Covid-19 Vaccine Update

Everyone age 16 and older is eligible for the covid-19 vaccine with the addition of Phase 2 starting 4/2/2021.  Using the state vaccine website – www.vaccinefinder.org – is what we recommend to everyone who does not have an active MyChart account. Please note that people age 16-17 can only get the Pfizer vaccine.  Age 18 and over can get any of the 3 vaccines. Please make sure you specify the correct vaccine when using vaccinefinder.org

Children’s Hospital Colorado is also offering covid-19 vaccines.  Patients with an active MyChart account can go directly to the Children’s website and sign up for a vaccine that will not require a referral from a physician/PA.  Patients with a recent visit to Children’s Hospital Colorado should also have received a message directly from them in MyChart on how to schedule.  Any patient under 18 will need a parent to go with them to their vaccine appointment to sign the consent form.

 


Updated Covid-19 FAQs

Frequently Asked COVID-19 Questions:

During this time of social distancing, it is still very important for children to receive regular medical care and vaccinations. We will continue to provide this essential service to the community. We are taking extra precautions to provide safe care, including scheduling only well care in the mornings and sick care in the afternoons with enhanced cleaning procedures in the office. We also now have the ability to schedule telemedicine appointments with our providers.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Unfortunately, there are no symptoms that separate COVID-19 from other common illnesses, except for loss of taste or smell.  Symptoms can range from very mild (mimicking a common cold) to more severe (difficulty breathing, needing hospital care).  Children are more likely to have mild symptoms.

The CDC separates symptoms into “Major” (more likely to be COVID-19) and “Minor” (less likely to be COVID-19).

Major symptoms include:

  • Feeling feverish or having chills
  • Temperature of 100.4 F (38 C) or higher
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

Minor symptoms include:

  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

My child is sick, what should I do?

If your child or family has a known exposure to someone sick with COVID-19, or your child is experiencing loss of taste or smell, please stay at home and call our office.

If your child does not have any known exposures or loss of taste or smell, but has any symptoms listed above, please do not send them to school or daycare, and keep them isolated at home.  In general, if your child has major symptoms (see above) that self resolve within 24 hours, or minor symptoms (see above) that self resolve within 48 hours, they may not need a COVID-19 test before returning to school or daycare.  Please call our office at (303) 779-5437 if you think your child may fit this criteria.

If your child has symptoms that last for more than 48 hours, they likely will need a COVID-19 test before returning to school or daycare. Please call our office and we can help get a test set up for you.

My child was exposed to COVID-19, what should I do?

A person is considered “exposed” if they have been in close contact (within 6 feet) for more than 15 minutes with someone who has tested positive, even if they were wearing a mask. This might include contact within a classroom, sports team, or playdate setting.  If your child has been exposed, he or she needs to quarantine at home for 14 days.  Please call our office at (303) 779-5437 for more guidance on quarantine and testing.

Who needs to be tested for COVID-19?

Testing is generally recommended for anyone who is symptomatic (see “My child is sick” section above).  Tests are most accurate 2-4 days after symptom onset.

Is there any special treatment for COVID-19?

Although some people with COVID-19 can become very sick and require hospitalization, most individuals recover by resting, drinking plenty of liquids, and taking pain and fever-reducing medications. COVID-19 is a viral illness so antibiotics will not treat the infection. It is crucial to stay at home and avoid being around others.

My child has been diagnosed with COVID-19. What should I look out for?

For many children, COVID-19 is a mild illness, and does not necessarily need medical attention.  However, sometimes symptoms may become more severe.  If your child has any of the following, please give our office a call at (303) 779-5437, as we may recommend they be evaluated in the office or Emergency Department:

  • Concerns about your child’s breathing – breathing seems harder or faster, wheezing noises, or struggling to breathe
  • Cough sounds croupy or barky
  • If your child has asthma and is not responding to breathing treatments.
  • Signs of dehydration – not having at least 3 urines per 24 hours, or unable to take liquids by mouth.
  • Fever higher than 100.4 that lasts for more than 3 days

What can I do to keep my family and community safe?

We recommend that everyone follow guidelines put out by the state health department (CDPHE) and the CDC.  Most guidelines are by county.  You can check your county’s specific level and restrictions here:

View Colorado’s Restrictions

Click on “show guidelines and restrictions” to see a breakdown of what is recommended in your county.

We all need to do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Because some people may have no symptoms (asymptomatic) or very mild symptoms, the best thing we can do is practice social distancing and wear a mask.  We would recommend that all children ages 3 and up wear a mask indoors, and outdoors when it is not possible to maintain 6 feet of social distancing.  This would include outdoor recreation like hiking, playgrounds, parks, etc when there are other people present. We would also recommend limiting in person gatherings.  Please check your county regulations for updated guidance regarding in person gathering limits.

What about the COVID-19 Vaccine?

We are excited about the development of several promising COVID-19 vaccines! As of now, the vaccines are being distributed and administered by the state government.  Colorado has developed a phase based plan regarding who will be eligible for the vaccine – those working in healthcare or considered higher risk will be eligible first.  Most of our providers have already received their first doses! Unfortunately we are not able to offer the COVID-19 vaccine in our office, and do not have control over how our patients are classified in the phase based administration plan.  At this time, the vaccine is only approved for people ages 16 and up, so many of our youngest patients will not be able to receive the vaccine.  We hope this will change as more research is done.  If you have questions about when you might be eligible to receive a vaccine, please check out the CDPHE website at https://covid19.colorado.gov/for-coloradans/vaccine/vaccine-for-coloradans

 


Flu Clinics For The 2020 Season

We will be giving flu shots this year and running flu clinics at both offices, but we are using a reservation system on Sign-Up Genius to help the flow of traffic and minimize wait times.  Please click the 3 following links for dates/times, instructions, and our Sign-Up Genius website.

Flu Clinic Dates and Times

Flu Clinic Sign Up Instructions

Sign up for our Flu Clinic:

Sign Up!

Consult our Guide to the Flu for information regarding flu prevention and treatment.

On the day of your Flu Vaccine Clinic please follow these instructions:

Please do not arrive more than 5 minutes early for your time slot. If you arrive more than 10 minutes late you will be asked to come back another time and reserve a separate, future time slot.

Everyone at the Flu Clinics must be free of any symptoms of illness. If any symptoms develop, please cancel and/or reschedule your reservation.

Please have your reservation available (screenshot, email, printed, etc.) at the time of your reservation. Only the individuals listed on the reservation will be able to receive a flu vaccine.

Thank you for your patience this flu season as we navigate the changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 


Telemedicine is here!

We have exciting news! Telemedicine is now up and running at the office! Call (303) 779-5437 to schedule a telemedicine appointment today!

About Telemedicine

During this time of social distancing it is still very important for infants, children and teenagers to have access to regular medical care and vaccinations.  We will continue to provide this essential service to our community.  We are taking ongoing extra precautions to provide safe care, including scheduling only well care in the mornings and sick care in the afternoons in the office, and enhanced cleaning protocols.  

We now also have the ability to schedule telemedicine appointments with our providers.  When you call to schedule an appointment, our front desk or triage nurses will discuss your concerns and determine if the visit needs to be seen in the office, or if a telemedicine/video appointment would be an option.  Our staff will then walk you through the telemedicine process.  These visits are billed through your insurance just like a regular in-office visit.  Please call the office with any questions or concerns. 

We are here to care for your family as always!

 


Update from our Behavioral Health Team

From our behavioral health team at Pediatrics 5280:

We hope you are managing to stay calm during this unprecedented time. We are wanting to implement some precautions to keep the children and families with whom we work, and our team members, safe. Here are a few updates regarding behavioral health appointments with Dr. Vona or Sarah Sutherland to make sure we are keeping everyone safe and comfortable during this time.

1.    Your behavioral health provider will contact you prior to your appointment to determine the best way to deliver services in the safest and most comfortable way for you (e.g. in person, phone, telehealth, or alternative location).

2.    If you or someone in your household has had a cough or fever in the last 48 hours or if you have been around someone who has had a cough or fever in the last 48 hours, we are asking that you cancel your in-office appointment with Dr. Vona or Sarah Sutherland and telehealth appointment will be offered.

3.    When you arrive for your appointment with Dr. Vona or Sarah Sutherland at Pediatrics 5280, you will be entering a side door on the south side of the building. We are asking that families wait in their car rather than in the waiting room during patient appointments (unless it is a family session). Your clinician will give you specific information when they contact you prior to your appointment.

4.    Payment options and any needed paperwork will be discussed at the beginning of the session by your provider.

5.    We ask that you use the hand sanitizer that will be available before you enter the office.

6.    We will be cleaning our therapy materials and offices with disinfectant after each therapy appointment.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our behavioral health team leader, Dr. Natalie Vona, at 720-971-9774



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