Recent News

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!

Sports Physicals

If your child or teen needs a sports physical for next school year, don't wait until the last minute!  Schedule it today for spring.

Convenient evening appointments have been set aside with your physician to get your high schooler accommodated.

If your child is NOT due for their check-up until after the fall sports season starts, we will do a sports update/physical for $30 cash - see your own doctor who knows you better than an urgent care office where you will likely be charged more.

Any physical after April 15 is valid for the following school year. Please call us at 616-949-4465 to make your child's appointment.

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Testing for Strep at Home

Forest Hills Pediatrics will now have at-home strep kits available for purchase. 

FHPA initially received a grant to participate in a pilot program regarding testing for strep at home.  The response from our patients and families has been overwhelmingly positive, and now that our participation in the study is done we have decided to continue offering this service. The kits will be available to any child 5 years of age or older for the cost of $10. 

Instructions for use are included in the kit, and we have also put together an instructional video.  If your child's test is positive, please call our office.  Our phone nurses will ask you to email us a picture of the positive test, and ask some screening questions to be sure there is nothing more serious going on for which your child needs to be seen in the office.  If there are no further concerns, antibiotics will be sent electronically to your local pharmacy without the need for an in-office visit.