Dr. Todd Harris

Influenza (Flu) Vaccine at RCAM UPDATE

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

RCAM Official Image of Flu Season 2016-2017

December 14, 2016 – Beneath the RCAM Official Image for Flu Season 2016-2017, we make the following announcement:

RCAM now has enough both state and private flu vaccine to cover our flu vaccine clinics for all our patients. If you haven’t already done so, call today and set up an appointment for your child to get their flu vaccine.

Two things:

  1. It is not too late: So far – and this is similar to most years – we have seen very few cases of influenza (flu) in our office. We are in the single digits at RCAM for total flu cases …so far. January and February are typically when we see the most patients with flu. For this reason, there is still time to get your child the best protection that we know of against the flu. 
  2. Yes, it is later than usual for us to begin widely offering state flu vaccine (but see #1; not too late): By report, the flooding in the east greatly delayed the shipment of state flu vaccine – at Raleigh Childrens and throughout North Carolina. Our allotments came in small numbers – only enough to keep up with patients who happened to be here for a checkup or similar. Yesterday we finally received a more typical volume of state flu vaccine and therefore today we make this announcement.

Unfortunately, there are unpleasant things about the winter that we can’t do much to prevent. Things like ‘cold’ viruses, ice storms, the fact that every morning your bed feels so much better than wherever you need to be – these are things that just can’t be stopped.

Flu vaccine is the best thing we know to limit your chance of catching a difficult if not dangerous respiratory illness. Get your child vaccinated.

 


Dr. Todd Harris

May 30, 2016From today’s News & Observer, a local story about a young accident victim who inspires after losing a leg in a lawn mower accident.

He is in a video that will be shown nation-wide to educate about lawn mower safety:

Some ideas about lawn mower safety from HealthyChildren.org

Lawn Mower Safety - HealthyChildren


Dr. Jamila Fletcher

2016 March of Dimes

Written by Dr. Jamila Fletcher

2016 March of Dimes

May 1,2016 – Yesterday a group from Raleigh Childrens participated in the annual March of Dimes March for Babies in Morrisville at Perimeter Park.

Our choice to support for the March of Dimes was not a hard sale.

We work with the families of premature infants everyday and recognize that when we prevent a premature birth – when a pregnancy is able to go to full term – that is good medicine.

The March of Dimes makes that its important mission. It is an easy cause around which to rally the RCAM-ily. 

If you would like to support the March of Dimes, their website details lots of opportunities to get involved.


Dr. Todd Harris

How to Prevent Bug Bites

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Its quite coldFebruary 11, 2016 – Spring seems so far away.

Of course, as we know in North Carolina, that warm, sunny weather is always just around the corner.

With that time of year almost upon us and all the talk of Zika virus, it is always time to address bug bite prevention.

(Plus the CDC recently published a cool infographic pictured below)

Right now we are experiencing one foolproof way to prevent bug bites. This week’s forecast is a perfect example and is shown to the right: cold temperatures pretty effectively limit bug activity.

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