COVID-19 Vaccination for Children 6 Months and Older

On June 18, the CDC announced its recommendation that children age 6 months and older should get a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The decision was made after analyzing substantial data from clinical trials involving thousands of children, confirming the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness for children in this age group. The CDC also advises that children age 5 and older who receive the Pfizer vaccine should get a booster at least 5 months after their second shot. As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country and summer travel begins, getting vaccinated is our best line of defense to protect all people, including children age 6 months and older, from getting severely ill with COVID-19.

In response to the new guidelines, the Public Health Communications Collaborative has updated their Talking Points and Toolkit on Children and COVID-19 Vaccination.  Follow the links for

Talking Points
PDF on Current Vaccine Recommendations for Children (English and Spanish), and sample social graphics (English and Spanish)
Current Vaccine Recommendations for Children (English)

Current Vaccine Recommendations for Children (Spanish)

Special Formula Information from the FDA

As the US begins stocking imported formulas, parents need to take care in formula preparation differences.   The FDA has issued this helpful infographic Tips for preparing imported infant formula (fda.gov). Remember, imported formula measurements are going to be in metric units. Caregivers need to read the preparation information as the measurements and instructions are different and water to formula ratios are different.

ADHS Director’s Blog on Formula
A new resource for families navigating the infant formula shortage

ADHS is offering resources at azhealth.gov/FormulaShortage to help connect with critical information, including a graphic showing potential alternatives for infants using various types of formula.
For parents and caregivers, there are answers to frequently asked questions, such as what to do if you normally buy a special formula such as one developed for premature babies and how to help a baby transition to a different formula.
The resource connects health care providers with the most updated guidance on formula alternatives and substitutes, as well as an FAQ specifically for families receiving nutrition assistance through the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.
With community organizations doing so much to help families and caregivers, we offer tips for where families can look for formula, where to donate unopened infant formula, and other common questions they may face.

Formula Shortages: Important Information and Resources From MCHB

The Department of Health & Human Services, Maternal and Child Health Bureau has released important information for Home Visitors to share with families impacted by the national infant formula shortage.  You can access the announcement here:
MCHB Announcement – Formula Shortage Information and Resources

In addition, MCHB has provided a series of resources for talking to families about this issue:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Announces Additional Steps to Address Infant Formula Shortage
AAP HealthyChildren.Org information
FDA News Release 5/10/2022
FDA Infant Safety Dos & Don’ts
FDA Powdered Infant Formula Recall: What to Know FDA Investigation of Cronobacter Infections
USDA WIC Flexibilities
USDA Infant Formula Safety
For Providers Only: Abbott Metabolic Formula Information & Product Order Form

 Count the Kicks

Count the Kicks is unveiling a white paper titled, “The Link Between Stillbirth & Maternal Mortality and Morbidity: Firsthand Accounts from American Women.” The paper examines the connection between stillbirth and maternal morbidity and mortality, the racial disparities that persist, and shares real-life examples of women whose own lives were saved by speaking up about a change in their baby’s movements as a red flag that something was going wrong in their pregnancies.  According to one study, more than 15% of maternal deaths within days of delivery occur in women who experienced a stillbirth. Research shows that the risk of severe maternal morbidity is more than four times higher among stillbirth deliveries compared with live births. By continuing to raise awareness we can save more families from enduring the heartbreaking loss of a family member. The study can be found on the Evidence page of the website.

SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES AFTER MATERNAL DEATH:
Second Monday of every month at 2:30pm ET/ 11:30 am PT
Postpartum Support International
This group is for those grieving the loss of a mother or birthing person, who died during pregnancy, birth or postpartum. We welcome those navigating maternal* death due to medical complications (medical bias, racism, pre-eclampsia, hemorrhage, HELLP, etc.) and due to perinatal mental health challenges (perinatal depression & anxiety, psychosis, suicide etc.).  Led by PSI-trained facilitators, this group helps bereaved families find support as well as provides useful information and resources to help them navigate the pain of their loss. Losing a loved one can be a lonely experience and this group helps provide an avenue for healing and hope.  Register today

 Return to In-Person Visit Guidelines

Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Women’s and Children’s Health has issued updated checklist and guidelines on October 5, 2021 for returning to in-person home visits.  New guidelines are available under the Resources tab for COVID-19.

 CDC’s How Right Now Campaign

CDC’s How Right Now campaign provides helpful tools for navigating conversations about the type of support someone with post-COVID conditions may need, but the techniques can be useful in supporting anyone affected by the pandemic.  The tools help you determine the most helpful steps you can take for others by first listening with compassion then asking questions about what they need.