Born To: Shelbi and Collin
Weight: 6 lb 7 oz
Length: 18 in
Protect yourself, your family and your community this season with an annual flu vaccine for everyone in your family who is 6 months and older. This fall, Myrtue Medical Center’s Department of Public Health is offering a variety of flu clinics throughout Shelby County. Our goal is to protect all residents from complications related to influenza by increasing influenza immunization rates in Shelby County. In addition to the variety of flu clinics offered in Shelby County, Myrtue is hosting Ayzlee’s Flu Clinics in Harlan, Elk Horn and Irwin. Ayzlee McCarthy, of Elk Horn, IA was diagnosed with influenza A and B on December 27, 2014 and passed away at the age of 3 on December 29, 2014 from septic shock, secondary to influenza. The “Ayzlee’s Flu Clinics” honor Ayzlee McCarthy and promote the importance of the flu vaccine.
Influenza remains a top ten leading cause of death in Iowa, yet can be prevented by receiving a yearly flu vaccine. Some people are at higher risk for complications of influenza which makes receiving the vaccine very important. People at higher risk include:
Individuals with these risk factors are protected when they receive the flu vaccine and also when those around them are immunized. Additionally, infants under six months of age are not old enough to receive the flu vaccine. The best way to protect young infants is to vaccinate family members and caregivers in order to provide a “cocoon of protection”.
While the timing of flu season is unpredictable, seasonal flu activity usually occurs in late fall and winter, but can last as late as May. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus infection, making fall a great time to get the flu vaccine.
You have the power to protect your family against flu this season. Get yourself and your family a flu vaccine. Fight the Flu! More information about available flu vaccines for the 2018-2019 season can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/index.html .
To schedule your appointment for the flu vaccine or for questions, call Shelby County Public Health at 712-755-4422 or go online at www.shelbycountyclinics.com.
by Dr. Nathan Boonstra – Blank Children’s Hospital Pediatric Clinic
Bronchiolitis Is Not Bronchitis
Bronchiolitis and bronchitis sound so similar that they are easy to mix up, but they’re fairly distinct. Bronchitis is usually caused by a viral infection of the larger airways, while bronchiolitis is mainly a problem of the bronchioles – smaller branching airways in the lungs. Bronchiolitis has a distinctive set of symptoms, and the biggest symptom is the production of lots and lots of wet mucus. This is the biggest problem with bronchiolitis, that the mucus makes it hard for kids to move air through their airways. Some kids wheeze with bronchiolitis, but most do not.
What is RSV?
RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) is just the name for the most common virus that causes bronchiolitis. We can test for RSV easily, but testing doesn’t mean much except that we are a little more confident in what we are dealing with. If a child looks and acts like bronchiolitis, the care is the same whether they are positive for RSV or not. As Doc Smitty over at Cook’s Children discusses, it’s just not that important to test.
Most kids get bronchiolitis at some point, but the younger you are, the harder it can be on you. It’s a frustrating illness because there’s no traditional vaccine for it, and because it is caused by a virus, not bacteria, antibiotics just aren’t any good. This is one of those illnesses that makes kids miserable, and is hard to watch, but there just isn’t a medicine that makes it get better faster. It’s a lot of waiting and supporting the body while it fights the disease off by itself.
What can you do at home?
In the Hospital
About three percent of infants with bronchiolitis need care in the hospital. Premature babies, and infants with other medical conditions, are more likely to be hospitalized. Bronchiolitis caused by RSV is more likely to need hospitalization than bronchiolitis from other viruses. Now this can a very frustrating kind of hospital stay, because even on the floor, there isn’t a magic way that makes kids get better faster. A lot of inpatient care for this illness still involves supporting the body while the child fights off the illness themselves.
The hospital team can:
I know families can get frustrated and feel the doctors aren’t doing enough, when really they are doing everything that has been shown to be helpful.
Some things that aren’t shown to be helpful in most cases of bronchiolitis include:
The AAP recommends against all these things except in special circumstances. You can read more about these recommendations here.
It’s very normal to want to have as much as possible done for your sick child when they are in the hospital, but some things just don’t help and may have side effects, which is why hospital pediatricians follow expert guidelines for the treatment of diseases like bronchiolitis. They want your child to get better as much as you do.
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