Hello from Dr. T,
I hope you have had a wonderful summer and are looking forward to the start of school and the coming colors of autumn.
Priority Pediatrics News:
We are off to Portland, Oregon, to enjoy the wedding of our nephew. We leave this Thursday, 8/18/2016, and return in one week on 8/25. Although I will be out of town, I will return phone calls and reply to texts and emails except when in the air and when the bride comes down the aisle. My voice mail will announce my circumstances.
The influenza vaccine has arrived. Unfortunately the vaccine nasal spray, Flumist, is not being offered this year. It was only 3% effective last year and the experts do not yet know why. The flu shot is 60-70% effective and is recommended for everyone, 6 months of age and older. Influenza is a serious disease... Make sure your child is protected! Influenza (Flu) Vaccine (the Flu shot): What you need to know. What to do if your child has discomfort.
The best time to immunize against the flu is in September and October of every year. Children age 7 and older only need one vaccine. Under age 7 years, a child may need two shots one month apart if the child has never had a previous vaccine against the flu.
If you would like me to immunize your child(ren), please contact me by text or email to schedule the vaccine visit. I am happy to offer this vaccine to all healthy adults in your family and friends network after completing a Screening Checklist for Contraindications to Inactivated Injectable Influenza Vaccination.
Other News items:
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Find out what shots you need (adults & teenagers). If your child is under 7 years of age, find out what vaccines your child needs to be fully protected.
August is Kids Eat Right Month™. Enjoy these links to articles, videos and recipes that help support Kids Eat Right initiatives every August and all year long.