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Covid Vaccines 5-11

Posted by on Nov 17, 2021 in News | 0 comments

We are now scheduling our first Covid vaccines. We will be scheduling only for the newly authorized Pfizer 10 microgram dose for 5 -11 year olds. At this time we can not complete series that have been started elsewhere and currently do not have the 12 and older formulation. We have our first clinic starting on 12/4/21 with the second dose on 1/8/22. We realize the timing for dose 2 is a little longer than at other sites. According to the data provided the second dose interval can be as little as 3 weeks but as long as 2 months after the first and provide equal protection. It is critical that your child is able to attend on both dates because of the very short shelf life of the vials once mixed. As with our flu clinics these sessions...

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Covid Vaccines 5-11

Posted by on Nov 3, 2021 in News | 0 comments

Yesterday the ACIP and the CDC approved the use of the Pfizer mRNA vaccine in a lower dose form for all children aged 5-11. As with the adult version, it is a two shot series given 3 weeks apart. Previously, the FDA issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for this product. The vaccine has been authorized to be given in conjunction with the flu vaccine or near the time when other vaccines were administered. It will be available in different venues which will be announced soon. They consist of private offices, (including Unionville Pediatrics sometime soon), pharmacies and multiple sites across the state. A large statewide event is being planned for November 14th. You can find sites based on zip code by visiting this URL: A quick visit found it easy to use, already providing many options. There...

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PCMH Certification

Posted by on Jun 16, 2020 in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

We are very proud to have earned the designation of Patient Centered Medical Home. It is a rigorous set of tasks and documentation adjudicated by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. We are in debt to Elaine Bernier who was invaluable and of course our office manager Sara Page for making sure it got done. It is validation that we put our patients first, hopefully not a revelation to any of...

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COVID Policy Updated 3/21/2020

Posted by on Mar 21, 2020 in News | 0 comments

We are remaining open to continue to serve our families. We realize fully how stressful these times are but also know that there are other health issues besides COVID that continue to need to be addressed, including wellness. We are maintaining every precaution advised to assure a safe environment. This includes a reduced staff that is screened daily for signs of COVID. We have widely scattered appointments and devoted examination rooms, thoroughly disinfected after each visit. For any one who requests it we are able to use a separate entrance and wear protective masks when you are being seen. You may call us from your vehicle to assure a minimal time in the office as to complete the visit. Doing office visits in a vehicle is possible but discouraged as it is generally impractical and hard to do a...

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New Policy Regarding COVID 19

Posted by on Mar 14, 2020 in News | 0 comments

Starting Monday, March 16th we will institute a new temporary policy. All children who are not ill and pose no exposure risk to COVID 19 will be seen exclusively in the morning from 9 AM to 1 PM. The afternoon hours will be reserved for sick patients. We will be using an algorithm to determine which patients we can safely see in the office so as not to put our staff and other patients at risk for exposure and need to be quarantined. Those that we asses to be at risk will be given instruction to stay home. If needed, will contact the DPH for guidance and possible testing. All others we will continue to see as we always...

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PCMH (Patient Centered Medical Home)

Posted by on Oct 21, 2019 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Over the last months we have been working hard on obtaining the distinction of being a patient centered medical home or PCMH. This is a rigorous set of documents and tasks that illustrates our commitment to serving our patients with care that centers on their needs, making sure our patients and their families have access to necessary care where and when they need it. It is adjudicated and certified by a governing body well known to those in the field called the NCQA (National Committee for Quality Assurance). We have our first virtual review on 10/22/2019 and are committed to achieving this goal. We will keep you updated as the process...

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Flu clinics 2019

Posted by on Sep 7, 2019 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Its flu shot time! Not what any child wants to hear and yet another harsh reality of the end of summer. The CDC is reiterating how critical a step this is to protect our community. Flu shots for healthy people are designed to guard against epidemic flu which can be fatal to vulnerable members of our community. Getting a flu shot may just save a life. We are running 3 evening clinics on Tuesday 10/1, Thursday 10/17 and Wednesday 10/30. We will also do a daytime clinic on 11/13. All clinics are now open for booking. We are encouraging families w younger children to skip the clinics and make a scheduled appointment if possible. Flu in Connecticut begins most often after the first of the year. It takes 2-3 weeks for the vaccine to build the immunity so there...

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Jenny Petrauskas, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Posted by on Mar 10, 2019 in News, Team Member | 0 comments

In August 2018 we welcomed our newest doctor, Jenny “not Jennifer” Petrauskas. We are happy to have her join Dr. Corrow as another outstanding woman MD at Unionville Pediatrics. Jenny is truly a home grown girl. She was born and raised in Burlington and did all of her medical training in Connecticut. She attended UConn medical school and did her pediatric training at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. We have known Jenny as a patient, an employee and now coming full circle as a talented board certified pediatrician. She still lives in Burlington with her cat and dog and loves playing tennis when not working or gardening. I am trying hard to turn her into a Yankee fan but it’s an uphill battle in these parts. She joins Dr. Gilroy as the next generation of doctors at the group. The...

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After Hours Clinics Are Full

Posted by on Oct 23, 2018 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Our slate of 5PM to 6PM clinics are filled and we are switching to other options for flu shots. We will be running daytime clinics, as well as some individual appointments. Also, if you are at the office for any other reason, and we don’t ask, please remind us if you would like your child vaccinated against the flu and as long as they are not too ill we can do it at that time. If an unsuspecting sibling is along for the ride we can do their’s as well. They may not appreciate it but it’s the right thing to...

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On to Flu Clinic Number 3

Posted by on Oct 2, 2018 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Our second Flu clinic on October 17th has filled already! Thanks to our patients for making this a priority. Our next one is now open. It’s November 1st. Call...

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Flu Clinics, First One Full

Posted by on Sep 26, 2018 in Blog, News | 0 comments

Our new system is busy alerting all of our patients that it is time to call for flu shots. Our first clinic scheduled for next Tuesday is full, our second one is now opened and will be on Wednesday October 17th, again between 5 and 6 PM. You should be able to book those appointments now by calling in at 860.673.6124 Thank...

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2018 Flu shots

Posted by on Sep 17, 2018 in Blog, News | 0 comments

It’s that time of the year again and our flu vaccine supply is here. The CDC advises all persons 6 months of age and older get vaccinated for flu every year. This year the CDC has said that the intranasal vaccine is also acceptable to use, however the American Academy of pediatrics still advises the regular shot as it is more effective, a position we agree with as well. First time flu vaccine recipients under age 8 will need 2 doses around 1 month apart. As we have in the past we will be giving shots here during visits for both well and “not too sick to get a shot” office visits. We also will be conducting our flu clinics starting on October 2nd. You can call our office to reserve a slot starting today. You can review our...

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Athena Health Electronic Records are Here

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in News | 0 comments

BIG NEWS! We have started a digital record system. Please be patient as we are again going to need to put information into our new system. This is a very robust platform that will change the entire way we document office visits and submit claims so there will be an inevitable learning curve. We ask for your patience as we make the transition. The system has a patient portal that will allow you to interact w our office digitally as well as pay bills generated after 12/29/2017 when we went live. There is a link at the top of the page to take you through the process of registering. We believe this will modernize the way we provide care for our patients and make our office even easier to communicate with. Thank...

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Fever, Facts and Phobia

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in News | 0 comments

We get a lot of questions about fever this time of year so it’s good to review it now. Fever is a response to something and in and of itself almost never going to be harmful. We define fever as 100.5 or greater, as a rectal, ear, temporal artery or under the tongue measure. There are two circumstances where fever can cause problems, first it it gets to 105 or higher and, second if it occurs in a child who gets seizures from fever. Those are really rare events and the vast majority of times the focus should be on identifying the cause of the fever rather than the fever itself. By far, the most common reason for fever is an infection. The two major types are caused by viruses, which the immune system can usually handle, and bacterial...

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Enterovirus Update

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in News | 0 comments

The media continues to report on the Enterovirus outbreak and as predicted it has now been confirmed in our state and probably nationwide soon. As of October 7th there were 628 confirmed cases in 44 states. This likely does not reflect spread of the virus as much as increased awareness and testing for it. There are also reports of a very rare neurological weakness illness in Colorado and Boston. Although about half of those cases tested positive for Enterovirus it is not clear that it is causative. The CDC is working hard to better understand any possible connection. We need to remember that these cases are rare and be vigilant but not panicked that it will become widespread. A similar problem occurred in California not to long ago and then seemed to self resolve. If it is being caused...

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Enterovirus D68

Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in News | 0 comments

We are hearing a lot about Enterovirus D68 and it’s spread to Connecticut. It probably has been here all along this summer causing some respiratory tract infections. As of today it has not been confirmed here but it would not be surprising. It’s hard to know because we don’t routinely test for this virus. The CDC website stated that as of September 12th there have been around 100 confirmed cases in the country, though there may be many more that have not been documented and that number will likely grow as increased surveillance gets underway. The virus behaves much like any other respiratory virus, similar to influenza though from a different family of origin. Most people get mildly ill followed by an immune response and complete recovery. In some people, particularly younger infants and asthmatics it may be more...

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