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…]

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?