MEASLES OUTBREAK updated May 31, 2019
The first and most important piece of information is DO NOT PANIC. At last report, there have been 47 cases of measles so far in the Los Angeles area, including 3 ongoing outbreaks. The odds of exposure are still relatively small, but the number of cases is expected to grow. Measles can be very dangerous. Although according to the CDC up to 1 in 500 cases of measles may be complicated by encephalitis (swelling of the brain) and death, the majority of people who contract the illness will be fine. The odds that your child will catch measles and then suffer a devastating outcome are small. Despite that, it is prudent to take appropriate measures.
Immunization with the MMR vaccine is the only effective means of preventing measles. There is no isolated measles vaccine, so the MMR vaccine is the only option. It is safe and very well tolerated with about one percent of patients getting a fever and/or a pink rash a week to ten days after the shot. The symptoms of measles are the hallmark pink rash covering the entire body accompanied by cough, runny nose, pink eyes, fever, and aches.
If you think your child may have the disease, please call the office and ask to speak to one of our advice nurses. The formal recommendation from the Public Health Department is to make arrangements to see your child in a way so as to not expose any other people. We have made provisions to test your child in an expedited fashion. Please do not come to the office without making prior arrangements.
Below you will find the most recent MMR recommendations:
If your child is over one year old and has not been immunized, please make an appointment to come in for the vaccine as soon as possible.
If your child has already received two doses of the MMR vaccine, there is nothing to do.
If your child had the first dose, usually given at around a year of age, but he/she is not yet four years old and therefore has not yet received the second dose, the official recommendation is still to do nothing. You can receive the second dose early, as soon as four weeks after the first dose, but the evidence is not clear whether the early dose will give the same long term protection as when it is given between four and six. (We could discuss a third dose at some time in the future, if more information becomes available.) The statistics are that 93% to 95% are protected after one dose and 97% to 99% are protected after two doses. Upon discussion with Infectious Disease Specialists at CHLA as well at the Public Health Department, our recommendation is to just stay on the regular schedule, but we will accommodate individual patient requests.
If your child will be traveling internationally the new official recommendation from the CDC is that they should be protected against measles.
Before traveling internationally,
- Infants 6 through 11 months of age should receive one dose of MMR vaccine
- Children 12 months of age or older should have documentation of two doses of MMR vaccine (the first dose of MMR vaccine should be administered at age 12 months or older; the second dose no earlier than 28 days after the first dose)
Please plan accordingly and schedule an appointment to discuss vaccination at least 2 weeks prior to traveling.
If your child is over six months and under one year, it is safe to give the MMR early. In order to achieve full protection, however, you will still need two more doses of the vaccine, one given between 12 - 15 months of age, with the booster between four and six years.
In regards to parents, if you were born between 1969 and 1985, you should consider getting a booster MMR vaccine. As long as the supply lasts and can accomodate our patients first, we are able to provide the vaccine for parents in our practice. We are not be able to bill your insurance for the shot, however. The price is $125. If there is limited supply, we will prioritize the children. If you have further questions, please call the office.
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Dr. Alison Mann has moved
April 8, 2019
Sadly, this note is to acknowledge that as of June 1, 2019, after seventeen years in our office, Dr. Alison Mann has chosen to relocate to Laguna to be closer to her parents. They will help with Mark and Chris, providing a more family oriented, loving environment for the boys, and life will be a little easier
for Alison and Darren. We are going to miss Alison’s sweetness, generosity, positivity, and energy. We wish her and her family all of the best in their future endeavors. We know that her patients will miss her amazing pediatric care. The remaining doctors will be available to step in for Dr. Mann and will try to live up to the standard she has set.
You will be asked to choose one of the other doctors to be your primary physician. Your regular check-ups and most of your visits will be with that doctor. As you have experienced before, at times when your primary doctor is unavailable, you will be free to make an appointment with any of the other doctors in the office at that time. As was the case with Dr. Mann, your bill will come from your primary physician, regardless of which doctor you may have seen. All of the doctors are providers on the same insurance plans, so coverage should not be a problem regardless of which doctor you choose.
You probably have gotten to know some or all of the other doctors already, which hopefully will make your choice easier. There are a few things you should take into consideration. We are very proud that Dr. Miriam Chan came to our office in November and Dr. Julia Bruckner will be joining the practice in July. They are both smart, enthusiastic and caring doctors, as well as truly nice people, who will have plenty of time to spend with their patients and their families. When selecting your new primary doctor, please keep in mind that Dr. Irwin Bruckner has been reducing his hours in the office, and Dr. Daniel Bruckner and Dr. Cathy Marshall are already very busy. Scheduling appointments with those three may be a little more difficult. In any case the choice is
totally up to you. Each of us would be very pleased and happy to welcome Dr. Mann’s patients into our practices.
We know you are probably disappointed with this news and may find the decision of choosing a new primary pediatrician difficult. We would like to make this as easy as possible for you. Please feel free to call Dr. Mann, any of the other doctors, or our staff if you have any questions. We ask that you make this decision at or preferably before your first visit to the office after Dr. Mann departs. You can access a simple form on this site, which will be very easy to fill out and mail in to make your designation. We look forward to continuing
to provide the best pediatric care possible to your children.
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These days, between schools, camps, travel and sports teams, there seems to be a form for every situation. If your child has had a check up in the past year, we can absolutely fill out these forms. If they have not had a recent check up, please call the office to make an appointment as we cannot fill out school/camp/sports forms without check up in the past year. We strive to complete these forms within 3 - 5 business days, but we understand that sometimes a form appears that was due yesterday! We are happy to oblige, but there is a $15 charge for forms that must be completed the same day.