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Flu season is coming ...
In September, we will start offering the 2021-22 flu vaccine for our patients over six months of age to prevent severe disease from influenza. We are starting Saturday flu vaccine clinics on September 18th and continuing them through the fall. We also have some flu vaccine appointments available during the week. If your child has an office weekday appointment already scheduled this fall, he/she can receive the flu vaccine during that visit. Feel free to bring along siblings as well to receive their flu vaccine at the same time. Call our office today to schedule a flu vaccine appointment.
Please check back here regarding details for scheduling. Children under 9y require two flu vaccines a month apart the first year they receive the flu vaccine. Thereafter, it's one vaccine per year, ideally given in the fall, before we start seeing influenza in the community.
We aren't sure how influenza will influence COVID, but it appears that a large percentage of children hospitalized for COVID appear to be simultaneously fighting other respiratory viral infections. Because of this, we think the flu vaccine will be even more important this year.
What's new with COVID?
We are getting a lot of calls regarding the delta variant. This is a fluid situation, but what we know is that delta is more transmissible than previous strains of coronavirus. We also know that breakthrough infections (contracting COVID despite vaccination) are more common. What does this mean? Does this mean that the vaccine doesn't work? Actually, vaccinated individuals are much less likely to become severely ill or to die from COVID in comparison to unvaccinated individuals. This is what a vaccine is intended to do - to lessen the severity of infection and prevent severe disease and death. Because this more transmissible variant is now firmly rooted in our communities, it's extremely important to mask in public indoor spaces. Masks are very effective at decreasing spread of COVID. Our local experience has been that when a child tests positive in a classroom (usually they have contracted the illness from an infected family member), masking is very effective at limiting spread to other students.
The Pfizer vaccine is currently the only vaccine authorized for use in children 12 and up. Clinical trials for Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccine are ongoing for pediatric patients 6 months of age and up, and we expect that there will be vaccine available for our younger patients in the coming months. Here is the AAP Statement on the COVID vaccine for pediatric patients, and here is a video of Dr. Paul Offit on parent concerns about the COVID vaccine.
If your child is 12 or older, you can currently schedule their vaccines at myturn.ca.gov. Also, Glendale Pediatrics is actively working to become a COVID vaccine provider in the near future and are going through the process of getting our office registered to do so. Please bring in your child's COVID vaccine record or upload a copy of the record to your child's portal chart so that we can log your COVID vaccine in the medical record.
Current changes in our office in response to the pandemic:
1) In an effort to minimize crowding, we are allowing one accompanying parent/caregiver per patient for all children over 6 months of age.
Infants six months and under may have two accompanying parents/caregivers.
2) WE REQUIRE MASKS IN OUR OFFICE AT ALL TIMES. Yes, even in the rooms.
Per CDC recommendations, healthcare settings will continue to have mask requirements for the foreseeable future. Please wear a mask over your nose and mouth at ALL times in the office, including in the patient rooms, EVEN IF YOU ARE FULLY VACCINATED. Do not remove your mask unless we instruct you to do so. Children under 2y are exempted.
3) We work hard to keep the office safe for everybody.
We wear appropriate PPE and require you to wear your masks (over your mouth and your nose). We intensified cleaning protocols. We are sanitizing pens and clipboards after each use and thoroughly cleaning all surfaces between patients.
4) We are offering TELEMEDICINE.
A note from our billing staff: Due to the pandemic, telemedicine visits are paid by most major insurance companies, but we recommend that you review your coverage with your insurance plan. There may be an out-of-pocket responsibility, just as your insurance company requires when you are physically in the office.
5) We are offering more TELEPHONE care.
Phone consultations that are longer than 5 minutes and that are independent of a concurrent appointment will be billable services and may be submitted to your insurance on your behalf.
6) We are helping to protect our asthmatics.
We will not be administering nebulizer treatments in the office during the coronavirus pandemic, as this can be an aerosolizing procedure. If you are coming to the office for cough and have an albuterol or levalbuterol inhaler and spacer at home, please bring it.
7) We are keeping up with all the newest data and in continual communication with public health experts.
We are committed to excellence in medical care. We are learning constantly, working hard to keep up with the newest information. We are your source of accurate medical information.
Resources regarding the pandemic:
Information about MIS-c, the rare but serious post-COVID condition in kids.
A good hand washing video you can use to learn the basics: proper hand washing.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov.
Los Angeles Department of Public Health: publichealth.lacounty.gov.
If you suspect you or a household member could have symptoms of coronavirus: home isolation instructions.
Trying to decide about returning to in-person daycare or school? CDC back-to-school decision-making tool.
Vaccine appointments: myturn.ca.gov.
Mental health resources: if you or your child is exhibiting signs of stress or anxiety during this time, reach out to us. We are here to help. Click here for mental health resources.
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Call our office to ask a staff member to sign up for the Portal. Once you have signed up, you can access our Portal through https://gpeds.pcc.com/portal or by using the button on this website.
GLENDALE PEDIATRICS IS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES HEALTH NETWORK
We are an active affiliate office of the CHLA Health Network, a network of high quality pediatricians working hard to improve the care of our patients.
ALTERNATIVE VACCINE SCHEDULE
We at Glendale Pediatrics encourage all our patients to receive their vaccines on schedule per the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics. If you choose to vaccinate your child following an alternative vaccine schedule, please note that these visits with be booked with your doctor to ensure safety and help guide your decision-making process.