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Symptoms of seasonal allergies include: itchy, stuffy or runny nose, itchy and red eyes, cough, sore throat, trouble sleeping.

Seasonal allergies symptoms usually do not appear in children less than 2 years old. If your younger child has these symptoms, it likely is from a cause that is not allergies.

Treatment for allergies includes:

- limiting outdoor activities when pollen counts are high (sites can help you determine when this)

- keeping car and house windows closed, and using air conditioning instead

- taking a shower before bed to rinse pollen off the hair and skin

- using a HEPA filter air purifier

- nasal saline sprays and rinses after being outdoors

There are also a variety of over the counter medications for allergy symptoms. These include:

1. Nasal saline sprays and rinses (little noses or simply saline) regularly, especially after being outdoors.

2. Medicated eye drops: ketotifen (zaditor, alaway), olopatadine (patanol), or azelastine (optivar) as needed.

3. Nasal steroids: fluticasone (flonase), or triamcinolone (nasacort). While likely the most effective treatment, and while these start to work within hours of starting, they must be used consistently for days (and sometimes weeks) before they are fully effective.

3. Oral antihistamines: we recommend cetirizine (zyrtec) or fexofenadine (allegra). These come in liquid form or chewable tablets for younger kids. These can be taken as needed.

You should not have to spend more by paying for the brand name of medications listed above. Ask your pharmacy if they are not stocking the generic form of the medications listed above.

If you’ve tried these measures and still need help, please contact our office to schedule an appointment with us.

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April 2, 2021

We again want to thank all our families for all your support and cooperation over what has now been more than a year of the pandemic.

As of April 6th, 2021, children 16 and over who live in New York State will be eligible to receive the SARS-CoV-2 virus /COVID-19 infection vaccine. While we have initiated the process to allow our office to administer the vaccine to our patients, we do not have the vaccine at this time and do not know when we will have it available at our office. We will update our website as soon as we have any updated information. Please do not wait until we have the vaccine in stock to have your eligible family members vaccinated!

In the meantime, we encourage all our families and our patients 16 years and older to use the following resources to help you find locations where the vaccine will be available sooner:

NYC COVID-19 Vaccine Finder (NYC Department of Health)

VaccineFinder- VaccineFinder is operated by Boston Children's Hospital and supported by the Centers for Disease Control

NYC Vaccine List- A volunteer-led effort to help you find a COVID-19 vaccine in and around NYC

Turbovax- finds appointments from government-run vaccine sites in the NYC area

➽For children under 16, there has been encouraging data surrounding the effectiveness and safety of the SARS-CoV-2 virus vaccine in children 12 to 15:

We hope to be able to offer the vaccination to eligible children once approved over the coming months, so stay tuned!

➽For breastfeeding and pregnant mothers, here is a link to help with information:

MotherToBaby is a non profit organization that specializes in answering questions about the safety/risk of exposures, such as medications and vaccines during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Once you have been fully vaccinated please refer to this CDC site for updated guidelines and recommendations.

Please bear with our staff as we all try to navigate the current pandemic environment. Remember we all have the same concerns about our children, families, and community.

Dr. Richter, Dr. Hamlet, Dr. Wang and the HHP Team

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