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Updates

Updated 2 Jun 2024

Measles- Measles is the most contagious disease in human history and we have been seeing an increase in cases in America mostly due to international travel-  146 US cases in 2024 as of 30 May 2024.  Please make sure your children have gotten full protection prior to international travel:

From CDC Health Alert

U.S. residents older than age 6 months without evidence of immunity who are planning to travel internationally should receive MMR vaccine prior to departure.

  • Infants aged 6 through 11 months should receive one dose of MMR vaccine before departure. Infants who receive a dose of MMR vaccine before their first birthday should receive two more doses of MMR vaccine, the first of which should be administered when the child is age 12 through 15 months and the second at least 28 days later.
  • Children aged 12 months or older should receive two doses of MMR vaccine, separated by at least 28 days.

Infographic: Protect your child from measles. Measles is still common in many parts of the world. Unvaccinated travelers who get measles in other countries continue to bring the disease into the United States. Give your child the best protection against measles with two doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine.

CHADIS Developmental Screens-Save time ! We started a new online developmental screening program Jan 2024 so you can complete developmental screens and ADHD scales on your phone or computer before the appointment to save time! (CHADIS Infographic) You (or your child if a teen) should get an invitation to sign into your patient portal to complete the forms.  The link to the portal is at the top right of this page and also here.

COVID Vaccine - COVID cases are fortunately much lower but just like other vaccines we recommend everyone to be up to date on their protection against this awful virus.  We have the updated Fall 2023 Moderna COVID vaccine - The updated vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older, especially our elders- remind the grandparents! ACIP and CDC recommend a second spring dose of updated 2023-2024 COVID vaccine for people 65 yo and older.

Pfizer COVID vaccine is available at local health departments.

Flu vaccine is available at all 3 offices- Flu vaccine is important especially for young children, elderly and pregnant people. Last year was a bad flu season - click here to see Families Fighting Flu season in review.

We are a Vaccinating Practice

Sandhills Pediatrics is a vaccinating practice – for the health and safety of our patients and our community. Vaccines prevent serious illnesses and save lives.

Children and young adults should receive all recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers of Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Paxlovid (an oral anti COVID medicine) is available for high risk patients who test positive for COVID, are 12 yo+ and >88 pounds. NC DHHS has a new telemedicine program for those who don't have a doctor.

If you have questions about the vaccine, please call for an appointment so we can answer your questions!

Sandhills Pediatrics vaccinates patients 6 mo + and any family members.  Please call for an appointment or ask us about it next time you are in the office.

Breastfeeding- is a reason to get the COVID vaccination (protects mom and maybe even baby) and we encourage all of our nursing mothers to receive it.

Pregnancy-  CDC issued an urgent appeal for ALL pregnant people to get vaccinated 29 Sep 2021. The American College of OBGYN now strongly recommends vaccination for pregnant individuals - see here.  For more answers about breastfeeding and other COVID vaccine questions, click here to access the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia vaccine education center.

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Looking for information on Coronavirus COVID-19? New information is available daily, so we'd like to point you to the continuously updated CDC website for the most reliable information.  We recommend you follow the sensible precautions from the American Academy of Pediatrics provided here. To help us keep your child and other patients healthy, if you suspect your child has a Coronavirus COVID-19 infection, please do not come to walk-in clinic!  Call us and let us know about possible exposures so we can discuss the best plan to provide safe and high quality care.


 

COVID-19 resources specifically for kids

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Telehealth

Sandhills Pediatrics offers virtual care by appointment- please call or portal message to set up!  Click here and one of your regular, trusted Sandhills Pediatrics doctors or nurse practitioners will be able to have a secure video conference with you and your child!  Please pick your clinician's name for your appointment.  (Please remember to enter your child's name at the check-in screen.)

Open to established patients only Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm.  Best problems for Telehealth are rashes, allergies, pinkeye, ADHD - things we can see through the camera!  It doesn't work well for ear infections or "is this strep throat or a pneumonia?".

We are testing this out, so please bear with us - Telehealth platforms are having increased demand due to COVID19 - If you can't reach us or wait longer than 20 minutes, please call us!

Welcome

At Sandhills Pediatrics, we believe what matters most is that our children grow up happy, healthy, and with the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

This is why we are here. To support healthy, happy families living in a healthy, happy community.

Our Mission

We are a family of caregivers improving the health and happiness
of all children and families across our Sandhills community,
providing high quality care in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Our Four Guiding Principles

We seek to achieve this mission by following four guiding principles:

  • We turn medical care into medical caring.
  • We are a supportive hand to hold.
  • We find harmony between quality care and convenience.
  • We serve the whole community as an extension of our family.

Our Story

We are a Vaccinating Practice

Sandhills Pediatrics is a vaccinating practice – for the health and safety of our patients and our community. Vaccines prevent serious illnesses and save lives.

Children and young adults should receive all recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers of Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.