It has been over a year since we first started using our patient portal and it has been a success. We have over 2500 patients signed up for our patient portal and many families have taken advantage of the portal to schedule appointments, request refills, review their child’s immunizations, and ask our providers questions about their child’s health. This past month we have created a frequently asked questions handout to help parents understand the benefits of a patient portal. Click here to see this handout and learn more about our patient portal. If you are interested in signing up for the patient portal, click here. You can also ask to sign up for the patient portal when you are in the office.
We would like to introduce you to a new feature on our website, Julia’s blog. Julia Mendes will be sharing her thoughts and experiences over the next year on our website. Click here to read Julia’s blog.
We are proud to announce that over 50% of our patients with asthma have been immunized to protect against influenza. Each year we strive to improve our vaccination rates in this population of patients who are at risk for complications from influenza infection. This year we are aiming at immunizing at least 85% of our patients with asthma. We would love to immunize 100%, but from past tracking data we have learned approximately 15% of our patients/parents refuse influenza vaccination in their child. If you child has asthma and has not received a flu vaccine yet, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.
The Southcoast YMCA registration for winter programs begins in December. Click here to see a brochure describing programs that are being offered.
For our families who enjoy Christmas Concerts, The Sippican Choral Society’s Christmas Concert will be held on December 6th at Grace Episcopal Church in New Bedford and December 8th at Wickendon Chapel at Tabor Academy. To learn more about this event click here.
Edaville Railroad’s festival of lights begins November 22nd you can learn more about this event as well as The Polar Express on their website.
The start of the school year also signals the beginning of flu vaccine season at Wareham Pediatrics. Each year we strive to improve the service we deliver our patients. One of our most important jobs is to help keep your children healthy and safe. We all feel strongly that annual influenza vaccination is a vital step to keeping our children safe. Just this weekend I was reading an article published by the American Academy of Pediatrics looking at Influenza-Associated Pediatric Deaths in the United States from 2004 – 2012. During that 8 year time period there were 830 pediatric deaths due to influenza. Of those, 43% were children who did not have an underlying medical illness. In other words almost half of the influenza deaths in our country are healthy children. This information is the foundation of our efforts to immunize as many of our patients as possible. We have set up systems in the office to monitor our success in immunizing our patients and to ensure that all patients are offered influenza vaccination. Please take a moment to review information about the safety and effectiveness of influenza vaccination by clicking here and consider influenza vaccination for your child the next time you are in the office.
Although we will be closed on Thanksgiving, we have nurses and a physician available to answer any questions you may have. Please do not hesitate to call if your child is sick or injured, many times we can offer treatment advice that can help you avoid a trip to the emergency room. We will be open our normal hours the Wednesday before Thanksgiving as well as Black Friday. To review our office hours, please click here.
It seems the Christmas season starts earlier each year. We have not had Thanksgiving yet, but Christmas music is already on the radio station. As you prepare for Christmas, click here to read a nice story that will give you some things to think about as you try to make your holiday a special event for your family. We would also like to provide you a link about winter safety from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
For those parents who have an athlete in the house, we have included some links on preventing sports injuries in this month’s newsletter from our friends in the Sports Medicine Department at Boston Children’s Hospital. We are proud of our relationship with Boston Children’s Hospital as a Preferred Pediatric Practice and enjoy the opportunity to bring resources from Boston Children’s to our patients. Wrestling Skiing Basketball IceHockey Gymnastics&Cheering
We would also like to remind parents that we have Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and Ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil) dosing charts for children on our website. It can be useful to bookmark this page or print a copy and keep it handy so that you have a reference to use when your child has a fever. Click here to see the dosing chart.