How vaccinations save millions of lives

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Research shows that vaccines have been one of the most effective preventive health interventions ever created. For more than two centuries, humans have been benefitting from immunizations.

We wanted to highlight a few of childhood diseases that are preventable through immunizations. It is recommended for children to be vaccinated for these up through the age of six:

  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Meningococcal
  • Varicella
  • Rubella
  • Mumps
  • Measles
  • Influenza
  • Polio
  • Pneumococcal
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b
  • Pertussis
  • Tetanus

It is important for children to receive immunizations. This helps their bodies recognize germs as antigens (“foreign invaders”), which signals the body to produce antibodies to fight them. The immune system eventually builds up immunity, meaning if they get infected again, even as an adult, the body remembers the antigen and is able to produce antibodies faster.

Vaccinations can be used to help children build immunity without them getting ill first. Vaccines contain dead or modified viruses that connect cause with the disease but the body recognizes them as the disease. This allows the body to respond quickly and prevent any attacks by that disease.

In addition to children, it is also necessary for all adults to be up-to-date with vaccinations—to ensure that they stay protected from illnesses, such as pneumonia and the flu. It is always safer to prevent illnesses and diseases than to treat it after it occurs. It also helps to protect others who immune memory may have faded from catching the disease.

If you or someone you know needs an appointment for vaccines, or for all back-to-school/sports physicals, please contact Dr. Schumacher by contacting (614) 299-9909.

Understanding ADHD and Healthy Coping Strategies

DR. D art ADHD1When asked about ADHD, or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, people often are familiar with the term and some of its basic symptoms. Yet, few are fully informed on what exactly a diagnosis like this entails and how one should go about treating this well-known condition. It is important to be educated on just what having ADHD means, how it should be approached, and what the common symptoms to look
for are.

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a medical condition in which a child will show signs of being easily distracted, have a short attention span, have difficulty paying attention, show impatience or forgetfulness, and many more similar symptoms. Behavior may vary based upon age and gender and will show in every aspect of the child’s life – at home, at school, at friends’ homes, etc. Their school work may suffer, they may not have satisfying social lives, and the impulsive behavior that often accompanies this condition can lead to numerous types of unwelcome actions.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for ADHD, but getting on the right treatment plan will help immensely. There are various types of medication and many different behavior strategies that can be implemented into a child’s life that will help them fight their ADHD and live a more comfortable life.

What causes ADHD?

A concrete cause for ADHD has yet to be fully discovered. While many just assume too much caffeine or sugar is what causes it to development, there has been no scientific backing to prove this. Rather, it is suspected that it is a hereditary condition, suggesting that if a parent or close relative is diagnosed, future children will be more likely to have it, as well.

Other reasons ADHD may occur is dependent on what the mother is exposed to throughout her pregnancy. For example, if the mother engages in drug or alcohol use while pregnant or if she is exposed to certain toxins in the environment, a child may be more prone to get ADHD. Also, if the child itself is exposed to toxins in the environment (lead being a predominant one), then that may be cause for a diagnosis of ADHD.

Is ADHD Personally Affecting You or a Loved One?

If you are concerned that a loved one may have ADHD, it is important to visit your doctor and be honest about any symptoms that you have noticed. With the right treatment, children with ADHD can show massive amounts of improvement in their home life, school work, and countless other areas, such as sleeping and eating patterns.

If a diagnoses occurs, the child with ADHD will undergo various treatments, such as medication use or counseling that guides them through why this behavior might be occurring. Treatment occurs on a case-by-case basis, so do not be discouraged if the first thing you try does not seem to be effective. Every child is different and will respond differently to various techniques. Once the right strategy is discovered, the child will be sure to find relief and feel comfortable in all parts of life.

Dealing with ADHD, both as the child and the parents involved, can prove to be a challenge. Remember to be patient and give yourself a break from time to time. Search out various counseling groups where you can share your experience with others who are on the same boat. Also, continue to provide a positive and patient attitude when speaking with and disciplining your child, ensuring as much structure for them as possible. Taking the right steps and looking at the situation realistically will help a family cope as a whole.