10/30/2015 IMPORTANT FLU SEASON UPDATE FROM OUR DOCTORS:
Dr. Kathy Merritt says, ” Bummer that pharmaceutical companies are not able to keep up with production of suitable influenza mist. They are trying AND we are not confident that mist will be available in time to protect children we deeply care about. BOTTOM LINE… yes flu shot hurts a bit BUT it hurts LESS than the misery of fever, chills, cough, and body aches of influenza. I encourage ALL to get the shot NOW instead of waiting… prevention benefits everyone!”
Dr. Chris Morton says, “There is a national shortage of FluMist, the nasal spray form of influenza vaccine. We do not know when we will be getting more of this vaccine and how many doses we will be getting. We are recommending to get your influenza vaccines as soon as possible and NOT to wait on the FluMist. The influenza season can start as early as November, and it takes about 3-4 weeks to develop a protective response after getting a vaccine. Please come to get the injectable vaccine – it is just as effective as FluMist.”
Please call our office to check on flu shot and flu mist availability and to schedule an appointment for your children!
As the weather changes, we can’t help but be reminded that flu season is around the corner. We have limited supplies of the injectable flu vaccine as well as the flu mist. If you would like to schedule a nurse visit to receive the vaccine, please call scheduling to check on our supply.
We will be holding “flu clinics” when we receive our full supply, which we anticipate in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for details and dates!
Our phone system was disconnected yesterday afternoon. The problem has been corrected and we are open for regular hours today, Friday, September 18th. Sorry for the inconvenience.
We are still experiencing technical difficulties with our phone system. If your child is acutely ill and you feel your child needs to be seen tonight, you may walk in for an appointment between 5 pm and 7pm. There is one doctor available who will be seeing patients in time order, so there may be a wait. We apologize for the inconvenience.
We are holding another baseline concussion screening event on Saturday, September 19th with appointments starting at 8 am.
• Participants will receive an internationally recognized ImPACT® neuropsychiatric concussion test
• Participants must be at least 11 years old
• Test will take 30 minutes
• This test is not billable to insurance; the $30 fee must be paid prior to scheduling the test
Call Taylor with questions or to schedule your appointment.
(919)942-4173 x 145
More information about the ImPACT® test can be found at https://www.impacttest.com/about/
On Wednesday, September 9th, our office phones will be unavailable from 12:00 noon until 1:30 pm during an all staff meeting. Our Chapel Hill office will be closed and locked from 12:00 noon until 1:30 pm. Our Durham office will be closed and locked from 11:40 am until 2:00 pm. Please call after 1:30 pm or seek emergency medical attention if you cannot wait for us to reopen.
For Friday, Monday, September 7th we will have shortened hours for urgent appointments only in our Chapel Hill Office. The Durham Office will be closed for the day. Chapel Hill Office walk ins will be from 7:15 am to 8:00 am. After 8:00 am you may call our office for an appointment until our office closes. There will be no evening hours for urgent care appointments. Our office will resume normal hours on Tuesday, September 8th.
Chapel Hill Pediatrics wants to acknowledge Drs. Kathy Merritt and Sandra Hosford for 20 years of service to our patients and our community!