• When and Why You Should Vaccinate Your Kids

    Vaccines are important tools that protect against serious preventable illnesses. Understanding the benefits of vaccination and following the right inoculation schedule will prevent your child from contracting or spreading illnesses, including measles, whooping cough, etc. Your San Jose children’s care provider at Regional Medical Center of San Jose can keep you apprised of the best schedule for your child’s vaccinations to ensure his or her vaccines are up-to-date.

    Why You Should Vaccinate Your Child

    Vaccination is a proven solution for the prevention of serious childhood disease. When your child is given a vaccine, he will develop a natural immunity that will eliminate the possibility of contracting the same disease if he is exposed in the future. Vaccination can thus prevent your child from contracting illnesses that could cause serious health consequences, protecting him from the health risks these conditions present. Furthermore, vaccinating your child helps to protect others as well by ensuring he cannot carry and transmit the disease to those who have not yet received vaccines or who cannot receive a vaccine due to allergies or other health concerns.

    When You Should Vaccinate Your Child

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have several published recommended vaccination schedules for children. Some vaccines are recommended at birth or within 12-18 months, while others are given at the ages of four to six. Your local school district may also require certain vaccinations before your child begins school or before your child may enter specific grades. Furthermore, vaccinations such as the flu vaccine should be administered annually, as these vaccines target only the most likely strains to affect the population in a given year.

    Do you have questions about your child’s vaccination needs? Regional Medical Center of San Jose has the health and wellness information you need to get your child ready for the upcoming school year. Please visit our San Jose hospital on the web or give our Consult-A-Nurse line a call at (888) 762-8881.

  • Knowing What Can Happen When You Text and Drive

    Distracted driving means operating a vehicle while engaged in a secondary activity, such as eating, reading a map, or texting on a cellphone. While glancing at your cell phone for a few seconds may seem inconsequential, emergency care providers often treat automobile accident victims who were injured as a result of cell phone usage while behind the wheel. Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that approximately 660,000 drivers are using cellphones or other electronic devices while driving at any given time during the day, making texting and driving a serious and widespread issue that is important to address within your family.

    The Dangers of Texting and Driving

    Texting while driving is so dangerous because it takes your eyes and your concentration off the road for vital periods of time. Even though you may think it doesn’t take long to check or send a text, averting your eyes from the road for just five seconds while traveling at 55 mph allows your car to travel the length of a football field without your attention on the road. In 2014, distracted driving—including driving while texting—was responsible for 431,000 injuries and 3,179 deaths.

    Prevention of Texting and Driving

    In today’s fast-paced world, it can be difficult to disconnect even for a short while. However, there are many ways to ensure that drivers refrain from texting while driving for safety. Placing your cell phone in the backseat is a simple way to ensure it is out of reach so you won’t feel tempted to check your texts while behind the wheel. Alternatively, there are several apps available that pair a motion detector with your cell phone to turn off texting capabilities while the car is in motion.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose is committed to delivering high-quality health care at our hospital and emergency care center in San Jose. You can find more details about our hospital services, classes, and events by phone at (888) 762-8881, or when you visit our website, where you’ll also find the latest ER wait times and a link to our iNotify emergency room notification app .

  • Trampolines Pose Dangers for Kids

    Healthy play is important for cardiovascular wellness and muscular strength. However, it’s important to ensure that your children are playing on equipment that is both safe and appropriate. While trampolines are a common sight in many family backyards, they can pose a serious danger to children when used improperly or unsupervised—in fact, trampolines send hundreds of thousands of children to emergency care facilities across the nation every year.

    Trampolines and Common Injuries

    Trampoline use is associated with a wide range of injuries with the potential to send children to the emergency room. Head and neck injuries are among the most serious trampoline-related injuries, but trampolines can also cause serious cuts and fractures as well. Most injuries occur when children flip or tumble in midair, causing them to land on their head, neck, or shoulders. Other injuries may occur when children bounce too close to the edge of the trampoline and come into contact with the springs, frame, or ground.

    Trampolines and Safe Play

    Both general and emergency care providers agree that whenever possible, it’s best to skip the trampoline and encourage your kids to take part in other healthy cardiovascular activities, such as walking, bicycling, and swimming. If you do choose to allow your children to play on a trampoline , always inspect the equipment first to ensure it is secure and in good condition. Make sure to instruct children to use the trampoline one at a time and never allow flips or somersaults. Finally, always supervise children while they’re on the trampoline and take action immediately to stop behaviors that could result in injuries.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose encourages your family to engage in healthy and safe physical activity this year. We invite you to visit our hospital serving San Jose on the web, where you can find more information about our departments, services, and community resources. If you’d like answers to your healthcare questions or a physician referral, you can reach a registered nurse via our Consult-A-Nurse line today at (888) 762-8881.

  • Signs to Look for When You Suspect a Concussion

    A concussion is an injury to the brain that often occurs due to a fall or a blow to the head. These injuries can happen to anyone at any time, and symptoms may occur immediately or several hours or even days after the initial injury. If you notice any of the possible signs of a concussion following a blow to the head, it’s best to seek prompt emergency care for proper diagnosis and treatment.

    Headache or Perception Issues

    Some of the most common symptoms of a concussion include headache, ringing in the ears, and changes in perception that affect the senses. An individual suffering from a concussion may lose his sense of smell or taste, or experience blurry vision or other visual disturbances.

    Cognitive or Mood Changes

    Confusion and memory loss may also occur following a concussion; confusion may manifest as one or several changes in cognition, including increased distractibility, the inability to complete a set sequence of actions, or trouble maintaining a coherent stream of thought or speech. Other cognitive changes associated with concussions include difficulty concentrating on tasks or solving problems. Additionally, concussions may cause changes in mood, such as unfounded irritation, anxiety, or mood swings.

    Nausea or Balance Issues

    Concussions can affect the body’s sense of balance. These injuries may cause trouble balancing or walking, as well as feelings of vertigo and lightheadedness. In extreme cases, a loss of consciousness may occur. Individuals may also experience nausea or vomiting after sustaining a concussion.

    The newly-expanded emergency department at Regional Medical Center of San Jose is proud to offer diagnostic imaging and emergency care in San Jose for injuries and illnesses of any kind. You can find out more about our 43-bed ER or check out our current emergency care wait times on our website, or call (888) 762-8881 to reach a registered nurse for more information.