Saturday, June 12, 2021

Do we recommend the COVID vaccine for our patients?

 As of today, June 12th, 2021, the COVID vaccine is approved for 12 years of age and above. We strongly recommend it for our patients. From all available evidence it is safe and highly effective. We currently have the Pfizer vaccine (this is subject to change and I highly recommend you check our website for up to date information about our COVID vaccine clinics) and have given it to hundreds of adults and children 12 years of age and above. 

Some benefits of the vaccine: helps prevent the illness, helps prevent the spread of the illness to those in poor health, helps prevent the spread of the illness to those who cannot receive the vaccine, and eliminates having to quarantine after possible exposure if the vaccine-recipient has no symptoms.

We are happy and proud to have been able to serve the community during this challenging pandemic by vaccinating adults and teens with the COVID vaccine! We look forward to approval of the vaccines for children 11 years of age and below.  

Swimmer's Ear Season!

Swimmer’s ear is a common childhood infection where bacteria infect the skin or lining of the ear canal. It most commonly seen after swimming, but it can occur after long showers or getting the ears damp with baths. Swimmer’s ear is more common when the water is untreated (ocean, lakes, ponds). Often the outer ear will be tender when tugged or pushed. We want to see these children with possible swimmer’s ear in the office for an accurate diagnosis. You can help prevent this infection by using swim ear plugs or putting over the counter drops (SwimEar® and AuroDry® are two brands) in the ear canals after swimming (note: these prevention drops should not be used for a child with ear tubes).