Category: Patient Resources
As the COVID 19 pandemic situation rapidly evolves please stay tuned to current CDC guidelines for up to date information.
Current COVID 19 vaccine recommendations-
- Ages 5-11 can get the Pfizer mRNA vaccine, 2 doses (one third of the adolescent/adult dose), at least 3 weeks apart
- Ages 12-17 can get the Pfizer mRNA vaccine, 2 doses, 3 weeks apart
- Ages 18 and above can get either an mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna), 2 doses, 3 weeks (Pfizer)/ 4 weeks (Moderna) apart or a single dose of the J & J Janssen vaccine.
Currently the above 3 are the only vaccines available in the US with Pfizer being fully approved by the FDA
- 65 years and older
- 18+ living in long-term care facilities
- 18+ working in high-risk settings
- 18+ with underlying health conditions
Duration from primary vaccine series-
- Pfizer and Moderna- at least 6 months from 2nd dose
- J & J-at least 2 months from last dose
There is a wide range of testing sites available throughout the county- Mo Co sites (MoCoCOVIDtesting.org), pharmacies and urgent cares. Please get tested if you experience any COVID-19 symptoms. Please opt-in for school provided routine testing.
We will continue to stand by you to help keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy. Please call the office for any questions or concerns you may have.
Your health care team-
Drs. Plotsky, Maggid and Mitra
Office phone: 301-330-3216
After hours: 240 638 777
Traveling with Children
Traveling with children requires special planning and preparation, especially when travelling abroad. There are many things parents should consider when traveling with children of any age.
Visit the CDC™ Traveling with Children page for helpful resources on travel including:
- Safe food and water precautions, diarrhea management and insect protection when traveling abroad
- Modifying the immunization schedule
- Traveling while pregnant
- Travel and breastfeeding
- International adoptions
Child products, such as cribs and toys are often recalled due to a defect or hazard. It’s important to pay close attention to recalled consumer goods to protect your child from dangerous items.
Visit this site frequently to ensure that the products your child is using have not been recalled by their manufacturer or the federal government: Consumer Product Safety
Car Seat Recommendations
As a parent, it is your job to protect your child when riding in a vehicle. Using car seats properly helps keep children safe. But with so many different types of car seats on the market, understanding how to use them correctly can be overwhelming for parents.
Visit the AAP™ Car Seat Safety Information page for guidance on choosing the most appropriate car safety seat for your child.
We understand many women may be apprehensive or unsure at first about breastfeeding vs. bottle-feeding their baby. It’s normal to have many questions related to breastfeeding. Our doctors are here to support you.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC.gov (www.cdc.gov) is your online source for credible health information and is the official Web site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC is committed to achieving true improvements in people’s health. CDC applies research and findings to improve people’s daily lives and responds to health emergencies—something that distinguishes CDC from its peer agencies. Working with states and other partners, CDC provides a system of health surveillance to monitor and prevent disease outbreaks (including bioterrorism), implement disease prevention strategies, and maintain national health statistics. CDC also guards against international disease transmission, with personnel stationed in more than 25 foreign countries.
CDC.gov provides parents with credible, reliable health information on:
- Data and Statistics
- Diseases and Conditions
- Emergencies and Disasters
- Environmental Health
- Healthy Living
- Injury, Violence and Safety
- Life Stages and Populations
- Travelers’ Health
- Workplace Safety and Health
Visit CDC.gov for more information
Child Health Topics
From asthma to immunization, find out more about what the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends for your child’s health. You’ll gain access to a wide variety of information on developmental stages, safety, and advocacy for babies, children, teens, and adolescents from the AAP.
Featured Health Topics include:
- Behavioral and Mental Health
- Community Health
- Diseases and Conditions
- Family Health
- Healthy Development
- Disaster Preparedness
For more information, visit AAP Health Topics and HealthyChildren.org
Shady Grove Pediatric Associates follows the immunization guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
For detailed informational sheets published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) please visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/
Our Vaccine Philosophy
Our practice believes that all children should receive the recommended vaccines according to the guidelines provided by the AAP and the CDC. Vaccines are safe and effective in preventing diseases and health complications in children and young adults. Regular vaccinations help children ward off infections, and are administered as one of the safest and best methods of disease prevention.
We are happy to discuss your concerns about vaccines at your child’s next visit.
Recommended Immunization Schedule
- 0-6 Years -Schedule for Persons Aged 0 Through 6 Years | 2015
- 7-18 Years-Schedule for Persons Aged 7 Through 18 Years | 2015
- Catch-up Schedule -Schedule for Persons Aged 4 Months Through 18 Years Who Start Late or Who Are More Than 1 Month Behind | 2015
Vaccine Safety: The Facts Safety facts on vaccines from the AAP
Please take a moment to read our most commonly asked questions. We’re always available to answer your questions and encourage you to contact our office if you have a question that is not answered below.
Forms can be completed online through the patient portal or you can print them from our website and bring them with you to your appointment.
Insurance & Fees
Become a Patient
We are excited that you have chosen Shady Grove Pediatric Associates for your child’s medical care. Your comfort and convenience are our priority, and we strive to make every visit to our office a positive experience. To help you get acquainted with our office and first visit procedures, we have included helpful information on this page.
Our practice is working together to build life-long relationships between our staff and our patients by consistently providing our patients with compassion, excellence, and value. To fulfill this mission, we are committed to:
- Improving the lives of the children we serve by providing quality care in a child-centered environment.
- Listening to our young patients and their families who we are privileged to serve.
- Guiding our patients along a path of optimal health and wellness.
- Continually pursuing excellence at all levels through continuing education.
What to Expect
A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future visits. We want your child to enjoy getting to know our doctors and staff, so we work hard to establish this bond during every appointment to our office. During your initial appointment, we will explain everything in detail and answer any questions you may have.
We look forward to meeting you and your child and providing the quality, comprehensive medical care you expect and deserve.