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Time running out to satisfy new vaccine requirement

Many Kentucky kids will need additional vaccines before the 2018-2019 school year begins. Before the first day of classes, all students must have two doses of the hepatitis A vaccine. Although that may seem like plenty of time, parents should start scheduling appointments with their pediatricians now. “The two vaccines need to be given at […] Read More »

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It’s not too late for a flu shot that can at least ease symptoms

Symptoms of this year’s prevailing flu tend to be more severe and have caused deaths in the U.S., including people of all ages who were otherwise healthy. “The flu can be deadly, especially for young children, the elderly and pregnant women,” said Marcella D. Perez, M.D., pediatrician, Norton Children’s Medical Associates – Poplar Level. “It’s something […] Read More »

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Is it a cold or the flu?

Signs and symptoms Influenza Cold Symptom onset Abrupt Gradual Fever Usually; lasts 3-4 days Rare Aches Usually; often severe Slight Chills Fairly common Uncommon Fatigue, weakness Usual Sometimes Sneezing Sometimes Common Stuffy nose Sometimes Common Sore throat Sometimes Common Chest discomfort, cough Common; can be severe Mild to moderate; hacking cough Headache Common Rare   […] Read More »

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Flu shot may be 10 percent effective

Bad news, parents: We could be in for a rough flu season. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 7,000 cases of flu have been confirmed in the U.S. so far, which is more than double the number this time last year. While Kentucky isn’t dealing with a full-on flu outbreak, […] Read More »


RSV cases popping up in Louisville

It was a holiday miracle that became a nightmare. After being born 10 weeks premature, AnnJolina Harlan went home from Norton Children’s Hospital right after Thanksgiving last year. Four days after Christmas, she was back in the hospital fighting for her life. “She wouldn’t wake up to eat,” said Tonya Harlan, AnnJolina’s mom. “We knew […] Read More »

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Take care of your sick child without getting others — or yourself — sick

Temperatures have dropped and it’s officially cold and flu season. Here are some tips for staying well as you nurse your little one back to health. It’s not too late to get a flu shot Getting yearly flu shots for the family can help protect yourself and others from the flu. While the vaccine doesn’t […] Read More »


Radiothon | Megan Francke’s ‘stupid’ brain tumor

When Megan Francke was in first grade, she often would go to her parents’ room at night crying about her stomach. Her mother took her to see her pediatrician, Andrew Donovan, M.D. (Megan calls him “Dr. Donut”), who after several visits said, “Let’s rule out the scary stuff.” He scheduled Megan for an MRI. A […] Read More »

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HPV rise highlights need for vaccination

As a new study shows human papillomavirus (HPV) has increased dramatically over the past 20 years — especially among men — doctors are stressing the importance of having their children vaccinated. HPV is a very common virus; nearly 80 million people in the U.S. — about one in four —currently are infected. According to the […] Read More »

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Need a pediatrician? Choose one backed by more than 100 years of care

As if becoming a parent isn’t challenging enough, it starts with decisions to be made prior to baby’s arrival. Choosing the safest car seat or crib. Selecting the name your child will carry for life. It’s easy to become overwhelmed with all your baby will need. You can ease some stress by creating a care […] Read More »

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Should you avoid the FluMist (again)?

Get ready for some unhappy kids. It’s time to start getting the yearly flu vaccine, and the FluMist is being tossed aside. Last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics stopped recommending the nasal spray, saying it was barely effective at preventing the virus. Experts are doubling down on that stance by telling families to stay […] Read More »


Seven back-to-school illnesses parents need to watch for

It’s not just kids back in class. School is now in session for germs, viruses and bacteria that cause illnesses that can make your child (or you) sick. “We definitely see a rise in sick kids and families during the school year,” said Marcella Perez, M.D., pediatrician with Norton Children’s Medical Associates – Poplar Level. […] Read More »

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When your child is too old for a pediatrician

I looked up names of songs about saying goodbye. “Someone Like You” by Adele, “Hello, Goodbye” by the Beatles, “Don’t You Forget About Me” by the Simple Minds. This is exactly how I felt recently when my son, Scott, had to move on from our pediatrician of 18 years. I remember my husband and I […] Read More »