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  1. Reason To Get Vaccinated For The Flu

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    Many people know that it is advisable to get vaccinated before the onset of the flu season but they are not too sure about the exact reason to get vaccinated for the flu. Also, many people are not aware that even adults should get a flu shot.

    The CDC strongly advises people of all ages to get a flu vaccine. Here are just of the many reasons to get vaccinated for the flu.

    Giving your child the flu shot before the flu season starts is highly advisable so they remain protected against the deadly influenza disease. Call Pediatric Partners to know more about the reasons why you should get your child vaccinated for the flu. Schedule your appointment today to get your vaccinated for the flu.

    Influenza Is A Serious Disease

    Thousands of people get the flu every year during the flu season. Even though an influenza infection can affect different people differently, the fact remains that most people end up in the hospital because of complications related to the condition. In addition, tens of thousands of people die every year from flu-related causes. These unnecessarily large numbers can be brought down drastically with an annual seasonal flu vaccine.

    Getting Vaccinated Can Prevent The Condition From Spreading

    Flu is a contagious condition and those who are not vaccinated are highly susceptible to catching the virus. What’s more the virus is very easily spread by merely being in the proximity of someone who has the virus. By getting a flu shot, you build your immunity against the virus so you are less likely to catch the virus from anyone else. This also works to protect anyone else around you from getting the flu. The more people in the community that are vaccinated against the flu, the lesser the chances of it spreading through the community.

    School Going Children Will Not Miss School

    Children who have the flu have to miss school for several reasons. For one thing, this is a highly contagious disease. One child suffering from the flu can very quickly infect the entire class.

    Influenza is also very tiring. A child who has influenza will usually not have the energy to get out of bed and do anything for a long while. This could cause the child to lag behind their classmates and they would have to spend a long time trying to catch up.

    Best Time To Get Vaccinated

    Although vaccinations are offered right through the flu season, the best time to get vaccinated is as soon as the vaccine is made available. This is usually sometime around October. Getting the shot this early give you full protection against the virus right from the beginning of the season as it can take about 2 weeks after the shot for the antibodies to develop and become active.

  2. What are the Symptoms of Fifth Disease, and How Can You Protect Your Toddler?

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    Fifth disease developed its name when it was listed as number five on a list of six childhood illnesses that can cause a rash. It’s one of the most common illnesses that children of school-age can develop, but younger children can contract it too. Usually, cases of fifth disease increase in the winter and spring months, so it’s a good idea to check for symptoms around this time, and if you’re unsure, bring your toddler to see us at Pediatric Partners. We’ve put together a short guide to learn more about and help you identify the symptoms of Fifth Disease.

    What Causes Fifth Disease?

    A virus called Parvovirus B19 causes fifth disease. It’s an airborne virus that spreads when respiratory droplets from coughing and sneezing pass into the air. This means that it’s especially prevalent in elementary schools and pre-schools and can be contagious. It’s a virus that rarely has long-lasting side effects, and, once infected, the body tends to produce antibodies that prevent the virus in the future.

    Early Symptoms

    Some of the earliest symptoms of fifth disease are fairly common and similar to most mild viral infections. Toddlers may start to exhibit a low-grade fever, a headache, tiredness, a sore throat, a runny nose, or nausea. These early symptoms are very similar to a normal, cold-like illness and are quite general. The symptoms may pass within a few days, so it can be tricky to determine whether a toddler has fifth disease or not at this stage. While a toddler has these symptoms or fifth disease, it’s recommended that you keep them away from other children, as this is when the virus is most contagious.


    The rash that develops when a toddler has fifth disease is one of the most telling signs that your child has the illness. Older people can catch fifth disease and not suffer from rash-like symptoms; it tends to be children under 10 that develop a rash. The rash can occur straight away or it could take a few days to develop, after other symptoms have gone. The rash usually first appears on a toddler’s face, and they can develop bright-red cheeks, looking like they have a sunburn or reddened complexion. The rash can remain contained on the face for a few days, and then it will start to spread to a toddler’s arms, legs, and the trunk of their body. It’s unusual for the rash to spread to the soles of a toddler’s feet and the palms of their hands.

    While your child has a rash, it is recommended that you try to keep them away from certain stimulus such as sunlight, heat, and exercise, and try to prevent them from feeling stressed. The rash can last for around three weeks, but by this time it’s not a contagious virus anymore and it will eventually fade away.

    How to Prevent Fifth Disease

    There is no vaccine for fifth disease, and it’s difficult to stop the virus from spreading. Practicing good hygiene methods and teaching your toddlers to wash their hands frequently is a way of helping to reduce their chances of catching fifth disease. As it’s an airborne disease, keeping your child away from someone you know who has fifth disease is a good idea.


    For the majority of healthy children, the virus doesn’t require any treatment, since the symptoms of fifth disease usually fade over time as the body fights the virus. Doctors will be able to tell whether the rash is fifth disease almost immediately. However, if the early symptoms or the rash do not fade, then seek further medical attention. The same advice applies for joint pain and excessive itchiness where medication can be prescribed. It’s recommended that children get lots of rest and drink their fluids too.

    If you’re ever unsure about the symptoms your toddler has and you need professional, expert advice, then come in to see us at Pediatric Partners. We’ll do all we can to make sure your toddler stays happy and healthy.

  3. Essential Information About Flu Shots

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    The flu shot or flu vaccine can be administered to anyone right from the age of six months until death. Why would anybody want to take it? This vaccine helps to protect you from getting the influenza virus. This virus, more commonly known as the flu, has a number of variations and attacks children, adults and older people.

    At Pediatric Partners, our board certified staff always looks out for your child. We take care of your child’s medical needs right from birth to adolescence. Call Pediatric Partners to schedule your appointment today.

    Influenza can cause a lot of complications in children. If a child shows any signs of flu or flu like symptoms ranging from the common cold to a respiratory problem, it is best to take him or her to a doctor and we will tell you if and when your child can be given the vaccine.

    Best Time To Take The Flu Shot

    Since the flu vaccine is manufactured by private companies, this vaccine may not be available throughout the year. Since the shot should ideally be taken once a year, the best time to take the shot is a few weeks before the flu season starts. The flu season usually starts towards the end of the year so you should keep a look out for the vaccines before that. The immunization process would normally take a couple of weeks before the antibodies are at their optimum level in your child to fight against the flu.

    Frequency Of Vaccination

    The flu vaccine should be taken every year. The antibodies provided by the vaccine start to decline after some time so the vaccine should be given regularly in order to keep your child protected all the time. The flu shot is also improved every year based on new flu viruses that are discovered so if you want your child to be protected from these new viruses, a new shot should be given at regular intervals.

    Who Should Not Take The Flu Vaccine?

    The flu shot side effects are very few. However, there are a few cases in which this vaccine may react with your child.

    • An egg allergy: Since a lot of flu shots contain egg proteins, some children may react to these shots. However, this is very rarely a reason to not take the shot. These children simply need to be observed for a little longer after taking the vaccine and may have to wait at the doctor’s office for a little while longer.
    • Reaction to the shot: If your child has reacted to the flu vaccine before, chances are that something in the vaccine does not agree with their system and they may be told not to take the vaccine again. However, they could have just reacted to something not connected to the vaccine so the doctor will check your child before vaccinating them.


    The flu shot is important to protect a person from getting influenza. This shot can be given to children who are older than 6 months. The vaccine should be taken once a year before the flu season begins in order to give the person the best protection possible.

    If you feel like your child is a good candidate for the flu shot, come to Pediatric Partners before it is to late.

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