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Posts for: December, 2016

December 22, 2016
Category: Motherhood

These are some interesting web links & news items:

A great meal goes beyond having all the right dishes. Cooking safely and knowing when to throw out leftovers is a must for any dining occasion.

Test your food safety knowledge by taking this quiz.

This is important information: Longer antibiotic treatment better for young children with ear infectionsResearchers examined 520 children ages 6 months to 23 months with acute middle ear infections and found that 16% of those who received the antibiotic amoxicillin-clavulanate for 10 days had treatment failure, compared with 34% of those who received the five-day regimen. The findings in The New England Journal of Medicine also showed worse symptoms among those who received the shorter regimen and similar rates of diarrhea and diaper rash between both groups.

A Family Media Use PlanThe AAP offers a new Family Media Use Plan interactive tool to help families create a personalized plan to manage their screen time and media use. Available at, this tool represents a core recommendation in the AAP's policy statements on media use for toddlers, children and teens. Please enjoy this tool to formulate your plan for electronic media exposure for your kids.

Have you booked your trip?

It's a great time to plan a trip. But whether you are visiting family and friends or taking a vacation, there are always health risks to keep in mind. That's why the CDC wants to make sure you stay healthy and Zika-free during your travels and once you return home.

Travel should be enjoyable and stress-free. Give yourself one less thing to worry about and sign up for Zika updates today. 


Text PLAN to 855-255-5606 




For more information on Zika and travel, visit






December 16, 2016
Category: Infectious Disease

Flu-like illness for Georgia is now moderate _ 6 on a scale of 1-10, and Flu geographic distribution is sporadic. There have been 0 confirmed influenza-associated deaths, but 39 influenza-associated hospitalizations in the eight county metro Atlanta area so far this season.

This time last year Georgia had an intensity of minimal, 3 on a scale of 1-10, and the Georgia geographical distribution was also sporadic.  There had been 0 confirmed influenza-associated deaths and only 24 influenza-associated hospitalizations in the eight county metro Atlanta area at that point in the season.

Flu is building up in Georgia at the present time. It is still NOT TOO LATE to get protective Flu vaccines. The worst of Winter lies ahead of us. There is no way to know when or if the Flu will hit with a fury or in multiple waves of illness before Spring returns.

I do have some flu vaccine left in stock. You are welcome to contact me if you wish a Flu shot in the next few weeks. If not from me, please consider your local pharmacy or minute clinic or county Public Health Department.

Children's HealthCare of Atlanta and some other Atlanta-area hospitals are seeing a rise of respiratory viruses and GI viruses, which are challenging already high inpaitent, ICU and Emergency department volumes. Children's reminds us that public support during this busy time is critical to our community's ability to provide high-quality care for all patients, most especially those whose needs are immediate health care.

Best regards,

Dr. T