Maine Medicine Weekly Update - 05/28/2021  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Congratulations 2021 UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine & Maine Track Program Graduates
•  Maine Congressman Jared Golden Part of Group Spearheading Medicare Expansion
•  Maine Health Alert Network Advisory: Myocarditis and Pericarditis following COVID Vaccination
•  ME DHHS Updates Pop-Up Clinic Eligibility & Application
•  Associated Press: COVID Fueled Eating Disorder Surge in Teens, Adults
•  U.S. CDC ACIP: Vaccine Recommendation Updates - 5/25/2021
•  American Academy of Physician Assistants Votes to Change Title: Physician Associate
•  Primary Care 2.0 Webinar Opportunities
•  Working with Children & Adolescents? Maine Pediatric & Behavioral Health Partnership (MPBHP) Webinar Series
•  Maine Community Action Partnership: CALL TO ACTION!
•  MMA Mary Cushman, MD Award for Humanitarian Service
•  A Message from Maine Responds: Volunteer Opportunity
•  Maine Medical Association Legislative Advocacy Update
•  MMA Legislative Calls Finished for the Session
•  Upcoming Specialty Society Meetings
•  AAP EQIPP Course: Immunizations - Strategies for Success (for RURAL Health Providers)
•  SUPPORT for ME Training and Technical Assistance Initiative
•  Maine AAP Educational Webinar Series - Last Session is June 1
•  A Trusted Source: Expanding COVID Vaccination in Maine Physician Practices
•  NAMI Maine June Workshop: Suicide Assessment & Management for Clinical Staff - June 8, 15, & 22
•  The Maine Concussion Management Initiative will be offering Free Level 1 and Level 2 training on June 18, 2021, via Zoom.
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Maine Health Alert Network Advisory: Myocarditis and Pericarditis following COVID Vaccination

On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, the Maine CDC Health Alert Network System (HAN) sent out an advisory on reported cases of Myocarditis/Pericarditis following COVID-19 vaccination.


On Wednesday, May 26, 2021, the Maine CDC Health Alert Network System (HAN) sent out an advisory on reported cases of Myocarditis/Pericarditis following COVID-19 vaccination. 

The reports appear to be rare, given the number of vaccine doses administered to date. U.S. CDC is investigating whether there is any causal association or an increase of such events relative to the background rates. 

Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle and pericarditis is the inflammation of the lining outside the heart. In both cases, the body's immune system causes an inflammation in response to an infection or some other trigger. While myocarditis can be serious, it is frequently mild and self-limited. Symptoms can include abnormal heart rhythms, shortness of breath, or chest pain. Myocarditis is often caused by a viral infection, but it can result from a reaction to a drug or as part of a more general inflammatory condition. Myocarditis itself not a notifiable condition in Maine. 

Maine CDC has received reports of cases of myocarditis occurring in Maine residents after receipt of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine. Since there is usually an increase in myocarditis at this time of year, it is not known if these cases are associated with receipt of the vaccine. Vaccination for COVID-19 remains strongly recommended. U.S. CDC will continue to evaluate reports of myocarditis/pericarditis occurring after COVID-19 vaccination and will share more information as it becomes available. 

All Maine CDC HAN advisories in PDF form can be found here, including a recent advisory concerning a report of Acute Hepatitis A Case in a Food Service Worker in Eastport.