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Connecticut Leads the Country in Childhood Vaccine Coverage

In a nod to the commitment of Connecticut’s pediatric healthcare providers, Governor Ned Lamont celebrated our state’s top ranking in the U.S. for childhood vaccination. In a report released last week the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ranked states by vaccination coverage for two-year-olds born in 2017 and 2018. Connecticut achieved an estimated 80.2% coverage rate for recommended vaccines by age two, well above the national average of 70.5% and topping the New England average of 79.7%. Governor Lamont credited years of hard work and collaboration among public and private partners in protecting childhood health for the high performance.

 

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CDC Updates List of Conditions Associated with Higher COVID-19 Risk in Adults

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week updated the list of underlying medical conditions that put adults of any age at higher risk for severe COVID-19 based on the latest scientific evidence. The conditions are grouped by the level of evidence and will be updated as the science evolves. 

 

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AHRQ Seeks Evidence to Inform Review of Telehealth Use During Pandemic

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) seeks input through November 12 on a systematic review of telehealth use during COVID-19. Topics include the characteristics of patients and providers using telehealth and how they differ from before the pandemic; benefits and potential harms of telehealth use; successful telehealth strategies; and cost and reimbursement considerations. For more on the study by AHRQ’s evidence-based Practice Centers Program, click here.

 

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