Flu Vaccine IN!

November 23, 2014 – We have flu vaccine for all age groups now available in our office. Hours for walk-in flu vaccine are:

  • Mondays through Thursdays: 9 AM to 630 PM
  • Fridays: 9 AM to 530 PM
In addition, we will have a special Saturday hour walk-in flu clinicon Saturday, November 29th from 9 AM to 1 PM.
For information on the different flu vaccines:
  • Flumist – nasal flu vaccine for children 2 and older, but not given if significant asthma symptoms.  Click here for information.
  • Injectable flu vaccine  - injection for children 6 months and older.  Click here for information.
  • Intradermal flu vaccine – injectable given to adults over age 18 years old.  We do have supply available for parents.

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...]

Men’s Transition to Fatherhood, by Daniel Singley, Ph.D.

June 19, 2014 –Very few medical providers, mental health experts, or even parents themselves get much concrete training about the psychological nuts and bolts of how men make the transition to fatherhood. For many men, the peripartum period spanning from conception to one year postpartum is one in which you thrive during an exciting – and commonly stressful – new chapter of your life. A growing body of research is showing that men are experiencing mental health issues at largely the same rates that women are, but expressing concerns like depression, anxiety, and stress in decidedly “guy” ways. This article is intended to give a brief introduction to the topic of men’s peripartum mental health along with some key considerations to optimize the transition to fatherhood.

[Read more...]

Television and Sleep

April 30, 2014 — A study from the Harvard Medical School Obesity Prevention Program collected TV viewing information and sleep time from parents of children age 6 months old to 7 years old. The children went from getting a average of 12.2 hours of sleep each day at 6 months old to an average of 9.8 hours a day at age 7.  During that span, the amount of TV increased from 0.9 hours to 1.6 hours a day.

[Read more...]

Vaccine Controversy Documentary by Carlsbad High Television Team

February 6, 2014 —  The following is a press release regarding a powerful documentary on the vaccine controversy that will screen in our area.

Over the past few years a campaign against vaccination has gained a foothold in American homes and on the news. Clearly parents are concerned for the wellbeing of their children, but what exactly are the facts about vaccination? What do scientists and doctors have to say about the issue?

EKG Screening Available

December 20, 2013 — The sudden cardiac death of a young athlete is a tragic event that occurs periodically in our community. The number of times that this occurs is not clear but is estimated to be about 1 in every 200,000 high school athletes participating in organized sports in the U.S.

The cause for this varies, but the most common cause is a condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) and this accounts for almost 1/3 of cases. This is a condition where the left heart chamber (left ventricle) becomes enlarged and this change interferes with its ability to conduct the normal electrical current in the heart. The obstructive variant of HCM, Hypertrophic Obstructive Cardiomyopathy (HOCM) has also historically been known as Idiopathic Hypertrophic Subaortic Stenosis (IHSS).

[Read more...]

Meningococcal Disease Outbreak

 

March 28, 2013

– There has been an outbreak of meningitis in Tijuana and San Diego, called meningococcal meningitis that typically affects older children, teens and young adults.  There was a recent case of this bacteria in a one year old here in San Diego and a death of a 39 year old.  This is a very serious and potentially deadly and rapidly progressive bacterial infection that affects healthy children and adults.   [Read more...]