IMPORTANT FLU VACCINE UPDATE FOR 10/15/20

We hear you, we got you, and together we are going to crush the flu season! We’ve opened up more slots for flu vaccine appointments starting this afternoon at 2p, all day tomorrow and Saturday 10/17/20 in the morning only. Call our office at 650.216.7794 or use your MyChart portal to schedule an appointment online.
PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY BECAUSE THINGS ARE DIFFERENT THIS YEAR:
  • Flu vaccine clinic will be held in a pop-up tent in our parking lot, look for the big green tent. You do NOT need to come in to the office, just go directly to the tent.
  • There can be 1 adult with each child.
  • Everyone over the age of 2 years will need to wear a mask.
  • This flu vaccine clinic is ONLY for the flu vaccine and ONLY for established PWG patients
As always, thank you for your patience…and for getting your children immunized!

Flu vaccine update 10-14-20

Flu shot clinics will start again this week, and we wanted to give you all a quick update. We’ve heard from many of you about your frustrations in trying to schedule flu shots for your children, please know we are working hard to make this process as safe and efficient as we can during this COVID era. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY as this year is different:
  • For those of you who have MyChart access you can now schedule flu shots directly online. You can also call the office for an appointment.
  • We have opened up more slots to accommodate the demand and will continue to monitor appointments carefully to make sure you can get your children immunized.
  • Flu vaccine clinic will be held in a pop-up tent in our parking lot, look for the big green tent. You do NOT need to come in to the office, just go directly to the tent.
  • There can be 1 adult with each child.
  • Everyone over the age of 2 years will need to wear a mask.
  • This flu vaccine clinic is ONLY for the flu vaccine and ONLY for established PWG patients
As always, thank you for your patience…and for getting your children immunized!

Flu Vaccine Clinic update 10-4-2020

Even orange skies can’t stop us 😊We will be having flu vaccine clinics again starting October 15 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 1:30p to 4:30p. COVID social distancing requirements require us to have an appointment-based system in order to safely deliver flu vaccines to our patients. We cannot accommodate walk-ins at this time.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY as this is a little different then what we’ve done in the past:

  • flu vaccine clinic will be held in a pop-up tent in our parking lot
  • there can be 1 adult with each child
  • everyone over the age of 2 years will need to wear a mask
  • we will be making appointments up to 1 week in advance
  • You can call the office or send in an appointment requests via a MyChart message using the UCSF patient portal
  • this flu vaccine clinic is ONLY for the flu vaccine and ONLY for established PWG patients

Flu Vaccine Clinic Update

It’s that time of the year, and we have started to receive flu vaccine doses. We anticipate having enough for everyone but unfortunately we do not get all the doses at once, and we have no control over when additional shipments will arrive.  COVID social distancing requirements will mean that we need to have an appointment based system in order to safely deliver flu vaccines to our patients. We had hoped to be able to offer online flu shot appointments but the folks at UCSF IT were not able to complete that project for us yet. We will update you when that changes.

Since it’s important not to delay flu vaccinations we are going to start offering flu shot clinic next week, here are some important details. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY as this is a little different then what we’ve done in the past:

  • the first round of flu vaccine clinics will be held Mon 8/31/20 to Fri 9/4/20
  • flu vaccine clinic will be held in a pop-up tent in our parking lot
  • there can be 1 adult with each child
  • everyone over the age of 2 years will need to wear a mask
  • we have a limited number of appointment slots and cannot accommodate walk-ins at this time
  • We will start making appointments for flu vaccine clinic on Monday 8/31/20 at 9am.
  • You can call the office or send in an appointment requests via a MyChart message using the UCSF patient portal
  • we will be reaching out to our high risk patients to schedule their flu vaccine appointments
  • we will have more flu vaccine clinics as we get more vaccine supplies, we anticipate having enough for everyone this season
  • this flu vaccine clinic is ONLY for the flu vaccine and ONLY for established PWG patients

Flu Season is coming…

We are actively preparing for the upcoming flu vaccine season…we do NOT have flu vaccine in yet but will let you all know ASAP when it arrives. Merrie is part of our stellar front desk crew, she wrote up step by step instructions on how to sign up for MyChart access which is the patient portal to our EHR. This will allow you to schedule flu vaccine clinic appointments online:

1. Go to pediactricwellnessgroup.com

2. Click on PWG Patient Center → Select “Patient Portal”

3. Scroll down and you will see “Here’s how you can sign up:” a. Click on the Age Appropriate Proxy Authorization form PDF (0-11 yrs or 12-17 yrs) i. Parent must fill out one proxy form PER CHILD.

4. After Parent fills out Proxy Authorization Form, they can submit it to the Front Desk to verify information & identity. (Photo ID IS REQUIRED!)

5. Front Desk will either: email or text the UCSF MyChart link to the Parent

6. Once Parents receive the link, they must sign up using THEIR information (PARENT’S SSN, PARENT’S DOB, ect…)

7. For patients who are 18 years of age or older, they can enroll directly. i. Give MRN # and direct them to ucsfhealth.org/mychart

If you have any questions, you can call our office at 650-216-7794 or MyChart Customer Service at (415) 514-6000 to speak with MyChart staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

PWG COVID update 6-25-20

We have been getting lots of questions about how to safely navigate the process of re-entry to school, work, play, etc. Experts are cautioning that as we open back up there will be more potential exposure, but that does not mean we cannot take steps to protect ourselves. Three highly effective precautions are: 1) wash your hands well and often 2) wear a mask if you cannot maintain 6 feet of social distance with people who are not part of your household 3) avoid touching your face. Some experts are also talking about the idea of a “social bubble” or “quarantine “pod” in which two or three families agree to socialize with one another but no one else. In a pod, families hang out together, often without regard to social distancing — but outside of the pod, they follow recommended social distancing rules. There is no perfect answer or universal solution, every family needs to balance their needs with potential risks and make a decision that is right for them. If you have questions, feel free to set up an appointment to discuss this further with your doctor at PWG.

Here are some important updates about COVID we thought you should know:

  • COVID lockdowns prevented 60M cases in the US
  • Children with COVID-19 were rarely the source of infections in their household, according to a study published in May. Many experts are advocating for strategies that allow children/young adults to go back to school safely because of growing evidence that prolonged isolation can harm their social development.
  • There is no current evidence that pets play a significant role in spreading COVID-19 to people
  • Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) is a rare inflammatory condition linked to COVID, but we still do not know a lot about it. Many cases are concentrated on the East Coast, unclear if this is because the East Coast was hit by a variant from Europe while the West Coast was hit by a variant from China
  • Anywhere from 30% to 50% of coronavirus spread may be traced to people with no symptoms. This reinforces the importance of following 3 basic precautions: 1) wash your hands well and often 2) wear a mask if you cannot maintain 6 feet of social distance with people who are not part of your household 3) avoid touching your face

There are multiple guidelines that can change rapidly as we learn more about COVID, rest assured that Team PWG is working constantly to update our protocols to keep our families, staff, and community safe!

We stand together.

We share your collective grief at what has transpired to bring us to this moment. Racism leaves a toxic mark on all of us, a growing body of research tells us that it harms children’s health even before they are born. We have been deeply saddened by the events of the past week and we want you to know that PWG stands in solidarity with the black community against racism and injustice.
We will be closing early tomorrow, June 2, 2020 at 3:30p. After we close tomorrow there will be a PWG physician on-call for urgent questions. If you experience a medical emergency please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. We anticipate regular hours resuming on Wednesday June 3, 2020. We will post updates in case of any changes.
Many of you may be grappling with your own emotions as you try to help your children process theirs. Here are some resources to help you and your family:
Books:
Websites:
Ted Talk:
the AAP website Healthy Children also has some good resources:
and finally, an image that gives us hope…

5/18/20 PWG COVID AND PIMS UPDATE

We have been sharing the good news about how the Bay Area “flattened the curve” by following national and local health guidelines [shelter at home, social distancing, hand washing and wearing a mask when we have to go out].  However, recent reports have discussed a new concern for our children – Pediatric Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome or PIMS.

PIMS is a very rare syndrome similar to Kawasaki Disease and Toxic Shock syndrome, which most of you have never heard about.  While extremely rare, about 100 children have been affected as of this writing. The syndrome is thought to be a post-viral process, most likely related to COVID 19.  The majority of patients with PIMS are COVID-antigen negative, but antibody positive or have a history of close contact with a COVID-positive patient.

Children with PIMS look sick.  They have had a few days of fever greater than 101, and may have symptoms that include abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, rash, red eyes, swollen hands or red cracked lips.   Younger children may not want to drink.  Few patients actually have the respiratory symptoms we see in adults.

Our concern is the syndrome may affect heart function requiring hospitalization and ICU care. The  majority of children do well with this syndrome but they need special attention and supportive care.  Pediatric Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome is new. We are watching this very carefully and scientists around the world are working hard to understand this syndrome and how best to treat it. The AAP website Healthy Children has written an excellent summary for parents and you can find that here. We will continue to update you as we get more information.

Until then, we want to reassure parents that most children are not affected by the coronavirus, and reports of children who become seriously ill remain rare and unusual cases. Many children have red eyes, or rash or diarrhea without fever or looking ill.  These children do not have PIMS.  What should parents do?  If you are concerned, please contact our office. We can set up a telehealth visit with your pediatrician who can evaluate your child and answer all your questions.