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Flu Vaccine Supply Status

Flu season continues to hit the area. It is not too late to get a flu vaccine. However, supply is running low.

Currently, both offices have plenty of vaccine for patients ages 6 months to 36 months.

Both offices are out of vaccine for patients 36 months and older.

To find flu vaccine in your area for you or your child over 36 months of age, the C.D.C. suggests consulting vaccinefinder.org.

To vaccinate your child age 6 – 36 months against the flu, please contact the office at (513) 248-1210.

 

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Milestone Tracker Mobile App

Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.

From birth to age 5, your child should reach milestones in how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. Photos and videos in this app illustrate each milestone and make tracking them for your child easy and fun!

Features:

  • Add a Child – enter personalized information about your child or multiple children
  • Milestone Tracker – track your child’s developmental progress by looking for important milestones using an interactive, illustrated checklist
  • Milestone Photos and Videos – know what each milestone looks like so that you can better identify them in your own child
  • Tips and Activities – support your child’s development at every age
  • When to Act Early – know when it’s time to “act early” and talk with your child’s doctor about developmental concerns
  • Appointments – keep track of your child’s doctors’ appointments and get reminders about recommended developmental screenings
  • Milestone Summary – get a summary of your child’s milestones to view, and share with or email to your child’s doctor and other important care providers

Learn more at cdc.gov/MilestoneTracker 

The use of this app is not a substitute for the use of validated, standardized developmental screening tools as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Ohio AAP Launches Vaccine Advocacy Group

The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics is launching a new immunization advocacy group that is led by parents called Ohio Parents Advocating for Vaccines (PA4V).

Who we are: Ohio PA4V is a group of Ohio parents advocating for vaccines and spreading accurate information about the disease burden, safety and effectiveness of vaccines. Some of us are vaccine-preventable disease survivors, parents of immuno-compromised children, or parents of healthy children because of immunizations. All of us are fierce advocates for combatting misinformation on vaccines!

Why we care: We vaccinate our children (if medically possible) for their own health and safety, as well as the health and safety of our community. Ohio’s immunization rates for children and adolescents are NOT where they need to be for all of our children to be protected from potentially dangerous vaccine-preventable diseases. The misinformation has scared parents, and it is time to set the record straight.

What we do: We share factual information and stories about vaccines! Here is how to get involved:

Join PA4V! There is no membership fee, and we don’t ask anything from you expect to occasionally share our social media posts to get the word out about the truth around vaccines. You can sign up here http://www.OhioAAP.org/OhioPA4V.

Share the facts! Go to http://www.OhioAAP.org/OhioPA4V to get access to resources you can share with your friends, family and on social media.

Share your story! Go to http://www.OhioAAP.org/OhioPA4V and share your story about why immunizations are so import to you and your family. You can do this with a sentence or two or a video you upload.

Participate in our upcoming #iVAX campaign! Publicly share that you understand the importance of vaccinating yourself and your family against vaccine preventable diseases.

Find us on Twitter and Facebook! Twitter: https://twitter.com/OhioPA4V

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/OhioPA4V/

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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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