Vaccines are like bike helmets

Dr. Colianni and her daughter
Dr. Colianni and Elena

In addition to being a pediatrician, Dr. Sonja Colianni is a mom who loves her children.

She recently brought her daughter Elena in for a check-up, which included immunizations.

“I vaccinate my children because it is something simple I can do to protect them from harm, and to help protect the children around them,” Dr. Colianni explains. “I view vaccines like bike helmets and seat belts – well worth using because they can prevent serious harm from things we encounter every day.”

Dr. Colianni recommends the same for her patients. “It is clear to me that the benefit of vaccines far outweigh any possible risks. While I have seen several children harmed by vaccine-preventable diseases, I have never seen a negative vaccine reaction that would prevent me from giving them.”

If you have concerns about vaccines, she recommends that you have an honest talk with your child’s physician about your concerns and ask for reliable sources of information.

“As pediatricians and parents it’s our job to protect the health of all children, not just our own. We take that job very seriously.”

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Colianni or any of the pediatricians at Hennepin County Medical Center, call 612.873.6963.

HCMC Burn Center tapped to benefit from Rock Bottom brew

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Minneapolis (800 LaSalle Plaza) will host its annual Fire Chief Ale tapping party on Thursday, March 8 from 5:30 to 8 p.m., with proceeds from the fundraising event to benefit the Burn Center at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). HCMC’s Burn Center is a regional resource providing care for burn injury, frostbite, hypothermia, inhalation injury, plastic reconstruction, complex wounds, major skin abrasions and surgical procedures.

Representatives from HCMC, some burn victims,  and some local firefighters will be present at the party selling donation slips for $1, $5 and $10. In addition, HCMC’s Burn Center will also receive .25 cents from every pint of Fire Chief Ale purchased. The party is open to the public and attendees can sample the beer and taste some of the new menu items offered by Rock Bottom.

Local fire departments rely on HCMC’s Burn Unit to care for firefighters and other victims of burn injuries. For the past 5 years, they have chosen HCMC to benefit from the annual fundraiser.

Nationwide, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Breweries have raised nearly $2 million in donations for local fire departments and related charities for the past 16 years.

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Breweries 
are polished casual dining establishments featuring excellent service, high-quality, moderately priced food and a distinctive selection of micro-brewed and specialty beers served in a comfortable, hospitable atmosphere.  The Rock Bottom menu features a wide variety of items ranging from classic favorites like Ball Park Pretzels and Brewery Nachos, to innovative dishes like Citrus Salmon and Cajun Fish Tacos. Rock Bottom operates in 16 states from coast to coast.

The Burn Center at Hennepin County Medical Center
Serving Minnesota and the Upper Midwest for more than 30 years, HCMC’s Burn Center is one of 57 centers across the country designated by the American Burn Association as Verified Burn Centers. Comprised of an 17-bed inpatient unit and the Acute Burn and Wound Clinic, the Burn Center occupies a newly remodeled, 16,000-square-foot space on HCMC’s downtown Minneapolis campus.  The highly trained, multidisciplinary Burn Center team works closely with patients and families in a supportive, state-of-the-art environment to meet their unique needs and achieve the highest level of functioning. Treating an average of 10 inpatients per day and 20+ patients per day in the clinic, HCMC’s Burn Center is one of the busiest centers in the nation. 

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