Children and the elderly don’t have the strong immune system most others have. When an illness sweeps across the country, they are often the most affected. This is why it’s incredibly important to make sure your child has his or her flu vaccination as early as possible. Last year, 85 percent of the children who died from the flu were unvaccinated and one unvaccinated child has already died this year. These are heartbreaking statistics, but hopefully we can reduce this through education and awareness.
If there are two things I know, it’s that most kids aren’t overly fond of shots and vaccinating your kids for flu season is incredibly important. This can be a tough balancing act when it comes time to take your needle-shy kiddo to the doctor to protect him or her from the flu each year. It is especially tough during flu seasons like 2016-2017 and 2017-2018, when it was determined that the FluMist nasal spray shouldn’t be used because it was ineffective. This year, though, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted 12 to 2 to return the nasal spray to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s list of recommended vaccines for the 2018-2019 flu season. The committee stopped short of explicitly recommending the nasal spray, however, and will instead let providers and patients decide if they’ll use it instead of traditional flu shots.
It’s July, and temperatures in Houston have already exceeded 100 degrees with humidity factored in. During the summer, it’s incredibly important to stay vigilant when it comes to leaving children in the car. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, on average, one child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle nearly every 10 days in the United States. In 2017, there were 42 accidental heat-related car deaths in the United States, and seven of those were in Texas.
The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted virus that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), affects about 27 percent of the female population ages 14 to 19, and 50 percent of the population ages 20 to 24. The virus has several different strands all of which carry varying degrees of risk. Basically, almost everyone will be exposed to it at some point.
A lot of parents are reticent to get their children a flu shot this late in the season because of the belief that we’re almost at the tail end of it and cases of the flu are tapering off. While this might be true for past years, when the season hit its peak by February and tapered off, this is not true for the season we’re currently in. The 2017-2018 flu season continues to rage on, showing no signs yet of slowing down. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says there are some signs the flu will continue to get worse.
There’s a lot of misinformation about vaccines, and parents often have questions about their childrens’ immunizations – including the flu vaccine. As many of you may know, this year’s flu season has already started and will begin ramping up. Let's meet some of your questions head-on. Here are eight things parents need to know about the 2017 flu vaccine.
Bumps and bruises and splinters – oh my! It’s that time of year again! School started, the weather is getting cooler and kids are able to get outside for recess. In fact, when I ask my patients what their favorite subject in school is, “recess” is usually the answer. This is the time of year I start seeing an upswing in playground accidents. Here are some of the most common accidents I see and ways to treat them.
We’ve all had nightmares, but do you know what a night terror is? Common in children, night terrors can be a source of stress and sleepless nights for your kids and you. Let’s talk about how to deal with them.
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Does your child sleepwalk? You’re not alone. In fact, sleepwalking is quite common in children until they reach their teen years.
Sleepwalking, or somnambulism, usually is nothing to worry about. It almost always disappears on its own, but there are some things you can do in the meantime.
Every day, millions of parents across the United States wake their children up, get them dressed and send them out the door to school with their lunches. And every day, about 30,000 kids come home in the afternoon with a few extra friends: head lice. While your first reaction to lice is to recoil, remember that lice do not transmit diseases like mosquitoes or ticks and are relatively harmless. Lice is common among children and does not represent bad hygiene. Because the transmission of head lice seems to increase during the wintertime, when children sometimes share headwear, here are some things you might need to know about lice as the temperature starts slowly dropping.