Peachtree Park Pediatrics Newsletter

Spring 2019

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What's New?
New Doctor!
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Atlanta, GA 30327

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Did you know?
April is National Autism Awareness Month.
Sunday May 12th is Mother's Day.
Sunday June 16th is Father's Day

Your Questions Answered About Measles

What is Measles?

Measles is a very contagious viral illness. It can spread in the air through sneezing and coughing. It typically includes a high fever, red eyes (conjunctivitis), cough, and a characteristic rash.

How serious is Measles?

About 1 in every 4 people who get measles will be hospitalized. About 1 in every 2000 who get measles will die from respiratory or neurologic complications. Children under 5 years old are at higher risk of complications from measles.

What can be done to prevent Measles?

The Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is the most effective way to prevent measles. Only 2 doses are needed for lifetime protection against measles. 2 doses of measles vaccine are 97% effective at preventing the disease. These vaccines are routinely given between 12-15 months and 4-6 years old.

What if my child is too young for the MMR vaccine?

Mothers who receive 2 doses of MMR pass along their antibodies to their baby while pregnant. These antibodies are present for close to the first 12 months of life and help prevent getting measles.

Does my older child need a booster dose?

No, the CDC currently recommends 2 lifetime doses of the vaccine as being sufficient to help prevent getting measles.

Are people in measles outbreaks typically unimmunized?

Yes, the most recent outbreak in Washington state supports this as well. So far in 2019, this outbreak has had 70 reported people with measles. 61 were unimmunized, 7 unverified, and 2 have had only 1 dose of the MMR vaccine.

Is there any link between MMR and Autism?

No, multiple studies have demonstrated that there is no link between the MMR vaccine and Autism.


*Information in this newsletter from Centers for Disease Control (CDC)



Peachtree Park Pediatrics is pleased to welcome our newest physician, Brent Speer, who will begin seeing patients in April.  We are fortunate that Dr. Speer was available to join our practice and replace Dr. Khris Nguyen who is moving to St. Louis where his wife with be pursuing her fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology.

Dr. Speer is a native Georgia, born and raised in the metro Atlanta area. He received his BS degree in Business Administration from Furman University, then taught for several years at a local Atlanta private school prior to pursuing his dream to become a pediatrician. After he received his MD degree from Mercer University School of Medicine. Dr. Speer completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics in Greenville, SC. Following residency, he moved back to Atlanta and practiced pediatrics i

Duluth prior to joining Peachtree Park Pediatrics in 2019. He was board certified in 2017.

In his spare time, he enjoys attending Atlanta sporting events, trying out local restaurants, cooking, hiking, spending time with his niece and nephew, and playing tennis. He lives in Atlanta with his wife Renae and their dog Lucy.

Dr. Speer is currently accepting pediatric patients up to the age of 17 years old.



Staff Spotlight

LeTrice Ponder
Medical Assistant

Hometown: Des Moines Iowa

Family: Married with 5 children and a dog

Hobbies: Shopping, Cooking and Reading

3 Words to describe you: Sassy, Funny, Shopaholic

Favorite Movie: The Lion King

What do you most enjoy about your job: My patients. I love the conversations about our families.


"At Peachtree Park Pediatrics, we strive to deliver the finest scientific-based medical care to our infant, children and young adult patients in a warm, family-friendly environment. We are dedicated to establishing close relationships with our patients and their families in order to provide comprehensive care"


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