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Protect Your Child with a Flu Shot!

When flu season arrives, keep your child healthy. Get the flu shot before the flu gets you! Contact the office at (513) 248-1210 to schedule your child’s flu shot appointment.

Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory disease that can lead to serious complications, hospitalization or even death. Anyone can get the flu, and vaccination is the single-best way to protect against influenza. Even healthy children and adults can get very sick from the flu and spread it to family and friends.

Why SHOULD my child get a flu vaccination?
There are two common reasons for getting a yearly flu vaccination:
1) Flu viruses are constantly changing, and vaccines are updated from one season to the next to protect against the most recent and commonly circulating viruses.
2) Your immune system’s protection from a vaccination declines over time, and annual vaccination is needed for optimal protection.

Who SHOULD get a flu vaccine?
Everyone is at risk for seasonal influenza. Health experts now recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated against influenza. While everyone should get a flu vaccination each flu season, it’s especially important that certain groups get vaccinated. These groups are either at high risk of having serious flu-related complications, or they live with or care for people at high risk of developing flu-related complications:
• Children younger than 5 years of age – especially children younger than 2 years of age.
• Pregnant women.
• People 50 years of age and older.
• People of any age with certain chronic medical conditions.
• People who live in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
• People who live with or care for those at high risk of complications from flu, including: health care workers, household contacts of persons at high risk of complications from the flu, household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children less than 6 months of age (these children are too young to be vaccinated).

Who should NOT get a flu vaccination?
• Influenza vaccine is not approved for use in children younger than 6 months of age, so they should not be vaccinated. Instead, their caregivers should be vaccinated.
• People who are sick with fever should wait until their symptoms pass to get vaccinated.

What kinds of flu vaccines are available?
The “flu shot” is an inactivated vaccine (containing killed virus) that is given with a needle, usually in the arm. The flu shot is approved for use in people older than 6 months of age, including healthy people and people with chronic medical conditions.

What are the benefits of getting a flu vaccination?
• Protection for child and yourself.
• Protection for newborns and infants who are too young to get vaccinated.
• Protection for people at high risk of complications from flu.

Flu seasons are unpredictable and can be severe. Over a period of 30 years, between 1976 and 2007, estimates of flu-related deaths in the United States ranged from a low of 3,000 people to a high of about 49,000 people. Each year, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from the flu, including an average of 20,000 children younger than 5 years of age.

What are the side effects of the flu vaccine?
Flu shots are safe and cannot give you the flu, because they are made from killed or very weakened virus. The most common side effects from the flu shot are soreness, redness, tenderness or swelling where the shot is given.

It is recommended that everyone 6 months of age and older get vaccinated against the flu. A flu vaccination reduces your risk of illness, hospitalization or even death and can prevent you from spreading the virus to your loved ones. Protect your family from the flu – get vaccinated.

Talk to your health care provider for more information about the flu and flu vaccination.

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Why is HPV Vaccine Important?

Every year in the United States, 31,000 women and men are diagnosed with a cancer caused by HPV infection. Most of these cancers could be prevented by HPV vaccination.

HPV vaccination prevents more than just cervical cancer. Vaccination can prevent uncomfortable testing and treatment even for cervical precancers. Each year in the U.S. more than 300,000 women endure invasive testing and treatment for lesions (changes in the cells) on the cervix that can develop into cancers. Testing and treatment for these “precancers” can have lasting effects.

However cervical cancer only accounts for 1 in 3 cancers caused by HPV infection. While there is screening for cervical cancer, there is no routine screening for the other 20,000 cancers caused by HPV infections each year in the United States. Often these cancers—such as cancers of the back of the throat (oropharynx) and cancers of the anus/rectum—aren’t detected until later stages when they are difficult to treat.

School will be out soon, and many families will be getting ready for summer vacations, camps, and other fun activities. Before you start your summer, make an appointment for your preteen’s vaccinations. Vaccines help your kids stay healthy, and many states require certain vaccinations before school starts in the fall. While your kids should get a flu vaccine every year, there are three other vaccines for preteens that should be given when kids are 11- 12 years old. Talk to your child’s doctor about Meningococcal, HPV, and Tdap vaccines or visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/teen today.

Source: cdc.gov

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Cincinnati Children’s Announces New Parent Resources

Cincinnati Children’s is proud to announce a variety of resources for New Parents available by visiting www.cincinnatichildrens.org/newparent.

Having a new baby can be an overwhelming adventure.  Cincinnati Children’s has created a one stop resource to find answers to many of the questions facing new parents.

The resource includes:

  • General information such as Maps to Cincinnati Children’s and an overview of the services provided at Urgent Care vs. Emergency Department
  • Infant Wellness including topics on nutrition – breastfeeding and bottle feeding; Medication administration; Commonly diagnosed conditions – constipation, fever, jaundice, etc. and common concerns-crying, diaper rash, umbilical cord, etc.
  • Immunizations and Vaccines including information on Flu Vaccines, Vaccine Schedules, Vaccine and Immunization fact sheets and a link to the CDC website
  • Injury Prevention topics including Car Seat Safety; Household safety and Outdoor and Recreation safety

 

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Online Check In – Save Time! Be Seen Quicker!

ESD Pediatric Group is very excited to introduce online check in. All you need is your patient portal account. Reduce the time you spend in the waiting room by updating demographics, insurance information and form completion from your mobile device or comfort of your own home.

We realize your time is valuable. With online check in, many of the forms required for your child’s appointment can be completed on the patient portal in the comfort of your home prior to arriving at the office.

If you prefer to complete the forms in the office, it is still recommended that you arrive 15 minutes early to complete the necessary digital forms.

ESD Pediatric Group….embracing technology to improve patient health care and outcomes!

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AAP Issues Updated Immunization Schedules for Children and Adolescents

Updated vaccine recommendations for children and adolescents will be published in the February 2015 issue of Pediatrics and published online Jan. 26. The policy statement, “Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule – United States, 2015” will include links to the 2015 recommended childhood and adolescence immunization schedules approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes the importance of timely vaccinations for children, and encourages parents to adhere to the schedule as the best way to protect children from infectious diseases, including measles and influenza, which are currently experiencing outbreaks. Minor changes in the schedule have been made this year, including new columns to emphasize the availability of inactivated influenza vaccine and live-attenuated vaccine starting at 2 years of age as well as the need for 2 doses of flu vaccine for some children 2 through 8 years of age. A second column has been added at 9 through 10 years to indicate when 2 doses are no longer needed. A purple bar has been added for young children 6 months to less than 12 months traveling outside the United States who need the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. In addition, minor, clarifying word changes were made to the catch-up schedules and the footnotes. The meningococcal footnote underwent extensive revision to clarify appropriate dosing schedules for high-risk infants and children for the use of three different vaccines – See more at: http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/AAP-Issues-Updated-Immunization-Schedules-for-Children-and-Adolescents.aspx#sthash.DoGNx1WV.dpuf

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It’s Official…ESD IS Your Child’s Medical Home

ESD Pediatric Group has been recognized by National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCCQA) as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home.  Level 3 certification is the highest level of recognition.  The providers and staff take great pride in this accomplishment.

You may have heard talk about Patient-Centered Medical Homes, but what exactly is a patient-centered medical home?  A patient-centered medical home is a system of care in which a team of health professionals work together to provide all of your child’s health care needs.  Here at ESD, we use technology such as electronic medical records and the secure patient portal to communicate and coordinate your child’s care and provide the best possible outcomes.

Your child is the most important part of a patient-centered medical home.  When you take an active role in your child’s health and work closely with us, you can be sure that your child is getting the appropriate care.

As your child’s medical home, ESD leads the health care team which may include specialized doctors, nurses, health educators, and other health care professionals such as pharmacists or physical therapists.  Our team acts as “coaches” who help your child get healthy, stay healthy, and get the care and services which are right for your child.  Your child, of course, is at the center of his/her care team.

In a patient-centered medical home, the ESD health team:

  • Is available when you need us.  You can communicate with us easily and efficiently and get appointments quickly. The secure patient portal allows you to communicate with us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Knows your child and his/her health history.  We know about your personal or family situation and can suggest treatment options that make appropriate medical sense.
  • Helps you understand your child’s conditions and how to take care of your child.  We explain your options and help you make decisions about your child’s care.
  • Helps you coordinate your child’s health care – even if we are not the ones giving you the care.  ESD’s care coordinator will help you find specialists, get appointments, and make sure specialists have the information they need to care for your child.
  • Uses technology such as electronic medical records and share records to help prevent medical errors and make sure that we are always on the same page.

The ESD medical home team looks forward to providing your child with superior patient-centered care!

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Dr. Jeff Drasnin voted a “Top Doc” for 2015

Congratulations to one of our own.

Dr. Jeff Drasnin has been voted one of Cincinnati Magazine’s Top Doctors.  Chosen for the first time in 2013,  Dr. Jeff was again selected for this honor in 2014 and 2015.   This is a remarkable accomplishment and puts Dr. Jeff among an elite group in the city.  Top Doctors are chosen by fellow physicians in the city as practitioners that they would entrust the care of a family member to.

Following in the footsteps of his late father, Dr. Ronald Drasnin who was also listed, Dr. Jeff has been recognized by the magazine as a Top Doctor in Cincinnati. This is a reflection not only of Dr. Jeff ‘s accomplishments but also of all the hard work and dedicated service everyone at ESD Pediatric Group puts forth on behalf of its patients.

Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Drasnin for being chosen by his peers as a 2013, 2014 and 2015 Top Doctor!

 

http://www.cincinnatimagazine.com/topdoctors

 

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ESD Offers PediaVision Screening

Does your child see well? We can tell you! ESD Pediatrics is proud to offer state-of-the-art vision screening at our offices using the PediaVision® Early Vision Screening system.

The PediaVision system allows our staff to quickly and effortlessly assess your child’s vision. Since the system is automated and passive, we can test children as young as 6 months old. PediaVision uses an infrared camera that takes a digital photograph from just over a yard away. The information acquired is used to automatically assess a child’s vision in as little as five seconds. This data can be used to assist in the detection of any number of problems or issues.

For full details about the PediaVision system, you can visit PediaVision’s web site or ask the doctor or nurse the next time you visit our office.

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