COVID-19 VACCINE UPDATE

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Many have asked about the WPDE report we would stop distributing the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine.
That is not true. We will continue to offer the J&J Vaccine at our mobile and pop-up events.
This was due to a misunderstanding on our part. We apologize for the confusion and look forward to continuing to serve our communities.

CareSouth Carolina is working to ensure the safety of our communities, our patients and our staff members. Please click 'learn more' for the latest updates on our vaccine supply and distribution.

**************CareSouth Carolina is administering the COVID-19 vaccine by appointments and walk-ins. Please click the 'learn more' button below for a full schedule. ***************

In addition, the MOBY units are providing COVID-19 vaccines at community locations. The schedule for these vaccine clinics can be found in the calendar tab. Walk-ins are welcome and you DO NOT need an appointment. ****************

CareSouth Carolina has resumed its distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine at its drive-up mobile and pop-up events.

The Importance of Not Delaying Well Child Care

May 28th 2020

We are all facing some stressors and fears that we may not have ever dealt with before. We are in an era of great uncertainty as we all learn about a novel (new) virus affecting the world as a whole.

As we learn from the medical professionals working on the front lines treating COVID-19, we can begin to develop a plan for how to best manage our response to this pandemic.

One concerning finding since the first case of COVID-19 erupted in the US is the sudden and drastic decrease in childhood wellness visits and immunizations. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued statements recently reiterating the importance of continuation of childhood wellness visits and immunizations, even during this pandemic.

We may think of childhood wellness visits as โ€œpreventiveโ€, and they are. But this preventive service is a vital surveillance visit. These visits allow your childโ€™s provider to assess the childโ€™s development, behaviors, healthy habits, and to also address any physical abnormalities that would have otherwise been missed. For example, a hernia that a parent may think is normal could need to be evaluated by a surgeon and it is the wellness visit that usually enables a provider to properly refer those patients.

Wellness visits are more frequent in children younger than 2 years of age, and this also allows for the necessary immunizations to be performed.

The AAP stresses that a few months of widespread decreases in immunizations can potentially ignite an outbreak of illnesses that are now preventable. For example, it is possible that several months of a decrease in immunization completion rates could lead to a measles outbreak. Measles is a viral illness associated with fever and rash, but in more severe cases can cause brain swelling and inflammation and could lead to lifelong disabilities and even deafness. Several other routine immunizations protect against common pathogens that can cause severe pneumonia, ear infections and stomach illnesses such as severe diarrhea and vomiting.

If you are concerned regarding visiting your childโ€™s provider, call and see what measures the office is taking to help keep you and your child safe. Most practices have accommodations for healthy patients, such as using an alternate entrance or waiting in vehicles. Scheduling a first-morning appointment may also help to decrease any potential exposure.

Remember that prior to school restarting, there is likely going to be an increase in appointments. Scheduling needed immunizations and wellness visits now would avoid overcrowding and offices needing to delay visits due to full schedules. As offices may try to avoid crowded waiting rooms, their schedules may not allow for as many visits each day. This would only further push appointments out if everyone is scheduling at the same time, a few weeks before the beginning of the school year.

Do not miss out on a vital part of maintaining your childโ€™s health, attending his or her routine wellness visits.

Morgan Windham, DNP, MSN, CPNP-PC, is a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner who practices at CareSouth Carolinaโ€™s Bishopville office.

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