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Measles Update

A 4th case of measles has been identified. Another unimmunized child and neighbor of cases 2 and 3. The County and State Health Departments have not issued any new recommendations, despite what has been reported on the news. MMR vaccines should be administered at 1 year and 4-5 years. I will keep you updated if anything changes. Remember Vaccines are safe, Vaccines are effective, Vaccines save lives. 

Measles Status

Currently the Health Department has not issued any new recommendations regarding Measles immunization. The current recommendation is for the first dose of MMR after the first birthday and a second dose at 4-6 years.  I will update any further recommendations if and when the become available.

Measles in Spencerport

2 cases of measles in Spencerport School

https://13wham.com/news/local/two-children-stricken-with-measles-in-spencerport

I cannot stress the importance of immunization. They say “beliefs are strong than scientific facts.” We are taking a huge step backwards in terms of public health. Measles was predicted to be irradicated in 2000, but because of all the “fake news” about MMR and autism, many parents opted to not immunize their children and measles has stayed, and has unnecessarily killed hundreds of people 

Given the risks that measles as well as other “vaccine preventable” illness pose to unimmunized patients, and even immunized patients since vaccines are not 100% protective, we need to immunize all children. Schools need to enforce NY State regulations and not allow unimmunized students into school. The first vaccine was made in 1796, centuries after the major religions were founded, so there really  cannot be religious exemptions except for Christian Scientists. NY does not recognize “philosophical” exemptions, but unfortunately, schools are “afraid” to enforce the regulations and many unimmunized students are allowed to go to school. 

So much for my “Saturday Soapbox Speech.”

 

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FDA warns about safety risks of teething necklaces, bracelets

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration alerted parents, caregivers and health care providers to the safety risks that jewelry used for relieving teething pain pose for children. The agency warned that they should not be used to relieve teething pain in children or to provide sensory stimulation to persons with special needs, such as autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The FDA has received reports of death and serious injuries to infants and children, including strangulation and choking, caused by teething jewelry, such as amber teething necklaces.

Generic Ibuprofen Recall

Tris Pharma, Inc. is recalling three lots of infant liquid ibuprofen sold at Walmart, CVS and Family Dollar stores.

The products affected are sold under brand names, “Equate Infants’ Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension,” “CVS Health Infants’ Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension,” and “Family Wellness Infants’ Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension.”

The recalled lots of the product have been found to potentially have higher concentrations of ibuprofen.

The product is used as a pain reliever/fever reducer and was packaged in 0.5 oz. bottles.

Influenza is Definitely Here.

Just diagnosed and confirmed my first case of Influenza A today. The flu is definitely in upstate NY. It is not too late to get your influenza immunization.  Please call to set up an appointment. 

Influenza is here.

Influenza is here and it means business this year. There have been 2 reported pediatric deaths (both in children who had not yet received their vaccines). PLEASE call and schedule appointments to get your children immunized.

AFM (Acute Flaccid Myelitis)

AFM, a very rare complication associated with EV-D68 – one of hundreds of non-polio enteroviruses that cause common infections such as colds, diarrhea, hand, foot and mouth disease among a few — has been reported in NY. These viruses are seen in small numbers in the late summer and fall.  Although EV-D68 has been detected in some patients with AFM, it is not present in every case.  

Enteroviruses are transmitted by airborne droplets (sneezes, coughs) from infected individuals. Avoiding contact with ill individuals is the best, but often difficult, preventive measure. Routine hygiene like good hand washing, disinfecting toys and surfaces, and not sharing utensils or food is important in preventing the spread of any respiratory infection, including influenza.