I hate to discuss school in August but I must, as there are several To Dos that will make the start of school a little less stressful for everyone.
I don’t want to go to school!
The dreaded exclamation from our pre-school and school-aged children. An age-old complaint, though one must question whether or not this school resistance and refusal is on the rise. With the implementation of the Common Core curriculum in many of our schools, the enactment of universal academic standards of performance, as well as the invasion of social media on the social development of our children, not all kids can handle this pressure. Many children develop somatic complaints associated with going to school. Common complaints include stomach ache, headache, generalized aches and pains, and/or trouble sleeping. But how do you know whether your child’s complaints are age appropriate or something to genuinely be concerned about?
Another flu season is upon us. And we are left hoping it will be nothing like last year, which proved to be one of the worst flu seasons we have had in many years. The 2012-2013 season brought two surges of flu in New York State, with the first surge being influenza A and the second surge being influenza B. Not only did we see high reports of flu, but we saw the flu season span a longer period of time than we were used to. The first cases of flu started as early as November and we continued to see it into May. We even had patients who were unlucky enough to have it twice within the same season.
(This is current information as of 1/31/2014 from the NYSDOH)
So as we embark on the 2013-2014 season, we are facing lots of questions, concerns, and misconceptions regarding the flu shot. Here is a list of the top things I hear from our patients, and our response.