January, February and March are peak months for influenza. Your best protection against the virus is getting a flu shot. The vaccine cannot give you the flu, but it also doesn't guarantee that you won't get the virus if you're immunized. What the vaccine is designed to do is to protect you from dying from the flu—much like wearing a seatbelt.
Measles can be a dangerous illness. There's no treatment for it, so taking steps to prevent it is key. Dr. Pilar Bradshaw with Eugene Pediatric Associates offers tips on protecting your kids.
I am proud to announce the launch of Eugene Pediatric Associates' redesigned website! EugenePeds.com serves as an extension of your child's medical home, and it has been a passion project of mine since the website was first launched in 2009.
An outbreak of measles, defined as 3 or more linked cases, is currently happening in Southwest Washington, where a state of emergency has been declared as the virus continues to spread. Portland, Oregon, also is reporting increasing cases. Lane County is NOT currently in a measles epidemic, although Lane County Public Health officials are on high alert and have asked medical facilities to be ready for the high potential of seeing cases in our area.
It's not uncommon for babies to cry for long periods of time. Sometimes, the reason for the crying is obvious, other times it's simply because they are having difficulty adapting from the womb to their new environment. And sometimes, crying is due to a medical issue. Dr. Pilar Bradshaw offers advice for parents of crying infants.