Our ABC Pediatrics’ Family and our healthcare team would like to convey our most sincere appreciation for your support and response to our ever-evolving approach to dealing with the COVID19 pandemic. In order for our approach to be successful, we are striving to communicate with our patients on a regular, if not daily, schedule. Our goal from the outset of the uncertainty created by COVID-19 has been and will continue to be maintaining your child’s healthcare while thoughtfully considering exposure to both our staff and our patients.
In the past, ABC Pediatrics has extended our commitment to our patients with a Saturday morning in-office clinic service. However, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and enhanced screening efforts now utilized for face to face visits at our office, weekend IN-OFFICE care will be conducted by phone until further notice.
COVID 19 has most certainly impacted our activities of daily living. This pandemic has closed our schools, cancelled our sporting events and limited social gatherings. From a medical standpoint, symptoms of infection can range from mild respiratory symptoms to high fever and respiratory distress. Our family members over the age of 60, those with chronic illnesses and those with weakened immune systems seem to be the most vulnerable.
An administrative meeting was conducted today to discuss and develop a plan for how COVID19 (The CoronaVirus) will impact your child’s healthcare delivery over the next few weeks and beyond. Please know that extensive efforts are being put into place to ensure your family receives the same level of care you’ve come to expect from our ABC Pediatrics providers while considering the Center for Disease Control’s suggestions to limit social interactions.
FLU SEASON has MOST DEFINITELY ARRIVED! ABC Pediatrics has now incorporated the latest flu testing technology into our in-office lab. The new testing, called rapid molecular testing, detects RNA (ribonucleic acid) molecules of the influenza virus. With a simple swab of the nose, a sample is collected and processed using the new testing method, which can quickly and more accurately determine if your child is infected with the flu virus.
Respiratory Syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) Virus, or RSV, is a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. Healthy people may become infected with this virus and usually experience mild, cold-like symptoms and recover in a week or two.
At ABC Pediatrics, we want you to be prepared for this flu season. There are multiple things that you can do to help PREVENT getting the flu. One MAJOR choice you can make to help prevent you getting the flu is to get the flu vaccine. Each year, the flu vaccine is formulated with strains of flu virus that experts believe to be the infecting strains for the year. By receiving the flu vaccine, a
Let’s have an intelligent discussion about MEASLES If you have any access to electronic media: TV, radio, smart phone, social media, then you are well aware that measles has been discussed ferociously over the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately, it is difficult to get an accurate picture or understanding of the current situation with measles in a 30 second sound bite or 140 characters. So, let’s spend a few minutes together and let’s take a
Influenza infections, especially Influenza A, are increasing in our area. At ABC Pediatrics, we have vaccinated a record number of patients this year, some for the first time, which is GREAT news! However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta are reporting that a strain of the influenza virus (H3N2) has “drifted” from the strain that was used to prepare components of this year’s vaccine. The CDC reports that 48% of the Influenza A