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SEPTEMBER - NOVEMBER 2014


 

NEW VACCINE REQUIREMENTS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL

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.

   

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.

   

FLU VACCINE

Flu vaccine will be available the beginning of September.  Flumist (nasal flu vaccine) is now the recommended form for ages 2-8 years old if there are no contraindications.  Get your vaccine early before the supplies get low.  If your child is under 9 years old and never had flu vaccine, then he/she will need to get two flu vaccines this year spaced a month apart.

   

7th GRADE SHOTS

The new requirements for 7th grade shots (Menactra and Adacel) are now in place.  Those 6th graders who have not had their 11 year old shots need to get these shots soon in order to avoid next summer’s rush before school.

   

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.

   

HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS

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Thursday, November 27th - Both Offices Closed
Friday, November 28th - Both Offices open til Noon
Saturday, November 29th - Both Offices Closed