New Web Site Design, Features

If you have visited our site in the last week, you have noticed the change in format.  We wanted to create a more open, inviting space for all those who visit our site.  In addition, we wished to make our site more “mobile-friendly.”  So to this end we have redesigned our web site.  Here are the key new features:

Is Your Child Sick ™ Symptom Checker

We know that one of the reasons you visit medical web sites is for answers about your child.  Do you need to call the doctor?  Do you need to make an appointment? What do you need to look for? What can you do until your child can be seen?  We hope that this feature helps you with some of these answers.  Use this as a guide for common conditions and symptoms.  Of course, if you feel this is an emergency, please call us.  We have also made it easier to reach us, with active click phone numbers (when the site is viewed on a mobile phone).

Mobile-friendly platform

We have made the site more usable for you if you are accessing us from your phone or a tablet device.  The web site changes as it is “responsive” to changes in the resolution of the device you are using.  No more tiny print or trying to zoom in to click on a certain item.  Also the symptom checker is fully active in this mode as well.  As an added feature, if you click on the “Contact Our Offices” tab, all of our phone numbers will appear. When you press on the phone number, you can call that number directly (no more going back to your contacts or phone book).  We have designed this so the most important features show up on the screen no matter what device you are using at the time.

For the future

We hope to be adding some videos and updating some of our links and PDF files over the next few weeks to months.  Thanks so much and don’t forget to add our web site to your FAVORITES on your phone, tablet, or computer!

Cold vs. Flu: What can you do?

Both the common cold and the flu (influenza) are caused by viruses for which there is no definitive treatment.

Colds are typically mild and do not require a visit to the doctor. Medications such as Tylenol or Advil/Motrin can be used to reduce any pain or fever that occurs. Cold and cough medicines are not very effective and are not recommended in children younger than 2 years.

The flu can be quite severe. Medication for flu such as Tamiflu does NOT cure the flu. At best it reduces the symptoms of the flu by 1-2 days if given with the first 24-48 hours from the start of illness, and therefore is only indicated for people at very high risk for complications from flu, including children younger than 2 years old and people with conditions such as asthma or immune suppression. Patients with these conditions should be seen in the office in the first 1-2 days of fever onset.

You should call our office for a same day appointment if your child experiences persistently high fever (> 101 for more than 3 days), appears to have difficulty breathing, or is unable to keep down fluids such as water or Pedialyte. Your child’s pediatrician can determine what the cause of the symptoms is and if any additional treatment is appropriate.

The most effective treatments for any viral illness including both colds and the flu are drinking fluids and getting lots of rest. Drinking fluids prevents dehydration while the body is trying to recover from illness and the body heals best when resting.

Happy Thanksgiving!! Please note our Holiday Hours

We will be OPEN from 8 am-1 pm on Wednesday 11/27.
We will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving 11/28.
On Friday 11/29 our Pickerington and Hilliard offices will be OPEN for patients from all locations from 8 am – 5 pm.
The Lewis Center and Whitehall offices will be CLOSED.
On Saturday the Pickerington and Hilliard offices will be OPEN from 8 am- 12 pm.
There is NO flu clinic in Pickerington on Sat 11/30/19.

Hilliard and Pickerington Sites Add October Walk-In Flu Shot Schedules

The Hilliard and Pickerington offices have added their walk in clinics for flu vaccines.  Please see the schedule below, and follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter for any changes or updates!  Now is the time to get your child immunized!

Hilliard Walk In Hours:

  • Monday-Friday October 1-31 9am-11am and 2:30pm-4:30pm
  • EXTENDED AFTERNOON and EVENING HOURS 2:30pm-6:15pm on October 8, October 17, October 22, and October 31 ONLY
  • Saturdays by appointment only (call 614-529-0771)

Pickerington Walk In Hours:

  • Weekdays 5pm-6:30pm on October 8, October 10, October 15, October 16, October 23, and October 24
  • Saturdays 9-11am on October 5, October 19, and October 26 ONLY

 

2019 Flu Vaccine Schedules To Be Posted

We have received our first shipments of 2019 influenza vaccine.  This year there is one product for ALL ages, so we hope that this will help ensure our supply for everyone through the entire flu season.  Soon we will be posting the schedules and the process for getting your child’s flu vaccine in all of our offices.  Please follow us on Facebook or Twitter for the most up-to-date updates.

Don’t miss the bus

Don’t miss the bus!

Do you need to schedule a physical/well visit or do you have school or sports paperwork that needs to be completed?

Locations are able to schedule three months in advance or more for well care so call or message us in the portal soon to reserve an appointment time convenient to you.

Did you know your annual physical is good for the entire year? If you have school, camp, or work physical forms (as well as many others) your annual well check will allow us to complete your paperwork in about 3-5 days without another visit to us or a second visit at a walk-in clinic.

See you soon and have a happy and healthy summer!

 

Pickerington Office Cancels Flu Clinic 12/6/2018

To all Pickerington patients: Drs. Goist and Stevens are out of the office today. Flu vaccine clinic for tonight, December 6th, 2018 must be cancelled in Pickerington. For flu vaccination of babies 35 months and under only, please come see us on Saturday December 8th between 9 and 12:45 or during our other scheduled clinics. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Flu Vaccine Update

Due to decreased supply at all locations, Pediatric Associates can no longer offer flu vaccine for children 3 years old (36 months) and older at our flu clinics.
 
We are able to offer flu vaccine in Pickerington for children 35 months and under at our remaining flu clinics; December 5th and 6th from 5 pm-6:45 pm and December 1st and 15th from 9 am-12:45 pm and at our Whitehall office December 4, 6, 11, and 13 from 5 pm-6:45 pm until supplies run out.
 
If your baby under 3 is due for a second flu vaccine, please remember to come see us soon during these times.
 
If your child is a patient at our Hilliard or Lewis Center locations, please contact those offices directly for availability and vaccination hours.

November and December Flu Clinics Announced

For all who are still needing flu vaccines, and for those smaller kids (under age 9 who are getting flu shots for the first time) here are the hours to come in and get your flu shot (or your SECOND flu shot if you are in that second group!).

Lewis Center and Hilliard Offices: CALL to set up a time.

Pickerington and Whitehall offices:  see pictures or below:

  • November Whitehall clinics: November 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20th & 29th 5pm-6:45pm
  • December Whitehall clinics: December 4, 6, 11, 13 from 5pm-6:45pm

 

  • November Pickerington clinics: November 1, 7, 8, 14, 15 from 5pm to 6:45pm, and SATURDAYS November 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 9am-12pm.
  • December Pickerington clinics: December 5, 6, 12, 13 from 5pm to 6:45pm and SATURDAYS December 1, 8, 15 from 9am to 12pm