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FORM COMPLETION

If your child needs any type of form to be completed, we ask that parents/guardians please complete ALL of the pertinent portions of the form PRIOR to turning them in to the office for a provider signature. Any form turned in that isn’t fully completed by parents will need to be done before it can be processed by Genesis Pediatrics. 

Due to the volume this time of year, please wait to be contacted by our office when your form is available.

We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. 

TICK SEASON!

Ticks – It’s That Time of Year Again!

Ticks are most active during the warmer months, April to September, therefore it is important to be extra vigilant in taking preventative measures. 

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES

REPELLENT:
– For Skin: Use 30% DEET for children (6 months and older) and adolescents. 
– For Clothing: Permethrin-containing products can be applied to clothing and other outdoor items. These are more effective than DEET products as a tick repellent. Do not apply Permethrin to skin. 

AVOIDANCE:
– Avoid wooded or brushy areas with tall grass and/or leaf litter.
– Walk in the center of trails. 
– When hiking in tick-infested areas, wear long clothing and tuck ends into pants. 

FINDING TICKS:
– Bathe or shower your child as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within 2 hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks. 
– Parents should check their child for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in the hair. 
– Examine equipment/gear and pets, as ticks can ride into the home that way.
– Tumble dry clothing on high heat for 10 minutes to kill any ticks present on clothing. If clothing needs to be washed first, it should be washed in hot water 

REMOVAL:
*A plain set of fine-tipped tweezers is all the equipment you need! 

Image from the CDC

– Use tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible. 
– Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Do not twist or jerk the tick as you pull, as the mouth parts may remain in the skin. If this occurs, attempt to remove the parts with the tweezers. If unable, leave the area alone and allow the skin to heal. 
– After the tick has been removed, thoroughly cleanse the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol, or soap and water. 
**There is no need to keep the tick! Tick testing is not typically performed. 

*Avoid folklore removal remedies such as painting the tick with nail polish remover or petroleum jelly, or using a heat source to make the tick detach from the skin. 

FOLLOW-UP:
– If your child develops a fever or a rash within several weeks of a tick removal, please call our office to schedule a follow-up appointment. 

COVID-19 VACCINE

COVID-19 VACCINE FAQs

The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that everyone 12 years of age and older get a COVID-19 vaccination. 

The following is information is directly from the AAP and the CDC:

Is it safe for my child to get the COVID vaccine?

Yes. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.

Pfizer and BioNTech conducted trials in more than 2,000 adolescents ages 12-15 with half randomized to receive the vaccine and half to receive a placebo. The most common side effects in adolescents were pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, chills, muscle pain, fever and joint pain, consistent with trials in older teens and adults.

Children 12 years and older are now eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, including studies in children 12 years and older. Your child cannot get COVID-19 from any COVID-19 vaccine.

Currently, the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is the only one available to children 12 years and older.

Why should my child get vaccinated against COVID?

COVID-19 vaccination can help protect your child from getting COVID-19. Although fewer children have been sick with COVID-19 compared to adults, children can be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, can get sick from COVID-19, and can spread the virus that causes COVID-19 to others. Getting your child vaccinated helps to protect your child and your family. It will decrease transmission within families, and it will contribute to community immunity and allow kids to more safely go back to camps this summer and back to in-person school. 

Can I have my child vaccinated for COVID at Genesis Pediatrics?

Not at this time. We are working diligently to make this happen in the near future! 

Where can I get my child vaccinated at this time?

Please visit https://covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/ to determine where and when you can schedule an appointment for your child.