Monday, December 18, 2017

Online Registration for 2018 Annual Convention Extended

MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR 2017-007
DATE : December 12, 2017
TO : TO ALL ACCREDITED DEPARTMENT CHAIRS,  TRAINING OFFICERS AND CHAPTER PRESIDENTS
SUBJECT : EXTENSION OF THE ONLINE REGISTRATION AND OTHER MATTERS OF THE 2018 ANNUAL CONVENTION
FROM : DR. KARIN ESTEPA-GARCIA
                Executive Secretary
__________________________________________________________________________________________
Please be informed that the online registration for 2018 Annual Convention will be extended until January 15, 2018.
Be reminded also of the following:
1. For 2018 Awardees (CFP, DIPLOMATE, FELLOW, FELLOW-LIFE AND SENIOR MEMBER AND SPECIAL AWARDEES). Payment of conferment fees and other payables will be required before they can register online (exact date to start the online registration for awardees will be announce later) through our website www.thepafp.org.

2. On-site registration will start on February 28, 2018, Wednesday, at 8:00 AM.
3. Qualified voters for the convention are those who have paid their 2017 Membership Dues on or before December 31, 2017. All chapter membership dues remittances must be submitted up to January 5, 2018 only.
4. We are offering an advertisement space for your chapter/institution in our souvenir program.


For more details and inquiries, please visit our website at www.thepafp.org or call/ email our secretariat at the following nos. and email:
Telephone nos. 516 2900; 405 0140
Globe 0917 548 6550
Smart 0908 866 6124
Sun 0932 852 8743
Email: secretariat@thepafp.org


WHO on Dengvaxia Issue

Please read


WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION

Q&A on dengue vaccine
10 December 2017
We know there are still many concerns about the dengue vaccine, and we have received many questions following our post earlier this week. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions.
What exactly did WHO recommend with regard to introducing the dengue vaccine?
WHO published a position paper on the dengue vaccine in July 2016. It did not make a blanket recommendation to countries to introduce the dengue vaccine but rather recommended that countries consider the introduction of the dengue vaccine only in areas where epidemiological data indicate a high burden of disease.

The paper recommended a number of conditions that should be met by countries if they wanted to consider introducing the vaccine, as well as issues, benefits and risks that countries should think through when they decide whether or not to introduce the vaccine.

This position was based on the evidence and data that were available at that time. It was guided by advice from the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on immunization (SAGE), following their meeting and statement in mid-April 2016.

WHO position papers on vaccines are intended for use by public health officials and national immunization programme managers, to guide government decisions about introducing new vaccines. Position papers are updated when significant new data emerge or the epidemiological situation changes.
What were the ‘conditions’ WHO said countries should take into account in considering whether to introduce the dengue vaccine, and were these met in the Philippines when the dengue vaccine was introduced?
WHO said countries should consider the introduction of the dengue vaccine only in areas where epidemiological data indicate a high burden of disease (i.e. where at least 70% of people being considered for vaccination have already been infected with the dengue virus).

WHO also recommended that the vaccine should not be given to children below 9 years of age, and that people who do receive the vaccine should have three doses.

In the July 2016 position paper, WHO pointed to important knowledge gaps about the performance of the vaccine, in particular in people who had not been infected with dengue before receiving the vaccine. The paper acknowledged that in children 9 years of age or older, the data available at that time did not show evidence of enhanced risk of hospitalization or severe dengue in individuals previously uninfected by dengue, but it also noted in light of the limited data available, a theoretical increased risk in all age groups for hospitalization/severe dengue in people who had not been infected with dengue before receiving the vaccine could not be ruled out. Therefore, WHO requested the manufacturer to generate data on the longer-term benefits and risks of dengue vaccination in seronegative individuals.

Further, WHO’s position paper recommended that countries which want to introduce the dengue vaccine should have a comprehensive dengue control strategy, strong capacity in place to monitor and manage any adverse events following vaccination, and a dengue surveillance system able to detect and report hospitalized and severe dengue cases.

WHO acknowledged at a press conference with the Philippine Department of Health in mid-April 2016 that these conditions appeared to be met in the three regions in which the dengue vaccination effort was ongoing at that time.
What has changed since the dengue vaccine programme started in the Philippines?
On 30 November 2017, the manufacturer of the dengue vaccine released new data, based on a longer (6 years) follow-up and additional analysis of people who participated in clinical trials of the vaccine.

The manufacturer said the new data confirmed that the vaccine provides significant, durable protection from dengue for people who had already been infected with dengue prior to vaccination. However, the manufacturer also alerted that there is an increased risk of severe dengue and hospitalization several years after vaccination among people in all age groups who had not been exposed to dengue prior to vaccination.
What is WHO doing in light of this new information?
WHO is working with vaccine experts to assess the new information and implications for dengue vaccination programmes.

On 6 and 7 December 2017, WHO’s Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS) met at WHO Headquarters and reviewed the new data on the dengue vaccine. The committee’s findings are expected to be released in the coming week.

In view of the new data, WHO is seeking advice from SAGE to complement its dengue vaccine recommendations. We expect to release a further detailed Q&A on the use of the vaccine before the end of the year, as well as an update of the position paper in 2018.
How is WHO working with the Philippine Department of Health?
Through its country office in the Philippines, WHO is in close contact with the Department of Health (DOH), sharing information and supporting their strategic and operational response to the new information. WHO is also taking part in the DOH Task Force Steering Group on this issue.
What should I do if my child or I had the vaccine and start feeling unwell?
Anyone can get infected with dengue whether or not they have been vaccinated. WHO continues to advise anyone (vaccinated or not) who has signs of dengue—high fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pain, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands and/or rash—to seek medical care.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Christmas Party 2017

The PAFP Pangasinan Chapter will hold it's Christmas Party on December 7, 2017 at Matutina's Restaurant, de Venecia Extension, Dagupan City, at 6 p.m.

All members are invited to attend. Please come for a night of fun and camaraderie with nothing of the serious stuff. Lots of prizes will be given away. 

Kindly invite members in your area and please bring one gift for exchange. See you there!

Monday, November 20, 2017

How to Register Online for 2018 PAFP Annual Convention

I am calling to all PAFP Pangasinan Chapter members to please sign up in our website so that you can register online for the PAFP Annual Convention on March 1-3, 2018. Deadline of registration is on December 31, 2017. Pay only through Dragonpay.

Please follow the following procedure:

1. Go to the official website: www.thepafp.org

2. Click the Members Zone tab on the upper right corner of the website.

3. Log in screen will appear. Please click Sign up.

4. Fill up the form and wait within 24 hours for the activation.

5. A confirmation message will be automatically sent to your email address once your account has been activated.

6. Go back to the official website: www.thepafp.org.

7. Click the Members Zone tab.

8. Fill up PRC number and Password tabs.

9. Click Log in.

10. Click Register.

November Board Meeting

This month's Board Meeting was held at Kuya Max Restaurant at De Venecia Highway, Dagupan City. It was attended by 12 officers. We were able to discuss our plans up to the first quarter of 2018.


Thursday, November 02, 2017

ANNOUNCEMENTS

REGISTRATION FOR 2018 ANNUAL CONVENTION
        Deadline is December 31, 2017
        Members must log in or create an account to avail of member rate
        Please register online thru www.thepafp.org

PERMANENT RFID
        Send us your temporary RFID to get your permanent RFID
        You can leave them to us and also sign the authorization letter on November 16, 6PM, at Kuya Max Restaurant

2017 CHRISTMAS PARTY
        Date: December 7, 2017
        Time: 6:00 pm
        Venue: to follow
       

Friday, October 20, 2017

Board Meeting for the month of October

The PAFP Pangasinan Chapter held its monthly board meeting on October 19, 2017 at the PMS Building. Thirteen officers attended the meeting. A lot of things were decided upon.