This week, the FDA approved and the CDC has recommended the use of a new vaccine called Prevnar 13™ for healthy kids children age 2-59 months. The new shot prevents invasive pneumococcal disease from 13 different kinds of pneumonia germs. It also prevents many germs that cause middle ear infections and some kinds of meningitis. It’s also exciting that it now covers something called the 19A serotype, which is the fastest growing serotype for invasive pneumococcal disease, and particularly impacts Native American children. You can see more on the FDA website.
About the Director
Cara M. Christ, M.D., M.S. became Director for the Arizona Department of Health Services in May 2015. Dr. Christ has served the agency for more than nine years. Among her many accomplishments at ADHS, Dr. Christ collaborated with health partners and stakeholders to develop strategic plans for infectious disease prevention and control including the Governor’s Council on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response. She was involved in leading statewide efforts during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, and worked with partners to find solutions to improve childhood vaccination programs. In 2012, Dr. Christ managed the development and implementation of 20 Articles of Arizona Administrative Code for Health Care Institutions allowing integration of physical and behavioral health services statewide. Dr. Christ obtained her master's degree in microbiology with an emphasis in molecular virology and public health. She earned her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Follow the Director on Twitter @DrCaraChrist.
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