FLU SEASON has MOST DEFINITELY ARRIVED! ABC Pediatrics has now incorporated the latest flu testing technology into our in-office lab. The new testing, called rapid molecular testing, detects RNA (ribonucleic acid) molecules of the influenza virus. With a simple swab of the nose, a sample is collected and processed using the new testing method, which can quickly and more accurately determine if your child is infected with the flu virus.
Respiratory Syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) Virus, or RSV, is a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. Healthy people may become infected with this virus and usually experience mild, cold-like symptoms and recover in a week or two.
At ABC Pediatrics, we want you to be prepared for this flu season. There are multiple things that you can do to help PREVENT getting the flu. One MAJOR choice you can make to help prevent you getting the flu is to get the flu vaccine. Each year, the flu vaccine is formulated with strains of flu virus that experts believe to be the infecting strains for the year. By receiving the flu vaccine, a
Let’s have an intelligent discussion about MEASLES If you have any access to electronic media: TV, radio, smart phone, social media, then you are well aware that measles has been discussed ferociously over the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get an accurate picture or understanding of the current situation with measles in a 30 second sound bite or 140 characters. So, let’s spend a few minutes together and let’s take a
Influenza infections, especially Influenza A, are increasing in our area. At ABC Pediatrics, we have vaccinated a record number of patients this year, some for the first time, which is GREAT news! However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta are reporting that a strain of the influenza virus (H3N2) has “drifted” from the strain that was used to prepare components of this year’s vaccine. The CDC reports that 48% of the Influenza A