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Acworth Office

    December 19,21,27,28 – Normal Office Hours
    Thursday, December 20th - closed at 1pm
    Thursday, December 22nd – closed at Noon
    Friday, December 23rd - closed all day
    Monday, December 26th - closed all day
    Thursday, December 29th - closed at 3pm
    Friday, December 30th - closed at noon
    Monday, January 2nd - closed all day

Cartersville Office

    December 19,20,21,22 – Normal Office Hours
    Friday, December 23rd – closed at Noon
    Saturday, December 24th - closed
    Monday, December 26th - closed all day
    December 27,28,29 – Normal Office Hours
    Friday, December 30th - closed at noon
    Saturday, December 31st - closed
    Monday, January 2nd - closed all day


Flu vaccine is available in the office starting September 1st. This year there is NO NASAL FLU VACCINE. This is per the CDC recommendations since the nasal flu vaccine has been ineffective the past two flu seasons. If your child is less than 9 years old and this is the FIRST TIME he/she has received flu vaccine, then they must get two shots this year spaced a month apart. Call the office for an appointment to get the vaccine.

Flu vaccine is recommended for all patients greater than 6 months old. These recommendations are per the CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics and the ACIP (American Council on Immunization Practices). The flu shot does NOT CAUSE YOU TO GET THE FLU!



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.



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.



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.



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.

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.