Achieving the full advantages of immunizations begins with patient education. It is critical to understand thoroughly the statistics, necessity and importance of timeliness to complete each immunization series. All childhood vaccines are given in two or more doses. Vaccines stimulate a child’s immune system, thus producing antibodies against potentially fatal infections. Vaccines do not treat diseases. The benefit of routine vaccination prevents them. More information can be found by visiting the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov
Ribbon cutting: Holmesburg residents celebrated the grand opening of a new, comprehensive medical campus on Saturday with a ribbon-cutting and health fair at The Center for Medical Excellence on the 8000 block of Frankford Ave. The former Holmesburg Family Practice, led by Dr. Joseph Pongonis, has expanded into a full-service medical center with EPIC Physicians primary and urgent care, Einstein Healthcare Network’s Multispecialty Suite, Progress Physical Therapy, Lawall Prosthetic & Orthotic Services, Patelka Dental and Holmesburg Pharmacy. Doctors and staff treated visitors to breakfast, refreshments, prize giveaways, child face painting and other entertainment, in addition to medical information.
Two Northeast-area ambulance drivers were sentenced last week to serve at least two years in federal prison for their roles in a multimillion-dollar Medicare fraud. One of the drivers is also facing murder charges for his role in an unrelated drag racing crash on Roosevelt Boulevard that claimed the lives of a woman and her three young sons.
Last summer, I started a program called Philly Play right here in the Northeast. I did so because I was concerned about both the lack of access and information surrounding active play and the growing rate of childhood obesity in our city. We held play-oriented events around the 6th District, hosted community conversations around play and health and ended with a block-long street festival for families.