COVID-19 Vaccine: 6 months to 5 years. Update 06/17/22

To all our patients and their families:

The COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for children ages 6 months to 5 years.  We recommend the vaccine for all children in this age group to prevent the COVID-19 illness and the spread of the infection. We are to receive our first allotment of the Moderna vaccine this week and we are prepared to administer it as quickly and efficiently as possible.

We will be holding a COVID vaccine shot clinic on Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26 from 11:00 am to 1:00pm (ages 6 months to 5 years, only).

Appointments can be made through the mobile app (myprivia) or the website- owingsmillspediatrics.com.  (We are trying to enable the portal)

Schedule the appointment as “injection” with the nurse.  If you are unable to schedule on-line please call the office to schedule the COVID shot appointments.

 

During the COVID shot times, we will not be able to give any other vaccines nor will we be able to perform any other administrative or medical tasks.  Everyone will receive a card documenting the vaccine; if a shot record printout is needed, it will be available on the portal by the end of the day for you to print out at home.

We expect to be receiving additional doses in the upcoming weeks. If you are unable to receive the vaccine in the first wave, do not panic. Additional doses will be available in short order. At this point, we can only vaccinate active patients of our office.

 

Drs. Finkelstein, Cardin, Wandishin and George

 

 

 

 

CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population

CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: Monday, December 27, 2021
Contact: Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after. Therefore, people who test positive should isolate for 5 days and, if asymptomatic at that time, they may leave isolation if they can continue to mask for 5 days to minimize the risk of infecting others.

Additionally, CDC is updating the recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19. For people who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, CDC now recommends quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. Alternatively, if a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that an exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure. Individuals who have received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.  For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.

Isolation relates to behavior after a confirmed infection. Isolation for 5 days followed by wearing a well-fitting mask will minimize the risk of spreading the virus to others. Quarantine refers to the time following exposure to the virus or close contact with someone known to have COVID-19. Both updates come as the Omicron variant continues to spread throughout the U.S. and reflects the current science on when and for how long a person is maximally infectious.

Data from South Africa and the United Kingdom demonstrate that vaccine effectiveness against infection for two doses of an mRNA vaccine is approximately 35%. A COVID-19 vaccine booster dose restores vaccine effectiveness against infection to 75%. COVID-19 vaccination decreases the risk of severe disease, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. CDC strongly encourages COVID-19 vaccination for everyone 5 and older and boosters for everyone 16 and older. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our communities.

The following is attributable to CDC Director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky:

“The Omicron variant is spreading quickly and has the potential to impact all facets of our society. CDC’s updated recommendations for isolation and quarantine balance what we know about the spread of the virus and the protection provided by vaccination and booster doses. These updates ensure people can safely continue their daily lives. Prevention is our best option: get vaccinated, get boosted, wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial and high community transmission, and take a test before you gather.”

If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine)

If you:

Have been boosted
OR
Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months
OR
Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.

If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

If you:

Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted
OR
Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted
OR
Are unvaccinated

  • Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you can’t quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5 if possible.

If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home

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Please follow information at the link below:

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html

FLU SHOT UPDATE: 4/26/22

To Our Patients and Families:

We no longer have flu vaccine for the 2021-2022 season.

Drs. Finkelstein, Cardin, Wandishin and George

COVID-19 and Sports

To all our Patients and their Families:

Fortunately, most children who get the COVID virus have mild symptoms.
However, there have been some children, including those who had only mild
symptoms or even some who have had no symptoms at all, who have
experienced problems with their hearts. Many experts recommend that any child
who has had a positive test for COVID, no matter how mild, be cleared by their
doctor before returning to sports. You need to be especially careful about
symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, irregular heartbeats or
lightheadedness.

We recommend that all children who have had COVID come for a visit prior to
returning to sports or to any type of intense exercise. Please call the office to
schedule.

Thank you and we hope that you all continue to be well and that this pandemic
will be over soon. Thank you again for bearing with us as our policies and
procedures continue to change over time in an attempt to keep up with all of the
latest available information.

Drs. Finkelstein, Cardin, Wandishin and George

We Are Members of Privia Medical Group

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