Welcome to The Boblick Blog, written by three physicians, James, John and William Boblick.  We are brothers, and we practice medicine together with five additional physicians from Loyola University Health System, in Oak Park. We’ll each take a turn at introducing ourselves, and in sharing our viewpoints, as well as what’s happening in the office, and in the neighborhood, and with our own families.

Winner of the Straw Draw – John Boblick 
Hi, my name is John Boblick. I am 54 years old, and I have been a practicing pediatrician and internal medicine physician for 24 years.  I have lived in Oak Park for 32 years, and my family includes my wife, Patty, a registered dietician, and our four children, ages 18 to 26.

Vaccination Fascination

This past week in the practice, I’ve been catching up many young patients on their required vaccinations.  Don’t forget that Friday, Oct. 15 is the deadline to get paperwork in to schools documenting that your student’s vaccination are up-to-date..

I have had many lively conversations with my patients, neighbors and friends about the pros and cons of vaccinations, and I encourage parents to be active participants in their health and the health of their family members.

My own children have always received their state-required vaccinations, as have the children of my two brothers with whom I practice. We have given thousands of vaccinations over the years, and are gratified by the decrease in what were once life threatening diseases that are preventable, such as influenza B  and rubella.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this month released data on the 2009 immunization survey.  Here are statistics I found interesting:

Immunization of children ages 19-35 months old against most vaccine-preventable diseases remains high in the United States, with coverage for most of the routine vaccines remaining at or over 90 percent. Less than 1 percent of children got no vaccinations, the CDC report said.

However, in 2008, there were outbreaks of measles, primarily in children whose parents had declined to have their children vaccinated. This is attributed to an increase in  education to parents and guardians.

A survey of more than 20,000 teens ages 13-17 found that in 2009 there were increases in the percentage of teens in this age group who had received vaccines routinely recommended for 11- and 12-year-olds.

Those interested can check out http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/stats-surv/nis/nis-2009-released.htm#nis for more information.

State law does require proof of vaccinations, or documentation of accepted exemption, and additional information can be found at many web sites, includinghttp://www.idph.state.il.us/about/shots.htm and http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/.

Oak Park – River Forest Fast Track

If you need immediate help in getting your vaccinations completed in time before the Oct. 15 deadline, call 888-LUHS-888 and you will be fast tracked for an immediate appointment in Oak Park at either the Boblick practice at 7005 North Avenue or with Dr. Lisa Liu, family practice, 1100 W Lake Street (the Shaker Building).

This Week’s Top Pick for Parents and Adolescents

Many of my patients, and my neighbors with high school-age children, are planning to see the documentary “Race To Nowhere” together with their teenagers, at 10 a.m. this Saturday, Oct. 2 at 10 a.m. at the Lake Theatre.  This award-winning documentary focuses on the dark side of America’s achievement culture. The filmmaker is a parent in Mill Valley, Ca., a community similar to that of Oak Park and River Forest.  The documentary profiles students, and their teachers, and shares their real-life stories and the toll the stress to succeed takes.  The event is sponsored by a group of thoughtful Oak Park-River Forest parents who are interested in improving the lives of our own young people.   More information is available at www.racetonowhere.com.  Our community is world famous for its excellence – leaders in architecture, literature, broadcasting, business, medicine  and more have called Oak Park and River Forest home. Our schools are heralded as among the best, and many of us deliberately choose to live here to afford our children every benefit to be successful in life. 

All are welcome to the community conversation about the wellbeing of our children  from 7 – 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Buzz Café at 905 S.Lombard. Many will have seen the “Road To Nowhere” documentary and will be anxious to discuss it, and many others will be interested in sharing their personal viewpoints. My wife, Patty, and I, will join fellow Loyola Gottlieb physician, Dr. Lisa Liu, family practice, to give our perspectives on the mental and physical health of our adolescents.  We’ll share not only our medical opinions, but also our life experiences as fellow parents and Oak Park’ers.

Feel free to share your opinions, experiences and ask questions at the meeting, and also here online. Thanks for stopping by and please check back for the latest Boblick Blog update.

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