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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
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Monday, July 31, 2023

rsv vaccines are coming


when i was in practice i saw a lot of pediatric patients
in the fall and winter there would be a lot of wheezing kids coming into the office with rsv or respiratory syncytial virus infections
most of the care was supportive using fluids and sometimes bronchodilators like albuterol
sometimes some had to be admitted to the hospital for treatment and some ended up in the icu

some years the rsv season would be mild some years it would be severe

those kiddos lower and upper airways would be infected 
they were like asthmatics for months 

it was scary for the parents

now in 2023 a new rsv vaccine for kids under 2 years old is approved
its called beyfortus 

it should decrease significantly those admissions for rsv each winter
most at risk are premature infants kids with chronic lung disease or congenital heart disease or chronic kidney disease or kids whose immune system is decreased eg cancer patients or transplant patients

just normal infants can be severely affected by rsv

its an exciting vaccine to have available now for our kids

a new rsv vaccine is seeking full fda approval for use in pregnant moms
the idea is that the infant will have some rsv immunity received from moms rsv shot

if you have ever had a child with a severe case of rsv you know how scary it can be

a new rsv vaccine for older adults over 60 has now received fda approval
those folks with any kind of risk factors are vulnerable
grandparents when you visit your younger grandkids with a runny snotty nose and a cough especially a wheezing cough in the winter it possibly could be rsv

rsv in the elderly is like the flu
you can get really sick with the rsv infection with pneumonia
there are a lot of hospital admissions each year with older folks with rsv
those at high risk are those with heart disease kidney disease lung disease kidney disease or any immunosuppressive illnesses

the adult rsv vaccine is called arexvy or abrysvo

add that one to your fall repertoire of vaccines 

as i have said several times
i dont want to die from something i could prevent

the organicgreen doctor

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