Influenza, Dr Aaron Schutte, Cervical Cancer discussed on Dave Plier

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You guys until five AM. I continuing our conversation right now with renowned pediatrician Dr Aaron Schutte, we were just talking about the ABCD study, which is a long term study on a large group of adolescence and the effects of screen time and other environmental things going on. And and what that does to their development and their brain. But something else that has been in the news and a lot of people's news feeds, which is almost more important is the HP shot. Dr Schutte tell me what that is for those who don't know. Please. HP vaccine is a vaccination against the human papillomavirus. And this is an extremely common infection that most adults will have in their lifetime. Eighty two approaching ninety percent of people come in contact with this virus in their lifetime. And it is associated with six different types of cancer. So this is a cancer prevention shop, which is so exciting. Anyone who has you know, had to watch a family member or friend, go through cancer can only imagine how nice it would be to be able to prevent that. So this vaccine is given in the early adolescents timeframe standardly at the sixth grade, physical eleven to twelve years old we like to have it done before age thirteen you can give it as early as nine years old. But this is the type of thing that it's incredibly faith. Unfortunately, you know, like a lot of things with social media. There's been bad press in terms of crazy stories that are out there. And it's a vaccine that is a tape is any of our other vaccines. It does not have any untoward effects that are different really than any of the other vaccines, very well tolerated. And really important. You know, we we think about it as a cervical cancer prevention shot and January is cervical cancer awareness month. So that's a, you know, it's incredibly important to prevent those cancers, but we're also vaccinating boys, and it's not just to prevent the spread of cervical cancer. But what we're finding is actually by number of cancers diagnosed in the United States had a neck cancers have over taken cervical cancer. So and that predominantly affects men, thanks to cervical cancer screening people. Getting their paths in their yearly exams that the number of actual cancer cases has gone down. And usually catching those a at an earlier stage when they're precancerous lesions and more easily treated, but but the fact remains that the head and neck cancers are really on a sharp rise a sharp inclined. And so we really need to get all our young people vaccinated against us infection. Because like I said it's like human infection. It's it's very common. And it's something we can have a big impact on is it a one time inauguration at one time immunization, or is it is it a multi-stage one. So it's two doses. We, you know, they're six to twelve months apart. So I like to do the, you know, anywhere usually around eleven at the twelve year old does if if you wait because the preadolescent immune system is such a powerhouse. If you get it when they're younger, they make a much better response. It's a much more robust immune response, if if you wait until later adolescence after your fourteen if you're fifteen or older, you actually need three doses to get the same effect. So sometimes, you know, parents will have the concern why I joined the store early. But that's the reason we're really harnessing the power of interesting at that critical stage to get the best impact that we can. All right. When the people have been spreading misinformation. Is this anything are they are. They really just and I haven't read a ton of it. I have read it when the when the shot I came out to see what it was all about. But they were you know, this was this is, you know, some. Spreading all kinds of different things. Not really preventing it. It's toxic. It's this. It's that. That's not based in fact. Right or am. I correct. Okay. They're just making things that are hundred percent crack, all right? Yeah. Unfortunately, that's the case. It's very well studied with as with all our vaccines side effects and adverse effects are followed very closely. So we have very good data on the excellent safety of the vaccine hundreds of millions of doses have been administered worldwide. You know, the main side effects are a little soreness at the junction sites. Sometimes a little headaches, sometimes feeling a little faith. But those are the same for the other adolescent vaccine's, that's not any difference. All right. Why why you said that there could be fainting for adolescent shops? Yeah. New thing. I don't know this. You know, it's I'm not sure that we one hundred percent know why it is. I my what a lot of us. Think is a lot of the times the kids come in. And you know, maybe they haven't eaten maybe they didn't have an after school snack. Sometimes they haven't eaten all day. I always ask my teenagers and early adolescence. Like if it's you have breakfast today. Did you have an after school snack because sometimes the is? No. So I think it's running around crazy schedules. Not being maybe fully hydrated. You know, when you when you're older, your your parents don't have as much control over every little thing, you're doing to take care of yourself like the little ones, you know, Muslim down top of what they're eating and drinking and all that when they're older kids are off at. So we don't really know what to terms of staying hydrated and getting snacks. And also some of it seems to be kind of like the needle fear factor. Just like some adults and other people if you go to give blood or something like that people get fainted decide applaud or a needle there's some of that going on as well 'cause there's increased awareness as kids get older, you know, about what a shot is and things like that. So it's a combination of. Those factors. We think. All right. Yeah. When you said that sounds like wait what I didn't know this, okay? Good things to look forward to your next time. I have my my eleven year old at the pediatrician. Good. All right now, as you mentioned that each shot is preventing a is it up to or it is preventing or could prevent six types of cancer, six types of cancer. Yes. All right. Pretty impressive. It is impressive. Is it only for adolescents? Or is this something that people can like adults can get in line for if they have not already been exposed to this virus? Yes. So that's a great question right now at this very moment up to age twenty six, but it's recently been FDA approved. I understand up until each forty five. It's still from what I understand. And because I don't take care of adult and not one hundred percent on this. It's still in the works to be fully rolled out. And I think to have insurance coverage and all that good stuff. So people up to age forty five, but that's a that's coming. But right now, definitely up until age twenty six now, if you've already been exposed to this virus, can you still have the shot, or is it something that you have? All right. Yeah. It is thought to still have some benefit because presumably most people, you know, even by their forty two probably been exposed to it. But in the off chance that you have in or even if you have a booster in your ability to fight off that virus is gonna help. All right. I will say I have a friend who has fought cancer four times three of which could have possibly been prevented by the shot had she had it. And and so two three years ago. I actually was interviewing her and the air. She said, by the way, if you don't take your kids to get the shot. I will drive them there myself. All right. Well. Yeah. And I have I have had patients where the moms have said, you know, I've gone through certain procedures or things like that. And no way am I gonna left out the possibility for my kids? So absolutely. We're doing this. And really, you know, the public opinion is really turning in the right direction. I signed the majority of my patients are totally on board. And whether or not we talk about it. We have a discussion I answer their questions. And you know, I think most people they they understand what's important and they go forward. All right. Speaking of immunizations, the one that we also hear about especially this time of year is the flu shot. How is the flu season Ben this year, and is the shot seeming to be effective? Yeah. So it's a it's a later flu season in our region. It just seems to be kicking into high gear on the Chicago area. And right now, the H one on one strain that is circulating. It's still. It's very similar to the one in the vaccine and the and the stream that circulated last year. So that bodes well for protection against that. Looking good. You know, the flu vaccine gets bad press. You know, people say, it's not affected. It's only thirty percent effective or whatnot. You know, last year and kids it was actually sixty percents, and even when you contracted influenza after having had the vaccine, I remind people it keeps you most likely out of the hospital in the ICU, and it keeps you alive. So it's not it's not a failure. It definitely, you know, we think mitigates the disease it makes it less severe it shortens the duration. So even if it's not perfect that influenza virus is super tricky. Very good at mutating. And there's lots of complex reasons why it's hard to get a perfect flu shot. But even even though it's not perfect. It's still really important. You know, you'd rather wear your seatbelt sixty percent of the time than zero percent of the time. So yeah. And so far this this this season's looking for. I think all right. That's huge. Because I've I always described the flu as you think you might die. And you're scared. You're not going to. It's like, it's. Balance. It's so bad, and I get my every year. And so if it's that bad while I've had a flu shot. Oh, my goodness people. But the other the other question, I wanna make sure I ask is when do, you know, you need to take your kids to the doctor when they might have influenza? How how are we looking at that instead of going? Oh, I think it's just a bad cold. And then right? Yeah. So, you know, if you're looking at your kidding, you're concerned. You should call your doctor go to the doctor. You know, if it's looking like a run of the mill called, and they're looking generally, okay? And they're not in a high risk group. So they're over the age of five they don't have a chronic medical condition. They don't have asthma. You can watch it. There's varying opinion on how to match so even among different doctors. Some would say, you know, let's test you pursue right away. Let's start tamiflu. We do want to reserve channel medication that we get the people that have influenced. We wanna make sure we have enough for the people that really need it. So there's guidelines for kids, you know, where we really need to give it and it's not the most pleasant medication to take either. There are some side effects tummy aches and things like that. So we wanna use it to dishes. But yeah, I would say trust your gut. If you're looking at your kid, and you're not happy with what's going on. And they look pretty miserable. You know, especially breathing's becoming affected. It's always better to get them checked out then to not all right renowned pediatrician Dr Aaron Schutte. Thank you so much for your time for the information. Again, we were talking about the ABCD study, which is in my opinion focusing on screen time because that's what I'm more concerned about than a lot of things and that on and also. The HP shot and flu shot because it is flu season. So thank you so much for your time. I appreciate it. Hannah Stanley filling in tonight for Dave pyre here on WGN. I am going to get you to the news on the other side of this this.

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