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News from Mendakota | January 2012

New patients are always welcome at Mendakota Pediatrics.

Whether your child needs a wellness check or is ill, we have same day appointments available. If you'd like to stop in and see the clinic and meet Dr. Gobel, give us a call at 651-552-7999. We are always happy to talk to expectant parents who are looking for a pediatrician prior to the birth (or adoption) of their child.

Flu Vaccine is still available and it is NOT too late to immunize your child.

We have still not had any significant number of cases of influenza in Minnesota (as of January 8, 2012). Please be aware that Influenza can strike at any time during the winter months, and that we have had major influenza outbreaks as late as March and April in the very recent past. Typical influenza symptoms include: high fever, severe cough, runny nose, body aches, sore throat and fatigue, all of which are much worse than with a normal cold. Influenza is NOT the same as the stomach flu, which is an unfortunate nickname for an intestinal virus causing vomiting and diarrhea. Please call the clinic today or stop in to have your child receive an influenza vaccine. We have both Flumist (nasal vaccine) and injectible vaccine (the flu shot) for babies, children and teenagers. Parents are also welcome to get their flu vaccination at our clinic. 

Circumcisions can now be performed in our clinic.
If you are the parent of a newborn boy (or an expectant parent), you may be considering circumcision for your son. Dr. Gobel performs circumcisions at the hospitals where we see newborns (United Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospitals in St. Paul, and Woodwinds Hospital in Woodbury). However, some insurance companies (HealthPartners being one) will only pay for circumcisions done in an outpatient clinic. Likewise, some hospitals are not allowing circumcisions to be performed in their facilities (for reasons known only to them). We offer an excellent service at a very reasonable rate. Please call the clinic to inquire about the procedure, and Dr. Gobel will be happy to answer your questions. 

Wondering whether your older child is due for a physical?

Physicals and booster shots are required for entry into kindergarten, 6th grade (or 7th grade if your child is turning 12), 10th grade and for college freshmen. The schedule for well child exams for infants and young children is: within the first week after delivery; at 1 month (no shots are given at this visit, but it's a very important visit to see how your newborn is growing, and to make sure no medical problems (such as a previously undiagnosed heart problem) have arisen; at 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 24 and 30 months, then yearly at3, 4 and 5 years of age. Vaccinations are routinely given at the 2, 4, 6, 12, 15 and 18 month visits and prior to starting kindergarten at age 5 years. Hemoglobin (to check for anemia) and lead testing is done for all children at their 12 month and 24 month visits. As pediatricians, we strongly recommend that children have wellness exams at least every 2 years after the age of 5. At wellness exams we discuss your child's growth and development, eating habits and exercise, and any health problems you may be concerned about, including challenges your child or teen may be facing in school. Pediatricians practice preventive medicine!
For further information about routine childhood visits, vaccinations and why pediatricians are the best trained medical professionals to care for your child, please visit the American Academy of Pediatrics web site at


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