9/17/2020: Flu Vaccines
We have received first shipment of flu vaccines. Now is the time to get a flu vaccine! In the U.S., millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu every year. Every flu season is different, and flu vaccine can vary in how well it works, but receiving a flu vaccine every year offers the best available protection against flu and has been shown to reduce illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths from flu. In the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, flu vaccination is even more important than usual to decrease the burden of flu overall and help conserve medical resources for the care of COVID-19 patients.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older receive a flu vaccine every year. Also, if this is the first time you are receiving the flu vaccine under age 9, you will need 2 doses one month apart.
A flu vaccine is particularly important for:
Please call our office to schedule ---first come, first served.
With the recent increase in coronavirus cases, we will now be REQUIRING all patients and visitors age 2 years old and up to wear a surgical, cloth (CDC guidelines), dust masks, or some other type of protective facial covering to appointments. We also ask that you limit visitors to your child’s appointment to one parent/guardian. Please notify our office if this is an issue as exceptions can be made based on circumstances. In addition to COVID-19 screening questions addressed during reminder calls, you will be asked these health screening questions again on arrival. Temperature checks will also occur FOR ALL present.
We are continuing to disinfect each exam room after every appointment and are disinfecting the waiting room at lunch and end of day in accordance with the CDC-recommended guidelines.
If the patient and/or family members are experiencing symptoms of fever (>100.4), cough, shortness of breath, or other severe symptoms of concern, please call our office for advice BEFORE coming to your pre-scheduled appointment for annual checkup and follow-up evaluations. We can best protect everyone's exposure risks if we know about symptoms visitors are experiencing BEFORE your arrival at the office. If warranted, we will recommend a call to Novant Health Screening Center (877-966-8268) to assess the need for testing for coronavirus prior to further evaluation in our office.
The 2019 novel coronavirus, initially identified in China, has spread to dozens of countries, including the United States. The disease that the virus causes is called COVID-19.
Do I have COVID-19?
If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread, call your doctor’s office to get advice on how to proceed in your care. Novant Health has dedicated screening centers in our area, and you are advised to call 877-499-1697 if you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus to determine if you should be tested. You can also visit Novant Health’s and Atrium Health’s website and use their online Coronavirus assessment tool.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.
Prevention and treatment
There is currently no vaccine to prevent or treat COVID-19.
People with COVID-19 should receive supportive care, like rest and drinking lots of fluids, to help relieve symptoms. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyday preventive actions, including:
Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
We have received our flu vaccines. As a reminder, our office relocated. Please refer to our email dated July 18th with the details. We wanted to notify all, especially our middle and high school kids to get this off your “TO DO” list before the time crunch that comes with academic and extracurricular activities. Get protected from parents missing a week of work and patients missing school and sports and putting another stress on your GPA. Also, if this is the first time you are receiving the flu vaccine under age 9 years old, you will need 2 doses, one month apart. Please call our office to schedule ---first come, first served.
With Halloween right around the corner, now is the perfect time for any patient weighting 44 pounds, age 5 and older, to learn how to swallow a pill using the “candy corn method.” If you feel your child is ready, you should cut off the white tips of the candy corn and practice swallowing the smaller white tip with water, but without chewing. This age up to 8 years old is an ideal time to attempt to swallow the pill, as this age is eager to please, not as aware of the risk of choking as older kids, thus limiting the psychological overlay and if the candy were to get “lodged,” it’s pure sugar and melts quickly. Once your child successfully swallows the white tip, the reward is to eat the rest of the trick or treat packet!
Just an FYI for all patients involved with active team leagues, middle/high school athletics, and Boy Scouts of America: We expect our families to be compliant with all SouthPark Pediatrics follow-up especially abnormal urinalysis, which often requires a first morning urine and anemia, requiring daily diet modification, iron replacement and recheck of current iron status. All athletes who see a cardiologist, have had any orthopedic related injury, or been diagnosed with a concussion must be compliant with follow-up and have received clearance from the specialist in order for us to complete your forms.
Also, Parents, as most major businesses have open enrollment October-November, a few reminders when selecting your health insurance plan. Please read the attached insights to help you further understand this complicated healthcare matter.
SouthPark Pediatrics is excited to announce that we will be relocating our practice one block away to 1700 Abbey Place at the corner of Abbey Place and Hedgemore Drive. No more construction! As you turn into the new parking lot, our office has a private rear entrance to Suite 102. Especially nice - - - parking spots will be plentiful, overhead cover for safe drop-off available for rainy days and Suite 102 is immediately to the right after entry to the building!
Since our initial opening, July 9, 2001, our efforts have continued to focus on “Quality Time with Families.” Knowing our families has proven to be a wonderful foundation for continuity and understanding each individual’s needs. Having parents who are involved with their child’s care makes the parent-doctor-patient relationship so much more successful. We are reinforced daily by how mutual respect develops when each patient and parent understands that they matter to us.
Having celebrated our 18th anniversary this month, it is so rewarding to see young ladies and gentlemen, who we have literally known all their life graduate high school, then return to Charlotte during fall break to “get my flu shot” and share their college pennant as a new addition to our Teen Room. To top that, imagine my joy when SouthPark Pediatric graduates who have married, started families of their own, call to connect, trusting me with their newborn! As we begin a new generation of care, I am humbled to be called a “Grand-Pediatrician” before becoming a Grandma!
With the ever-changing business of healthcare, independent medical practices are becoming quite rare. We are delighted to serve as the valuable “piece in the puzzle” sharing joys of genuine relationships and progressing through the lost art of meaningful continuity of care. We are honored when we hear that families share our practice name with the description, “Concierge care for children without the concierge fee!”
1700 Abbey Place, Suite 102, Charlotte, NC 28209 Phone: (704)522-6656 Fax: (704)522-6665 Email: email@example.com