Our site provides doctor authored content about commonly asked medical questions such as newborn baby care, fevers, and colds viruses.
Our October 18th and November 8th Flu Vaccine clinics are now full. We will continue to add more flu vaccine clinics as more product is delivered and will post that information on the website. For currently scheduled patients, we have the following flu vaccines available: trivalent (3-strain) injectable vaccine for anyone 6 months of age or older and FluMist. The Trivalent vaccine is the same vaccine that is available at local pharmacies and does contain a preservative to prevent bacterial contamination. The production of Quadrivalent (4-strain) preservative-free flu shot continues to be delayed. We receive small, intermittent shipments of Quadrivalent vaccine and will give this preferentially if available at the time of your appointment.
FluMist nasal vaccine (4-strain) is available in limited quantities for non-high risk patients age 2 and older. High risk patients are those with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, active asthma, kidney or liver disease, metabolic conditions such as diabetes, anemia and other blood disorders.
Thank you for being patient with our staff as we attempt to provide flu vaccination to all of our patients.
Pre-natal classes taught by one of the doctors are now being offered periodically to introduce expectant families to the practice and review common issues surrounding newborn care.
Please call our office to find out when the next class will be offered.
We currently have 6 pediatricians at Children's Health Partners - Karen Kreiling, Laurel George, Michelle Pierce, Brooke Scherer, Janie Canner, and Radhika Shah.
The pediatricians have been trained at nationally recognized institutions throughout the country. All are board-certified in pediatrics and are affiliated with the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Additionally, all are on medical staff at Edward Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
A fever is an elevation in body temperature >/= 100.4 degrees. Fevers are very common in children, and are generally not harmful unless they climb above 106 degrees (this level of fever is quite uncommon and generally only seen in the setting of heat stroke). A fever, however, is telling you that your body is reacting to something. In fact, a fever is part of your body's natural way of fighting an infection, and is likely beneficial. Often, a fever is your first warning sign that your child is becoming ill with a virus. The fever will typically last from 24-72 hours. Within that time, your child will likely develop viral symptoms, most commonly either respiratory symptoms (runny nose, cough, congestion), or gastrointestinal symptoms (vomiting, abdominal pain, and/or diarrhea).