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Health Departments urge immunizations for infants

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 May 2019 at 9:40 pm

‘When you get vaccinated, you not only protect yourself but you also help protect the people around you who might be too young or too sick to get vaccinated themselves.’ – Paul Pettit, Public Health director in Orleans and Genesee counties

Press Release, Genesee & Orleans Health Departments

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and to celebrate the achievements of immunization programs in promoting healthy communities throughout the United States. This year marks the 25th anniversary of this significant observance!

Paul Pettit, Public Health Director of Genesee and Orleans Counties, proclaims the many benefits and accomplishments vaccines have on our communities. “Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death,” he said. “When you get vaccinated, you not only protect yourself but you also help protect the people around you who might be too young or too sick to get vaccinated themselves. This is called ‘community immunity’ or ‘herd immunity.’ If enough people stop getting vaccinated, more outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, will occur.”

Most parents choose the safe, proven protection of vaccines. Giving babies the recommended vaccinations by age 2 is the best way to protect them from 14 serious childhood diseases, like whooping cough and measles. These diseases can be especially serious for infants and young children. Parents are encouraged to talk to their child’s doctor to ensure that their baby is up-to-date on vaccinations. It is important to follow the recommended immunization schedule to protect infants and children by providing immunity early in life, before they encounter potentially life-threatening diseases.

The recent outbreak of measles in our country has reached the highest number of cases since the disease was eliminated in 2000. Most recent data shows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed 695 cases of measles from 22 states. The return of the disease occurs when an unvaccinated traveler visits a country where there is widespread measles transmission, gets infected with measles, and returns to the United States and exposes people in a community who are not vaccinated.

Once measles enters an under-vaccinated community, it becomes difficult to control the spread of the disease. When measles enters a highly vaccinated community, outbreaks either don’t happen or are usually small. This is why taking proper precautions and receiving the vaccine is so important to the health of our community.

Below is a summary of the vaccines children should receive by 2 years of age:

  1. The Varicella vaccine protects against chickenpox. Symptoms of chickenpox include rash, tiredness, headache, and fever. Complications of the disease include infected blisters, bleeding disorders, encephalitis (brain swelling), and pneumonia (infection in the lungs). Children need 2 doses of chickenpox vaccine. CDC recommends children receive the first dose between 12–15 months and the second between 4–6 years.
  2. The DTaP vaccine combines protection against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. Symptoms of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis includes CDC recommends infants receive the
  3. The Hib vaccine protects against Haemophilus influenzae disease. Symptoms of Haemophilus influenzae include fever and chills, headache, nausea, excessive tiredness, and altered mental status. Complications of these infections may include loss of limbs, brain damage, or hearing loss. Children need 3-4 doses of the Hib vaccine. CDC recommends infants receive the first dose at 2 months, the second at 4 months, the third at 6 months (if needed), and the last shot between 12–15 months.
  1. The Hepatitis A vaccine protects against the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Symptoms of HAV typically do not appear until 4 weeks after exposure or may not occur at all. Symptoms that may appear include fever, dark urine, abdominal pain, nausea, and jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin). Complications of the disease include liver failure, arthralgia (joint pain), kidney, pancreatic, and blood disorders. Children need two doses of the hepatitis A vaccine. CDC recommends babies receive the first dose when the child turns 1 and the second should be given 6-12 months later.

ore throat, mild fever, weakness, and swollen glands in neck. Complications of these diseases include

swelling of the heart muscle, heart failure, coma, paralysis, death.

Children need

5 doses of DTaP vaccine.

first dose at 2 months, the second at 4 months, the third at 6 months, the fourth between

15–18 months, and the fifth between 4–6 years.

  1. The Hepatitis B vaccine protects against a liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Symptoms of HBV are fever, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, and jaundice. Complications of HBV can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer, and death. Children need 3-4 doses of the HBV vaccine. CDC recommends infants receive the first dose at birth, the second dose is given at 1-2 months, the third at 4 months (if needed), and the last is given at 6-18 months.
  2. The Influenza (Flu) vaccine protects against flu virus. Symptoms of flu include fevers, chills, coughing, runny nose, fatigue, sore throat, and muscle or body aches. Complications of flu may include sinus and ear infections, pneumonia, inflammation of the heart, brain or muscles, organ failure, and even death. The influenza vaccine is started at 6 months and is needed every fall or winter for the rest of your life. CDC recommends children 6 months and older receive the vaccine once a year.
  3. The MMR vaccine combines protection against measles, mumps, and rubella. Symptoms of these diseases may include fever, headache, rashes, and eye irritation. Complications of measles, mumps, and rubella include deafness, brain damage, swelling of the spinal cord, infection of the lungs, and death. Children need 2 doses of the MMR vaccine. CDC recommends the first dose should be given between 12-15 months and the second dose between 4-6 years.
  4. The Polio vaccine protects against the infectious polio disease. Symptoms of the disease may include muscle and joint weakness and pain, sleep-related breathing disorders (such as sleep apnea), general fatigue (tiredness) and exhaustion with minimal activity, and muscle atrophy (muscle loss). Complications can include paresthesia (feelings of pins and needles in the legs), meningitis, paralysis, and death. Children need 4 doses of polio vaccine. CDC recommends the first dose should be given at 2 months, the second at 4 months, the third between 6-18 months, and the fourth between 4-6 years.
  5. The Prevnar vaccine protects against pneumococcal disease. Symptoms include coughing, fevers and chills, difficulty breathing, and chest pains. Complications of this disease include brain damage, hearing loss, blood infection, and even death. Children need 4 doses of Prevnar. CDC recommends the first dose should be given at 2 months, the second at 4 months, the third at 6 months, and the fourth between 12-15 months.
  6. The Rotavirus vaccine protects against the contagious rotavirus. Symptoms of rotavirus include diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Complications of the disease include severe diarrhea and dehydration which can lead to death. Children need 2-3 doses of rotavirus vaccine. CDC recommends the first dose is given at 2 months, the second is given at 4 months, and the third is given at 6 months (if needed).

Protecting your baby from vaccine-preventable diseases begins even before your baby is born. Brenden Bedard, Director of Community Health Services of Genesee and Orleans Counties, educates on what vaccines mothers should get when they are pregnant. “All pregnant women are recommended to receive the Tdap and influenza (flu) vaccine during each pregnancy. The recommended time to get the Tdap shot is during the 27th through 36th week of pregnancy and the influenza shot can be given at any time during flu season, typically October through May. Pregnant women who receive these vaccines are also helping to protect their babies from diseases for the first several months after their birth, when they are too young to get vaccinated.” In addition to mothers, it is also important for immediate family, such as spouses, grandparents, and anyone who will be in close contact with a new baby to receive the Tdap vaccine and the influenza vaccine during flu season.

The Genesee and Orleans County Health Departments participate in the Vaccines for Children (VFC) program. This federally-funded program will assist families who are uninsured or underinsured receive childhood vaccines at no cost. For more information, please contact your local health department.

After searching Hamlin Beach, police seek public’s help finding missing woman

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 11 March 2019 at 10:10 pm

DeGraff

HAMLIN – Law enforcement is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing, vulnerable woman.

Law enforcement and firefighters have been trying to locate Margaret DeGraff, 47, of the Town of Sweden since Sunday night.

DeGraff was last seen on Wednesday at her place of employment, Villa of Hope at 3300 Dewey Ave., Rochester.

Her vehicle was located Sunday in the Hamlin Beach State Park area, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office is reporting.

The Sheriff’s Office teamed with State Police and other first responders in a search of the park and the surrounding area. Many firefighters from eastern Orleans County were part of the effort today.

The search will resume on Tuesday morning.

If anyone has seen or heard from DeGraff or has information about her whereabouts, please call 911.

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Albion, Lyndonville, Medina cancel after-school activities

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 February 2019 at 1:46 pm

(UPDATED at 2:17 p.m.)

LYNDONVILLE – All after-school activities are cancelled at Albion, Lyndonville and Medina. All Lyndonville students will be released at 2:35. There will be no late bus run.

All evening events are also cancelled at Albion Central School. There won’t be a 4:15 p.m. bus.

The icy road conditions have resulted in several accidents around the county today. A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 1 a.m. tonight.

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Albion cancels afternoon PreK due to weather

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 February 2019 at 11:22 am

ALBION – The Albion school district has cancelled the afternoon prekindergarten program due to the icy road conditions.

The morning PreK students will stay at school until the 3:30 p.m. dismissal. Those students will also be fed lunch at school.

Parents also can pick up the PreK students before 3:30 if they call the school office.

The afternoon BOCES also is cancelled today. Parents can call the school office if they want to dismiss their child before the end of the school day.

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Medina DPW urges no unnecessary travel for next few hours

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 February 2019 at 9:43 am

The freezing rain and ice has made the roads slippery for motorists. Joe Perry, Medina DPW superintendent, is urging motorists not to drive if they have that option the next few hours.

“We have 4 trucks out salting and are having a hard time keeping up with the ice,” Medina Mayor Mike Sidari posted on Facebook. “We are expected to receive up to a half inch of ice. Watch for low hanging tree limbs and wires.”

If there is a wire hanging or down on the ground, Sidari said people shouldn’t try to move it. They should call 911.

Orleans County is under a winter weather advisory until 1 a.m. tonight due to the freezing rain.

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Albion police looking for missing girl, 12, and boy, 14

Posted 13 December 2018 at 11:53 am

Press Release, Albion Police Department

ALBION – The Albion Police Department is currently investigating a missing person case involving Jennifer Lauro-Ramierez, 12, and Raul S. Cruz, 14.

Both were last scene at approximately 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the 100 block of South Main Street in the Village of Albion. It is believed the Cruz and Lauro-Ramierez are together.

Jennifer Lauro-Ramierez

Jennifer Lauro-Ramierez is described as follows:

Age: 12

Hispanic Female, Black Hair, Brown Eyes, 5’01”  123 lbs.

Clothing: Black or Gray Hoodie.

Raul S. Cruz

Raul S. Cruz is described as follows:

Age: 14

Hispanic Male, Black Hair, Brown Eyes, 5’06” Slender Build

Clothing: Unknown

Vehicle: None

If anyone has information as to Jennifer Lauro-Ramierez or Raul S. Cruz location, please contact your local 911 center or the Albion Police at 585-589-5627.

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Public’s help requested in finding missing Medina man

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 10 December 2018 at 10:39 am

Courtesy of Medina Police Department

MEDINA — A Medina man’s family hasn’t seen him for about a month and a half, and has filed a missing person’s report.

Heriberto “Roberto” Torres, 57, was living on West Avenue. He attended school at Medina, was in the Army for a decade and was living in the community before moving to Buffalo. About three or four years ago, he moved back to Medina, said his sister, Iris Torres.

The family is concerned because he hasn’t returned to his residence, and left his clothes and medication behind. His phone and wallet have not been found, his sister said.

She lives in Puerto Rico. Anyone with information about her brother can contact her at (787) 391-3801 or jenshejos@gmail.com.

The Medina Police Department posted a missing person’s report for Torres on Sunday. Anyone with information about Torres can contact the Police Department at (585) 798-5602.

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Amber Alert cancelled for Byron girl, 14

Staff Reports Posted 29 November 2018 at 7:18 pm

Kamerie Elliot

BYRON – An Amber Alert has been cancelled for a 14-year-old Byron girl who was allegedly abducted this morning from a location on West Bergen Road.

Kamerie Elliot was located and is safe, State Police said.

She was allegedly taken by a 22-year-old Batavia man driving a blue Dodge Journey.

She was considered in “imminent danger or serious harm and/or death.”

Guillermo Torres-Acevedo

The suspect is Guillermo Torres-Acevedo, who has black hair and brown eyes. The license plates of the Dodge Journey are New York HHP5458.

“They were located together by Pennsylvania State Police in Mansfield, Pa,” the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “Kamerie was unharmed and will be transported back to Genesee County. Guillermo Torres-Acevedo was taken into custody on warrants from New York State and will be held in Pennsylvania pending extradition proceedings.”

Kamerie and Torres-Acevedo knew each other and Torres-Acevedo had been arrested by State Police on Monday in connection with that an incident involving the girl, the Sheriff’s Office said

Law enforcement say Kamerie got into his Dodge willingly at about 8 a.m. The vehicle was seen traveling northbound on West Bergen Road.

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