Office News & Updates
COVID 19 Letter
To Our Parents and Caregivers,
As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has made life difficult for all of us. For both patient and staff well being, we will be doing things a little differently in the coming weeks and months.
With the exception of newborns, the doctors will not be seeing patients in the office. In lieu of office visits, they will be practicing telemedicine.
Please do not send emails about forms or medical issues.
We don’t have enough staff on hand to respond to email queries. However, we understand that school and camp forms may need to be completed. We ask that you MAIL the forms to us, and please allow 10 days for turnaround. Please note that we are charging $25 per form.
You can make same day televisits for sick care or you can schedule appointments for ongoing issues such as ADHD, intestinal problems, headaches, etc. You can also schedule telehealth visits for “routine physicals.” Medication refills and evening calls will be billed as telehealth visits.
When the office returns to normal business operations, we will provide “catch-up” physical exam visits, vision and hearing screening, and lab services that were suspended during the pandemic.
We are giving immunizations to infants and children of all ages. If you don’t know whether your child needs a vaccine, please call the office. The nurses will obtain that information within 24 hours.
Payment for Services
Telehealth visits will be billed the same as office visits. As noted above, we are now billing for medication refills, evening phone calls, and camp/school forms.
We apologize for any inconvenience this causes and appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time.
Thank you and stay healthy!
Drs. Ahlstrom, Bennett and Hall
The Nurses at CCPeds
Last Update: 4.28.20
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Vaccine Policy During the Coronavirus Pandemic
In order to give vaccines in the safest way possible for our families and staff, we have set up the following protocol:
- Children should come to the office with only one parent or caregiver.
- The child and caregiver must be well and have had no contact with anyone who has COVID-19 or is being tested for the virus.
- Parents, please call when you arrive in the parking lot. But you should stay in your car until we call you back. If you have a facemask, please wear it during the visit. If you don’t have a mask, we will give you one when you enter the office.
- In most cases, one child and one parent per family will be scheduled for a vaccine on a given day. If two children need to be vaccinated, each child will be given an appointment, but there must be one caregiver present for each child. While one child is getting a shot, the other one will be in the car with the second parent or guardian. The second child will come to the office after the first one
- For babies, shots may be given more efficiently if the child is kept in his or her car seat. This means the child should be dressed in a onesie so the nurse doesn’t need to undress the baby for the shot.
- For toddlers and preschoolers, parents need to be prepared to hold their child so the shots can be given safely.
- Once the vaccine is administered, you will promptly leave the office to minimize exposures to other families. Any concerns or questions may be addressed by follow-up call.
- If parents show up sick or with a sick child, you will be asked to leave and reschedule the visit.
- Nurses will wear facemasks and gloves when administering vaccines.
- Rooms will be thoroughly cleaned after each visit.
- You will be billed for the visit rather than having to provide any copays during the visit.
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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.