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April 30, 2022 - 5:50pm

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Parents may have questions now that Moderna has requested the emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine for children under six years old.

Dr. Tracy Maier, a pediatrician with Rochester Regional Health’s Penn Fair Pediatric Group, has some answers, she says. Bottom line is that it could help, Maier said during a Zoom meeting with members of the media this week.

“It would be just one more implement in our defense against COVID,” she said. “Clearly, COVID is not going to go away, and we’ve proven that the best way to prevent the spread is to get vaccinated and to wear masks.”

“Traditionally, our population under age two has not been masking, so they are exposed, and our two- to five-year-olds are masking, if they tolerate it,” she said. “This is just one more line of defense against COVID.”

As many adults have experienced, masks, in general, have been dropped in lieu of getting vaccinations, loosened mandates and/or a belief that the imminent danger is gone. Though Genesee County’s data hasn’t exactly supported that notion. Latest statistics have shown an uptick in cases, with 168 new positive COVID-19 cases from April 13 to 19, and 278 cases from April 20 to 26. There have been a total of 185 deaths reported due to the virus as of April 25. 

Ages 0 to 19 had dipped from April 6 to 13 and then began to rise again toward the end of the month, coinciding with an increase of positives from the 60+ group, according to the Genesee Orleans Department of Health website. 

So does that mean that parents should line up to get their four-year-old a shot? Don’t just take Maier’s advice, she said. Have a talk with your child’s pediatrician. Ask questions, such as what are the benefits, the risks, and if there is anything parents should consider as unique to their child’s circumstances that make a vaccine more or less important to their health. 

Other questions may be what are the long-term effects? What difference will it make to my child with the vaccine versus not getting one, Maier said. For those in-between situations where, say, a child is under five and a parent is wondering whether to get the vaccine, “it depends on the circumstances,” she said. 

“If the child is at high risk because they have an underlying medical condition, I’d say let’s go ahead with this when it’s approved for your age group,” she said. “If not, I’d say, let’s wait until the age that we know when it’s effective.” 

Moderna’s request for emergency use, if approved, would make it the first vaccine for children under five. There are 18 million such children in the United States currently not eligible to receive a vaccine, she said. 

Despite lessened vigilance about wearing a mask, getting a vaccination “is still very important at this phase,” she said. 

“COVID is a virus, and we know from looking at other viruses (influenza) that viruses mutate and it’s going to mutate quickly,” she said. “And we know that vaccine is one of the greatest things that we have in our defense of this virus … to continue with our daily lives as usual. Once you are vaccinated, once you have been exposed and don’t have any symptoms, you can go on about your lives … children can still go to school, and they can still go to daycare (if no symptoms). It allows life to continue on as it normally would.”

This week Moderna, a biotechnology company pioneering “messenger RNA” therapeutics and vaccines, announced that it submitted a request for emergency use authorization for its COVID-19 vaccine in children six months to under two years, and two years to under six years of age. The request has been submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approval. The FDA has 30 days for the approval process.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, if the FDA does approve the vaccine, it will continue to oversee its production to "ensure continuing safety." Monitoring of the vaccine and production, including periodic facility inspections, must continue as long as the manufacturer holds a license for the vaccine product.

Dr. Tracy Maier is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Penn Fair Pediatric Group in Penfield. 
 

September 2, 2021 - 8:37pm
posted by Sandra Trimmer in children.
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September 19, 2021 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Annual Rally Day to celebrate the first day of Sunday School. Followed by a hot dog picnic, with a bounce house, and Luigia's Ice Cream Truck.
July 27, 2021 - 3:58pm
posted by Press Release in children.
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August 12, 2021 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Agri-Business Child Development hosts a Diaper Event that includes giveaways and prizes, as well as information booths set up for ABCD, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, WIC, GCASA, and possibly other community agencies.

March 13, 2020 - 4:39pm
posted by Sandra Trimmer in children, relgious.
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April 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Wednesday, April 8, 2020  
March 10, 2020 - 11:14am
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March 17, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Listen to stories about these magical beings, then go on a hunt for the gold! All ages. Registration is required!
March 10, 2020 - 10:41am
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March 5, 2020 - 11:30am to 12:00pm
Join Miss Melissa for stories, songs, activities, and simple sign language with a different theme each week! Gaered towards ages 3-6, but siblings are welcome! Registration is appreciated. *Signing up for the first one each month will sign you up for the entire month* 11:30am - 12:00pm, Thursday, March 5, 2020 11:30am - 12:00pm, Thursday, March 12, 2020 11:30am - 12:00pm, Thursday, March 19, 2020 11:30am - 12:00pm, Thursday, March 26, 2020
March 10, 2020 - 10:37am
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March 25, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Wear your PJs to the Library for Springtime stories and a craft! All ages are welcome! Registration is appreciated!
January 28, 2020 - 12:35pm
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February 27, 2020 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Do you love discovering new ways to be creative? Join Miss Melissa one Thursday each month to create your own unique masterpiece! This month, make your own Watercolor Snowflakes out of coffee filters.  Grades 3rd - 6th. Please register online www.woodwardmemoriallibrary.org or call 585-768-8300.
January 28, 2020 - 12:26pm
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February 23, 2020 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Create your own wacky vehicle using recyclables and then race against your friends! The library will provide all supplies, you just bring your imagination! Great program for those who enjoy Master Builders! Grades 3rd - 6th. Please register online www.woodwardmemoriallibrary.org or call 585-768-8300.
January 28, 2020 - 11:43am
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February 4, 2020 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm
Join Miss Melissa for stories, songs, flannel board activities, dancing, and simple sign language! Each week will have a different theme! This storytime is geared towards children up to age 6, but all are welcome! Registration is appreciated, but not required. *Signing up for the first one each month will sign you up for the entire month* (Feb. 4 - Feb. 25)
December 30, 2019 - 3:24pm
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January 23, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Come celebrate famous author, A.A. Milne's birthday with us.  Read about the adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, and all of their forest friends! After stories, join us for a themed craft! Program for All ages. Registration is required. call 585-768-8300 or online at www.woodwardmemoriallibrary.org
December 7, 2017 - 4:09pm

Clean Cut Barbershop in the City of Batavia is offering $5 off a haircut from Dec. 12-16 IF you donate a new, unwrapped toy or gift suitable for a child age 6 months to 16 years old.

The donations received will benefit the nonprofit Hillside Children's Center in Batavia (located at 50 City Centre).

Bring your donation to the city's newest barbershop at 466 Ellicott St.

Co-owner Joey Williams says the guys there are "always looking to spread love in the city and do positive things for kids."

The event that starts next Tuesday will add to their list of good deeds, which also includes giving away back-to-school supplies, breast cancer awareness month events, customer appreciation days and more.

"We want to make this event as big and impactful as possible," Williams says.

November 27, 2017 - 4:46pm
posted by Billie Owens in Oakfield, Holidays, model trains, events, Family Fun, children.
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December 2, 2017 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

The Genesee Society of Model Engineers will host the club's Annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 2nd, at the club's facilities located at 50 Main St. (Route 63), Oakfield (above the M&T Bank). The FREE event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The club's facilities feature operating layouts in O Gauge (Lionel), HO & N scale as well as push trains for the little ones.

Refreshments will be served and club members will be available to answer your model railroading questions. A great family-oriented event filled with photo-ops and fun for kids of all ages.

May 20, 2017 - 8:10am

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New Hope Ministries Pastor Tammy Smith (left) and Michelle Gillard from Essentials of Life (right) will be hosting a Sole Hope Care Kit Assembly Party at New Hope Life Center 8052 Bank Street Road, Batavia, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6th.

The public is invited to help assemble care kits to help children in Uganda heal after their "jiggers" -- parasitic fleas that burrow into the soles of feet -- are removed. The Sole Hope nurses will hand these kits out along with a washbasin, soap and clothing before the patients return home from their stay at the Sole Hope Outreach House.

Items that are needed for donation:

Each Kit will be packed in a quart-sized freezer bag and will contain:
1. One tube of triple antibiotic cream
2. Ten Band-aids (various sizes)
3. Five sturdy, large safety pins
4. One snack-size Ziplock bag of cotton balls
5. One page of children’s stickers (no holiday-themed ones please)
6. Ten alcohol wipes
7. A card/letter to the recipient (optional)
8. $2  (This helps with the washbasin, soap & clothes)

Deadline for donation of supplies is Friday, June 2nd, to give enough time to calculate and obtain any shortages of a particular item.

All monetary donations should be in the form of a check and should be payable to Sole Hope. Please write FUN224151 in the memo line of your check so that they know your donation is for the Care Kit-related donations.

If you are unable to attend but would like to donate supplies or are able to give a monetary donation, please contact Michelle Gillard at 585-297-0779 to arrange a pickup.

To watch jiggers being removed, watch this YouTube video here.

For more details visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/615905055266806/

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December 22, 2016 - 11:46am
posted by Howard B. Owens in health, children, news, lead contamination.

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Children being exposed to lead, leading to higher risk of learning disabilities and a risk for other health issues, has regularly been in the news ever since contaminated water was found to be flowing into the homes of Flint, Mich.

This week, the Reuters news agency released a report indicating that 3,000 neighborhoods across the nation seem to have high lead contamination levels.

No neighborhoods in Genesee County appear to be on that list, according to data available through a New York State website that tracks reports of lead poising in children.

In 2012, only four children under age 2 of the 1,036 in the county who were tested had elevated lead levels detected in their blood samples.

Paul Pettit, director of the health departments in Genesee and Orleans counties, said the relevantly few children with elevated lead levels does seem to confirm that there is no widespread contamination in the community.

That doesn't mean it's not an important issue, he said.

The likely culprit in the four cases is lead paint in homes.

Any housing unit built before 1978 may contain lead paint. The paint on older homes chips or gets ground into dust by the opening and closing of doors and windows, and lead particles can fall into carpet or onto flooring where children crawl.

The easiest way to remediate lead paint is to paint over it, which doesn't eliminate the lead paint but does stop the lead particles from spreading. Children can also be exposed to lead while visiting a friend or family member's house, or if parents work in an environment where lead is present and it attaches to clothing or shoes. 

Pettit said parents should have their children tested at age 1 and age 2, for sure, though lead continues to be a risk factor for children through at least age 6.

Typically, the test is conducted in the office of a primary health care physician. It consists of a pinprick on the child's finger and the blood can typically be tested right in the office.

If elevated levels are detected, the child is typically referred to a lab where blood can be drawn and more thoroughly tested.

Ideally, a child will have no lead detected in his or her blood.

The amount of lead is counted by micrograms per deciliter, abbreviated to mcg/dL.

Of the four children in 2012 with elevated lead levels in their blood, one fell within the 10 to 15 mcg/dL range and three were above 15.

Those levels are consistent with a child being exposed to lead paint particles, Pettit said.

When you start seeing children with counts of 50, 60 or higher, it usually means they've ingested something contaminated with lead, such as a paint chip.

In 2012, about 50 to 60 percent of the children who should have been tested for lead were tested for lead, Pettit said.

More recent data was not readily available, but Pettit said of his 20 years involved in public health in the two counties, the numbers of children with elevated lead levels has remained pretty consistent.

When a child is found to have elevated lead levels, in the range up to 15 mcg/dL, the health department works with the parents where the child lives to eliminate possible sources of lead.

When the level is over 15, the process is more involved, Pettit said.  Personnel from the health department visit the home and do a lead risk assessment and develop with the homeowner or landlord a corrective action plan. Landlords are typically cooperative, but the department can issue a "notice and demand" to remediate any problems identified. 

"At 15 and above, it is a serious health issue to the child," Pettit said. "We take intervention steps to stop it."

When levels of 50 or 60 mcg/dL, children are hospitalized so the lead can be removed from their blood.

Lead poisoning in children is associated with cognitive issues and health issues can include decreased bone and muscle growth, poor muscle coordination, damage to the nervous system, kidneys and hearing.

Petit said he welcomed the opportunity to talk about the issue because he would like to see more awareness among parents on the importance of testing. Every child should be tested.

June 24, 2015 - 2:58pm
posted by Trisha Riggi in woodward memorial library, Le Roy, children, story, preschool.
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June 30, 2015 - 6:30pm to 7:00pm
A storytime starting Tuesday June 30, 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. for Ages 3 - 6. Listen to stories and sing songs.  Learn rhymes, fingerplays, and sign language.  Tell stories with puppets and the flannel board.  Each story time ends with coloring and bubbles. Registration is required.  Children must be at least 3 by the first session.  This program runs for 6 weeks ending August 11.  Limit of 15 children. Visit www.woodwardmemoriallibrary.org or call 585-768-8300.  
June 24, 2015 - 2:41pm
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June 29, 2015 - 10:30am to 10:50am
A special storytime starting Monday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. for children who are 2 or 3 year olds and a caring adult. Listen to stories that feature themes like shapes and colors, sing songs, dance, color, and play with bubbles. Child must be at least 2 by the first session and must be accompanied by an adult.  This is a 6 week session and runs through Monday, August 10.  Registration is required. Limit of 10 children. Visit www.woodwardmemoriallibrary.org or call 585-768-8300.
June 24, 2015 - 2:19pm
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June 29, 2015 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Monday, June 29 at 6:00 p.m. Come sign up for the Summer Reading Program and visit the Mini Ark Farms Petting Zoo! Play on the inflatable obstacle course! Get a balloon from the balloon twister! Enjoy a free ice cream sundae! Visit www.woodwardmemoriallibrary.org for more info!
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