Dr. Traver Out Until Late July 2022 on military deployment

Dr. Traver is on military deployment until July 2022.

Dr. Traver will be out of the office on military deployment and is serving our country with the Air Force.

If you would like to send Dr. Traver a note, card or encouragement of any kind while he is deployed-please send to:

Don Traver

(do not include any rank or title)

386 EMDG

Unit 61410

APO, AE 09855

Thank you for your service, Dr. Traver!

Dr. Traver in air force uniform

 


Masks in the office

Reminder: We are still requiring masks in the office at this time to continue to help protect young infants and children too young to be vaccinated, as well as those children with high risk medical conditions.

We appreciate your help keeping all our patients safe and healthy!


A Message from Pediatrics 5280: COVID Information

We Need Your Help!

We know these are stressful times, so we have put together a guide to answer the most common COVID questions.  If you have questions regarding routine COVID testing, isolation or quarantine, please do not call our office. Instead, take a moment to first read the information below. If you still have questions, then please feel free to reach out via MyChart or phone. Guidelines are continually evolving, and we will update this information as guidelines are updated. Last updated 05/04/22. 

It is our honor to take care of your family, thank you for helping us provide the best care we can.

COVID Testing:

  • If your child has symptoms of COVID (cough, congestion, runny nose, sore throat, fever, etc), please get your child tested.
  • We do not have the ability to test for COVID in our office. You may complete a home COVID test, or test at a community PCR testing site if PCR test is needed.
  • Rapid antigen tests – these tests are generally less accurate than PCR tests, but may be the only testing available.  A positive rapid test does not need a confirmatory PCR test. If your rapid test is positive, you have COVID.  If you have symptoms and your rapid test is negative, ideally repeat a rapid test in 24 hours.  2 negative rapid tests 24 hours apart is the next best testing behind a PCR test, if PCR testing is not possible.
  • PCR testing is available throughout the community but may have longer wait times. Please do not go to the emergency room just for COVID testing if there is not an otherwise urgent medical need.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID or close exposure and have a PCR test pending, please stay home until your test results are available.

Positive COVID Test:

  • If your child tests positive for COVID (rapid or PCR test), they need to isolate at home.
  • The most conservative isolation guidelines are to isolate at home for 10 days after symptom onset or from the day of the positive test for those who are asymptomatic.
  • Many school districts have adopted less conservative isolation measures based on newer CDC guidelines:
    • Isolate at home for 5 days
    • May return to school on day 6 if your child has no symptoms, but must be able to wear a mask at all times for days 6-10
    • Children who are too young to be masked or to wear a mask reliably should isolate for the full 10 days at home
  • Please contact your school, check your district website, or check with your daycare facility for their isolation/testing requirements
  • Most children have mild symptoms with COVID and will not require medical attention.  Can treat supportively at home like other viral illness. Please contact our office if you have concerns about:
    • Dehydration – not drinking well and not having 3-4 wet diapers/urine in 24 hours
    • Breathing – child is breathing faster/harder than usual, notice skin sucking in around their ribs or collar bones, or the child is having trouble breathing
    • Altered Mental Status – child is “not acting right”, overly sleepy or overly irritable
    • Fever lasting more than 72 hours

Quarantine:

  • Similar to isolation guidelines, the CDC still recommends a 10 day quarantine for children in school/daycare. However, many school districts have adopted the less conservative guidelines outlined below. Please check with your school or daycare for protocols.
  • For Household Contacts: if someone in your family tests positive for COVID, do your best to isolate them away from the rest of the family.
    • If your child is fully vaccinated (including booster for those who are eligible), and no symptoms, they may continue to attend school/work but must wear a mask at all times for 10 days.
      • Testing on day 5 is recommended (PCR testing preferred if no symptoms)
      • If your child develops symptoms, they should stay home and get tested
    • If your child is not vaccinated, or has not yet received their booster dose (ages 12+), they need to quarantine at home.
      • Quarantine at home for 5 days
      • Testing on day 5 is recommended (PCR testing preferred if no symptoms)
      • If your child develops symptoms, they should stay home and get tested
      • If negative test on day 5 and no symptoms, may return to school on day 6, but must be able to wear a mask at all times for days 6-10
      • Children who are too young to be masked or to wear a mask reliably should quarantine for the full 10 days at home
    • If you are unable to isolate the positive family member away from the rest of the family, your child’s quarantine period starts after the positive person has completed their isolation
      • For example, if a parent is positive for COVID and needs to care for younger children, the parent should complete 5 days of isolation and then must wear a mask at home at all times for an additional 5 days.
      • The child’s quarantine period starts after the initial 5 day isolation, or longer if the parent is unable to wear a mask at home
  • For school or community COVID contact/exposures:
    • If your child is fully vaccinated (including booster for those eligible), and no symptoms, they may continue to attend school/work but must wear a mask at all times for 10 days
      • Testing on day 5 is recommended (PCR testing preferred if no symptoms)
      • If your child develops symptoms, they should stay home and get tested
    • If your child is not vaccinated or has not yet received their booster dose (ages 12+), they need to quarantine at home
      • Quarantine at home for 5 days
      • Testing on day 5 is recommended (PCR testing preferred if no symptoms)
      • If your child develops symptoms, they should stay home and get tested
      • May return to school on day 6, but must be able to wear a mask at all times for days 6-10
      • Children who are too young to be masked or to wear a mask reliably should quarantine for the full 10 days at home

COVID Vaccines:

  • Children aged 5 years and up are eligible for the Pfizer COVID vaccine (2 vaccine series-3 weeks apart)
  • Children aged 12 years and up are eligible for a booster dose which can be given 5 months after the initial 2 dose series is completed
  • Children aged 5 years and up are eligible for a third dose as part of the initial series if they are immunocompromised. This may include children undergoing chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant, children with immune deficiencies such as SCID, Wiscott-Aldrich or HIV, or children who are taking immunosuppressant medications.
  • COVID vaccines and booster doses can be scheduled in our office through MyChart, see our website for scheduling link and instructions.

MyChart COVID Vaccine Scheduling at Pediatrics 5280

We are currently using MyChart (online patient portal) to schedule COVID vaccine appointments. This can be used for patients of any approved age to receive COVID vaccine (currently ages 5+),child getting covid vaccine and any dose needed (first, second or booster). It is the Pfizer COVID vaccine-2nd dose should be scheduled 3 weeks after the first dose. Booster doses are currently approved for ages 16+, 6 months after 2nd dose. We anticipate possible final approval for booster doses ages 12+ and 5 months after 2nd dose as soon as this week.

How to Schedule

Please review our Covid vaccine appointment page prior to scheduling your child’s appointment online.

MyChart COVID Vaccine Scheduling


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