Happy Thanksgiving!

This year more than ever, FCAAP is grateful for the continued support of our members and community. Thank you for all you do to support Florida’s children.

Wishing you a safe, healthy, and very Happy Thanksgiving!

FCAAP offices will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal office hours will resume on Monday, November 30. 

FCAAP Releases November Updates to White Paper Regarding Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) today released updates to “FCAAP Recommendations Regarding Schools During the
COVID-19 Pandemic” – a white paper to assist Florida’s school superintendents as they operate schools in their districts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following updates have been made to the paper since the update of October 20, 2020:

  • Update on infection rate in Florida (Pages 2-3).
  • Recommendation 11 regarding sports (Pages 11-12).
  • Recommendation 13 regarding change in CDC definition of how to calculate 15 minutes of contact (page 12).
  • Recommendation that antigen tests NOT be used to screen for COVID-19, as a negative test is not helpful (page 12).

Click here to view the updated white paper.

Florida Pediatric Foundation Supports No Kid Hungry Florida for Giving Tuesday

Did you know that 1 in 4 children in the United States could face hunger this year because of the coronavirus?

Florida’s kids need us. Feeding America estimates that 22.7% of children in Florida under age 18 are living in households that experienced limited or uncertain availability of safe, nutritious food at some point during the year. When schools close due to the coronavirus, children lose the school meals they depend on. For some, it’s the only food they’ll receive in a given day.

Beginning on Giving Tuesday, the Florida Pediatric Foundation (FPF), the charitable foundation of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP), is raising funds to help No Kid Hungry Florida continue their work providing School Breakfast and Afterschool Meals to Florida’s kids in need. While meal equivalency varies during COVID-19 relief, our target goal of $2,500 has the potential to provide up to 25,000 meals. Learn more at NoKidHungry.org/OneDollar.

With your help, we can make a difference. Click here to make a donation of any size to No Kid Hungry Florida from December 1, 2020 through the end of the year, and together, we can help children in Florida have access to healthy food.

Thank you for helping us support Florida’s kids to be happy, safe, and healthy!

FCAAP President Dr. Lisa Gwynn Explains Why It’s Important to Keep Your Child’s Shots Up-to-Date

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it. Many families have done the right thing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus by wearing masks, practicing social distancing, washing hands more often, and staying home as much as possible, which has been effective in bringing infection rates down to lower rates. Unfortunately, as part of staying home, many parents have postponed doctor’s visits during the pandemic, and as a result, many of Florida’s children have fallen behind on their immunizations. While staying home keeps you and your children safe, routine check-ups – especially those where children get their shots – are essential for making sure your children are protected against vaccine preventable diseases throughout the pandemic and beyond.

Why are shots important? Vaccines protect our community and future generations by keeping diseases that we have eliminated from making a comeback. What most of us don’t realize is that before the turn of the century, diseases like whooping cough, measles, rubella and Haemophilus influenza — which is not the same as the flu — struck hundreds of thousands of American infants, children and adults, many of whom died as a result. Thousands of children were also stricken with polio and either died or became permanently paralyzed.

As vaccines were developed and became widely used, rates of these diseases declined. Because of this, many parents believe that their child is not at risk anymore. This couldn’t be further from the truth. While the likelihood of your child coming down with measles, polio, chicken pox or whooping cough might be quite low today, history tells us if we stop vaccinating, the diseases will return. Also, immunizations aren’t just for protecting ourselves, they help protect the people around us who may not be able to receive vaccines like newborns, cancer patients receiving chemotherapy, patients with compromised immune systems, and the elderly.

Whether your child is attending school in-person or not, or going back to daycare or staying home during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important now than ever to make sure your child’s immunizations are up-to-date to ensure they stay healthy and protect everyone around them.

If you are hesitant to bring your kids in for a well-visit, it may help to remember that doctors’ offices are doing everything they can to ensure your safety, including taking extra steps to ensure their offices are properly sanitized and creating appointment schedules that help keep sick patients and well patients separated to prevent exposure. Let’s protect our children from vaccine-preventable diseases and the flu. Contact your pediatrician to discuss your options and make an appointment today!

Lisa Gwynn, DO, MBA, FAAP
President, Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics

Help Schedule the 2021 #FCAAPwellness Series!

Thanks to the success of the inaugural #FCAAPwellness Series in September 2020, we are bringing this exclusive Member Benefit back for a series of #FCAAPwellness Wednesdays in May and September 2021! So we can find a time that works best for the majority of our Members and ensure as much participation as possible, please take a moment to complete the survey below to provide your feedback on the potential schedule options. Thank you!


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The Florida Pediatrician, Fall 2020

The Florida Pediatrician is a peer reviewed journal published quarterly by the Editorial Board of the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The journal includes scientific articles, case reports, legislative updates, and other information relevant to pediatricians, pediatric specialists, and pediatric allied health practitioners in Florida.

The Fall 2020 edition of The Florida Pediatrician is now available. Access the full edition here.



This edition includes:


Please enjoy the Fall 2020 edition of the Florida Pediatrician! Use the full screen presentation/reader mode for optimal viewing.

Download a printer-friendly version here.

View past editions of the Florida Pediatrician here.

FCAAP Releases October Updates to White Paper Regarding Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FCAAP) today released updates to “FCAAP Recommendations Regarding Schools During the
COVID-19 Pandemic”, a white paper to assist Florida’s school superintendents as they operate schools in their districts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following updates have been made to the paper since the update of September 11, 2020:

  • The paper has been renamed FCAAP Recommendations Regarding Schools During the Covid-19
    Pandemic since schools in Florida have now reopened.
  • Updates on tracking infection rates using number of infections per 100,000.
  • Recommendations regarding use of antibody testing, particularly related to wearing masks and
    length of immunity after COVID-19 infection.
  • Infectiousness in children.
  • Airborne infection.
  • COVID-19 lifespan on smooth surfaces.
  • Updates on masks, safe and unsafe and the importance of masks overall.
  • Updated Back to School Checklist.
  • Update on sports and COVID-19 infections.

Click here to view the updated white paper.

I #VoteKids social media contest

Election Day 2020 is Tuesday, November 3, and with so many children’s health issues at stake this election, there has never been a more important time to vote. Pediatricians are in a unique position to educate their patients and families about the importance of voting, and the resources available to do so. To help encourage colleagues and the public to “vote like our kids depend on it,” FCAAP has created a fun social media engagement contest to amplify AAP’s message to #VoteKids this November.

From now until Election Day, FCAAP Members are encouraged to share pictures or short video testimonials of why they plan to #VoteKids in November on social using the hashtag #VoteKids and tagging the Chapter @FloridaChapterofAAP on Facebook and @FloridaAAP on Twitter. Each week, a winner will be randomly selected to receive a prize for participating. To be included in the weekly drawing, you must use the hashtag #VoteKids and tag the Chapter in your post.

Want to do even more? Download and use this I #VoteKids Zoom background on your Zoom meetings leading up to the election!

Learn more about how you can #VoteKids in Election 2020 here.

Thank you for getting the message out to #VoteKids!

#VoteKids in Election 2020

Election Day 2020 is Tuesday, November 3. Voting is one of the main ways that citizens can affect policies and laws that govern access to essential resources like high-quality nutrition, education, housing, and health care. Pediatricians can help mobilize peers, patients, and parents to #VoteKids because the health of all children depends on us!

Many children’s health issues are at stake this election. Before you vote, ask your candidates where they stand on key child health issues, including:

Health Care Coverage
Health Care Access
Health Care Inequities
COVID-19 Global Health Pandemic
Immigrant Child Health
Gun Violence
Climate Change

To learn more on how children are affected by these issues, visit AAP’s Election 2020: Vote Kids resource page.

For Florida-specific voting information, including requesting a mail-in ballot, early voting, and finding a polling place, visit Vote.org.

Important Dates to Remember:
10/19 – 11/1:  Early voting; multiple sites 7 am – 7 pm
10/24:  Last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot
11/3:  Election Day; polls open 7am – 7 pm

Together, we can #SupportFLKids when we #VoteKids this November!

FPP2020 On-Demand

Miss this year’s virtual annual conference? Not to worry! All FCAAP members can view the sessions from this year’s conference and claim CME, CEU, and MOC Part 2 credits for free! Visit the FCAAP Members Only Website, then select the FPP2020 On-Demand tab under Member Benefits. Not a member? Join today or purchase the on-demand sessions here. View the full accreditation information here.