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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: ct.gov/covidvaccine. A quick visit found it easy to use, already providing many options. There...

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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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BIG NEWS!!

Posted by on Nov 12, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

BIG NEWS!!

Unionville Pediatrics Opens Acute Care Center (ACC) New Farmington Location Dedicated To Treating Potentially Contagious Illness, Unionville Office To See Only Well Patients Unionville Pediatrics (U Peds) is opening a second site! We are thrilled to announce that we will now treat well and unwell patients in two different locations. This helps ensure the safety of healthy patients while reducing the potential spread of illnesses in the community. Our main U Peds office at 101 Main Street in Unionville will welcome well visits, consults, and non-contagious issues. This includes medical checks and behavioral health concerns. The new office, U Peds Acute Care Center (ACC), is located in Round Hill Square at 1027 Farmington Avenue. (Route 4 in Farmington, across from the Tunxis driving range and next to Claudia’s sandwich shop). It will provide care for children who are feeling...

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PCMH Certification

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

PCMH Certification

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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Coronavirus 13.0

Posted by on May 11, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

There have been 4 pediatric deaths from a new syndrome first reported last week. It’s being called Pediatric Multi Inflammatory Disorder. Always so tragic losing children. Three in NY and one in NJ. One of the deaths from Westchester county is being re-evaluated for other causes. It’s still not entirely clear if the syndrome is COVID related. Not all children with the syndrome have a history of COVID and the illness is occurring at a later point from when those who did have it were infected. It may be from the immune response to COVID but it’s really strange it would be that far out from date of onset or exposure. Some as long as 4-6 weeks later. At least one child that died had a significant medical history. It resembles two syndromes we are familiar with. One is...

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COVID 12.0

Posted by on Mar 29, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

As the cases explode up it’s critical to remember that this is not all exponential growth. It’s more like getting a census of where we are. That’s what mass testing does for you. The US leads the world in testing and therefore leads the world in cases. Makes perfect sense. When the H1N1 pandemic started we did the same thing. Once we realized it was so prevalent we stopped testing and began using estimates. This disease is prevalent but likely has been for weeks, maybe months. We will never find all cases because mild and asymptomatic people escape notice altogether. Probably thousands of recovered people walking around now as well. If we use estimates like we do for flu our denominator is more reflective of how the death and severity rates actually play out. As Dr Fauci said likely...

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Coronavirus 11.0

Posted by on Mar 28, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

Anthony Fauci, lead author and others wrote in an editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine, March 26th “if one assumes the number of asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic cases is several times as high as the number of reported cases the case fatality rate may be considerably less than 1%. This suggests that the overall clinical impact of COVID 19 may be more akin to that of a severe seasonal influenza (which has a case fatality rate of 0.1%) That’s Dr. Fauci. In the New England Journal. Not me. It’s not an unreasonable assumption either. You can’t read that and still be as terrified of this as most people are. It will be interesting to see how the media does or does not pick this up. Further in this article, it’s estimated to spread from 1 person to...

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COVID 10.0

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

The COVID epidemic is proving to be very hard to stop. I was not real sure we had a good shot at it. This is related to its ability to spread from the mostly mildly ill or even non affected to the more vulnerable or more rarely healthy young people to cause sometimes severe harm. A tragic irony really. One we saw coming as the reports of majority mild illness were reassuring while being ominous in the minds of epidemiologists everywhere. COVID is a lot like RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) in that regard though its much harder on children than COVID. RSV is another viral enemy lost in the COVID narrative that some people have never even heard of before. In the US alone the CDC estimates there are 100-500 deaths, 57K hospitalizations, 500k ED visits and 1.5 million...

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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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Coronavirus 9.0

Posted by on Mar 15, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

We have now implemented extreme measures. Normal life has been disrupted and we don’t know when it will return. It has been a very strange week in America. Schools closing, major sporting events and seasons cancelled, store shelves emptying, financial markets and retirement accounts decimated as a result of an enemy perhaps as bad as the virus, fear of the virus. The solace we should have is that there have been declining rates in other countries. That’s not being widely publicized. Neither are recovery rates and negative test results. In addition treatments are showing some efficacy in helping some of our sickest patients. That might ease some of the fear. A good example of putting such a negative spin on things was the study that showed the virus survives in air for a short period and on surfaces for...

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