History Points to a Tough Flu Season This Year

Posted On November 7, 2016 By In Practice

History Points to a Tough Flu Season This Year

Last year’s relatively mild flu season is likely indicative of two things: The vaccine produced was a good match for the prevalent strains of influenza, and this year’s season could be a doozy. The latter point would be borne out by history, which shows that “good” flu seasons are most often followed by “bad” flu seasons. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions continues to hammer home the message that early vaccination is strongly advised for all patients over 6 months of age, especially pregnant women, people over 50, people with chronic diseases, and healthcare personnel. When counseling urgent care patients on getting the flu shot—especially those who may reluctant for any reason—stress the following:
  • Immunity takes around 2 weeks to build after getting a shot.
  • Despite myths to the contrary, people cannot “get the flu” from having a flu shot. People who get the flu after having a shot are most likely to have been exposed prior to vaccination.
  • Side effects, which seldom occur at all, are typically mild and limited to low-grade fever and mild body aches for a day or two.
  • While young, healthy adults are least likely to experience severe consequences from getting the flu, they can pass infection along to other who are at greater risk, such as young children, the elderly, and anyone with a compromised immune system. (In other words, they should get the shot not only to protect themselves, but their loved ones.)

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Flu Shots In

It’s that time of year again! We have received our shipment of flu shots! 

Be sure to get you and your family vaccinated before the flu season starts.

Mention this blog post to receive a flu shot for $20. (Regular price $30)


The following populations are at an increased  risk of contracting the flu:


  • Children and Infants: Children’s immune systems are not fully developed, leaving them at a higher risk to catch the flu.
  • Pregnant Women: A women’s immune system sensitivity changes during pregnancy. A baby after birth will have some protection from the flu if the mother had her vaccination during the pregnancy.
  • Seniors: As  you age, your immune system weakens, making adults 65 and older more susceptible to the flu.
  • People with Health Conditions: Arthritis, Asthma, Cancer, Diabetes, Heart  Disease, HIV/AIDS



For more information about the flu visit:




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Signs and symptoms of Roseola?


Roseola (also known as sixth disease) is a viral illness in young kids, most commonly affecting those between 6 months and 2 years old. It is usually marked by several days of high fever, followed by a distinctive rash just as the fever breaks. http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/skin/roseola.html#


Signs and Symptoms:

A child with roseola typically develops a mild upper respiratory illness, followed by a high fever (often over 103° F or 39.5° C) for up to a week. During this time, the child may appear fussy or irritable and may have a decreased appetite and swollen lymph nodes (glands) in the neck. www.SeeADoctorTODAY.com should these symptoms arise.

The high fever often ends abruptly, and at about the same time a pinkish-red flat or raised rash appears on the trunk and spreads over the body. The rash’s spots blanch (turn white) when you touch them, and individual spots may have a lighter “halo” around them. The rash usually spreads to the neck, face, arms, and legs.


The fast-rising fever that comes with roseola triggers febrile seizureshttp://kidshealth.org/parent/general/sick/febrile.html (convulsions caused by high fevers) in about 10% to 15% of young children. Signs of a febrile seizure include:

  1. Unconsciousness
2 to 3 minutes of jerking or twitching in the arms, legs, or face
Loss of control of the bladder or bowels


The fever of roseola lasts from 3 to 7 days, followed by a rash lasting from hours to a few days.


Professional Treatment:


To make a diagnosis, your doctor first will take a history and do a thorough physical examination. A diagnosis of roseola is often uncertain until the fever drops and the rash appears, so the doctor may order tests to make sure that the fever is not caused by another type of infection. www.SeeADoctorTODAY.com

Pertussis Outbreak

Please read this important article about the recent pertussis outbreak.


By Laura L. Myers

SEATTLE (Reuters) Jul 20 – The number of U.S. whooping cough cases has risen to around 18,000 in an outbreak that is on track to become the most severe in over a half century and could in part stem from possible waning vaccine protection, health officials said on Thursday.

Washington state, which declared an epidemic in April, and Wisconsin were particularly hard hit, with each reporting more than 3,000 cases, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nine people have died overall and the number of cases was already more than double than at the same time last year.

All adults, including pregnant women, should get a booster shot because the contagious illness is especially dangerous for children under a year old who have yet to complete a cycle of vaccinations, Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told a media briefing.

“It’s most dangerous for babies,” Dr. Schuchat said, adding that the current outbreak at its existing pace could become the most severe since 1959, when 40,000 cases were reported. “Preventing infant deaths from the disease is our primary national goal,” she said.

A spike in pertussis cases among 10-, 13- and 14-year-olds was a concern, perhaps an indicator that the pertussis vaccine may be wearing off earlier than anticipated, Washington Health Secretary Mary Selecky said.

The U.S. groups of 10-, 13- and 14-year-olds who are experiencing a high illness rate had DTaP vaccinations, which were introduced in 1997 at the same time that the prior DTP vaccine was discontinued.

The earlier vaccine used whole cell parts made of killed pertussis bacteria, while DTaP uses only small acellular bacteria pieces, not the whole bacteria cell, said Donn Moyer, Washington state Health Department spokesman

CDC officials will begin an investigation in Washington state later this month “to analyze our data for cases among 13- to 14-year-olds to see what can be learned about disease rates and vaccination status,” Moyer told Reuters.

The number of cases in Washington, with no deaths, has tripled since April, with 1,132 cases reported by the end of that month.

Moyer said the CDC also plans a similar study in California, where a 2010 epidemic counted more than 9,000 cases, including 10 infant deaths.

Earlier this week, New York state released preliminary figures showing 970 cases so far in 2012. In all of 2011, there were 931 cases reported in New York. (See Reuters Health report of July 18, 2012.)

This year, Australia is also experiencing a high rate of whooping cough, Schuchat said.

Rocky Mountain Familiy Medicine Coming To Lowry!

Rocky Mountain Family Medicine is excited to announce its newest location in Lowry. The Lowry office will open on August 1, 2012 at 130 Rampart Way, Suite 150, Denver, CO. Dr.’s Amy Cook and Celeste Dean will be our initial physician providers at this site, and will be supported by Dr. Moore and our team of mid-level providers. Appointments can be made at this time by calling our family medicine clinic at Aurora at 303-695-8684. The new phone number for Lowry will be available soon!

Sunscreen Spray and Kids

Wow is it hot in Denver right now.  Great days for being out in the sun at the pool or at Elitches or the water park.

I just came across this article from Consumer Reports 2011 which I think is still relevant regarding the use of sunscreen sprays in kids.  Aerosols from these sprays can easily be inhaled.  We recommend spraying the sunscreen spray into your hand first and then applying to your child.  If you are going to spray the sunscreen on your child, avoid the face and head areas.

Cosumer Reports Article:


The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these summer sun safety tips:


Have fun this summer!

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