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By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
February 01, 2019
Category: Infectious Disease
Tags: Influenza   Flu   immunizations   Vaccines   flu shot   update   Urgent Care   ER  

 

Note: 2018-19 Flu Season Update
As the flu season continues, please review these reminders and updates below:

  • It is not too late to get a flu shot if you have not received a flu immunization during the current flu season.
  • Receiving a flu vaccine every year offers the best available protection against flu and has been shown to reduce illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths in people of all ages. 
  • If you or someone in your family are diagnosed with a respiratory illness even though you've had a flu shot, flu test confirmed or not, the flu vaccine was effective, especially if they are  seen by a doctor and sent home with minimal treatment.
  • If you or someone in your family have flu-like symptoms that unless instructed by a physician to be given for other medical reasons, you should avoid aspirin and aspirin-containing products (such as Pepto- Bismol, Kaopectate and Alka-Seltzer, for example), which have been associated with rare but severe complications when taken by children and adolescents with flu.
  • If your child needs evaluation at a Children's Healthcare of Atlanta facility when your routine office is closed, it is better to seek care at Children’s urgent care locations as an alternative to the Emergency departments. Families can visit choa.org/locations for more specifics regarding the Urgent Care centers or use the Children’s app on their mobile phones to check wait times at the different locations.
  • Please visit these resources at choa.org/flu to learn more about influenza.

 

Dr. T

By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
November 27, 2018
Category: Treatments
Tags: Influenza   Flu   tips   colds   Free   Webinar   treatments  

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By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
November 06, 2018
Tags: Influenza   Flu   immunizations   Vaccines   death   Myths  

 

A child in Florida has become the first person to die of the flu this season, according to state health officials. State epidemiologists say the child had not been vaccinated and was otherwise healthy before getting sick with the flu.

The child, who tested positive for influenza B, died sometime during the week of Sept. 30, although privacy concerns prevent officials from saying exactly where, CBS affiliate WTSP reports.

Last flu season, 183 children in the U.S. died from flu or flu-related causes. That's the most since the CDC began keeping these records in 2004. Overall, an estimated 80,000 Americans died from flu last season.

CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula says this latest news should be a wake-up call to parents to get their children vaccinated. 

"What this is a strong clear message to parents about the importance of vaccination," she told "CBS This Morning." "This vaccine is safe. It is the most effective tool we have. And we know of the pediatric deaths last year, 80 percent were in kids who were unvaccinated."

8 common myths about cold and flu debunked

A new survey suggests that many children may not be getting the potentially life-saving flu shot because of their parents' misconceptions about the safety and importance of vaccines.

The survey by Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital found:

More than half of parents think that their child can get the flu from the flu shot.30 percentof parents feel flu vaccines are a conspiracy.28 percentof parents believe flu vaccines can cause autism.

"None of these things are true. It's important that we deal with the science and the facts," Narula said.

The CDC recommends everyone age 6 months and older get vaccinated against the fluevery year.

"Officials have said it's like wearing a seat belt," Narula said. "This is really a no-brainer for parents."

By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
August 23, 2018
Tags: Cough   Influenza   immunizations   Vaccines   DTaP   Tdap   Pertussis   Whooping Cough   DTP  

Whooping Cough, Claimed the Life of a San Bernardino County Infant

 

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced [Tue 17 Jul 2018] pertussis, better known as whooping cough, claimed the life of a San Bernardino county infant. This is the 1st confirmed infant death from the disease since 2016, when 2 deaths occurred.

 

"This baby's death is a tragedy for the family and for California as a community, as this is a preventable disease," said Dr Karen Smith, CDPH director and state public health officer. "This serves as a grim reminder that whooping cough is always present in our communities, and immunizations are the 1st line of defense."


What whooping Cough looks and sounds like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIV460AQUWk

 

Akron's Children's Hospital Video about Pertussis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QWdEwjBEBw

 

Each year, 50-200 California infants are hospitalized with pertussis. CDPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that expectant mothers receive the whooping cough booster shot (also called Tdap, or tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis vaccine) at the earliest opportunity between 27 and 36 weeks of every pregnancy, even if previously immunized. Getting immunized during pregnancy boosts a mother's immunity and passes on protective antibodies directly to their babies before birth. This helps protect newborns until they are old enough to begin receiving their own whooping cough immunizations at 6 to 8 weeks of age.

 

"No baby should have to be hospitalized due to a vaccine-preventable disease, and certainly no baby should die," said Dr Smith. "To give babies the best protection, I urge all pregnant women to get vaccinated against whooping cough as early as possible during the 3rd trimester of every pregnancy."

 

To avoid the spread of whooping cough, CDPH also recommends that:

- parents immunize their babies against whooping cough as soon as possible. The 1st dose is recommended at 2 months of age, but can be given as early as 6 weeks of age;

- California 7th grade students [should] receive the whooping cough booster, Tdap;

- adults should receive a whooping cough booster once in their lives.

 

 

Dominican Republic

Source: Hoy Digital [in Spanish, machine trans, edited

Two children under 2 [years of age] died in the last week at the Robert Reid Cabral Children's Hospital because of whooping cough, a contagious and vaccine-preventable disease. The dead are a girl aged 15 months from the community of Cambita, San Cristóbal and another one of 3 months, who lived in La Romana.

 

Also, another 28 children have been admitted with this disease, which calls the attention of the pediatricians of the hospital, since the vaccine that immunizes is included in the Expanded Program of Immunizations (PAI).

 

The official website of the Ministry of Health, in the epidemiology component, defines pertussis as an endemic respiratory disease that commonly affects children under the age of 5, with infants under 6 months of age at the highest risk of complications, but also it can affect teenagers and adults. The use of the vaccination scheme with DPT [diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus] or pentavalent [diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, and _Haemophilus influenzae_ type b (Hib)] is the main prevention measure, while pertussis outbreaks tend to occur every 3 to 4 years, according to official information.

 

So far this year [2018], 29 probable cases of whooping cough have been reported, 7 in the last 4 epidemiological weeks. As many as 9 out of 10 cases correspond to children under 1 year of age. Santo Domingo Norte and Santiago are the demarcations that register the highest number of cases.

 

Faced with this situation, the Ministry of Health instructed the provincial directorates and corresponding health areas to ensure adequate research and response to preventable diseases.

 

 

Dr. T comments:

For every case of reported Whooping Cough, 100 cases go unreported and unrecognized. Teens and adults are usually not as sick as children under age one year, but they are highly contagious. Whooping Cough is called the 100 day cough. Sometimes the cough is so bad, that one can break a rib or two. Women who are pregnant are antibody factories. That is why pregnant women are encouraged to have the Tdap vaccine shot every pregnancy in their last trimester even if they have had it before. The antibodies against Pertussis that they produce because of the Tdap vaccine passes through the placenta to their babies offering them some protection until their babies are old enough to receive immunizations to stimulate their own immune systems to produce their own protective antibodies. 

 

The same reasoning applies to pregnant women getting the influenza shot in their last trimester as well. Babies can not get a flu shot until they are six months old. So in addition to the gift of life, mothers who get the flu shot (in season) and a Tdap also give the gifts of antibody protection to their newborn infants. Not a bad way to start a healthy life!

 

The Wrong way to Cover Your Mouth when coughing!

 

If a person has had the disease, Whooping Cough, this disease does not convey life-long immunity as many other illnesses do. Appropriate immunizations against Whooping Cough also do not convey life-long immunity to the disease. All teens and adults should have at least one Tdap vaccine. Right now there is no recommendation for adults to have Tdap booster, however we know that Whooping Cough antibody protection from a Tdap only lasts 3-5 years. Even though we depend on a mother's Tdap antibodies passing through the placenta to protect her baby, even though it is not Public health Policy, it still seems wise to me that all adults who are going to be around a newborn in the baby's first year of life should have a current Tdap "booster" if it has been more than 3 or 4 years since the adult's last Tdap. Perhaps National Policy will eventually change to this recommendation. Don't know! But I do know that Pertussis antibodies from a Tdap only last 3-5 years and then are gone.

 

All forms of Whooping Cough immunizations are effective and safe and can be given with any other vaccine that is needed, e.g. influenza vaccine, etc. As a community we depend on each other for many things. This includes protection from serious disease. We expect restaurant employees to wash hands before they leave the restroom. We expect each other to not drink and drive, to not text and drive, to cover our face appropriately when we cough. Similarly, we should expect each other to get safe and effective immunizations to protect each other, our children and our families from preventable contafious disease. 

 

Ask your doctors about your current immunizations status and that of your children. If you've not had a Tdap, get one. If you've not had a flu shot, plan to get one. The flu shot is now so purified, that even people with egg allergy can get one. September and October are perfect months for a flu shot. The flu shot is preferred this year, 2018, over the nasal spray influenza vaccine. 

 
By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
June 11, 2018
Category: Infectious Disease
Tags: Influenza   Flu   flu shot   vaccine   immunization   death   epidemic  

 

This Year’s Flu Season Killed Record Number Of Children.

The Washington Post (6/8) said a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report indicates that the flu “killed 172 children between October and May, making this season one of the deadliest since federal health authorities began tracking pediatric deaths 14 years ago.” The new figure “exceeds the 171 child deaths reported for 2012-2013, the previous record for a regular season,” according to the Post, which added, “Only the 2009 swine flu pandemic, which killed 358 children, was worse.” Daniel Jernigan, head of the CDC’s influenza division, explained that the number of deaths “is a record number since we’ve been keeping track, outside of the pandemic” and is considered to be an undercount because it only includes cases confirmed by laboratories listed on death certificates and reported to the CDC.

        The AP (6/8) reported, “The past flu season wasn’t a pandemic, but it was long – 19 weeks” – and “also was unusually intense, with high levels of illness reported in nearly every state for weeks on end.

        Newsweek (6/8) reported that according to the CDC, “About 80 percent of the fatalities were among children who hadn’t been vaccinated.”

 

Let's all hope the flu vaccine picked for next epidemic season will be right on and effective.

Dr.  T