What are the routine vaccinations for your child?
The following two tables review the recommended immunization schedule for those children from birth to 6 years of age, and then 7 years to 18 years. The full explanation of all recommendations (including catching up your child on the recommendation immunizations) is available here.
What should expectant parents do to prepare themselves?
What insurance do we take?
What are our billing/financial policies?
What are some guidelines regarding referrals?
It is essential that you know the requirements of your individual insurance plan. If your insurance requires a referral, please call our referral department at 703-729-7652 ext. 202. Leave the following information: child’s name, spelling the last name, date and time of the appointment, specialist’s name and the phone and fax numbers.
Allow 3 business days (72 hrs) for processing or we cannot guarantee a referral prior to your appointment. If you require prior authorizations, allow 5 to 7 business days.
Once your referral is complete, we will fax a copy to the specialist and mail a copy to your home address.
DO NOT see a specialist or have a diagnostic procedure performed before your referral is complete. Insurance companies require referrals prior to seeing the specialist and they do not allow our staff to back date a referral after a visit has taken place.
What should I do if I want to travel with my child?
Our Health Care Providers can help patients and families before a trip, whether it is for a vacation, a medical mission, or a visit to relatives in other countries.
For brief trips lasting less than 3 weeks, preparation between 4 to 6 weeks in advance is preferable and adequate. However, for prolonged visits and travel to exotic locations in developing countries, the trip preparation should begin at least 2 months prior to departure. A pre-travel medicine consult with the patient and families include discussion about food and water, precautions to prevent travelers’ diarrhea, safety whie traveling, vacations and malaria prevention, and review and refills of current medications.
A pre-travel appointment is a great opportunity to make sure that the children are up to date with routine immunizations. The vaccinations may be accelerated for children with imminent departures or those behind in routine immunizations.
The next step is to provide itinerary specific vaccinations such as immunizations against yellow fever, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, Japanese encephalitis, meningitis. Our office can direct you to appropriate travel clinics for yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis vaccines as our office do not carry these.
Because country requirements and epidemiology of various diseases frequently undergo changes, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends consulting up to date sources of information and checking with the appropriate embassy or consulate prior to departure.
Parents are advised to closely monitor their child for illnesses both during and after travel. Any illness in a returned traveler needs a thorough evaluation and examination.
Our Providers can help children and families navigate through all this information and prepare for a safe, fun, and enjoyable trip.
We advise parents to call our office for pre-travel consultation as soon as travel plans and destination are decided.
International Society of Travel Medicine: www.istm.org
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: www.cdc.gov/travel
What are our refill policies?
What forms do I need if I want bring my child to Ashburn Pediatrics?