The Flu has arrived, late but present.

We’re now, well past the typical annual peak of January & Fabruary, seeing cases of influenza, almost daily.  So far all the cases we’ve seen and diagnosed have been in children who did not receive this season’s vaccine in the fall.  

Symptoms are high fever, sore throat, congestion, cough, headache and at times leg or body aches.

A stark reminder that the vaccine, while not 100%, is much better than nothing.  Tamiflu isn’t nearly the quick cure we’d like it to be, due to limited efficacy if started late, and undesirable side-effects including abdominal discomforts.

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The Flu has arrived, late but present.

National Dog Bite Prevention Week is May 17-23

“According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs annually – more than half of whom are children. Over the past five years, dog bite injuries are reported to be the 11th leading cause of nonfatal injury in children ages 0-14 in America. “

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/news/Pages/National-Dog-Bite-Prevention-Week.aspx

National Dog Bite Prevention Week is May 17-23

Measles disease can impair children’s immunity

Here are 2 (of many) links discussing newly published data showing that measles vaccination may be even more important than previously thought.

http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S43/10/03O18/index.xml?section=science

http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/05/07/404963436/scientists-crack-a–50-year-old-mystery-about-the-measles-vaccine

Measles disease can impair children’s immunity