Welcome!

Pediatric Physicians, PC is a friendly and welcoming medical practice for your children. Our two offices in Alpharetta and Roswell are staffed by devoted, board-certified pediatricians, practicing the best state-of-the-art pediatric care from newborns to teens, including a 100% commitment to keep your children up to date on vaccines.

We’re easy to reach by telephone–no annoying phone tree!–and there’s plenty of free parking right at the doors of both offices. Same-day sick appointments are always available.

We’re here when you need us, and we’re here to help.

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Fighting mosquitoes: It’s us versus them!

Prevention

Try to keep your local mosquito population under control by making it more difficult for the insects to breed. Empty any containers of standing water: tires, empty flowerpots,  birdbaths, gutters, and drainage pipes.

Biting mosquitoes are most active at dusk, so that’s the most important time to be vigilant with your prevention techniques. Light colored clothing is less attractive to mosquitoes.

Use a good mosquito repellent. The best-studied and most commonly available active ingredient is DEET. This chemical has been used for decades as an insect repellant and is very safe. Two other agents that are effective insect repellants are picaridin and oil of lemon eucalyptus. Other products, including a variety of botanical ingredients, work for only a very short duration, or not at all.

Consider yard sprays or traps to reduce the local mosquito population.

Treatment

After any mosquito bite, give an oral antihistamine like Zyrtec or Claritin. Typical doses are listed below. For kids who get bitten a lot, it is best to give an oral antihistamine daily, before the bites.

Apply a topical steroid, like OTC hydrocortisone 1%, twice a day. If bites are severe we may need to see your child, to consider prescribing a stronger topical steroid like triamcinolone or desonide. Do not use strong prescription steroids near the eyes.

Come see us if you are worried or there are signs of infection: pain or worsening swelling/redness/warmth that continues to get worse even 24 hours after the bite.

Antihistamine doses (these are dosed ONCE A DAY):

  Age 2-6 Age 6 and up
Claritin 1 tsp 2 tsp or

1 adult pill

Zyrtec 1 tsp 2 tsp or

1 adult pill

More about mosquito bite prevention and treatment, and why some kids get bitten more than others

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The Pediatric Physicians PC Immunization Policy

There is nothing more important than the health and safety of your children. That’s why all of the physicians at Pediatric Physicians, PC have always been strong advocates of vaccinations. Making sure the children in our practice are fully vaccinated is the single most important thing we can do to keep your children and our communities safe.

This doesn’t just apply to the children who are patients in our practice—it’s just as true for the children of your doctors, and of our staff. Our doctors have 20 of their own children, and 2 grandchildren, all fully and completely vaccinated, on time and on schedule, using the same vaccines we have in our office. Our staff has a combined 52 children and 8 grandchildren, all fully vaccinated.

Unfortunately, not all children can be safely vaccinated. We see patients with immune problems, and cancer, and organ transplants—children who can’t be vaccinated. We also see special needs kids and premature babies at special risk for complications from infections. We need to do our absolute best to make sure that our office and waiting rooms are safe for all children, even those who can’t be protected with vaccines. That makes it especially important that every single child who can get their immunizations gets them. On time, to protect all of us.

What about delaying vaccines? That’s a very bad idea. It puts your child, and the other children you see in our office, at risk. And there is no evidence whatsoever that delaying vaccines makes them safer. We know that the person who came up with one delayed “alternative schedule” admitted he made it up, with no data and no science to support it. The schedule that we follow is the one backed by science. It’s safe and effective. Anything else is just making it up and hoping for the best.

At Pediatric Physicians, PC, we expect every single one of our patients to receive their recommended vaccines on time, following the established safe schedule. For children who for medical reasons cannot do this, we will of course accommodate whatever vaccines are recommended for your individual circumstance. If your child has fallen behind on immunizations, we will be happy to work with you to come up with a schedule to get your child caught up.

We encourage families to seek out reliable, honest, and science-based information on vaccines. We’ve listed some good resources below. We also encourage families to discuss questions about vaccine issues and other health matters with our doctors.

For families who’ve decided against vaccinations, we urge you to reconsider. Vaccine-preventable diseases are surging because of these unfounded fears, and you’re putting your children, your children’s friends, and the other children at our practice at risk. This is not a path we can agree on. We cannot accommodate you, and ask you to transfer your care to another pediatric practice.

 

Good resources about vaccinations:

Dr. Roy’s blog frequently features vaccine-related news and stories.

The Centers for Disease Control features comprehensive and authoritative vaccine information, including Q&As, information on schedules, and details about vaccine side effects and safety.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a world-premier facility, hosts this comprehensive site, featuring Common Concerns About Vaccines, Are Vaccines Safe, and A Look at Each Vaccine.

A non-profit group, the Immunization Action Coalition, hosts this user-friendly site. Their board of directors includes the biggest names in vaccine research, and their material on vaccine-preventable diseases and sections about vaccine safety concerns are comprehensive and easy to read.

For those interested in the history and personalities behind vaccine controversies, this well-documented article reviews how one researcher’s flawed and misleading study led to the current MMR-autism scare.

Deadly Choices: How the Anti-vaccine movement threatens us all by Paul Offit. How did anyone come to view vaccines with distrust? The anti-vaccine propagandists have twisted science to scare generations away from one of the safest and most effective public health interventions in the history of mankind. You think their lies won’t affect you? Think again.

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The HPV vaccine can protect your children from cancer

This is a “guest post” written by a mom in our practice, Marcy Parker. At her son’s recent checkup I learned that her husband has advanced throat cancer—a cancer that could have been prevented with a vaccine. This vaccine, Gardasil, is recommended for all children starting at age 11. If you’ve been “on the fence” deciding whether to get this vaccine, please read Ms. Parker’s account. Some cancers can be prevented. You owe it to your children to make sure they’re protected with this safe and effective vaccine.

 The HPV Vaccine – for Boys?

In February 2013, I sat around a table with three of my closest girlfriends, and we debated the HPV vaccine.  At the time, we all had 11-year-old boys.  While the vaccine has primarily been promoted to help prevent cervical cancer, the CDC had recently approved it for boys as well.  Which left us confused – why would we get our boys vaccinated for cervical cancer?

There were varying opinions at the table.  At the time, I was a firm no on the vaccine.  One of my girlfriends was a firm yes.  The other two were open-minded.

Exactly one year later, the four of us sat around that exact same table.  But this time, I came to the table after spending 5 hours that day with an oncologist and radiologist.  My husband had just been diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer.   The origin of his cancer?  HPV.

Since then, we’ve learned there has been a dramatic increase in the number of HPV throat cancer cases over the last decade.*  It typically hits people like my husband, otherwise healthy, mid-life people who have been in long term monogamous relationships.  My husband has never smoked.  He is an exercise fiend triathlete who eats a healthy diet.  Yet he could be the poster child for this disease.

The fact that we are living in a house with a cancer patient and a potential vaccination candidate at the same time hasn’t been lost on us.

The incidence of throat related HPV cancers is projected to overtake cervical cancer by 2020.*  By the time the CDC has enough data to promote the HPV vaccine as a preventative against throat cancer, it’s likely our kids are going to be outside the vaccination window.

During his treatment, my husband lost 34 pounds.  He spent 2 months being fed intravenously.  He has a stomach tube.  He was hospitalized for 12 days, so sick and drugged he has little to no recollection of his time there.  The treatment plan has been brutal.

After our experience, the decision to vaccinate our boys for HPV became a relatively easy one.  One of the blessings we’ve clung to throughout this process is that he has been the one fighting this disease, not our kids.  And if a three shot vaccine helps improve the odds they’ll never have to live through a similar diagnosis, it’s a shot we’re willing to take.

*SOURCE:  http://www.cancer.org/cancer/news/rise-in-rate-of-throat-cancer-linked-to-hpv. The CDC projects 26,900 cases of HPV-related cancers each year, and less than 40% of this is cervical cancer. Within a few years, it’s projected that the incidence of throat cancer will overtake that of cervical cancer. The HPV vaccine is not just for girls.

 

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Independence day holiday hours

Our offices will be closed Friday July 4. As always, one of our physicians will be available for telephone consultations for emergencies. We’ll be open as usual on Saturday (Roswell- by appointment only.)

If your child needs to be seen Friday, the Kids Time Pediatrics locations have special holiday hours. The East Cobb location will be open from 1 to 4 in the afternoon, and Alpharetta from 1 to 7. On Saturday, regular weekend hours will resume.

Have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday!

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Memorial Day Weekend Hours

Please take the time to think about the people who’ve served in our armed forces and their families. Their sacrifices need to be remembered and honored.

We’ll have special office hours this week. As always, our doctors are available after hours by phone for emergencies.

All office hours are by appointment only.

Saturday 5/24 Usual Roswell Saturday AM only by appointment
Monday 5/26 Both offices closed
Tuesday 5/27 Resume normal hours

In addition, our Kids Time after hours clinics are open for walk-ins with no appointments necessary:

 

Saturday 5/24 East Cobb 1-7; Alpharetta 1-7
Sunday 5/25 East Cobb 1-7; Alpharetta 1-7
Monday 5/26 East Cobb 1-4; Alpharetta 1-7
Tuesday 5/27 Resume usual weekday hours, both offices open 6-9 pm
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