This video is from England, and a heart breaking story indeed. It is so important to vaccinate. Listen and watch!
The Center for Disease Control has released the list (here) of who should get the swine flu vaccine if it is available this year. In addition, these same people should get the regular flu shot as well. If you want to be notified when the vaccine is available, sign up for our developmental newsletter at www.kiddoc.com/news.php . Even if your child is older than 3 and you don’t get the weekly updates, you will be entered in our communication database.
We often get parents upset because after seeing their child, we do not always give an antibiotic. Sometimes, after seeing the child with one parent, the other parent will call back and be concerned that they wasted a visit, or that we held back medicine that could have helped at best and not hurt at worst. But, in fact antibiotic resistance is a real and increasingly worrisome problem that we feel very strongly about. We are sending two pieces of information for you and your children to look over to put our concerns into perspective.
Remember, we still need to see your child if they are ill. But, if they do not need an antibiotic, this is a good thing. You may need to come back again if they do get that ear infection, or lung infection. This is still better than coming back with a rash or diarrhea or resistant bug instead (which happens more often than the secondary infection.)
As always, we at PMA love our patients and care for you as we would our own family members. Until then,
The Nurse Practitioners and Doctors at PMA