Recently, the Benioff family joined with the Clinton Foundation and Next Generation to endorse President Obama and Secretary Clinton's Too Small to Fail campaign focused on early childhood literacy. This is a great reminder to us all to read to children from birth on. Learn more by watching the "word gap" videos provided by the campaign. Here's one where staff members from the Homeless Prenatal Program talk about their work with families facing homelessness to help young children develop skills to succeed in school and beyond.
The state public health department has declared a whooping cough epidemic. Make sure that your child is up to date on his or her whooping cough vaccine. DTaP is given to infants and incoming kindergartners. Tdap is given to incoming middle school students. Click here to read the full California Healthline article.
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With the World Cup coming to an end and school soccer season coming up, you may want to review some soccer safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Summer is here! Make sure to protect yourself and your child from the sun. Recent studies have shown that proper sun protection in childhood can decrease a person's overall skin cancer risk by over 80%. Learn more about sun protection from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Have a safe and happy summer!
East Bay Pediatrics has updated the design of our website, including a new mobile version for smartphones. Check it out and let us know your feedback.
East Bay Pediatrics will be closed on Friday, the 4th of July. Phone advice and PERC Urgent Care appointments can be reached at (925) 254-9203 & choose option 1.
We will have our regular drop-in hours on Saturday, July 5 from 9:30am-12:00pm at the Berkeley location.
Have a safe and happy holiday!
Dr. Mary Jones has been a part of the East Bay Pediatrics family for 31 years. She has decided to leave general pediatric practice to focus on Katie's Clinic for Rett Syndrome at Children's Hospital and Research Center Oakland. Katie's Clinic offers both clinical and emotional support for individuals with Rett Syndrome and their families.
In lieu of gifts, Dr. Jones requests donations be made to Katie's Clinic: http://www.chofoundation.org/aboutus/foundation-news/katies_clinic.html Click on Donate and choose "Other" then indicate "Katie's Clinic for Rett Syndrome"
Dr. Jones' last day at East Bay Pediatrics will be on Monday, March 31. The office will be closing early at 3:30pm on that day. A physician will be on call to answer any urgent questions.
There are 2 documented cases of measles in Contra Costa County and now 2 cases in Berkeley, all in the last month. Measles is a highly contagious illnesses characterized by fever and rash at the same time. Both infection control and testing are important so please let us know if your child has these symptoms. Of course, good hand washing and covering coughs are always the best ways to decrease the spread of any illness.
Those who are not immunized are at risk of both getting the disease and spreading it. Most children receive the Measles vaccine in the MMR at the 1 year and 4 year old visits. If you think that your child is behind on the MMR vaccine, please call our office at (925) 254-9203 & choose option 6 to speak to our nurses.