How Vaccines Work

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Offered by: Richard W. Martin, M.D. – Brighton Pediatrics, P.C. The immune system is designed to recognize pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi that do not belong in the body. Specialized immune cells present antigens (distinctive molecules from these pathogens) to B cells and helper T cells to create antibodies against the pathogen and,… Read more »

Keeping Children Safe Around Water

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Offered by: Michele Tuepker, MD – Premier Pediatrics With warmer days approaching, families will be spending more time around water. Drowning and near-drowning are leading causes of injury-related death and emergency room visits, with risks highest in children under the age of 4 and adolescent males. In children under the age of 4, unsupervised, unexpected… Read more »

Preventing the Spread of Respiratory Illness

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Offered by: Joseph Smith, MD – Premier Pediatrics The 2019-2020 respiratory season has been a heavy season for respiratory illness. Influenza cases were the highest in 10 years and influenza continues in the community. RSV, human metapneumovirus, adenovirus, rhinovirus, and parainfluenza have also made a strong showing this year. And now COVID-19 has made its… Read more »

Good Handwashing

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Offered by: Kelly Fausey, CPNP. – Brighton Pediatrics, P.C. Hand washing is one of the easiest ways to prevent the spread of illnesses and keep your family healthy. Here are several simple steps to remember. Wet your hands with warm water, lather with soap, scrub your hands, rinse with warm water and dry your hands…. Read more »

Bronchiolitis: More than Just a Cold

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Offered by: Dawn M. Dycus, M.D. – Brighton Pediatrics, P.C. During the winter and early spring, many infants and toddlers will develop an illness known as bronchiolitis. Bronchiolitis is a respiratory infection that develops in the smaller airways of the lung. This is different than bronchitis, which is an infection of the larger more central… Read more »

Preventing the Spread of Germs

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Offered by: Janine Lechleitner, CPNP. – Premier Pediatrics I don’t know about you, but I am ready for spring and healthy kids again! Unfortunately however, according to the Children’s Hospital Colorado Bug Watch we are still seeing high volumes of influenza A, Influenza B, and RSV. In an effort to make it through the remaining… Read more »

To Pet or Not To Pet: Teaching Dog Safety

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Offered by: Jamie Campbell, M.D. – Premier Pediatrics With ever growing popularity of “dog-friendly” venues, it is no surprise that Colorado ranks among the nation’s top “dog-friendly” states. Be it your family pet, service dog on a shopping trip, or Fido passing by for a walk on the trail – chances are that your children… Read more »

Protect Your Child From Measles

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Offered by: Mackenzie Reshew, CPNP – Brighton Pediatrics, P.C. Recently, you may have seen news articles reporting increased cases and outbreaks of measles in the United States. Many parents may wonder what measles is and what can be done to protect their child from measles. Measles is a highly contagious viral illness, and infection typically… Read more »

Winter Respiratory Viruses

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Offered by: Richard W. Martin, M.D. – Brighton Pediatrics, P.C. Cold weather means busy pediatricians’ offices and a lot of absences from school. We’re not sure why some viruses thrive and multiply better in cold weather, but it may be because people are spending more time crowded indoors, and because some viruses spread better when… Read more »

Traveling By Plane This Holiday

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Offered by: Caroline Albert-Martin, MD – Premier Pediatrics The snow is falling, houses are decorated with lights, and holiday tunes have taken over the radio. Holiday season is here! This is a special time of the year to celebrate holiday traditions with your children, which often involves traveling to visit relatives. Airplane travel with young… Read more »