Nevada State Immunization Program Announces National Award for Protecting Babies from Whooping Cough

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Nevada State Immunization Program Announces National Award for
Protecting Babies from Whooping Cough at Press Conference

What: The Nevada State Immunization Program (NSIP) will host a press conference to announce national recognition from the Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) for the Nevada Cocooning Program. The AIM Bull’s-Eye Award for Innovation and Excellence in Immunization is presented annually and recognizes immunization strategies that "hit their mark" achieving goals.

Why: Pertussis (whooping cough) is on the rise nationally, and in some states considered to be an epidemic. As states across the US develop strategies to help prevent the spread of this disease, especially among newborns, Nevada is in the spotlight for its work pioneering and implementing a national pertussis prevention model known as cocooning. Although any case of pertussis is alarming, Nevada’s pertussis incidence rate as of November 2012 is just 3.47/100,000 compared to the average national case incidence of 9.3/100,000. This is even more significant when compared to a high incidence of cases in many western states near Nevada including Utah, New Mexico, Oregon, Arizona and Idaho.

The Nevada Cocooning Program originated in Nevada at Renown Regional Medical Center in 2006 to protect newborns from pertussis and influenza. Since newborns have no protection from pertussis or influenza until they are fully immunized at 12-18 months, the concept of cocooning is to protect the infant by immunizing those who surround a baby—just like a caterpillar’s cocoon—including a baby’s immediate family and caregivers. The practice is now recommended by the CDC and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP).

Who: Erin Seward, MPH, Nevada State Immunization Program Manager;
Kathie Lloyd, MSN, RN, CNM, CNS, Nevada State Health Division Immunization Special Projects Manager and cocooning champion and co-creator;

When: Wednesday, December 5 at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Renown Regional Medical Center, 1155 Mill Street, Reno, Nev.
Children’s Healing Garden

Contact: Katie Nannini, Assistant Director, Immunize Nevada
(775) 870-4337;

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