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Some thoughts on getting ready for school

This summer seems to have flown by. But it is time to think about getting back into routines for school. Most importantly, start to reestablish good sleep habits and routines. They don’t happen overnight (pardon the pun). Also, if you have forms that need to be completed, please don’t wait until the last minute. You can email them to info@lewispediatrics.com or fax to (585) 442-6882.

A Sad World

The craziness of “active shooters” hit close to home when our daughter had to be evacuated from Gannett Headquarters yesterday as SWAT and first responders moved in. Thankfully it was a false alarm. But, with the debate over people’s 2nd amendment rights and advertisements for bulletproof backpacks for the return to school, it got me thinking. What a sad commentary when our “right to bear arms” trumps our right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

In office Lyme Disease Testing

We are now able to test for Lyme Disease antibodies in the office.  Hopefully we won’t be seeing much, but the tick season started off fast and furiously. Transmission of infection usually requires the tick to be on for over 72 hours and engorged. Besides wearing long sleeves and pants while in areas at risk, daily tick checks are the best prevention. If you have questions, please call. 

NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home Certification

A little delayed in making this announcement, but after 12 months of rigorous work to meet the National Committee on Quality Assurance’s standards, we have achieved NYS Patient Centered Medical Home status. What does that mean for our patients? Not much since we had to change very little of what we do to satisfy their requirements. 

Vaccine Bill is Signed into Law

New York joined California, West Virginia and Missouri to be the 4th state to allow only medical exemptions as reasons school age children are not vaccinated. This is a huge step. This is not about religion or freedom of speech. Parents can opt to not vaccinate their children. But, if they do, they cannot attend public school.  Thank you to all our state legislators for seeing the wisdom in this despite the vocal opposition. Thank you all you called your legislators asking for their support.

Help Keep Our Children Healthy

Voice Your Support of “The Medical Exemption Only Bill” A.2371A/S.2994A

Does not take anyone’s rights away. If parents don’t want to immunize their children, this bill will not change their freedom to make that uninformed choice. This bill just insists that if your child is to attend licensed infant and child care or public/private school then your child must be immunized. If you choose not to immunize you must home school your child or make other arrangements. Decisions have consequences when public health is at stake.
Does not have anything to do with anyone’s religion. It eliminates religion from the conversation. Immunization is science. It has nothing to do with religion.
Ensures Herd Immunity. Universal immunization is the only way to protect our children from preventable communicable diseases like measles, mumps, whooping cough and polio. All of these childhood diseases have the potential to severely disable children, and even cause death.
Society has a social responsibility to protect all its citizens. Encouraging immunization at the 95% level and above is the only way to protect those children and adults who cannot be immunized because of medical concerns.
Immunization is a medical intervention. Decisions about Immunization should be medically based.
The science is clear and has been for decades. Immunization is safe and effective. It is, with safe drinking water, one of the most successful public health initiatives in the world.

Call your assemblyperson and state senator today. It takes less than 10 minutes

Patients Still Trust Physicians

More than nine in 10 people ranked doctors as the most trusted profession, according to a survey of more than 1,000 people by Airtasker, an online community platform.
This might be self serving, but nice to know that physicians are still trusted (over Google)

Measles Cases Top 1000

The CDC reports 1,001 cases of measles in 2019. This is the highest number since 1992 when 2,126 cases were reported. Thankfully there are no new cases in Monroe County. The MMR vaccine is highly effective at preventing the disease. 93% protection after 1 dose and 97% after the second. Currently there have not been any recommendations to change the immunization schedule.