Remember that proverbial curse, “May you live in interesting times”?

You may have recently noticed the signs in our waiting room.  According to new guidelines we received yesterday, all incoming patients are to be screened for travel history to countries currently affected by the Ebola Virus outbreak.   As of today, we will be asking about that travel history by phone when patients schedule appointments.  I am asking in advance for your patience and understanding.

We are hoping that, rather than find it alarming, patients can be assured that suspicious cases are being appropriately directed toward facilities equipped to handle such things.  The truth is, the risk of us running into Ebola out here in Wallingford is vanishingly small, but not quite zero.

In my view, the bigger concern for us is to keep our (perfectly normal) anxieties from causing unnecessary stress for the children.  The first step is to arm ourselves with the best information available.  Be careful about information spreading on the internet or through social media.  Use reliable medical sources.  The CDC is usually a good place to start.

Second, be careful that the material children see is age appropriate.  Be mindful when watching or listening to the news.  Be reassuring and confident whenever possible.  Focus on simple things they can do to prevent all kinds of infection, like good hygiene practices and getting vaccinated.  I posted this link on Facebook yesterday.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call.

Interesting times, indeed.