Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Construction update

We're making progress!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Flu Shots

Flu season is just around the corner, so get an early start and protect your kids. We have our first shippment of flu vaccine with more to come. Our flu shot clinic will be
Wednesday 9-5
Friday 2-5
Saturday 9-1
We currently have flu shots for all ages. We do not have Flu Mist or shots for those with Medicaid, but hopefully those will be coming soon. It's probably a good idea to call (801-565-1162) before coming in to make sure we still have vaccine available.

Monday, August 10, 2009

H1N1 influenza and school absences

H1N1 Update: CDC Issues Guidance for School Districts for Upcoming Academic Year

This is from Journal Watch, based on CDC guidelines:

When contemplating school dismissals for flu, officials should balance the goal of reducing exposure to H1N1 virus against the social disruption brought about by sending students home, the CDC recommends in new guidance issued for the upcoming academic year (grades K–12).

If H1N1 severity is the same as during the spring outbreak, the CDC advises that:

ill students and staff should remain at home for 24 hours after they are free of fever (without use of fever-lowering drugs);
those who are sick at school should be separated from others until they can be sent home.
If the virus shows increased severity compared with the spring outbreak:

students and staff should be screened on arrival at school and sent home if ill;
people at high risk for complications or with ill household members should stay home;
sick people should stay home for at least 7 days, even if they become asymptomatic.

Flu Shot update

It's that time of year again, believe it or not. We will be starting our annual Flu Vaccine clinics around September 1st. This will be vaccine against "SEASONAL" influenza, meaning the standard influenza A and B subtypes that are expected this winter. Please contact our office for an appointment time for your kids to get their flu shots. The CDC recommends that all children 6 months of age and older get the flu shot.

As far as H1N1 "swine" flu shots, the CDC has announced that there will be a vaccine available later this Fall. The recommendations are for the following groups to receive H1N1 vaccine:
-- children 6 months of age up through adults 24 years of age,
-- household contacts of children less than 6 months of age during the flu season,
-- adults with chronic health conditions, and
--PREGNANT WOMEN; this is one of the highest risk groups for morbidity and mortality based on the recently completed H1N1 flu epidemic.

We still don't have information about who will be giving the H1N1 flu shot, whether it will be in doctor's offices, health departments, or even in schools. We will keep you posted as we learn more.

Dr. Lash