Join the Teal Pumpkin Project

Every child should be able to experience the joy and tradition of trick-or-treating on Halloween. But kids with food allergies are often left out of the fun, since so much candy is off limits.

FARE’s (Food Allergy Research & Education) Teal Pumpkin Project helps make sure all children will come home on Halloween night with something they can enjoy.

October Teal Pumkin Project

Help create a safer, happier Halloween for all!

  1. Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters: glow sticks, mini slinkies, spider ringers, vampire fangs.
  2. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate you have non-food treats available to passersby.
  3. Display a printable poster from FARE www.foodallergy.org to explain the meaning of your teal pumpkin.

Now is the time to get your 2016 - 2017 flu vaccine

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. The more people who get vaccinated, the more people will be protected from flu, including older people, very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine every year by the end of October, if possible. However, getting vaccinated later is OK. Vaccination should continue throughout the flu season, even in January or later.

Two new flu vaccines are available this year. One protects against four strains of flu instead of just three. The other contains a substance known as an "adjuvant," which boosts the vaccine's effectiveness.

Health officials are recommending that most people get whichever version of flu shot is most readily available to them rather than wait for a specific version.

The nasal spray form of the influenza vaccine should not be used this flu season, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Panel on Immunization Practices

(ACIP). ACIP said it reviewed data from 2013 through 2016 to assess the effectiveness of the nasal spray for children aged 2 to 17. These new studies found that FluMist offered children virtually no protection against the flu. In the 2015-16 flu season, the nasal flu vaccine's protection rate was only 3%, which means that no protective benefit could be measured, the panel explained. It's effectiveness in the previous 2 flu seasons was also low. In comparison, the traditional flu shot was 63% effective among children aged 2 to 17 during the 2015-16 flu season, ACIP said.

Does being allergic to egg mean you should not get the vaccine?

Recent studies have shown that even individuals with confirmed egg allergy can safely receive the flu vaccine. The Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics state that no special precautions are required for the administration of influenza vaccine to egg-allergic patients no matter how severe the egg allergy. The normal precautions for giving any vaccine to any patient should be followed, namely recognizing that about one in a million doses of any vaccine results in a serious allergic reaction, and vaccine providers should be prepared to recognize and treat such reactions. If you have any questions regarding your or your loved ones’ egg allergy and receiving the flu vaccine please give us a call.

Congratulations Jessica Lee, RN

Please join us in celebrating Jessica as she reaches her 25th anniversary of employment at The Allergy & Asthma Clinic. Clearly, reaching this milestone is a very special occasion for her and the Clinic since it is a testimony of her loyalty to The Allergy and Asthma Clinic over the years.

Jessica is an invaluable member of our team and her ongoing contributions are vital for The Allergy & Asthma Clinic to continue to be successful. All of the Clinic’s achievements are made possible because of her individual efforts as well as the efforts of her team members. We are so pleased to say thank you for the thousands of little things she does every day that add to the high quality care we are able to give to our patients and for her hard work and ongoing dedication. We look forward to a continued bright and successful future together, with Jessica continuing to shine!

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