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  • Neisseria Meningitidis: Signs & Symptoms

    By: Dr. Eric Levene (Chester Pediatrics, Whiteplains, NY), Dr. Kerry Fierstein (Pediatrics Health Associates, Plainview, NY), Dr. Jennifer Shaer (Peconic Pediatrics, Riverhead & Southold, NY)

    The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed a camper at an overnight camp passed away from a infection.

    The Health Department is directly involved and has contacted anyone who should receive prophylactic antibiotic due to increased risk from direct contact. The Health Department is very involved and we recommend following their recommendation.

    The incubation period of meningitidis is three to four days, with a range of two to 10 days. People spread meningococcal bacteria to other people by sharing respiratory and throat secretions (saliva or spit). Generally, it takes close (for example, coughing or kissing) or lengthy contact to spread these bacteria. Fortunately, they are not as contagious as germs that cause the common cold or the flu. The bacteria does not survive long outside the human body, and cannot be spread from touching contaminated surfaces. Symptoms include fever, headache, neck stiffness, vomiting, lethargy.

    The best advice is to get vaccinated. Children are routinely vaccinated against Neisseria Meningitidis at 11 and 16 years of age with New York State requiring vaccination for children entering 7th or 12th grade. Sleep away camp is not considered an indication for early vaccination, but early vaccination is allowed. Your pediatrician is a great source of vaccine information.

    To understand more about the illness, please click on this link from the Center of Disease Control.

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    Measles: How To Protect Your Family

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    Winter Fire Safety

      By: Megan Hays, MSN, CPNP. Peconic Pediatrics (Riverhead & Southold, NY) December, January and February are the most common three months of the year for home fires. With this in mind, we have created a quick quiz to test your knowledge of important fire safety topics.  See below for ... Read More!

    Health safety checklist for the holidays

    By: Megan Hays, NP (Peconic Pediatrics, Riverhead & Southold, New York)  Tis’ the season … to make a pediatric health safety checklist – and check it twice! The holiday season provides families with the perfect opportunity to visit or host friends and family, to provide children with new ... Read More!