Summer Viruses

It looks like summer has finally arrived here in Southeast Wisconsin.  With that, comes the summer virus season.  Unlike the typical cold and flu season, which involves stuffy noses and terrible coughs- summer viruses often present with different symptoms.  These symptoms include fevers, sore throats, and rashes on the extremities.

We are currently seeing a large number of young patients affected with this group of viruses.  As with all viruses, however, symptomatic care is always recommended.  Tylenol and Ibuprofen can be beneficial for the fever and sore throat symptoms.  Cool baths and lightly dressing your child will also help reduce the fever.  If the fever would persist beyond 3 days or if you feel your child is more uncomfortable than you would expect, I highly recommend that you call our office to speak with one of the nurses and consider an appointment at 414-425-5660.

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Have a fantastic summer!

 

~ Chris Zukowski, MD, Forest View Pediatrics

Chris Zukowski, MD

Flu Season is Upon Us!

Some of you may have seen our E-blast letting everyone know that we are now seeing some of our first cases of influenza at Forest View.  According to flu reporting from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), this looks to be one of the earliest flu seasons in about a decade.  Last year was a very mild flu season, but this year looks to be significantly worse.

Quick review:  Influenza is NOT the stomach flu.  It is a respiratory illness that can cause very high and prolonged fevers, cough, and runny nose.  It is especially dangerous because it can make you more susceptible to secondary bacterial pneumonias that can require hospitalization, or in severe cases, even cause death.  This early into the flu season, there have already been 5 pediatric deaths, and during the H1N1 flu season a few years ago, there were 281 flu associated pediatric deaths.  It is one of the most deadly common viruses around, especially for those who are unvaccinated.  There are certain high risk groups (although it is recommended that everyone get vaccinated) which include anyone 6 months to 4 years old, anyone with asthma, diabetes, or another chronic medical condition, or anyone who spends frequent time around either of these groups and infants under 6 months.

Fortunately, in the samples the CDC has tested, the vaccine appears to be about a 90% match so far, which is a pretty good match.  The vaccine does not always match, as the vaccine components are a very well-educated guess every year as to what strains we will see in the US (over 100 labs reporting to the World Health Organization who makes the recommendation to our FDA annually).  The flu season tends to peak around January and February typically, however, the vaccine can take up to two weeks to produce antibodies, so now is the time to come get it.  About the only real group unable to get a vaccine, are those that have had a severe allergic reaction to the flu vaccine in the past.  Patients with egg allergy (unless particularly severe) can still get the flu vaccine, so please call if you have questions about how to get it done safely.

We have vaccine available at Forest View, so please call and make your appointment to get vaccinated.  If you have any questions, we’ll happily provide the answers.  Please click here to see our flu information page.

Thanks and cover your cough!

 

 ~Paul Veldhouse, MD; Forest View Pediatrics


Paul Veldhouse, MD

Ibuprofen, Tylenol, or Both?

When my children have a fever, I usually head to the medicine cabinet to see what I can do. Fever itself isn’t dangerous. There is even some literature that shows it can help kids fight off infection. Unfortunately, fevers sure do make them cranky. Remember, at times, it is OK to not “treat” a fever. Even if you do give your child a fever reducer, occasionally the fever may not come back to “normal”- and that’s OK. Really, all you are trying to do is to keep your child as comfortable as possible until the illness goes away.

Once you’ve decided your child needs something to feel better, what should you choose? There are lots of formulations of acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) and ibuprofen (e.g. Advil) out …Continue reading →

It’s Flu Time Again

You may have started to see signs at Walgreens or other drug stores advertising the flu vaccine. Yes, it’s that time of the year already!

Forest View Pediatrics recommends that all children, age 6 months and older, receive the flu vaccine.

There are two versions of the vaccine: the injectable, inactivated flu vaccine and the intranasal, live flu vaccine (FluMist®). The injectable version can be given to all children, age 6 months and older. FluMist is safe for children, age 2 years and older, who don’t …Continue reading →

Fight the flu: Flu season is under way

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention began seeing some cases of the flu in late October. Right now, the flu still is uncommon, and we’d like to keep it that way!

When flu tests were positive, about 10-15 percent were H1N1 and the rest largely were seasonal influenza A with some influenza B. The majority of flu types are the ones covered …Continue reading →

Time to start thinking about flu

You may have started to see signs at Walgreens or other drug stores advertising the flu vaccine. Yes, it’s that time of the year already!

Forest View Pediatrics recommends that all children, age 6 months and older, receive the flu vaccine.

There are two versions of the vaccine, the injectable, inactivated flu vaccine and the intranasal, live flu vaccine (FluMist®). The injectable version can be given to all children, …Continue reading →