We advocate for the well being of all children

“GIVE ME YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR, YOUR HUDDLED MASSES YEARNING TO BREATHE FREE.” – EMMA LAZARUS, AS INSCRIBED ON THE STATUE OF LIBERTY

We just found out about this national vigil sponsored by Lights for Liberty that is happening tomorrow, both Dr. Eileen and Dr. Niki will be at the Redwood City event to support the rights of all children. Please join us, and feel free to share this post.

Measles update April 2019

As of April 25, 2019, there were 695 confirmed cases of vaccine-preventable measles across the USA in 22 states, with 4 confirmed cases in San Mateo County. This the highest number on record since the disease was thought to be eliminated in 2000.

   Information you should know:

  • Measles is a highly contagious disease that can cause serious complications, including pneumonia and encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain that can have long-term consequences, especially among medically vulnerable people including young children, adults with weakened immune systems and the elderly.
  • Measles spreads by direct contact with infectious droplets or through the air when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes. The virus can remain infectious in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves an area. Infected people can spread measles to others from four days before through four days after the appearance of a rash. Symptoms begin with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash that usually begins at the head and spreads to the rest of the body.
  • The CDC recommends children get two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 to 15 months of age and the second dose at 4 to 6 years of age. Adults born before 1957 are unlikely to need more MMR shots since most caught measles and have natural immunity.

What we are doing at PWG:

  • Our vaccine policy at PWG has remained the same since we opened in 2011: At PWG we believe that vaccines are safe and important for the health and welfare of your child, your family and our community. It is our policy that patients in our practice must be vaccinated.
  • In order to keep everyone safe we have implemented infection control steps if we suspect a possible measles exposure. We will ask you specific questions to assess the risk and then ask you to follow a different check in process. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

More resources:

We will continue to provide periodic updates as we get new information. As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Common Sense Media

Hello friends and families of PWG!

We know that technology is a big part of each family’s daily life. Many of us seek realistic ways to manage media and devices at home.

To promote healthy media habits at every age and stage, we’re launching Common Sense Media’s Family Media Toolkit (developed with the American Academy of Pediatrics)–Resources here! You’ll find tips for screen time and age-appropriate content that reflect today’s fast-changing reality. Let us know if you find it helpful.

-The Pediatric Wellness Group Team

Flu Clinic update 1/11/19

WE NO LONGER HAVE FLU VACCINE FOR CHILDREN OVER THE AGE OF 3

1/11/19 WILL BE THE LAST DAY FLU MIST FOR KIDS >2  WILL BE AVAILABLE.

We still have good availability of flu shots for children 6 months to 36 months.

FluMist cannot be given to every child, here is what you should know about FluMist:

  • FluMist is an intra-nasal vaccine and we cannot give this to children with any of the following health issues:
    • An allergy to eggs
    • History of chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or asthma
    • Any episodes of wheezing or bronchospasm in the past 12 months
    • If they have received Varivax or MMR in the past 4 weeks
    • Child must avoid contact with persons who are severely immunocompromised for 7 days after getting the nasal spray vaccine

FLU CLINIC TIMES:

  • Fridays 10:00 am to 12:00 pm