Our office is open to care for our patients throughout this COVID pandemic for well and sick visits. We are also available to care for you via the phone, the patient portal, and telemedicine. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. Walk-ins will not be accepted at this time. Thank you for your patience.

Three Easy Steps to Prevent the Flu

October 1, 2019 3:37 pm Published by

Per the CDC’s latest reports, the flu has now been reported as widespread in 42 states plus New York City and the District of Columbia, with 53 pediatric flu-related deaths reported so far. What this means for most, and certainly those with children, is that the flu is much closer to you and your home than you may think. While most of the recommendations for prevention should be practiced throughout the year, it’s more important right now to follow these steps to prevent sickness for not only you and your family, but numerous others. 

Wash your hands and avoid high germ areas. 

child washing hands and showing soapy palms

If you have small children, we understand that almost every area is a “high germ” area. However, it’s important to make sure that you are avoiding contact with individuals who are sick and areas they may frequent at all costs. In both your home and office, try to keep your common areas frequently disinfected, including doorknobs, countertops, phones, keyboards, and anything else multiple people may touch. 

Most importantly, wash your hands. No, this doesn’t mean running cold water over them after leaving the bathroom. Rather, take a full 20-30 seconds and scrub your hands, including between your fingers and under your nails, with warm water and soap. If you do not have this readily available, keep a supply of alcohol based hand sanitizer around, but do not use this as a full time alternative. 

Get a flu shot. 

If you haven’t already, make your way to your physician (or local pharmacy) for a flu shot. While the vaccine is not 100% protection, it is certainly the best at this point in time. In fact, the CDC recommends everyone over 6 months be vaccinated each and every year. If the flu shot does not prevent you from getting sick, it will certainly help reduce the severity of the illness if contracted.

If you feel that you may be coming down with the flu, or have come in contact with anyone that has had the flu, please contact our office and ask to speak with a nurse. While there are many symptoms associated with the flu, some are mistaken for a common cold. This can lead to very serious illnesses – especially in those 65 or older, pregnant, or young children – and can result in hospitalization.  If your doctor prescribes you an antiviral drug, be sure to take this as directed. These are different than typical antibiotics and are used to directly treat the flu virus. 

For more information on how to prevent the flu, or if you feel as though you may be at risk for the virus, please contact our office and speak with our nursing staff @ (716) 884-0230. 

 

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COVID-19 Update

During this difficult time, Delaware Pediatrics wants to assure you that we will be available to you for well and sick visit appointments.

It is especially important to maintain your well visit appointments that include immunizations. These are Birth through 2 year visits, 4 year visit, 11 year visit, and 16 year visit, but all well visit appointments are encouraged.

In order to ensure maximum protection to our patients the morning has been reserved for well appointments only. All patients will be asked to check in at the front door and then return to their cars until called directly into their exam room. We have designated exam rooms that will only be used for well visits during the morning. Patients that are scheduled for well visits but arrive with symptoms will be screened for fever prior to being allowed to enter the office. Those well visit appointments that arrive with symptoms will then be placed directly into rooms that have been designated to serve only those particular patients.

This is all being done out of an abundance of caution to insure patient safety and yet maintain wellness. All of our exam rooms will be sanitized before our afternoon session. The afternoon session will start at 2:00 pm. All scheduled sick visits will be first screened on the phone for potential Coronavirus risk factors. 

Patients that screen positive for Coronavirus risk factor cannot be given an office appointment since we have no test kits to confirm or rule out presence of Coronavirus. We will contact the Department of Health for those patients to coordinate appropriate testing and management. 

We will make every effort to perform telehealth visits whenever possible but will continue to see children in our office that need to be seen.

We will not be able to accept walk-ins.

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