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After Hours Clinics Are Full

Posted by on Oct 23, 2018 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Our slate of 5PM to 6PM clinics are filled and we are switching to other options for flu shots. We will be running daytime clinics, as well as some individual appointments. Also, if you are at the office for any other reason, and we don’t ask, please remind us if you would like your child vaccinated against the flu and as long as they are not too ill we can do it at that time. If an unsuspecting sibling is along for the ride we can do their’s as well. They may not appreciate it but it’s the right thing to...

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On to Flu Clinic Number 3

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Our second Flu clinic on October 17th has filled already! Thanks to our patients for making this a priority. Our next one is now open. It’s November 1st. Call...

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Flu Clinics, First One Full

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Our new system is busy alerting all of our patients that it is time to call for flu shots. Our first clinic scheduled for next Tuesday is full, our second one is now opened and will be on Wednesday October 17th, again between 5 and 6 PM. You should be able to book those appointments now by calling in at 860.673.6124 Thank...

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2018 Flu shots

Posted by on Sep 17, 2018 in Blog, News | 0 comments

It’s that time of the year again and our flu vaccine supply is here. The CDC advises all persons 6 months of age and older get vaccinated for flu every year. This year the CDC has said that the intranasal vaccine is also acceptable to use, however the American Academy of pediatrics still advises the regular shot as it is more effective, a position we agree with as well. First time flu vaccine recipients under age 8 will need 2 doses around 1 month apart. As we have in the past we will be giving shots here during visits for both well and “not too sick to get a shot” office visits. We also will be conducting our flu clinics starting on October 2nd. You can call our office to reserve a slot starting today. You can review our...

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Practice Updates

Posted by on Jul 29, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

We have a brand new office manager, Sara Page. Sara began with working with us in the spring of 2019. She is doing a great job and keeping us all on track. Our very long term (36 years!) billing expert, Kathy Narcum has started a well earned retirement and we wish her all the best. Dr Mark Gilroy has settled in as a great member of the clinical team as he continues to build a following. He is an exceptional pediatrician and has impressed everyone with his abilities at such an early stage of his career. Since the legendary Dr.Sylvester is now enjoying retirement, we are really excited to have Jenny Petrauskas, former patient and former front office staff member, and now a pediatrician working with us. How cool is that? Jenny started in August 2018 working three days...

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Dr. S. Russell Sylvester Retirement Letter

Posted by on Mar 28, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Dear Families, Friends and Colleagues, I will be retiring from pediatric practice at Unionville Pediatrics June 29th 2018. It is difficult to take down the “shingle” which went up on July 7th 1977. I have enjoyed the practice of pediatric medicine more than words can express. The joy of sharing in the growth, development and health of your children has indeed been special. The journey has been an extraordinary one and I have been so fortunate to have been entrusted to share it with you. I want to extend to you my heartfelt appreciation for the trust you have shown me in allowing me the privilege of helping take care of your young ones over the past forty one years. Rest assured that you remain in the most capable hands of my partners and associates. I will miss you:...

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A Word About This Year’s Flu

Posted by on Jan 20, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

There are recent media reports regarding the severity of this year’s flu season. As usual, there is some degree of hyperbole in their reporting. In reality it is too early to tell as the season sometimes is just happening earlier than usual and therefore may finish earlier as well, evening out the total number of cases. Having stated that, tragically, each and every year we lose children and tens of thousands of adults to the flu and it’s complications. Some years there are more total flu related deaths than from car accidents. Though rare, even perfectly healthy kids can succumb, but mortality is more likely in the very young or otherwise compromised children with chronic illnesses. As we strongly suggest, as does the CDC and our academy, everyone older than 6 months should get a flu shot every year...

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Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Blog | 0 comments

You are sleeping peacefully when you suddenly are shocked to hear a barking dog (and you don’t own one) or you think you are dreaming about a visit to the seal show at Sea World. It’s neither, but it is your own child with the illness croup. Croup is a fairly common problem, around all year but hitting hardest in the fall and winter. It is caused by a variety of respiratory germs (almost all viruses, not bacteria) but they all attack the sufferer at the larynx and vocal cords. The distinctive barking cough is caused by airway swelling in that area. When air is forced against the narrower than normal airway during a cough, it makes the sound. In some cases the swelling can get bad enough to cause significant, even life threatening compromise but that is really...

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Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Now that we have learned that Ebola has not spread widely in the US (and will almost certainly never do that) and enterovirus seems to be waning, it’s time to focus on a disease that always spreads here and everywhere, Influenza. What we call Influenza is a viral respiratory infection, it starts around this time of year and lasts till the spring, peaking between January and February. The symptoms are familiar, sudden onset of fever, sore throat, cough, muscle aches and fatigue. It hits fast and hard, making you feel really awful. It lasts 5-7 days and then resolves, sometimes with a lingering cough. Tamiflu is sometimes recommended but some studies suggest it has a limited effectiveness and not appropriate for everyone with the illness. It must be started within 48 hours to be of any benefit. Antibiotics are...

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

The news is really all over this terrifying illness but I firmly believe that it will never be widespread and in fact be very limited in the US. There are several reasons that is true. First, our ability to track and isolate those with the virus is much more advanced in the US then in Africa. Second, the virus itself being contagious only when the symptoms are there (not before like many other viruses), makes it easier to isolate and identify those who are ill. Third is the fact that it is only spread by direct contact with the body fluids of an infected patient and not airborne. The spread of the epidemic in western Africa to such levels made it almost inevitable that some cases would show up in other places. I think we will continue to see...

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Ticks 101

Posted by on Jul 16, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Most of us really enjoy the summer, it’s less stress generally and the days are long and warm. There are some summer medical issues, this post will deal with the nemesis of ticks and the illnesses they can carry. I have never been real sure what purpose ticks serve in the circle of life but they are here and we need to deal with them. Ticks are around all seasons but they are really here in greater numbers with the warm weather. ┬áThe best defense against tick borne illness is to remove them within 24 hours. Studies show that it is hard to get the illnesses they carry if that mission is accomplished. The best way to do that is with a good pair of tweezers, grasped close to the skin and then exert gentle steady pressure until the...

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Spring Has Sprung

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

Most of us really look forward to spring, especially this year with the winter we had. For some unfortunate people that means allergies flare. In this post let’s take a look at allergies and how to deal with them. Allergies are caused by a release of chemicals from a type of cells called mast cells. In people with allergies, contact with what ever they are allergic to cause the release. Mast cells live on the lining of our mucous membranes, including eyes, nasal passages and lungs, so those are the most common places they affect. The chemicals cause a whole bunch of problems all of which lead to inflammation, the root cause of the issues that cause those annoying symptoms of congestion, itchiness, sneezing and coughing. So to control allergies you can use medicines to block the chemicals or...

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We are Now Entering the Heart of the Cold and Flu Season

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

There are important differences between what people call the flu and regular colds. The flu is short for influenza, which is a respiratory infection that occurs at this time of the year pretty much every year, that’s why they call it flu season. Sometimes, people refer to almost any ailment as the flu but in this context we are being specific about the illness caused by the family of influenza viruses. The typical symptoms of the flu are sudden onset of fever, chills, aches and pains, nasal congestion, sore throat and cough. Regular colds are also caused by viruses but different types altogether. They usually do not cause the severity of the flu though they can have similar symptoms. If the flu hits, you may be able to shorten it’s severity and duration by taking prescription Tamiflu but it...

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Get Your Flu Shot!

Posted by on Nov 6, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s flu season, or more correctly flu shot season! Many people ask why everyone is now recommended to get a flu shot, even healthy children and adults. The answer comes from epidemiological studies that show that flu epidemics start w children and work their way into our communities. Even though otherwise healthy children and adults will probably be ok should they get the flu, they may leave the virus somewhere for a vulnerable person to get it where it could prove fatal. The flu is contagious before you realize you have it, so often you have not stayed out of your regular activities during that stage. Remember every year in this country sometimes up to 30 or 40,000 people die of flu and flu related complications. We also now have more people surviving cancer, HIV disease and transplant procedures....

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