Update on Zika virus

January 28, 2016–

Zika is a virus that is causing microcephaly in newborns. Click here for a recent CDC MMWR update and Zika virus description. It is transferred to a baby before birth if the mom is bit by an infected mosquito.  The mosquitoes are found in the Americas.  The virus is found in South America, Central America and the Carribean.  The best way to prevent Zika virus is to avoid mosquito bites by avoiding exposure and eliminating mosquito breeding areas.  Until more is known, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to any area with ongoing Zika virus transmission.  Click here for travel precaution information.

Noisy Electronic Toys May Hamper Babies’ Verbal Skills

January 3, 2016–

Noisy electronic toys may hamper babies’ verbal skills.

A study found that toddlers talk less when their toys talk, sing, light up more.

The following article discusses a study that reveals  reading books provides the engagement that helps language development.

Click here for the article.

Enjoy your new toys, but remember there is no substitute for reading to children.

Increasing number of injuries attributed to crib bumpers

Nov. 29, 2015–

AAP advises against crib bumpers.  Findings in Journal of Pediatrics showed 146 injuries and accidents associated with crib bumpers from 1990 to 2012, at least 11 of which were life threatening.  Click hereScreen Shot 2015-11-29 at 8.06.44 PM for recent publication details.

Flu Vaccine Shots IN!

September 24, 2015 —

Flu vaccine is IN!  We have all flu shots for all age groups in right now.   We do not have the adult intradermal in yet, which we can offer our parents and teens over 18 years.  Once we get that in, we will be able to give parents flu vaccine also.  Walk-in flu shots can be done Monday-Friday 9-5 in the B105 office.  Please use the B105 office as we have extra staffing for walk-in shots.  Also we will have a special flu vaccine clinic available this Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 9 – 1130 AM.  Please read the Vaccine Information Sheet for influenza inactivated injection below:

Inactivated Influenza vaccine

Walk-In Vaccine Policy with Measles Outbreak

January 23, 2015 —

For patient convenience, El Camino Pediatrics offers several shots on a walk-in basis where no appointment is needed.  Walk-in shots are offered Monday-Friday during regular business hours.

Due to the outbreak of measles in Southern California, we will temporarily add the MMR vaccine to the list of vaccines that can be given without an appointment. *

The recommended schedule for the MMR vaccine:

1)   Dose #1 is given at age 12-18 months. The child must be at least 12 months old – not a day early – for it to count as effective on school registration.

2)   Dose #2 is generally given at age 4-5 years.  Two doses of the MMR vaccine are necessary to be considered “up to date” with vaccines upon kindergarten entry.

3)   For those who are delayed on immunizations and are trying to catch up, doses #1 and #2 need to be given at least 4 weeks apart.


*For patient safety, we do require that patients who receive a vaccine on a “walk-in” basis are up to date on their well care appointments.  Also, for patients who are on an alternative vaccination schedule and are less than 6 years old, we do request a vaccine visit with one of our health care providers to ensure that vaccines are given in an appropriate/safe order.

Measles Outbreak

January 23, 2015 —

According to our local health department, a few more cases of measles have been confirmed bringing the total number of cases in San Diego County up to 13. In a rash of cases that public health officials are rushing to contain, at least 70 people in six states and Mexico have fallen ill since mid-December, most of them from California.  Ages of the cases are from 7 months to 70 years, including 5 workers from Disneyland. [Read more…]

HPV Vaccine

November 22, 2014 —

HPV, or human papillomavirus, was considered a women’s-only issue, after researchers discovered a link between it and cervical cancer in the 1980’s.  Now, as cervical-cancer rates are falling, it is being noted that oral-cancer rates in men are steadily rising due to the burden of HPV cancer being shifted to men.  About 26,800 Americans are diagnosed with HPV-related cancers each year, about two-thirds of whom are women, according to 2010 data, the latest available, from the CDC.  The largest HPV-related threat to men is throat cancer, which has grown sharply in the past decade.  Researchers estimate that around 2020, HPV-related oral cancers in men will eclipse cervical cancer rates in women.

In addition, the states with the lowest rates for teen vaccinations against the HPV virus are also the states where cervical cancer rates are the highest, a new study finds.

The vaccine is recommended at age 11 or older, due to the fact that the immune response is better to the vaccine when given at the younger age.  Research shows that giving the vaccine to teens who are not sexually active, does not encourage early sexual activity.

Newsletter Issues

November 3, 2014 — We have had some problems with our last 2 newsletters being delivered due to some glitches with the mail service we use.  We apologize and we think we have it fixed.  The last 2 newsletter articles are the Early Literacy and Enterovirus D68 articles that you can read here.  As always, look at our Calendar to see upcoming events we announce.

Early Literacy Program Announced from Hilliary Clinton

November 3, 2014 — Five of the pediatricians from our office were able to attend the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition in San Diego. Attendees from all over the world are present and this year we heard there were over 8000 pediatricians in attendance.  It is a wonderful learning and networking experience.   [Read more…]

Enterovirus D68 – A Bad Cold

September 25, 2014 — Enterovirus is a very common virus seen in late summer and fall. Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is not a new virus and has been recognized since the 1960’s and is associated with significant respiratory tract infection. Outbreaks this past August in Kansas City and Chicago were identified and there were a number of cases identified that needed hospital admission.  What we know so far: [Read more…]