At Legacy Pediatrics we have started giving the new Meningitis B vaccine to teenagers beginning at age 16 years old. Three doses will be needed to complete the immunization series. The doses are to be given spread out with the second dose about 2 months after the first dose and a third dose at least 6 months after the first dose. This is the same schedule as the HPV vaccine for boys and girls that prevents cervical and vaginal cancer in girls, and anal cancer, some head/neck cancers, and genital warts in both boys and girls.
As we embark on a new school year (where did the summer go?), you may be experiencing excitement, anxiety, and for some of you, even a little bit of fear as kids move on to the next academic level. Consider yourselves fortunate if your child enjoys school, likes to learn, and does homework without a fight. Many others have a very different experience of school. Academic demands are heightening and, as early as pre-k, we are seeing a shift in the expectations of our kids. While this is true, this is often a time when parents and teachers alike are surveying for any barriers to learning, which may include concerns for ADHD. In fact, some of you may have already been encouraged by a teacher or counselor to explore this possibility.
This is the time of the year to make sure your kids’ vaccinations and physicals are up to date. Our pediatrician, Dr. Michael Pichichero, has some back-to-school guidelines.