The COVID-19 pandemic continues to give us new questions.
Maybe some of yours are answered here!
COVID-19 Vaccines Available for Ages 5-11
COVID vaccines for children ages 5-11 are now available at Laurelwood. If you would like to arrange an appointment for the vaccine, please complete the form below and our staff will contact you to schedule the appointment. It is only necessary to make one request for multiple children.
New CDC guidlines on Quarantine and Isolation
If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)
Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.
- Stay home for 5 days.
- If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
- Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.
If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine)
Have been boosted
If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.
Completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted
If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home
With the current coronavirus pandemic upon us, many of our patient’s parents have questions and are looking for guidance. We’ve learned that the situation continues to change regularly. We will be keeping the information posted here as up to date as is possible.
The omicron variant of COVID-19 has taken our city in significant and we have definitely seen a large wave of cases hit our city over the past several weeks. This wave has changed some of what we understood about the pandemic and several of the questions below have been updated.
Thankfully, we can still say that COVID-19 has proven to be less serious in children. Most of our patients who had the illness, had mild courses. That said, we have had patients who were more seriously or significantly affected by this virus. Children under age 12 are still not eligible for the vaccine, so continuing to take careful precautions around our children remains important.
Of course people have questions. We’ve put together a list of some of the most common things people are calling about and have answered them here.
What about the omicron variant? What's different?
The Omicron variant brings with it lots of new questions. It appears that this variant is much more contagious, but possibly less likely to cause severe illness. The chance of severe illness is certainly diminished in vaccinated individuals. We continue to strongly recommend that all of our patients and their families (age 5 and up) receive the vaccine.
Omicron seems to be bringing in a key flexion point in the pandemic and with that, the CDC has released new guidelines on quarantine and isolation. Make sure that you note these changes in the section near the top of this page. Isolation times are shorter and quarantine times are shorter for fully vaccinated / boosted individuals.
Many of our patient families may have other specific questions about exposures and prevention. If so, feel free to reach out to our nursing staff or your pediatrician through the patient portal.
The COVID-19 vaccine is becoming available for more and more children. Should my child be vaccinated?
The short answer is, Yes.
All of the pediatricians at Laurelwood are strongly recommending the COVID-19 vaccine for almost all of our patients. Although this illness has been mild for most of the pediatric patients who have been infected, we have seen several children who had more severe, or more prolonged cases of COVID-19.
In addition to the benefit of protecting your child from potential complications of COVID-19, fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed do not need to quarantine. We anticipate that vaccinated children will be able to participate in school for the 21-22 school year much more consistently.
With the new quarantine guidelines, full vaccination continues to provide reducation in quarantine times should exposure occur.
If you have questions about vaccinating your child, please speak to your pediatrician!
When will the vaccine be available for kids under 5?
The latest information that we’re hearing points to the second quarter of 2022 for the group of 2-4 year olds.
Will Laurelwood offer the COVID-19 vaccine?
We are currently offering the vaccine for children 5-11. Please see the form at the top of this page to request an appointment.
Are you doing testing for COVID-19 at Laurelwood?
We now have Point of Care testing available with rapid (about 15 minute) tests available for our patients. We can do rapid PCR tests or rapid antigen tests depending on the circumstance and availability. Your pediatrician can help you understand which one of those may be best for your child.
If your child has been exposed to COVID and is under quarantine, we will arrange for your pediatrician to meet you at your car, evaluate the exposure and help determine which test is most appropriate. The test sample can be collected and you will receive the results later that day or within a couple of days depending on the type of test that was ordered.
If your child is ill but has not had known exposure directly to COVID-19, please make an appointment with your pediatrician. During that visit, we can evaluate the history, any symptoms or exposures, examine your child, and give you guidance about the test as well as administer the test. In addition, we will also be looking for other non-COVID-19 reasons for your child’s symptoms and treat them as appropriate.
COVID-19 testing does not require a deep nasopharyngeal (NP) swab and our tests are specifically designed to be run on swabs from the front of the nose. This procedure is far less uncomfortable than the deep swabs that were commonly done earlier in the pandemic.
At the time of your visit, you may end up leaving our office before the results have come back. Please make sure that you have access to your child’s patient portal account to receive test results.
My child is sick but attending school in person. Does he need to be checked before returning to school?
Throughout the school year, most schools adopted protocols requiring COVID-19 testing if children had certain groups of symptoms. We continue to follow the guidelines that LeBonheur has published about returning to school as safely as possible. These guidelines categorize symptoms as higher risk or lower risk for COVID-19. The higher risk symptoms include: fever, shortness of breath, new or worsening cough, and loss or taste or smell. The lower risk symptoms include: sore throat, nasal congestion, vomiting / diarrhea, muscle ache, headache, and fatigue. If your child experiences one higher risk symptom or two or more lower risk symptoms, they should be evaluated by the pediatrician. If a non-COVID-19 source for the symptoms is identified, the illness will be treated appropriate. Otherwise, a COVID-19 test will likely be done.
Individual situations are always unique, so contacting our nurse or speaking with your pediatrician can help clarify these recommendations for your child’s particular case.
Should we come to Laurelwood to have my child's checkup?
Yes. Now is the time to start catching up on important wellness visits and vaccines that were missed due to the recent restrictions.
We have taken new measures to protect our healthy patients who come in for their checkup visits. Not only do we have separate waiting rooms available, but also we have designated exam rooms as “well only” to make sure that we limit potential risks. We are also scheduling well visits only in the morning times with sick visits in the afternoon. Our doctors and clinical staff are wearing masks to help avoid the possibility of asymptomatic exposure as well.
During this time, please minimize the number of family members who accompany your child to the visit.