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Changed Recommendations for Influenza Vaccines for the 2016-2017 Season

The nasal spray influenza vaccine (live attenuated influenza vaccine or “Flumist”) has been effective in the past, but the CDC has continued surveillance and found that the nasal spray has not been as effective as the injectable influenza vaccine in recent years.  The CDC has consequently recommended that the nasal spray NOT be used in the 2016-2017 influenza season.  Our office will therefore only have the injectable influenza vaccine this season.  Please see the CDC website for more information.
 
Please stay tuned for additional information and an update when we will start scheduling flu shots for the upcoming season, which usually begins in August or September.   We will also again be scheduling weekend flu clinics this fall.  Thank you.

Check out the latest Sun and Water Safety Tips from the AAP!

Review the latest Sun and Water Safety Tips for children from the American Academy of Pediatrics!

 

Dr. Cynthia Bright to reduce patient hours starting January 1, 2017

Click below to view Dr. Bright’s letter to Clay patients about reducing her hours.

Dr. Bright letter to patients

New NYS Requirements for Meningococcal Vaccination

Beginning in September 2016, all public, private and parochial students entering 7th  and 12th grade in New York State must be vaccinated against Meningococcal Disease.  This bacterial infection is uncommon (largely due to vaccination) but can result in severe illness, meningitis and death.. The complete adolescent meningococcal vaccine series includes a first dose at 11 or 12 years of age and a booster dose on or after the 16th birthday.

At Pediatric Associates, we have been vaccinating our patients against Meningococcal disease according to the recommended schedule for many years.  When your adolescent comes in for their well child visit this year, we will make sure that he or she is up to date on this vaccine and will provide documentation for your school on their physical form.

For more information go to the  CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/mening/default.htm

 

Flu Season Has Begun, Severe Flu Illness Has Been Reported

The CDC, which monitors the incidence of influenza disease, has sent out a “Health Advisory” noting a significant increase in flu cases across the country.  Severe illness resulting in intensive care treatment and sometimes death has been noted in young to middle-aged adults.  Children with flu often transmit the virus to adults and young infants.  It is not too late to vaccinate your child. The recommendation for vaccination for all people >6months remains the same. Thus far, most of the flu viruses identified in the United States match those in the vaccine.

For more information, go to cdc.gov/flu

Reminder about our Holiday hours

Thursday, December 24, we will close at 12:00 noon.
Friday, December 25, we are closed all day.
Thursday, December 31, we will close at 4:00pm.
As always, our night nurse and on-call physician will be available for emergencies when the office is closed.

Wishing all of our patients and families a healthy and happy holiday season!

Early Closings in December

Friday, December 4, we will close a 4:00p for our annual Christmas party.
Thursday, December 24, we will close at 12:00 noon.
Friday, December 25, we are closed all day.
Thursday, December 31, we will close at 4:00pm.
As always, our night nurse and on-call physician will be available for emergencies when the office is closed.

Wishing all of our patients and families a healthy and happy holiday season!

AUVI-Q recall

As you may have heard, AuVi-Q epinephrine  have been recalled by the manufacturer for inconsistent and sometimes inadequate injection doses of the medication.  If your child has been prescribed this medication for severe allergic reactions, please call our office during Monday through Friday office hours, so we can change your prescription to Epipen.

Thank you for helping us best take care of your child.

Pictures from the new Camillus office

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Trouble reaching our Camillus office??? Call Clay, 652-1070

We spoke too soon about the phone lines in the new office. …What, initially, appeared to be  a smooth transition to the new  Camillus office was met with variable phone service during the day and trouble forwarding after hours calls to our answering service.  We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused our patients.  While we address these issues, please call our Clay office at 652-1070 if your cannot reach our Camillus office.

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