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The Importance of Continuing Well Child Visits during the COVID19 Pandemic

To our Pediatric Families in Lincoln:

We know that parents are doing all they can to keep their children healthy and well during this difficult time.  We appreciate that many families are appropriately following public health guidelines by staying home in order to limit the spread of infection.  With that in mind, many parents have expressed concern about coming into the office with their healthy children during this pandemic but are also concerned about wanting to make sure their children are up to date with their physicals and their immunizations.

We at Anchor share your concern for keeping your children’s check-ups and immunizations up to date.  Although we do not yet have a coronavirus vaccine, we do have so many other safe and effective vaccines.  No one wants to see an increase in vaccine preventable illnesses, such as Whooping Cough (Pertussis), Measles, or Chicken Pox (Varicella) because visits for children’s check-ups and vaccines have been postponed due to the pandemic. We agree with the CDC, the AAP, and our other local public health experts that visits for Well Child care and vaccinations should definitely continue during the pandemic. 

At Anchor, we have made accommodations so that we can safely continue to see your children for their check-ups in the office.  Please be assured that well and sick children are carefully screened prior to their appointments so that any patient who has symptoms of illness is kept separately from well children.

In addition, we have made the following changes:

  1. The front waiting room is for well children only and is set up for social distancing.  Sick patients have a separate entrance.
  2. We have arranged our exam rooms so that well exam rooms are in a separate area away from sick exam rooms.   Also, we have “well child” providers and staff.  This team does not see or interact with any sick patients during that session. 
  3. We are enforcing public health recommendations that everyone who comes to our office over the age of 2 is wearing a mask.   Additionally, everyone at Anchor wears the appropriate PPE to care for our patients.
  4. We limit the flow of patients and other visitors in our office by requesting that only 1 parent or guardian come in for an office visit with the child.  Siblings and other family members are asked to remain home.    When appropriate, we offer telehealth visits. 
  5. We are following strict guidelines to ensure the thorough cleaning of all the exam rooms after every patient. 

We hope this information reassures you that we can continue to see your children for their Well Child care so that they can receive their complete physical, their immunizations, and important screening and information for health promotion and illness prevention.   Please contact us if you have further questions or concerns.  We are here for you. 

Looking forward to seeing you soon!   

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