FLU VACCINE UPDATE
As many of you have heard we have experienced temporary delays in receiving our shipment of Fluzone. Fluzone is a new quadrivalent flu vaccine that vaccinates against 4 strains of influenza. We have heard from the manufacturer that we will receive our normal shipment in late November.
We have received a shipment of Fluarix in our office for patients 5 and older. Fluarix is a preservative free trivalent flu vaccine that vaccinates against 3 strains of influenza. Our doctors are encouraging patients to receive this vaccine in light of the late shipment of Fluzone.
In addition we also have FluMist, a quadrivalent nasal spray that vaccinates against 4 strains of influenza.
Flu Vaccines will be available during physical appointments and at some office visits depending on the nature of the visit. In addition, we have scheduled numerous clinics throughout the months of November and ask that you call the office to make an appointment. We are offering clinics during school holidays, Saturdays and after school.
For more information, please refer to these Vaccine Information Sheets from the CDC with more details:
As a convenience, we will also offer our parents the opportunity to have a Flu Vaccine at the same time your child is being seen. If interested, please bring your insurance card so we can bill your insurance company!
Call our office at 203-438-9557.
Enterovirus D68 Update
We are happy to answer any questions you may have about Enterovirus D68. There is no simple test to determine if your child has E-D68. The presence of this particular strain of Enterovirus can only be confirmed by the CDC. Any chid who is sick and has severe respiratory symptoms, especially trouble breathing, even if they do not have a fever, should be promptly examined to determine what treatment is needed. >>Click here to read more.
A Letter to Our Patients About Medical Billing
Health insurance is very complicated. At our practice, we deal with health insurance all the time and even for us, it gets to be very complicated sometimes. Many times on surveys, parents comment on billing issues that are out of our control and because the surveys are done anonymously, we cannot call the parent back to explain. For this reason, with all the changes that have happened as part of Health Care Reform, it seems a good time for us to explain medical billing to our patients. >> Click here to read our letter.
IMPORTANT information for our Connecticare Exchange Program Patients
RPA currently accepts the traditional Connecticare Insurance Plan and we are considered in-network providers. Unfortunately, individuals who have signed on with the Connecticare Exchange Program are considered out-ofnetwork and will pay a higher premium if seen in our office.
We want to make sure our parents are aware of this prior to making an appointment. >> Click here to learn more.
IMPORTANT MMR (Measles) Update
Click here for information from Ridgefield Pediatrics about MMR vaccination recommendations.
"Watching Your Infant Grow! "
Ridgefield Pediatrics is interested in educating parents in the community about pediatric topics that are important for parents making decisions about their children’s health and family well-being. In order to meet these goals, our providers address pediatric topics with parents on a daily basis. If you have specific areas that you would like addressed, please email us or feel free to arrange an appointment with any of our experienced providers.
Dr. Eitan Kilchevsky has addressed our first topic, "Infant Nutrition-Breastfeeding."
He is the former Director of the Center for Breastfeeding at Danbury Hospital, he is a Neonatologist with over twenty five years of experience and is currently practicing at Ridgefield Pediatric Associates.
>>Click here to read "Infant Nutrition-Breastfeeding"
NEED A GIFT? Consider giving an ear piercing certificate!
Ridgefield Pediatrics has gift certificates for Ear Piercings!
The cost is $65.00.
Your child needs to be a patient at RPA.
For more information, please ask our receptionist at 203-438-9557.
3rd ANNUAL SNOWMAN CONTEST!
Children's ID Program
Ridgefield Pediatrics and New York Life sponsored a free Children’s ID Program!
The program was well attended by children in the community. Parents walked away with Free ID Cards with their picture, finger prints, and other identifiable information in a case of an emergency! We look forward to offering this program again in 2014!
It's tick season! Read A Discussion on Lyme Disease by Dr. Jane Brotanek.
june 15, 2013
We are very excited to offer Impact Testing in our office. This software tool is designed to diagnose and manage concussions for our patients age 10 years and older. >>read more
MORE NEWS …
Dr. Brotanek's monthly series of articles designed to educate parents on children’s issues. >> read more
Fun Food Facts!
Drink water instead of sugary drinks!
Water: 8 ounces = 0 grams of sugar
Orange juice: 8 ounces = 21 grams of sugar
Vegetable juice: 8 ounces = 8 grams of sugar
Orange soda: 8 ounces = 30 grams of sugar
All the pictures on our website are pictures of our staff and our patients doing what we love to do! We thank Peggy Garbus, our photographer!