Susanna Belle Block
Susanna Belle Block, MD, MPH

Susanna Belle Block, MD, MPH

Susanna Belle Block, MD, MPH
Specialty

Pediatric Hospitalist

  • Accepting Children: Yes
  • Accepting New Patients: Yes
  • Accepting Medicare: Yes
  • Accepting Medicaid/DSHS: Yes
Insurance Accepted:

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Additional Information:

In addition to my medical degree, I hold a master's degree in Public Health, International Health from Loma Linda School of Public Health. I worked in rural Alaska with Indian Health Service for three years. My clinical interests include pediatric nutrition.

Personal Interests

I love to travel and have practiced medicine in Africa, Indonesia and rural Alaska. I also enjoy fitness-particularly marathons, cooking and reading. My husband and I have just welcomed our first child into our family.

Medical School

Loma Linda University Medical School

Residency

University of California San Diego

Board Certifications

Pediatrics

Additional Information:

In addition to my medical degree, I hold a master's degree in Public Health, International Health from Loma Linda School of Public Health. I worked in rural Alaska with Indian Health Service for three years. My clinical interests include pediatric nutrition.

Putting the science into action: helping children benefit from reading

It is astonishing to me how important it is to read to children from an early age. Research tells us there are short term and long lasting benefits from exposing children to books and language from the beginning. In an exciting progression, the idea of early literacy has moved from academia to policy. Supporting parent engagement and early literacy programs is a core part of Washington’s Early Learning System.

Early literacy does not mean early reading. Early literacy emphasizes positive exposure to a literacy-rich environment. Many important reading concepts begin before kindergarten. Studies show us that a child’s early literacy environment (age 0-3) plays a crucial role in school success and reading ability. Children enter kindergarten with different knowledge levels. Those who enter with the least knowledge of beginning reading skills are at academic risk.

The benefits of early literacy do not stop at kindergarten; it continues throughout the school years. Frequent positive literacy experiences in preschool is directly associated with:

What you should know about influenza or flu vaccines

Influenza or the “flu” is a contagious viral disease that occurs every winter in the US from October to May.  While anyone can get a “flu” infection, some people are especially vulnerable and at risk for severe disease.  Each year thousands of people die from influenza infections and many more are hospitalized.  Getting your annual flu vaccine is the best protection against the flu and its complications.

The influenza virus is spread by coughing, sneezing and close contact.  The symptoms can occur quite suddenly. Typical symptoms are high fevers and chills, sore throat, muscle aches, fatigue, cough, headache and runny nose.  Although anyone can get the flu, children, people over 65 years old, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions are at risk for severe disease and complication. 

The flu virus is always changing. Each year the flu vaccine is made to protect from the virus strains most likely to cause disease.  Typically the vaccine protects against 3-4 different influenza types. It takes 2 weeks to develop protection after the influenza vaccine is given.

Which flu vaccine is best for me?

Two types of influenza vaccine are currently available. It is always best to talk with your physician about which vaccine is best for you and your children.  The two different available vaccines are:

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First Hill Campus
747 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206-386-6000
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