As you are aware COVID-19 is rapidly spreading through our community and affecting our children in unprecedented numbers.
Many of you have children who currently have COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19 and have your children at home in isolation or quarantine. We are providing this video today to help guide you during this very difficult and stressful situation.
This video will answer your questions about isolation or quarantine if your child has COVID-19 or has been exposed to COVID-19
If your child is very ill and needs to be seen please call the office immediately to schedule an appointment.
As always, your pediatricians at Pediatric Partners are following the medical science and public health guidelines of the CDC to best keep your children healthy and safe, and to be able to keep them in school safely.
The Florida Department of education has guidelines for public school children that may differ from those of the health department and CDC
If your child currently has COVID-19 and is in isolation at home he or she will be required to remain in isolation and away from school for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, and may return to school if he or she is fever free for at least 24 hours and his/her symptoms have resolved. Please try to keep your child isolated from other vulnerable family members as much as possible
If your child is COVID-19 positive but is asymptomatic, he/she is still required to stay at home in isolation for 10 days and may return to school thereafter. Once again keep your child isolated from other vulnerable family members as the virus can be spread from asymptomatic carriers.
If your child has been exposed to a known case of COVID-19, he/she is required to stay home for 14 days from the last exposure , as long as he/she remains symptom-free
If Your child is in quarantine because of a close contact with someone who has COVID-19, and he/she develops symptoms while in quarantine your child will be required to stay home for an additional 10 days from the onset of their symptoms, and return to school if he/she is fever free for 24 hours and symptoms have resolved
If your child or any family member is at home with symptomatic COVID-19, it is important to try to isolate that person as much as possible. Any family members who are exposed to that person will need to remain in quarantine 10 days after the last exposure, so if they continue to be exposed in the household, they would have to quarantine for an additional 10 days after each repeat exposure. Family members that are vaccinated do not need to quarantine but should continue to wear their masks in public and get tested if they become symptomatic
If you still have unanswered questions about quarantine or isolation, or you are concerned about your child’s health please call our office to speak to one of our triage nurses or to set up an appointment.
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
With this week’s authorization of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to be use in children 12 years of age and older, Pediatric Partners is pleased to announce that we will be administering COVID-19 vaccines for our patients and their families. We plan on holding our first vaccine clinics at our Boca Raton and Palm Beach Gardens locations on Saturday May 22nd and Sunday May 23rd from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm.
Pediatric Partners is thrilled that our pre-teen and teens are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. This is truly an amazing scientific break-through and public health accomplishment for our country and our community. Vaccination of our kids will allow them to safely begin socializing, returning to school and will reduce the spread of the COVID infection in our community.
As Pediatricians we appreciate and understand that some of our patients and parents have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine. You can find additional information, including FAQs from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) by clicking HERE.
During our COVID-19 clinics, our pediatricians, nurse practitioners and clinical staff will be present at both locations to help administer the vaccines and answer any questions you may have.
As part of our commitment to our patients and our community we plan on holding more clinics in the near future. If you know anyone who is 12 years or older needing COVID-19 vaccination, we will be happy to accommodate them.
To book an appointment go to our patient portal or call us at 561-741-0000.
COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Our goal at Pediatric Partners is to keep all our patients and their families healthy, and not only to treat illness when it occurs, but to help prevent children from severe life-threatening illness caused by vaccine preventable diseases.
Since the discovery of Small Pox vaccine in 1798, safe and effective vaccines have been thoroughly researched and developed over the centuries, and have almost completely eradicated many devastating and life threatening illnesses.
As with all vaccines and new medications, the COVID-19 vaccine was scrupulously tested and safely and effectively administered to tens of thousands of volunteers before releasing it to the public, and at this time millions of doses have now been safely administered.
This has dramatically reduced the death rate from COVID-19 as well as the spread of the virus in our country, but we have a long way to go.
COVID-19 vaccines continue to be monitored very closely.In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that COVID-19 vaccines will have “the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history”.
Serious side effects that would cause a long-term health problem are extremely unlikely following COVID-19 vaccination. Long-term side effects following any vaccination are extremely rare. Vaccine monitoring has historically shown that if side effects are going to happen, they generally happen within six weeks of receiving a vaccine dose. For this reason, the Food and Drug Administration required each of the authorized COVID-19 vaccines to be studied for at least two months (eight weeks) after the final dose. Millions of people have received COVID-19 vaccines, and no long-term side effects have been detected. These facts are telling us that the CDC continues to closely monitor COVID-19 vaccines.
Compared to adults, younger children have been overall less severely affected by COVID, but many children have gone on to develop a severe late onset illness called MIS-C, and many have died. Currently as the older population has been vaccinated, the number of cases in children and young adults is now rising dramatically, and many of these patients are hospitalized and in the ICU.
Children do have a strong immune system which will actually help them respond to the vaccine more effectively and safely, and will protect them from severe illness.
In addition, the more people that are vaccinated, both adults and children, will help to create herd immunity and eventually eradicate this virus entirely.
Pediatric Partners continues to recommend timely vaccination with all the currently recommended vaccines for children, and we also strongly recommend you protect your children and yourselves by getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
At Pediatric Partners we appreciate and understand that some of our patients and parents have questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, CLICK HERE to view additional information and FAQs from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) that can help answer additional questions you may have.
Children & The COVID-19 Vaccine