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Pediatric Associates on the Measles Outbreak

As many of you are aware, the U.S.is suffering a measles outbreak.  This has created quite a bit of alarm and fear, but should also be a call to action for everyone to vaccinate.

 

The Numbers

In 2014 there were 644 confirmed cases of measles in the U.S (27 cases in NYC,

5 cases in New York State outside of NYC).  This was the largest outbreak of measles since the year 2000.  In just the month of January of this year, however, there have been 102 people diagnosed with measles across 14 different states (3 cases in New York State).  A large number of these patients have be linked to the outbreak in Disneyland.  Ironically, in the year 2000, the US had declared that measles had been eliminated in this country other than a few sporadic cases that arrived from other endemic areas.

 

The Disease

Measles is a highly contagious disease that can lead to serious complications and even death. The virus is spread through respiratory droplets (coughing and sneezing), which may remain alive in the air or on a surface for up to 2 hours.  After exposure, greater than 90% of susceptible persons will develop measles.  It begins with cold like symptoms of cough, runny nose, low-grade temperature, red eyes and light sensitivity.  It progresses to higher temperatures of 103-105 degrees, a red, bumpy rash which progresses from the face to the body to the arms and legs and includes the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.  There may be Koplik spots on the inside of the cheeks, which appear bluish-white on a bright red background.  About one child out of 1,000 who get measles will develop encephalitis (swelling of the brain) that can leave the child deaf or mentally retarded.  For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die from it.

 

Prevention

The best protection against the measles is the MMR vaccine, the first dose at 12-15months of age and the second dose at 4-6 years. After these two vaccines, a child is 99% protected against getting measles and is considered immune.  Additionally, a high vaccine rate in a community protects those who are the most vulnerable to the disease including infants under a year who are not yet vaccinated and immunosuppressed individuals.  It is not recommended to give the 2nd MMR vaccine sooner than 4-6years old unless a child has been exposed to a confirmed case of measles or traveling to a foreign country where measles are prevalent. At Pediatric Associates, we know that the MMR and all of the vaccines we provide are safe and effective. We follow the vaccine schedule and recommendations of the American Committee on Immunization Practices and the CDC.

 

Please feel free to share this information with your friends and relatives who choose not to have their children vaccinated.

After Hours Care for Your Child

We realize that children have health care issues at times other than our office hours.  Our night/weekend “ON CALL” service offers advice from trained pediatric nurses when our office is closed.  These nurses have access to one of our Pediatricians if the problem is beyond their scope of their experience.

In some cases, your child’s injury or illness needs evaluation at an emergency facility.  We would recommend the Pediatric Urgent Care at Upstae/Community Hospital Campus (4900 Broad Rd, Syracuse) or the Pediatric Emergency Room at SUNY Upstate Hospital (750 E. Adams St, Syracuse).  At both of these locations, your child will be seen by physicians trained in pediatric emergencies.  We do not recommend the other area emergency rooms or urgent care settings as these facilities use physicians and mid-level providers that have much less experience with children.

A New Home for Pediatric Associate-Fall 2015

We are excited to announce that Pediatric Associates will be moving to a brand new building in the medical complex of  Township 5. This development is on the North side of Route 5 where the new Costco is located, less than a mile from our current location.  The move is expected to occur in the Fall of 2015. Check our website for updated information.

The latest on Preventing Lyme disease and Summer Safety tips

Summer is finally here!  As your children spend more time having fun outdoors, you may want to brush up on the latest information about Lyme disease and summer safety.  Click on the following to read more:  Lyme Disease and Tick removal and  Summer Safety ideas: Sun, Bugs and Water.

Time to schedule your child’s check up. Earlier appointments in the summer!

June is a great time for your child’s check up.  School is winding down and the summer rush for appointments has not begun.

Beginning July 1, 2014, our offices will be open at 8:30am (instead of 9:00am) to allow extra time slots  for summer well visits.  Call now for your child’s annual physical!

You will receive a physical form which will be good for school, camp and daycare requirements.

If your teenager will be leaving for college in the fall, download the physical form from the college website and bring it to the checkup.  Most colleges require some documentation from your child’s physician by August.

We’re looking to hire a new nurse at Pediatric Associates….

We are taking applications for an RN or LPN for a full time position in our office.  Pediatric experience is preferred.  Excellent benefits!!.  If you are looking for a challenging yet fun career in nursing taking care of children, fax your resume to 315-487-3485 or mail it to 601 North Way, Camillus, NY   13031.

Flu Vaccines are still in good supply. Call the office to schedule your child’s appointment.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, CDC and our physicians recommend that all children older than 6 months of age should receive the flu vaccine each year.  A recent USA today article referenced the CDC (Committee on Disease Control and Prevention) research that even healthy children can die from complications of the flu.  Click here for the article.

Please call the office between 9am and 5pm Monday through Friday  to schedule your child for his or her vaccine. We still have weekday and weekend appointments.

For more information on the Flu vaccine and Influenza disease, go to the “Flu Vaccine Information” tab in the green bar above.

Pediatric Associates is growing and looking to move to a new building…..read more!

Our Pediatric office is looking for new office space in the Camillus area.  As our practice has grown, we need more space and parking.  This process may take some time so stay tuned.

Pediatric Associates has a new Facebook page

Like  us on Facebook  at Pediatric Associates Camillus/Clay

Extended hours for summer physicals

Beginning July 1, 2013, our offices will be open at 8:30am (instead of 9:00am) to allow extra time slots  for summer checkups.  Call now for your child’s annual physical!

You will receive a physical form which will be good for school, camp and daycare requirements.

If your teenager will be leaving for college in the fall, download the physical form from the college website and bring it to the checkup.  Most colleges require some documentation from your child’s physician by August.

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