Good Pediatrics

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1961 Floyd Street, Suite A
Sarasota, FL 34239
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17 Year Old

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***If your teen will be going to college, university or vocational school in the next 12 months, be aware that most schools require a TST (PPD) to test for tuberculosis within a year of admission as well as a complete physical exam. If your teen has had all the vaccines that our office has recommended, they should be up to date for any school they choose in the United States. If they have only received the vaccines that were required for school by the state of Florida and they choose to go to school outside of Florida, they will probably need additional vaccines. Some are a series of vaccines so the student cannot be “caught up” in one day. Some schools require titers, which means even though the student has proof of vaccination, they require blood to be drawn to check for immunity. (to make sure the vaccines worked) Some schools have health form deadlines (immunizations are included in this) of June before they begin school in August. Others will finish a series after the student has begun classes, but the student will not be permitted to live in on campus housing (dormitories) until they are up to date. Many university health clinics will not file insurance for students who need catch up vaccines, therefore, the student must pay out of pocket.

The moral of the story is as SOON as you are accepted to a school you wish to attend, find out what they require in terms of physician signatures, physician stamps, physical forms, immunizations, TB tests and titers and Schedule a Well Visit appointment. If you need a TST (PPD) TB test, be aware when scheduling your appointment that it must be read between 48 and 72 hours after it was placed. This means we need to see and feel the patient's arm during that time interval or we have to start over. If you are going to be a student athlete at a college/university in any sport, there may be additional forms or tests that need to be done before you can even begin practicing. ***

At this visit your teen will be weighed and their height will be measured. We will also calculate and plot their BMI. (Body Mass Index) Your teen will have their vital signs and vision checked. A complete physical exam will be performed,we will discuss growth, development, nutrition, school performance and safety as well as answer any questions. Any needed vaccines will be administered. In addition, between September and March the flu vaccine will be recommended. Please see our vaccine section of the website for more details. Prior to their visit your teenager will have completed an online CHAMPS Youth Self-Report which assesses for issues common to this age group as well as the Pediatric Health Questionnaire for Adolescents (PHQ-A) These forms may be completed on a computer, IPAD/tablet or a smart phone by accessing our website goodpediatrics.com and clicking on the link to CHADIS. The forms are accessed electronically by Dr.Good. The forms are scored and a report is generated for her review prior to their arrival. If your teenager does not have access to this technology, we will have computers in the waiting room that they may use for this purpose as well as staff to help them. Please come 30 minutes early in this case to be assured they have time to complete the forms accurately and the doctor has the information for review before the scheduled appointment time. 




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