Medical Disclaimer and Information from Kinsa
All information, images, and other content shared through Kinsa’s mobile or web applications is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment from an appropriately qualified and licensed physician or other healthcare provider. Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding your health, including any symptoms that are severe or concerning. If you are having a medical emergency, call 911 or the number for the local emergency ambulance service. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this application.
This application does not cover all possible medical complications that may arise from fever and related symptoms. The information provided in this application is not applicable to certain individuals with special medical considerations including, but not limited to, those who:
- Are pregnant
- Are age 60 or older
- Have sickle cell disease
- Have had a splenectomy or organ transplant
- Are HIV positive
- Have cancer
- Are taking chronic steroids, chemotherapy, or immunosuppressant medications
- Are unvaccinated or under-vaccinated
- Have a chronic condition, such as kidney, lung, liver, or heart disease
- Have a history of epilepsy
- Have any other medical condition that may require treatment from a qualified healthcare provider
Where Kinsa’s medical information comes from:
Kinsa shares medical information about symptoms, treatments, and medical conditions from highly trusted sources of medical information that have been reviewed and referenced or summarized by our team of licensed clinicians. Care recommendations in our mobile apps are based largely on the adult and pediatric telephone protocols published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and supplemental information comes from other trusted sources.
Our clinical team:
Blake Wageman, RN, BSN has over 11 years of nursing under her belt, primarily focused on NICU babies and, just as importantly, their worried parents. She also has two daughters who have kept her on her toes from birth all the way into their tween years. Blake’s passion is giving parents not only the information, but also the comfort and confidence they need to make good decisions for their kiddos.
Dr. Alison Gehle, MD is a board-certified pediatrician who has been practicing for over 12 years. She earned both her Bachelor of Science degree in Neuropsychology and Cognitive Science, and her medical degree from the University of Michigan. She completed her residency in pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco and is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Gehle worked as a primary care provider in a busy private practice for 10 years, addressing parents’ medical, social, and developmental concerns about their children. She and her husband enjoy spending time with their son and daughter.
Dr. Vikram D. Bakhru, MD is a physician, senior healthcare executive and entrepreneur who has served in numerous executive roles in healthcare and business. Dr. Bakhru is currently Chief Operating Officer for ConsejoSano, a multicultural health technology platform dedicated to improving quality of care for vulnerable and underserved populations. Dr. Bakhru serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations including the Nanubhai Education Foundation, Aspire Global Health and Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC). Dr. Bakhru’s professional affiliations include membership in the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association and the American Telemedicine Association. He has been practicing medicine since 2007 and is currently a licensed physician in 15 states (AZ, CA, DC, FL, GA, IL, MA, MI, NC, NY, OH, PA, UT, WA, WI). He is clinically active as a private practitioner and as a staff physician at UCSF Medical Center and Main Line Health.
Dr. Bakhru earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from The George Washington University as part of the Seven-Year Integrated Medical Program. After his undergraduate and medical education in Washington, DC, Dr. Bakhru did residency training in general surgery in Philadelphia and subsequently earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Health Care Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Some of our Trusted Sources:
- Adult Telephone Protocols, 4th Edition, by David A. Thompson, MD, FACEP, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2018
- American Migraine Foundation
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Mayo Clinic, USA
- National Cancer Institute (NCI)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- National Library of Medicine (NLM)
- Pediatric Telephone Protocols, 16th Edition, by Barton D. Schmitt, MD, FAAP, American Academy of Pediatrics, 2018
- Red Book 2018-2021 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 31st Edition, American Academy of Pediatrics
- United States Surgeon General
- World Health Organization (WHO)
When to consult a healthcare professional:
Medical information from Kinsa doesn’t apply to everyone, and it isn’t medical advice. If you have a medical concern, make sure to contact a healthcare provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or your local emergency number (911 in the US).