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Welcome!

Thank you for visiting The ChildHealth Center, PA website!

We are dedicated to making this site an informative, helpful resource for you as we partner with you to provide the best medical care possible for your child.  This will always be a work in progress and will be updated frequently, so don't hesitate to give us your ideas on how to improve this site to better assist you as a parent.

Use the helpful links in the column to the left to navigate to the resource pages you need.


Our Mission

It is the primary mission of The ChildHealth Center, PA to provide your child with the best pediatric medical care possible.  As Fellows of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP), our physicians are on top of today's' emerging child health and developmental issues.  Whether you need acute medical attention, childhood immunization and wellness exams, or a growth, behavioral or developmental evaluation, our practitioners stand ready to serve you.  At The ChildHealth Center, PA, we count it a privilege to help care for your child's health!  It is our goal to provide the highest quality of pediatric care available anywhere.


Office Hours

Monday through Friday:                        8:00 am until 5:00 pm

Saturday:                                            8:00 am until 10:00 am

Sunday, December 1 to March 31:         8:00 am until 10:00 am

Closed:                                    Easter Sunday, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, 

                                               New Year's Day, and Sundays Spring through late Fall.

Even when the office is closed, a practitioner is on call to answer questions that cannot wait until the office reopens.  The practitioner can be reached by calling the operator at Frye Regional Medical Center at 828-315-5000.


Location

 

Located at:  1455 25th Avenue Dr. NE, Hickory, NC 28601

Click 1455 25th Ave Dr NE, Hickory, NC 28601

 for directions.

 


Flu Immunizations

WE FINALLY HAVE RECEIVED ENOUGH VACCINES TO COVER ALL AGES, BOTH PRIVATE (insured) AND STATE (Medicaid, NCHealthChoice, uninsured), AND ARE NOW OFFERING FLU CLINIC APPTOINTMENTS.  These are being offered early morning from 7-8 am certain days, and certain afternoons from 5-6:30 pm, while supplies last.

ALL children, from ages 6 months to 18 years, should receive a flu immunization, unless they have a significant allergy to eggs. 

We will offer two types of flu vaccine--the traditional shots and Flumist.  Flu shots are approved for all individuals who are 6 months of age and older, unless they are allergic to eggs or have had a life-threatening reaction to previous influenza vaccinations.  The vaccine should be given on a day when a child is well and is NOT ill with fever or wheezing. 

Flumist is a live vaccine that is administered by squirting a small amount of solution into each nostril. THE CDC JUST RECENTLY RECOMMENDED THAT ELIGIBLE CHILDREN BETWEEN 2 AND 8 YEARS OF AGE RECEIVE THE FLUMIST OVER THE FLU SHOT BECAUSE IT PROVIDES BETTER IMMUNITY AGAINST THE FLU VIRUS! In order to receive Flumist, children must be at least 24 months of age, and have no allergy to eggs, gentamicin, gelatin or arginine.  Also, people should not receive Flumist if they have a history of life-threatening reactions to previous influenza vaccinations, receive aspirin or aspirin-containing therapy, or have a diagnosis of asthma, heart disease, diabetes, kidney or metabolic disease or immunodeficiency.  Click here  for a link to the Flumist website for more information.

Click here for a link to the Center for Disease Control website on flu.

 


Ebola!        Hundreds of public health professionals working 24/7 in support. Learn more in the press release.

While no cases of Ebola have been reported in our community, it potentially can become a serious health threat to our entire nation.

It is ESSENTIAL that you tell our staff when you call our office to schedule an appointment if your child, anyone in your family, or any known contacts have traveled to or from Western Africa in the past 21 days (or had any exposure to those with known disease in the US)!!!  We MUST make special arrangements to see anyone with potential exposure in a very carefully controlled way to ensure the safety of our staff and other patients!!!

Click here for a link to the Center for Disease Control website on Ebola.


Young girl sick in bedEnterovirus D68

While the media has reported frequently on the severity of the Enterovirus D68 recently, those of us in private practices do not have the capability to test for this virus--it requires specialized testing at the CDC, and currently requires several weeks.  There is a faster test being developed, but it is not available to us.  Even if we were able to test and positively identify a patient with this virus, THERE IS NO SPECIFIC TREATMENT!  All care is supportive.  So, if there were a patient in whom we suspected had this virus, all we could do would be to provide supportive care, such as respiratory treatments and oxygen as needed.  Remember, the vast majority of children with this virus only have typical cold symptoms.  Only a few develop complications that require attention.

Also remember, that the regular seasonal flu is FAR more likely to send your child to the hospital than Enterovirus D68, SO GET THAT FLU VACCINE!

Click here for a link to the Center for Disease Control website on Enterovirus D68.

 


 

Want to save some time at your child's next Well Visit? 

Then just go to the Forms section on the menu to the left, print out and complete the appropriate history at your convenience, and bring them with you to the visit!


We are accepting new patients* 

We accept a wide variety of insurance policies as well as Medicaid.  Please contact our office if you have questions.

*We do not accept new patients who refuse immunizations.

Please visit our What's New? page for more information on our policy.


 

   

For seasonal Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics click here.

 

 


Contact Information

Telephone
828-322-4453
 
After Hours Emergency Telephone
828-315-5000  Ask for the practitioner on call to be paged
 
FAX
828-324-9295
 
Postal address
1455 25th Avenue Dr. NE, Hickory, NC 28601
 

 


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Last modified: 15 October 2014