The BA.2 omicron subvariant of the coronavirus is responsible for the majority of cases in the U.S. It is extraordinarily contagious, but does not appear to be as severe as prior strains. For now, the mask mandate, is not in effect and will not be enforced on planes and public transportation.  The CDC still recommends wearing them. The rules are a clear as mud!

Your Child is exposed to Covid. Now What?

We recommend testing 3-5 days from exposure and wear a mask around others for 10 days, even at home.

Your Child Tests Positive for Covid. Now What?  

If other people are in the house, try to separate your child from others (and animals) as much as possible. Your child should wear a mask when anyone enters the room, or if they go into common areas (i.e. bathroom). Other people in the house should also mask up when your child is in the same room. 

Open the windows in shared areas, if possible. After your child uses a shared bathroom, disinfect the toilet seat and handle, as well as the faucet handles, soap dispenser, counter, and light switch. Close the lid before they flush and turn on the exhaust fan.  Continue to wipe down shared spaces and try to keep people from breathing air that is filled with germs.

If your child feels well, they can take a walk outdoors and get fresh air. If you are nursing, continue to do so. 

Who do I tell that my child tested positive?

Contact anyone with whom your child has spent time, going back at least two days before testing, or they started having symptoms. Don’t forget to call your child’s school, as well as anyone they’ve had close contact with at play dates, parties, or other activities.

When can I stop isolating?

If your child is fully vaccinated and does not have symptoms, you could test starting on day five of your child's illness and stop isolating if they have two negative antigen tests a few days apart. 


What if my child is exposed to someone who tested positive?

If your child is fully vaccinated (including boosters), they don’t need to quarantine after contact with someone who had Covid-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested five to seven days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative. This guidance could change as we learn more about Omicron. Reinfection is very variable and unpredictable.

If your child’s symptoms persist, call us and remain isolated. I am available during office hours for Telehealth visits which can be scheduled by calling my office at 818-713-9377 (during office hours).


PRECAUTIONS OUR OFFICE IS TAKING: 

We want to reassure our families of the preventative measures that we are taking here in the office:

  • We are scheduling all sick visits in the afternoon
  • No sick children will be in the waiting area. All patients with respiratory symptoms will be placed into rooms immediately upon check in. Most sick visits are being conducted via telemedicine, and if necessary, in the afternoon. 
  • All toys and books have been removed from the waiting area and exam rooms
  • Exam rooms are cleaned thoroughly after each visit and main areas (bathrooms, waiting room, front door) are cleaned multiple times throughout the day.
  • Our office is stocked with personal protective equipment (aka PPE) for our staff. (masks, gloves, gowns, eyeglasses) to protect ourselves from being exposed and to prevent transmission.
  • Everyone in the office - including doctors, staff, parents and patients >2 years old - are required to wear a mask at all times.
  • We will be asking for a credit card number when each appointment is made, as we are trying to limit both the time spent with people at checkout, and the passing back and forth of cards and pens with our front office staff.
  • As a reminder, our office building does have a stairway if you prefer not to take the elevators.

30 MINUTE RAPID ANTIGEN COVID 19 TESTS AVAILABLE: 

  • 30 Minute Rapid Antigen test: - After you have completed a  Telemedicine visit with the doctor, and if he/she recommends a Covid -19 test, we will make an appointment for our staff to test you in our underground parking area. A nasopharyngeal swab will be used and the results will be available in 30 minutes. 

OUR VACCINE POLICY

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may have you limiting trips and outings, but one that’s still considered essential is your child’s regular well visits to the pediatrician. These appointments (which may be monthly, quarterly or yearly based on your child’s age) give your child’s doctor the opportunity to check in on your child’s growth and development and answer any questions or concerns you or your child may have.

Just as importantly, well visits with a pediatrician also keep your child up to date on all of their vaccines. After all, it’s not just babies who need immunizations to protect them from potentially serious viruses. And, with cold and flu season quickly approaching – in addition to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic – staying on track with vaccines is one of the best ways to keep your child’s immune system in fighting condition.

Find out what the important vaccinations are for children and how you can use a well-child exam to stay current with all of their healthcare screenings, tests and shots. And, discover how Providence is helping you stay on top of scheduling your child’s next visit through the new texting feature.

We believe that all children and young adults should receive the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The recommended vaccines and their schedule are the result of many years of scientific study and data gathered from millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientist and physicians.  For information about these vaccines and the diseases they protect against, please visit http://www.aap.org/healthtopics/immunizations.cfm. You can also read and review the individual Vaccine Information Statements below. 

Because of vaccines, many parents have never had, or seen, a child with polio, tetanus, bacterial meningitis or even chickenpox, or known a friend or family member whose child died of one of these diseases. By not vaccinating your child, you are taking advantage of thousands of others who do vaccinate their children, which decreases the likelihood that your child will contract one of these illnesses. This is not only unfair and dangerous, but you are also putting our other patients who are too young or are not able to be vaccinated for specific reasons at risk. 

We are making you aware of these facts not to scare you or coerce you, but to emphasize the importance of vaccinating your child. We recognize that the choice may be a very emotional one for some parents. Should you have doubts, we can discuss your hesitations at your visit. In some cases, we may alter the schedule to accommodate parental concerns or reservations. Please be advised, however, that delaying vaccines goes against expert recommendations, and can put your child at risk.  We will try to work with you, but if you should ultimately decline to vaccinate your child we will respect your decision -we will respect your decision but we will ask you to find another health care provider who shares your views. 

Recommended Immunization Schedule

  • 0-6 Years - Schedule for Persons Aged 0 Through 6 Years | 2019
  • 7-18 Years - Schedule for Persons Aged 7 Through 18 Years | 2019
  • Catch-up Schedule -Schedule for Persons Aged 4 Months Through 18 Years Who Start Late or Who Are More Than 1 Month Behind | 2019

Vaccine Information Statements (Select PDFs)

Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis - Dtap.pdf

flu.pdf

Hepatitis A.pdf

hep-b.pdf

hib.pdf

hpv.pdf

ipv.pdf

mening.pdf

mmr.pdf

mmrv.pdf

pcv13.pdf

rabies.pdf

rotavirus.pdf

td.pdf

tdap.pdf

varicella.pdf

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