Friday, April 28, 2017

REMINDER:

The World Vision/CareLink Foundation 6k race is Saturday, May 6th!    You may register at the race starting at 8:15 am.  Cost is $50 for those 15 years of age,  $25 for those under 15 years.

Registration will be held at Pediatric Health's Naperville far south parking lot
that is off the River Road entrance.

All funds go to World Vision's clean water initiatives.   

We hope to see you there!

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From the desk of Nurse Practitioner Josie Dawe:

Josie Dawe, CPNP
For World Immunization Week (April 24-30), US medical experts have raised concern about the number of Americans who still are not vaccinating their children.  Vaccines have dramatically decreased the number of people affected by potentially deadly diseases such as measles, whooping cough, influenza, and polio.  Unfortunately, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), an additional 1.5 million deaths could have been prevented across the globe if more people were immunized.
 
For example in 2015-2016 one of the largest mumps outbreaks happened here in Illinois, affecting several hundred university students.  In 2015, there were 134,200 measles deaths worldwide.  The measles virus is particularly concerning because it is one of the most contagious diseases of humankind. According to a spokesman for the American Academy of Pediatrics, “If you are across the gymnasium from someone with measles and they cough, you can get it”. 

Choosing not to vaccinate a child puts not only that child at risk but also other children who are unable to get vaccinated. Children with compromised immune systems are medically unable to be vaccinated. This includes children receiving chemotherapy for cancer and those children too young to benefit from vaccines. These children depend on the vaccination of others to control the spread of disease.

As healthcare providers, we do everything we can to do what is in the best interest for our patients based on scientific evidence. The recommended immunization schedule has been researched and documented to be the most effective and safest way to protect children. According to the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics), vaccine schedules are carefully timed to provide protection to children when they are most vulnerable to disease, and when the vaccines will produce the strongest response.

Children who receive vaccines on "alternative" immunization schedules are placed at risk for disease for longer periods of time. According to the APP there is no alternative if you want the optimal protection for your child.

For additional information visit:


Thursday, April 20, 2017


Pediatric Health welcomes home Dr. Jihad Shoshara from his medical mission trip to Jordan where he and an incredible team of physicians saw over 3,500 Syrian refugees.  

Reading the plight of some of the sickest refugees is heartbreaking. Yet it also makes you think how fortunate we are to live here in the U.S.


Day 0 Preparations:

Days 3 and 4: The Things That We Can Do:
https://www.facebook.com/shoshara/posts/10154393300986512

Day 5: Full Force:

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World Vision and The CareLink Foundation present: 
 6K FOR WATER on May 6th at 9 AM  in Naperville
 Registration begins at 8:30 am at the River Road South Front parking lot of Pediatric Health’s Naperville  office.


      Did you know that some children have to walk 6 kilometers (3.72 miles) daily 
     in order to collect water for their families? For some this can take 3 hours to 
     complete and they can only collect as much as they can carry.  In addition to   
     the distance, the water they walk to collect is unsanitary can ultimately make 
     them sick.

     Wont’ you please help change this?
     Please join us by registering to walk/run to help change lives and provide clean 
     water solutions for communities in need.

     How do I register?
     You may register at:
     **Every $50 registration fee  provides clean water to one person (children 15 
     and under can sign up for just $25!)  This entitles you to a t-shirt, race bib and 
     medal.

     Access to clean water is something we all deserve. Help end their 
     walk by signing up for yours!

     Interested in learning more about what these organizations do and ways you 
     can participate further? Please visit their websites:
     World Vision: https://www.worldvision.org/
     The CareLink Foundation: https://carelinkfoundation.org

              

                                           Questions?  Call us at 630.293.9190

Friday, March 31, 2017

EPI-PEN RECALL

Mylan Pharmaceuticals has just posted a recall for several lot numbers of their Epi-Pen.  If you have a device included in the below list of lot numbers, please contact your pharmacy about either exchanging your current Epi-Pen or refilling with a non-affected lot number.

Friday, March 24, 2017

PLEASE NOTE: New Co-Pay Policy at PHA: 

Many of our patients have a co-payment connected with their insurance agreements. Our contractual obligation with your insurance carrier requires us to collect your co-payment at the time of service. Effective April 15, 2017 any unpaid co-pays will be charged a service fee of $15. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

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From the desk of Jihad Shoshara, M.D.
Dr. Shoshara helping refugees in Jordan last year.


I hope that this finds you well.  I’m writing because I am once again leading a mission to provide needed medical care to Syrian refugees in Jordan through the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS).  On April 8, I and a team of 50 medical providers, nurses, and translators will spend a week treating thousands of refugees in need.  As you know, the Syrian civil war is in its seventh year, with no end in sight.  The refugees for whom we will care have lost their homes and most of their possessions; almost all of them have lost loved ones and suffer the physical and psychological scars of the conflict.  Most have no access to regular health care the way you and I imagine it. Our volunteers - all of whom pay their own way to serve - may be the only doctors that many will see.

Our mission will bring:

  • Pediatricians, Internists, and Family Practitioners for primary care
  • Dentists to perform needed dental procedures and care
  • A Pediatric Neurologist to treat children with neurological disorders
  • A team of Orthopedic and Plastic Surgeons to perform reconstructive surgeries
  • A Neurosurgery team to treat spinal and nerve injuries

Last year, I asked my friends and colleagues to consider supporting this effort.  That money, along with other donations, was essential in providing life-saving cardiac stents to refugees at severe risk of heart attack.  This year, our fundraising will again be critical to our ability to provide these desperately needed services.  For this mission, we are using MobileCause to raise funds, with a goal of $75,000 between all the members of our group.  Using MobileCause means that:

  • No administrative fees are taken, so 100% of your donation goes to the mission
  • The funds go directly to SAMS, so all donations are tax deductible

In just three weeks, we've been fortunate to raise $35,000 towards our goal! Please consider donating at the our mission fundraiser link below:



Just like last year, I plan to send updates, photos, and stories before and during the mission, both through social media and email.  (If you do not want to receive these, please let me know and I will be happy to ensure your email is not added.  However, it’s my hope that you’ll want to follow what good your support and funds will provide to a community that the world has largely forgotten.)

Please feel free to share this link with your family and friends.  Finally, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AS WE PROVIDE CARE FOR REFUGEES IN NEED!

In Peace,

Jihad Shoshara, MD
SAMS Jordan Mission Leader, April 2017

(PS - one note about the donation link: if you choose to donate anonymously, SAMS will not receive your information and you won't receive a receipt, so please give your name if you would like one.)  

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Sometimes life gets so busy that we forget about other regions of the world where people are suffering.   In Kenya, the worst famine since 1945 is happening now.  Massive drought has created not only a water shortage but the inability to maintain crops.  In the next few months thousands of people are at risk of starvation.

Imagine if you were in this situation...please consider donating to World Relief and help save lives.   Whatever you can give is most appreciated.