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Forms

We are now in “forms” season. Please do not wait until the last minute to send us camp, field trip, program forms. We complete the forms as quickly as we can, but are swamped with the number of forms this time of year.  Also, please fill in as much of the form as you can, especially over the counter medications that you want administered. Thank you for your cooperation.

CDC Guidelines for Adults Concerned About Their Measles Status

Patients do not need measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine if they meet any of these criteria for evidence of immunity:

Patient has written documentation of adequate vaccination:
>At least one dose of a measles, mumps, and rubella virus-containing vaccine administered on or after the first birthday for preschool-age children and adults not at high risk for exposure and transmission
>Two doses of measles and mumps virus-containing vaccine for school-age children and adults at high risk for exposure and transmission, including college students, healthcare personnel, international travelers, and groups at increased risk during outbreaks

Patient has laboratory confirmation of past infection or had blood tests that show you are immune to measles, mumps, and rubella.

Patient was born before 1957.*

If patients do not have evidence of immunity against measles, mumps, and rubella, they should contact their primary care provider about getting vaccinated. If patients are unsure whether they’ve been vaccinated, patients should first try to find their vaccination records. If patients do not have written documentation of MMR vaccine, they should get vaccinated. The MMR vaccine is safe, and there is no harm in getting another dose if they may already be immune to measles, mumps, or rubella.

If patients received a measles vaccine in the 1960s, they may not need to be revaccinated. People who have documentation of receiving LIVE measles vaccine in the 1960s do not need to be revaccinated. People who were vaccinated prior to 1968 with either inactivated (killed) measles vaccine or measles vaccine of unknown type should be revaccinated with at least one dose of live attenuated measles vaccine. This recommendation is intended to protect those who may have received killed measles vaccine, which was available in 1963-1967 and was not effective.

* Birth before 1957 provides only presumptive evidence for measles, mumps, and rubella. Before vaccines were available, nearly everyone was infected with measles, mumps, and rubella viruses during childhood. The majority of people born before 1957 are likely to have been infected naturally and therefore are presumed to be protected against measles, mumps, and rubella. Healthcare personnel born before 1957 without laboratory evidence of immunity or disease should consider getting two doses of MMR vaccine. 

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the Monroe County Department of Public Health by calling (585) 753-2991. 

Measles Cases Skyrocketing.

Measles cases just keep climbing. The USA is on track to see more measles in 2019 than before it was “eliminated” in 2000. This is not a religious issue. This is not a freedom of speech issue. This is a public health crisis. There is absolutely no reason that anyone should die from a preventable infectious disease.

New Phone System

We have just transitioned to a new phone system and are not sure if all the glitches have been discovered. If you have any problems getting through or get a message that does not make sense, please email us at info@lewispediatrics.com. Thanks for your patience and understanding.

Harper Says:

“Thousands (maybe millions) of doses of vaccines are given every day. This is well-documented and obvious to everyone. What is not so obvious is that millions of cases of disease are also prevented every day because those vaccines were given.”

-Dr. Ben Character, Veterinarian, Just Labs, March/April 2019

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.