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Dr. Karen Armitage MD

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Employment History


  • MD
  • Bachelor's of Science degree , Education
    Evangel University
  • Master's degree , Counseling Education & Counseling Psychology
    Western Michigan University
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Milbank Memorial Fund 2010 Acknowledgments, 10 Feb 2011 [cached]
Karen Armitage Chief Medical Officer New Mexico Department of Health
Karen Armitage, Chief ..., 12 Mar 2008 [cached]
Karen Armitage, Chief Medical Officer of the New Mexico Department of Health explained the situation with the vaccine this year.She said this year is what is called a "miss-match" year.
Each year, the U.S. Department of Health medical personnel along with personnel from the Centers for Disease Control use the best information they have to determine what stains of the flu virus will be active during the next flu season.She said this decision has to be reached well ahead of the flu season because it takes about eight months to make the vaccine.
Armitage said about 40 percent of the time, either the virus morphs or mutates, some different strain of the virus actually becomes the most active in the population.She said many "miss-match" years are not bad flu years so the miss-match goes almost unnoticed.This year was not one of those.
Although the department is still recommending people who have not been vaccinated get a flu shot, Armitage said the vaccine being used is the same one that has been available since fall.Although it is a miss-match year, she said people who have had the vaccine generally have a milder case of the flu than those who have not.
Armitage said people who have the flu should see their health care provider.She said there is a class of anti-viral medications available to physicians that can be used, especially in high-risk cases.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices announced last week that it recommends flu vaccination for all children six months to 18 years beginning in the 2008-2009 influenza season.Previously, CDC recommended flu vaccine for all children 6-59 months of age and for children who have medical conditions that may place them at higher risk for flu complications.
The new recommendation is intended to improve vaccination rates for all children and to help protect family members from contracting the flu.
Armitage said giving the vaccine to more children is thought to greatly reduce the incidents of flu in the grandparents and other older care givers.She said the child's young, active immune system offers some protection for older adults who may have less active immune systems.
The Department of Health has pre-ordered 70,000 doses of adult flu vaccine for next year's flu season.
Armitage suggested people ages 2-49 who are healthy might want to consider taking their vaccine in a nasal mist rather than an injection.Although this is more expensive, she said in "miss-match" years, the product is more effective.
Armitage said one of the reasons people are less likely to take the nasal mist is the reaction.
"People feel funny the next day.Their nose is congested and they say the mist made them sick.Actually, that is the healthy immune reaction when the mist reaches the nasal passages," said Armitage.
Karen Armitage is a ..., 16 April 2008 [cached]
Karen Armitage is a pediatrician and chief medical officer at the New Mexico Department of Health.
Leadership Santa Fe Guest Speakers 2008, 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
Dr. Karen Armitage | Chief Medical Officer, State of the New Mexico Public Health Department.
KAREN ARMITAGE, MD, FAAP is a Pediatrician and public health physician who has worked in New Mexico for 30 years, in Santa Fe for 25 years; is the Chief Medical Officer for the New Mexico Department of Health and the Medical advisor to the secretary of the department •Medical spokesperson for the department •Medically directs the quality of care delivered in department programs and services •Oversees the scientific laboratory and emergency response divisions of the dept.
Karen received her Bachelor's of Science degree in Education from Evangel University with a double minor in Social Sciences and Diagnostic Psychology. After graduation, Ms. Šneiders traveled to Taiwan where she lived and worked with students while learning the Chinese (Mandarin) language for four (4) years. Her three sons were born in Taiwan. Ms. Šneiders received her Master's degree from Western Michigan University in Counseling Education & Counseling Psychology.
Karen was involved in the lobbying effort and has been witness to the positive outcome of implementing the K-12 Comprehensive Guidance Program throughout school districts. No longer are the Counselors viewed as "Ancillary" but "Essential and Integral" for the success of all students. Ms. Šneiders holds a license as an LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) as well as her license as a registered Social Work Technician. She is a trained/certified Trauma Loss Consultant and utilizes her skills daily.
To keep the pipeline flowing, educators ..., 30 June 2008 [cached]
To keep the pipeline flowing, educators and health care groups are looking at a group of young recruits they hope will enter the work force, said Karen Armitage, chief medical officer at the Department of Health.
"The health care work force of tomorrow is, right now, in the fourth grade," she said.
Nursing care is too important, Armitage said.
"Nurses are the spinal core of the health care industry," Armitage said.
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