Dr. Killian will be visiting Kawete, Uganda for the 12th time this fall from October 13th til October 27th. He will be visiting the same community of Kawete in eastern Uganda which is 40 miles from the Nile River! He and the team from Christ Community International will once again deliver medical care and support to the children and families of Christ Community Lutheran School-Uganda! Dr. Killian appreciates your support and wishes to thank his fellow Pediatricians-Dr. Bayer, Dr. Carney, Dr. Lowther and Marla Olish PNP for helping make this mission possible. You may follow the mission team on the blog www.ccifall2017.blogspot.com or visit the website www.christcommunityinternational.org
October 13th til 24th will be the dates of this fall's visit by Dr. Killian and the mission team of Christ Community International to Kawete, Uganda. Follow the team via blog on the website: www.christcommunityinternational.org.
Dr. Kilian will be visiting Uganda this year on Spring Break again! He will provide medical care to the children and families of Christ Community Lutheran School-Uganda in rural Uganda-"The Pearl of Africa" Please join along on the trip by following him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/christcommunityinternationalinc or at the blog: http://ccispring2016.blogspot.com. He will be joined by 12 others including Dr. Craig Belsha, Pediatric Nephrologist from Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. A special thank you to the staff at West County Pediatrics for helping make this trip possible and to everyone for their support and prayers.
Dr. Killian will be on a medical mission to the community of Kawete in the country of Uganda with Christ Community International from October 13th till October 22nd. You may follow the mission trip on the Blog at http://cclsukawetefall2015.blogspot.com ! Thanks to the staff and all the physicians of West County Pediatrics for helping to make the mission possible!
Dr. Killian will be making his seventh visit to Christ Community Lutheran School-Uganda in Kawete, Uganda this Spring from March 10 till March 22. He will provide care for the children of the school and their families! He loves to see the people of Uganda and help when he can to improve the health of the community. Follow the blog at www.cciugandaspring2015.blogspot.com. Thanks to the physicians and staff of West County Pediatrics for caring for Dr Killian's patients while he is gone!
Dr. Killian will be making his fifth visit to a community in rural Uganda to support a local school and deliver medical care to the children. The school is located in Kawete, Uganda about 100 miles northeast of Lake Victoria where the Nile River begins. Though the poverty of resources makes life challenging, the people are joyous and grateful for the support we bring them. Thanks to the help of the staff and physicians of West County Pediatrics for making it possible for this mission to occur. You may follow the blog of the trip at www.christcommunityinternational.blogspot.com.
As we come to the end of our current school year it is time to get ready for our next! Many families will need their children to have an exam for school attendance or for participation in school sports. Now is the time to call and schedule your visit. Our physicians and Nurse Practicioner have their physical exam schedules open for the coming school year. Call as soon as you can so you do not have to scramble later this summer to have a physical done before school or school sports begin in August. Also if you are enrolled in our online scheduling site MyMercy.net you may also schedule your appointment online. Looking forward to seeing you soon!
I am leaving today on my third visit to the community of Kawete, Uganda on a medical mission. I will be able to go thanks to my partners-Dr. Bayer, Dr. Lowther, Dr. Carney and all the staff of West County Pediatrics. I will have a blog of my trip available at www.drkilliansugandatrip2012.blogspot.com if you would like to follow me on the adventure. I will be back in a week. Stay healthy!
Beginning in October, our office will be open for a limited number of sick visits during the lunch hour, Noon to 1PM. Our Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Marla Olish will be available for 4 sick visits. Our telephone Nursing staff will also be available during that time.
We are expanding to better serve our patients and expect to continue delivering our health care services for children at the highest level all day from 9AM to 5PM.
Influenza season will be coming soon. Influenza is a respiratory virus that is highly contagious. It causes a illness that typically has a high fever (101 to 103 degrees), cough, sore throat, severe headache, body aches and fatigue. It lasts from 5 to 7 days before recovery begins. Complications of Influenza are primarily bronchitis or pneumonia. The most vulnerable for complications are the very young (under age 2) and the elderly. Vaccination against the Influenza virus promotes development of protective antibodies so that if we are exposed to the virus in the upcoming flu season, we will not get sick. We encourage everyone from age 6 months to adulthood to receive the Influenza vaccination.
One of the other benefits of receiving the Influenza vaccine and avoiding the "flu" is that our immune system stays stronger. Individuals during Influenza have a lower white blood cell count. The Influenza virus kills our lymphocytes. These are the White Blood Cells responsible for making antibodies to protect us from infection. Our immunity is weakened by Influenza and it takes 2 to 3 months to recover. The result is after the Influenza, patients are often sick from other wintertime infections. If your child receives the Influenza vaccine, they will be better able to protect themselves from all the other infectious diseases that occur during the fall and winter months. This leads to a healthier year, less sick days and less visits to our office (not that we don't love to see you!).
We offer both the non-live, preservative free Influenza vaccine by injection and the Flumist-live virus-Nasal Influenza vaccine. If your child is under age 9 and has never received the Influenza vaccine, the first time he/she receives it, they must return in 30 to 40 days to receive a second dose to maintain their protection for the entire year. If your child has received the Influenza vaccine in the past and are under age 9, they only need a single dose. There are certain circumstances where if your child did receive the vaccine in the past and received only a single dose that they may have to get 2 doses this year to be fully vaccinated. Your doctor will advise you if your child is in this group. All patients age 9 and above only need a single dose of the Influenza vaccine.
The Flumist Nasal Influenza Vaccine is available to patients age 2 and above and the patient must not have a history of recurrent wheezing, asthma, immune deficiency or Cystic Fibrosis. For these patients the non-live injectable vaccine is recommended.
Please call to schedule your protective Influenza vaccine today!