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Flu Vaccine Uptake Leads to Fewer Hospitalizations

Between 2004 and 2008, annual influenza vaccine recommendations were gradually expanded to include all children aged 6 months or older. In the Pediatrics study, “Influenza-Related Hospitalizations and ED Visits in Children Less Than 5 Years: 2000-2011​,” from the January 2015 issue, researchers studied vaccine uptake and influenza-related hospital visits among children age 6 months to…

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Circumcision: A Parent’s Choice

Circumcision is a procedure that for some parents generates strong emotions and some controversy.  Kids First Pediatric Partners does not advocate or recommend that parents have their sons circumcised. We also do not discourage this medical procedure. There are a variety of reasons why parents choose circumcision. Some, such as followers of the Jewish and…

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Thanksgiving Flowers

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, one of our families came by to say thank you to Betsy who is one of our wonderful Lactation Consultants. Mom said that Betsy “saved her breastfeeding relationship and that she was thankful for Betsy and that she was her angel.” We truly love hearing from our families. This made…

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College Students with Chronic Health Conditions Lack Support

​Twenty percent of youth attending college have a chronic medical condition, yet relatively few U. S. colleges have the proper health resources to identify or support these students. In the November 2014 Pediatrics study, “College Health Service Capacity to Support Youth With Chronic Medical Conditions,” researchers surveyed a nationally representative sample of medical directors from…

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Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

This post comes just as Thanksgiving is arriving. This is one of my favorite holidays because it is completely centered around food and giving thanks (and I LOVE food!). The history of Thanksgiving started in 1621 when the Wampanoag Indians taught the Pilgrim colonists how to cultivate food. When the Pilgrim’s had a successful harvest…

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Addressing Concerns Over Ebola

With all the news reports on Ebola, it can be hard to keep our imaginations from running wild. And while the dangerous disease is wrecking havoc in Western Africa, it is important that we in the Chicago area understand the reality that the likelihood of a vast outbreak of the viral infection here is very…

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Thanks for Your Kind Words

Kids First Families, First I would like to thank you all for all of your kind words and well wishes regarding the new little addition to the Russo family. My son Anthony is almost 6 months old now, and my husband, Gianni, and I are truly enjoying being parents. Everyone has always told us to…

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A Little Reward

I recently checked something off of my bucket list…a trip to Hot Doug’s! For those of you who grew up in the Chicago area, you’ve surely heard of this iconic restaurant. The self-proclaimed “Sausage Superstore” offers a wide variety of unique hot dogs and sausages created by owner Doug Sohn. In May 2014, Doug announced…

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In with a Bang!

Autumn has certainly come in with a bang! The change of seasons is one of the things I love about living in the Midwest. Autumn for me brings memories of apples and apple picking, a tradition my parents started with me and my brothers back in New York State. Eating our fill of McIntosh apples…

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Reel It In

It’s back-to-school time! This year is a milestone for my family because Louisa is going to preschool . She is so proud of herself, I love to see her shine! So I am alone with Georgia for 3 hours every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The first day of school when I dropped 3 of my…

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