Avera's former dermatology building by Prairie Green Golf Course in Sioux Falls has been converted from skin care to kid care. Nancy Naeve Brown went to see the new Avera Medical Group McGreevy Pediatric Clinic and while she was there got a lesson on the importance of getting your annual flu shot.
Erin Grieme brought her daughters in to see the doctor because the littlest, 1 year Harper just hasn't been acting like her cheerful self lately.
Erin says, "She isn't eating well. She has been cranky and was up most of the night. I'm wondering if her ears aren't bothering her."
Since 3 year old Rylee is along for the ride, her mom is going to seize the moment while she's here and get her vaccinated against the flu.
Pediatrician Dr. Kara Bruning at the Avera Medical Minute McGreevy says, "Flu shots are very important. We haven't started to see influenza yet, but now is definitely the time to go ahead and vaccinate before we come down with influenza. It usually peaks in February/March."
The influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older especially pregnant woman and people over the age of 65.
Dr. Bruning says, "There is a myth that getting the influenza vaccine will give you influenza. It does not. If you come down with something a day or two after you get the shot, a low grade fever or not feeling great, it's not the vaccine that gave you the virus. That's actually your body doing a good thing and making a response to it so it can protect you against it when you do get it."
For those of you afraid of needles, don't have asthma and are older than 2 the flu mist is available. Rylee meets the criteria.
Dr. Kara Bruning says, "The mist is supposed to be a better vaccine because it goes exactly where you are going to get it when you come down with influenza in your nasal passages. It goes directly to the source."
This is the first time the Grieme's have been to this McGreevy clinic. It is the former Avera Dermatology Clinic off South Minnesota Ave and 69th that's been renovated to serve children. For pediatrician Dr. Kara Bruning moving from the main Avera McGreevy Clinic on Avera McKennan's campus to this building doubled her work space. Plus, this clinic will be the only one to have a Pediatric Psychologist on location.
Dr. Bruning says, "The whole thing is pediatric friendly. Everything is for peds; the waiting room, the whole clinic is geared toward children as opposed to part children and part adults. The whole thing, whether it's radiology or lab or where ever, it's a place for children."
Erin says, "It's very convenient. We live in Harrisburg so it's better coming in and not having to go through town with all the construction on Cliff Avenue."
A place dedicated for kids armed with the doctors and nurses trained to take care of them
Dr. Bruning says if your kids got 2 flu shots last year, they will only need one this year.