We provide pediatric care from birth through the college years.
Adolescence is a time of transition from childhood to young adult. Every child is different but it usually begins at around 12 years-of-age and continues to approximately 20 years-of-age; however, this period often begins and ends sooner for girls and later for boys.
Because many changes occur during this time we believe it is important to continue regular annual wellness visits. We can help address the physical, emotional and social considerations of the overall health of adolescents and serve as a resource to parents as they guide their teens into adulthood.
How We Can Help
Adolescent Child Appointments
We ask that you make every effort to accompany your adolescent child to appointments, however we understand that it isn’t always possible. With your written permission, any person may bring your child to the office.
Vaccinations & Immunizations for Adolescents
Consider, however, that she/he may need immunizations. We routinely review your child’s immunization history during wellness visits (also known as “physical”). But any visit can be an opportunity to make sure your child’s immunizations are up-to-date. When the patient is a minor we will need written authorization from the parent/legal guardian before immunizations can be administered. Only a parent or legal guardian may sign the authorization to administer vaccinations to minors.
Children and adolescents who receive vaccinations and are unaccompanied by an adult, will be required to wait 20 minutes before leaving the office. Patients 18 years-of-age and older may sign for themselves.
Accompanied or alone, adolescents will be interviewed to update contact information, present their current insurance card and pay the copay, when applicable.
IMPORTANT: Law requires that before vaccines can be administered, parents of minors must receive and review the Vaccine Information Sheet (VIS) for each vaccine the child will be receiving. Therefore, if your child is coming in for a vaccine without a parent and/or guardian, it is imperative that you contact a receptionist so she can give you the necessary information in advance. You can download the appropriate Vaccine Information Sheet for the specific vaccine(s) your child will be receiving from the CDC website. If we do not have this information at the time of the visit, we will not be able to administer the vaccines.
Vaccination Permission Forms
After reviewing the VIS for each vaccine your child is to receive, you must complete our Vaccine Authorization Form (pdf file), which states that you have reviewed and had opportunity to review the VIS for the relevant vaccines and have had opportunity to discuss any concern prior to administration.