Bronchiolitis (and RSV)

Bronchiolitis (and RSV)

We are currently seeing cases of bronchiolitis, a viral illness (sometimes caused by RSV -- "respiratory syncytial virus") that occurs most often in children under age 2. This virus typically occurs in epidemics during the winter and the early spring. "Bronchioles" are the smallest airways in our lungs, and "itis" means these airways are inflamed, or irritated, by the virus. When these airways get inflamed in young children, they often will start to "wheeze," meaning air and the oxygen in it have difficulty getting through these narrowed, swollen airways.

With a case of bronchiolitis, your infant's symptoms may begin with a runny nose, a fever, and a harsh, tight cough. If it progresses to wheezing, your child may start to breathe rapidly and "pull" with his/her abdomen and rib muscles with each breath. Please call us for an appointment if your child's breathing becomes labored or difficult.

If your infant was born premature (under 32 weeks) or has cardiac or lung conditions, your child is at a greater risk of complications from RSV bronchiolitis. A product containing a specific antibody to RSV has been approved for monthly administration to help prevent RSV infection in these high-risk children. This form of antibody against RSV has the advantage of being able to be administered once a month by intramuscular injection. In large, controlled studies, this product has been shown to decrease hospitalization from RSV infections in these high-risk infants.

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Practice News

Pediatric Affiliates has decided to terminate its contract with the UnitedHealthcare Community Plan effective June 30, 2019.  We will continue to accept a number of NJ FamilyCare plans offered by other insurance carriers including Aetna Better Health, Amerigroup, and Wellcare. 

Pediatric Affiliates has strived to offer the best possible care to its patients for over 50 years.  Should you choose to continue with Pediatric Affiliates, call NJ FamilyCare at 1-800-701-0710 for information on the process that you must follow in order to change to one of the previously named plans

Since we understand that it is currently taking approximately 2-4 months to change plans, it is important to begin the process immediately in order for your new coverage to be in place by July 1, 2019.  When calling, be sure to have available your Case/Policy number and your home zip code, or the Social Security number and date of the individual(s) covered under the policy.

If you have any questions concerning this  matter, please do not hesitate to call any of our offices.
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