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NCPeds News Net -- August 2019

Monday, August 26, 2019  
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NCPeds News Net
August 2019


Back to School: Updates to Adolescent Vaccine Requirements

It's the end of August which means vacation season has ended, and kids are getting their backpacks ready to head back to school.

As families get ready for the school year, it's important that they add updating vaccination records to their lists of back to school preparedness.

It's important that parents check with their pediatricians prior to the school year to ensure all vaccinations and boosters are up-to-date for young children and adolescents.

For children aged 11 to 12, there are four recommended vaccines, some of which are required for school entry in North Carolina:

  • Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV4) which protects against some of the bacteria that cause meningococcal disease
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine which helps protect girls and boys from HPV infection and cancers caused by HPV
  • Tdap vaccine which protects against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough)
  • Influenza (flu) vaccine which protects against the flu even for "healthy" kids

In addition, all rising 12th graders will be required to receive a booster dose of the meningococcal vaccination to attend school beginning in August 2020.



2019 NCPeds Annual Meeting

Our Annual Meeting in Asheville was a great success! We thank everyone who joined us Aug. 16-18 at the Grove Park Inn.


Meet NCPeds' Leaders
John Rusher, MD, JD, FAAP
Past President

Breastfeeding Awareness Month
AAP Resources Available

Each year we honor a physician who has made exceptional contributions in her/his local community or statewide with the David T. Tayloe, Sr. Award for Outstanding Community Service.

This year we presented the award to NCPeds Past President John Rusher, MD, JD, FAAP, in honor of his tireless efforts on behalf of children and adolescents in North Carolina.

"It's a great honor to receive a community service award! I encourage all to work with their local community as they provide quality care to their pediatric patients, and parents, and I encourage all pediatric providers to join the community we call NCPeds as we strive to serve all of the children in NC and provide support to their caregivers," John said.

“John’s had a varied career balancing family and more than one career as a lawyer and pediatrician. He’s been a guardian-ad-litem for the vulnerable, a clinician, advocate, educator and public servant,” said Dr. Peter Morris who presented the award. “He’s also been a mentor to me and so many other students, colleagues and peers. I’m honored to say, I’m one of them.”

John served as NCPeds President from 2012-2014 and currently serves as Co-Chair of the Public Policy Committee for NCPeds alongside Dr. Theresa Flynn and as a member of the Development Committee. He was a key force in the development of the NCPeds Endowment* which is housed at the North Carolina Community Foundation.

"As a member of the Development Committee, I encourage all members of NCPeds to work to keep NCPeds strong now and into the future with a gift to the endowment fund through the NC Community Foundation," John said.

John is a former attorney turned physician, who is a partner at Raleigh Pediatric Associates. He has served as a Clinical Associate Professor in the General Pediatrics Department of the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill and currently serves on the North Carolina Medical Board.

He lives in Raleigh with his wife and serves as camp physician at the YMCA’s Camp Seagull each summer.

*For more information about the NCPeds Endowment, visit the website.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends nursing babies exclusively for the first six months of life, but many nursing mothers may be looking for additional help.

In honor of August as National Breastfeeding Month, we are offering some online resources for nursing mothers.

In addition, we'll have lactation rooms available at our upcoming Career Days in October.


Dates to Remember

Mark your calendars for these upcoming NCPeds events.

  • Career Day PL3, Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the DoubleTree Hotel Raleigh-Durham
  • Career Day PL3, Practice/Hospital Recruitment,Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at the DoubleTree Hotel Raleigh-Durham
  • Career Day PL2, Wednesday, October 16, 2019 at the DoubleTree Hotel Raleigh-Durham
  • 2020 Winter Open Forum, Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the Hilton in Greenville
  • 2020 Annual Meeting, Friday, August 14 - Sunday, August 16, 2020 at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham


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