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Is COVID-19 Related to Pediatric Cases of Hepatitis?

June 28, 2022 - Verywell Health
“The WHO and the CDC are working with public health officials to monitor and understand an increase in hepatitis of unknown cause recently reported in children,” Michael Wilsey, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist and vice-chair of the Division of Gastroenterology at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, told Verywell.


Doctors on why Florida’s youngest kids should get COVID vaccine

June 27, 2022 - Tampa Bay Times
Most children have been fortunate so far when it comes to COVID-19 infection, said Allison Messina, chief of the division of infectious disease at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg.


Water safety: What we need to watch out for while swimming this summer

June 24, 2022 - FOX Weather
Dr. Patrick Mularoni, Medical Director of Sports Medicine at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, goes in-depth on water safety for the summer.


Preventing Brain Eating Amoeba

June 23, 2022 - WTSP -TV
Water quality is a major issue especially in freshwater lakes, rivers, streams maybe an untreated backyard pool remains. Naegleria infection is sometimes called brain eating ameba. While it can be rare, it can also be deadly A person can get it if contaminated water gets to a person's nose where the amoeba can then travel to the brain, it happens most often through force like jumping or diving into the water or even water sports.


Increase in Child Melatonin Overdoses

June 22, 2022 - Bay News 9
An increasing number of calls are coming in to poison control centers for children taking too much melatonin. Experts say a lot of kids are overdosing unintentionally. Sleep medicine physician, Luis Ortiz at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, says there was an increase in childhood overdoses of melatonin over the past year, and children actually died from overdoses.


Where to find the COVID-19 vaccine for your toddler in Tampa Bay

June 21, 2022 - WUSF Radio
Dr. Joseph Perno, vice president of medical affairs at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, said he is more concerned about the mixed messaging coming from Tallahassee than a shortage of the vaccine.


Got questions about COVID vaccines for babies and toddlers? Here’s the answers.

June 20, 2022 - Tampa Bay Times
Consider avoiding busy indoor gatherings altogether, said Allison Messina, chief of the division of infectious disease at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, and “think twice” about taking the family to crowded restaurants when positivity rates are high.


Arrival of COVID vaccines for kids uncertain at Florida retailers

June 20, 2022 - WTVT - TV
"Right now we’re still waiting on the delivery of the vaccine," said Dr. Joseph Perno, chief medical officer at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.


Florida healthcare providers hope to start giving vaccines to children under 5 this week

June 20, 2022 - WTSP -TV
“As of right now we are waiting to hear when our orders will be shipped to us,” said Dr. Joseph Perno, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. “We will be ready to roll within the next day of getting the vaccine," he added. "We've done all the prep work.”


Study finds possible link between long COVID and mystery hepatitis in kids

June 17, 2022 - Today Show - NBC
The liver is a very resilient organ, so when it comes to liver injury, especially in healthy children, “often there’s a predisposing factor,” Dr. Michael Wilsey, vice chair of the Division of Gastroenterology at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in Florida, who wasn't involved in the study, told TODAY. Is that factor prior COVID-19 infection, adenovirus, a genetic component or some combination of these? We simply do not know.


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