Month: October 2016

THE REAL SCOOP ON THE FLU SHOT FOR 2016-2017 SEASON

Discussion of the flu shot seems to evoke a lot of emotion in people. I’ve heard the flu shot referred to as ‘the shot we love to hate.’ That’s a pretty accurate statement for me. I hate that it causes my medical assistants to be spread thin (we offer vaccines to the whole family at anytime without appointments). I hate that some years the strains covered aren’t exactly the strains in our community (making it essentially a swing and a miss). I especially hate that there is no flu mist for the 2016-2017 season. In case you haven’t heard,...

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CHICKENPOX: DOES MY CHILD REALLY NEED THE SHOT?

In the day of vaccines, it’s easy to get lulled into the notion of “what’s the big deal?” if my child gets the disease? The chicken pox vaccine (the medical term is “varicella”) has made seeing chicken pox a rarity for most docs. Anymore, most of the calls/visits I get for “chicken pox” are really something else that the parent thought was chickenpox. What is chickenpox? Chickenpox is a disease caused by the varicella zoster virus. It is highly contagious. It commonly presents with fever and a very itchy rash. The rash typically starts on the trunk and then...

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WHAT YOU SHOULD REALLY DO WHEN YOUR KID SPRAINS SOMETHING?

I grew up in a “walk it off” or “rub some dirt in it” kind of house. I think Freud would have something to say about my professional choice given my upbringing. Needless to say, although my parents are great and know a lot about a lot of things, they were a bit off course with the “walk it off” approach to caring for twists, sprains, strains, etc. What to do the first moments after an injury: After your child hurts something (e.g., twists an ankle, falls on an outstretched hand and hurts a wrist, or takes a fall/hit...

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Dr. Monica Wonnacott


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