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Kids Still Need Their Shots During Covid-19

3rd May 2020

Harbor Health’s Pediatrics team has important reminder for parents and caregivers

Making sure the children in your life are up to date on their vaccinations helps them stay healthy.  Keeping a child on schedule with vaccinations also helps limit the spread of serious diseases such as measles, whooping cough, and mumps.

Because of COVID-19, many parents and caregivers feel nervous about bringing a child in to the health center for vaccinations.

We can understand!  Keeping children safe is something we all want to do.

Our pediatrics team at Daniel Driscoll – Neponset Health Center reminds parents and caregivers that children still need protection from other illnesses that also spread easily and can make them very sick.

The best way to protect them is NOT to delay getting vaccines.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that children continue to get their routine vaccines during the pandemic, especially children under 2 years of age.

The pediatrics team has taken important steps to make sure you and your children stay safe during your visit:

  1. We have divided the pediatrics office into a sick side and a well side. For vaccinations, you and your child will go to an exam room on the well side.
  2. Patient visits are spaced out so no one is waiting in the waiting room. We will bring you to an exam room right away.
  3. Our staff is masked and we ask you to wear one too. The CDC recommends wearing a fabric face covering to slow the spread of the virus but should not be used on children under the age of two.

Find helpful information on making a fabric face covering:

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To make an appointment for vaccinations, call just call (617) 282-3200.

When should a child be vaccinated?

A child usually gets their first vaccine soon after they are born.  You can also ask your child’s provider about vaccines they may need by calling the office or sending a message through our patient portal.

You can find the updated schedule of vaccines from the CDC by clicking the button below:

CDC Vaccination Schedule

Pediatrics IS OPEN for Telehealth and Face-to-Face Appointments

Our pediatric team is offering telehealth video and phone appointments to all our patients.

If your child is sick and has an urgent medical issue, we can schedule an in-person appointment.  Please do not delay getting urgent care for your child!

Newborns and Well-Baby Visits

The team is also seeing newborns and doing well-baby visits for all patients under 18 months in our office.

For infants and toddlers, having a face-to-face appointment in the office is very important.  It makes it possible for our providers to track their growth and development, and make sure they are healthy.

All well-baby and well-child visits take place in an exam room on the well side of the practice.  You will also be taken to your exam room right away – no wait in the waiting room!

New Patients Welcome!

To learn more about our pediatrics practice and providers, click the button below.

Learn About Pediatrics