It’s time for flu vaccine!
We have this year’s quadrivalent injectable influenza immunization in stock, and we recommend receiving it in October or early November.
We agree with the Centers for Disease Control recommendation for universal influenza vaccination, and highly recommend flu vaccine for everyone over 6 months old. Although it is only about 50% effective in preventing influenza cases, it is extremely effective in preventing severe complications, hospitalization, and death from influenza.
This year, the injection form is highly recommended. FluMist nasal spray is once again available and approved for use, but due to unknown effectiveness, it is only recommended for those individuals who would otherwise receive no vaccination.
We are also offering a special Saturday Flu Clinic – by appointment only on October 13, from 12-3pm in our office. Please call (650) 321-9555 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your family’s immunizations for either this Saturday clinic or for regular office hours.
As always, feel free to call or email us with any questions. Please follow us on Facebook for regular updates as the season progresses and write a review on Yelp or Google
We wanted to let you know about the current EpiPen shortage and how to proceed. As you may have heard, there is a nationwide shortage of EpiPens and many pharmacies are out or have low and intermittent supplies. This is expected to be alleviated in a few months when the new generic EpiPen becomes available. Currently, there are three options if you have expired EpiPens:
1. FDA has extended expiration dates of many lots of EpiPens so you can check your lots against their website here to see if you can use your current pens for school, etc. this year. EpiPens have been studied and found to have active medication in them for years after their expiration dates if stored at room temperature (not in a hot car, etc.), so this is a very reasonable option.
2. Call local pharmacies to see if they have any today and we can send or transfer the prescription. Pharmacies are getting some limited shipments but are running out quickly.
3. Go to the AuviQ website auvi-q.com and direct order AuviQ injectors. This is a different type of epinephrine injector and there are instruction videos on the website; we also have trainers in the office and are happy to help instruct new users. You sign up online for their program (to mitigate cost as they are extremely expensive and not covered by insurance) and they should contact us for the prescription and then deliver to your home.
The doctors at Burgess Pediatrics have extensive book collections and suggested reading on everything from general parenting, divorce, autism, feeding, new siblings, etc. And now they’ve put together a list of some of their favorite recommendations for your easy reference. You can find it under our Resources page here along with links on where to buy them.
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Great news! We’ve enhanced our staff and increased our practice bandwidth with the hire of a new patient coordinator, Laura Lombardi. Laura comes to us with 12+ years of medical office experience, bringing kind, personable, excellent patient care and service to our practice.
Laura most recently worked right next door at Interactive Wellness as an office manager and assistant to one of the physicians. Besides raising her own three daughters, she has also spent time working as a Pre-School Substitute Teacher in Menlo Park and as a Kindergarten Aide in the Palo Alto School District.
She has a business degree from San Francisco State; studied Language and Art at the Sorbonne University in Paris and is currently working on obtaining her Medical Assistant certification in California.
Fun fact: All three of Laura’s daughters had Dr. Cisco as their pediatrician while he was at Menlo Medical Clinic! Her youngest attends Palo Alto High School and her two older daughters are students at Sacramento State and the University of San Francisco.
Laura and her sweet dog, Chloe, are so happy to be here greeting our wonderful families each day and taking your calls.
We’d also like to remind you that Dr. Shelly Miller is currently taking on new patients and welcomes your referrals.
We are thrilled to welcome Shelly Miller, MD, MPH, to Burgess Pediatrics as our new partner. She has a wealth of pediatric knowledge and experience, and a wonderful sense of humor. We are sure you are going to love her as much as we do. Most importantly, she loves working with children and their families.
Dr. Shelly started out as an anthropologist and worked in archeology for a few years and then moved into public health. After completing her master’s in public health at UCLA, focusing on international health, maternal and child health, she attended medical school in Colorado. She spent her senior year working in Zimbabwe and Malawi before returning for residency at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland. Following that adventure, she completed a fellowship in pediatric infectious disease. Dr. Shelly says, “There is always more to learn!”
After working over a decade in a private clinic in San Francisco and Marin, practicing both primary care pediatrics and infectious disease consulting, Dr. Shelly moved to the East Bay and has been working in pediatrics with Stanford Children’s Health.
Dr. Shelly is very excited to join Burgess Pediatrics and cannot wait to get to know all of you. Stop by and say hello when next you visit and feel free to give her tips about her new home in Menlo Park!