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MARCH - MAY 2015


HOLIDAY HOURS (Easter & Memorial Day)

• Friday April 3rd – both offices close at noon
• Saturday April 4th – no Saturday office hours

• Saturday May 23rd – no Saturday office hours
• Monday May 25th – both offices closed




The State of Georgia has issued new vaccine requirements for entrance into the 6th grade. All students must be vaccinated with adolescent DPT vaccine (Adacel) and meningiococcal vaccine (Menactra). All current 5th graders need to be vaccinated as soon as possible after their 11th birthday for entry into middle school.

All current 6th graders who have not been vaccinated need to receive these two vaccines before entering 7th grade.



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.



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.



Spring is a good time for your child to catch up on his/her annual health checks and needed immunizations. These checkup slots go quickly so call early for an appointment.


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.



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.



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