The staff and physicians of Healthy Starts Pediatrics understand that your child's health is your priority, and we are here to guide your family on this journey to health with our ongoing support. We offer an after-hours nurse triage service for your child's urgent medical needs, medically trained phone support staff during regular office hours, year-round Saturday morning hours for acutely ill children and disease protection for your child by ensuring that all children in our practice receive the most up-to-date, life-saving childhood vaccinations as recommended by the CDC.
FLU SEASON IS APPROACHING
In addition to the CDC recommended childhood immunizations, we offer Influenza (Flu) vaccinations each year for all of our pediatric patients, including Flu-Mist. Unlike some walk-in locations, all Flu vaccines administered at Healthy Starts are from factory-filled syringes to prevent any contamination and are Thimerosol-free. Flu vaccinations are typically available from most manufacturers by mid August, and once our shipments arrive we offer convenient scheduling, including a number of evening flu clinics during peak vaccination periods.
We currently administer flu vaccines throughout the day as needed, and have additional limited clinic appointments available during the after-school hours from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. Supplies are limited so please call today to schedule!
Annual Well Child Exams
Annual physicals are important, even when your child is healthy. Remaining up-to-date on these exams and vaccines will eliminate the stress of scrambling at the last minute to have forms completed for school, camp or a number of other activities. If your child is due for his or her well exam, January and February are perfect months to get these out of the way before spring sports, final exams and summer vacations, not to mention the driver's form for getting back and forth to those summer jobs. We still have some openings so call today and make sure all vaccinations are up-to-date and necessary forms are completed!
If you are in need of having a PIAA form completed, please remember to complete the Health History portion first, and present it to the staff along with the Physician portion of the form. By law, we must have this before the remaining portions can be completed. There is a $10 fee for any form not presented at the time of a visit.
CONCERNS REGARDING MEASLES AND PERTUSSIS
As part of Healthy Starts proactive philosophy in addressing the current, fast emerging disease epidemics of Measles and Pertussis, as well as fully keeping with the Center For Disease Control guidelines, we are immediately revising our Vaccine Schedule. We will now be administering the Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccine at the 1 year visit instead of at the 15 month visit and the second Booster will now be given at 3 years, rather than 4 years. To provide peak Pertussis protection we will give the Tdap Booster at 10 years of age (5 years after the Kindergarten Booster, rather than at 11 years of age.) These important changes are compliant with School Vaccine guidelines as well. Thank you for Vaccinating and protecting your children!
Our Vaccination Policy
The Center For Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics have long maintained that vaccines are the cornerstone of children's health and life saving disease prevention. This is also the foundation of trust between parent and provider. In other words, the doctors of Healthy Starts Pediatrics firmly believe that if parents do not trust us about vaccines, then that trust may also not be present in other aspects of care for their children. In light of the increasing epidemics of Measles and Pertussis in Texas, California and Indiana, we are gravely concerned that such epidemics may occur here if we take a blind eye in enabling parents not to immunize their children. This also puts the other patients at risk who may be exposed to unvaccinated children harboring diseases in our office, therefore, all of our patients must be vaccinated on CDC/AAP approved schedules.
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845 Sir Thomas Court, Suite #7
Harrisburg, PA 17109