Recent Announcements

Stay up-to-date on the most current news at Brandywine Pediatrics. We will post office closings, vaccine availability, and more as news is available.

Some COVID-19 Vaccine Answers

Children rarely get ill from COVID-19.  Why should they be vaccinated?

  • While most children do not get sick enough to be hospitalized, MIS-C occurs in about 1 in 1000 children who have had Covid, including those with mild illness.
  • Children who get mild illness could pass the infection along to peers or adults at higher risk.
  • The vaccine is not perfect protection against infection.  But, the more people in any group (family, classroom, town, state, etc.) who are vaccinated, the better the group’s protection.

 

Which vaccine has been approved?

  • Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 mRNA vaccine has emergency use authorization for children ages 5 to 15 years old.  The vaccine has been named Comirnaty.  Children under 12 years old will receive a dose 1/3 that of 12 and over.

(100% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children ages 12 through 15. The vaccine is 91% effective in preventing severe illness with COVID-19 in people age 16 and older. Early research also suggests that the vaccine is 96% effective at preventing severe disease with COVID-19 caused by the delta variant)

The Science Behind COVID-19 Vaccines  by Healthy Children, American Academy of Pediatrics

 

Dr. Paul Offit of CHOP, infectious disease and vaccine expert, discusses COVID-19 illness and vaccination for teens and young adults.

Video

 

COVID-19 and Myocarditis (excerpted from the American Academy of Pediatrics):

Across all ages, the risk of myocarditis was almost 16 times higher for people with COVID-19        compared to those who aren’t infected.
The myocarditis risk is 37 times higher for infected children under 16 years and seven times higher for infected people ages 16-39 compared to their uninfected peers. 
Males ages 12-29 years — the group with the highest rates of myocarditis after vaccination — 39 to  47 cases of myocarditis for every million second doses of vaccine. [Ed. ~0.004%] 
Benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks.

Read the full article: COVID-19 Vaccination & Myocarditis Risk in Children

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 testing is readily available at multiple Curative sites, through the Delaware Department of Health.

Testing sites in Delaware

 

We have COVID-19 antigen tests in the office, giving results w/in 15-30 minutes.  These tests require interpretation for each patient and at times may need to be verified by PCR.

We can still obtain samples for COVID-19 PCR testing in our office.  PCR testing gives the most accurate result.  Samples are picked up by LabCorp from our office that day and results sent to us within 1-3 days.

We use a soft swab in the front part of the nose only.  Lots of kids think it tickles.

 

 

HERE! Covid Vaccines for 5 years & up

COVID-19 Vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech) for 5 & older are HERE!!

To request a vaccine appointment, please email raenepa@gmail.com.  She is responding as quickly as she can to provide appointments.

The Pfizer series consists of 2 vaccines given at least 21 days apart.  We are pairing appointments to make the 2nd appointment as organized as possible, so you will be provided with 2 dates when you make your appointment.

Please understand that due to the overwhelming demand coupled with staff shortages, these are very coveted slots.  As such, please realize that we will not be able to accommodate all after-school requests.  We feel strongly that receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is an excellent reason to miss an hour of school and will happily provide a letter of excuse for your child.  Please also keep in mind that your child will have to be monitored for 15 minutes following the vaccine.

  • Please note that “no show” appointments (those that do not provide 48hrs notice) will be charged a $20 fee and not be able to rescheduled.  (Missed appointments increase the risk of having to waste vaccine, as well as preventing other patients from using those times.)

Our highest priority is that eligible children receive their COVID-19 vaccines.  If a school clinic or pharmacy works best for you, we are happy for you to use that option.  If you bring a copy of the vaccine card to next appointment, we will ensure that it gets added to his/her vaccine record

Telephone Hours Change

Due to staffing shortages and increased Covid administrative demands, we must temporarily reduce call-in telephone hours.  New open phone line hours from Monday-Friday are 9 am – 12 pm and 2 pm – 4 pm.  Messages will still be checked and returned throughout our original hours.  Our very dedicated staff will be busy during this extra time handling the increased work load to provide thorough care to our families.  Thank you very much for your continued patience and understanding during these exceptional times.

Nurses needed

Would you like to work with us?  We are currently hiring R.N.s, LPNs, and M.A.s.  Send your resume to melissa.brandywinepeds@gmail.com or fax ATTN: Nurse Melissa (302) 478-2637.  Looking forward to hearing from you!

Office Renovations

Renovations of our office are almost complete.  Please excuse the disarray and any inconvenience while work is in progress.  It will be an improvement for all of us!  Thank you.

Face Mask Policy

The face mask policy for the office remains unchanged.  All adults (family and staff) and all patients who are old enough and capable must wear a face mask (covering mouth and nose) while in the Brandywine Pediatrics office, as per CDC guidelines for healthcare facilities. The majority of our patients are too young to be vaccinated or may still be at high risk even after vaccination.  We request your cooperation with face masking despite your Covid vaccination status.  Thank you.

Welcome to Dr. Kugan!

Dr. Ahila Kugan, the newest addition to our family, has started full-time.  Dr. Kugan comes to us with several years of experience in primary care pediatrics, having now permanently settled in this area.  She will be taking over Dr. Ray’s (previously Dr. Boudreaux’s) practice.  See more information on About Us page.

COVID-19 vaccine for all patients 12 years & older

We are now happy to vaccinate any patient 12 years of age and older.
If you would like to receive vaccine (we have been receiving Pfizer’s so far), please email us at the below address and you will be added to our list and contacted once a vaccine appointment is available:
RaeNepa@gmail.com    
Please include patient’s name, DOB, primary physician, and best contact number.
                       ** Please use this address only for COVID-19 vaccine appointments.**
Please note, it is important to answer when Nurse Rae calls or to call back promptly.  Unfortunately, she cannot hold spots waiting for call backs and continues to move down her list, if someone does not answer.  (This is due to logistical restrictions on administration of vaccine.  We must schedule people back-to-back, without gaps.)
Prior to your appointment, in order to improve overall efficiency, please print out the attached pre-vaccination questionnaire and bring it to your appointment.
You may also be vaccinated at multiple pharmacies throughout the area..

Physical Exams 2021

Call Michelle @ 302-478-2604 to schedule your child’s physical.

Quarantine Rules Changed

The CDC has put out new guidance regarding quarantine.  The long quarantine period, based on the best understanding of contagion, has placed a huge burden on those who cannot afford to miss in-person work or school.

If you have been vaccinated against COVID-19, there is no need to quarantine after known exposure.  You should wear a face mask until able to obtain a negative test several days after exposure.

The CDC continues to recommend a 14 day quarantine after a known exposure* to COVID-19 for the lowest chance of spreading the virus (for unvaccinated individuals).  But new acceptable minimal quarantine limits are:

  • 10 day quarantine, if completely without symptoms     OR
  • 7 day quarantine, if completely without symptoms and with a negative COVID-19 test on day 5, 6, or 7.

Quarantine still begins on the last day of contact with infected person.  10 day isolation minimum is still necessary for COVID-19 infection.  Again, a 14 day quarantine is still superior for decreasing risk of being contagious to others.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

* The CDC defines exposure or close contact as:
    • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more (15 minutes do not need to be a single block)
    • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
    • You had direct physical contact with the person (e.g., hugged or kissed them)
    • You shared eating or drinking utensils
    • You were with someone who sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

 

Awaiting COVID-19 Results

Until the COVID-19 test is resulted, we advise that your child and all family members remain out of work/school/camp. If a negative test is confirmed, your child will be cleared to return to camp/school once fever free for 24 hours and with improving symptoms.
If your child if COVID-19 positive or should you decide to defer COVID-19 testing (ie, assume COVID-19), your child will need to remain out of school/camps/work until the child is fever free for 24 hours AND 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms and all symptoms are improving.

All contacts in the household will need to quarantine for an additional 7-14 days from their last exposures to the sick contact (in most cases, the day that the child is cleared for return), which could be as long 24 days total.  Once a 10-14 day quarantine is completed, there is no need for a negative test as well.

Treat your child’s symptoms as you are used to with other viral illness. We encourage plenty of fluids, use of Tylenol (and Ibuprofen if you need it ) to improve symptoms of fever/achiness/headache and close monitoring.
Please call us immediately or seek care in the Emergency room if your child:
-spikes a temperature of 105.
-looks unwell
-experiences chest pain/trouble breathing or if you observe signs of difficulty breathing
-your child fails to void (urinate) every 6-8 hours
-is lethargic and not improving with Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin/Advil (ibuprofen).

If you obtain a COVID-19 test for screening purposes only, you do not need to quarantine while waiting for results.

COVID-19 Testing in Office

We have COVID-19 antigen tests in the office, giving results w/in 15-30 minutes.  These tests require interpretation for each patient and at times may need to be verified by PCR.

We can still obtain samples for COVID-19 PCR testing in our office.  PCR testing gives the most accurate result.  Samples are picked up by LabCorp from our office that day and results sent to us within 1-3 days.  We are thrilled with how well this has been working so far.

We use a soft swab in the front part of the nose only.  Lots of kids think it tickles.

COVID-19 testing is readily available at multiple Curative sites, through the Delaware Department of Health.

Testing sites in Delaware.

 

Telemedicine Available

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brandywine Pediatrics’ providers offer Telemedicine visits WHEN APPLICABLE, for our patients in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.  While some issues (for example, rashes & medication checks) are generally doable via telemedicine, some visits are unable to be conducted effectively by remote exam.  Our preference, of course, is always to see your child in person when able.  Please look under “Links and Forms” to download a consent form for telemedicine visits.

Note:  We will be unable to have telemedicine visits with patients who are physically out of state after the end of September, due to ending of pandemic emergency declarations.  As of now, we will be able to continue video visits in Delaware.

Office remains open

As Delaware and surrounding states begin slowly to lift restrictions, we want to remind you again that our office is open.  We are adhering to the guidance issued from the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Reduced vaccination rates during this pandemic could lead to a compounding outbreak of vaccine preventable disease.  The AAP is advising that all well visits be attended to in a timely fashion. Please call and make your child’s routine visit today.

Guidance on providing pediatric well care during COVID-19

In the midst of an already stressful time, the media is providing substantial coverage of MIS-C, a severe COVID-19-associated condition being observed in children.  Like the novel coronavirus, this condition is new and information about it is evolving.  We want families to be aware of symptoms to monitor but also want to remind you that it remains an extremely rare condition. Additionally, because aspects of the syndrome have been observed in similar conditions that we have been treating for many years, there are effective therapies and the vast majority of children are recovering.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C)