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Flu vaccine

  • Flu season has already begun. Please make sure to get flu vaccine to all your children. Severity of Flu can vary in each child and you can prevent the Flu by giving vaccine.
  • Tell your doctor if you have any severe (lifethreatening) allergies, including a severe allergy to eggs. A severe allergy to any vaccine component may be a reason not to get the vaccine. Allergic reactions to influenza vaccine are rare.
  • Tell your doctor if you ever had a severe reaction after a dose of influenza vaccine.
  • Tell your doctor if you ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (a severe paralytic illness, also called GBS). Your doctor will help you decide whether the vaccine is recommended for you.
  • People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting flu vaccine. If you are ill, talk to your doctor about whether to reschedule the vaccination. People with a mild illness can usually get the vaccine.

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Immunizations

In 1987, the HiB vaccine was introduced in the United States to reduce the approximately 20,000 cases of invasive disease (meningitis, epiglottis, bacteremia) seen annually. Since its introduction, the incidence of HiB infections has declined by 98 percent. The 600 children who had died each year from invasive HiB before the introduction of the vaccine are no longer statistics – they are now in high school and college.

Those of us who completed our residencies prior to 2000 know about invasive pneumococcal infections. Pneumococcus was the bug that killed over 6,000 children each year, and affected many more by way of deafness or seizures. When faced with a sick child, we knew to consider it, include it in our differential, and like our slightly older HiB-seasoned predecessors, to respect it. Since the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine was introduced, the incidence of invasive disease in children has declined by 75 percent

 


Bicycle Helmet Safety (Mayo Clinic)

Bicycle helmet do’s and don’ts
A bicycle helmet only works if you wear it correctly. Here’s the lowdown on bicycle helmets, from choosing a bicycle helmet to avoiding common helmet mistakes.

By Mayo Clinic staff
It’s a beautiful day for a bike ride. You fill your water bottle, lace up your shoes and head out. The thought of a head injury doesn’t even cross your mind. Still, it’s a risk you’re taking if you don’t wear a bicycle helmet.

Why wear a bicycle helmet?

It’s simple. If you fall from your bike, the bicycle helmet takes the force of the blow — instead of your head. Although collisions with cars or other vehicles are likely to be the most serious, even a low-speed fall on a bicycle path can be dangerous. For kids and adults alike, wearing a bicycle helmet is the most effective way to prevent a life-threatening head injury.

Selecting a bicycle helmet

Bicycle helmets are cooler, more comfortable and easier to adjust than ever before. There are plenty of inexpensive choices for bikers of all ages. Just remember the ground rules:

  • Make sure the helmet is safe. Look for a seal of approval from organizations such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), American National Standards Institute (ANSI) or Snell Memorial Foundation.
  • Make sure it fits snugly. You shouldn’t be able to move the bicycle helmet more than one inch in any direction, front to back or side to side. The sizing pads included with every bicycle helmet can help make the fit more secure. If you have long hair, consider a helmet with a ponytail port.
  • Think about visibility. If the bicycle helmet straps block your vision — even a little bit — choose another helmet. Likewise, make sure motorists and other cyclists can see you. Choose a white or brightly colored helmet. Some helmets even come with lights.

Wearing a bicycle helmet

The rules for wearing a bicycle helmet are the same for kids and adults:

  • Wear the helmet flat on the top of your head.
  • Make sure the helmet covers the top of your forehead without tilting forward or backward, and the straps form a V shape under each ear.
  • Fasten the chin strap below your chin — not to the side or along your jaw.
  • If the bicycle helmet rocks from side to side or front to back, use the sizing pads that came with the helmet to get a better fit.

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Tick Prevention, Symptoms and Facts

It’s that time again when our little creepy outdoor “friends” attach to us, our kids and our pets looking for their next meal. eMedicineHealth.com has a great post about everything you want to know (and even what you don’t want to know) about ticks.

Ticks Overview

Ticks are the leading carriers (vectors) of diseases to humans in the United States, second only to mosquitoes worldwide. It is not the tick bite but the toxins, secretions, or organisms in the tick’s saliva transmitted through the bite that causes disease.

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New Sunscreen Labeling Rules

 

The Massachusetts Medical Society Publication “Vital Signs” had an interesting article in the May edition of their publication regarding the latest sunscreen labeling rules.

New Sunscreen Labeling Rules

In June 2012, new federal sun- screen labeling requirements will take effect. Prior rules on sunscreens dealt primarily with protection against ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, which cause sunburn, and did not address ultraviolet A (UVA) radiation. UVA rays cause skin cancer and premature aging of the skin. The key points of the new requirements are as follows:

  • Sunscreens that pass the FDA’s test for UVA protection relative to UVB protection will be designated as providing broad-spectrum protection. Previously, a sunscreen’s SPF was based only on its UVB protection.
  • Only broad-spectrum sunscreens with an SPF value of 15 or higher can claim to reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging if used as directed with other sun protection measures. Other sunscreens can only claim to help prevent sunburn.
  • Sunscreen cannot be identified as “sunblock,” “waterproof,” or “sweatproof,” or claim protection is instant or lasts for more than two hours without FDA approval.
  • Clear labeling on the front must indicate the duration of water resistance (up to 40 or 80 minutes). Sunscreens that are not water resistant must direct consumers to use a water-resistant sunscreen if swimming or sweating.
  • All sunscreens must include standard “drug facts” information on the back and/or side of the container. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone apply water-resistant sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection of SPF 30 or higher on dry skin 15 minutes before going into the sun, as well as lip balm with an SPF of 30 or greater, and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating heavily. VS 

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