Due to the Coronavirus, we are currently not doing walk-ins. We are still open, but please call 910-762-2651 before any sick visits to make an appointment. Once here, all parents are now checking in via their phone from the parking lot. We are doing our best to screen all patients who may have COVID-19 symptoms to keep them from coming into contact with healthy people in the office.
If it is determined that you may need a COVID-19 test, we will have you enter the building through the entrance closest to the street. We now have the Rapid Antigen Test which has a result back within 15 minutes. However, due to the low sensitivity of the rapid test, if it is negative it is necessary to do a PCR Test. These PCR tests are a send-out, and results are usually back within 48 hours.
For general COVID-19 information, go the the www.cdc.gov/coronavirus, or you can call 1-877-490-6642. COVID-19 Triage Plus which has nurse care managers who can help you 7 days a week, from 7 AM - 11 PM.
COVID Vaccines age 6 month to 5 years
Parents, COVID vaccines for children 6 months of age and older is now available. Our office will offer both versions of the vaccine that have been approved for children of this age (Pfizer and Moderna). We wanted to to share with you some of the key statistics that helped get these vaccines approved and some of the differences between the two versions. See chart below.
Both vaccines offer protection against COVID disease. There is a clear difference in the two vaccines based on their dose. The lower dose Pfizer vaccine causes less side effects, but takes longer to provide protection. The higher dose Moderna vaccine is associated with more side effects (still minor), but offers protection sooner. A third dose of the Moderna vaccine is being studied and will likely be recommended in the future. This third dose may also be more targeted to protect children from the omicron variant as well.
As with many things during parenthood, there are options, but not necessarily a perfect choice to be made. As of now, there is no data on starting the series with one brand and finishing it with another. For families that are interested in getting protection as soon as possible, the Moderna vaccine may be better, even at a risk of minor side effects. We will do our best to have both options available for as long as there is interest.
Our office will start offering vaccine clinics for these children. Please call our office at 910-762-2651 to set up an appointment.
Stop The Spread
Help prevent the spread of COVID by social distancing, wearing a mask, not touching your face, and washing your hands frequently
Quarantine vs Isolation for COVID
You are in quarantine and must stay at home when you have been in close contact with a known COVID-positive person to wait and see if you get sick too. You are in isolation and must stay at home when you test positive for COVID to prevent the spread to others, including those that live in your house if possible.
What to do if your child has COVID
If you child has tested positive for COVID-19, most parents can manage them easily at home. Children most often have very mild symptoms, and sometimes no symptoms at all.