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Posts for: June, 2019

By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
June 26, 2019
Category: Infectious Disease
Tags: immunizations   travel   cdc   measles   Travelers  

Most measles cases in the U.S. result from international travel. Make sure you and your loved ones are protected against measles before international travel.

https://www.cdc.gov/measles/plan-for-travel.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fmeasles%2Ftravelers.html


By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
June 26, 2019
Category: Safety
Tags: Guns   death   Storage   2nd Amendment   Second Amendment   unlocked   Asking   firearms  
June 21 is "Asking Saves Kids Day"

On June 21st pediatricians were promoting a national campaign from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Brady United entitled Asking Saves Kids. It's never too late to ask this question even after June 21.
This annual campaign encourages caregivers/parents to ask about the presence of unlocked firearms in the homes their children visit on the first day of summer.  On ASK day June 21st, all physicians and medical staff were encouraged to ask families about safe firearm storage in their homes.  ASK Day is important because 1/3 of all American homes with children have a gun in them, and roughly 40% of gun owning households store their guns unlocked. The CDC estimates nearly 2 million children live in a home with loaded, unlocked guns. As a result, every 30 minutes a child or teen dies or is injured by a gun. In the state of Georgia from 2010-2017, 452 children died from firearm injuries.
This should not be the cost of our 2nd Amendment privileges. 

Please ASK one question that can change your child’s life when your child plays in your home or over at someone's residence:  
Is there an unlocked gun where my child plays?

By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
June 18, 2019
Tags: travel   vacation   measles   Traveling  

Measles Cases and Outbreaks

 

Measles outbreaks in the United States are ongoing. For data as of June 13,

visit Measles Cases and Outbreaks.

Most measles cases in the U.S. are related to international travel. Make

sure you and your loved ones are protected before you travel internationally.

Visit Measles: For Travelers.

 

After international travel: Watch for measles

Measles is highly contagious and can spread to others through

coughing and sneezing. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it,

90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also

become infected. An infected person can spread measles to others 4 days

before the rash even develops.

Watch your health for 3 weeks after you return. Measles symptoms typically

include:

  • high fever (may spike to more than 104° F)
  • cough
  • runny nose (coryza)
  • red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • rash (3-5 days after symptoms begin)

If you or your child gets sick with a rash and fever, call your doctor. Be sure

to tell your doctor that you traveled abroad, and whether you have received

MMR vaccine.


By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
June 06, 2019
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

Today I listened to a one hour Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics about imminent guidelines for proof of receipt of immunization against Meningococcal Meningitis vaccine at age 16 hears on entry to the 11th grade in high school. Parents should expect to hear or have heard about this updated requirement. The school system has about 14 months to effect procedure to make this a reality by August of 2020.  

At the end of the medical presentation, Jamie Shanbaum, shared her personal story of Meningococcal illness when she was 20 years old in college in Texas. All parents should hear her experience in her own words. I hope to attach an MP3 file of her talk in the near future. Meanwhile her is her story on her web page, http://www.thejamiegroup.org/

The Meningococcal ACWY vaccine is offered at age 11 years and needs a booster at age 16 for protection against this rapidly invasive bacteria with serious debilitating or fatal consequences from illness that can occur in highschool and college. 

CDC Vaccine Information Sheets:

http://immunize.org/vis/meningococcal_acwy.pdf

http://immunize.org/vis/meningococcal_b.pdf