Welcome to Castro Valley Pediatrics! We are happy to share our new office in Hayward with you.
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To drastically decrease your time in the waiting room, we advise that you to print out a Patient Registration Form prior to your appointment. Fill out the form in the comfort of your own home, and hand it to the receptionist when you check in for your visit. This form is required for our new patients and for our existing patients if you have moved, changed phone numbers, or changed insurance.
Do You Need Advice?
If you still need advice both during office hours and after office hours, please call our main number 510-581-1446 for further assistance.
The United States is experiencing a record number of measles cases this year. From January 1 to June 6 of this year, 397 confirmed cases of measles have been reported. This is the highest annual number of reported measles cases in the United States in the past 20 years.
Be sure your child is up-to-date on his/her immunizations. The measles vaccine is generally given twice, at 12-15 months and before kindergarten.
Happy Fall! It's time to get your flu vaccine.
Currently everyone over the age of 6 months of age should receive the flu vaccine this season. We have a limited amount of flu vaccine available and expect further shipments within the next few weeks. Please call the office for availability and to make your appointments.
We would like to share the following information provided by public health regarding the Enterovirus 68 outbreak:
1. What is EV68? Enterovirus 68 (EV68) is not a new virus, but over the past few years it has caused outbreaks of respiratory illness in the fall. These outbreaks are similar to what we see later in the year with influenza and RSV. What's different is that these outbreaks happen earlier in the fall and with a different virus.
2. Who does this virus infect? In the current outbreak, most patients are children under 16 with a prior history of asthma or wheezing. Symptoms include rapid onset of cough, wheezing and difficulty breathing. EV68 rarely causes fever. Most children with suspected EV68 infection respond quickly to supportive care that includes breathing treatments, such as inhalers prescribed by a health care provider.
3. What should I look out for? If your child or family member develops rapid onset of cough, wheezing or difficulty breathing, please contact their healthcare provider. While most patients do not require hospitalization, children can develop symptoms rapidly, so a quick call or visit to a health care clinic might be necessary.
4. Is there an antibiotic I can take or a vaccine? No, EV68 is a virus so antibiotics do not treat it and there are no currently available antiviral medications that treat EV68. There is also no vaccine. However, that does not mean that your child can't be treated. Children with severe respiratory distress can receive several forms of breathing treatments that reduce their symptoms and get them on the road to recovery.
5. Are pregnant women at risk? Pregnant women have a greater chance of being infected if they do not have immunity (protection) from previous infection with EV68. However, most pregnant women who become infected will not get sick, or they will only have mild illness. Right now, there is no clear evidence that pregnant women with enterovirus infection will have severe complications, like miscarriage, stillbirth, or congenital defects. But, if a pregnant woman is infected shortly before delivery, she can pass the virus to her baby. These babies usually have only mild illness. In rare cases, they may have severe infection.