New Immunization Requirement for Seventh Grade

For the school year starting 2017-18, the State Board of Health is requiring all children entering seventh grade in either public or private schools to receive an immunization against a form of meningitis called Neisseria meningitides. This is a quadrivalent conjugated vaccine (MCV4) also known as Menactra or Menveo.

This vaccine is in addition to the dpt (tetanus shot) that is already required for entering seventh grade.

If your child is entering seventh grade, please check their immunization record to make sure that they have had both the dpt and meningitis shot (Menactra or Menveo or MCV4). If they have not call the office to schedule an appointment. Vaccinations are also available through Washoe County Health Department.

Children already in grades 7 to 12 will not be required to receive the meningitis shot to attend Washoe County Schools. But, we do suggest that all adolescents should receive the meningitis shot any way.

Update-Influenza Vaccine

We are out of all Influenza Vaccine for children 36 months of age and older. We do not expect to receive any further shipments of Influenza Vaccine.

We still have Influenza Vaccine for children 6 months through 35 months of age.

Influenza Vaccine Available

We have influenza vaccine available for all age groups. At this time, we still do not have VFC influenza vaccine for patients who are on Medicaid. We are expecting to receive VFC influenza vaccine soon.

As you may have seen in the news, Flu Mist will not be available for this flu season in the United States. Everyone will be receiving flu shot this year. Sorry Kids!!!

As a reminder, influenza vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months of age and older. Children 8 years of age or younger who have never received influenza vaccine in the past should receive 2 doses of influenza vaccine 4 weeks apart.

Pediatric Associates Welcomes Dr. Megan Dory

We are pleased to announce that a fifth pediatrician is joining our practice. Dr. Megan Dory will join us on Monday, August 1. She earned her M.D. from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. She completed a pediatric residency and internship, and a fellowship in sports medicine, at Oregon Health & Science University. She is board certified in pediatrics and has a Certificate of Additional Qualification in Sports Medicine from the American Board of Family Medicine.

Dr. Dory and her husband both grew up in the Reno area. They recently moved back to the community, along with their miniature schnauzer, Rosie. Dr. Dory, who is a passionate advocate for the health benefits of an active lifestyle, can often be found taking advantage of Reno’s great outdoors biking, running, skiing, golfing and hiking.

Dr. Dory was formerly a patient in this practice and so, we are especially proud to have her join us as a physician. Expanding our practice will help us meet the growing need for pediatric services in the Reno area and provide more appointment opportunities for existing patients. We look forward to Dr. Dory bringing her passion and expertise to our practice.

Influenza Vaccine-Flu Mist

We are out of Flu Mist. We do not anticipate receiving any further Flu Mist.

We have flu shots available for all age groups. If your child requires a second flu vaccine to complete the two shots, 4 weeks apart, for children under 9 years old, the series will be completed using flu shot.

Influenza Vaccine Update–Flu Vaccine

Flu Mist continues to be unavailable from the manufacturer. There is no estimate from our supplier as to when Flu Mist will become available.

Since we are unsure when Flu Mist will become available, we have the “flu shot” for children three years old and older. We are recommending the shot since it is available.

We still have “flu shot” for children 6 months old to 3 years old.

Please call for a “shot only” appointment if you wish to get Influenza Vaccine for your child.