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August 2019
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Parents Need to Know is a newsletter written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician with Mount Nittany Physician Group.
Are your child's vaccinations up to date?
Written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician, Mount Nittany Physician Group Family Medicine
Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician, Mount Nittany Physician Group

Backpack? Check. Lunchbox? Yes. Notebooks? Got them. As summer winds down and parents prepare to send their kids back to school, it’s a good time to brush up on school vaccination requirements and the importance of getting kids immunized.        

Immunization is one of the most important ways to protect yourself and others from infection and disease. According to research, vaccines are extremely safe and effective, and at Mount Nittany Health, we recommend having your children vaccinated following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines.

People who are not immunized are putting themselves and the entire community at risk. Immunizations help protect against vaccine-preventable diseases like hepatitis B, rotavirus, influenza and measles. According to the CDC, vaccines are tested to ensure that they are both safe and effective.

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Linda Kurtz, MD, FAAP, joins Mount Nittany Physician Group
Linda Kurtz, MD, FAAP, Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics

Mount Nittany Health is pleased to announce the addition of Linda Kurtz, MD, FAAP, to Mount Nittany Physician Group Pediatrics, at its Mount Nittany Health – Boalsburg location.

With more than 20 years of clinical experience, Dr. Kurtz’s philosophy of care focuses on empathy. “All patients – especially children – are at their most vulnerable when they’re ill. It’s very important that I put myself in every patient situation and think about how I would want to be treated,” she shares. “Compassion and understanding is key.”

Dr. Kurtz earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Binghamton University - State University of New York in Binghamton, New York, and her medical degree from Tel Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv, Israel. She completed her residency at New York University Medical Center, in both its Tisch and Bellevue hospitals. Dr. Kurtz is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

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Steer children away from problem-causing caffeine
Written by Craig Collison, MD, pediatrician, Mount Nittany Physician Group Family Medicine

Is your child regularly consuming caffeine? Approximately 73 percent of children and adolescents consume caffeine on a daily basis, according to a study from a team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Caffeine is a stimulant found naturally in items such as coffee, tea and chocolate, but provides no known health benefits.

While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that healthy adults can consume up to 400 mg – about three to five cups – of caffeine a day and generally not experience any negative side effects, the FDA has not set caffeine recommendations for children and adolescents. 

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Proper backpack fit can prevent future problems

Have you looked at your child’s backpack lately? Kids often find themselves loaded down as they shuttle back and forth with homework, lunches, musical instruments and sports equipment in tow. Backpacks are wonderful, but if misfit, overloaded, or worn incorrectly, they may cause undue stress on a child’s back and shoulders.

This stress can lead to back, neck or shoulder pain, as well as tingling and numbness in the arms and hands. Children do not always complain of these symptoms, but their actions may indicate they are having problems. They may struggle to lift their pack onto their back or bend over at the waist when wearing their backpack. These are both signs that their backpack is too heavy. To prevent discomfort or injury from backpacks, there are three steps to follow:

  1. Purchase a good fitting backpack
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Recent product recalls

Here are recent product recalls announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). For the most up-to-date recall information, please visit and click on the Recalls tab from the home page.


Name of product: Tristar Products magnetic trivets

Hazard: Magnets can detach from the trivets, posing an ingestion hazard to children.When two or more magnets are swallowed, they can link together inside the intestines and clamp onto body tissues, causing intestinal obstructions, perforations, sepsis and death. Internal injury from magnets can pose serious lifelong health effects.

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