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What's New with Vaccines

Say “BOO TO THE FLU” with SVPAM!

FLU VACCINE FOR 2018 is here!  Please call the office to schedule your spot for one of our flu clinics:

Sewickley:  Saturday 10/6 or Sunday 10/21         9-12pm

Wexford:  Saturday 10/13 or Sunday 11/4            9-12pm

Rochester: Saturday 10/27 or Sunday 10/14        9-12pm

 

A “MUST SEE” video for parents ~ https://www.ispot.tv/ad/Ap1V/know-hpv-hpv-vaccination

 

6 Things to Know about Pennsylvania’s School Immunization Regulations

As another school year approaches, here is a refresher with six key things to know about Pennsylvania’s current school immunization regulations which took effect on 8/1/17:

  1. Religious or Medical Exemptions ~ A child can still obtain an exemption from immunization requirements for religious/philosophical or appropriate medical reasons.
  2. New Definitions for “Full Immunization” and “Medical Certificate” ~ As of 8/1/17, the Pa. Department of Health added these new defintions to its regulations:  Full Immunization is defined as “the completion of the requisite number of dosages of the specific antigens at recommended time & age intervals as set forth in Section 23.83 of this law relating to immunization requirements”.  Medical certificate ~ is defined as “the official form furnished by the Department of Health setting out the immunization plan for a student who is not fully immunized, filled out and signed by a health care provider or a public health official when the immunization is provided by the Department of a local health department, and given to a school as proof that the student is scheduled to complete the required immunizations”.
  3. Provisional Period ~ In years past, children in Pennsylvania could be provisionally admitted to school for up to an eight-month period if the child had a plan for the completion of required immunizations in the child’s school health record or, in the case of a multiple dose vaccine, if the child had received one dose and there was a plan for completion of the remaining doses in the child’s health record.  This provisional period has been reduced to five (5) days, with requirements that differ for single dose and multiple dose vaccines.  If a child does not have a requisite single dose vaccine, the child would be excluded from school.  For multiple dose vaccines, one of the following requirements applies: (1) A child would be excluded from school for lack of the first dose of a multiple dose vaccine; (2) A child would be provisionally admitted to school for a five-day school period if a child receives the final dose of a multiple dose vaccine within five school days of the child’s first day of school; (3) If a child has the first dose of a multiple dose vaccine series, is scheduled to and does receive the next dose during the five-school-day provisional period, and provides a medical certificate scheduling the remaining doses, the child may attend school so long as the child adheres to the medical certificate schedule;  and (4) If a child needs additional doses of a multiple dose vaccine series to meet the requirements, but the next dose is not medically appropriate during the five school days, the childs parent or guardian must provide a medical certificate scheduling those additional doses on or before the fifth school day.
  4. Vaccine Requirements ~ The current regulations were updated on August 1, 2017 with these requirements: (1) Require the combination vaccine of DTaP instead of individual dosages; (2) Require the combination vaccine of MMR instead of individual dosages; and (3) Addition of a dosage of meningococcal vaccine for entry into 12th grade or in an ungraded school in the school year the child turns 18.
  5. Temporary Waiver of Immunization Requirements ~ The regulations allow for certain waivers to immunization requirements or the timeframes in which the immunizations must be completed: (1) As required under federal law, homeless children would be admitted to school regardless of immunization requirements; Children that transfer to a school within the Commonwelath would have 30 days in which to obtain and provide proof of immunizations to the school or proof of the need for an exemption; and (3) The Secretary of Health may issue a temporary waiver of the immunization requirements by publishing a notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin under two circumstances: (a) if the CDC recognizes a nationwide shortage of supply for a particular vaccine; or (b) in the event of a disaster impacting the ability of children transferring into a school to provide immunization records.
  6. School Reporting ~ DOH requires schools to submit immunization data to DOH by December 15th of each year for hard copy submission or December 31 for electronic submissions.

Mission

To provide high quality and personalized medical care to our patients in a pediatric medical home environment.

Vision

To be the community leader in delivering complete healthcare services to our pediatric and adolescent patients in a medical home environment, utilizing all appropriate & available medical and social services.

Our Locations & Hours

Offices open at 8 a.m., Monday through Saturday.
Patients are scheduled by appointment.

See the "About Us" tab for information on our walk-in hours for sick patients

Rochester

300 Brighton Avenue
Rochester, PA 15074
Tel: 724-774-7110
Fax: 724-774-7394

Sewickley

701 Broad Street, Suite 422
Sewickley, PA 15143
Tel: 412-741-8700
Fax: 412-741-3710

Wexford

119 VIP Drive
Wexford, PA 15090
Tel: 724-935-6644
Fax: 724-935-9644

Billing Office

119 VIP Drive
Wexford, PA 15090
Tel: 724-935-2610
Fax: 724-935-0331

Rochester

300 Brighton Avenue
Rochester, PA 15074
Tel: 724-774-7110
Fax: 724-774-7394

Sewickley

701 Broad Street, Suite 422
Sewickley, PA 15143
Tel: 412-741-8700
Fax: 412-741-3710

Wexford

119 VIP Drive
Wexford, PA 15090
Tel: 724-935-6644
Fax: 724-935-9644