The World Health Organization has recognized 2020 as the Year of the Nurse. It is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. Please take time to thank our nurses for all they do to help better the our health and lives.
There has been a 77% increase in the number of confirmed influenza cases in NY. The last reported number was 3264 cases as of December 14th. This is up from 1839 cases the prior week. Even though we are seeing cases in immunized patients, those with the vaccine tend to have milder cases and shorter course. It is not too late to immunize. Call today..
All of us at Lewis Pediatrics wish you a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season.
We are open 8:30 – 12:00 noon on Christmas and New Years Eve and will reopen on Thursday Dec 26th and Jan 2nd at 8:30 am.
We are seeing a good number of cases of influenza. Schools also report increasing numbers of absences due to influenza. It is not too late to get your influenza vaccine. The only treatment we have for the flu is fluids and fever control. Tamiflu is recommended for severe cases. Please remember you can connect with us through Anytime Pediatrics telehealth app and pingMD. Best wishes for happy (and healthy) holidays. Hopefully 2 weeks of vacation from school will stop the spread.
We are thrilled to take telemedicine to a new level.
Virtual visits are available via Anytime Pediatrics. Download the app, pre-register and simply request a visit from anywhere when your child needs trusted pediatric care. Appropriate visits include behavioral health issues, medication checks, follow-up visits for respiratory issues, pink eye, rashes. Currently, Dr. Lewis is scheduling appointments where appropriate.
Check it out at : Anytime Pediatrics/LewisPediatrics
Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Lewis Pediatrics.
The office will be open on Friday, November 29th from 10 am -12 noon on a walk in basis. Phones will not be on.
Open Saturday November 30th from 8:30 am. Phones will be answered.
We are in the final stages of implementing telemedicine through Anytime Pediatrics, a pediatric specific platform. Hopefully will be up and running in mid December. This will allow us to take care of certain conditions that can be handled without a specific office visit and hands on care. Initially looking at things like behavioral and school health visits (medication evaluations) and some minor illnesses such as uncomplicated pink eye, diarrhea, and possibly upper respiratory infections in older children. Stay tuned for more information.
A great piece from Understood.org.
Have a safe Halloween.
I have heard reports of influenza diagnosed in Emergency Departments. I diagnosed my first case today.
Harper recommends “FLU BEFORE BOO.” Call today to schedule an appointment.
Some manufacturers of generic ranitidine tablets and capsules have voluntarily recalled their products due to concerns about low levels of a possible cancer producing substance in them (NDMA – which is also found in many foods, vegetables and even water supplies). I have been unable to find any information about the liquid form of ranitidine that many babies and children are on for GE Reflux. The FDA has issued a statement and Harvard Health Publishing has produced an information sheet. (click on the underlined text for the links.)
The FDA has not recommended discontinuing these medications at this time. And, again, there is no information on the prescription liquid. Please contact the office if you have questions.