Immunization News – August 2020

Baker-Polito Administration Proclaims August Immunization Awareness Month

August 6, 2020 

CONTACT: Cynthia McReynolds, MCAAP (781-895-9850,

Baker-Polito Administration Proclaims August Immunization Awareness Month

Waltham, Massachusetts – August 1, 2020 – The Baker-Polito Administration has proclaimed August
2020 Immunization Awareness Month to remind Massachusetts’ citizens about the importance of
immunization at all ages.

Efforts to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, such as stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders, have
led to a decrease in routine preventive medical services, including immunizations. The resulting
dangerous decline in immunization during the pandemic has put children and communities at risk for
preventable diseases and outbreaks.

While signs of recovery from pandemic-related disruptions to routine vaccination have recently been
observed, ensuring immunization services are reinitiated and maintained is essential for protecting
individuals and communities. And with the 2020-2021 influenza season approaching, protecting
vulnerable populations and reducing burdens on the healthcare system through influenza vaccination
will be critical.

The Administration’s proclamation was praised by the Massachusetts Chapter, American Academy of
Pediatrics (MCAAP). MCAAP president, Lloyd Fisher, MD, FAAP, noted, “As pediatricians we have seen a
concerning decrease in immunization rates due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is critical that medical
providers and parents work together to ensure that all children receive all the recommended vaccines in
a timely manner. We are so pleased that the Baker-Polito administration has recognized through this
proclamation the importance of immunizations to the public health of the Commonwealth.”

MCAAP Immunization Initiative director, Sean Palfrey, MD, FAAP, added, “Immunizations are the safest
and most powerful way to protect Massachusetts children and adults from serious infectious diseases.
Especially at this moment in a worldwide pandemic it is essential to keep everyone in our state as
healthy and strong as possible.”

Now in its 26th year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched National
Immunization Awareness Month as an annual observance to raise awareness about the importance of
immunization at all ages. Massachusetts joins CDC and other states in protecting its citizens against
vaccine preventable diseases by supporting a strong and vital immunization program.

The MCAAP is a member organization of over 1,700 pediatricians committed to the attainment of
optimal physical, mental and social health for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. To this
end, the members of the Academy dedicate their efforts and resources.

MA Legislation – March 2019

MSNO Bills assigned to Committees for review

  • Return school nursing billed Medicaid funds directly back to School Health Services programming, including behavioral health assessment, case management, health education, social emotional learning and health support, and other related school health services. The House and Senate version language is the same; only the title is different.
  • Update the MA postural screening law to decrease the frequency of postural screening in public school from all students in grades 5-9 every year to all students in one of the following grades every year: 6, 7, 8 or 9. The House and Senate version language is the same.

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