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Should my child get a flu shot?

Written by Dr. William Fisher on 10/25/2014 6:17:00 PM

Dr. William J. Fisher is a board certified pediatrician with Community Physician Network. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Fisher, visit his physician profile. 

Child getting flu shotThis a common question that faces many parents in the fall. For almost everyone 6 months and older, the answer is definitely yes. The reasons are simple:

  1. Influenza kills more kids in the US than all other vaccine preventable illnesses combined.
  2. The flu shot and mist are very safe.
  3. Getting the flu vaccine helps us protect others, especially infants, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems that are more likely to die from the flu and who are not eligible for the flu shot, or do not respond to the flu shot. 
"But every year I have gotten the flu shot I have gotten sick!"

I hear this every year, and there are two very good reasons for this misconception. The first is that the flu is given during the fall when many different viral vomiting and diarrhea illnesses are going around, especially after kids get back into school and start spreading germs like wild fire. The flu is not vomiting and diarrhea. What many people call the flu is actually gastroenteritis. The flu causes body aches, high fevers, headache, cough and a viral pneumonia often leading to secondary infections like ear infections and bacterial pneumonias. Vomiting and diarrhea are rare symptoms of influenza.

The second reason people have this misconception is due to how many flu shots are given (over 100 million in the US) and bad luck that is attributed to the shot. For instance, if I get my flu shot and then 10 minutes later drop my phone into the toilet or run a red light, is that because of the flu shot? Of course not, but if I get a fever later in the week, everyone would assume it was the shot. In reality, some of those fevers are because of the shot, but some of those fevers were destined to happen regardless of getting the shot because people get sick. continue reading ...

Tags: Dr. William Fisher , flu , vaccinations | Posted in: Wellness

How to treat and prevent nosebleeds

Written by Community Health Network on 10/20/2014 8:00:00 AM

Nosebleeds can be easily treatedMany children experience nosebleeds, some frequently.

"Most cases of nosebleeds are caused by dryness of the nasal lining and the normal rubbing and picking that children do when their noses are blocked or itchy," explained Dr. Aaron Carlisle, family medicine physician at Community Physician Network.

While it may be frightening for a child to experience a nosebleed, they are easily treated. Dr. Carlisle recommends parents follow these steps to stop nosebleeds:

  1. Have your child blow their nose to remove any clots and spit out any blood that may be in their mouths.
  2. Grasp the soft part of the nose – just under the bony part – and squeeze firmly.
  3. Have your child place their chin on the chest and hold for 10 minutes.
  4. If bleeding persists, insert some gauze covered in petroleum jelly partially into the nose and squeeze again for 10 minutes. 
  5. Leave the gauze in place for another 10 minutes before pulling it out. 
  6. If bleeding persists, seek medical attention.
He also encourages parents not to use a cold compresses to help stop the bleeding. continue reading ...

Tags: Dr. Aaron Carlisle , nosebleed | Posted in: Wellness

Preserving fertility via egg freezing

Written by Assisted Fertility Services Team on 10/16/2014 6:00:00 PM

Pregnant womanRecent announcements from Facebook and Apple that they will cover the cost of egg freezing for female employees has put the fertility option in the limelight. Though new to some, the procedure has been available for almost two decades.

"At Community Health Network, we pioneered a novel method for egg freezing in the late 1990's that has led to the birth of over 30 healthy babies," said Dr. Jeffrey Boldt, fertility specialist and scientific director at Community Health Network. "As the years have progressed, advances in freezing technology have now made the process easier and increased success rates."

These advances were recently recognized by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the procedure is no longer considered to be experimental. Though it has not received official approval from the ASRM, many IVF clinics offer egg freezing to women interested in fertility preservation.

"Egg freezing acts as insurance against age-associated loss of fertility," explained Boldt. "The procedure gives women who are waiting to find a partner, focusing on their career, or at-risk of losing their fertility due to different medical conditions the option of having children."

However, women seeking to store eggs for future use should be aware that there are no guarantees freezing will be successful.

"Interested women should consult with experts in the field of reproductive endocrinology, as well as in embryology and cryopreservation (freezing) technologies," said Boldt.

He recommends that women ask the following questions during a consult: continue reading ...

Treats not tricks: Halloween safety

Written by Dr. Megan Gruesser on 10/13/2014 8:00:00 AM

Dr. Megan Gruesser is a board certified pediatrician with Community Physician Network. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gruesser, visit her physician profile.

Halloween safety tipsHalloween is almost here! Time to find a costume and carve your pumpkins! Can you hear the squeals of excitement coming from kids of all ages? What the about moans and groans coming from pediatricians? Why, you ask?

Well, 364 days of the year we teach children about "stranger danger" and not to take candy from strangers. However, on Halloween, we throw all caution aside, and encourage our kids to trick-or-treat and take candy from strangers. Now, I don’t think pediatricians and dentists will push to ban Halloween any time soon, but we do want to offer up some tips to keep your youngsters safe and healthy this Halloween season.


  • Consider a costume that is light in color so that your child is easier to see in the dark. (Trick: Add reflective strips to their outfit or trick-or-treat bag for better visibility.)
  • Choose a costume that is flame retardant in case your little one gets too close to a lit jack-o-lantern.
  • Select well-fitting, comfortable shoes for trick-or-treating.
  • Some masks and wigs can limit a child’s eyesight. Make sure their mask is well-fitted, or consider face paint as an alternative to a mask.
  • Make sure your children are dressed appropriately for the weather. Consider extra layers under the costume to keep your child warm if it's cool. 
Trick-or-treating safety
  • All children under age 12 should be accompanied by a parent during trick-or-treating. (Tip: Encourage older children to trick or treat in groups, discuss the route that they will be taking, and make sure at least one member of the group has a cell phone in case of an emergency.)
  • Only trick-or-treat at homes that are well lit or have a porch light on. Make sure your children never go inside a home or a car to get a treat. continue reading ...

Race day nutrition tips

Written by Dietitian and Nutrition Team on 10/11/2014 8:00:00 AM

Jackie Dikos is a registered dietitian and a certified specialist in sports dietetics.

Should or shouldn't you eat before your race? If you do eat, what should you have? Community Sports Medicine dietician, Jackie Dikos, provides race day nutrition tips for those runners taking on the Indianapolis and Indy Monumental marathons.

Before the race
Consider performance fuel first.

  • Aim for pre-race fueling to emphasize carbohydrate-rich food sources as well as a small source of protein. 
  • Limit the amount of slow to digest fat and fiber as part of pre-race eating. 
  • Carbohydrates – Protein - Fat - Fiber
Look for lemonade.
  • Aim for light colored urine before the start of the race as a sign of proper hydration.
During the race
Take two. 
  • Be sure to take two fluid cups at each aid station. A second cup of fluid will be very helpful if the first cup is inadequate at meeting hydration needs. 
  • Simply pinch the second cup shut while you drink from the first to minimize spilling. continue reading ...

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