August 31, 2016 -This image is presented in memory of the summer of 2016.
With traditional calendar schools getting started this week – as we are forced to remove ourselves from our beach chair – whether that is real thing for you or if you are stepping away from some imaginary beach chair – we now face the stark reality of limited time off, kids in school, tight schedules, and… egads… the upcoming flu season 2016-2017.
Beginning September 1st, RCAM has enough flu vaccine supply to begin inoculations for the upcoming 2016-2017 flu season. Please keep reading because there are two important things to know about the start of our flu vaccination efforts:
- We have plenty privately-supplied flu vaccine, but – for circumstances beyond our control – we have not received our state-supplied flu vaccine. This does not affect patients who have private insurance (like BCBS,Cigna, United, etc.) or who plan to pay cash for their flu vaccine. Unfortunately, this delay does impact our patients who receive state-supplied flu vaccine – namely, the uninsured and those with Medicaid insurance. We expect to get state-supplied flu vaccine but we do not know exactly when that will happen. We will update when it does.
- There will be no Flumist nasal spray-type vaccine offered this year. We will only be offering the “flu shot” this year.
Click here for more details about those two details.
You are free to call and schedule to get your children their flu shot in one of our flu vaccine nurse clinics.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the pediatricians at RCAM recommend that just about everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine every year.
March 21, 2016 – EDITOR’S NOTE: Raleigh Children continues a regular feature that attempts to answer the question,
“What are the best resources available to our families for pediatric medical information and guidance?”
We define “best resource” as being:
- Based on the best science
- Presented in a practical and easy-to-understand format
- Regularly updated as we find new things
- Not a replacement for your pediatrician’s advice – intended to supplement and keep everyone well informed!
Information About Vaccines
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) website provides a wide range of vaccine information for providers and parents.
Vaccine topics presented in a straightforward and easy-to-understand way can be found here.
Checkout just a few of its features:
Immunization Action Coalition
- Vaccineinformation.org – “For parents and people of all ages, it provides timely, accurate, and proven information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent.“
- Immunize.org – This is the health professionals version of the above website and includes a wide variety of information.
I4PH website provides more general vaccine information, including articles about specific immunization topics as well as vaccine preventable diseases.
From their mission statement: “PKIDs’ mission is to educate the public about infectious diseases, the methods of prevention and transmission, the latest advances in medicine, and the elimination of social stigma borne by the infected; and to assist the families of the children living with hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, or other chronic, viral infectious diseases with emotional, financial and informational support.”
CHOP’s official website includes this section about vaccines that “provides complete, up-to-date and reliable information about vaccines to parents and healthcare professionals.”
“The Vaccine Page provides access to up-to-the-minute news about vaccines and an annotated database of vaccine resources on the Internet.”
Provides possible health consequences of non-vaccination and possible side effects of each vaccine
August 28, 2015 – August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Lots of good information here about the virtues of vaccination:
“Does RCAM have a vaccine policy?”
Yes – first and foremost – RCAM recommends timely and thorough vaccination.
To that end, we recommend the vaccine schedule recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as shown here and below*.
Not only do we recommend this schedule to our patients – we also live it: it should come as no surprise that this is the same schedule we follow with our own children.
In the circumstance of a parent who chooses a different schedule, RCAM requires all patients to receive the following vaccines as a minimum:
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