We have been getting many questions about measles, the measles outbreak, and the MMR vaccine. Currently there are no measles cases in Rhode Island and we would like to keep it that way! The MMR vaccine is very effective at protecting people from catching measles. Children between 1 and 4 should have received 1 dose of the vaccine (typically given at the 12 month well visit) and children over 4 should have received a second dose of the vaccine (usually given at the 4 year well visit). Please also see the links below for the CDC information and also the link to a podcast from Dr. Mike at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Our primary goal at EGP is to keep everybody safe and healthy.
It is VERY important that we know if you or your child or anyone in your family has been EXPOSED to, TESTED for or has any SYMPTOMS of possible Coronavirus (cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, headache, rash, diarrhea, vomiting) so that we can best decide where and when to see your child.
While we are absolutely taking care of kids who have been exposed to COVID-19 and kids with symptoms of COVID-19, we are seeing these children at different times and in different rooms than the well visits. We also have virtual visits available to see patients without leaving home.
When you call to make an appointment or when checking in at the office, please notify us of any exposures, any tests you or a family member have had done and any symptoms you or your child may have so that we can keep everyone safe and healthy.
Parenting in a pandemic may mean there’s a lot more on your to-do list these days, but one thing you shouldn’t put off is going to the pediatrician. Skipping vaccines and checkups can be dangerous, and pediatricians’ offices are open and safe. #CallYourPediatrician