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Kiwi Pediatrics News and Updates

Measles Vaccine Recommendations for Travelers

Nanci Tucker

Measles cases continue to climb in the United States. The current outbreak began with importations into under-vaccinated communities by U.S. residents returning from international travel. With summer travel season here, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would like to remind you of the MMR vaccination recommendations for international travelers and persons living in or traveling domestically to areas with ongoing measles outbreaks and community-wide transmission. 

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

The MMR vaccination recommendations for international travel have not changed. 

Infants under 12 months old

  • Get an early dose at 6-11 months

  • Follow the recommended schedule and get another dose at 12-15 months and a final dose at 4-6 years

Children over 12 months old

  • Get first dose immediately

  • Get second dose 28 days after first dose

Teens and adults with no evidence of immunity*

  • Get first dose immediately

  • Get second dose 28 days after first dose

* Acceptable presumptive evidence of immunity against measles includes at least one of the following: written documentation of adequate vaccination, laboratory evidence of immunity, laboratory confirmation of measles, or birth in the United States before 1957.

Patients who need MMR vaccine should be fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks before departure. If the trip is less than 2 weeks away, and the patient is not protected against measles, give him/her a dose of MMR vaccine. Two doses of MMR vaccine provide 97% protection against measles; one dose provides 93% protection.

DOMESTIC TRAVEL TO OUTBREAK AREAS

CDC’s MMR vaccination recommendations for persons residing in or visiting domestic measles outbreak areas within the U.S. have also not changed. You should ensure that people who live in and are traveling to areas in the U.S. where there is ongoing, community-wide transmission of measles are up to date on MMR vaccine. To decide whether to vaccinate an infant visitor less than 12 months of age, follow local health department guidance for the affected area (e.g., if no recommendation was made to vaccinate infant residents, do not vaccinate infant visitors).

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Upcoming Provider Change

Melissa De La Mora

Melissa would like patients to know that she will be leaving Kiwi Pediatrics in April of 2019 because her family has decided to move to Sacramento.  Melissa is incredibly sad to be leaving, and has truly enjoyed the last 6 years working with the amazing families at Kiwi Pediatrics.

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Kiwi Holiday Hours

Melissa De La Mora

We will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day (1/21/19) and Presidents Day (2/18/19).

If you have any concerns when the office is closed, contact The Pediatric After Hours Clinic for telephone advice or an appointment at 510-486-8344.

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Kiwi Holiday Hours

Melissa De La Mora

Kiwi Pediatrics will have limited availability for acute care appointments on Christmas Eve (12/24/18) and New Years Eve (12/31/18); please call early in the morning if you feel your child needs an appointment.

We will be closed Christmas Day (12/25/18) and New Years Day (1/1/19).

If you have any concerns when the office is closed, contact The Pediatric After Hours Clinic for telephone advice or an appointment at 510-486-8344.

We wish you a happy, safe, and healthy holiday season!

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Infant Ibuprofen Recall

Melissa De La Mora

A recall has been issued for infant ibuprofen sold by CVS, Family Dollar and Walmart, Tris Pharma said this week.

The three recalled lots of Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) 50 mg per 1.25 mL may have concentrations of ibuprofen that are too high and therefore could be dangerous, according to the recall announcement You can read more here.

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Pediatric After Hours Clinic- NEW LOCATION!

Melissa De La Mora

Same great after hours care, new office!

Pediatric After Hours Clinic is now located on Telegraph Avenue between Ashby & Russell.

2920 Telegraph Avenue, Ste. #200
Berkeley, CA 94705

Free patient parking is available behind the Chevron gas station, labeled UCSF.

Call for an appointment: 510-486-8344

Monday-Friday: 6:00pm - 9:30pm

Saturdays: Noon - 9:30pm

Sundays & Holidays: 9:00am - 9:30pm

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ATTENTION ALAMEDA COUNTY VOTERS- Poll Workers Needed

Melissa De La Mora

ATTENTION ALAMEDA COUNTY VOTERS: Poll Workers Needed

November 6, 2018

General Election

WE HAVE A GREAT NEED FOR POLL WORKERS THROUGHOUT

ALAMEDA COUNTY TO WORK ON ELECTION DAY

EARN UP TO $205

Bilingual Poll Workers are especially needed at designated Polling Precincts in Alameda County. Individuals who are fluent in English and at least one of the following languages are needed: Chinese, Punjabi, Khmer, Vietnamese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog

You can: Refer friends & family, Get your faith-based, or community-based organization involved, Fulfill your civic duty to the community

For questions and information, please contact the Alameda County Registrar of Voters, Recruiting Unit at rov_pollworker@acgov.org or (510) 272-6971.

APPLY NOW

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Flu Vaccine 2018-2019 (almost) here

Nanci Tucker

Its time for vaccinating your children (6mos and older) for the upcoming 2018-2019 flu season.  Please check back here in 2-3 weeks.  We will post an update when our vaccines have fully arrived in stock for all children's age groups.

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Labor Day Office Closure 2018

Nanci Tucker

Both Kiwi Pediatrics offices will be closed Monday, September 3rd, in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. Our office will re-open Tuesday, September 4th, at their regular hours. If you are in need of urgent medical care at this time, please contact our After Hours advice line at 510-486-8344.

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Alta Bates Medical Group Provider

Melissa De La Mora

We ARE accepting new Alta Bates Medical Group/Brown and Toland patients.  A few patients have received letters that incorrectly stated we are not contracted with these groups; please disregard these letters. 

Feel free to call the office with any questions. 

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California Fires and Health Recommendations

Melissa De La Mora

Kiwi is grateful for all fire personal battling the fires in the North Bay, and we hope for a rapid containment.  We wanted our patients to know as much as possible on how to stay safe in the East Bay.  The air quality forecast in the East Bay is considered unhealthy as of October 12, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality website.  

Smoke is most likely to affect sensitive groups including: people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children with asthma.

We recommend everyone limit the amount of time spent outdoors, and avoid any activities that require increased exertion while outdoors. While inside, keep doors and windows closed to avoid indoor smoke pollution. 

Anyone with asthma should have their albuterol rescue inhaler accessible to them at all times. Please call the office for an appointment if you feel you are having increased asthma symptoms. For after hours care, call 510-486-8344 to speak to an advice nurse who can help decide if a visit at the PERC clinic is needed, or if the child should be seen at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland's Emergency Department. 

To monitor local air quality, go to the Environmental Protection Agency air quality here.  https://airnow.gov/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&zipcode=94115&submit=Go

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Free Monthly Group Prenatal Visits

Melissa De La Mora

Congratulations expecting parents.  Kiwi Pediatrics is excited to announce free monthly prenatal visits for perspective families. 

Visits will be held on the first Tuesday of the Month at 6pm, and the location will alternate between our two offices.  The first visit will be November 7, 2017 at the San Pablo Office at 6pm. 

San Pablo Office: November, January, March, May, July, September, November

Alcatraz Office: December, February, April, June, August, October 

Please contact us if you have questions! 

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It's that time of year... flu season. Get protected with a flu vaccine!

Melissa De La Mora

We will be holding four Saturday morning flu clinics this fall. 

October 7 at the Alcatraz Office (you can also decorate a tile for our mural this day)
October 14 at the Alcatraz Office (you can also decorate a tile for our mural this day)
October 21 at the San Pablo Office
November 4 at the San Pablo Office

Your child can receive a flu vaccine at either office, so choose whatever date works best for you!

Please call the office ahead of time to schedule your flu clinic appointment.

We also have limited availability for weekday flu vaccine appointments, call the office where your family is usually seen to schedule an appointment. 

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