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  1. Flu Shot Appointments now available

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    You can now schedule flu shot appointments for your children 6 months and up at both offices.  We are offering appointments during normal business hours as well as some evening clinics. Please contact the Call Center at 804-282-4205 between 8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. MondayFriday to schedule an appointment.  Please see below for a few reminders about the flu vaccine.

    -If it is your child’s first year getting the flu vaccine, he or she will need two doses of the flu vaccine at least 4 weeks apart.
    -If your child has only received one dose of flu vaccine in his or her life and is 8 years old or younger, he or she will need 2 doses of the flu vaccine 4 weeks apart as well.
    -The flu shot is approved for 6 months and older.
    -For those children under 6 months of age or those who cannot receive a flu vaccine due to a medical condition or an allergy, it is recommended that the families and caregivers of those children are vaccinated for the current season so as to best protect the child.
    **Please note, we will only be providing the flu shot this year. No Flumist is available this season.
  2. 2017-18 flu vaccines are in

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    Flu season is fast approaching.  Beyond really good hand washing the best thing we can do to protect ourselves and our children is get our flu shots.  P.A.R.’s first flu shot shipment has arrived and next week we will begin scheduling flu shot appointments.  A few things to note about flu vaccines this year:

    • The flu vaccine is approved for those 6 months and older.
    • If it is your child’s first year getting the flu vaccine, he or she will need 2 doses of the flu vaccine at least 4 weeks apart.
    • If your child is 8 years old or younger and has received 1 or fewer previous doses of flu vaccine, he or she will need 2 doses of the flu vaccine 4 weeks apart as well.
    • Due to Flumist’s ineffectiveness in the recent past, we will NOT be offering it as a flu vaccine option again this year.
    • Children with an egg allergy, even if the reaction is anaphylaxis, may now receive the flu vaccine.
    • For those children under 6 months of age or those who cannot receive a flu vaccine due to a medical condition or an allergy, it is recommended that the families and caregivers of those children are vaccinated for the current season so as to best protect the child.

    To schedule your child’s flu shot appointment please call (804) 282-4205 for available dates and times.

  3. Congratulations Dr. Nelson on being voted a Top Doc

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    Richmond Magazine’s annual Top Docs publication comes out April 2017. This year Dr. Nelson was voted by other doctors and healthcare professionals in the Richmond metro area as a Top Doc. Please join us in congratulating her. We’re honored to have her as part of our group.

  4. Vaccine Changes for Infants and Teens

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    1) Pentacel:  After reviewing the most recent safety and effectiveness data, we are now recommending that instead of 3 individual shots for DTaP, Hib and polio at the 2, 4 and 6 month check-ups, patients receive a single shot called Pentacel.  Pentacel combines those 3 into a single shot, and will be given with Prevnar (a separate shot) and Rotateq (an oral vaccine) at each of those visits.  The protection will be the same, but now with less frequent side effects and 2 fewer shots.  If you have any questions your child’s doctor or NP will be more than happy to address them during your next check-up. 

    2) Trumenba:  Trumenba protects against MenB, the B strain of meningococcus, which causes meningitis.  The recommended dosing schedule for healthy adolescents is now 2 doses, instead of 3, spaced 6 months apart.  This means one less shot for your teen heading off to college.  If your child received their second dose at the 2 month interval already, he/she will still need a 3rd dose at least 4 months from the 2nd dose.  Please contact our office if you have any questions about this change. You can learn more about Trumenba here.

  5. PAR once again named Family Favorite Pediatric Group

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    We’re honored to be voted the Favorite Pediatric Group in this year’s annual Style Weekly Family Favorites issue.  It is the 11th straight year we have been given this honor. We feel so fortunate to be your pediatricians. Thank you for the recognition.

  6. New Gardasil schedule for patients under 15

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    Gardasil will now be only a 2-vaccine series for patients who receive the first dose before their 15th birthday.  The second dose should be administered 6-12 months after the 1st.

    If your adolescent starts the Gardasil vaccine series on or after their 15th birthday, a 3-dose series is recommended.  Dose #2 is administered 2 months after the 1st, and dose #3 is administered 4 months after the 2nd.

    These recommendations come from the October 2016 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which is a panel of experts that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on vaccines.

    Adolescents under 15 who have already received two doses, but less than 6 months apart, should receive a 3rd dose at least 4 months after the 2nd, as previously recommended.

  7. ADHD prescription refills going digital!

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    Tired of coming in every month to pick up that paper prescription for your child’s ADHD medicine?

    Starting January 2017 you will have the option of having those monthly prescriptions sent to the pharmacy electronically.

    This service will cost $25/year per child, and is non-refundable.

    You will still need to call each month when your child is due for a refill.

    Signing up for this service will eliminate, however, the need for you to come to the office to pick up the prescription each month.

    We will continue to require seeing your child/adolescent every 6 months for a med check or their annual check up.

    Parents will still have the option of picking up a paper prescription each month at no cost.

    **Please note that not every pharmacy accepts electronic prescriptions for ADHD medications, and you should confirm with your pharmacy prior to submitting the form to us.**

    If you have any questions you can ask your doctor or nurse practitioner, or a member of our front desk staff.

    Please download & fill out the e-prescription form, and bring it with you the next time you come to the office. We will accept payment at that time.

  8. Flu Shot Clinic on Saturday, November 12

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    We are now scheduling for a flu shot clinic on Saturday, November 12th at our Three Chopt office from 9:00 A.M. to 11:45 A.M.  Please contact the Call Center at 804-282-4205 to schedule an appointment, or to check for other available dates and times.  Please visit our flu vaccine page to learn more about the flu shot.  Below for a few reminders about the flu vaccine this year.
    -If it is your child’s first year getting the flu vaccine, he or she will need two doses of the flu vaccine at least 4 weeks apart.
    -If your child has only received one dose of flu vaccine in his or her life and is 8 years old or younger, he or she will need 2 doses of the flu vaccine at least 4 weeks apart.
    -The flu shot is approved for children 6 months of age and older.
    -For those children under 6 months of age or those who cannot receive a flu vaccine due to a medical condition or an allergy, it is recommended that the families and caregivers of those children are vaccinated for the current season so as to best protect the child.
    **Please note, we will only be providing the flu shot this year. No flumist is available this season.
  9. Flu Shot update, October 3, 2016

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    As of now we have flu shots available for all children 6 months of age and older.  Please call (804) 282-4205 to schedule your child’s flu shot appointment.  As a reminder, we are not offering Flumist this year.  Additionally, children younger than 8 years old who have not had two flu vaccines before this fall should get a booster flu shot at least 4 weeks after their first one this fall.

  10. Flu vaccines available starting Monday, August 8

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    We have received our first shipment of flu vaccines, and will begin administering them during check-up and shot visit appointments this Monday, August 8.  An appointment is required for the flu shot to be administered.  Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend flu shots only for children this year due to a large study that showed little to no effectiveness of Flumist (the nose spray vaccine) each of the last 3 years.  In agreement with those expert opinions, we will only be offering the quadrivalent (4-strain) flu shot this flu season (2016-2017).  If you have any further questions you may talk to your child’s provider at your next visit.  If you would like to schedule your child for a shot visit to get their flu shot, please call (804) 282-4205.

    Click here for more information about flu vaccines, or here for more information about this season’s flu vaccine.

    Our consent/waiver form for the flu shot may be found here.