Gardasil HPV Vaccine Safety Assessed

From Forbes

The largest review of the available evidence on the quadrivalent, or four-strain, HPV vaccine Gardasil, has found no evidence of any serious short-term or long-term safety issues. Bringing together the findings from clinical trials, post-licensure studies and data presented at scientific meetings but not yet published, the researchers focused particularly on autoimmune diseases, nervous system disorders, anaphylaxis, blood clots and stroke – but none of them is caused by the vaccine, they found.

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Dr. Johnson Celebrates 40 Years With The Children’s Clinic

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As of July 7, 2015, Dr. Johnson has been with The Children’s Clinic for 40 years!

Pictured is Dr. Johnson with his wife, Kathy, who he hired to be his nurse 40 years ago. Four years later they were married!

Thank you Dr. Johnson for your 40 years of caring for our children!

 

Fourth of July

The Children’s Clinic will be closed July 3rd – July 5th for the Fourth of July holiday. We will re-open Monday, July 6th at normal office hours.

Please have a fun and safe holiday. Below are helpful links for summer safety.

Physical Fitness for Kids

Studies show that the lifestyle learned as children are much more likely to stay with a person into adulthood. For this reason, physical activity should be a regular part of family life.

Parents play a key role in helping their children become more physically active. Exercise along with a balanced diet provides the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. The most important things parents can do is encourage healthy habits in their children early in life.

What you can do…

  1. Take a walk or bike ride as a family.
  2. Play music and dance while doing chores
  3. Spend the afternoon at the playground
  4. Go for a hike
  5. Set family fitness goals
  6. Encourage children to sign up for a sport activity
  7. Set positive examples
  8. Give your children toys and equipment that encourages physical activity (jump rope, balls, etc)
  9. Turn off the TV. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than 1 to 2 hours of screen time per day.
  10. Don’t overdo it.
  11. Choose age appropriate activities
  12. Plan ahead and provide a safe environment

Swimmer’s Ear Research

Did fun at the pool leave you with a sore ear?

If you have swimmer’s ear, you may be eligible for an ear drop research study.

Ear exam and study drops at no charge for eligible participants.

Contact Jamie Barker at 870-935-6012 for more information.

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Kid Friendly April Fools Day Pranks

No one loves April Fool’s Day as much as kids! Below are a list of kid-friendly pranks.

  • Turn all the photos in your home upside down.
  • Put a few drops of food coloring in your milk. Make sure your kiddo is watching when you pour their cereal.
  • Spill “milk” over your child’s electronics. You can make your “milk splatter” here.
  • Stick googly eyes on all the food in your refrigerator.
  • Stuff toilet paper in the toe of one of your kid’s shoes and insist one of their feet grew overnight.
  • Put a surprise toy dinosaur in the mailbox and ask your child to check the mail.
  • Switch the inside bags of two boxes of cereal
  • Pick up your kids from school wearing a funny wig

Eye Allergies

With the beautiful blooms of spring comes the dreaded allergy season. Part of allergy season is itchy, watery eyes. How can you tell what is simply an eye allergy or something that needs medical care?

Eye allergy symptoms include:

  • Itchy eyes (you will notice your child frequently rubbing their eyes)
  • Increase in tearing
  • Red or pink eyes
  • Mild swelling of the eyelids
  • No sticky, mucus discharge
  • No pain or fever
  • Other allergy or hay fever symptoms may accompany the eye allergies (sneezing, running/itching nose)

If your child has these symptoms you can wash the allergens off the face by using a wet washcloth to clean the eyelids. You can also use an antihistamine such as benadryl.

If your child wears contacts, you may want to switch them to glasses temporarily to allow the eyes to heal faster.

You should contact us during office hours if:

  • You think your child needs to be seen.
  • Blisters on eyes or inner lids
  • Eyelids are swollen shut
  • Discharge that is not cleared after taking allergy medications for 2 days
  • Discharge that is mucus or sticky

 

Does the Flu Vaccine Work and should my child get one this Flu season?

Does the Flu Vaccine Work and should my child get one this Flu season?

The answer to both these questions is yes.

Recent news reports have come out in reference to the CDC’s reported concern about the Flu Vaccines effectiveness. And thus the question must be should I even bother getting my child a Flu vaccine if it’s ability to help is in question?

Setting aside the very small minority who are not eligible to receive the Flu vaccine like those who are allergic, and who have immune related issues and those under 6mo of age, every eligible person should get a Flu vaccine. Despite reports of the Flu vaccine not be as effective as hoped any vaccine is better than none. Our immune system responds to vaccines by producing antibodies to fight off actual infections we come in contact with. The vaccines job is to trick our immune system into thinking we have the illness, in this case the Flu, and thus stimulating an immune response that leads to the production of these protective Flu antibodies. Most will develop these protective antibodies in 2-4wks after receiving the vaccine.

The problem with the Flu is unpredictability. The Flu type, severity, and the timing of its arrival to the U.S. from other parts of the world are extremely unpredictable. The top 3-4 types of the Flu are used to create the vaccine. If the these most common forms of the Flu are not the type(s) of Flu that show up during this Flu season then the vaccine will appear to be less effective as many who received the vaccine may still come down with Flu-like symptoms. However, the Flu vaccine, even in these cases, still provides protection. But that doesn’t make any sense, right? But realize that despite being vaccinated and still contracting the Flu the likelihood is that without some protective antibodies, produced secondary to the vaccine, the person would have been more critically ill and may have even required hospitalization. So despite concerns over the effectiveness of the Flu vaccine we at the Childrens Clinic would agree with the CDC’s recommendation and urge all our eligible patients to receive a yearly Flu vaccine, along with their family members to help prevent illness from spreading and to avoid the need to hospitalize our patients.