COCA Digest: October 2, 2017

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COCA News and Announcements


October is American Pharmacists Month!

More Americans are taking prescription drugs than ever and the role of pharmacists in U.S. healthcare is quickly evolving. The opportunity for collaboration between public health and pharmacy to improve our nation's health has never been greater.

Join the CDC Pharmacists Workgroup during American Pharmacists Month to hear about CDC’s cross-cutting work in a broad range of public health issues relevant to pharmacy partners.

The program will provide the audience with discussion of CDC’s portfolio in key public health areas that involve current and potential collaborations with pharmacy partners, ideas for engagement collaboration, and access to CDC subject matter experts.

Learn about flu prevention, symptoms of the flu, and treatment options.

Upcoming COCA CALL

Topic: The Role of Healthcare Professionals in Protecting Older Adults against Influenza
Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Healthcare professionals (HCPs) play a critical role in protecting older adults (age 65 years and older) against influenza (flu). Despite concerted efforts to promote annual influenza vaccination in older adults, persistent knowledge gaps exist regarding the burden of disease and the risk of flu and related complications for this vulnerable population.

According to recent research, the phenomenon known as immunosenescence leaves older adults less responsive to standard influenza vaccines. HCPs play a critical role in strongly recommending and ensuring flu vaccination for older adults.

During this COCA Call, presenters will share easy-to-use education materials available to support HCPs in discussing flu prevention with older adult patients.

Mark your calendars for the "Pediatric Influenza" COCA Call coming up on Tuesday, November 7. The call announcement and webpage for this call will go out soon.

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Rescheduled COCA CALL

The COCA Call, "The Ecology of Emerging Zoonotic Diseases," originally scheduled for September 21, 2017 has been rescheduled for Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 2pm ET. The call announcement and webpage for this call will go out soon. Thank you for your interest!

Archived COCA conference calls are available here. Free continuing education (CME, CNE, ACPE, CEU, CECH, and AAVSB/RACE) is available for most calls. For more information about free CE, please go here.

CDC Emergency Response

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2017 Hurricane Response

If you're a healthcare professional helping at an emergency site, be sure to check out Safety Information for Health Care Professionals which has resources that will help you care for survivors. See Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event for tips you, as an emergency responder, can take to ensure you are able to do your job and cope with challenging situations.

For a collection of the most up-to-date, cleared information on the ongoing hurricane season, see CDC's Key Messages document available in English and Spanish.

2016 Zika Virus Response

CDC deactivated its emergency response for Zika virus (Zika) to transition efforts to normal program operations on September 29, 2017. On January 22, 2016, CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to the devastating effects of Zika virus infection during pregnancy. A team of experts from across the agency, called the Zika Coordination and Operations Transition Team (ZCOTT), will lead the transition from EOC activation to routine, long-term activities and will ensure timely coordination and collaboration on scientific, communication, and policy activities.

Deactivation does not mean that the threat of Zika has lessened in importance or that people are no longer at risk of infection. Zika continues to be a public health threat in the United States and internationally. Zika is still a risk for pregnant women, and the continental United States and Hawaii will continue to see some travel-related cases as travelers visit countries and territories with risk of Zika transmission. The possibility of local transmission in the continental United States and Hawaii still exists. CDC remains committed to protecting the health of Americans and will continue working to protect the nation from the threat of Zika.  

As a reminder, CDC recommends travelers to areas with a risk of Zika take steps to prevent Zika by preventing mosquito bites and sexual transmission of Zika during and after travel. CDC continues to recommend that pregnant women avoid travel to areas with risk of Zika.

For more information on Zika, visit

Seasonal Influenza

Recommend a flu vaccine to your patients

Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report: Flu View—2016-17 Influenza Season Week 38 ending September 23, 2017.
Flu View is a weekly influenza surveillance report prepared by CDC’s Influenza Division. All data are preliminary and may change as CDC receives more reports.

Information for Health Professionals
This pages listed offer public health and healthcare professionals key information about vaccination, infection control, prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of seasonal influenza. Information including recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the prevention and control of seasonal influenza for the 2017-18 influenza season and other resources are also included.

CDC's seasonal flu vaccination campaign materials are available to assist partners in communicating about the importance of vaccination. This digital toolkit includes details on events/activities, sample social media and newsletter content, graphics, web assets, and media prep material. This material is downloadable, shareable, and some of the material is customizable.

CDC News and Announcements

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Opioid News: CDC recently released the Rx Awareness campaign with messages and resources to help increase knowledge among Americans about the risks of prescription opioids. Providers, we need your support to raise #RxAwareness and help those at risk of addiction and prescription opioid overdose. Spread the word by joining CDC's thunderclap!

Public Health Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness and Response for Health Professionals
Find preparedness resources for health professionals.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Resources for Clinicians
Find online and in-person training resources.

CDC Science Clips: Volume 9, Issue: 38
Each week, select science clips are shared with the public health community to enhance awareness of emerging scientific knowledge. The focus is applied public health research and prevention science that has the capacity to improve health now.

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather


Natural Disasters and Severe Weather

Food and Water Needs: Preparing for a Disaster or Emergency

Health and Safety Concerns for All Disasters

Infectious, Vector-Borne, and Zoonotic Diseases

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One Health Concept: Did you know that 6 out of every 10 infectious diseases in humans are spread from animals?

The One Health concept recognizes that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment. CDC uses a One Health approach by working with physicians, veterinarians, ecologists, and many others to monitor and control public health threats and to learn about how diseases spread among people, animals, and the environment.

CDC has created different types of resources to increase awareness of One Health work to protect people from global and infectious disease threats. For more information, including recent Medscape Commentaries about infectious disease and One Health topics, please visit here.

Candida auris News: For healthcare personnel who are interested in learning more about Candida auris (C. auris), read the Q&A and CDC's Recommendations for Identification, Treatment, and Infection Control of Candida auris. Healthcare facilities or laboratories that suspect they have a patient with C. auris infection should contact state or local public health authorities and CDC ( immediately for assistance.

Food, Drug, and Device Safety

September 17, 2017: Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Urbana Infections Linked to Imported Maradol Papayas

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Urbana, Newport, Infantis, and Anatum infections. A list of the states and the number of cases in each can be found on the Case Count Map page.

This outbreak is one of four separate outbreaks currently under investigation that are linked to imported Maradol papayas from Mexico. Each outbreak is linked to papayas imported from a different farm in Mexico.

September 11, 2017: Multistate Outbreak of Human Campylobacter Infections Linked to Pet Store Puppies 

The Ohio Department of Health, several other states, CDC, and the United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) are investigating a multistate outbreak of human Campylobacter infections linked to puppies sold through Petland, a national pet store chain.

This outbreak includes 39 people with laboratory-confirmed Campylobacter infections or symptoms consistent with Campylobacter infection who live in 7 states (Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin). A list of the number of cases by state can be found on the Case Count Map page.

MedWatch: The FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program—(FDA)
MedWatch is your FDA gateway for clinically important safety information and reporting serious problems with human medical products. Reports of FDA and USDA Food Recalls, Alerts, Reporting, and Resources—(HHS/USDA/FDA/CDC/NIH) lists notices of recalls and alerts from both FDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Visitors to the site can report a problem or make inquiries.