Office News & Updates
COVID 19 Update
To Our Families,
The COVID-19 pandemic has made day-to-day life extremely difficult for all of us. Despite the moral imperative regarding social distancing, we will continue to provide ongoing care for our patients.
Other than newborns in the first two weeks, we are not seeing children in the office. In lieu of face-to-face pediatric care, we have transitioned to telemedicine visits. In some cases, this will be accomplished with a phone conversation. In others, it will require an online visit via the web based system, doxy.me, or FaceTime.
For safety reasons, we are postponing routine physical exams. If we are able to purchase the appropriate personal protective equipment, we will resume giving vaccines to our most vulnerable age group, infants and young children, in the near future.
How Telemedicine Visits Work
If you need to speak with your child’s doctor, call the office as you currently do. A receptionist will take a message and put you on the doctor’s schedule as a televisit. Your child’s physician will then contact you with one of the platforms described above. (One of our doctors will continue to be on-call whenever the office is closed.)
We will be able to manage a number of acute problems via telemedicine. Examples include fevers, respiratory infections, skin problems, etc. If required, we will refer patients to an appropriate medical facility such as Children’s Hospital.
Some patients have ongoing medical issues that need to be managed at the present time. This includes issues such as ADHD, behavior concerns, constipation, allergies, asthma and nutritional concerns, to name a few. Discussing these issues are well suited to a telemedicine visit.
Insurance Coverage for Telemedicine Visits
Insurance companies are covering telemedicine visits, similar to in-office visits. Copays, if required, are still applicable. Our families will be billed for telehealth visits the same way they have been billed for office visits.
For updates, please visit our website: www.chevychasepediatrics.com
Drs. Ahlstrom, Bennett and Hall
Meningitis Type B Vaccine Available
We have Meningitis Type B vaccine for highschool kids and college kids. Please ask your doctor if recommended for your child.
AAP Urges Vaccinations
We at Chevy Chase Pediatrics strongly recommend to vaccinate against childhood illnesses. Please read the article below to address the importance of the measles vaccine in light of the current measles outbreak. If you have any questions, please schedule an appointment with your provider to discuss your child’s vaccinations. American Academy of Pediatrics President Urges Parents to Vaccinate Their Children Against Measles
Dr. Bennett’s Site
Patients are welcomed to check out the latest on Dr. Bennett’s personal website, HowardJBennett.com, which has frequent posts including fun stuff for kids as well as a blog and medical information for parents.
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Adult Booster Shots
Adolescents have received tetanus/diphtheria booster shots (Td) for decades. In 2005, we started giving pertussis (whooping cough) boosters to our teenage patients. This decision was based on research that showed childhood immunity to pertussis waned during adolescence. The vaccine is called Tdap and is usually given at the 11-year-old physical. It protects against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. Adults are at risk to get pertussis as well and are more likely to spread the infection to infants. In 2005, the CDC recommended the routine use of a single dose of Tdap for adults 19-64 years of age to replace the next booster shot for tetanus and diphtheria (Td). The CDC recommended getting a Tdap sooner for adults that have close contact with infants less than 12 months of age. In 2010, there was an outbreak of pertussis in California that claimed the lives of several infants. This has led to a renewed interest in vaccinating adults against this serious and highly contagious disease. The best place for parents to get a Tdap is from their own doctors. However, if this cannot be arranged, we will give you the vaccination in our office. You can schedule a nurse’s visit to get the shot or we can give it to you if you are in the office with one of your children.