COVID-19
 

Albemarle Pediatrics goal is to keep our patients and staff healthy. With that in mind, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are working to keep well and sick visits separated. We have heightened our cleaning efforts and removed all unnecessary surfaces for hands to touch. Please bring your own toys and books to entertain your child if needed.

Also, it is very important to let us know if you have traveled to a high risk area or been exposed to anyone with a laboratory confirmed case of Coronavirus. If your child has cough and fever, please let our office know before coming into the office. You will be given specific instructions to follow. Please also limit the number of individuals present at each visit.

The following is what we have currently put in place for our patients:

  • We have temporarily suspended our early morning walk-in clinic
  • We are rescheduling all checkups to the morning hours and will see all sick patients in the afternoon hours. (If your child has a checkup in the afternoon we will contact you to reschedule. If it is the day before your checkup and you have not been contacted then please contact our office to reschedule)
  • If your child has a checkup and has a fever please call the office for instructions
  • Please limit the number of people that come in for your child’s appointment (i.e. siblings, grandparents).

El objetivo de Albemarle Pediatrics es mantener a nuestros pacientes y personal sanos. Con esto en mente, debido a la pandemia del Coronavirus (COVID-19), estamos trabajando para mantener bien y enfermos las visitas separadas. Hemos aumentado nuestros esfuerzos de limpieza y eliminado todas las superficies innecesarias para que las manos las toquen. Por favor, traiga sus propios juguetes y libros para entretener a su hijo si es necesario.

Además, es muy importante hacernos saber si ha viajado a una zona de alto riesgo o ha estado expuesto a cualquier persona con un caso confirmado de laboratorio del Coronavirus. Si su hijo tiene tos y fiebre, por favor informe a nuestra oficina antes de entrar en la oficina. Se le darán instrucciones específicas a seguir. Por favor, limite también el número de personas presentes en cada visita.

Lo siguiente es lo que hemos implementado actualmente para nuestros pacientes:

  • Hemos suspendido temporalmente nuestra clínica ambulante temprano en la mañana.
  • Estamos reprogramando todos los chequeos para las horas de la mañana y veremos a todos los pacientes enfermos en las horas de la tarde. (Si su hijo tiene un chequeo por la tarde, nos pondremos en contacto con usted para reprogramarlo. Si es el día anterior a su chequeo y no ha sido contactado, comuníquese con nuestra oficina para reprogramarlo).
  • Si su hijo tiene un chequeo y tiene fiebre, llame a la oficina para recibir instrucciones.
  • Limite la cantidad de personas que vienen a la cita de su hijo (es decir, hermanos, abuelos).

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Immunizations

Vaccination

Albemarle Pediatrics firmly believes in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illness and to save lives.

We firmly believe in the safety of our vaccines.

We firmly believe that all children and young adults should receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

We firmly believe, based on all available literature, evidence and current studies, that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities. We firmly believe that thimerosal, a preservative that has been in vaccines for decades and remains in some vaccines, does not cause autism or other developmental disabilities. We make every effort to use no thimerosal containing vaccines.

We firmly believe that vaccinating children and young adults may be the single most important health-promoting intervention we perform as a health care providers, and that you can perform as parents/caregivers. The recommended vaccines and their schedule given are the results of years and years of scientific study and data gathering on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.

Below you will see the vaccine schedule that we implement at Albemarle Pediatrics.

  • 1 month: Hep B
  • 2 months: DTap, IPV, HIB, Prevnar, Rotateq
  • 4 months: DTap, IPV, HIB, Prevnar, Rotateq
  • 6 months: DTap, IPV, Hib, Prevnar, Hep B, Rotateq
  • 12 months: MMR, Varicella, Prevnar, Hep A
  • 18 months: Hep A, DTap, HIB
  • 4-6 years: DTap, IPV, MMR, Varicella
  • 11-12 years: Tdap, Meningococcal, HPV
  • 16-18 years: Meningococcal

Academy of Pediatrics Immunization Recommendations (external link)

At Albemarle Pediatrics we recommend annual influenza (flu) vaccine for all patients age 6 months and up.

Notes:

  • DTap is Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis
  • IPV is inactivated polio vaccine
  • HIB is haemophilus influenzae type b
  • Prevanar is the pneumococcal conjugated vaccine 13
  • Rotateq is just rotavirus
  • Hep B is hepatitis B
  • MMR is measles, mumps and rubella
  • Varicella is commonly known as chicken pox
  • Hep A is hepatitis A
  • Tdap is Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis
  • Menactra/Menveo is meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4)
  • HPV is Human papillomavirus vaccine
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