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!

COVID-19 Tests In Our Offices: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can my children get a COVID test in your office?

A: Yes, if you have a child (or children) who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, you can schedule an ill visit with a doctor to be tested for COVID-19.

 

Q: If my child has no symptoms, but has been exposed and needs a test to return to school or activities, can you do the test in your office?

A: Yes. You can schedule a doctor’s visit to have your child seen and tested.

 

Q: Do you offer “nurse only” visits for COVID-19 testing?

A: No. Due to shortages in nursing staff, we are not able to offer this service. But you can schedule an appointment with a physician.

 

Q: Do you have home COVID-19 tests you can give us?

A: No. We have an antigen test we use in our office. You can now order COVID-19 tests for your family at https://www.covidtests.gov/ .

 

Q: Everyone in our house either has COVID or has been exposed.  Will you see our children if needed?

A: Yes! If your child has more severe COVID symptoms such as breathing difficulties or severe wheezing, we will direct them to an Emergency Department. Call your primary office first to see how best to schedule your child.

How Much Sleep Do Babies And Children Need?

Just as we can get cranky and not respond up to par without sufficient sleep, babies and children react the same way. The National Sleep Foundation has set some guidelines for parents. Of course, a child can vary from the recommendations a little and still be getting healthy sleep. Exactly how much sleep do babies and children need? We will provide you with some guidelines.

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Speech Development Expectations: From Infancy to Preschool

Although every child learns to speak at his or her own pace, parents want to know if their child’s speech and language development is on the right track. There are general milestones which are helpful in understanding age-appropriate speech development expectations from infancy to preschool. These guidelines can help parents and other caregivers to know if extra help might be needed.

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Our COVID-19 Vaccine Statement and Recommendations

Pediatric Associates Family,

We endorse the COVID-19 vaccine in the 5 to 11 year old age group. This vaccine has been highly successful at preventing hospitalizations and deaths in the other age groups where it has been given FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). It has also been highly effective at preventing symptomatic illness from COVID-19.

We believe in the safety and effectiveness of this vaccine, and we will be offering this to our patients in our offices. We will be limited by supply and storage considerations, but plan to have it available to our patients as best as we can. We also encourage you to have your children receive the vaccine wherever you can schedule an appointment. That could be at the health department, your local community hospital, or the COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

The support of this vaccine, like our support for other vaccines, is motivated solely by medical evidence and our commitment to the health of your children and our community. We have no financial or political gains for our recommendations. For more information, see our Vaccine Facts Sheet, on our social media pages, courtesy of content expert Katelyn Jetelina, MD (Your Local Epidiemiologist on Facebook), and have a discussion with your child’s pediatrician.

Thank you always for your hard work as parents, and your support of our practice during this pandemic.

Schedule an COVID-19 Vaccination

Pediatric Associates, Inc. offers COVID-19 vaccinations for patients 5 and older in the greater Columbus area. For more information about vaccination availability and to schedule an appointment, please contact our office and request an appointment today!

Updated Flu Shot Clinic Information!

November Flu Vaccine Clinics for Every Office: Update

Hilliard Flu Vaccine Clinics–CALL for an appointment time

Tuesday, November 9, 6:00-7:30pm

Saturday, November 13, 8:30-11:45am

Thursday, November 18, 6:00-7:30pm

Saturday, November 20, 8:30-11:45am

Lewis Center Vaccine Clinics–CALL for an appointment time

Saturdays, all from 8am-12pm:

November 6

November 13

November 20

Whitehall Vaccine Clinics–CALL for an appointment time

Saturday, November 6, 8am-12pm

Pickerington/Canal Winchester Vaccine Clinics (held at the Pickerington office)–CALL for an appointment time

Wednesday, November 3, 6-8pm

Saturday, November 13, 8:30-11:30am

Tuesday, November 16, 6-8pm

Thursday, November 18, 6-8pm

Tuesday, November 23, 6-8pm

Tuesday, November 30, 6-8pm

NOTE: the Pickerington/Canal Vaccine clinics are mostly full for November. Check for openings or cancellations, and stay tuned soon for our December schedule.

Flu VACCINE season is here!

With all of the changes we have been through in the past year and a half, it’s hard to believe that it is time to get our flu vaccines already! We highly recommend children 6 months and older receive an annual influenza (flu) vaccine.  It is best to get this in the fall prior to the flu season.

We have been working very hard to build flu vaccine clinics at all of our sites. However, the pandemic has caused nationwide shortages in healthcare, especially nursing care.  Please bear with us as we continue to try to fill these spots and deliver timely care.  As always, if you are in for a “regular” visit with one of our doctors, we will offer the flu vaccine if we have the supply for your insurance plan. REMINDER: The clinics are by appointment only (no walk-in visits). Thanks for understanding.

Please see below for flu vaccine-only visit times for each office in October. Our November schedule will be published soon!

Whitehall—614.501.7337

October 5, 2021, 5pm-6:30pm

October 7, 2021, 5pm-6:30pm

October 9, 2021, 8am-12noon

October 12, 2021, 5pm-6:30pm

 

Lewis Center (all times 8am-12noon unless otherwise indicated)—740.657.8000

October 9, 2021

October 16, 2021

October 23, 2021

October 30, 2021

 

Pickerington—614.864.3222

October 6, 2021, 6-8pm

October 9, 2021, 8:30am-11:30am

October 12, 2021, 6-8pm

October 14, 2021, 6-8pm

October 19, 2021, 6-8pm

October 23, 2021, 8:30-11:30am

October 27, 2021, 6-8pm

 

Canal Winchester—614.837.7337

Canal Winchester patients will be placed in the Pickerington appointment slots.

 

Hilliard—614.529.0771

Due to staffing issues, the Hilliard office will not be able to offer vaccine-only appointment slots in October, but expect to have clinics in November.  Stay tuned for our November schedule, coming out soon.  Thank you for your patience!

Important Information Regarding COVID-19 Testing

Pediatric Associates, Inc. is committed to the health and well-being of all our patients. We have been receiving a large number of phone calls requesting COVID-19 testing for children without symptoms who have been directly exposed to COVID-19. At this time, we will NOT be performing these tests. There are several options if you are in this situation. Your child can quarantine for 10 days following the most recent exposure, and can return to school without testing. Also, testing can be done by obtaining a home COVID test kit. These are readily available at many schools and libraries. Use the following link to check for availability:

https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/dashboards/other-resources/testing-ch-centers

Our offices will not be providing work or school excuses based on the results of home COVID tests. The results are easily accessible and can be made available if needed to any employer or school.