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AUGUST - NOVEMBER 2017


 
   

HOLIDAYS

LABOR DAY

    Saturday, September 2nd – Both Offices Closed
    Monday, September 4th – Both Offices Closed

FALL BREAK

    Saturday, October 14th – Both Offices Closed

THANKSGIVING

    Wednesday November 22nd – Cartersville office open until noon
    Wednesday November 22nd – Acworth office open all day
    Thursday November 23rd – both offices closed
    Friday November 24th – Cartersville office close at noon
    Friday November 24th – Acworth office closed
    Saturday November 25th – closed

FLU VACCINE

Please don’t forget your child’s annual flu vaccine this year. Immunization against the 2017-2018 strains of Influenza A & B will begin in early September. Annual Flu vaccines are recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC for all people 6 months of age or older. ONCE AGAIN THERE WILL BE NO NASAL FLU VACCINE THIS YEAR. The CDC does not know when and if the nasal vaccine will again be available.

   

ANNUAL CHECKUPS

Schedule checkups well in advance of when you need them. Last minute cancellations and no shows will cause you a long wait until the next available.

   
   

ANNUAL CHECKUPS QUESTIONAIRE FORMS

To avoid long waits in office filling out checkup forms go to our website and print out and fill out the ones needed for your child’s visit.

   

NEW MENINGOCOCCAL MENIGITIS VACCINE FOR OLDER TEENAGERS AND COLLEGE STUDENTS

Meningococcal type B vaccine is now available for age group 16-23 years old especially college students. This strain was not in the Meningococcal vaccine that is given at 11 years and 16 years old. All reported cases of Meningococcal type B disease in college students in the past two years have been type B. Talk to your provider for more information.

   

COLLEGE HEALTH FORMS AND SHOT RECORDS

Many patients when they get into their teenage years do not make appointments for their annual health examinations and therefore either get behind on their immunizations or get them elsewhere (health department, drugstore clinic, grocery store clinic, Urgent Care, another doctor). If these shots obtained elsewhere are not entered into the Georgia Immunization Registry (GRITS), we have no way of accessing them. Frequently these patients have not been seen in the office for 2-5 years or longer. When it comes time to fill out college entrance forms, we are unable to comply due to incomplete information. If the shot record is incomplete and shots need to be given, he/she will need a health check examination. We do not give immunizations to patients not seen a least once a year for annual exams. If your college bound child finds themselves in this predicament please do not wait until the last minute to try to rectify the situation. Better yet, always have your child get an annual examination once a year.

   

ONLINE FORMS

All questionnaires that go along with your child’s wellness exams are now on the website in the “Forms and Policies” section. These can be printed and filled out at home in order to minimize your time in the office.

   

ADHD RECHECK EXAMINATIONS

A reminder that ADHD medicine rechecks are due every 3-4 months. In order for your child to be able to continue on medication, you must have these rechecks done as required by your health care provider.

   

MEASLES (red measles; hard measles; 10 day measles)

Due to the anti-vaccination propaganda that has been rampant in the media over the past 10-15 years, routine vaccination (MMR) against this measles had decreased and therefore measles is on the rise in this country. Any link between MMR and autism has been thoroughly disproven by numerous scientific studies. This is not a benign illness and there are 2-3 deaths per 1000 cases in children. All children NEED to be vaccinated at 12 months old and 4 years old.

If you do not agree with this recommendation then please consider finding another medical practice for your child that will go along with your wishes, since for the protection of our patients whose parents choose for them to be vaccinated, we can no longer accommodate this anti-vaccination position.

   

PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC MEDICAL CONDITIONS

All patients that have been diagnosed with any type of chronic medical condition (ADHD, asthma, heart disease, etc.) are now required to have an annual wellness examination in order for Cartersville Pediatrics to continue to prescribe medication for these problems.

   

INSURANCE COMPANY REQUIREMENTS

Due to new requirements put forth by insurance companies for certain medical conditions, additional office visits may be required during the year.

Due to the increased number of screening forms and tests that are now required by the federal government, state government and insurance companies, there will be increased paperwork that will need to be completed before a health check examination. Please arrive early for your health check appointment so the forms can be completed before the doctor or nurse practitioner sees your child.