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.

Schedule an e-visit at FHPA!

We have started offering the option of an e-visit instead of an in-office appointment for care management and certain medical issues (a rash or a positive home strep test, for example).  If your concern is appropriate for an e-visit, our phone nurses will walk you through the registration process.  The visits are conducted via a secure connection (Answer Health on Demand).  You can also schedule your own e-visit with our nutritionists.  Click here for more information. We hope e-visits will be convenient and improve access for our patients.  Please call us with any questions!

Flu Season 2017-2018

We have seen a lot of influenza A in our community so far this year.

The best ways to protect your child are to get the flu vaccine and take preventative measures such as hand washing at home.

Children younger than 5 years of age – especially those younger than 2 years – and children with certain long-term health problems (including asthma, diabetes and disorders of the brain or nervous system), are at high risk of serious flu-related complications.  Please call our office if your child fits this criteria and is showing signs of the flu such as high fever, body aches, or cough.

Antiviral medication such as Tamiflu can be used to shorten the duration or severity of influenza.  The CDC recommends treatment for children <2 yrs of age and older children with asthma or other long-term health problems.

Even healthy children can become seriously ill from influenza.  Parents should call immediately or go to the emergency room with fast breathing, trouble breathing, or bluish or gray skin color. 

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!