October 31, 2017 (read online)
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WPA Policy on Vaccinating Your Child

All of your healthcare providers at Wareham Pediatric Associates have always advocated VERY strongly that all children should be fully vaccinated according to the standard schedule created by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

We firmly believe in the safety of vaccines.  There is more than enough high-quality, scientific research that is unbiased by corporate interests to anchor these beliefs as true.

We firmly believe in the effectiveness of vaccines to prevent serious illnesses and to save lives.  Vaccines are one of the most important contributors to improving the health of children and adults.  

Vaccines are not just about protecting the person receiving the vaccine, but also about protecting the community in which that person lives.

Knowing that some families are nervous about vaccinating their infants, we are willing to partner with families as long as they understand that all children must start receiving the standard vaccines by age 6 months of age.   Additionally, children must be entirely up to date with the AAP Vaccine Schedule at the following ages:

  • 2 years old
  • 5 years old
  • 12 years old
  • 18 years old

The recommended vaccines and their schedule of administration are the results of years of scientific study and data gathered on millions of children by thousands of our brightest scientists and physicians.

Misinformation about vaccine safety has resulted in increased numbers of unvaccinated children.  Since travel in our country and around the world is cheaper and easier, there is an increased risk of vaccine preventable diseases in our community.

In order to protect the infants, children, and adults in our practice and in our community who have a compromised immune system [like patients on chemotherapy, patients with diseases of their immune system, patients on long-term immune suppressing therapy], we can no longer care for children if their parents refuse to immunize them.

The Doctor is In

School Sickness Absence Policy

My child is sick and can’t go to school, but I don’t think he/she needs to come in, can I get a school excuse note?

As we start a new school year, this is a very common scenario in our office. A child may wake up with symptoms of gastroenteritis with vomiting and/or diarrhea. The child can not go to school due to the symptoms, but you know to offer fluids and monitor for signs of dehydration.

In the past the only way to get the absence excused with a doctor’s note, was to come to the office. Last year, we adopted a new policy at Wareham Pediatrics to allow our nurses to send a school excuse note directly to your child’s school if they are ill with what appears to be a mild self-limited illness. We request that you call our office in the morning to discuss your child’s symptoms with our triage nurse. After providing care advice, she will send a note to the school excusing your child’s absence for that day. If your child remains unable to attend school the next day, we will want to see him/her in the office. Also, if your child has had several excused absences we will want to see them in the office instead of providing a school note.

Our goal with this new policy is to reduce unnecessary visits to the office while still being able to exercise clinical judgement to ensure your child’s well-being.

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Good Eats

The Great Pumpkin…SEED!

If you are carving a fresh pumpkin, don’t throw out the seeds! Roast them for a nutty treat loaded with fiber! 1 cup of pumpkin seeds contains 12g of dietary fiber. Homemade roasted pumpkin seeds are a guilt-free treat since they are full of health benefits. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which have benefits to the skin, hair, and nails. The healthy fat has also been linked to improving artery, cholesterol, and brain health.

Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, zinc, protein, and iron. It is believed that you can receive more zinc by eating the whole pumpkin seed including the shell. Directly beneath the shell is a layer which tends to be rich in the mineral. Since the seeds have been boiled, eating the shell won’t make pumpkin seeds harder to digest.

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds to Crispy Perfection in Under an Hour

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions (click here)

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Name
: Amanda Conley
Hometown: Newton, MA
Hobbies: baking, walking, playing with the kids
Pets: Oliver the cat
Favorites –
Food: chocolate
Super hero: Wonder Woman
Subject in school: math
Musician: Mumford and sons
Vacation spot: Martha’s Vineyard

What’s Happening

We are happy to introduce two new nurses to our team of dedicated pediatric nurses, Scotlyn and Shannon!

What’s Up Doc?

Here are some links to ensure a fun filled Halloween for everyone!

The American Academy of Pediatrics has put together a list of tips – click here

Here is a creative way to allow those with food sensitivities be included in the trick or treating fun – click here

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Wareham Pediatrics
53 Marion Road
Wareham, MA 02571
(508) 295-8622

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