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Important Info: Ranitidine Recall

In addition to the recent recall of generic Zantac tablets (Ranitidine), there has now been a recall of Ranitidine Syrup made by Lannett Pharmaceutical Company.

If your child is currently taking Ranitidine Syrup, please CALL YOUR PHARMACY to find out if your medication is made by this particular company. If so, please call the office so that you can discuss options for your child. (Perhaps it is a good time to try off the medication all together!) 

Say BOO to the Flu!

The flu season is already upon us! Flu season runs from October through May (sometimes later!).  Influenza activity in NYS is already considered “sporadic.” This means that it’s time for a flu shot if your child hasn’t already received!

There are a lot of misconceptions out there about the flu shot. So, let’s do a reality check.

FACT:  Last season,more than 61,000 people died from flu-related illnesses in the U.S. 

FACT: Last season, 129 children died. During the 2017-2018 season, the CDC estimated that 80% of the deaths occurred in children who did not receive a flu vaccination. 

FACT: Flu vaccinations save lives. That’s why it’s so important for everyone 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine every year.

FACT: The U.S. vaccination rate hovers at about 47 percent a year. This is far below the 70 percent target. 
 

If you’re on the fence about getting a flu shot for your child (or yourself), here are 5 arguments to twist your arm.

1. Everyone is vulnerable.

Healthy adults die from the flu. Adults who are age 65 and older are particularly vulnerable.
Healthy children die from flu, too. 
According to the CDC, 129 American children and teens (under the age of 18) died from the flu last winter. Eighty percent of them had not received a flu vaccine. And about half had no underlying illnesses before getting the flu. In other words, they had been healthy children.

2. Getting a flu shot is your civic duty.

Everybody gets the flu from somebody else. According to the CDC, people who have caught the flu virus are contagious one day before they start to feel sick and for up to seven days after. 
So getting the flu shot will help protect your family, friends and co-workers. And CHILDREN!

3. If you get the flu vaccine, you can still get the flu, but you won’t be as sick.

After last winter’s severe season, some people are skeptical. They say: “Our family got the flu shot, but we still caught the flu.”
In fact, the 2017-18 season was the deadliest in more than 40 years. There was a very vicious virus, the so-called H3N2 influenza strain. 
And yes, it’s true that the vaccine does not offer complete protection. The CDC estimates that flu vaccination reduces the risk of the virus by about 40 to 60 percent. Think of it this way: If you catch the flu, the vaccine does still offer some protection. It cushions the blow. Your illness is likely to be milder if you’ve had a flu shot. You’re less likely to get pneumonia (a major complication of the flu), and less likely to be hospitalized.

4. Pregnant women who get the flu shot protect their babies from flu.

Women who are pregnant should be vaccinated to protect themselves. The vaccine also offers protection for unborn babies, as antibodies are passed across the placenta. This will protect the baby during the first six months of life, until the baby is old enough to be vaccinated.

5. You cannot get flu from the flu vaccine.

We repeat.

You cannot get the flu from the flu shot. 

The most common side effects are a sore arm, and perhaps a little swelling. Only 1 to 2 percent of people get a degree of fever. That is not the flu. These are not true flu symptoms. That is the body reacting to the vaccine, which is common after most vaccines.

The flu is unpredictable. It’s too soon to know what to expect this winter.
Don’t wait. The time to vaccinate your child is right now.

We are scheduling appointments for our flu clinics right now so call our office today!  

Flu Facts for Fall 2018 
#boo2flu.
Kinda catchy, isn’t it? 

MEASLES: IMPORTANT INFORMATION

As you may already know, there has been a confirmed case of measles in Monroe County.

The periods of potential exposure to others would have been between Tuesday, Sept. 17th and Friday, Sept. 20th at the following potential locations: 

  • Hampton Inn – 878 Hard Road, Webster

  • CGS Fabrication – 855 Publishers Parkway, Webster

  • Calvary Robotics – 855 Publishers Parkway, Webster

  • Hooligans Eastside Grill – 809 Ridge Road East, Webster

  • Jojo’s Bistro and Wine Bar – 42 East Main Street, Webster

  • The individual departed from the Greater Rochester International Airport on Friday. The individual was said to be at the airport from 2:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. The individual departed on American Airlines Flight 4722 to Boston, with a final destination of Los Angeles.

The Monroe County Health Department is involved and the proper precautions are being taken. 

***Most importantly, your child is considered to be up-to-date with their measles vaccine if:

  1. the child is >12 months & <4 years old and has received the 1st MMR vaccine.

  2. if the child is >4 years old and has received 2 doses of MMR vaccine. 

If the above is true for your child(ren), and there has been no known exposure to measles, then the information below is only FYI about this very serious illness. 

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IMPORTANT MEASLES INFORMATION**

**NOTE: If you have chosen to not vaccinate your child(ren) for measles, please read the following information:
– To protect your children and other vulnerable patients in our waiting room, we ask that your children not be brought to our office for the next 3 weeks.  If your child has an urgent medical issue that cannot wait, please call and discuss with a nurse so we may make special arrangements to see your child.  

– Protection with MMR vaccine now, even after exposure, may prevent or lessen the severity of measles. Please call for a nurse visit  if you would like to protect your children from measles. 

  • What is measles?

    Measles is a serious respiratory disease that causes a rash and fever. It is very contagious. You can catch it just by being in a room where someone with measles coughed or sneezed.

    • 9 out of 10 unprotected patients will be infected if sharing the same space as someone who has measles.

    • The air space is contagious up to 2 hours after the ill patient has left the area. 

  • What are the symptoms?

    Symptoms usually appear about 10 to 12 days after a person is exposed to measles. The first symptoms are usually:

    • High fever

    • Cough

    • Runny nose

    • Red watery eyes

    • Rash 

      • Usually appears 2 to 4 days after the fever begins and lasts 5 to 6 days. 

      • Begins at the hairline, moves to the face and neck, down the body and then to the arms and legs. 

      • Small red spots, some of which are slightly raised. Spots and bumps in tight clusters give the skin a splotchy red appearance.

 

A few important facts:

1) A person with measles can pass it to others from 4 days before a rash appears through the 4th day after the rash appears. Before the rash, symptoms are similar to a routine viral cold w/ runny nose and cough. 

2)  An exposed individual may come down with measles any time in the next 21 days.

3) Measles is a serious disease especially for children under 5 years old and the elderly.

o    About 1 in 4 people in the U.S. who get measles will be hospitalized.

o    Many people with measles have complications such as diarrhea, ear infections or pneumonia.

o    1 out of every 1,000 people with measles will develop brain swelling, which could lead to brain damage and deafness.

o    1 or 2 out of 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the best care.

o    Measles during pregnancy increases the risk of early labor, miscarriage and low birth weight infants.

Is there a treatment for measles?
There is no treatment but acetaminophen and ibuprofen may be taken to reduce a fever. People with measles also need bed rest and fluids. They also may need treatment for complications such as diarrhea, an ear infection or pneumonia.

More information can be found at the New York State Department of Health website