Alert: UDATED VACCINE INFORMATION with information from CDC NEW FLU VACCINE INFORMATION Please also check the post below for information on the Enterovirus D68 Respiratory Illness Click HERE for information on Enterovirus D68   Learn More »

Pediatric Care, P.C.
Providing care for your children.

  Our Office Hours   Phone: 847-382-7337

John H Beckerman, M.D. FAAP ·  Kathleen R Lockhart, M.D. FAAP ·  Claudine D Baggio, D.O. FAAP ·  Heidi Kramer, M.D. FAAP ·  Kathleen Bezdek, APN

  About Our Staff
Notice:

Flu vaccines are in! Call 847-382-7337 for an appointment

Make sure your children are well protected.  According to the CDC Of the 151 to 159 million doses of influenza vaccine projected to be available for the 2014-2015 season, manufacturers estimate that 77 million doses will be quadrivalent flu vaccine.   ALL of our flu vaccines will be Quadrivalent-the quadrivalent flu vaccine is designed to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses.

** NEW INFORMATION** Depending on the formulation, flu vaccines protect against three or four different flu viruses. Even during a season when the vaccine is only partially protective against one flu virus, it can protect against the others. “While the vaccine’s ability to protect against drifted H3N2 viruses this season may be reduced, we are still strongly recommending vaccination,” said Joseph Bresee, M.D., Chief of the Influenza Epidemiology and Prevention Branch at CDC. “Vaccination has been found to provide some protection against drifted viruses in past seasons. Also, vaccination will offer protection against other flu viruses that may become more common later in the season.” Influenza viruses are constantly changing. The drifted H3N2 viruses were first detected in late March 2014, after World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for the 2014-2015 Northern Hemisphere vaccine had been made in mid-February. At that time, a very small number of these viruses had been found among the thousands of specimens that had been collected and tested.   CDC Media Press Release   Learn More »

Welcome to our practice and new website.

We appreciate the opportunity to provide your child’s medical care. Our staff consists of well qualified, dedicated professionals who work together as a team to provide your children with quality healthcare in a warm and caring setting. We hope that you will take a few minutes to look around our new website. Please check our News and Updates section for updates and important news.  

Flu vaccines are here!

Call 847 382-7337 for an appointment

  Click HERE  and  HERE ( for CDC INFO)

 to find out some Questions and Answers about the

Enterovirus D68 Respiratory Illness

The single most important action

you can take is to prevent the spread of this virus is to...

hand washing

Wash your hands often!

 
 

**New rule for 2014-15 School Year -2 Varicella vaccinations for children entering K, 6 and 9th Grades**  

    For the 2015-16 there is a new proposed Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine Requirement 1 at 6th Grade entry and  2 at 12th Grade entry

Need proof of Tdap and/or Varivax immunizations? Please call our office and we will fill one out for you (if you have had a physical within the past year

Latest News

Latest CDC Information about Flu Vaccine Effectiveness (Still a Good Idea to Get Flu Vaccinations)

Press Release

For Immediate Release: Thursday, December 4 Contact: Media Relations (404) 639-3286
Early data suggests that the current 2014-2015 flu season could be severe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges immediate vaccination for anyone still unvaccinated this season and recommends prompt treatment with antiviral drugs for people at high risk of complications who develop flu. So far this year, seasonal influenza A H3N2 viruses have been most common. There often are more severe flu illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths during seasons when these viruses predominate. For example, H3N2 viruses were predominant during the 2012-2013, 2007-2008, and 2003-2004 seasons, the three seasons with the highest mortality levels in the past decade. All were characterized as “moderately severe.” Increasing the risk of a severe flu season is the finding that roughly half of the H3N2 viruses analyzed are drift variants: viruses with antigenic or genetic changes that make them different from that season’s vaccine virus. This means the vaccine’s ability to protect against those viruses may be reduced, although vaccinated people may have a milder illness if they do become infected. During the 2007-2008 flu season, the predominant H3N2 virus was a drift variant yet the vaccine had an overall efficacy of 37 percent and 42 percent against H3N2 viruses. “It’s too early to say for sure that this will be a severe flu season, but Americans should be prepared,” said CDC director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “We can save lives with a three-pronged effort to fight the flu: vaccination, prompt treatment for people at high risk of complications, and preventive health measures, such as staying home when you’re sick, to reduce flu spread.” Depending on the formulation, flu vaccines protect against three or four different flu viruses. Even during a season when the vaccine is only partially protective against one flu virus, it can protect against the others. “While the vaccine’s ability to protect against drifted H3N2 viruses this season may be reduced, we are still strongly recommending vaccination,” said Joseph Bresee, M.D., Chief of the Influenza Epidemiology and Prevention Branch at CDC. “Vaccination has been found to provide some protection against drifted viruses in past seasons. Also, vaccination will offer protection against other flu viruses that may become more common later in the season.” Influenza viruses are constantly changing. The drifted H3N2 viruses were first detected in late March 2014, after World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for the 2014-2015 Northern Hemisphere vaccine had been made in mid-February. At that time, a very small number of these viruses had been found among the thousands of specimens that had been collected and tested. A committee of experts must pick which viruses to include in the vaccine many months in advance in order for vaccine to be produced and delivered in time for the upcoming flu season. There is always the possibility that viruses will drift during that time. Influenza activity is currently low in the United States as a whole, but is increasing in parts of the country. “We are just at the beginning of the season. It’s not too late to get your vaccine,” Dr. Frieden says. Influenza antiviral drugs – Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir) can reduce severe complications such as hospitalization and potentially death for people who are at high risk of serious flu complications or are very sick. Treatment of high risk patients should begin as soon after symptoms develop as possible, without waiting for lab tests to confirm flu infection. Those at high risk from influenza include children younger than 5 years (especially those younger than 2 years); adults 65 years and older; pregnant women; and people with certain chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart or lung disease, and kidney disease. CDC recommends that people at high risk check with their doctor or other health care professional promptly if they get flu symptoms. Studies show that flu antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started in the first 48 hours after symptoms appear. Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

  Our Location

27790 W. Highway 22, Suite 7
Barrington, IL 60010
P: 847-382-7337
F: 847-382-7377
pediatric.care@gmail.com

  Office Hours

Our office hours are by appointment.

Monday 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Tuesday 8:30AM - 6:30PM
Please call by 5:30PM
Wednesday 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Thursday 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Friday 8:30AM - 5:00PM
Saturday 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Sunday Closed

  After Hours Assistance

For after hours assistance we can be reached through our 24 hour answering service:

  (847) 382-7337

Press 1 to leave a voice mail if you have a non emergency but would still like to speak to the doctor on call. (these messages are checked until 9 PM)

Press 0 to be connected to the answering service for non life threatening medical emergencies (the doctor will be paged and usually respond within 15 minutes)