Posts for: August, 2012
Yes! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that we start immunizing our patients as soon as we receive the vaccines, and our vaccines have arrived!
We usually start seeing influenza in our patients in early winter. The peak of the "flu season" is most often in February or March. However, two year ago we diagnosed lots of flu in October; last season there was almost no flu until March.
The bottom line: get your child immunized as soon as you can. It takes about two weeks to develop immunity and this will last for the entire flu season.
Visit the "What's New" area of our home page to learn how to arrange for a flu vaccine appointment at our office.
During our recent run of days over 100 degrees we have received many questions about the effect of heat on children and adolescents, especially young athletes. What is the difference between heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke? How much should parents and coaches be concerned when symptoms arise? What are the best ways to treat affected children? And most importantly, how can we prevent heat-related illness?
This brief article from the American Academy of Pediatrics' healthychildren.org gives you the tools you need to keep kids from getting too hot and to recognize and start treatment when they do.