Announcements

Expectant Parent Information Nights

Centre Pediatrics cordially invites any expectant parents or families that are considering transferring to our practice, to join us and learn about what to expect from their pediatrician and more about Centre Pediatrics. This is an informal presentation by our physicians allowing you the opportunity to hear about us and ask our physicians questions at the end of the presentation.

Sessions begin promptly at 5:30 and run about 45 minutes to one hour in  length.

Please note that our Expectant Parent Information Night sessions are normally held on the third Monday of the month. However, due to Monday holidays, there are a couple of exceptions. The dates for our Expectant Parent Information Night sessions for 2018 are:

2018 Schedule
January 22
February 26
March 19
April 23
May 21
June 18
July 16
August 20
September 17
October 15
November 19
December 17

Please call 617-735-8585 to get further information or for directions to our office.

Parent Advisory Council News

Affiliated Pediatric Practices’ (APP) Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meets regularly during the year to discuss programs and pediatric issues to aid in the enrichment of healthcare services in our practices.  APP welcomes new parents to our PAC.  If you are interested, please contact us at  (781) 433-3049 or complete the form on our website at www.affiliatedpediatrics.com.

Patient Gateway Is Available

We have developed a service on the Internet that will help you communicate more effectively with our office. This is called the Partners Patient Gateway, and will provide you with access to our office staff and health information using your web browser.

We would like to invite you to participate. By enrolling you can reduce the time you spend on the phone with our office and help us respond more efficiently to your requests.

Patient Gateway features:

  • Password-protection—offering secure access to messages and medical information
  • Simple, pre-filled forms that streamline your requests for:
  • Prescription renewals
  • Appointments requests
  • Referral authorizations
  • Registration updates
  • Ability to view health information available in your child’s medical record ages birth–12, and limited access for both you and your teen ages 13–17
  • Appointment information (past and upcoming)
  • Medication and Allergy data
  • Immunization history
  • Conditions and procedures
  • Lab results and letters
  • Radiology Reports
  • Able to print health forms
  • Clinician-approved health information in clear, everyday language

To sign up for your child or teenager, please click here to download the authorization form. Please print the form, fill it out, and bring the completed form with you on your visit. The patient representative (parent or guardian) must be present to be signed up.

www.patientgateway.org

Dr. Michael Ma Joins Centre Pediatrics

We are excited to announce that Dr. Michael Ma will join Centre Pediatrics as a staff physician on August 3rd.  Dr. Ma completed his pediatric residency  at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and has trained at Centre Pediatrics under the mentorship of Dr. Parag Amin.

Important Reminders

Remember to get your camp forms and request for health forms to us early.

Do you have your child’s yearly appointment scheduled? If not, please give us a call at 617-735-8585, option 3 and have one of our staff help you schedule an appointment.

For those of you heading off to college, remember to submit your college forms as soon as possible and, if you need an updated physical, now is the time to schedule.

Flu Mist: An Alternative to Flu Shots

We continue to offer Flu Mist vaccine as an alternative to standard flu shots. Flu Mist was first approved for use in 2003. We are satisfied that Flu Mist is as safe and is equally effective as the Flu shot. The Flu Mist vaccine is a small amount of liquid sprayed up each nostril. It does not sting.

Most healthy people, between ages 2 and 49, are candidates to receive Flu Mist vaccine.

The Flu Mist is not given to asthmatics or patients who are immunocompromised or on immunosuppressive drugs like steroids.

We are still giving standard flu shots. Anyone 6 months of age or older may receive the standard vaccine.

Children 6 months up to 8 years of age getting a flu vaccine for the first time will need two doses of vaccine the first year they are vaccinated, with the first dose ideally being given in September or as soon as vaccine becomes available. The second dose should be given 28 or more days after the first dose. The first dose “primes” the immune system; the second dose provides immune protection.


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Centre Pediatrics Holidays Observed

Below is a list of holidays observed by Centre Pediatric Associates.
The office will be closed on these dates.

New Year’s Day Observed
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Presidents’ Day
Patriots’ Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day Observed