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We have received a shipment of Trivalent (3-strain) Flu Shot and are now able to offer it to High Risk patients who are age 4 or older. These vaccines are only available in multi-dose vials and therefore contain a preservative to prevent bacterial contamination. This is the same flu shot vaccine that is available at local pharmacies and the only flu shot vaccine available at this time. The production of Quadrivalent (4-strain) Flu Shot continues to be delayed and we cannot confirm when our next shipment will arrive from the manufacturer; however, we know it will not be before November. FluMist nasal vaccine (4-strain) is currently available and recommended for all Non-High Risk patients age 2 and older. High risk patients are those with chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, asthma, kidney or liver disease, metabolic conditions such as diabetes, anemia and other blood disorders. We will continue to provide flu vaccine availability updates as we receive them. If you have not done so already, please provide our office staff with your preferred email address for the most up to date information.
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).