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ATTENTION: Powdered Formula Recall

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.

Please refer to the CDC article below for more information regarding the recall:
https://www.cdc.gov/cronobacter/infection-and-infants.html

Holiday Hours

Dear Porter Pediatrics families,

Porter Pediatrics will be open from 8 am – 12 pm on November 24th and will be closed from the 25th – 28th. The office will reopen on November 29th for normal business hours.

The office will be open 8 am – 12 pm on December 23rd and will be closed from the 24th – 27th. The office will reopen for normal business hours on December 28th.

On December 30th we will be open from 8 am – 12 pm and will be closed from the 31st until January 2nd. The office will reopen on January 3rd with our normal business hours.

Tufts will be covering our emergency line during the times we are not in the clinic. Please see our website for the emergency line phone number.

Have a safe and Happy Holiday!

From the Porter Pediatrics family

Porter Pediatrics COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Dear Porter Pediatrics Patients and Families,

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.

General Announcements

  • 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.

Clinic Update 10/12/21

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.

COVID-19 Updates re: Vaccine

Individuals 12 and older can preregister to get the COVID-19 vaccine at:

https://vaxfinder.mass.gov/

The state is prioritizing appointments according to risk and the following phases:

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/massachusetts-covid-19-vaccination-phases

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.

 

Holiday Hours

We are thankful for the resilience and compassion you have shared with us during a difficult year.

Please continue to socially distance and follow CDC guidelines.

2021 Holiday office hours are as follows:

September 6 Labor Day – CLOSED

November 25 & 26 Thanksgiving – CLOSED

December 24 Christmas Eve – 8:00am – 1:00pm

December 31 New Years Eve – 8:00am – 1:00pm

While the office is closed, we are always here for you and please call our after hours line for any urgent consultation with our doctors at 617-910-8274. Please leave a message on our office line,  617-426-9200, for all nonurgent scheduling requests (x1) and for refills (x3).

Due to COVID, we are not accepting any walk-ins. Please call our office to make an appointment 617-426-9200 x1.

 

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