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July 26, 2019 0

It’s that time of year! If your child needs a back to school, sports, or camp physical, just give our Pediatrics office a call at (707) 964-5696.

Appointments are available daily with one of our three pediatricians – the only pediatricians on the Mendocino Coast. And until August 2, make an appointment and receive a free swim pass or Cowlick’s gift card for your child! You will also be entered into a weekly drawing for an even bigger prize.

Come on in and see us at 510 Cypress Street Suite D for the #bestcareanywhere for your child!

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June 26, 2019 0

Happy Farmers’ Market Day! Today’s special, made by our very own Registered Dietitian Susie, is tomato bisque soup. Enjoy the summery flavors of tomato and basil, and take the recipe with you to try at home. This vegetarian delight can easily become vegan by omitting the yogurt and using vegetable broth.

Come by and try a sample of delicious soup, ask Susie your health and wellness questions, and ask our Advocate Albert about Medi-Cal, Medicare Part D, Covered California, and Cal Fresh. They have the answers to all those important questions!

They will also be giving away Market Bucks to children up to the age of 18 and adults 60 and up. These can be redeemed for fruit and vegetables at the Fort Bragg Certified Farmers Market. And don’t forget: If you receive CalFresh, you can double your buying power at the Farmers’ Market. See you there! #behealthywithus

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June 24, 2019 0

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Did you know? Mendocino Coast Clinics has a weekly support group for existing MCC patients who are experiencing chronic pain. It’s every Wednesday from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in the conference room at 205 South Street.

No reservations are needed, and there is no cost to attend.

The group is led by our Chronic Pain Manager and dedicated therapists. Come, learn, and connect. Snacks are provided.

Questions? Call (707) 961-4094

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June 1, 2019 0

In 2000, when the scientific community declared measles had been eradicated in the United States, people were understandably overjoyed, especially people who had seen the devastating effects of the disease first-hand. For many, often children, measles had caused an unpleasant rash and a fever, sometimes developing into pneumonia. But for the most part, they recovered. For some, however, measles had infected the brain causing deafness, blindness, mental retardation, or even death—its effects were usually swift and irreversible. Parents watched as their children’s brains swelled and they began to convulse, drool, or lose their ability to interact with others. In the 1960s, when the measles vaccine was developed, the breakthrough was hailed as a miracle and people rushed to get vaccinated.

During the decades that followed, measles all but disappeared and in 2000, we thought we were done with it here in America. Unfortunately, we were not.

Measles is a highly contagious disease and to truly banish it, 95 percent of the population must be immunized. This provides what’s called “herd immunity,” protecting the most vulnerable in our communities who cannot be vaccinated such as babies younger than six months old, as well as those who receive the vaccine. As the details of the disease faded from memory and misinformation about the dangers of the vaccine spread, people stopped vaccinating their children. Which brings us to today, where measles outbreaks are currently happening in different parts of California.

In Mendocino County, we’re an independent bunch. We don’t like to be told what to do (by the government or anyone else) and we don’t always trust the scientific establishment. Some people hold religious or philosophical beliefs that discourage them from following the advice of doctors, and still others believe they are protecting their children from harm by avoiding vaccines. Clearly, when it comes to protecting children (and adults) against potentially life-threatening diseases, not everyone agrees on the best approach.

Here’s the thing: people who really want to know about whether vaccines are safe and effective have done study after study, and those studies continue to prove vaccines are both safe and effective. Scientists have disproved any link between vaccines and autism, even in populations where children have a genetic predisposition toward autism. Pediatricians and other doctors vaccinate their own children, and the dramatic decrease in the incidence of measles since the vaccine was developed certainly indicates it works. Maybe it’s time to revisit the belief that vaccines aren’t safe.

It can be hard to let go of something we believe, especially when we’ve held on to that belief for a long time. But for the health of your children and our whole community, please consider talking to someone who believes differently from you, who has the knowledge and/or experience to provide another point of view. Talk to a parent whose child has suffered from measles. Talk to a pediatrician who has tried to save the life of a child with measles.

When I spoke with pediatrician Dr. Chris Robshaw, he told me that if parents decide they’d like to bring in their unvaccinated child in to get vaccinated, the Pediatrics Office makes it really easy and convenient. They create a “catch-up schedule” tailored for each child. Once the doctor meets with the child once, future vaccination appointments can be made with nurses only, speeding the process along.

The MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps, and rubella, is only one of many recommended vaccines. As a parent, you can choose to vaccinate your child against all the most dangerous diseases, or simply against some. At Mendocino Coast Clinics, we’re here to work with you as you care for your family.

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August 20, 2018

Ever since we were children, we were taught to have good hygiene habits, like bathing or showering every day, brushing and flossing our teeth, and washing our hands.

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June 22, 2018

It’s no secret that sitting at a desk for hours each workday is not the best thing for our bodies.

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