Our delivery of Flu Vaccine has ARRIVED. We will resume making appointments for Flu vaccine administration. Please be patient

The Flu vaccine has arrived and we are ready to begin administering the vaccine to our patients.  In order to keep everyone safe and maintain proper social distancing our procedures for flu vaccine administration have changed.  Please read the new policy in its entirety to prevent any unnecessary and frustrating trips to our office.

All of our doctors strongly recommend that all children 6 months and older receive the yearly influenza vaccination.

Flu Vaccine Administration Policy:

  1. There will be no walk-ins for flu shots. All shots must be scheduled.
  2. Appointments may be scheduled by phone.
  3. Through the month of September, flu shot appointments will be available on Monday to Thursday from 5:00-6:00 pm, Saturday from 8:30-9:30 am, and Sunday from 9:00-10:00 am. There will be no sick patients in the office at this time.  Flu shots will continue in October but the time slots may change.
  4. Weekend flu clinics will be scheduled in October and November. Appointments will be required.  Further details to follow.
  5. Flu shots can be given during regular checkups from now until January 2021. (Once the check –up appointment is made there is nothing further you need to do.)
  6. Up to 2 additional siblings can be scheduled for a flu shot at the time of a check-up. Unfortunately, there will be a limit of 2 siblings at this time.
  7. If your child is ill (fever, cough, fatigue) please delay the flu shot visit until he/she improves.
  8. Anyone with a known exposure to COVID-19 should wait 2 weeks before getting their flu shot.
  9. Please make sure all insurance information is up to date prior to your visit to smooth the process in the office.
  10. There are plenty of flu shots available.

We ask your cooperation as we provide the influenza vaccine to you in the safest manner.  Please be patient and respectful as this process occurs.

Drs. Finkelstein, Cardin, Wandishin, George and Mayer

New Office Policy Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

To all our patients:

The emergence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community has forced us to
change some of our office policies and procedures to assure the health and well-
being of all our patients and staff. While we understand these changes may
inconvenience some of you, we believe the changes will increase the safety of
everyone in our community. Once the COVID-19 pandemic has passed, we expect
to resume our past practices. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Effective 3/16/20 our office will abide by the following procedures:

1. There will be no walk-in visits at 8:30 am.
2. Morning hours will be reserved for well visits and noninfectious issues.
3. Afternoon and evening hours will be reserved for sick visits.
4. We strongly encourage only 1 parent to bring the patient requiring care to
the office. If at all possible, please do not bring siblings.
5. Weekend hours will continue for sick visits without appointments.
6. Forms should be mailed, faxed or sent through the portal. They can be
returned by mail, fax or through the portal.

We understand that our new policy creates a situation where there may be a
delay in seeing a sick patient. If you believe it is unsafe to wait until an
appointment is available, please talk to us by phone. Please do not visit urgent
care centers or the emergency rooms unless absolutely necessary.

We cannot perform testing for the coronavirus (COVID-19). If you believe
your child may have the infection, please talk to us by phone and we can
direct you to the proper facility.
If your child has fever and cough and a history of recent travel to a high risk
area or a known exposure to coronavirus, please do not come into the office
but instead talk to us by phone.

Please check our website for any office policy changes. We are constantly
evaluating the situation and will make changes as necessary.

Virtual Visit Notice

Our office will be providing virtual visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. These visits will allow us to see and hear each other to conduct a full visit, but they occur over a computer connection (or a smart phone if you have the myPrivia app), not in person. At the present time we will be using these visits to care for patients who have fever and cough or shortness of breath in order to decrease the chance of community transmission of COVID-19.    Virtual visits can also be scheduled for medication checks, rashes and some other acute problems. Virtual visits can be scheduled by phone with our office.

 

Please know that our office is still open to provide care to all our patients. Well visits  for infants should continue as scheduled. These appointments are scheduled before sick patients come into the office.

 

We are still seeing sick visits in our office as needed. Please schedule all visits by phone with our office.   All patients who come into our office will be screened for risk factors for COVID-19.

Below is a link to the most recent information from the CDC.
Please continue to check our website as we will continue to update it with any new information and any changes in our practices and policies.

Hours for Vaccine Administration

 Monday: 2-4:30 pm,              Wednesday: 10-11:30 am,             Wednesday 2-4:30 pm

               Friday: 10-11:30 am    

    

We are no longer giving flu shots for the 2019-2020 season.               

 

 

New Measles Vaccination Recommendations

Our office is following the latest recommendations from the Maryland Department of Health regarding the Measles outbreak.  Please see below:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) routinely recommends children get two doses of MMR vaccine: the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age.

• MDH continues to recommend that healthcare providers consider modifications to the routine MMR vaccine schedule for patients who might be at increased risk of measles exposure through either travel to areas outside of Maryland with measles outbreaks or contact with visitors from these areas. (These areas include: Rockland County, NY; New York City; Washington State; Santa Cruz County and Butte County, CA; New Jersey; Michigan; Israel, Ukraine; Philipines)

MDH no longer considers living, working, or attending activities in Maryland zip codes 21208, 21209, or 21215 to lead to increased risk of measles exposure. Therefore, MDH no longer recommends that healthcare providers consider modifications to the routine MMR vaccine schedule for those who live, work, or attend activities in Maryland zip codes 21208, 21209, and 21215 (unless they have increased risk for measles exposure through travel to an areas outside of Maryland with measles outbreaks or contact with visitors from these areas).

For patients who might be at increased risk of measles exposure, healthcare providers should consider the
following modifications:
 Children 6‐11 months old: Give an initial MMR vaccine to children 6 months through 11 months. These
children will still need two additional doses at least 28 days apart on or after the first birthday.
 Children 1-3 years: Give a second dose of MMR vaccine to children 1 year through 3 years of age who have already received their first MMR vaccine, as long as 28 days have passed since the first MMR
vaccine was given to them. These children do not need an additional, third dose of vaccine as long as the
child received both vaccines after the 1st birthday given at least 28 days apart.
 Children 4-17 years: If not already given, give a second dose of MMR vaccine as soon as possible, as
long as 28 days have passed since the first MMR vaccine.
Please see hours for vaccine administration on the website. 

 

“While the outbreak is currently localized to a small area of the state, the best way to prevent measles in Maryland, or anywhere people might travel, is through vaccination,” said Deputy Secretary for Public Health Frances B. Phillips, RN, MHA. “We continue to encourage all Marylanders to get vaccinated or check with their health care providers to ensure they and their families are up-to-date on vaccinations.”

 

Maryland case count information and a list of all of the public exposure locations can be found on the MDH site here.

 

The MDH recommends the following for people who might have been exposed to measles:

If you are healthy and know you have had two doses of MMR vaccine, you do not need to take any additional actions

  • If your immune system is currently weakened by disease or medications, even if you have received two doses of MMR vaccine, call your health care provider right away and tell them you might have been exposed to measles as you might need a medication called immune globulin
  • If you know you have NOT received two doses of MMR vaccine, or if you aren’t sure whether or not you have received two doses of MMR vaccine, call your health care provider right away to determine next steps since you might need a dose of MMR vaccine or a medication called immune globulin
  • Monitor for possible symptoms of measles, such as fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and rash, and call your health care provider before visiting their office so they can make special arrangements to evaluate you, if needed, without putting other patients and medical office staff at risk

Measles is a contagious vaccine-preventable viral infection which is easily spread to unvaccinated persons through coughing, sneezing and secretions from the mouth. The measles virus may remain in the air for up to two hours. Measles symptoms typically develop 10 to 14 days after exposure to the virus but can develop as soon as seven days or as long as 21 days after exposure. Early symptoms of measles are fever more than 101F, runny nose, cough and red, watery eyes. Usually, one to four days after the early symptoms, a red rash appears on the face and spreads to the rest of the body. A person with measles is contagious beginning four days before the rash appears until four days after the rash begins.

 

Those who are most at risk of complications from measles infection include pregnant women, infants less than one year old and those who are immune compromised.

If you or your family member needs MMR vaccine, first check with your health care provider. If your health care provider does not have MMR vaccine available, you can reach out to your pharmacist to see if they carry it. In Maryland, a pharmacist may administer any vaccines included in the CDC’s recommended Immunization Schedule to individuals ages 11 to 17 who have a prescription. For those age 18 years or older, prescriptions are not required to administer vaccines as long as they are one of the adult vaccines listed by the CDC. For information about pricing and insurance reimbursement, check with your pharmacist and insurance provider.   

 

Additional information is available on the MDH website at https://health.maryland.gov/measles.

 

We Are Members of Privia Medical Group

As of September 29, 2015, we are proud members of Privia Medical Group!