOBI Materials are now easily accessed from the MOBI Website: The webpage has been redesigned so that each resource is now easy to find and even easier to download. Please note-the MOBI PowerPoint slides are password protected, when accessing them online. Please enter the password: MOBI (upper case).

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MOBI Online Forms MOBI is transitioning many of its components from paper forms to electronic web-based submission. The program planner, attendance form, trainer feedback form and one-month follow-up form are available online for trainers. During the MOBI TTT Workshop on March 21, trainers were given directions and guidance on the new online submission of MOBI forms. This material will also be reviewd on April 17 and Melanie will present a supplemental webinar with instructions at a later date. Please inform the MOBI office if you have any problems with the online forms, as we work to make this process easier and quicker!

Updated Resources Newly updated resource pack resource links can be found on MOBI website: These resources were released following our MOBI TTT Workshop printing deadline and therefore are not in the current resource packs for your upcoming presenstation. • Healthcare Personnel Vaccination Recommendations • Guide to Contraindications and Precautions to Commonly Used Vaccines • It’s Federal Law! Trainers are encouraged to print a copy of the updated resources to include in your upcoming MOBI presentations. Another option is to notify your MOBI audience of the recent updates during your program and provide the practice with the web link so they can download the updated resources. This is not mandatory, only a recommendation. Please visit the MOBI website ( throughout the year to find updated resources, that may have missed our print deadlines for inclusion into the MOBI resource packs.

News Splash From the CDC: The pediatric Multi-Vaccine VIS is being temporarily removed from service so it can be updated to reflect current ACIP recommendations. An updated edition should be available by mid -2014. In the meantime, please do not use the 11/16/12 edition of the Multi-Vaccine VIS. Instead, use the individual VIS when DTaP, Hib, Hepatitis B, Polio, PCV13 and/or Rotavirus vaccines are administered.

Contact: Melanie Farkas (614) 846-6258 Whales Tales - March 2014


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