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Influenza Vaccine

It’s that time of year again. We have influenza vaccine available. The current recommendation is for everyone 6 months and older should be immunized.  Although Flumist nasal spray is available, its efficacy is unknown at present. The preferred vaccine is again the injection. Please call to schedule your appointment.

Prescription Refill Policy Update

While we try to take care of refills as quickly as possible, refills for controlled substance prescriptions requested after 12 pm or on weekends or holidays are not guaranteed to be sent to the pharmacy the same day. All prescriptions will be sent to the pharmacy within 24 hours or the next business day.

It is best to anticipate your needs and request refills during normal business hours. Refills can be requested by phone, pingMD or the patient portal. Email requests are not as reliable.

Thank you for your consideration.

Benefits of fish consumption during pregnancy

2017 recommendations now indicate that 2-3 servings per week of certain fish while pregnant are beneficial for fetal brain development. You should still avoid shark, swordfish, king mackerel, tilefish from the Gulf of Mexico, orange roughy, marlin, and bigeye tuna because of mercury content, but concerns about mercury ingestion from other fish are no longer a concern.

Google My Business Reviews

We’re running a campaign to try to get more Google reviews on our Google My Business listing and we would be so appreciative if you could leave us one when you have time. 

Please click here to enter a review.

New Car Safety Recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Children should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat as long as possible, up to the limits of their car safety seat. This will include virtually all children under 2 years of age and most children up to age 4.
  • Once they have been turned around, children should remain in a forward-facing car safety seat up to that seat’s weight and length limits. Most seats can accommodate children up to 60 pounds or more.
  • When they exceed these limits, child passengers should ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until they can use a seat belt that fits correctly.
  • Once they exceed the booster limits and are large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use a lap and shoulder belt.
  • All children younger than 13 years should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.

Some Interesting Reading

I just found two articles on the American Academy of Pediatrics parent’s website www.healthychidren.org that are worth reading.

Urgent Care Center: Is it Worth the No-Wait?  https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/health-management/Pages/Nonemergency-Acute-Care-AAP-Policy-Explained.aspx

10 Common Childhood Illness and Their Treatments  https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/treatments/Pages/10-Common-Childhood-Illnesses-and-Their-Treatments.aspx

Back to School – So Soon

Can’t believe it is that time of year again. Please provide us with some lead time for any school forms that have been sitting around. We do our best to complete them within 48 hours but during busy times it can take longer. Also, while we aim to do so, refills for controlled substances prescriptions requested after 12 pm are not guaranteed to be sent to the pharmacy the same day. All prescriptions will be sent to the pharmacy within 24 hours. Thank you for your help with these requests. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Fun in the Sun (& Heat)

Sunshine is a much welcomed change to Rochester NY, but please remember to use sunscreen and reapply every hour while outdoors. Also, make sure everyone is drinking enough water when playing outdoors. Have a wonderful July!

Summer’s Here

Congratulations to all my patients who have graduated high school and college. What great times for you!! Congratulations to all who have successfully finished another year of school on the path to graduation in the future. Please have a happy and safe summer vacation. For all of those who are student athletes, please do not wait until the last minute to make sure your paper work and annual exams are up to date. 

Ticks and Lyme Disease

It’s that time of year again. If your children play outdoors, check them for ticks nightly. Ticks need to be attached for more than  36 hours and engorged to have the potential of transmitting Lyme Disease or another infection. Preventative treatment is not usually recommended.  Checking for ticks when coming in for the evening is the best prevention. Insect repellents with <33% DEET can be effective along with wearing long sleeves and pants (like that will happen in the summer!).