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You have a lot going on- let Text4baby.org help you remember your upcoming appointments. Set up a text-based reminder for your doctor’s appointments for you or your baby.
As the perfect companion to the text messages, you can get more health and safety tips and access fun, interactive features, including:
How your baby is growing each week
Your progress and medical updates
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.
Pregnant Women Need Tdap Protection
As an adult you can catch whooping cough because the vaccine you received as a child may have worn off. Even if you had Whooping Cough when you were younger, the disease will not give you life-long protection. Whooping cough shots safely prevent the disease. You should get a pertussis booster shot (Tdap) with every pregnancy regardless of receiving a previous vaccine Tdap. By protecting yourself you protect your newborn baby too. Get more information here.
Special Alerts; What's Up with the Flu—October 30, 2014
Flu activity remains low at this time in the United States, however, one pediatric death has already been reported. This first reported death serves as a reminder of how important our preparation strategies are for this influenza season. Vaccination remains the most important step in protecting ourselves against influenza.
Everyone needs an influenza vaccine each year. It takes about two weeks after vaccination to develop antibodies for protection against influenza. Anyone who plans to visit or travel during this holiday season should get vaccinated now. Some physician practices have reported delays in receiving shipment of vaccine. Our supply should last into December.
Of note, flu is more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than in women who are not pregnant. Pediatricians play a crucial role in promoting vaccination to help keep women and their newborns healthy. Influenza vaccination is recommended in any trimester for all women who are pregnant or who plan to become pregnant during the influenza season.
The best treatment for the flu is prevention of flu in the first place.