Welcome to Conejo Children's Medical Group

The staff of Conejo Children's Medical Group welcomes you to our practice. Our medical staff includes four pediatricians who provide personalized health care to infants, children and young adults with experience in all aspects of pediatric care. Our staff is dedicated to providing care with the old-fashioned medical ethic, "putting the needs of the patient first". Each member of our staff is proud to extend personalized care to you and your family as we look forward to following your children through to young adulthood!

Announcements

CCMG is happy to announce the arrival of our newest physician...Hillary Seidenberg, MD.  She will begin seeing patients August 1, 2019

 

Dr. Hillary Seidenberg is a native of Los Angeles, California. She graduated from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) with a bachelor's degree in neuroscience and the honor of summa cum laude. This was followed by two years in which she conducted neuroscience research at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Seidenberg then completed her medical school training at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and remained at UCLA for her training at the UCLA Pediatrics Residency.  While undergoing her medical education, Dr. Seidenberg conducted community health services research in adolescent medicine. During her last year of residency, she worked at the After Hours Pediatrics Urgent Care in Thousand Oaks. She has a wide variety of special interests in pediatrics, ranging from newborn care to adolescent mental health. Her outside interests include singing, traveling, and outdoor activities.

 

How to Protect Your Children During a Measles Outbreak

How to Protect Your Children During a Measles Outbreak
 

The recent measles outbreaks have many parents concerned. Most of the people who have gotten sick were not vaccinated against measles. This is a stark reminder of the importance of making sure your children are fully vaccinated.

The following are answers to questions many parents have 

about measles outbreaks.

I thought measles was a mild illness, why the alarm now?

Measles was once a common childhood disease and almost an expected part of growing up. While most children recovered from the measles without problems, many others did not. In some children, the infection caused pneumonia and in a few, encephalitis (infection of the brain) and even death. Of every 1,000 people who got measles, 1 to 2 would die. Before the measles vaccine was available, every year an average of 450 people died from measles; most of them were healthy children.

Thanks to the success of the measles vaccine, we are now able to protect children from the measles.  However, in recent years some parents have refused or delayed vaccinating their children out of fear or misinformation about the safety of the measles vaccine. This means there are more unvaccinated children, adolescents, and adults in our communities. 

Choosing to not vaccinate your children not only leaves them susceptible to measles, but also exposes other children to measles. This includes infants who are too young to be vaccinated and those who are unable to be vaccinated due to other health conditions. In addition, measles is still common and large outbreaks still occur in many other parts of the world. Thus, measles is just a plane ride away, or even closer.

How is measles spread?

The measles virus spreads easily through the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs and someone nearby inhales the infected droplets. It can also be transmitted by direct contact with fluids from the nose or mouth of an infected person. It is one of the most infectious agents known to man.

Most of the recent outbreaks in the US have started with an unvaccinated person from the US traveling to another country with measles outbreaks and bringing it back to the US. Measles is very contagious and the virus can live for up to two hours on surfaces infected patients have touched or in the air where they may have coughed or sneezed. As a result, anyone in an airport or crowded venue has a chance of coming into contact with measles.  

Is the measles vaccine safe?

Yes, very. A vaccine, like any medicine, is capable of causing side effects but usually these are mild, such as pain or swelling at the injection site and a fever that lasts a day or two. The risk of the measles vaccine causing serious harm is extremely small. Getting the measles vaccine is much safer than getting the measles infection.

What are the symptoms of the measles?

The most recognizable symptom of measles is a very high fever accompanied by a red or brownish blotchy rash, although this is not the only symptom.

Before the rash appears, children with measles develop cold-like symptoms, including:

  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Fever
  • Red, watery eyes

These symptoms tend to get worse during the first 1 to 3 days of the illness.

When do children need to get the measles vaccine?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Academy of Family Physicians all recommend children receive the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine at age 12-15 months, and again at 4-6 years. Children can receive the second dose earlier as long as it is at least 28 days after the first dose.

There is a combination vaccine called MMRV that contains both chickenpox and MMR vaccines.  MMRV is an option for some children 12 months through 12 years of age.

​High immunization rates in a community protects those who are too young to be vaccinated, including infants under 12 months of age. These infants are at the highest risk of serious illness, hospitalization, and death due to measles. See Protecting Your Baby from a Measles Outbreak for more information and answers to frequently asked questions from parents. 

 

How long does the measles vaccine provide protection?

The measles vaccine is very effective in protecting against measles. However, no vaccine is 100% protective so very rarely, people who are vaccinated may develop measles. Some people may also be at risk for getting the measles if they only received 1 dose of the measles vaccine, which was the recommendation until 1989 when it changed to 2 doses. The second dose of measles vaccine increases protection to greater than 95%.

I'm not sure if I've received measles vaccine. Do I need a booster?

If you are not sure if you or your children have been fully vaccinated against measles, talk with your doctor to see if anyone in your family needs to be vaccinated. There is no risk to receiving measles vaccine if you have been immunized before. Measles is a live vaccine so children with immune problems or receiving medications that suppress the immune system should not receive the measles vaccine. Your pediatrician is your best source of advice on vaccinations. 

Additional Information:

 

 
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  • 5/2/2019
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  • American Academy of Pediatrics (Copyright © 2019)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.

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Did you know your child's Annual Physical Exam can be applied to sports and camp forms if it was within the last year?

 

If your child hasn't had a checkup in the last year, call us or request an appointment through our patient portal TODAY.

We are now an affiliated provider

with the

CHLA Health Network!

We are so excited to be a part of this premier network dedicated exclusively to pediatric care!  Together in collaboration with the Network and Children's Hospital Los Angeles, we are committed to delivering innovative and seemless healthcare for you and your family.

www.CHLA.org/HealthNetwork

 

CCMG has the latest vaccines!

Meningitis B vaccine is available.  We recommend it for ages 16 and above, but especially those entering or in college. 

HPV 9 is the latest version of the HPV vaccine.  We recommend it for ages 12 and above.

Call to schedule a visit now!

Ear Piercing

EAR PIERCING NOW AVAILABLE for children ages 6 months and above.  Call or message to schedule an appointment today

Patient Portal

Have you visited our Patient Portal?  It is a great way to manage your child's health even when the office is closed.  Call us for your secure password to log in.  You can send us messages, request refills and appointments, and download medical records (including vaccinations) anytime of the day or night! 

 

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Voted "Favorite" Pediatrician

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Office Hours

By Appointment Only

 

Monday - Friday

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

Saturday

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Conejo Children's Medical Group

558 N. Ventu Park Rd.

Suite D

Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

 

Phone  (805) 499-5525

Fax       (805) 499-5554

email: frontoffice@conejochildrens.com

 

Patient Portal:

https://health.eclinicalworks.com/conejochildrens

 

 

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