We have opened up flu clinics for the 2016-2017 flu season. The Flu vaccine will be administered by appointment only Monday through Friday and some Saturdays throughout the flu season. Please call 781-356-6200 during regular business hours to schedule an appointment.
We have recently received our first shipment of flu vaccine for the 2016-2017 season.
Flu vaccines can be given when you bring your child in for routine care. We will also be administering the flu vaccine at nurse visits by appointment only Tuesday through Friday throughout the flu season. Please call the nurse’s line 781-356-6200 option 3 during regular business hours to schedule an appointment. Please call in the morning to arrange same day appointments; appointments for a later date can be arranged as well.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a seasonal flu vaccine. Vaccination is especially important for children younger than 5 years of age and children of any age with a long-term health condition like asthma, diabetes and heart disease. These children are at higher risk of serious flu complications.
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We will not be offering the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine, FluMist, this year. The CDC has recommended against the administration of the FluMist this year due to poor efficacy the past few flu seasons. http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/s0622-laiv-flu.html Please be advised that occasionally throughout the season we may be may be temporarily out of some formulations of the vaccines. These supplies are replenished as we receive additional shipments from the state.
Please speak to our nursing staff if you have any questions about the flu vaccine.
Dr. McCullough and her husband Craig welcomed Addison McCullough on July 13, 2016.
As of Monday, July 11, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are recommending that both children and adults stop using liquid docusate, a stool softener. Docusate is available by prescription and over-the-counter and may be known by its brand name Colace. Liquid docusate may be linked to a recent outbreak of a bacterial infection (B. cepacia complex), which the CDC and FDA are investigating.
Dr. and Mrs. Robinson welcomed their first great-grandchild, Avery, on April 20, 2016.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that it wants to reduce the amount of inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereal to protect children from possible developmental problems.
The FDA released draft guidance for the food industry that sets a limit or action level of 100 parts per billion (ppb) for inorganic arsenic in this ubiquitous baby food. The agency also encourages parents to feed their infants a variety of iron-fortified cereals, and not only iron-fortified rice.
Pregnant women should diversify their grain consumption as well, because recent studies have linked intake of relatively high levels of inorganic arsenic to adverse pregnancy outcomes, the agency said in a news release. In addition, fetal exposure to inorganic arsenic together with dietary exposure during infancy can “result in a child’s decreased performance on certain developmental tests that measure learning.”
However, “consumers can certainly eat rice as part of a well-balanced diet,” the agency stated in a question-and-answer article on its website.
Reducing arsenic levels in rice is especially important for infants, the agency said, because relative to body weight, their intake of rice — primarily through cereal — is roughly three times greater than that for adults.
“Our actions are driven by our duty to protect the public health and our careful analysis of the data and the emerging science,” said Susan Mayne, PhD, director of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, in the news release. “The proposed limit is a prudent and achievable step to reduce exposure to arsenic among infants.”
Cancer Risk Also Assessed
Good manufacturing practices, the agency said, can produce infant rice cereal that complies with the proposed arsenic limit. Most manufacturers are already close. Of 76 infant rice cereals recently tested by the FDA, 47% did not exceed the proposed limit of 100 ppb, and 78% were at or below 110 ppb. Nonrice foods for infants and toddlers, in contrast, tested well below 100 ppb.
The agency noted that inorganic arsenic found in rice cereal and other foods is not an additive or ingredient, but something naturally absorbed by all plants from water, soil, and air. Rice tends to absorb more arsenic than most. Unlike organic arsenic, inorganic arsenic is not bonded to carbon, and when found in food, it is the more toxic of the two forms.
As part of its risk assessment, the FDA mathematically modeled the incidence of lung and bladder cancer associated with consuming inorganic arsenic in rice and rice products. It estimated that this exposure causes an extra four cases of lung and bladder cancer over the lifetime for every 100,000 people in the United States, the agency said. “This estimate would account for far less than 1 percent of the nation’s lung and bladder cancer cases.”
The US Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health, and the US Department of Agriculture reviewed the FDA’s risk assessment of inorganic arsenic, as did nongovernment experts.
Once the industry guidance regarding inorganic arsenic levels in infant rice cereal is published on the Federal Register, the FDA will accept public comments for 90 days.
More information on today’s announcement is available on the FDA website.
The FDA announced a recall of several lots of cough liquids due to incorrect markings on the oral dosing cups. The affected products were manufactured by Perrigo, and distributed under several brand and store labels (e.g. CVS). A complete listing of affected product names, lot numbers, and consumer directions are posted on the FDA’s website, linked here: http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm481411.htm
Sanofi US is recalling ALL Auvi-Q epinephrine injection currently on the market.
Patients with questions regarding this recall can go to the company website www.auvi-q.com and call 1‑877‑319‑8963 or 1‑866‑726‑6340 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET for information about how to return their Auvi‑Q devices. Sanofi US will provide reimbursement for out of pocket costs incurred for the purchase of new epinephrine auto‑injectors with proof of purchase.
Call our office if you need an alternate prescription.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is announcing the expanded availability of human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine and meningococcal conjugate four-valent (MCV4) vaccines effective November 1, 2015 for all children through 18 years of age regardless of insurance status.