CEPAR: Leading Johns Hopkins in Preparedness and Response
Overseeing Institution-wide Planning and Response for Disasters and Public Health Threats
CEPAR oversees enterprise-wide planning and response to disasters or other emergencies that may effect the entire Johns Hopkins Medicine and Johns Hopkins University systems. The CEPAR director is Gabe Kelen, M.D. (right) and the executive director is Jim Scheulen, MBA (left).
Essential Current Information
The flu vaccine is one of the best ways to prevent the flu, and experts recommend that everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine every year. All Johns Hopkins employees, trainees, postdocs, medical students and faculty members with a primary appointment in the school of medicine who have direct patient care or work in a hospital building or patient care area are required to get an annual flu vaccination.
This season, however, there is an important change to the Johns Hopkins Medicine flu vaccination program: Johns Hopkins providers and physicians will not offer the live attenuated virus nasal spray vaccine to employees or patients at our vaccination clinics, outpatient pharmacies, hospitals or outpatient facilities. This decision is based on a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the nasal spray flu vaccine should not be used this season because of its low effectiveness in the past two flu seasons.
View information on Johns Hopkins’ flu campaign.
CEPAR’s Interim Zika Virus Travel Guidance
Zika virus is a major health concern worldwide. As such, the Johns Hopkins Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response has convened with Johns Hopkins institutional leaders and subject matter experts to issue interim travel guidance for faculty, staff, students and trainees.
Representatives of academic centers who wish to view a sample of CEPAR’s Zika virus interim travel guidance may click here.
Other Zika virus resources:
The Role of the Academic Medical Center When Disaster Hits
When a disaster hits, what is CEPAR’s protocol for determining whether or not sending a response team is appropriate? Read this article for more details about how a decision is made and what is and isn’t always helpful following a disaster.