Recent News

At Home strep Testing

We are offering you a home strep test kit as part of a pilot program. This kit gives you the option to test your school-age child (ages 5-12 years) for strep throat at home and will be given to you at your well child appointment. The goals of this trial program at Forest Hills Pediatrics are to empower you as a parent or caregiver, and to save you time, money and a trip to our office if your child has a sore throat that may not be strep. Before you administer the test, please watch our instructional video.

We now have flu vaccine available! 

Again, we will not have flu mist available this year as the injectable flu vaccine has been found to be more effective. Our first  FLU CLINIC is on Tuesday, September 19,  5:30pm-7:30pm by appointment only. Please log in to your portal account to set up this appointment or call us at (616) 949-4465.

Measles Resurgence:  What Travelers Need to Know

Recently, measles has made a resurgence in parts of the world due to low vaccination rates.  Romania and Italy have seen outbreaks, as well as Guinea, Nigeria, and Mongolia.  If your child is 6 months or older, they may receive the vaccine early for protection.  Children older than 12 months of age should receive 2 doses of the vaccine at least 28 days apart.  Please visit the CDC's website to see if your child is eligible for vaccination prior to any international travel! 

HPV Vaccine Update (one less shot!)

The CDC has recently recommended that patients receiving HPV vaccine prior to 15 years of age receive only 2 doses of the vaccine (at least 6 months apart).  This is a change from the previously recommended 3 doses of the vaccine.  This recommendation was made after the CDC reviewed data from clinical trials showing two doses of HPV vaccine in younger adolescents (aged 9-14 years) produced an immune response similar to or higher than the response in young adults (aged 16-26 years) who received three doses.  Patients aged 15 and older will still need 3 doses of the vaccine. 

We encourage all of our patients to get their HPV vaccine at their 11 year well visit, at the same time they are receiving whooping cough and meningitis vaccines.  Not only does this protect patients prior to exposure, but it also means a better immune response and one less shot!

Welcome Dr. Zokoe

We are excited to announce the addition of a new physician at FHPA!  Dr. Cara Zokoe joined us full time in July 2017 after completing her residency at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.  You can read more about Dr. Zokoe here.

Sports Physical Policy

We have a new policy regarding sports physicals at FHPA.  Our physicians will perform a reassessment for those patients who have had a well visit in our office within the last 11 months.  Patients can schedule a visit for current vital signs, a review of their history, and a physical exam.  An updated sports physical form will then be completed based on this information. The charge for this abbreviated visit will be billed to your insurance company but they may not cover it. The maximum out of pocket expense will be $30. We are hoping that this policy will improve access for our patients who receive regular care in our office.  Prior to scheduling a visit for a sports physical form, please make sure of the following:

1.  Well exam completed within the last 11 months

2.  Required sports survey was filled out at the time of the well exam, with no new concerns related to the survey

3.  Asthma or ADHD visits (if applicable) are up to date (seen within the last 6 months)

4.  You do not have any other current concerns about your child which need to be discussed with his or her physician

Please call our office if you have any questions regarding this policy prior to scheduling an appointment.