CDC COCA Learn: June 1, 2018

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Recent COCA Call

Recommendations for the Use of Herpes Zoster Vaccines

Herpes zoster, also known as shingles, is a common viral disease with approximately one million cases occurring each year in the United States. In October 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a 2-dose, recombinant zoster vaccine ([RZV], Shingrix), for the prevention of herpes zoster in adults aged ≥50 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends RZV for use in immunocompetent adults age ≥50 years. During this COCA Call, clinicians discussed CDC recommendations for herpes zoster vaccines and the clinical guidelines for the new vaccine.

Archived COCA conference calls are available here. Free continuing education is available for most COCA calls. More information about free CE is available here.

Emergency Preparedness and Response Training Resources

    Emergency Preparedness and Response

    This page features scheduled and on-demand access information on emergency preparedness and response training resources that CDC, other federal agencies, and COCA partners offer.

    Radiation Emergencies: Information for Clinicians

    Emergency services physicians and nurses will be among the first clinicians to see and treat victims of radiation emergencies. Clinicians of all specialties will be responsible for providing care and information to those involved. This training provides access to information on patient management, guidelines and recommendations, and trainings that CDC provides for radiation emergencies.  

      Conference and Training Opportunities


      The Conference and Training Opportunities webpage has been updated to include conferences from June 2018–October 2018. Visit the webpage to learn about conferences that CDC, other federal agencies, and COCA partners sponsor.

      June COCA Partner Spotlight

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      COCA is pleased to feature the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) in our June COCA Partner Spotlight. 

      ASCP's mission is to provide excellence in education, certification, and advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists, and laboratory professionals. Partnerships with professional healthcare associations are vital to CDC’s ability to share information with clinicians about public health emergencies, CDC guidance, health alert messages, and training opportunities.

      Learn more about ASCP from their website and follow them on Facebook.

      Training Opportunities

      Healthcare System Readiness for Highly Pathogenic Infectious Diseases

      Date: June 12, 2018

      Time: 1:00 - 2:15 PM EDT

      As the world closely watches the current Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (ASPR TRACIE) and the National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC) will host a webinar on U.S. healthcare system readiness for highly pathogenic infectious diseases. Speakers will: provide an overview of the current situation in the DRC; describe the regional, tiered system established to manage patients suspected and known to be infected with EVD or other special pathogens; provide updates on current Ebola readiness and trends; reinforce the “Identify, Isolate, and Inform” response framework; and share best practices and lessons learned from previous experience.

      Mental Health Aspects of an Emergency Response

      Disasters can cause a wide range of mental health problems. Emergency responders, public health officials, and community leaders often need to consider mental health and spiritual care to help people cope. Learn more about the mental health aspects of emergency response. 

      Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS)

      This educational offering is to provide a recommended health monitoring and surveillance framework, referred to as the Emergency Responder Health Monitoring and Surveillance (ERHMS) system, which includes specific recommendations and tools for all phases of a response, including the pre-deployment, deployment, and post-deployment phases. 

      Tune in to Safe Healthcare: A CDC Webinar Series

      CDC, in collaboration with various clinical partners, presents the webinar series, Tune in to Safe Healthcare, which focuses on a variety of infection control and prevention topics. These webinars feature CDC and external experts and serve as a tool to educate healthcare providers on best practices to improve patient safety. Webinars are offered free of cost with an opportunity to earn continuing education.  

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      Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Testing and Resources

      Laboratory tests can help guide patient treatment, detect emerging threats, and prevent the spread of antibiotic resistance. CDC’s Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network (AR Lab Network) supports nationwide lab capacity to:

      • Rapidly detect antibiotic resistance in healthcare, food, and the community, and
      • Inform local responses to prevent spread and protect people.

      CDC Zoonoses & One Health Updates (ZOHU) Calls/Webinars

      Zoonoses & One Health Updates (ZOHU) Calls are one-hour monthly webinars that provide timely education on zoonotic and infectious diseases, One Health, and related health threats at the animal-human-ecosystem interface. Continuing Education is available for most calls/webinars.  

      CDC Grand Rounds

      Public Health Grand Rounds is a monthly webcast created to foster discussion on major public health issues.The Grand Rounds sessions also highlight how CDC and its partners are already addressing these challenges and discuss recommendations for future research and practice. Visit Grand Rounds On-Demand to browse previous presentations.


      CDC TRAIN provides access to more than 1,000 courses that CDC programs, grantees, and other funded partners have developed. Courses offered by CDC course providers have been approved and verified by CDC.

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      June’s New CDC Learning Connection Courses: Opioids, Nurses’ Shift Work, HIV PrEP, & Grant Writing

      • Hot Training Topic: Opioid overdose deaths continue to increase in the United States. Access opioid courses on TRAIN and learn about pain management, patient communication, naloxone, and more. 
      • It’s National Safety Month. Complete the “NIOSH Training for Nurses on Shift Work and Long Work Hours.” Learn personal behaviors and workplace strategies to reduce risks associated with shift work, long work hours, and related workplace fatigue. Free CE.
      • In honor of National HIV Testing Day (June 27), learn how to identify candidates for HIV preexposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and monitor patients taking medications with Advancing PrEP in Practice: Practical Strategies for Everyday Challenges.” Free CE.
      • Do you help secure funding for public health activities? Take “Planning for Financial Success,” a course from the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, and learn how to prepare a clear and concise grant proposal.
      • Sign up for our free monthly e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on similar public health learning opportunities from CDC, other federal agencies, and federally funded partners.

      Clinician's Corner Featuring Barbara Knust, DVM, MPH, DCAVPM


      Welcome to the Clinician’s Corner! Each month we feature a CDC clinician or a clinician who has collaborated with COCA or presented on a COCA call. This month, we’re featuring Dr. Barbara Knust.

      Dr. Knust has served as an epidemiologist in CDC’s Viral Special Pathogens Branch for 7 years, where she has managed the national surveillance system for Hantavirus, responded to clinical and public inquiries, developed educational materials, and assisted state and local health departments in investigations of hantavirus cases.

      During a 2016 COCA Call, Dr. Knust and colleagues from the University of New Mexico discussed the epidemiology, diagnosis, and clinical care of patients with hantavirus disease in the United States. Be sure to listen to the COCA Call, “Identification and Care of Patients with Hantavirus Disease,” and get free Continuing Education (CE) before they expire on July 30, 2018. Recently, Dr. Knust worked with the Viral Special Pathogens Branch to develop a webinar for clinicians titled, “Hantavirus Disease for Medical Providers," which provides an update to the 2016 COCA Call.

      Dr. Knust and her colleagues developed a guidance for veterinarians to help explain rat testing and safe handling methods as a result of a 2017 multistate outbreak of Seoul virus associated with pet rats that infected 17 people and found 31 infected ratteries in 11 states and in Canada.

      COCA Tip

      Download the free CDC Anticoagulation Manager (ACM) app!

      CDC recently released a free mobile app, the Anticoagulation Manager (ACM). ACM is intended to provide consolidated information for clinicians to access evidence-based, concise, and accurate medical information regarding prescribing anticoagulants.

      For more information, visit CDC’s Anticoagulation Manager webpage.