Updates

 

Monkeypox (August 2022)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), monkeypox disease is rare, but there is a growing outbreak throughout the world causing concern.

Learn more about monkeypox.
 

Patient Flu Shots

Below find important information regarding flu vaccines for patients.

Flu shots for patients at Main CampusHighlands Ranch and South Denver are available for patients with clinic appointments.

  • The CDC recommends universal vaccination for everyone over six months of age.

  • High-dose vaccine are intended for high-risk patients over 65. Patients over 65 will receive the high-dose vaccine with a prescription.

  • Flu shots are available for National Jewish Health patients, not the general public. At the discretion of the physician, family members of high-risk patients may also be vaccinated. We are unable to bill insurance for family members who are not National Jewish Health patients; they will be required to pay at the time of service.

  • We will continue to bill most patient insurances this year if scheduled for a physician appointment. For most patients who walk in for a flu shot without a physician appointment, the flu vaccination will continue to be self-pay. Consistent with prices in the community, we are billing $40 for the regular dose and $70 for the high dose. Patients without insurance coverage for flu shots will be required to pay at the time of service. CICP does not cover flu vaccine, and Medicaid requires patients to go to a designated location.

  • The Highlands Ranch location will offer flu shots on an appointment basis. The South Denver clinic will administer shots with scheduled provider appointments and on a drop-in basis. Northern Oncology and Western Oncology will administer vaccine during their regular clinic hours.

For information about the Colorado Immunization Information System (CIIS) and how to opt out, click here.
 

Recalls of Medical Products

Medical products can be recalled for a number of different reasons. It is important that you are aware of recalls for any equipment you may have. The best way to do this is to fill out and submit any equipment registration forms you get with the equipment so the manufacturer will have your contact information in their database.  You should also look for and review communications from the vendor who provided your equipment.  National Jewish Health does not provide medical equipment so we may not have the most up to date information on product recalls.  

If you have questions about the medical equipment that you have, please contact the vendor who provided your equipment.  You can also access recall information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website.  Below is a link to this site. 

Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts | FDA

 

Philips Respironics Sleep Masks (September 2022)

Philips Respironics is alerting users of certain CPAP or Bi-Level PAP therapy masks with magnetic headgear clips or straps that these devices should not be used by or near patients and their household members, caregivers and bed partners who have metallic implanted devices or metallic objects (such as metallic splinters) in the body. The magnetic headgear clips are used to attach the headgear straps to the masks, which is a method that is commonly used in the sleep therapy devices industry.

National Jewish Health does not currently supply these Philips Respironics masks. However, we do not know what mask you are using.  Please review this letter and if you have concerns, please contact your Durable Medical Equipment (DME) provider.

Read important recall information from Philips Respironics.
 

Philips Respironics (June 2021)

Philips Respironics announced a voluntary recall for Continuous and Non-Continuous Ventilators (certain CPAP, BiLevel PAP and Ventilator Devices) due to two issues related to the polyester-based polyurethane (PE-PUR) sound abatement foam used in these devices. For information on the Recall Notice, a complete list of impacted products, and potential health risks, visit philips.com/src-update.

View National Jewish Health correspondence to patients affected by the recall.