The vast majority of cases of MRSA we see are in the skin and the remaining percentage are in the bones. Kids with skin only infections are rarely ill and often do not even have fever. "Regular" staph actually infects bones and bloodstream more easily than community MRSA. The best prevention is frequent hand washing and avoiding sharing towels, washcloths and clothing. Keep open sores clean with soap, water and topical antibiotic. Seek medical care when pus forming lesions are seen on the skin for antibiotics and possible draining of the abscess.
Staph pneumonia is one of the causes of death from influenza. This occurs most often in children with underlying health problems but can also occur in healthy children. It is for this and other reasons we recommend influenza vaccination for all our patients over 6 months old. Flu shot clinics for seasonal flu will begin in September. H1N1 (swine flu) pandemic flu shot clinics will begin when vaccine is available, probably November.