Why Get Your Child a Flu Shot by Dr. Amit Jain, Pediatrician

It’s that time of year again! The fall and winter seasons are approaching. Along with exchanging presents during the holiday season, everyone, especially children, are passing around germs and illnesses between each other. We here at NOAH want to inform you about the flu and why it is important to protect your child against the flu with the flu vaccine.

The Flu is short for Influenza – a virus that most often causes an illness that affects our breathing and airways. There are many different viruses that can cause common cold symptoms, but influenza is different in that it is more contagious, and often causes worse symptoms, lasts longer (a week or more) and has more severe problems that it can cause compared to other common cold viruses including pneumonia (an infection of the lungs), and a bacterial infection.

The flu is highly contagious, and most often spread via droplets, meaning it is most often caught from being near when a person with flu coughs or sneezes. It can also be caught when a child touches something contaminated with the flu virus, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.

The symptoms of the flu include:

  • Sudden, often high fever
  • Chills
  • Body shakes
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Being more tired than usual
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Dry cough
  • Some children may even throw-up (vomit) and have diarrhea

Although the likelihood of getting the flu is high, the children who would suffer the greatest problems from getting the flu are:

  • Those with chronic medical conditions – especially respiratory conditions including Asthma and chronic lung disease
  • Heart problems
  • Diabetes
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Weakened immune system
  • Disorders of the brain or nervous system

How can you prevent or decrease the risk of your child getting this scary flu virus? The best way to protect against the flu is the influenza vaccine. All infants and children 6 months old and older can get the flu vaccine every year. Since babies younger than 6 months cannot get the influenza vaccine, the best way to protect them is that everyone around and taking care of the baby get the flu vaccine. Along with this, frequent, good hand washing with soap and water is especially important. If you cough or sneeze, be sure to do so into your elbow (like a vampire holding their cape!) or into a tissue, but not directly into your hands. Teach your children these good habits from a young age as well! Sanitize toys that your children play with frequently as well.

Along with this, it may be a good idea to keep your child home from daycare or school if they are having the following symptoms:

  • Fevers (usually a temperature greater than 101F)
  • Chills and shaking of the body
  • Headaches
  • Body aches
  • Tiredness / sleepiness
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose / congestion
  • Dry cough

Do not hesitate to bring your child in to your NOAH clinic to evaluate your child and determine if any treatment would be helpful. 

The side effects from the flu vaccine are few, and generally much less severe than getting infected with the flu. These include:

  • A low-grade fever
  • Some redness and soreness around the site that the injection was given.
  • The flu vaccine is made using eggs. Those who have a severe allergy to egg (anaphylactic reaction) should have a discussion with their doctor before getting the flu vaccine.

At NOAH, we are here to help you and your child get through the cold and flu season safely and healthily. Please call today to make an appointment to get you and your child the flu vaccine!

For more information, please visit:

  1. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/The-Flu.aspx
  2. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/immunizations/Pages/Prepare-Your-Family-for-Flu-Season.aspx
  3. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm
  4. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/vaccinations.htm

NOAH Midtown Health Center Has Moved!

To meet growing demand, NOAH Midtown Health Center is expanding to a new facility at 4131 N. 24th Street, Suite B-102. We are increasing patient access to care, expanding services, and enhancing our patient-centered care. We look forward to seeing you at our new facility.

Expanded services:

• Greater access to critical services, such as chronic disease management and integrated health services.
• Nutrition services with a registered dietician.
• Enrollment assistance to individuals and families in need of health and community resources.
• On-site lab services.

Enhanced patient-centered care:

• Increased number of medical providers from 2 to 6.
• Increased support staff to meet the growing needs.
• Extended hours of operation.

Happy Nurse Practitioner Week – 2018

We wish all #NursePractitioners a happy #NPWeek18! Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Do you need to schedule your annual well exam? Our Care Team at NOAH are here to help you create and manage your #healthy #lifestyle #habits. Need help setting or sticking to your goals? Call 480-882-4545 today! #FamilyPractice #GetHealthy #MentalHealth

Happy Medical Assistants Week – Video

We wish all #MedicalAssistants a happy #MARWeek! Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Do you need to schedule your annual well exam? Our Care Team at NOAH are here to help you create and manage your #healthy #lifestyle #habits. Need help setting or sticking to your goals? Call 480-882-4545 today! #FamilyPractice #GetHealthy #MentalHealth

NOAH Calavar Family Health Center Closing Doors on August 24

Effective August 24, 2018, NOAH Calavar Family Health Center will be closed.

NOAH is committed to caring for you and your family with the quality and compassion that you have come to expect from us. NOAH continues to operate 10 additional health centers in Glendale, Phoenix and Scottsdale. Your patient records will be available in our system and can be accessed at any of our other locations should you wish to transfer your care.

The NOAH practice locations closest to Calavar Family Health Center are:

Copperwood Health Center

 

      • 6677 W. Thunderbird Rd., Suite A124

 

      • Glendale, AZ 85306 

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      • 480-882-4545 | Fax: 623-773-2267

 

      • M-Th: 7:00am to 7:00pm

 

      • F: 7:00am to 5:00pm

 

Venado Valley Health Center

 

      • 20440 N. 27th Ave.

 

      • Phoenix, AZ 85027 

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      • 480-882-4545 | Fax: 480-882-5017
      • M-F: 8:00am to 5:00pm‎
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      • For a complete list of practice locations and physician information, visit

    noahhelps.org/locations

      • . If you need help in selecting a new provider, please call NOAH at

    480-882-4545

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As a NOAH patient, you also have access to:
• Care coordination led by a registered nurse or medical assistant.
• Behavioral health counseling.
• Pediatric and adult dental services.
• Nutrition services with a registered dietitian.

Each of our dedicated staff members at NOAH Health Centers are honored to care for you.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 480-882-4545.

NOAH Receives $30,000 to Provide Oral Health Services to Underserved Children

Delta Dental of Arizona partners with NOAH to reach low income communities

Statistics show tooth decay in children and adolescents is twice as high for underserved families than those from higher incomes due to lack of education about the importance of oral hygiene. Neighborhood Outreach Access to Health (NOAH) received a $30,000 grant from Delta Dental of Arizona to deliver oral health education and screening to uninsured and under-insured children at back-to-school events, community health fairs, and other school activities in low income areas. Read more

Now Open – Palomino Health Center

NOAH is thrilled to announce our newest location – NOAH Palomino Health Center! You are invited to stop by our Grand Opening on Saturday, December 2 from 9AM – 3PM and learn more about our programs and services. Be one of the first to get a tour and meet our Care Team. NOAH is offering FREE flu shots and health screenings while supplies last during our open house event. Please share this invitation with your friends and family. Our Care Team at NOAH are here to help you create and manage your healthy lifestyle habits. Need help setting or sticking to your goals? Call 480-882-4545 and schedule today! #pediatrics #familypractice #counseling #ValueCHCs #IChooseNOAH

Venado Valley Health Center – Community Open House

Our Community Open House at Venado Valley Health Center was a success thanks to our amazing staff and partner organizations @MercyCarePlan @MercyMaricopa @Care1stAZ @PHXArtsyEvents @insurusarizona

With over 150 attendees, we were able to provide over 53 flu shots, scheduled several follow up visits and gained new patients. Our Care Team at NOAH are here to help you create and manage your healthy lifestyle habits. Need help setting or sticking to your goals? Call 480-882-4545 today!

Grand Opening – Venado Valley Health Center

NOAH is thrilled to announce our newest location – NOAH Venado Valley Health Center! You are invited to stop by our Grand Opening on
Saturday, September 30 from 9AM – 1PM and learn more about our programs and services.

Be one of the first to get a tour and meet our Care Team. NOAH is offering FREE flu shots while supplies last during our open house event.
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Please share this invitation with your friends and familiy. Our Care Team at NOAH are here to help you create and manage your healthy
lifestyle habits. Need help setting or sticking to your goals? Call 480-882-4545 and schedule today! #pediatrics #familypractice #counseling

Heuser Pediatric Dental – Open House

Several new patients established care and many partner organizations toured our Heuser Pediatric Dental Open House last week! Thank you to all who #ChooseNOAH and #ValueCHCs. If you have a child in need of a dental appointment, please click here to request an appointment or call us at 480-882-4545. We are accepting new patients!


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