We have thought over very carefully whether our practice is going to give the COVID-19 vaccine. We have decided with the monitoring that needs to take place, potential reactions, and our current understaffing that it is not going to be delivered at the clinic.
However, Tufts Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, and many local Walgreens/CVS have openings for children 5-11yo to receive the vaccine. We are following the CDC guidelines as outlined on their webpage.
Flu vaccinations are readily available in the clinic, please call the office to book an appointment.
Attention: The CDC just recalled Similac, Alimentum, and Elecare powdered formulas with the following lot numbers.
Product code: First two digits are 22 through 37, and the code on the container contains “K8,” “SH,” or “Z2” with an expiration date of 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.
If you have any of these formulas, please discard them and switch to powdered Enfamil or liquid Similac formula. Call our office at 617-426-9200 if your infant is experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, vomiting, diarrhea, feeding difficulty, or lethargy.
Due to an influx of requests, medical record requests will be charged $30 for mailing and $15 for pick up at the clinic. Please allow 5-7 business days for requests to be completed.
All copays will be collected at the time of the appointment.
Patients who fail to come to their appointments without a 24hr notice of cancellation will be charged $20.
Please allow 3-5 business days for prescription refill requests.
Friendly Reminder: At the time of the patient’s physical examination, a copy of the immunization record will be given to you. This copy can be shared with schools/camps/etc. A $25 fee will be charged for each additional copy.
Porter Pediatrics is open and operating under normal business hours! Dr. Porter’s Clinical staff are available for calls during business hours, Monday to Thursday 8 am to 5 pm. Please call us during this time to speak with a member of our team at 617-426-9200 option 4.
Please call our AFTER HOURS cell phone at 617-910-8274 for URGENT clinical concerns, that cannot wait. These calls are answered by a covering practice. If possible, speaking to a member of our team during business hours is preferable. After-hours calls will be answered Monday to Thursday from 5 pm to 8 am, Friday to Sunday all day.
For ALL EMERGENT concerns, please call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Department.
Just as adults need to see their physician at least once a year for a wellness visit, so do children. You wouldn’t hesitate to take them if they are sick, but it’s just as beneficial to take them when they are not. It’s a way to be sure your child is developing according to certain benchmarks and that there are no medical or developmental issues. If this is news to you, here is what to expect during your child’s well-child visit.
We DO NOT currently have the vaccine in our office.
We strongly encourage everyone to get the vaccine when eligible and do not have a preference for the vaccine as all three currently in use (Moderna, Pfizer, and Janssen) have been remarkable in preventing severe illness.