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St. Pete pediatrician seeing peak in flu and RSV patients - WFLA

St. Pete pediatrician seeing peak in flu and RSV patients - WFLA


St. Pete pediatrician seeing peak in flu and RSV patients - WFLA

Posted: 26 Dec 2019 12:00 AM PST

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – It's that time of year – flu and respiratory syncytial virus season.  

The Florida Department of Health reports Influenza cases have spiked across the state, especially in the Tampa Bay area and in children. 

"We do get concerned because the kids are usually the harbors of these viruses and they tend to spread them," said St. Petersburg pediatrician Dr. Jeffrey Hirschfield. 

Dr. Hirschfield tells 8 On Your Side, he has seen a peak in patients come in with the flu virus or RSV symptoms

"When you see these illnesses going around the community, they tend to spread pretty quickly. It may be through their older siblings," said Hirschfield. 

This season, sadly, there have been two children who have died from the flu in the state of Florida.  

According to the Florida Department of Health, children especially those under the age of two and those with certain underlying medical conditions, have a higher risk for complications from influenza infection.

Vaccination has been shown to reduce a child's likelihood of dying from influenza by 60%. 

So how do you keep your little one protected? 

Dr. Hirschfield says while getting the flu vaccine should be your first line of defense, he has a few suggestions if your child is under the weather. 

"The A-B-C's. Airway, breathing and circulation," said Hirschfield.

Dr. Hirschfield's first recommendation is a blue ball syringe. 

"We always use a blue ball syringe and saltwater spray to clean out the babies and infants from birth. It also applies when kids have a respiratory  illness," said Hirschfield. 

Hydration is also key to beating a virus this season. 

"They should be drinking water, eating bananas and having crackers." 

Dr. Hirschfield also suggests a tepid bath to help regulate your child's body temperature. 

"If we are doing all those things in concert, and doing it at an early time point, our recovery times are much less," said Hirschfield.   

Health officials say it's still not too late to protect yourself against various strains of the flu. To find a place to get a flu vaccine, check with the Florida Department of Health vaccine locator

For more information about Dr. Hirschfield click here.

Staunchly defending the basic human right to harm children - Mad River Union

Posted: 24 Sep 2015 12:00 AM PDT

Anti-vaccinationists have been petitioning at the Co-op, and were successfully gathering signatures at the North Country Fair.

They want a referendum on SB277, which prohibits unvaccinated children from attending public schools. Their premise, as I understand it, is that the requirement takes away parental rights and choices.

The bill came about because of experience – the rise of preventable disease back when "Personal Belief Exemptions" could allow a child to skip vaccination requirements.

The historical outcome of this exercising this "right" has been a return of fully preventable diseases like measles and pertussis, and children made sick with the potential for worse.

KevbadgeI asked the nice, well-intentioned person at the fair what the benefit is to exposing children to diseases that are dangerous, even fatal. She cited personal experience of her family. A woman who said she was a teacher (!) from Crescent City signed the petition, also mentioning her family and friends' experience.

As any advertising professional can tell you, personal stories are extremely compelling. That's why ads are full of testimonials. But can one small, uncontrolled, anecdotal data sample be extrapolated out to represent the entire country?

Can you imagine a Food and Drug Administration panel of doctors and scientists looking at vaccines, and saying, "This person in Arcata says her kids were never vaccinated and are just fine. Right, this changes everything! The only sensible thing to do is rescind vaccine requirements."

Obviously, broader statistical data, clinical findings and real-world experience supports vaccination, overwhelmingly and decisively, for the good of all.

The petitioner said she isn't anti-vaccination, as they usually do. But of course she claimed vaccines injure children, and actually have the effect of exposing them to disease rather than preventing it. If true, why wouldn't she be against that? It's a disingenuous claim.

She said that if you approve of vaccines but want to "space them out" (for some unspecified, non-medical reason), your child can't be in school.

To verify her outlandish assertions, she told me to look on the Internet, so I did. The SB277 Referendum website, sb277.org, offered no reason, logical or evidence-based, to allow the spread of disease among school children. Just a lot of correlation/causation confusion and fear about "catastrophic adverse vaccine reactions."

The "Educational" page directs one to "get informed" at places like vaxtruth.com. There, amid the hideously-treated fonts that for some reason plague quack websites, we learn that vaccines cause autism, that having the measles helps you fight cancer but that vaccination against polio gives you cancer.

Sunday, at the Co-op, two other petitioners– one holding a baby – told me that vaccines cause disease, rather than prevent it. Apparently tens of thousands of doctors and nurses, who have to treat disease every day, want to propagate ill health among children and their parents by recommending vaccination. At one point, one of the women told me that theres "no recourse" for those injured by vaccines. Two sentences later, she said a secret "tribunal" has made massive payouts to vaccine-injured persons at taxpayer expense.

Wrong, wrong and wrong. And there's much more wrong. Like anti-fluoridation and anti-GMO websites, the anti-vax sites blame vaccines for all manner of unverified perils to our health, environment and way of life. Fear is the well-nourished theme.

Speaking of wrong, the North Country fair petitioner also cited "the presidential debate" – the CNN Republican candidates' debate – during which two doctors advocated "spacing out vaccines." They did, indeed. Drs. Rand Paul and Ben Carson also deny climate change and oppose same-sex marriage.

Pro-tip: citing GOP candidates on almost anything to do with science or medicine is not a credibility booster. These people want to shut down Planned Parenthood!

As with the anti-fluoride folk, the anti-vax person said that vaccines are medicine. But that undermines the arbitrary "space them out" demand. If it's medicine, isn't is best to take it at the recommended dosage and frequency? Let's say you get cancer from a polio shot, like those poor vaccine victims on vaxtruth did. Would you then "space out" the cancer treatment for some superstitious or political reason?

Co-op has a record it can be very, very proud of in terms of protecting freedom of speech. In principle, one can't help but support the right of anti-vaxxers to petition there – especially since their claims are so outlandish as to be self-negating. But faddish anti-science is popular among Co-op's clientele, and even victimizes its credulous Board of Directors.

There's a simple, compelling argument for containing the anti-vax petitioners – that biology trumps ideology. Reports one vaccine supporter: "We managed to convince [Co-op] that having a presumably unvaccinated child in hand while greeting everyone coming into the store (and no warning to those who wish to avoid exposure) is irresponsible. We hope to see a cordoned-off area they must stay in, along with some sort of notice to immune-compromised individuals at the very least, if they follow through with what was discussed."

The real problem with vaccines is one steeped in irony: they are safe and effective. So much so that we've forgotten the epidemics of the past. Just go up to Greenwood and St. Mary's cemeteries. There you'll find grave markers of children – some siblings – who died around the turn of the century during epidemics of now-preventable diseases.

Outrageously and cluelessly, some anti-vaxxers point to the modern absence of flu epidemics to support a claim that vaccines are unnecessary!

Don't succumb to fluffed-up fear and fads. Evaluate health issues on evidence, not crappily-fonted websites. And get yourself and your children vaccinated. For everyone's sake.

Parents want diagnosis for son before they're 'forced to turn life support off' - Mirror Online

Posted: 03 Jul 2017 05:22 AM PDT

The devastated parents of a sick baby are desperate for a diagnosis of their son's condition before they 'could be forced to turn his life support machine off'.

Little Alfie Evans has been in hospital since December 14, 2016, and despite a series of tests, medical professionals at Alder Hey Children's hospital have been unable to work out what is wrong with him.

The 13-month-old fell ill in 2016, when he contracted a chest infection.

Since December, baby Alfie has been in a coma, and his parents claim doctors have made repeated requests to them to turn off the child's life support machine.

But they have since shared videos of their little boy opening his eyes, and even stretching.

Speaking exclusively to the Mirror Online his parents - Thomas Evans and Kate James, from Wavertree in Liverpool - said they had noticed that he wasn't developing at the rate that he should have been - but were told by doctors that he was a 'late' developer.

Alfie had also been displaying jerking movements, which Kate says got worse each time, until his eyes were sometimes rolling back into his head.

Alfie's parents are desperate for a diagnosis

It was at this point that they took Alfie to hospital.

He was diagnosed with bronchitis, the common cold, a chest infection, RSV [respiratory syncytial virus], pneumonia and two other illnesses which left him exhausted.

Thomas, 20, recalled the night he knew his son was seriously ill.

He said: "He had jerking movements in his arms, and in his legs.

"We took him straight to Alder Hey and doctors told us he had seven different illnesses and was low on oxygen.

"At the time, they didn't seem concerned about the jerking, and were concentrating on treating his chest infection.

Alfie's parents are terrified that they will be forced to turn their son's life support machine off

"I went home to collect an overnight bag so we could stay with Alfie while he was being treated, and as I was packing, I had a call from the hospital saying Alfie was having a severe epileptic seizure.

"Kate told me over the phone it was like nothing she'd ever seen before, and that she was terrified."

Alfie was then given several different type of anti-seizure medication, in a bid to get the epileptic fits under control.

Thomas said it was just a few days later that Alfie fell into a coma.

He said: "We were told by doctors that Alfie fell into the coma 'by himself' but we were convinced the drugs he was given had something to do with it.

Little Alfie has been in hospital since December 2016

"As a baby, he wasn't developing as he should have been, and he was always a sleepy baby, especially when he was having the myoclonic jerks, but he was always awake, always aware."

On New Year's Eve, Alfie's condition had deteriorated so badly that his last rites were read to him.

Thomas recalled: "He was purple, and really cold from head to toe.

"Me and Kate stayed by his bed all night, begging him to stay with us."

Miraculously, Alfie began to show small signs of improvement, although doctors warned the family that their son was still in an extremely deep coma.

Thomas said: "It was at this point that they asked us if we would consider turning his life support machine off.

"I refused and I always will."

After the New Year, Alfie's parents and his doctors made the decision to stop administering the most sedative of the anti-seizure drugs, phenobarbitone and vigabatrin.

Alfie's father has posted video on his son opening his eyes

They believe after this decision was made, they saw almost instant changes in their son.

Thomas said: "Alfie started to open his eyes, he started coughing, he sneezed, he yawned and reacted to tickling and pain.

"Before that, he hadn't reacted to anything.

"But doctors say he still cannot swallow and he has no gag reflex."

Thomas, however, doesn't believe this is true.

He added: "Kate and I believe he can swallow, and she even had a dummy in his mouth a few weeks ago.

"It's just some days are better than others. I genuinely believe he's still there, I can see his facial expressions.

"But despite this, doctors are still asking for his life support to be turned off.

"They have even pulled Kate aside to talk to her separately, and I admit we've argued. But ultimately we're both agreed that we're sticking to our decision.

Alfie's dad says he genuinely believe his son is 'still there'

"We still don't know what is wrong with our son, and I've approached doctors with so many ideas and plans for treatment, but they don't believe it will work.

"But they once told me Alfie would never open his eyes again, and he has, so I want him to have a fair chance.

"They told me he would never breathe unassisted again, but in the past few months he has been off his ventilator three times, once for four days, once for four hours, but once for 13 consecutive days.

"He's a fighter, if that doesn't prove it then what does?

"We won't back down. We want a diagnosis for our son, and we want a treatment plan and we will seek it elsewhere.

"We want to get him to the US, where specialists have already been in touch with me and told me they can help Alfie. I'm just worried about whether doctors here in the UK will let him go.

"After they give the OK, it is just a case of getting the funds together."

You can donate to help pay for Alfie's treatment in the US on his Just Giving page.

The family want to take Alfie to the US where they are hopeful for a diagnosis for his condition

In the deepest part of his coma, Alfie measures three on the Glasgow coma scale - the lowest possible score, meaning he isn't responding to anything.

But over the last few months, Alfie has varied drastically on the scale (15 being 'not in a coma') and has reached a score as high as 10.

Thomas and Kate have repeatedly asked doctors whether their child is in pain and have been assured that it is extremely unlikely, due to his comatose state.

Thomas says it has something he has sought constant advice over, from doctors at Alder Hey treating little Alfie.

He said: "I've asked them so many times if Alfie is in pain.

"Doctors say he doesn't need pain relief, except a little bit of ibuprofen every few days because his teeth are coming through.

"When he suffers a fit, we know he is stressed because of the expressions on his face. But now, the fits only last from four seconds to a minute. Before we stopped the two drugs, they could last as long as an hour."

Kate, 19, said her pregnancy with Alfie was without issues, and that it was only when he was a few months old that the couple began to notice his late development.

She said: "My pregnancy with Alfie went smoothly, but because I was a first-time mum, I didn't realise he had reduced movement.

Alfie is being treated at Alder Hey Children's hospital

"Even so, it was only slight. When we first got him home, he didn't feed for three days, but afterwards things seemed to return to normal and we were just enjoying family life with our new baby.

"When he was around two or three months old, I saw some jerking movements. I later realised these were myoclonic jerks [an involuntary muscle spasm or twitch that can indicated underlying brain problems].

"He couldn't lift his own head up either, and didn't seem to have any sort of attention span.

"It just seemed like he was 'going backwards', but when I took him to the doctors they said he would 'come on in time.'"

Kate eventually secured an appointment with her GP, who saw that Alfie couldn't hold his own head up, and sent him for an MRI scan on November 30.

But before his results came back, Thomas and Kate had already rushed him back to hospital.

She said: ""He was having an epileptic seizure and I remember watching doctors and nurses all around him.

"I was petrified. Afterwards, I walked out onto the corridor of the children's ward and just burst into tears.

"But during all of this, I kept thinking of how lucky I was, that even if he had brain damage, my baby was still awake and once we'd got the seizures under control, I'd be able to take him home.

"But he never came home.

"It's just so frustrating because it's all happened so fast."

On Wednesday, Thomas and Kate are scheduled for a meeting with an ethics committee at Alder Hey Children's hospital.

But after reading about Charlie Gard's story - and what his parents have had to go through - the couple say they are terrified that they could be put in the same position.

Charlie Gard and his parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates

Thomas said: "Consultants have assured me it's just to get advice, but I'm terrified it could go to court, especially after watching what Charlie Gard's parents have had to go through. It's awful for them."

Kate added: "The situation is out of our hands now and we just take each day as it comes. We just want a diagnosis, and for someone to help us, before it's too late."

In a statement, a spokeswoman for Alder Hey Children's hospital said: "We understand that this is an incredibly difficult time for the family concerned and we continue to liaise directly with them.

"We are unable to comment on individual cases. Alder Hey is a specialist children's hospital which therefore means we treat many children with often complex, life threatening conditions.

"Unfortunately despite the best efforts of our clinicians, some of these children are sadly unable to recover from their illness.

"In such a situation, medical professionals will meet to discuss the most appropriate care plan going forward, focusing on the comfort and wellbeing of the child concerned.

"The Trust will often seek advice from specialist clinicians at other trusts. The care plan is always discussed in full with the family to reach agreement between clinicians and parents about the most appropriate care."

Alfie's family are now raising money to pay for a diagnosis and treatment for their son in US. You can donate on his Just Giving page .

A petition has also been started in Alfie's name, asking Alder Hey Hospital, where Alfie is being treated, to keep his life support switched on in a bid to allow his parents to speak to other specialists who might be able to help diagnose his condition. You can sign the petition at Change.org .

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