April 10th, 2017

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly influenza surveillance report for the United States shows that the 2016-17 influenza season is finally winding down. It’s been an average (ie. terrible) season. While thousands (sometimes tens of thousands) of adults die...

February 23rd, 2017

The 2016-17 influenza season is turning out to be a fairly typical one (in other words, horrible for those who are sickened by the nasty virus). And this year’s vaccine, which protects against four different strains of the influenza virus, is...

February 2nd, 2017

If you have a school-age child, chances are you’ve been here before: It starts as a little sniffle when your child’s bus drops them off at school. Increased stuffiness and nose-blowing follows. The throat gets scratchy and then a little sore....

January 12th, 2017

    A reader on Facebook is looking for some balance in Tuesday’s PediaBlog post: It would be nice if this article touched on other options to avoid Influenza. I know vaccines have a place, but they don’t stand alone....

January 10th, 2017

As indicated on the map above, the CDC reported last week that “Influenza Season 2016-17” is off and running. Pennsylvania is one of 12 states reporting “widespread” influenza. Influenza subtype A appears to be the predominant strain circulating in North America at...

October 24th, 2016

  Let’s get real: If you don’t get a flu vaccine and you get the flu, you’re going to get pretty sick. Not “my-nose-is-stuffy-but-I-can-go-to-work” sick; not “I-was-up-all-night-coughing-but-I’ll-be-okay” sick. No, it will be much worse than that. Influenza hits pretty quick and pretty hard....

October 6th, 2016

  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 5-20% of Americans get sick with influenza every year. Of the 15-60 million people in the United States who get sick with flu, about 200,000 are hospitalized, including 20,000 children under...

September 26th, 2016

  By now you may have heard that influenza virus has made an early appearance in our region of the country. The flu more often than not arrives here in late October or early November and peaks from December-through-March. However, the arrival and peak...

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    Ned Ketyer, M.D.

    Ned Ketyer, M.D.

    Dr. Ketyer has special interests in developmental pediatrics and preventative medicine, specifically how nutrition and the environment affect health. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed his residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

    As one of the founding physicians of Pediatric Alliance, PC, Dr. Ketyer served as its president from 1997-2004. He has been practicing general pediatrics at Pediatric Alliance since 1990. Dr. Ketyer and his wife have three boys and live in Pittsburgh's South Hills. 



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