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Our goal at Essex Pediatrics is to provide families with the highest quality medical care. Please call our office with any questions or concerns. We welcome your feedback and suggestions for how we may better meet your needs.
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For up to date information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Please go to the VT Dept. of Health, CDC or AAP websites (Healthychildren.org). You can access these through our Links tab at the upper right corner.
COVID-19 Appointment Instructions: If you answer “YES” to any of the following questions we may need to reschedule, please call our office:
- Has the patient/anyone in the house been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed or under investigation for COVID-19 in the last two weeks?
- Does the patient have a temperature 100.4 F or higher?
- Has the patient or anyone in the house had any cold/flu like symptoms in the past two weeks?
- Has the patient or anyone in the house experienced recent loss of taste or smell?
- Has the patient or anyone in the house tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two weeks?
- Has the patient or anyone in the house been out of state in the last two weeks?
Dear Essex Pediatrics patients and families,
In this unprecedented and uncertain time of world wide pandemic we are here for you! We can do this, together! While older people and individuals with underlying health conditions are at higher risk for complications from COVID-19, we feel it is important for everyone to minimize their exposure to this virus to lessen the impact on our community and healthcare system. We fully support mask wearing for just about everyone over age two, washing hands often and practicing smart physical distancing. With the holidays approaching and cases rising this is more important than ever!! Keep celebrations small, just your immediate family, please do not bring separate households together. It is important not to let our guard down, wear your mask, wash your hands and practice smart physical distancing. Let’s keep working together, for everyone!
We want to assure you that our office is prepared for COVID-19 and remains committed to the best ongoing care for our patients and families.
We want to keep the community safe and in-person learning at schools and we will be using the algorithm developed by the VT Dept of Health and UVMMC Infectious disease specialists to determine testing and return to school:
- We have developed a comprehensive triage system to decrease the potential impact to our patients
- We are currently moving well checks, including vaccinations to earlier in the day, sick visits to the later afternoons and utilizing telehealth whenever appropriate
- We have a separate screening and rooming process, including a separate entrance and rooms, for all patients with respiratory symptoms and/or fever >100.4 to maximize safety for our patients, staff, and the community
- We have removed toys, magazines and books from all rooms and are asking patients to checkin by calling the office when they arrive in the parking lot, remaining in the car until a nurse directs you to enter, going directly to a private room
- We are in direct contact with the Vermont Department of Health and are keeping up to date on the rapidly changing recommendations from the CDC and Department of Health
- We are determining when testing is indicated, guidelines are always changing
- We will continue universal precautions for all patients and disinfection as per guidelines of all surfaces between patient visits
It is important that anyone who has a fever, cough or shortness of breath call us at 879-6556. Our clinical staff will review your symptoms and risk factors and make a decision on the best care for you/your child.
We would also like to recommend that you stay up to date on current information using sources who reference fact-based information. The sources that we trust for up to date, evidence based information are mentioned above and available through our Links tab at the upper right corner.
In addition, we have worked to compile various resources to support your family during this time. Below, please find categorized documents to help connect you to supports such as food shelves, school meal pick ups, unemployment, etc. We will continue to update as more resources become available.
Childcare Resources and Information
Education and Entertainment Resources
Please contact us with questions and stay well!
The Entire Team at Essex Pediatrics
The Vermont Principal’s Association recommends annual physical exams for Middle and High School students. Please call us soon, 3 months in advance if possible, to schedule these appointments. Call, we will always do our best to get your child scheduled.
Most colleges require a physical exam, updated immunizations (a meningitis booster is generally needed) and a form signed by the doctor for first year students. Please bring your form with you to the appointment with your portion already completed.
VACCINE REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOL ENTRY
According to guidelines, children entering kindergarten require Dtap (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis), IPV (Polio) and now a Varicella (Chickenpox) booster.
Children entering the 7th grade are required to have a Tdap and possibly a Varicella booster. If your child is attending a residential school, such as boarding school or college, Menactra (Meningitis) vaccine may also be required. Menactra is now routinely given after age 11.
MEDICATION AT SCHOOL FORMS*
If your child will be taking medication at school, the school nurse will need written permission from you and the doctor.
If you child has been diagnosed with Asthma and will need an inhaler at school, the school nurse will need an Asthma Action Plan from your doctor.
* For all school forms our office requests one week for completion.