Immunization & Measles

The recent increase in Measles cases throughout the country has sparked quite a bit of publicity regarding vaccinations. Retired Anderson Hills Pediatrics’ founder, Dr. K. Kurt Bofinger, shares his thoughts on the matter in a Wall Street Journal letter to the editor published February 22nd: “Your editorial ‘Didn’t We Already Beat Measles?’ Is well-received by those of us who wish to see the disease eliminated, but doesn’t go far enough. Widespread immunization began around 1965, and most of the doctors practicing today have never seen a case. The public has forgotten how severe the illness can be. Take it from an old doc, measles is a bad, bad disease. Many if not most of the children who get it are miserable with high fever, malaise and intense cough that often leads to pneumonia. Secondary middle ear infections are also common. In the early decades of the 20th century, 3000 children died annually. Occasional deaths still occur. Measles is not just an ordinary childhood disease. Children should be immunized.”

Didn’t We Already Beat Measles: https://www.wsj.com/articles/didnt-we-already-beat-measles-11550016402
We Must Vaccinate to Keep Diseases Defeated: https://www.wsj.com/articles/we-must-vaccinate-to-keep-diseases-defeated-11550859269

Anderson Hills Pediatrics believes that immunizations are the best way to protect your child against serious diseases, such as Measles. Call our office to schedule an appointment if your child’s shots are not up to date. 

Immunization Schedule: https://ahpediatrics.com/resources/immunization-schedule/

Infant Ibuprofen Recall Expanded

The recent infant ibuprofen recall has been expanded to include more products.

USA Today reported on 1/30/19 that Tris Pharma has “expanded a voluntary nationwide recall of infant ibuprofen amid concerns the medication, which was destined to be sold at several major retailers, may contain a higher concentration of ibuprofen than labeled.” The company previously said that “lots sold under Walmart, CVS Pharmacy and Family Dollar brands were impacted by the recall. On Tuesday, the company added three more lots to the recall list, affecting more products that were manufactured for CVS and Walmart.”

To find out more: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/01/30/infant-ibuprofen-recall-expands-walmart-cvs-pharmacy/2727558002/

Rotavirus and T1 Diabetes

It was recently reported that children receiving the rotavirus vaccine may be less likely to develop type 1 diabetes than children who don’t get this routine childhood vaccination. Currently, it is thought that the rotavirus infection may accelerate the development of type 1 diabetes, although the exact reason for this connection isn’t clear.

In a recent study, researchers compared rates of type 1 diabetes in the eight years before and the eight years after May of 2007. This is when a routine oral rotavirus vaccine was introduced for infants six weeks and older. 

After the vaccine’s debut, type 1 diabetes cases declined 14 percent among children age four and younger.

Rotavirus is a condition that often causes severe diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain. In some cases, the child may become extremely dehydrated and require hospitalization.

Feeding Your Picky Eater

Please join us for a nutrition class with Ann Rooney, our Registered Dietitian. We will be discussing the proper nutrition techniques for those fussy, picky or choosy eaters.

 

When: 1/24/18 AT 6:30PM

Where: Anderson Hills Pediatrics – Amelia Location

1126 West Ohio Pike

Amelia, OH 45102

Guest Speaker: Ann Rooney, RD LD MED

Cost: $10 to be paid in cash or check at the event

 

Email kmeadows@ahpediatrics.com to reserve your spot today!

Refill Phone Change

As of tomorrow we will no longer be accepting general refill requests via our phone/refill line. Instead, please contact your pharmacy directly when a general refill is needed. All controlled substances will still be requested via our refill line. If a refill is requested through your pharmacy, they will notify you of when the prescription is ready for pick-up. The process for requesting a controlled substance will not change. Our goal is to process your refill requests timely and efficiently. Thank you for trusting Anderson Hills Pediatrics with your care.

In the next coming days we will be updating the message when calling 513.232.8100. Please listen carefully as our menu options have changed.

Public Health Alert – Pertussis Advisory

Whooping Cough (Pertussis) has been on a rise in Hamilton County since early October, and has impacted some area schools.

Pertussis is a bacterial infection that is spread through direct contact of respiratory secretions.  Its symptoms often mimic a common cold initially, but then the cough worsens. Do not hesitate to contact our office if you feel your child has been exposed or is experiencing symptoms.

If you’d like to research this condition further, you may check out the following resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/pertussis/index.html

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/Whooping-Cough.aspx

Anderson Fire Department Installs Car Seats

Dr. Steve Feagins shared the following information on bringing home your newborn from Mercy Anderson Hospital. 

Anderson Fire Department Installs Car Seats

Before bringing the newborn home from Mercy Anderson Hospital, you need the car seat installed safely and properly.  Anderson Township Fire & EMS has four certified seat installers.  The Township covers the expense to train these individuals but it is such an important service we make it available to anyone who may need it, regardless of residency location.  Call Station 22 at 513-688-8093 and schedule a time to install the seat.  Be safe with your newborn and child of any age.   

Ohio’s Child Passenger Safety Law requires that children less than 4 years old or 40 pounds must use a child safety seat meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards.  Children less than 8 years old, unless they are at least 4 feet, 9 inches tall must use a booster seat.
 

Additional Resources on Car Seat Recommendations: 

https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/AAP-Updates-Recommendations-on-Car-Seats-for-Children.aspx

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/Pages/Car-Safety-Seats-Information-for-Families.aspx

Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM)

Acute Flaccid Myelitis or AFM, is an illness that affects the area of the spinal cord called the gray matter. This can result in weakness or paralysis and can have a sudden onset. AFM has been around for several years and usually peaks in the summer and fall months, however, there is not a known cause for the illness or a known reason for the increase in cases this year.

The telltale sign of AFM is sudden onset of weakness in the arms or legs, trouble swallowing, drooping eyelids, facial droop, or trouble talking/slurred speech.  In the cases studied, the illness starts off as a respiratory virus with a mild fever and then develops into weakness/paralysis several days later.  Most patients with a respiratory illness will NOT develop AFM.

The CDC recommends that parents take certain precautions to potentially prevent AFM including:

Good hand washing habits, avoiding close contact with people who are ill, and cleaning/disinfecting frequently touched surfaces/toys (protects from many different viruses)
Protection against mosquitoes by using repellent, removing standing water by your home, and staying indoors at dusk &  dawn (to prevent transmission of the West Nile virus)
Keep your child up to date with recommended vaccinations 

The CDC is actively working with researchers, health departments, and clinicians to find out more information about AFM.  Please visit the other websites listed below to get more information.

 

http://www.aappublications.org/news/2018/11/13/afm111318

https://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/diseases/13142/acute-flaccid-myelitis

https://www.cdc.gov/acute-flaccid-myelitis/infographic.html

https://www.cdc.gov/acute-flaccid-myelitis/index.html