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Posts for: September, 2012

By contactus@napeds.com
September 29, 2012
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Northampton Area Pediatrics is now offering seasonal flu vaccine to all patients.  If you have a physical or recheck scheduled, you will be offered the vaccine.  We are also scheduling appointments for our seasonal flu clinics.  Please call to schedule your seasonal flu vaccine appointment today at 413-584-8700!!  


By contactus@napeds.com
September 24, 2012
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On Friday, September 14th, 2012 there was a message from the Public Health Department for the city of Northampton. Tthe Massachusetts Dept of Public Health increased Northampton's risk level to exposure for West Nile virus from moderate to high. Although there have been no WNV or Eastern Equine Enchephalitis infected mosquitoes detected in Northampton nor have there been any human or animal cases in our town, due to the increase of confirmed cases in our surrounding communities, the board of health is strongly urging residents to take simple precautions to protect themselves and their families. These precautions should include limiting outdoor activities from dusk to dawn when mosquitos are most active. If you are outdoors during these hours, be sure to use insect repellant and to cover exposed skin by wearing long sleeves and pants. Other precautions that should be taken are to mosquito proof your home by repairing any screens that don't fit properly or that might have any holes or tears in them and to eliminate mosquito breeding sites by either draining or discarding items that hold water, such as bird baths, flower pots, old tires, and clogged gutters. For further information please feel free to call the Northampton Health Department at 413-587-1214.


By contactus@napeds.com
September 19, 2012
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Wellness:  September 1 – 30 is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (COAM)

Obesity rates in the US have significantly increased among all age groups and are affecting our youth at an alarming rate.  This epidemic puts children at early risk of Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. 

Make a difference to change these trends by building awareness in your family, workplace or friends by discussing it and taking action.

For more information about COAM you can log onto www.healthierkidsbrighterfutures.org/home/.

"For the first time, the nation will have goals, benchmarks, and measureable outcomes that will help us tackle the childhood obesity epidemic one child, one family, and one community at a time,"

First Lady Michelle Obama


By contactus@napeds.com
September 10, 2012
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Vaccination key to end whooping cough

By Amy Pisani
Source:  Sunday Republican 8/26/2012

Amy Pisani is the Executive Director of Every Child by Two, a not for profit dedicated to protecting all children from vaccine preventable diseases by raising parental awareness of the critical need for timely infant immunizations. 

     The year 1959 was a great one in many ways.  Gas was 25 cents a gallon.  Barbie debuted on store shelves.  Hawaii became the 50th state and our athletes were gearing up for the 1960 winter Olympics to be held in Squaw Valley.   Sadly, it was also the year that whooping cough cases reached an all time record high in this country.  In that year, 40,000 cases were reported.  But 2012 is quickly becoming a contender to eclipse 1959.  The CDC has reported approximately 19,000 cases already this year. 

     This is a serious health risk to anyone not vaccinated against the disease but in particular to infants who are the most vulnerable.  Whooping cough, also known as pertussis, is a bacterial infection that can be deadly for infants and the elderly.  Sadly, I have met too many families who have lost a child to this awful disease – right here in Massachusetts. 

    Little Brady Alcaide from Chicopee is one such example.  At 2 months of age Brady was a happy, healthy baby until he contracted what his mother thought was a common cold.  Brady was treated several times by his doctor, yet he was never diagnosed with pertussis.  After he exhibited severe breathing difficulty his parents rushed him to the hospital, where he struggled to live for over 10 days.  As is often the case once pertussis invades, Brady succumbed to the disease.  At two months, a child has yet to be fully vaccinated against pertussis and many other vaccine preventable diseases.  Infants rely on “herd immunity” which means if the greater population is vaccinated against a disease, others in the community won’t contract it.    Brady’s parents may never know how their child caught the disease.  Everyone in the family tested negative for whooping cough, so likely is was contracted from an adult outside the family who didn’t realize they were carrying the infection. 

     There is no need for families to live with this sort of heartache.  Vaccines can prevent this tragedy from happening to another family.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all adults attain a booster shot, called Tdap (which contains tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccine).  Recent studies show that the vaccine’s effectiveness can wane after time, therefore it is critical that 11 and 12 year olds also receive a booster shot. 

     Expecting parents should attain a vaccine themselves and stress that all family members and close contacts take the time to receive the Tdap vaccine several weeks prior to the delivery date.  There’s no excuse to delay.  Talk to your doctor.  Talk to your child’s pediatrician.  Ask to check that you’re up to date on all your vaccinations, including the Tdap booster shot.  If you can’t afford to take your child to the doctor, your local health department can provide information on the Vaccines for Children program, which provides vaccines free of charge to eligible children.  Help prevent another tragedy like that of little Brady and help keep 2012 from being another one for the record books. 


By contactus@napeds.com
September 07, 2012
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September 7, 2012: Northampton Area Pediatrics is now offering seasonal flu vaccine to patients with existing appointments.  If you have a physical or recheck scheduled, you will be offered the vaccine.  We are also scheduling appointments for our seasonal flu clinics for active patients.  The flu clinic dates are Thursday 9/20, Tuesday 9/25, Tuesday 10/2 and Saturday 10/13.  These will all be held in our Northampton office from 9 am to 5 pm.  There will be signs directing you to the back entrance of the office where the flu clinic is held.  We plan to schedule flu clinics in the Amherst office in early November.  We will update you once those are available.  Please call to schedule your seasonal flu vaccine appointment today at 413-584-8700!!  




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