how physicians know what's going on

I received this letter today from Karen Remley, Virginia Department of Health Commissioner.

Well, she didn't send it only to me but to  all physicians in the Commonwealth. I thought you might be interested to know how we physicians stay informed of what is happening in the public health arena.

As you can see from the letter, a case of influenza has been identified and there is a significant increase in the percent of patients seen at doctor's offices and emergency departments with flu-like illnesses. Not every illness that seems like influenza is caused by one of the flu viruses, but as activity of this type of illness increases, so does the likelihood that such illnesses are actually caused by the flu virus and are preventable by flu vaccine.

The isolation of influenza virus means that many more people have it than have been identified, and the number of people with infection from influenza will increase from now through the end of the winter or the beginning of the spring. So, if you haven't yet gotten your flu vaccine, you should do so right away. It takes about two weeks or longer for your antibody levels to be high enough to protect you from infection.

Also n the letter, Dr. Remley talks about the increase in pertussis cases this year, and encourages physicians to offer pertussis vaccines to adults who are in contact with infants, especially those who have not yet completed their primary series of immunizations.


Please leave me any questions or comments you may have about influenza or pertussis and their vaccines.

Leave a comment

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
Refresh Type the characters you see in this picture.
Type the characters you see in the picture; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.  Switch to audio verification.

About Dr. Ackerman

Alice Ackerman, MD, MBA, FAAP, FCCM is the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Carilion Clinic and Professor and Founding Chair of Pediatrics at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Dr. Ackerman is recognized nationally as an expert in pediatric critical care.

She has been at Carilion Clinic since June of 2007. Her primary goals are to enhance the health care of children in the Roanoke Valley and Southwest Virginia, and is actively working to do this both as physician in chief of the children's hospital, as well as through involvement with many state-wide initiatives.

Close to home links

Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital
Carilion Clinic Pediatric Services
Children’s Miracle Network
Follow me on Twitter
Pediatric Residency Facebook Page
The AAP website for parents
Just the Vax
Moms Who Vax blog
Parents Who Protect
Roanoke Times Medical blog
Running a hospital blog


Via RSS  |  Via Email


Follow me