RCP e-News October 2016

Flu Vaccine: 2016-2017 Guidelines for Nova Scotia Health Care Providers

The 2016-2017 Influenza Campaign has begun. As in past years, the National Advisory Committee on Immunizations strongly recommends trivalent or quadrivalent inactivated influenza vaccine for pregnant women; at any stage of pregnancy. Please discuss the benefits of the flu vaccine in pregnancy and offer it to all pregnant women. The vaccine is also safe for breastfeeding mothers.

The Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness has released the following documents to support this year’s Influenza Program:

  • Memo: Influenza Vaccination Program 2016-2017
  • Q & A: Influenza Vaccine Information
  • Several unbranded documents (4) available for printing for general use to support the influenza program

These documents are currently posted to the RCP website. Please circulate this information widely to your colleagues who care for pregnant women and new mothers. Also, when using Social Media forums to promote the influenza vaccine please use the common hash tag: “#GetTheShotNS”. Additional resources can also be found on the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and the Public Health Agency of Canada websites.

What’s New at RCP?

This summer RCP bid farewell to Annette Elliott Rose, Perinatal Nurse Consultant who joined RCP in September of 2003. We cannot thank Annette enough for her years of hard work and dedication. Annette has accepted a position with the First Nations Inuit Health Branch and all of us at RCP will miss her greatly but wish her all the best in her new role.

RCP would also like to welcome two new Perinatal Nurse Consultants; Leanne MacKeen who joined the Program in May and Heather Ezurike who started this month. Both of these nurses bring years of perinatal experience having worked in various roles thus far in their careers and we are thrilled to have them join the RCP clinical team.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the RCP office at rcp@iwk.nshealth.ca.

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