La Peer Pediatrics will be closed on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, for Yom Kippur.
La Peer Pediatrics is excited to announce that Jessica Vora, a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, will be joining our practice in November!
Jessica Vora, a Florida native, completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She worked for over 6 years at Florida Hospital for Children in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) caring for critically-ill infants before becoming a Nurse Practitioner. As a board-certified Nurse Practitioner, Jessica has worked in private Pediatric practices in Chicago, IL and West Palm Beach, Florida before coming to Los Angeles. Jessica has an interest in newborn care, women’s health and preventative care.
La Peer Pediatrics will be closed on Labor Day, September 2, 2019.
Measles was eliminated in 2000, but with under-vaccinated populations due to unvaccinated people, we have seen a recent resurgence of this highly contagious viral infection. It can live for two hours suspended in air or on surfaces. One out of every three children under the age of 5 who gets measles ends up hospitalized. The best way to protect yourself and your children is to get everyone vaccinated. The first dose of the MMR vaccine, typically given at one year of age, provides 95% protection and after two doses protection is 97-99% and provides lifelong immunity. That second dose is usually given at age four years but can be given as early as one month after the first one. We at La Peer Pediatrics are recommending that the families in our practice schedule a nurse visit to get the 2nd dose. There is no downside to doing this.
We also recommend that infants 6-12 months old receive the MMR vaccine at least 2 weeks prior to any air travel, domestic or international. They will still need 2 more doses according to the routine vaccination schedule.
The vaccine is not given to children under 6 months of age because the baby still has some antibodies to measles passed on from the placenta in utero. Those antibodies would inhibit the vaccine from working.
It is best to be cautious with infants. Avoid travel, especially to anyplace where a significant number of measles cases have been reported, until the child is old enough to be vaccinated. If your infant has not had the MMR vaccine, it is also wise to also avoid crowded locations such as amusement parks or malls, as well as travel.
La Peer Pediatrics will be closed for Memorial Day, Monday May 27, 2019, and Independence Day, Thursday July 4, 2019.
La Peer Pediatrics will be closed on Christmas Day, December 25, and New Years Day, January 1.
La Peer Pediatrics will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 for the Labor Day holiday.
New car seat safety guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics: keep your kids in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their seat.
La Peer Pediatrics will be closed on Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4, 2018.
The offices of La Peer Pediatrics will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018.