The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed a camper at an overnight camp passed away from a Neisseria Meningitidis infection.
The Health Department is directly involved and has contacted anyone who should receive prophylactic antibiotic due to increased risk from direct contact. The Health Department is very involved and we recommend following their recommendation.
The incubation period of meningitidis is three to four days, with a range of two to 10 days. People spread meningococcal bacteria to other people by sharing respiratory and throat secretions (saliva or spit). Generally, it takes close (for example, coughing or kissing) or lengthy contact to spread these bacteria. Fortunately, they are not as contagious as germs that cause the common cold or the flu. The bacteria does not survive long outside the human body, and cannot be spread from touching contaminated surfaces. Symptoms include fever, headache, neck stiffness, vomiting, lethargy.
The best advice is to get vaccinated. Children are routinely vaccinated against Neisseria Meningitidis at 11 and 16 years of age with New York State requiring vaccination for children entering 7th or 12th grade. Sleep away camp is not considered an indication for early vaccination, but early vaccination is allowed. Your pediatrician is a great source of vaccine information.
To understand more about the illness, please click on this link from the Center for Disease Control.
Welcome Dr. Karen!!
Dr. Lidoshore-Fuld was born and raised in Bayside, Queens. She now resides in Long Island with her husband Josh and their 2 wonderful daughters, Madeline and Hailey. Dr. Lidoshore-Fuld earned her Bachelor of Science with Honors in Biological Sciences at Cornell University. Following undergraduate school, she went on to receive her medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Lidoshore-Fuld then completed her Pediatrics Residency at Winthrop University Hospital. She went on to complete a Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship at New York University Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Regional Perinatal Center. Dr. Lidoshore-Fuld has worked as an attending in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Lenox Hill Hospital – Northwell Health and has served as the director of the Neonatal Developmental Follow-Up Program over the past 8 years. She was named Chief of the Well Baby Nursery in January of 2016. Dr. LidoshoreFuld is Pediatric Board Certified and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Lidoshore-Fuld has always had a strong interest in caring for newborns and in providing support for their families during a very special time in their lives. She is looking forward to bringing her neonatal experience to her new position as well as to expanding her role into the world of pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Dr. Lidoshore-Fuld is excited to work closely with the PHA team and to get to know the children and families of the practice.
Dr. David to Retire in August
Dr Cruvant, known by many as “Dr David”, is going to retire on August 1, 2017.
After 37 years in practice, he will be leaving Pediatric Health Associates where he has been for the last 5 years, and and will no longer practice Pediatrics.
Dr David wants to thank the many families who have allowed him to care for their family’s medical needs all these many years. He wishes everyone good health, joy, and success in the future.
CPR & Choking
Join Nurses Jackie and Sam for an overview of infant and child CPR, choking & first aid. Hand outs and Hands-on experience provided. Not for certification. $10 per person. Reservations a must!
Well care exams available through Sept 30, 2017. Use the portal now to request an appointment. The portal is always open!
PHA is now open Saturdays until 2PM. So come on down.
Pediatric Health Associates provides Long Island families with peace of mind – doctors you can trust and a pediatric office that understands your needs. Located near three major highways, we are easily accessible to many Nassau and Suffolk communities.