Friday, April 25, 2014

Tidbits

We join the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP) in mourning the loss of Chicago pediatrician Jerry Umanos who died in an attack at CURE children’s hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. 

Dr. Umanos devoted his time volunteering in Afghanistan to care for the children of the war-torn country and to train physicians.  He also helped to institute a program to teach Afghan women basic health skills to care for mothers and children in their communities.

He was a pediatrician at the Lawndale Christian Health Center in Chicago for 25 years.  A man of deep faith, he felt it was his calling to help the people of Afghanistan.  He leaves behind his wife, Jan, and their three children.  Please keep his family in your prayers.

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The week of April 26th through May 3rd marks the 20th anniversary of National Infant Immunization week.    The annual observance stresses how vaccinations protect our babies from diseases such as measles, polio and chickenpox.  

Vaccines given in just the past 20 years will prevent 322 million illnesses, 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths over the lifetime of the children who received vaccinations during that time period.   This will amount to a savings of $295 billion in medical expenses alone!

Some parents may feel it is no longer necessary for their children to receive vaccinations because these diseases seem to be long gone.  However, it is important to continue to vaccinate so these diseases do not rear their ugly heads again.   We STILL see patients who get chickenpox and whooping cough.  While not in epidemic proportions, they are still lurking around, easily spread through close contact in school, on the playground or at church.  

We take it for granted today that these diseases are concerns from long ago.  But the reality is that the polio vaccine came into being during your parents' childhood and the chickenpox vaccine during your childhood!  Cardinal George is a victim of polio as was President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Did you know that through successful vaccine campaigns worldwide,  that just in the past year polio has now officially been declared eradicated in India! 

Vaccines have had a tremendous impact on our society.  Before the measles vaccine became available in 1963, measles affected about 500,000 people in this country annually.   This year so far, only 129 cases have been diagnosed! Currently about 5,600 cases of whooping cough have been diagnosed this year. 

So maybe you have a perception that unvaccinated kids come from poor families?  WRONG!  The majority come from wealthy, educated American families who bring back the disease after vacationing overseas.

The vaccine/autism study has been debunked as FALSE.  Be vigilant in keeping your kids safe from vaccine-preventable diseases.  Mumps, measles, rubella, whooping cough and chickenpox are all very uncomfortable disease for children to suffer with unnecessarily to say nothing of the time lost at school and at work.



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The Fry Family YMCA in Naperville will hold their annual Healthy Kids Day event from 10:00-2:00 PM.  Admission is free. This is a chance to get your kids back in the habit of physical activity, especially after this long winter!   Participants learn about nutrition, exercise and other preventable health diseases. 
 
Some of the scheduled activities are: 

  • YMCA of Metro Chicago Jumping Jack Challenge
  • Family Group Fitness Classes
  • Summer Reading Program Kick
  • Visits From Local Firemen and Policemen 
  • Dieticians and Nutritionists
  • Healthy Recipes
Please RSVP to make your entry into the event quick and easy!

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