Policies at FredCoKids
Vaccine Policy Statement – 2018
We, the entire providership of FCP, want to reinforce our strong support, trust and belief in our current national vaccine program and strongly support the CDC and AAP guidelines for proper and timely vaccinations. We feel that vaccinations for all our children is a centerpiece of comprehensive medical care. We further want to emphasize our belief that: 1) vaccines are safe, effective and not associated with any neurodevelopmental consequences and, 2) delaying or spreading out vaccines has no justification in current scientific thinking and simply poses undo risk to children.
Our vaccine schedule is in alignment with current CDC and AAP recommendations. We do not support altered vaccine schedules nor allow unvaccinated children to join our practice unless there is a medical contraindication. Click to view the CDC’s recommended vaccine schedule.
We hope that for the vast majority of our families, you will find this statement reassuring. We want to protect your child and all the children around you in our office and in our community. We want you to know that protecting your child from preventable diseases is one of our highest priorities – not only for your family but for our community. That is our mission and vision of comprehensive medical care.
We are no longer offering allergy shot administration at our practice. We recommend patients have their allergy injections at their allergist office.
Patients are asked to arrive 10 minutes before their scheduled appointment time in order to complete the check-in process. Patients arriving more than 20 minutes late may be required to reschedule their appointment to the next available opening consistent with the type of appointment requested. Only acutely ill children will be worked into the providers schedule later the same day.
As a courtesy to both your provider and other families with sick children, we ask that you cancel any scheduled appointment 24 hours in advance so that others may utilize this time. Failure to attend an appointment without prior cancellation is considered a NO SHOW. More than 2 NO SHOW/missed appointments may result in dismissal from the practice.
Form Fee Policy
School, Camp and Sport Forms
As our practice is growing, so is the number of requests to complete forms (school, daycare, summer camps, fall sports, and college). To help us better serve you in the completion of this task, please be aware of the following information:
There is a $10 fee associated with forms. This covers the administrative time necessary for review of relevant information and completion of the form. In the event your circumstances require completion of forms in less than 7 days we can offer an expedited service. The cost for the expedited service is $25 payable at the time the forms are presented, and you will receive your forms within 48 hrs. In addition, we will waive the fee if forms are presented during the well visit or sports physical. This does not apply to sick visits.
Please allow 7-10 business days for completion of your forms. We are usually able to complete one routine form (such as Frederick County Public School Exam Form) at the time of your wellness visit. If you have multiple forms that require completion, or if there is more detailed information needed to complete your form, then you will have to leave your forms for later return. Again, we will waive the form completion fee if forms are presented during the well visit or sport physical.
We will not complete any form that does not have the parent section filled out. By signing the form, we are verifying that we have reviewed the information contained in the form and have done the appropriate medical examination and screening tests necessary. We cannot do this if we don’t have all of the necessary information.
A wellness assessment may be required before some forms can be completed. In order to determine if your child is medically cleared to participate in camps or sports, it is recommended that s/he has an annual wellness assessment. Some entities may require an evaluation by a medical provider within 6 months of the start of an activity. We ask parents to please be aware of the requirements for their child’s specific activity and to plan a visit accordingly. You will need to have a wellness assessment in the 12 months prior to start of the activity, before we can complete a form asking for medical clearance for a physical activity. Please plan ahead so that you can have your wellness assessment with the medical provider of your choice.