Tag Archive: Influenza

  1. Immunizations are Important

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    Immunizations protect children from diseases that were once widespread and have saved thousands of lives. Vaccinations work by introducing weakened versions of viruses into the system. Although the virus injected is not strong enough to produce symptoms, it does trigger the release of antibodies which then protects the body from becoming susceptible to the virus in the future. The first vaccine was created by Dr. Edward Jenner and was made from a cowpox virus to protect humans against smallpox. The term vaccine is derived from the latin word vacca, which means cow.

    There are 16 preventable diseases that are vaccinated against during childhood. These diseases include hepatitis A and B, varicella (chicken pox), tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumococcal disease, polio, rotavirus, Haemophilus influenzae type b, and influenza. Many of these viruses are spread simply through coughing or sneezing, so it’s imperative to protect your child via vaccination.

    The Childhood Immunization Schedule is evaluated by experts each year, taking into account the most recent scientific data. Once set, the schedule is approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Center for Disease Control, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. Immunizations are scheduled to provide protection when infants and children need it most, while taking into account the immune system and when the body will best respond to the doses. Children receive their first vaccine within days of being born, with additional doses at two, four, six, 12, and 15 months. Boosters are recommended at ages four to six, and flu vaccines are administered every winter.

    Although vaccines have been instrumental in eradicating many diseases that were once life threatening, there are parents who remain skeptical and choose not to vaccinate their children. Those who oppose childhood immunization sometimes claim that certain diseases are no longer a threat, and vaccinations aren’t necessary. However, it must be taken into consideration that these diseases are no longer prevalent because of vaccines, not in spite of them.

    The benefits of vaccinating your child far outweigh the potential risks and common side effects. Contact Pediatric Partners to schedule your child’s well-child checkup or immunization visit, and make sure that your little one is protected!

  2. What Is A Sore Throat?

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    Sore Throat

    A viral infection is the most common cause of a sore throat. Different viruses like measles and influenza can affect the pharynx. Bacteria can also build up in this region and cause inflammation. While some bacteria can be extremely dangerous, sore throats are often harmless and they disappear after a few days without needing any medical attention. Look for a runny nose or a cough along with hoarseness in the voice. Gargling with salt water and lozenges can help soothe it. However, it is recommended to see a doctor if your child is suffering from any pain or discomfort because the doctor may prescribe anti-fungal medicines or pain relievers.

    What is Strep Throat?

    This is a disease caused by the Group A Beta-hemolytic Streptococcus bacteria and is most commonly found in children. While some may get only a mild infection, there are some who can catch a severe case of this infection. It can also be very contagious so it is important to look out for the common symptoms and get them treated immediately.

    Some of the common symptoms of this infection include high fever, a headache or vomiting. Some children may experience a rash or have spots on the back of their neck. Inflamed or swollen tonsils or flu symptoms are also common strep throat symptoms. Some of them may also experience congestion or pain in their lungs and find it difficult to breathe.

    Why Your Child Needs Medical Care

    If your child shows any symptoms that might indicate that he or she has an infection, it is a good idea to visit the doctor. A throat culture test is usually done in order to determine whether the child is suffering from anything severe. This test is a simple one and the throat is simply swabbed with a device which is then placed in a cup so that any growing infection can be spotted. If strep throat is caught early, the child can be treated with antibiotics and get cured within a few days and back to their normal routine. If it is not detected on time, a severe case of the infection could last up to 3 weeks.

    At Pediatric Partners, we take care of children right from babyhood until they get to adolescence. Every child is given special care and treatment in order to prevent medical problems as well as treat any infections or diseases. Call Pediatric Partners to schedule your appointment today.

  3. Why Your Child Needs The Flu Vaccine

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    The flu vaccine is given to children who are older than 6 months of age. Since the flu can be very dangerous for children, it is ideal to get them vaccinated before the season starts. Find out when the latest vaccine is available and schedule an appointment with the pediatrician as soon as possible so that you can start the vaccination process and get your child protected before the first outbreak begins.

    Risks of Influenza

    The most complex forms of influenza are often found in children who are below the age of 2. Kids who catch it at this young age can face a lot of complications and there are a lot of cases of hospitalization and even death that occur at this tender age. It has also been seen that most kids below the age of 5 are prone to catch various forms of this illness.

    Those who also suffer from other chronic health issues like asthma and diabetes are at a higher risk than others because it could cause different complications in the system. By ensuring that your child receives the flu vaccine every year, you will be reducing the risk of him or her catching any symptoms of flu and protecting them from a number of different illnesses.

    Types of  Flu Vaccines

    There are two commonly available types of flu vaccines.

    The trivalent vaccine will protect your child against three of the major flu viruses in the air. This consists of two influenza A type viruses and one influenza B type virus. The standard doses are made by different brands and they are each approved for different age groups.

    Quadrivalent vaccines provide protection from four of the major viruses – two of the influenza A type and two of the influenza B type. For the standard dose shot, there are certain brands that are approved for children who are over the age of 6 months while other brands are approved for those above 3 years of age. Intradermal doses and nasal sprays are also available for different age groups.

    When Your Child Should be Given the Flu Shot

    Your child needs to be protected during the flu season. It is advisable to get him or her vaccinated as soon as the latest ones are available before the fall starts. Ideally, set a vaccine schedule and aim to finish the vaccination process by October because outbreaks of flu often start towards the end of this month. Once the first flu shot is given, you will have to wait for a minimum of 28 days before you can have the second shot administered.  So if you are told that your kid needs two shots, plan accordingly so that you can get the process done as early as possible. Remember that you must get the second dose completed when necessary because he or she won’t be completely protected until both the doses are given. It will usually take about two weeks after the second dose before the protection begins.

    At Pediatric Partners, we provide high-quality treatment to keep your child healthy and happy while growing up. Our staff will ensure that you and your child are given the best treatment available. Call Pediatric Partners to schedule your appointment today.

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