We appreciate your patience as our well visit appointment schedulers, as well as billing and referral staff, will be at a training session on Thursday, July 23rd. During that day, the business office phones will take voice messages and our staff will call you back as soon as possible.
Yesterday, Governor Brown signed into legislation SB277, the bill which will require students to be fully vaccinated to attend public schools in California. It eliminates personal belief exemptions but allows students with medical reasons to attend school.
View the Governor's signing message for SB 277 here: http://gov.ca.gov/docs/SB_277_Signing_Message.pdf
The American Academy of Pediatrics responded with this article.
East Bay Pediatrics will be open from 8:00am to 3:00pm on Friday, July 3rd. However, there will be NO DROP-IN HOURS in our office on Saturday, July 4th. The Pediatric Evening Referral Clinic (PERC) will be available for Urgent Care appointments both Friday evening and Saturday 9:00am to 9:00pm. Please call our main line (925) 254-9203 or (510) 486-8344 for an appointment.
SB277 is a bill that would require that students be fully vaccinated to attend school. It would eliminate personal belief exemptions but would allow students with medical reasons to attend school. East Bay Pediatrics fully supports vaccinations - see our Vaccine Philosophy page and urge the governor to sign this bill.
On Friday, June 26 the US Supreme Court declared that same sex marriage is legal nationwide. East Bay Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatrics laud this decision because of the stability it provides to children growing up in gay and lesbian families.
The American Academy of Pediatrics supports gun safety. June 2 was the first National Gun Violence Awareness Day and encouraged everyone to "Wear Orange". June 21 was national ASK (Asking Saves Kids) Day to help remind families that asking whether there is an unlocked gun in the house may protect kids before they go to another's house to play. While these two events have passed, it is never too late to teach kids about gun safety.
Remember to use sunblock daily on both sunny and overcast days. Routine sunblock use reduces long term risk of skin cancer by over 70%. See Dr. Tracy's advice about sunblock on our website.
In recognition of the efforts of Red Nose Day to support charities related to poverty in children, East Bay Pediatrics held an internal fundraising smile campaign - we donated money when we made each other smile. Don't be surprised to see us sporting on the red noses today! Learn more at RedNoseDay.org.
Reducing screen and technology time is one way to improve speech development in your young child. Reading and talking with your kids are key to their speech and language development. See 10 tips to manage tech time from The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for more ideas on switching off.