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Why Your Kids Should Be Vaccinated

As parents, your child’s health and safety is vital. While we can baby proof rooms and watch over our kids as they grow up, some of the most dangerous threats to a child’s health are the invisible ones. 

Vaccination is a safe, proven way to help defend your young loved ones from a series of dangerous diseases. Advances in medical research have helped turn immunizations into an incredibly powerful method to keep your kids safe as they grow into healthy adults.

Image of a child who was vaccinated. Dr. Colleen Staszak explains why vaccination is the safest way to protect your children from dangerous diseases. Learn about the importance of immunization for kids.

What You Need to Know About Food Allergies

What is a food allergy?

Food allergies are an overreaction of a person’s immune system to a food that is normally tolerated. The immune system reacts by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies attach to cells in skin, lungs and gastrointestinal (GI) tract. If there is ingestion of the food allergen, the cells release chemicals including histamine, which cause food allergy symptoms.  

Food allergies range in severity and symptoms.

The Alphabet Soup of Asthma Management

NHLBI. NAEPP/EPR3. MIST. PEAK. AIMS. API. What does this all mean for parents, children, and the physicians and other health care providers monitoring children with asthma?

Over the last 20 years, there have been many studies examining the many different types of wheezing affecting different age groups. Through these studies, researchers have asked “what to diagnose and when to make the diagnosis,” “will it be lifelong or resolve,” and “what are the risk factors for the diagnosis of asthma?”

Image of a child with asthma. Contact Dr. Nancy Wasserbauer and Westshore about an asthma screening for your child.

How Does Growing Up with Furry Pets Impact Your Immune System?

The body’s immune system encounters many foreign particles including allergens, bacteria, and viruses during a lifetime. The immune system’s job is to fight these disease-causing organisms and keep our bodies in a state of balance, or homeostasis.

Allergic Reactions and Your Body

Sometimes – based on things like genetics, diet and other health factors – our immune system over responds to something that should be harmless (like cats or dogs) and produces a chemical signal, tipping the balance to put us into an allergic state.

Image of child holding a puppy. Find out more about pet allergies and how they are affected if you grew up with pets in your house, from Allergist/Immunologist Dr. Nancy Wasserbauer of Westshore Primary Care.

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Back to School Immunizations: Are Your Kids Prepared?

It’s back to school season, which means you’re shopping for new notebooks and getting final appointments in before the first bell. Of course, you want to make sure that the only thing your children bring back from school is homework. 

Back to school shots will not only help your children stay healthy, but also their classmates and other members of your community. 

Dr. Chantal Dalencour explains the benefits of getting your children their immunization shots before heading back to school. Talk to a physician at Westshore to see if your child is up to date for his back to school shots. Image of smiling children sitting at desks.

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2015 FARE Walk

Food allergies affect millions of people in this country. In fact, an allergic reaction sends someone to the emergency room every three minutes. At Westshore, we’re taking steps to not only help our patients with high-quality care, but also by participating in and serving as the community sponsor for the 2015 FARE Walk for Food Allergy Sunday, Aug. 9 at the Cleveland Zoo. 

Westshore Primary Care is a sponsor of the FARE Walk.

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