Fairfield County Allergy Asthma and Immunology Associates welcomes KAORU HARADA, MD to our practice. Dr. Harada received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan before completing her residency in Internal Medicine at Yale.
Dr. Harada recently finished her Allergy/Immunology fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York), one of the premier institutions in the world for the study and science of food allergy. She will complete her certification by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (a conjoint board of the American Boards of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine) this fall.
A resident of Stamford, Dr. Harada is accepting patients of all ages at our Norwalk, Stamford, and Greenwich offices.
This is a long post but worth reading…..
At FCAAIA we have been vigilant about protecting our patients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. The omicron variant is highly transmissible. It is less likely to result in severe symptoms, hospitalizations, and death than the delta variant. However, if a smaller percentage of a much larger number of people get sick the total number of severely ill will be greater. In fact, that is EXACTLY what we are seeing with omicron with hospitals overwhelmed again and with more children than ever getting very sick.
The unvaccinated are particularly at risk and therefore also place others at increased risk. Being fully immunized includes having gotten your booster if you are eligible.
Who needs to isolate or quarantine and how? Complete guidelines from the CDC are available by clicking here. Guidelines are updated regularly, so we encourage you to bookmark this link and refer to it often. Here, we summarize the latest (updated 1/4/22).
- You QUARANTINE when you might have been exposed to the virus and may or may not have been infected.
- You ISOLATE when you are sick or when you have been infected with the virus, even if you don’t have symptoms.
Who should quarantine?
If you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, you should quarantine if you are in one of the following groups:
- You are ages 18 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccine, but have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible.
- You received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and have not received a recommended booster shot.
- You are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.
Who does not need to quarantine?
If you came into close contact with someone with COVID-19 and you are in one of the following groups, you do not need to quarantine.
Who needs to isolate?
- People who have a positive viral test for COVID-19, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms.
- People with symptoms of COVID-19, including people who are awaiting test results or have not been tested. People with symptoms should isolate even if they do not know if they have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
Ending isolation for people who had COVID-19 and had symptoms
If you had COVID-19 and had symptoms isolate for at least 5 days. To calculate your 5-day isolation period, day 0 is your first day of symptoms. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed. You can leave isolation after 5 full days.
- You can end isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved (Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation).
Ending isolation for people who tested positive for COVID-19 but had no symptoms
If you test positive for COVID-19 and never develop symptoms, isolate for at least 5 days. Day 0 is the day of your positive viral test (based on the date you were tested) and day 1 is the first full day after the specimen was collected for your positive test. You can leave isolation after 5 full days.
- If you continue to have no symptoms, you can end isolation after at least 5 days.
Starting Monday October 11, we will be providing flu shots to patients older than 18. Please call to schedule a flu shot appointment. First come, first served!
On Monday October 18, we will be providing flu shots for ALL patients including children and adolescents. Please call to schedule an flu shot appointment. First come, first served! Remember that egg allergy does not require any special precaution when you get a flu shot.
If you have had an allergic reaction to the flu shot itself, you must see your allergist before we give you a flu shot.
Finally, you may get your COVID (at another site, such as a pharmacy) and flu vaccines on the same day if that is most convenient for you.
For your convenience you can pay your bill online!…just go into the tab above “Pay my Bill” and you are good to proceed with your payments!