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?

It is with great excitement that the Kinesiology Club at California State University San Marcos will host upcoming screenings of the eye-opening film, Invisible Threat, a film that focuses on understanding the science of vaccination and tries to resolve the fear and misperceptions that have led parents around the country to say no to immunizing their children.

Invisible Threat, will premiere with free local screenings on:

  • March 4th from 7:00-8:15pm at the Clarke Grand Salon-Room at the California State University San Marcos Campus
  • March 5th from 5:00-6:15pm at the Temeku Cinemas in Temecula.

The Carlsbad High Television team behind the film set out to produce a documentary on the human immune system, and in the process they uncovered a social controversy they did not know existed. They soon realized the effects these controversies have on communities across the United States. These students went into this project as journalists with open minds – not for or against vaccines. They were looking to tell the truth, and they were shocked by what they discovered. In the film, the students interview families, physicians and experts about the true benefits of vaccination, and in the process, debunks many of the myths put forth by the few individuals promoting an anti-vaccination campaign.

This 40-minute documentary has garnered praise from more than 50 organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Mayo Clinic, Texas Children’s Hospital and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Reviewers are calling the documentary “powerful,” “fast-paced” and “well-balanced.” “Invisible Threat” was sponsored by grants from Rotary International and California Rotary clubs. Carlsbad High School has one of the top broadcasting programs in the nation and has been awarded 19 Student Emmys.

It is an honor to host this group of award-winning teen broadcast journalists who initially set out to film a peer-to-peer educational documentary about the immune system, but stumbled into a controversy they weren’t even aware of. Screenings are being held across the country to spark a movement to educate students and parents about the science of immunization and very real dangers posed by under-vaccinated communities.

Drawing on the journalistic lessons they learned in making their first documentary about the Holocaust, these teens go on to uncover about much more than they ever imagined. Through extensive interviews and their own research conducted over the course of one year, these young filmmakers are now ready to share their production.The link for the trailer and a list of organizations endorsing the film can be found at the film team’s web site: http://www.chstvfilms.org. The site also offers more resources for educating about the societal dangers of under-vaccination. Given the community importance of this film, professors and teachers are encouraged to award students community service hours for attending the screening.

Should you have any further questions regarding the San Marcos screening, please contact me at ldegheta@csusm.edu. With questions regarding the Temeula screening, please contact, Lynda Truong at Lyndatruong@ymail.com

Sincerely,

Dr. Laura de Ghetaldi

Department of Kinesiology

College of Education, Health and Human Sciences California State University San Marcos

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Flu Cases on the Rise, Vaccine Available

January 22, 2014 — We are starting to see an increase in flu cases in the area.  The H1N1 strain accounts for more than half of the influenza virus specimens that have been tested this season.  You can still get flu vaccine in our office.  We are currently out of Flumist (nasal spray vaccine).  We do have:

  • Injectable flu vaccine – We have this available for all ages 6 months and older. Please let your provider know if your child has egg allergy – this will depend on the severity of the allergy whether they can receive this or not.  Also if they have had a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome or an anaphylactic reaction to a previous flu vaccine, they can not get the vaccine.
  • Quadravalent flu vaccine (covers 4 strains of flu) that is injectable.  Please understand that some HMO insurance may not cover the cost for this vaccine.
The vaccine can be given at a well care visit if this is scheduled.  Patients may also do a walk-in visit for the flu vaccine on Monday-Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM in the downstairs B105 office where we have extra staffing (we have extended this from 4 PM to 5 PM).
Please read the Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) if you have a chance before you come in.  Flumist VIS is here and injectable flu VIS is here.  These sheets will explain more about the vaccine and reactions that may occur.

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).

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Halloween Candy Buy Back

October 6, 2013 — We will have our 4th annual Halloween Candy Buy Back with Davis Pediatric Dentistry and Yoshikane Orthodontics on Monday, November 4th between 2-5 PM in front of the 477 office, Suite B105.  Your child can bring candy and receive $1 per pound of candy, up to $10 maximum.  This candy is sent to our troops overseas as part of Operation Gratitude along with many other items that are donated.  They will also receive in return an apple donated from Jimbo’s as long as supplies last. This has been a successful event in the past and we look forward to being a part of this again. See the FB page

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...]

Well Checks are Not Just for Vaccines

March 28, 2013 — by Dr. Nicholas Levy –

Well-child check up visits are the perfect time to provide vaccines to children.  This is especially true because immunizations are one of the most powerful tools we have to keep children healthy. But vaccines are only one of the many things that parents can do to protect their children and improve their health.

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New Teen Scene Page!

January 9, 2013 — We are launching a new Teen Scene page with information for parents of teens as well as for our teens.  We have started by creating a Stress Action Plan for teens to download.

Holiday Door Contest

January 2, 2013 – Thanks to all the patients who cast their votes in the office and also on our Facebook page for their favorite Holiday Door in our office.  Our staff took time on weekends and after hours to make our exam doors “decked out” for the holidays.  You can view them all at our Facebook page. Our winners were:

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Asthma Triggers

 

November 27, 2012 — This time of year, with colds and flu on the rise, children with known asthma can struggle with more bouts of their asthma. Triggers for asthma can include many things including: [Read more...]

Halloween Candy Buy Back and Safety and Health Tips!

October 22, 2012 — The kids have been around the neighborhood and now what to do with all that candy? Participate in our 3rd Annual Halloween Candy Buy Back that we jointly do with Dental Specialty Associates and Yoshikane Orthodontics.  Last year we collected about 800 pounds! [Read more...]