Influenza, or the flu, is a seasonal and very common illness. Each year the influenza virus evolves, making it difficult to prevent long-term. Therefore, it is recommended that you and your child get a flu vaccine each year during flu season near the beginning of fall.
Even though the symptoms are similar to the common cold, they can become severe enough to lead to other illnesses and even cause death. On average 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized due to the flu. Last year’s flu season had roughly 46 pediatric deaths, none of which had received the influenza vaccine. So far this season, we’ve had about 13 pediatric deaths from influenza. Continue reading
Choosing a pediatrician is one of the first, and most important, decisions you’ll make as a parent. A good pediatrician is important because they’re the main source of information when it comes to your child’s health.
How Do I Find a List of Pediatricians in Orlando?
The American Academy of Pediatrics provides patients with a tool that allows them to search for pediatricians in the community. You can narrow your search down by city, languages spoken, medical sub-specialty and zip code.
What Questions Should I Ask Potential Pediatricians?
It’s important to ask a lot of questions when interviewing potential pediatricians. Here’s a full list of questions to ask during the interview:
- Are you board certified?
- What hospital affiliations does your practice have?
- Is your office good with returning calls?
- How many years of experience do you have?
- Where did you go to medical school?
- How do you feel about the use of antibiotics?
- Do you do same-day appointments for sick children?
- Do you accept my health insurance?
- Do you have any sub-specialties?
- If you’re unavailable, who will my child see?
- What ages of children do you treat?
- Do you have children of your own?
- What are your thoughts on vaccinations such as the flu vaccines?
Finally, many pediatric groups offer a “pre-natal consult” or “getting to know us” visit for many expectant parents. This is a good opportunity to interact with the practice before choosing your pediatrician.