When to visit

Routine Visits

Well visits are an important part of pediatric care.  Your child should see his or her primary pediatrician once a year for an annual physical exam.  At this visit, we will measure the child’s weight and height, screen vision and hearing, check the urine, and administer any indicated vaccines.  Please bring all school, sports, or camp forms to this visit for the doctor to complete.
Certain medical conditions and medication use may require more frequent routine visits.

Office visits and accompanying vaccinations and tests:
  • Newborn: Hep B (if not done in hospital)
  • 2 weeks: None
  • 1 month: Hep B #2
  • 2 months: DTaP #1, Hib #1, Rotavirus (oral) #1
  • 3 months: Polio #1, Pneumococcus #1
  • 4 months: DTaP #2, Hib #2, Rotavirus (oral) #2
  • 5 months: Polio #2, Pneumococcus #2
  • 6 months: DTaP #3, Hib #3, Rotavirus (oral) #3
  • 8 months: Hep B #3, Pneumococcus #3
  • 10 months: Hemoglobin Check, Lead Level Screening Questions
  • 12 months: Hib #4, Pneumococcus #4, PPD Screening Test
  • 15 months: MMR #1, Varicella #1, Hep A #1
  • 18 months: DTaP #4, IPV #3
  • 2 years: Hep A #2
  • 3 years: No Vaccines
  • 4 years: DTaP #5, Varivax #2, Vision Screen
  • 5 years: MMR #2, IPV #4, Hemoglobin Check, Hearing Screen, Vision Screen
  • 6 to 9 years (annually hereafter): Hearing Screen, Vision Screen
  • 10 years: Tdap #1
  • 11 years: Menactra #1, HPV #1 (dose #2 done 2 months later; dose #3 done 4 months after dose #2)
  • 12 to 15 years: Annual physical
  • 16 years (and annually): Urine screen for STD’s
  • 18 years: Menactra #2
Abbreviations
  • Hep A: Hepatitis A
  • Hep B: Hepatitis B
  • Hib: Haemophilus influenzae, type B
  • HPV: Human Papillomavirus
  • DTaP: Diphtheria, Tetanus, acellular Pertussis
  • IPV: Injectable Polio Vaccine
  • MMR: Measles, Mumps, Rubella
  • PPD: Purified Protein Derivative (Tuberculosis skin test)
  • Hemoglobin: screen for anemia

 

Sick Visits

All visits should be scheduled by appointment first.  We can always find an available appointment time for emergencies and ill children.  Our office can handle a number of illnesses, such as asthma exacerbations and simple lacerations.