Our practice strongly recommends childhood vaccines to ensure the health and safety of your child. However, we do respect a parent's right to choose and are willing to work with parents who wish to use a delayed immunization schedule or have chosen not to vaccinate for religious, medical or philosophical reasons.
The state of Delaware requires all children to be up to date on vaccines before they are enrolled in Delaware schools and daycare facilities. Delaware provides exemptions for religious and medical reasons. For more information, contact the Delaware Division of Public Health at 1-800-282-8672.
Under most circumstances, we follow the immunization schedule recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
CDC Vaccination Information Statements (VIS)
Vaccine Information Statements are information sheets produced by the CDC that explain both the benefits and risks of a vaccine. Federal law requires that VISs be presented to the vaccine recipient, or their parent/legal guardian, before the vaccine is given and our staff will present you with the appropriate VIS handout(s) at the time or your child's immunization visit.
Well Visits = A Bright Future!
Regular well child visits are one of the most important ways to give your child a healthy start and lay the foundation for the health and well being of your child for his/her entire life.
We believe that a close and ongoing partnership between parents and providers is an integral part of our goal to provide you with the best possible healthcare. Regularly scheduled well visits establishes a continuity of care that helps build trust and communication between you and your pediatrician.
Our practice has implemented the guidelines outlined in Bright Futures which is a detailed program developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and is considered the gold standard for pediatric care in our country.
In addition to a full physical examination complete with any recommended screenings for common health issues and development problems, your pediatrician will provide you with important information about normal development stages, safety concerns, nutrition and any health issues that might be unique to our geographic area. Most importantly you will have the opportunity to ask questions about your child's health and development. Don't be shy - bring your list! We are here to help you navigate through any concerns you may have such as sleeping, eating, toilet training, attention and learning problems, and social behaviors.
Teens & Well Visits
Well visits for your teen are important! In addition to the typical well visit, the doctor will be able to assess how your teen is developing socially and emotionally. Because teens have a growing need for independence and privacy, your teen will have the opportunity to speak to the doctor in private regarding topics that influence his/her health such as nutrition, safety, exercise, sexuality, tobacco, alcohol and drug use. We understand that it might be hard for you to not be part of the whole office visit. It's easier for teens to share information in private. Your support helps your teen begin to take responsibility for his/her own health.
Delaware Health Examination Requirements for Students
In addition to students newly enrolled into the Delaware school system and those entering kindergarten, effective with the 2013-2014 school year, students entering 9th grade must have a health examination within 2 years of entry into that grade. According to state regulations, the health examination form must be received within 30 days from the start of school.
What To Expect From Us
Our office will contact you by phone to schedule your child's next well visit if one is not already scheduled.
At each well visit we will provide you with a pre-visit questionnaire
that is specific to the age of your child for you to complete. The questionnaire lets us know what you would like to discuss during the visit and helps us to assess how your child has progressed since his/her last well visit. Teens will also receive a questionnaire to complete and we do ask that you allow your teen to complete the questionnaire in private. You and your teen will also receive a handout which will help to reinforce the topics discussed during your visit.
We follow the Well Visit Schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
for Well Visit Schedule!