Please look below for information from our office, as well as information from the CDC and Vermont Department of Health.
All of our staff are fully (voluntarily) immunized.
Please be aware that if you or your child have an appointment for a check-up and have any viral symptoms, including simple cold symptoms, you should test at home and call for direction regarding possibly rescheduling your appointment.
Face coverings are still required of anyone entering the building.
Please do not walk-in for a visit as this puts others at risk. Anyone with viral symptoms needs to talk with us before entering the office.
The COVID vaccine has been approved for children 6 months 5 years of age. In our office we are administering the Pfizer vaccine (which is a 3 dose initial series). Alternatively you can go to other sites such as those run by the State or pharmacies.
Vaccinations are now available for all adults and children over the age of 6 months. The studies on these vaccination in children have shown that it is both effective and well-tolerated in the short run. Although long-term studies are not available, given the sophistication and track record of vaccine science, it is very unlikely that any significant late side-effects will result. Certainly receiving the vaccine will be far safer than getting COVID infection. The long-term ramifications of the COVID infection remain to be fully understood but we do know that some children suffer significant health effects.
COVID19 vaccination is approved and safe for mothers who are breastfeeding and for pregnant women.
The most reliable tests remain those PCR tests that detect genetic material from the virus.
Home testing kits are now available and, though not as accurate as PCR tests, can generally be used with confidence in children over two years of age.
Sampling for PCR tests can be performed at any hospital. This should be prearranged and the test must typically be ordered by the primary care physician.
We are not providing in-office COVID19 testing for individuals unless they're also demonstrating symptoms in need of in-person medical attention. This is in order to preserve personal protective equipment (PPE), which is in short supply, and to prevent doctors and staff in our office from becoming ill, which would prevent us from taking care of our patients.
We accept cash, check and virtually all insurance plans (listed below). Co-payments are expected at time of service. Due to expense we do not accept credit card or debit card payments. By keeping our overhead expenses lower, we are able to devote more time to each of our patients. If any special arrangements are necessary, please ask to discuss them with Heather, who handles our billing. We do everything we can to work with those encountering difficulty paying their bills. There will be a $50.00 fee for all returned checks.
Aetna Choice POS II
CIGNA HMO, CIGNA PPO, CIGNA Open Access
Direct Choice Plus POS, Direct Options PPO
BCBS Blue Card PPO
Great West PPO
Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
First Health PPO
formerly known as the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services (CHAMPUS)
For information on vaccines reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, please take a look at the links below.
"As parents, you make important decisions that affect your children every day, including vaccinations. Vaccinating your child, not only shields them against 14 preventable diseases, but it also protects your family and your community. This page provides you with information for you to vaccinate with confidence."
CDC Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) explain to vaccine recipients both the benefits and risks of a vaccine. Federal law requires that VISs be handed out before vaccinations are given. Click here for a list of vaccine information statements, or take a look below for direct links to the documents.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: Vaccination schedules and school vaccination coverage data.
Please use the following links to review dosage charts recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Please reference this dosage information from the AAP when using acetaminophen to treat fever and/or pain.
Please reference this dosage information from the AAP when using ibuprofen to treat fever and/or pain.