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.
February 26, 2011 — It has been recommended that a booster dose of the meningococcal vaccine be given in adolescents and persons at high risk for meningococcal disease (people without the function of a spleen or who have complement deficiency or HIV positive). [Read more...]
January 14, 2011 – A new Assembly Bill 354 was chaptered into law that for the 2011-2012 school year, all students entering 7th through 12th grade will be required to receive the Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis) booster shot before entry. This is the vaccine that protects against whooping cough which has been circulating in epidemic proportions. It is also know as “Adacel.” [Read more...]
By Valerie Rubin, M.D.
“Will I get any shots today?” “No shots!!” “I’m ready for my shots!” These may be some of the first reactions from your to-be-kindergartener when the physician walks in the door for the well child check. Though all sorts of important areas are addressed at a well child check, including assessments of growth, vision, and hearing, a full physical evaluation, [Read more...]
Sporadically over the years, we have had measles outbreaks in our community, the last being in spring of 2010. There was another outbreak here in San Diego in 2008 and the last large outbreak of measles in the US was in 1989-1991 with 17,000 cases of measles and 70 deaths in California. Nearly all cases in recent years have traveled to Europe or Asia or been in contact with an international traveler. Measles is now widespread in Western Europe because immunization rates have declined. [Read more...]