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JULY 2021 - SEPTEMBER 2021


 
   

HOLIDAYS

Labor Day:

    Our office will be closed Monday, September 6, 2021 and will reopen Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Thanksgiving:

    Our office will be closed Thursday, November 25, 2021 and will reopen Monday, November 29, 2021.

Christmas:

    Our office will be closed Thursday, December 23, 2021 at Noon and will reopen Monday, December 27, 2021.

New Years Day:

    Our office will be closed Friday, December 31, 2021 and will reopen Monday, January 3, 2022.

COVID VACCINE

Pfizer- Covid Vaccine is now available in our office. Keep in mind that this is a 2-part series, and the second vaccine will need to be administered 3 weeks after the first.

Following CDC recommendation, we are recommending all children 12 years of age and older receive the vaccine. Please click the link below for more information:

Covid Vaccine Information

 

 
   
   

2021 - 2022 FLU Vaccine

Influenza vaccine is available at both offices. The earlier you get the vaccine the better. This year Cartersville pediatrics will only offer the inactivated flu vaccine shot. Flu vaccines are available in the office Monday through Friday by appointment only. Call today for a flu vaccine appointment.

   
   

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.

   
   

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 antivaccination 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.