Our Mission

Northern Virginia Pediatric Associates, P.C. is a medical practice whose primary purpose is to care for the physical and mental health of children from birth until age 21 and...

Nurse Line

Not sure if you need to call your doctor or need immediate advice for non-urgent matters? Check the AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS’ SYMPTOM CHECKER. If you still have questions, then give us a call. Our pediatric nurses operate a nurse phone line between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Call our main office number, 703-532-4446 and choose Option 2 for urgent medical matters. Option 3 for non-urgent matters.

Laboratory

Northern Virginia Pediatric Associates, P.C. is proud to have a high quality, CLIA-compliant, laboratory within our office building. Our in-office laboratory is much more convenient for patients and their families. It also enables your doctor to receive lab results in a more timely fashion in order to more quickly diagnose and treat your child. Most tests can be performed in our lab. Our lab manager, Coni Evans, M.T., has over 25 years experience and along with our highly...

Accepting New Patients

All our providers are accepting new patients.

We are also pleased to announce the addition of Virginia Minehart, PA-C., and Hannah Woodley, PA-C. to our Practice.  Virginia joined our Practice this past October and Hannah joined us in December.  We are certain you will agree that these two Providers are a great addition to our Practice!

Flu Mist Not Effective for Upcoming Flu Season

Health care providers should not use live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) in the upcoming 2016-'17 season due to poor effectiveness, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) committee said Wednesday. 

Academy leaders say they support the interim recommendation by the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). 

"We agree with ACIP's decision today to recommend health care providers and parents use only the inactivated vaccine for this influenza season," said AAP President Benard Dreyer, M.D., FAAP. 

The AAP recommends children ages 6 months and older be immunized against influenza every year. Previously, the CDC and AAP had recommended either form of flu vaccine – the inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) that is given by injection and is approved for all patients older than 6 months, or LAIV which is given by intranasal spray and is approved for healthy patients ages 2 through 49 years. 

However, new data presented to the ACIP showed that currently only IIV provides protection against flu. The ACIP assessed data from the past three influenza seasons and cited evidence of poor effectiveness of LAIV during this time period.    

"We do understand this change will be difficult for pediatric practices who were planning to give the intranasal spray to their patients, and to patients who prefer that route of administration," said AAP CEO/Executive Director Karen Remley, M.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., FAAP. "However the science is compelling that the inactivated vaccine is the best way to protect children from what can be an unpredictable and dangerous virus. The AAP will be working with CDC and vaccine manufacturers to make sure pediatricians and families have access to appropriate vaccines, and to help pediatricians who have already ordered intranasal vaccines."  

Dr. Dreyer stressed the need for continued immunization against influenza every year. 

"Flu vaccine is the best way we have to protect children and being immunized every year significantly reduces the risk of a child being hospitalized due to flu," he said.

Online Care Advice Now Available!

Introducing Keona Health!


SAVE TIME!  No more waiting on hold or playing phone tag!
Keona Health is online Care Advice that can be easily accessed from your PC or mobile device.  Receive answers quickly (during office hours) via phone or secure email. Please click here to set up your account.

Dr. Lynne D. Myers Retired

As of June 2016, Dr. Myers has retired.  Please click here for more detailed information.

Zika Virus / Insect Repellants

With mosquito season beginning and concerns about Zika virus, please remember to take appropriate precautions including dressing in long-sleeve shirts and long pants.  Use insect repellant on exposed areas of the body reapplying every few hours.  Eliminate standing water in and around your house.  For more information Zika virus, please click hereFor more information on insect repellants, please click here.

Sunblock

All sunblocks function by extending the amount of time it takes for the sun to burn or damage your child’s skin. Infants and young children are very susceptible to sunburns. Consequently reapplication and mechanical protections such as hats, umbrellas etc are imperative as well as avoiding peak sunrays from 10 AM-3 PM. Unscented products containing Zinc  or Titanium Oxide are recommended.  For more information on sunblock, click below https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Sun-Safety.aspx
 

Camp, School and Sports Forms

Camp, School and Sports forms are to be filled out as much as possible prior to submitting to the office for completion.  (If applicable, please be sure to complete medication section).  Please also ensure that your child has had a physical exam within 12 months of form request.   Some common forms can be found on this website under the forms tab.  Once a form is received, it may take between 7 and 10 business days for completion.  Once complete, a call will be placed for pick up unless prior arrangements have been made.  There is an administrative charge of $10 per form.  Expedited forms are completed within 24 to 48 hours with an administrative charge of $ 20. 
 
Forms can be dropped off or faxed to 703-532-8426.  Due to HIPPA regulations, completed forms may be faxed back upon prior authorization and confirmation that a parent is present to receive the fax.
 
Please check all forms to confirm the date last physical is required. Patient’s last physical may satisfy requirements and a new physical may not be necessary. Verify and understand your coverage as some insurance companies may not cover a second physical within the same year. 

**Some forms also require that a self Tuberculosis Risk Assessment be checked off.  Checking off this box prior to dropping off the form will greatly speed up processing time. 
Click below for a Tuberculosis Screening Certificate to assist with this process.
https://www.northernvirginiapediatrics.com/PDF/fillable/Form_Tuberculosis-Screening-Certificate.pdf

Adjusted Lab Hours

Effective Tuesday, June 7, 2016 and until further notice, lab hours are;

Monday - Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. to noon by appointment 
Closed Sunday

Thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.

After Hours Calls Hours and Policy

After April 15, the office will be open until 6:45 p.m. for sick calls.

Please View our New After Hours Calls Policy.

Allergies

Spring, summer and fall, seasonal allergies are very common.  Symptoms include itchy, watery red eyes; sneezing; clear runny nose; and an itchy palate or throat.  Common triggers are trees in the spring, grasses in the summer and weeds in the fall.
 
Over the counter medications which are quite effective and non-sedating are now available for children over the age of two.  These include Nasacort (Triamcinolone Acetonide), Claritin (Loratadine) and for children four and up, Flonase (Fluticasone).
 
If you think your child has seasonal allergies and he or she is not responding to medication OR if you are not sure, please make an appointment with our office.  Many children do not require allergy testing if they respond well to treatment with medication as needed.
 
Along with maintaining proper medication, reducing exposure to allergens can greatly decrease the effects of seasonal allergies;
 
Keep windows closed in home and autos.  Use air conditioning when needed and available.
Use cool compress on eyes several times a day.
Remove pollen carried in and on body by changing clothing and showering daily.
Change bed linens every other day.
Dust and vacuum when those affected by allergies are not at home.(Ideally with an 8 hour window of return).

For more information on Seasonal Allergies, click here https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/allergies-asthma/Pages/Seasonal-Allergies-in-Children.aspx

For more information on Allergies, click here https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/allergies-asthma/Pages/Allergy-Causes.aspx

For more information on Hay Fever Triggers, click here https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/allergies-asthma/Pages/Hay-Fever-Help.aspx
 
 

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