Everyone in the Child & Adolescent Health office is vaccinated against COVID-19! All children ages 5 and up now can too!!
COVID-19 vaccine updates
PRIOR TO SCHEDULING YOUR 5-11 year old child's Covid-19 vaccine APPOINTMENT :
Please read the Pfizer vaccine Fact Sheet prior to scheduling youc child's vaccine appointment and PRINT, SIGN and BRING this Informed Consent form for COVID vaccines and complete on the DAY OF COVID vaccine Prechecklist to your child's appointment.
COVID -19 virus Q&A
We ask for your patience given the increased number of phone calls we are receiving, and we are working with a reduced staff at the moment. We will do our best as always to meet everyones needs, but if we are unable to accomodate you please understand that we have high demand and limited availability. We are actively working to add additional providers.
Please refer to these links for answers to common COVID-19 questions.
American Academy of Pediatrics on COVID-19 COVID-19 Questions.
Can we attend Holiday gatherings with our unvaccinated young children? Attending Holiday Gatherings
Information from Mass.gov: What to do if someone in your family has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 Information and Guidance for People having to Quarantine. Note: if your child has been exposed to someone with COVID, your school may allow Test and Stay. This means your school will test them daily and they can stay as long as they are negative. This is fine, but they must still quarantine outside of school for the duration of their quarantine.
When should I get tested for COVID if I have been exposed?
How and when to Quarantine per CDC When to Quarantine.People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 5-7 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.
Can I get vaccinated against COVID-19 while I am currently sick with COVID-19?
People who have had a known COVID-19 exposure should not seek vaccination until their quarantine period has ended to avoid potentially exposing healthcare personnel and others during the vaccination visit. This recommendation also applies to people with a known COVID-19 exposure who have received their first dose of an mRNA vaccine but not their second.
COVID -19 vaccine FAQ's FAQ's about getting vaccinated
- If I already had COVID should I still get vaccinated?
Yes, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 because:
- Research has not yet shown how long you are protected from getting COVID-19 again after you recover from COVID-19.
- Vaccination helps protect you even if you’ve already had COVID-19.
Evidence is emerging that people get better protection by being fully vaccinated compared with having had COVID-19. One study showed that unvaccinated people who already had COVID-19 are more than 2 times as likely than fully vaccinated people to get COVID-19 again.
If you were treated for COVID-19 with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure what treatments you received or if you have more questions about getting a COVID-19 vaccine.
If you or your child has a history of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in adults or children (MIS-A or MIS-C), consider delaying vaccination until you or your child have recovered from being sick and for 90 days after the date of diagnosis of MIS-A or MIS-C. Learn more about the clinical considerations for people with a history of multisystem MIS-C or MIS-A.
Experts are still learning more about how long vaccines protect against COVID-19.
Everyone 18 years and older who is fully vaccinated is eligible for a booster.If yo u get a booster shot you have the option to either get the same COVID-19 vaccine product as your primary series, or you can get a different COVID-19 vaccine. You may have a preference for the vaccine type that you originally received, and you may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or J&J/Janssen).
LIMITING EXPOSURE TO THE VIRUS
We have implemented many measures at Child and Adolescent Health to try and help limit spread of the virus and continue. The most important mode of transition remains direct close contact with an individual who is contagious with the virus. As a medical facility, we continue to assess the potential for this to occur in our office, and we are asking for your understanding as we have implemented the following procedures to reduce the risk of exposing our patients or our staff to the disease:
- We ask for your patience given the increased number of phone calls we are receiving, and we are working with a reduced staff at the moment.
- We request that parents or caregivers who have fever, nasal congestion, sneezing or cough please call us in advance of your child’s appointment so we can assess whether you should be coming to our office as well. If there is no alternate person to bring your child, we will discuss whether rescheduling the appointment would be more appropriate.
- We are practicing social distancing at our office, asking you to maintain 6 feet distance between other patients and our staff to the extent this is possible.
- Any patient/parent or caregiver will be required to wear a mask once you arrive in the office and while you are in the building.
- We may be contacting you about rescheduling some visits to a future date while we are managing the coronavirus concerns. We appreciate your understanding as this may be inconvenient, but we want to assure you that the safety of your child and our staff is our main concern.
- If you are not on Patient Gateway, please ask us about signing up when you are in contact with our office. This is how you will access any COVID test result. Additionally you need to be registered to conduct a telehealth/virtual visit as well as you can send messages to the office including request refills for medications. Once set up this can be done thru a simple phone app.
- Other websites/hotlines/articles
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
- Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/frequently-asked-questions-about-covid-19
- Massachusetts Coronavirus information 211
- American Academy of Pediatrics: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/2019-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx
- MassGeneral/Brigham/Partners coronavirus hotline: phone 617-724-7000 (expect wait times)
- How to care for yourself or a family member with Covid-19 at home
- What Parents Should Know about Face Masks and Kids
- How to Wear and Make Homemade Face Coverings
Our ability to remain open and available to care for our patients during this pandemic is our foremost concern, and we are asking everyone to help reduce risk to other patients and our staff. Please follow all the public health recommendations for “social distancing and good handwashing (through and often for 20 seconds) to reduce spread of this disease.
It will take the entire country’s effort to reduce spreading this illness, and to protect the most vulnerable individuals among us - older adults, or medically vulnerable individuals among us.
If you have any needs that you can't meet during this time below is a list of resources. Affiliated Pediatric Practices Resourses List. If you do not find what you need please call us. 781-383-8380.
O U R S E R V I C E S
At Child and Adolescent Health Specialists, PC, our physicians believe that the best health-care for children is provided in partnership between families and health professionals. Our team approach to holistic healthcare includes patient and family, your chosen Primary care Physician who will oversee your children's health needs, our Developmental-Behavioral Specialists and Clinicians when needed, and our clinical and administrative support staff, to assure all your children's needs are met in a coordinated manner, on an ongoing basis.
We value your insight and perspective as a parent. Therefore, we are committed to fostering open communication and mutual respect. We are dedicated to exceeding your expectations.
We are proud to have achieved PCMH and Mass Behavioral Integration Distinction in 2018, to serve the needs of our patients throughout the South Shore in Cohasset, Hull, Hingham, Weymouth and Quincy, to Scituate, Norwell, Duxbury, Kingston, Marshfield, Pembroke up to the Bridgewaters. Our specialists see patients from local area towns, as well as Cape Cod, Plymouth, Carver, up to Mansfield, and Brockton area towns.
Child and Adolescent Health Specialists is proud to be affiliated with Affiliated Pediatric Practices. APP is a group of pediatricians who came together to share best practices and expertise to provide the highest quality care to children. This affiliation also allows us inside access to Specialists in the MGHfC and Partners Healthcare Network. We look forward to continuing to grow and improve with their expertise and our partnerships with our families.
- General Pediatrics and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
- An inviting, child-friendly, state-of-the-art office environment
- Convenient office hours Mon-Sat with early morning, evening and every Saturday appointments
- Access to one of our pediatricians available 24/7 - Call our main number 781-383-8380 after hours or Holidays to reach the physician on call
- Specialization in developmental, behavioral and mood disorders, and learning problems
- CIC Trained Healthcare Providers in Concussion Management and ImPACT testing
- On-site behavioral health clinicians and speech therapists
- Referral and Cordination of patient healthcare needs by your Primary Care Physician, with appropriate area specialists
- X-ray, lab, children's dentistry, adult medical and dental offices, and physical therapy in our building
Health Care Billing 101
Each year brings about changes in insurance coverage. Please review our Healthcare Billing 101 to understand how insurance billing works in our office. We want to make sure you aren't surprised to discover that you have to pay for your appointment because your insurance is not correct.
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Please click on this link to read our Policy for Divorced Parents/Custody Issues.
Our doctors are pleased to be on the staff of South Shore Hospital as well as members of the Affiliated Pediatric Practices with Mass General Brigham Hospital. South Shore Hospital is the largest and most comprehensive health care facility in the region. Additionally, our doctors will coordinate care with Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center and other appropriate specialists for additional subspecialty services.
(Hours subject to change)
Monday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am – 5:30pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 5:30pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 5:30pm
Friday: 8:00am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm
Summer Office Hours
(Hours subject to change)
Monday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am – 12:00pm