Thursday, September 30, 2010

Influenza A is Here, Croup Too

I received this email from the Utah State Health Department:

In the past few weeks three influenza-associated hospitalizations have been reported along the Wasatch Front. Confirmatory testing at the state lab has identified seasonal influenza A (H3) in all three patients. National data indicates that this season's influenza vaccine is a good match to currently circulating strains. The current Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendation for influenza vaccine is a universal recommendation that all individuals should be vaccinated.

Additionally, clinics and emergency rooms across the state are showing an increase in patient visits for respiratory symptoms. Surveillance indicates that respiratory activity is not limited to influenza alone, and that other respiratory viruses, like rhinovirus and enterovirus, are circulating in the community.



We are also seeing a lot of croup in the office this week. If your child has a croupy (barky, seal-like) cough, it will usually improve within 3-4 days. We should see your child if he/she is having noisy or labored breathing with the croup that won't respond to home measures, such as a vaporizer or humidifier, or sitting in a steamy bathroom for 20 minutes.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

One Flu Shot or Two?

The seasonal flu and the H1N1 flu shots are combined this year, so that means fewer pokes (and better protection) for your kids.

Some kids will need TWO doses of the flu shot this year, some only ONE:

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommendations for this influenza season is based on previous vaccinations of season influenza and if your child received any H1N1. Please click here to see if your child will require a booster dose (2 doses) of the seasonal influenza vaccine this season seperated by at least 30 days. Children 9 years and older will only require 1 dose of the influenza vaccine.

Basically, if your child under the age of 9 years had ANY doses of H1N1 vaccine last year, and has had at least TWO seasonal flu shots in the past, he or she will only need ONE dose this year. If your child didn't receive any H1N1 vaccine, you need to get TWO doses this year. If your child has only received ONE dose of seasonal flu vaccine (regardless of number of H1N1 doses) you need TWO doses this year.

We are happy to help you figure out this mess! Just give us a call 801 565-1162.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

VFC 6-35 months Flu Shots Are In

Today we finally received our shipment of VFC (Medicaid, CHIP, No Insurance and Under-Insured) 6-35 months influenza shots.

Here is our current flu vaccine supply....

Regular Insurance

6-35 months influenza shot

3 years and older influenza shot

2 years and older FluMist - Nasal

VFC (Medicaid, CHIP, No Insurance and Under-Insured)
6-35 months inflenza shot
3 years and older inflenza shot
2 years and older FluMist - Nasal



Please verify with your insurance, PRIOR to your appointment, if the influenza vaccine is a covered benefit. Any balances not covered, will be your responsibility.

Call our office today to schedule your child's influenza vaccine appointment.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Office Hours/Flu Supply

Our office hours:

Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

After hours appointments available Monday - Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00

Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (urgent care visits)



Flu Clinic Days:

Select Tuesdays: 9-5

Wednesdays: 2-5

Fridays: 2-5

Saturdays: 9-1

Current supply of flu vaccine:


Regular insurance
6-35 months influenza shot

3 years and above influenza shot

2 years and above FluMist - nasal
VFC
(Medicaid, CHIP, No insurance and under insured)

3 years and above influenza shot

2 years and above FluMist - nasal
We still DO NOT have any VFC influenza shots for infants 6-35 months.

**Please verify with your insurance company if the influenza vaccine is a covered benefit. Any balances not covered, will be your resonsibility.**

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Similac Recall


Abbott Nutrition is issuing a voluntary recall of certain Similac powder infant formulas. Apparently, there is a remote possibility of the presence of a small common beetle in the product produced in a single manufacturing facility. Yuck.

The recall includes certain Similac powder infant formula sold in plastic containers and in 8-ounce sample cans, and 12.4-ounce and 12.9-ounce cans.

To find out if your formula is involved, go to www.similac.com/recall/lookup and type in the lot number. (It looks like the site is getting a ton of traffic, and when I tried it took awhile to load.)

Also, Abbott has set up a hotline at (800) 986-8850.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Current Flu Vaccine Supply


Here is what we have currently in stock for flu vaccine...


Regular Insurance:


6-35 months influenza shot


3 years and above influenza shot


2 years and above FluMist - Nasal


VFC (Medicaid, CHIP, No Insurance and Under-Insured)

3 years and above influenza shot


2 years and above FluMist - Nasal


We DO NOT have 6-35 months influenza shots


**Please verify with your insurance, prior to your visit, if the influenza vaccine is a covered benefit. Any balances not covered, will be your responsibility.**

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

VFC Flu vaccine

Today we received a limited shipment of VFC flu vaccines. Here is our flu vaccine supply as of today...


Regular insurance:


6-35 months influenza shot


3 years and above influenza shot


2 years and above FluMist - Nasal



VFC (Medicaid, CHIP, No insurance and under-insured)


3 years and above influenza shot


2 years and above FluMist - Nasal


We DO NOT have any 6-35 months VFC influenza shot


**Please verify with your insurance company if the influenza vaccine is a covered benefit, any balances not covered will be your responsibility**

Friday, September 10, 2010

Flu Vaccine Update

Today we received a shipment of flu vaccine for ages 6 months and above for patients with regular insurance. We still have no VFC (Medicaid, CHIP, no insurance or under-insured) flu vaccine but anticipate a shipment next week.


Here is summary of the flu vaccine we have...

6-35 months influenza shot

3 years and above influenza shot

2 years and above FluMist - Nasal

No VFC influenza vaccines yet

We have flu clinic days on

Select Tuesdays 9-5

Wednesdays - 2-5

Fridays - 2-5

Saturdays - 9-1

**Please verify with your insurance company, prior to your visit, if the influenza vaccine is a covered benefit. Any balances not covered by your insurance will be your responsibility.**

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Flu Vaccine

We anticipate a shipment of flu vaccine for VFC (Medicaid, CHIP, No insurance or under-insured) patients the week of September 13th. There will be a limited supply of Flumist and a limited supply of the flu shot for children 2 years and above.

We have FluMist and flu shots for children 2 years and above for regular insurance (No Medicaid, CHIP, or under-insured)

We have received some calls from VFC patients wanting to pay for the flu vaccine that is not governmently funded instead of waiting for the shipment of VFC, we can give you a flu vaccine but you will be required to pay in full, the price of the vaccine, and the admin fee (per child) at the time of service before receiving the vaccine.

Here is the price for each vaccine if you would like to pay...

Flumist= $42.00 per child. This includes the admin fee

Flu shot (2 years and above) = $34.00 per child. This includes the admin fee

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Labor Day

Our office will be open on Monday, September 6th from 9 until 12. Hopefully none of your kids get sick over the holiday weekend...but if they do, we'll be there!