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Office News & Updates


Flu Season Update

It is flu season – come on in for the flu shot. Note that this year we are only providing flu shots and NO Flumist. Flumist was discontinued because it has proven to be ineffective the last two seasons. For questions please contact the office.

Meningitis Type B Vaccine Available

We have Meningitis Type B vaccine for highschool kids and college kids. Please ask your doctor if recommended for your child.

AAP Urges Vaccinations

We at Chevy Chase Pediatrics strongly recommend to vaccinate against childhood illnesses. Please read the article below to address the importance of the measles vaccine in light of the current measles outbreak. If you have any questions, please schedule an appointment with your provider to discuss your child’s vaccinations. American Academy of Pediatrics President Urges Parents to Vaccinate Their Children Against Measles

Morning Call Hours Update

Please note that as of Nov 15, Dr. de la Croix-Vaubois has discontinued morning call in time. Patients who need to get in contact should email Dr. de la Croix-Vaubois directly, or call the regular office number.

Dr. Bennett’s Site

Patients are welcomed to check out the latest on Dr. Bennett’s personal website, HowardJBennett.com, which has frequent posts including fun stuff for kids as well as a blog and medical information for parents.

Only Two Shots Needed for HPV Vaccine

Kids only need two shots to complete the HPV series instead of three. If you have started the series or received the second vaccine at age 15 years or older, then you still need to complete the three dose series.

Adult Booster Shots

Adolescents have received tetanus/diphtheria booster shots (Td) for decades. In 2005, we started giving pertussis (whooping cough) boosters to our teenage patients. This decision was based on research that showed childhood immunity to pertussis waned during adolescence. The vaccine is called Tdap and is usually given at the 11-year-old physical. It protects against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. Adults are at risk to get pertussis as well and are more likely to spread the infection to infants. In 2005, the CDC recommended the routine use of a single dose of Tdap for adults 19-64 years of age to replace the next booster shot for tetanus and diphtheria (Td). The CDC recommended getting a Tdap sooner for adults that have close contact with infants less than 12 months of age. In 2010, there was an outbreak of pertussis in California that claimed the lives of several infants. This has led to a renewed interest in vaccinating adults against this serious and highly contagious disease. The best place for parents to get a Tdap is from their own doctors. However, if this cannot be arranged, we will give you the vaccination in our office. You can schedule a nurse’s visit to get the shot or we can give it to you if you are in the office with one of your children.

News

For the latest news and updates please call the office.