Welcome to Child Health Associates, P.C.
Child Health Associates, P.C., was established in 1987 as a pediatric group practice. We are proud to provide preventative well care, acute care and supportive services for children and their families. Our board-certified pediatricians are dedicated to enhancing the growth, development and well-being of all children, from birth through adolescence. We stress the importance of regular health maintenance exams to monitor children's overall health and development. At Child Health Associates, P.C., we strive to provide quality healthcare for your child in partnership with you and your family.
What to expect regarding your COVID-19 vaccine appointment at Child Health for ages 5-11.
We have sent MyChart invitations that will allow you to book your child’s COVID-19 vaccine online at Child Health.
Having said this, we would like you to be aware of the following:
- If you book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at Child Health and receive the vaccine elsewhere, we ask that you please cancel the appointment on MyChart so that we may use that slot for someone else.
- If there are no appointments available, please check again, once staff and vaccine are available, we will add more clinic dates.
- If you are not on MyChart and would like to sign up, please send an email requesting MyChart access to firstname.lastname@example.org with your child’s name and date of birth, your name and date of birth, your zip code, and your email address.
- Depending on the amount of vaccine that the state approves and the distribution of that vaccine, your appointment may need to be cancelled/rescheduled.
- Based on the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine from the state, your second dose may need to be provided by an outside provider such as CVS, Walgreens, or a site listed on the vaxfinder.mass.gov website.
We understand that this process is frustrating, but we are trying our absolute best to provide you with the most up to date information.
** Thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times. We are experiencing higher call volumes and are working hard to take care of everyone’s needs. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Rest assured, your health and safety are our number one priority. Please do not use MyChart for medical emergencies, urgent concerns or sick appointments. These messages are not monitored daily. If you are experiencing a medical emergency and need immediate attention, please call 911. If you have an urgent medical concern or need your sick child seen, please call our office at 508-832-9691. **
**PLEASE READ CAREFULLY AS OUR OFFICE POLICIES ARE CHANGING IN LIGHT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC**
*Our walk-in clinic has been suspended until further notice. Please DO NOT walk into the office for any reason unless you have an appointment. *
Whenever possible, we ask that only 1 well adult accompany a child to their visit. If possible, please do not bring other children to the office if they do not have an appointment.
Updated Thursday 1/7/22
We are experiencing higher call volumes and are working hard to take care of everyone’s needs. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Rest assured, your health and safety are our number one priority.
VIRTUAL WAITING ROOM
We will continue to use a "virtual waiting room." For all appointments, please arrive to the office a few minutes before your appointment time and wait in your car. You will receive two calls once you arrive to the parking lot in preparation for the appointment. The first call will be from a receptionist who will register the patient for the appointment and collect any co-pays. The second call will be from a nurse/ma to do an intake before they bring the patient into the building. Vital signs will be taken and then you will be put directly into an exam room.
Any paperwork that needs to be dropped off or picked up will need to be done by a single healthy adult before 3:30 PM.
Child Health Associates is capable of performing rapid COVID-19 NAAT (molecular) tests with a 15-30 minute turnaround. We also offer a three in one PCR test (COVID-19, RSV, and Flu) for appropriate patients.
Masks are required for everyone coming into the office over the age of 2.
CDC Quarantine Guidelines 1-6-22
POSITIVE for COVID-19- everyone regardless of vaccine status
Quarantine (isolate) for 5 days since onset of symptoms (or positive test with no symptoms), must be fever free for more than 24hrs, AND symptoms have improved. Mask for another 5 days.
For patients with severe COVID-19 and/or immune-compromised the Quarantine duration is longer. Please contact your PCP.
If an individual has access to a test and wants to test, the best approach is to use an antigen test towards the end of the 5-day isolation period. Child Health Associates does not have antigen testing. The testing we do here is not suitable for this as the more sensitive NAAT and PCR tests can remain positive for up to 12 weeks.
- Retest only if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND your other symptoms have improved (loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation).
- If your test result is positive, you should continue to quarantine (isolate) until day 10.
- If your test result is negative, you can end isolation, but continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public until day 10.
Close Contact Exposure
- Fully vaccinated and boosted- Mask for 10 days. If symptoms develop you would need to be tested.
- Partially Vaccinated or Unvaccinated- Quarantine for 5 days and then mask for 5 more days. If symptoms develop you would need to be tested.
Fully Vaccinated means completed primary series of COVID vaccine at least 2 weeks ago. 2 doses of Moderna or Pfizer (3 doses for immunocompromised) or 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson.
Boosted means booster dose given 5 months after your primary series for Pfizer, 6 months after your primary series of Moderna, or 2 months after your J&J vaccine.
If fully vaccinated, but not eligible for booster yet due to time frame, you are considered fully vaccinated and do not need to quarantine if asymptomatic.
a. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19. Finish the rest of the original quarantine.
If the exposure was a family member who cannot self-isolate (separate bathroom, does not leave room) and lives with the patient: The patient must quarantine for 5 days after the date of last exposure to the family member. Then "their" quarantine would start for an additional 5 days and then mask for another 5 days.
If you already had COVID-19 and have a COVID-19 Exposure with NO symptoms
You do not need to quarantine if within 3 months of your infection.
If you already had COVID-19 and have COVID-19 compatible symptoms
The CDC does not recommend testing within 3 months of previous positive result.
Quarantine for 5 days from the onset of symptoms and mask for another 5 days.
A growing body of evidence suggests that universal mask-wearing, when combined with other measures such as physical distancing and proper hand hygiene, can minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
There are very few medical problems that would prevent a child from wearing a mask, and masks do not pose a safety risk when worn properly.
For these reasons, and in agreement with local health officials and other area practices, Child Health Associates will not be providing medical exemptions for masks.
We recognize that children do not always want to wear masks, and that there are some medical problems (i.e. autism spectrum disorder, developmental delays, sensory issues) that will certainly make it more difficult to maintain proper mask-wearing. However, for the safety of your child and everyone your child interacts with, it is important that we work with mask-resistant children to familiarize them with mask-wearing. This can be accomplished by practicing mask-wearing for short periods of time daily, and gradually increasing the time spent mask-wearing. Parent modeling of mask-wearing is also important: if parents normalize mask-wearing, children will be more agreeable to mask-wearing.
We certainly empathize that wearing a mask for long periods of time is not the most comfortable way to go about your day, but we do so knowing that it is one of several measures we must take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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