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.

HPV and the Importance of the Gardasil 9 Vaccine

September 11, 2019 5:22 pm Published by

 

What Is HPV and Why the Concern?

HPV stands for Human Papillomavirus. HPV is one of the most commonly Transmitted (STI) Infections according to the  American Academy of Pediatrics. There are 40 different strains of HPV, many of which cause warts, but others can cause cancer. Not every infection leads to cancer, but nevertheless, you need to understand the severe consequences of ignoring this serious disease.

Most people have no symptoms and are not aware they have been infected with HPV.  Later in life they can develop risk factors for 6 types of cancer.

Warts often develop as a result of HPV, common warts on fingers, hands, elbows, and plantar warts on the feet. Most of these conditions can be treated in our office or with over the counter medications. Please contact our office for more information and ask to speak with our nursing staff. 

doctor injecting hpv vaccine into patientProtecting Your Children from HPV

The Gardasil 9 vaccine is the ultimate protection from HPV.  Our doctors start the conversation for the HPV vaccine starting at age 10. We recommend 2 doses by age 13 years.  Adolescents age 15 and older who have not had the vaccine will need three doses. 

Almost 34 thousand people are diagnosed with cancer caused by the HPV virus every year.  Almost 90% of those cancers can be prevented with the vaccine. Don’t delay in getting your vaccination. There is no cure if you have the virus, but you can protect your children before they are infected.

Starting in January, Delaware Pediatrics embarked upon a campaign to increase HPV vaccine rates. With a unified commitment to cancer prevention, we are pleased to announce that our HPV completion rate by 13 years of age increased from 41% in 2018 to 56% by July of 2019. We plan to keep up the good work as we move toward our goal of 100% of kids being protected!

Contact our office and make your appointment today!  To schedule an appointment, please call (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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