Jennifer M. Mitchell, FNP-C
Jennifer joined The ChildHealth Center, PA in 2014. She first received her degree as a Nurse Practitioner from East Tennessee State University. She had extensive experience as a surgical nurse prior to pursuing a career as a nurse practitioner. She lives in Hickory with her daughter.
We no longer accept new patients who refuse to immunize their child:
After much consideration, the practitioners and staff at The ChildHealth Center, PA have decided to no longer accept new patients whose parents have refused all immunizations for their children.
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.
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.
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.
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 (and developmental forms, if applicable) at your convenience, and bring them with you to the visit!
Two BIG Vaccine Safety announcements!
First, on February 12, 2009 the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled that the scientific evidence is “overwhelmingly contrary” to the theory that measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and the vaccine preservative thimerosal is linked to autism. This decision is in keeping with the numerous medical studies that have been performed worldwide. The ChildHealth Center, PA joins the American Academy of Pediatrics in the hope that the determination by the Special Masters will reassure parents that vaccines DO NOT cause autism.
Click here for a link to the AAP Policy Statement on this matter.
Second, in the past few months there has been press coverage in the United Kingdom discrediting Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the first doctor to publicize a connection between the MMR vaccine and autism. He has been charged with deliberately misreporting patient data to create a link with autism!
Here are links to two stories in the British press:
MMR doctor Andrew Wakefield fixed data on autism--The doctor who sparked the scare over the safety of the MMR vaccine for children changed and misreported results in his research, creating the appearance of a possible link with autism, a London Sunday Times investigation has found. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5683671.ece
Hidden records show MMR truth--A London Sunday Times investigation has found that altered data was behind the decade-long scare over vaccination. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5683643.ece
This is where we'll announce the most recent additions to our web site. If you've visited us before and want to know what's changed, take a look here first.
In the coming months we hope to bring you additional resources within this site as well as links to other reputable sites to help you be the best parent you can be.
Check out the Art Gallery for exhibitions from our artists, including some of the original works of art created especially for TCC by California artist Stephanie Bauer, a children's book illustrator!
This section of What's New? will keep you abreast of recent changes related to the practice of medicine and general health issues. Since this area is constantly changing, you will want to check here often.
Seasonal Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Immunization Changes! When is the last time your child has been in for a well check-up? If it has been more than a year since your child (older than five years) has had one, the odds are your child may be due an immunization. Everyone over twelve months of age should receive the Hepatitis A series. All children five years and older should receive a booster dose of the Varivax (chickenpox vaccine). North Carolina now requires all children entering sixth grade to receive the new Tdap (Tetanus and Pertussis vaccine). EVEN IF THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT GIVES THIS VACCINE AT YOUR CHILD'S SCHOOL, THERE ARE OTHER VACCINES YOUR CHILD SHOULD RECEIVE THEY WILL NOT GIVE AT SCHOOL! For example, everyone eleven years and older should receive Menactra (meningitis vaccine). Girls eleven and older should receive the Gardisil series (human papilloma virus vaccine), and the vaccine has also been approved for boys to prevent genital warts. And there are also the Hepatitis A and Varivax immunizations mentioned above.
Well visits: Even if your child has received vaccines through a health department program in the schools, all children three years of age and older should receive annual well checkups. The health department ONLY gives certain vaccines--not all the ones children SHOULD receive. Furthermore, there are many problems that can show up throughout childhood. Annual well exams are the best way detect medical problems early!
Last modified: 11/11/14