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Welcome Dr. Gomez!

Pediatric Associates welcomes Dr. Claudia Gomez to the practice! Dr. Gomez brings a big smile, a solid pediatric foundation of knowledge, and more fluent Spanish to the group. We are thrilled that she is on board. Check our website soon for a full bio (Updates coming later this month or early September). Born in Mexico, Dr. Gomez was raised in the Dallas area and finished her pediatric training at Texas Tech University Health Science Center in El Paso.

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Back to School….Already?!

It’s August 1st which means that we’re all thinking it right? Back. To. School. While we still have a few weeks of Summer to enjoy, it’s always a good idea for parents to start thinking about the upcoming transition. Here is a great article with some ideas to help your child (and you) transition more easily. https://www.ksl.com/article/46607211/3-tips-for-getting-your-child-back-to-school-ready

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Summer Safety

It’s summer. It’s hot. Have some fun. Here are some tips on staying safe with your little ones around the water! https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Where-We-Stand-Water-Safety.aspx

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It’s Busy Around Here

Influenza and Respiratory Viruses are Full Swing We want to first say THANK YOU to all of you who have waited patiently in the office to see your provider over the last couple of months. We are definitely seeing a lot of sick kids out there! This time of year can be a challenge for everyone and we understand that wait times are often worse during the viral season. Please know that we are doing the best we can to move efficiently through patients while giving each child and parent the time that they need to feel confident with managing their child’s illness at home. Spring is coming, and we’re all looking forward to these respiratory illnesses slowing down a bit! In the meantime, here are a few updates on influenza around the country: Influenza is being reported as “widespread” in Puerto Rico and 48 US states…..and yes, that includes Texas. Of reported cases involving a hospital admission, 95% were flu A (H1N1) which is currently the predominant strain. Another strain of flu A (H3N2) is on the rise and may cause kids to be sicker than we’ve seen with the H1N1 strain. It’s not too late to get the vaccine! There are estimations that we may see flu for quite a bit longer this year. Things have really just picked up over the last month. We have used all of our vaccine but you can still call the Health Department and get the flu vaccine for this year. We recommend it (especially for those kids under 2 or those who have asthma or other chronic medical conditions).

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Infant Ibuprofen Recall

See the following link for information regarding a recent recall on Infant Ibuprofen. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tris-pharma-issues-voluntary-nationwide-recall-of-infants-ibuprofen-concentrated-oral-suspension-usp-nsaid-50-mg-per-1-25-ml-due-to-potential-higher-concentrations-of-ibuprofen-300760721.html An important point of clarification is that our Health Statements given out at check-ups give doses for CHILDREN’S acetaminophen (tylenol) and ibuprofen (motrin, advil, etc). Children’s acetaminophen and infant’s acetaminophen are THE SAME. However, ibuprofen still has a more concentrated form of the medicine which is the infants. It often makes life easier JUST TO BUY “CHILDREN’S.” If you have dosing questions on these medicines you can refer to the “Resources” link on our website where we have dosing charts.   Regards, Pediatric Associates

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Holiday Schedule

Happy Holidays to everyone. Here are the times and locations that we’ll be working to serve you this holiday season.    

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Flu Clinics

Flu vaccine is arriving and our flu clinic dates are set. Please see the schedule below and give us a call to schedule your child to come in. Slots for these Saturday clinics are limited so we need to know that you’re coming. Call us to schedule. All will be held at the HICKORY STREET OFFICE from 8-12.   October 6th – State insurance vaccine ONLY October 13th: Private insurance vaccine ONLY October 20th: All insurances November 3rd: Private insurance vaccine ONLY November 10th: State insurance vaccine ONLY November 17th: All insurances December 1st: All insurances December 8th: All insurances   For self-pay patients: you will be scheduled on a day that state insurance vaccine is being given.  

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Upcoming Closing

Our Buffalo Gap Rd. office will be closed on Friday 09/07/18 for the AFTERNOON ONLY. We will see patients in the morning at the Buffalo Gap Rd. office and all day at the Hickory St. office. Please call 325-677-2801 if you have any questions.    

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