The Vaccine Imperative

The tragic death of a local 17 year old boy reminds us that certain infections can be deadly and that vaccinating our children is life-saving. As pediatricians, we are spending more time convincing parents of the need to vaccinate their children.  In part, this is due to the effectiveness of vaccines in eliminating many life-threatening diseases.  No mother today has suffered with a … Continued

ADHD Medications and EKGs

In 2008 the American Heart Association released new guidelines concerning ADHD medications. It is now recommended that screening electrocardiograms (EKGs) be part of the work-up for all children taking stimulant medications for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD.) Children in the following categories should call our office to schedule an EKG: All children starting ADHD medications. … Continued

Who should receive a flu shot?

Current recommendations are: Children with chronic illnesses, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, cancer & their family All children 6 months to 18 years of age, with special emphasis on those under 5 years old. All family members of a baby age 0-24 months – so if you are expecting a baby between now and March, this means you! … Continued

Flumist Information

Flumist is an intranasal flu vaccine with similar efficacy as the traditional injectable flu vaccine.  It may be more effective than traditional flu vaccine in years when there is a “mismatch” (the actual flu strain in the community is slightly different than the one that was put into the vaccine.) While traditional flu vaccine is inactivated (contains no live virus), the Flumist … Continued