Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Risk of Severe H1N1 Disease With Asthma Again Confirmed

I read this article out of Boston. They have gone back to look at risk factors among people hospitalized in Massachusetts with severe H1N1 influenza. It turns out that asthma was the biggest risk factor, affecting 31% of the people hospitalized. The article also highlights the significant risk of seasonal influenza to asthmatics as well.

If your child has asthma, please contact us about getting him or her vaccinated against H1N1 influenza and seasonal influenza.

Monday, December 28, 2009

New Years Day

The office will be open, with limited hours, on January 1st.

Hope you had a great holiday!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

More on H1N1 vaccine recall

Thanks to Dr. Packer for posting an explanation of the H1N1 recall. You can find out more about the recall at this link.

A few highlights:
-- The recall only affected four lots of the thimerosal-free (single dose syringes) vaccine for infants aged 6-35 months.
-- The vaccine was found to be slightly weaker than the required strength in followup testing after it had been distributed to providers. It met strength requirements at the time of production and shipping.
-- Our clinic did receive vaccines from the affected lots.
-- There are no safety concerns from these lots.
-- Children in this age group should receive their booster dose to insure that they are well protected from H1N1 influenza.
-- We have vaccine available for this age group. It is from multi-dose vials that contain the thimerosal preservative to avoid contamination. Numerous large studies have shown that there is no connection between thimerosal in vaccines and autism or other developmental problems. For children 24 months and older, the nasal vaccine is also an acceptable and safe option for vaccination.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Recall

One of the makers of the H1N1 vaccine (Sanofi Pasteur) has announced that some of their vaccine was not as potent as it should have been. The vaccine in question is for children 6 to 35 months old. They have no concerns about the safety of the vaccine, just the potency. Children in this age range should be getting two doses of the vaccine (1 month apart), so with both shots they should be protected.

Bottom line: if your child is between 6-35 months, make sure they get their booster dose.

You can read more about it here.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Shaking Things Up

In an effort to better accommodate our patients, Dr. Packer has changed her clinic days from Tuesday/Friday to Monday/Friday. If you have any comments or suggestions on scheduling, what you like and especially what you don't like please shoot us an email at southpointpediatrics.gmail.com.