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Breastfeeding Class for Beginners

If you are pregnant and are thinking of breastfeeding, you may want to consider attending one of our complementary "Breastfeeding Basics" classes on July 30 or August 27.  See here for more details. 

Measles outbreak

There have been several measles outbreaks in the United States over the last year.  There are no current outbreaks in Kent County, and we are not recomending early vaccine or other precautions at this time.  We will continue to monitor the situation and inform our patients if recommends should change.   

Measles is a highly contagious virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person. It can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.  Measles vaccine is about 98% effective in protecting against the virus.

Children routinely receive the first measles vaccine after 12 months of age.  Measles remains common in many parts of the world, so if you plan to travel internationally please be sure your child is vaccinated.  The vaccine may be given early (6 months and older) for children who are at risk.  Read more information from the CDC here.

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.  Any physical after April 15th is valid for the following school year.

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.  We will bill this to your insurance, but it may not be covered.  Maximum out of pocket is $30.

Prior to scheduling a visit for a brief "sports update" physical, 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 us at 616-949-4465 to make your child's appointment.

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