Recent News

Flu Season

Flu season has started.  Common symptoms of the flu are fever, body aches, chills, and cough.  Learn more about flu symptoms here

The best ways to protect your child are to get the flu vaccine and take preventative measures such as hand washing at home.

Children younger than 5 years of age – especially those younger than 2 years – and children with certain long-term health problems (including asthma, diabetes and disorders of the brain or nervous system) are at greater risk of serious flu-related complications.  Please call our office if your child fits this criteria and is showing signs of the flu such as high fever, body aches, or cough.

Antiviral medication such as Tamiflu can be used to shorten the duration or severity of influenza when started within the first 48 hrs of symptoms.  The CDC recommends treatment for children <2 yrs of age and children with asthma or other long-term health problems.  Some children <5 yrs of age may also benefit from Tamiflu. 

For children >5 yrs of age who are otherwise healthy, we do not recommend Tamiflu.  Tamiflu is costly, has side effects (vomiting is most common), and tends to shorten the course of illness only by about 24 hrs.

If you feel your child is ill enough to need antiviral medication such as Tamiflu, he or she should be evaluated in our office prior to treatment.

Even healthy children can become seriously ill from influenza.  Parents should call immediately or go to the emergency room with fast breathing, trouble breathing, or bluish or gray skin color. 

Measles outbreak

The CDC has recently confirmed 79 cases of measles in 10 states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, and Washington).

Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.  Measles vaccine is about 98% effective in protecting against the virus.

Children routinely receive the first measles vaccine after 12 months of age.  Measles remains common in many parts of the world, so if you plan to travel internationally please be sure your child is vaccinated.  The vaccine may be given early (6 months and older) for children who are at risk.  Read more information from the CDC here.

Sports Physicals

If your child or teen needs a sports physical for next school year, don't wait until the last minute!  Schedule it today for spring.  Any physical after April 15th is valid for the following school year.

Convenient evening appointments have been set aside with your physician to get your high schooler accommodated.

If your child is NOT due for their check-up until after the fall sports season starts, we will do a sports update physical.  We will bill this to your insurance, but it may not be covered.  Maximum out of pocket is $30.

Prior to scheduling a visit for a brief "sports update" physical, please make sure of the following:

  1. Well exam completed within the last 11 months
  2. Required sports survey was filled out at the time of the well exam, with no new concerns related to the survey
  3. Asthma or ADHD visits (if applicable) are up to date (seen within the last 6 months)
  4. You do not have any other current concerns about your child which need to be discussed with his or her physician

  Please call us at 616-949-4465 to make your child's appointment.

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