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Happy Thanksgiving!

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.

Anytime Pediatrics Coming Soon!

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. 

Flu is Here

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. Dr. Harper

Ranitidine (Zantac) Recall

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.

Measles in Monroe County

The Monroe County Department of Public Health is investigating a confirmed case of measles in a person who recently traveled to Monroe County. This individual was infectious in Monroe County from 9/17/19 – 9/20/19.
MCDPH is looking to identify others who may have been at risk for exposure to measles. MCDPH urges residents, especially those who travel internationally and those who have not been fully protected against measles, to get the MMR vaccine in order to better protect their individual health and to prevent the spread of measles to others.

Other people may have been exposed to measles since public locations were visited by the person with measles while infectious. The potential public exposure locations, days and times were as follows:

Date, Time, and Location

Hampton Inn, 878 Hard Rd, Webster, NY 14580 from 9/17/19 – 9/20/19
CGS Fabrication, 855 Publishers Pkwy, Webster, NY 14580 from 9/17/19 – 9/20/19
Calvalry Robotics, 855, Publishers Pkwy, Webster, NY 14580 from 9/17/19 – 9/20/19
Hooligans Eastside Grill, 809 E. Ridge Rd, Webster, NY 14580 on 9/17/19 and 9/19/19
JoJo’s Bistro + Wine Bar, 42 E. Main St, Webster, NY 14580 on 9/18/19
Greater Rochester International Airport on 9/20/19 from 2:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
** THIS IS A DEVELOPING SITUATION. TIMES AND LOCATIONS SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED EXHAUSTIVE **

The MMR vaccine is highly effective. The first dose can be given after 12 months and is about 93% effective. The second dose is usually given at 4-5 years and boosts its efficacy to 97%. Extra doses are not recommended at this point in time. 

Back to School Essentials – Sandy Hook Promise

Parents of children who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings have produced a very compelling public service announcement.  It can be viewed at Sandy Hook Promise

**Please note that this PSA contains graphic content related to school shootings that may be upsetting to some viewers. If you feel that this subject matter may be too difficult for you, you may choose not to watch this video.**

We really need to do something to decrease gun violence in America. 

 

 

More on Vaping

Calls to the Upstate New York Poison Center in regards to vaping and the use of e-cigarettes have more than doubled this year.  In all of 2018 their call center received 52 calls.  In just 9 months this year, they have received 111 calls related to e-cigarettes.  Additionally, they have received 13 calls that are currently being investigated by the NYS DOH as possible vaping-associated pulmonary illness cases.

Currently, 1 in 5 high school students say they vape and 1 in 20 middle school students admit to trying vaping. The long-term health impact of vaping is unknown. To help combat this growing problem, the Upstate New York Poison Center has produced two educational videos to remind students and parents of the dangers of vaping, and encourage you to help spread them in your communities:
 
Students can view the video here
Parents can view the video here

 
In the case of a poisoning or for information purposes, you can always call the Upstate New York Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222. They are open 24/7, 365 days a year.

Vaping = Seriously Bad

According to the CDC, vaping caused 450 cases of severe lung disease and possibly 3 deaths in 33 states and 1 jurisdiction. Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center were interviewed on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. They are looking at some possible substances in the vape solutions. The bottom line is that vaping is not safer than cigarettes. We need to make sure our adolescents and young adults appreciate the severity of the illness associated with vaping. 

School Buses

School is in session. Please pay attention to school buses, respect NY State law and 

 STOP!!!!!