As of September 8, 2020, we will no longer be calling families
the day before their visit to triage for COVID symptoms.
Instead, we will be emailing appointment details and
triage information the day prior to your child’s scheduled visit.
We are highly recommending that all patients receive their flu vaccine early this year. Please visit our flu vaccine page for further details!
Frederick County Pediatrics is committed to the health and safety of all our patients, their parents, our staff and their families.
We are closely monitoring and will follow all public health guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the State of Maryland and local health departments.
We appreciate how frustrating this current situation is.
We empathize with parents as they make their own decisions that are not easy to make.
Healthychildren.org is a trusted and valued source of essential information for families to keep up to date on COVID-19 protocols,
health tips and parenting recommendations.
Rapid- We are not able to offer testing at our office at this time.
Frederick Health offers testing for children and adults, while CVS and Walmart do for 18 years and older only.
Serology / Antibody- This is a blood test that is currently NOT recommended for the general pediatric population.
Serology testing could determine if a person was exposed to COVID-19 and developed an immune response. However, it will not determine if that presence of antibodies provides “protection” or future immunity, nor how long immunity may last if at all.
Further, there may be a false-positive tests depending on the reliability of the test. There have been reports that some tests include antibodies for all COVID strains, including the common cold. Tests may not target COVID-19 antibodies.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Children’s National Hospital, and Frederick County Health Department do not recommend serology testing, therefore, we will not consent to order tests at this time.
Returning to School, Daycare and Work
We have many families asking questions regarding the time frame of when it is safe to either return to work, return to daycare or even come in contact with other people who have had exposure to suspected or document cases of COVID-19. The link below (updated 8/16/20 from the CDC) explains the proper precautions you should take when making these decisions for your family. When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19–https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/end-home-isolation.html
As schools debate plans for fall, families are faced to decide both if they are comfortable with their children attending school or daycare and how to handle sicknesses that could occur in that setting.
The CDC has a decision tool to help parents determine safety and protocols for their children. These criteria must be satisfied as a baseline. Your confidence level and unique situation must be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Please be aware we cannot make blanket recommendations, nor will we be able to write extended school or work excuses. We highly encourage parents to discuss with your employer and/or your child’s school their expectations for work attendance.