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JUNE - AUGUST 2015


 

HOLIDAY HOURS (Independence Day)

- Friday July 3rd – both offices closed
- Saturday July 4th – no Saturday office hours

 

   

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS NOTICE

THE CARTERSVILLE OFFICE WILL NOT BE OPEN ON SATURDAY MORNINGS UNTIL JULY 11, 2015.  ROUTINE SATURDAY MORNING HOURS WILL RESUME ON THAT DATE.

 

   

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.

   

VACCINE UPDATE (MENACTRA AND GARDASIL)

The CDC has now recommended that a booster for meningococcal meningitis vaccine (Menactra or Menevo) be given between 16 – 18 years old.  Currently most adolescents receive their first dose at the 11 year old health check.  Please call the office to see if your child is up to date.

Gardasil (Human Papillomavirus) has now been recommended for boys 11- 26 years of age.  This vaccine in addition to preventing cervical and vaginal cancer in females will prevent the occurrence of genital warts in males.  Also recent evidence has come to light that this vaccine will be useful in preventing certain types of head and neck cancer in adults (HPV is the cause of some head and neck cancers). Call the office for information.

   

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.

   

PREVENTATIVE CARE EXAMINATIONS (health checks)

Summer is a good time to get your child’s annual health check examination and update their vaccinations. Book you appointment now since available appointment slots are rapidly filling up.

   

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.