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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.

    Halloween Safety Tips

    By: Dr. Eric Levene, Chester Pediatrics (White Plains, NY) Halloween is almost here. We are spending time decorating our homes, schools and offices. We are planning parties for our kids as well as for parents. We are putting the finishing touches on our homes and costumes for both adults and ... Read More!

    Time to assess for asthma.

    By: Robyn Kreiner M.D. and Raphael Strauss, M.D., Strauss Allergy & Asthma (Commack & Westbury, NY) Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the airways of the lung. Symptoms are cough, shortness of breath and/or wheezing.  Note that a chronic or recurrent cough can be a symptom of ... Read More!

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    2017 Solar Eclipse: How to enjoy while keeping your family safe

    By: Dr. Eric Levene, Chester Pediatrics (Whiteplains, NY) The Solar eclipse, August 21, is a rare occurrence in the continental United States. Use this opportunity to stimulate your child’s interest in science while creating a bonding experience you will talk about for years. Just make sure to ... Read More!