Frequently Asked Questions

What Immunizations are given and at what age?

We adhere to the vaccine schedule recommended yearly by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Infants and Young children as especially vulnerable to illness and our Physicians believe strongly in the timely administration of vaccines to prevent diseases.

When should I make my baby’s first appointment?

We suggest making a Newborn appointment with our office within 48 hours of discharge from the Hospital.   This gives us an opportunity to meet you and your infant and familiarize ourselves with their Prenatal and Birth History.   We also like to keep a close eye on weight and jaundice in the first week.

What is Phone Hour?

  1. Phone Hour is held every weekday from 7 – 8am
  2. Office staff is available to make same Day Appointments so you can plan your day early.
  3. A physician is available to answer clinical questions. Physician calls will be limited to a few minutes- Quick updates on ongoing illnesses and specific questions.   IF YOU NEED MORE TIME, PLEASE SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TO COME IN FOR FURTHER EVALUATION AND DISCUSSION.
  4. Please be prepared for the conversation with the following information: How many days has your child had symptoms? Are the symptoms getting worse? How high was the fever? What is the name of the medication you have been giving?
  5. Physicians may be returning calls from a private number, please enable private callers on the number you wish to be called on.
  6. If necessary have the Pharmacy name and Address available
  7. The physician will answer calls in the order they were received and get to as many as possible during the one hour period.   If the physician cannot get to your call, it will go to the nursing staff once the office opens.

We cannot guarantee which physician will be doing phone hour on a given day. If you would like to leave a non-urgent message for a specific physician you can ask to be put through to their voicemail.

What is the Schedule for Routine Well Visits?

Healthy Infants and Toddlers are seen for Routine Physicals several times within the first few years, there is such significant growth and development during this period and it is important to monitor closely.

After the initial Newborn visit we see infants at 2 weeks, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 24 months and 30 months

Once a child is 3 years old, we see them for routine yearly Physicals.

What Insurances do we accept?

  1. Aetna
  2. Anthem through Blue Cross/ Blue Shield
  3. Blue Cross/ Blue Shield
  4. Blue Shield of Northeastern
  5. CDPHP
  6. CDPHP select
  7. The Empire Plan
  8. MVP

When do we start giving yearly flu shots and how does our office handle them?

We preorder our influenza vaccines yearly. The supply comes in batches. We generally receive the first shipment in Mid –August to early September.

As soon as we have our influenza vaccines in the office we try to schedule several ‘flu clinics’ in the ensuing weeks.   Each flu clinic is staffed by a nurse with a doctor supervising and they are generally very quick and efficient. We recommend influenza vaccine to all of our patients aged 6 months and up.