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Welcome to Castro Valley Pediatrics! We are happy to share our new office in Hayward with you.

Please bookmark this page with our new website's address: CastroValleyPediatrics.com.

To drastically decrease your time in the waiting room, we advise that you to print out a Patient Registration Form prior to your appointment. Fill out the form in the comfort of your own home, and hand it to the receptionist when you check in for your visit. This form is required for our new patients and for our existing patients if you have moved, changed phone numbers, or changed insurance.

  If you have a medication question, please call our office.  For refills, please contact your pharmacy.

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All doctors and staff have been FULLY VACCINATED against COVID 19

COVID 19 Vaccines are now available for patients 6months to 4 years of age!

More protection is here for your littlest family members! COVID-19 vaccines are now available for kids 6 months+ and can help keep the whole family safer from serious illness & hospitalization. Our office will be offering the Pfizer COVID 19 vaccine for this age group. We will be able to start giving these vaccines on July 8, 2022. Please call our office to schedule an appointment for your child.

Formula Shortage

If you are having trouble purchasing formula for your baby, please see the recommendations in this link.

We do not recommend making homemade formula. We are happy to discuss your options in this challenging time.

We Are Scheduling COVID-19 Vaccines for 5-11 Year Olds Starting in June 2022

Please call our office to schedule your child's COVID 19 vaccines.  Booster doses are now recommended for anyone 5 years and older at least 5 months after their last vaccine dose.

COVID 19 UPDATE

We are continuing to do our best to keep you, your family, and our staff safe as the new COVID 19 variants are circulating in our community.  We do not have the capability to do COVID 19 testing in our office.  The CDC still recommends staying home with mild symptoms of COVID 19, such as fever, nasal congestion, headache, cough, vomiting, diarrhea.  If your child is experiencing these symptoms, in an abundance of care for your safety and the safety of others, we advise that your child go for COVID 19 testing, before making an in-person appointment in our office.  Having the test results will assure your ultimate safety and will help our doctors give you the most relevant advice for your child's situation.  The doctors are of course available for phone consultation if you are not sure how to proceed. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community healthy as we get through this pandemic together.

Second Booster Shot for Some Individuals

Based on expanded FDA EUAsthe following individuals may receive a second booster dose at least four months after their first booster dose:

  • People 12 years and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised
  • People 50 years and older who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised
  • People 18-49 years old who are not moderately or severely immunocompromised and who received Janssen COVID-19 vaccine as both their primary series dose and booster dose
For more information and free COVID 19 resources go to COVID.gov.
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WE ARE NOW SCHEDULING COVID 19 VACCINES FOR PATIENTS AGES 5-11 YEARS OF AGE

Call now to schedule. We are committed to administer COVID 19 vaccine to all of our qualified younger patients. As we obtain more doses, we will continue to open more dates for appointments.

The CDC recommends booster shots for all children 12-18 years, 5 months after completing the initial 2 shot series.

VACCINE INFORMATION FACT SHEET FOR RECIPIENTS AND CAREGIVERS ABOUT THE PFIZER-BIONTECH COVID-19 VACCINE TO PREVENT CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) FOR USE IN INDIVIDUALS 5 THROUGH 11 YEARS OF AGE

WELL BABY AND CHILD CHECK UPS:  We are still seeing our well baby visits and other check ups.  These appointments are scheduled in the first part of the day only.  We still ask that you wait in your car when you arrive and dial 510-581-1446, option 8.  Masks or face coverings will be required for all patients and caregivers entering our office, except for children under 2 years of age.  We are limiting the number of people accompanying the patient (only one caregiver, no siblings), taking temperatures of every person before entry, and not allowing anyone to congregate in our waiting room.

VIDEO/TELEPHONE APPOINTMENTS:  You can make a telephone or video appointment for illness.  Please speak to the receptionist to schedule.  You will need to have a strong internet connection and email to receive instructions on how to join your video appointment.  If you do not have a strong internet connection or email, you can still make an appointment for a telephone consultation.  Please call 510-581-1446 to schedule.

IN OFFICE SICK VISITS:  Your child may still need to come into the office to be seen by a doctor.  We are making appointments for sick visits in the afternoon only.  To help us maintain CDC recommended guidelines for social distancing and disinfecting, we ask that you remain in your cars upon arrival, call 510-581-1446, option 8.   Masks or face coverings will be required for all patients and caregivers entering our office, except for children under 2 years of age.  We are limiting the number of people allowed in the office with the patient (only one caregiver, no siblings), taking temperatures of every person before entry, and not allowing anyone to congregate in our waiting room.

As always, we are committed to the health and safety of all our patients and staff.  As we adjust to the new technology, we appreciate your patience and your willingness to get through these challenging times together.  

Please ensure that you have at least a month's supply of prescription medications. You can call your pharmacies and request that they send us a refill request. This is the most rapid way to get your medications refilled.

The situation is constantly changing. Please refer to the following websites for the most up to date information, and please call our office to speak to our doctors about your questions. Thank you for doing your part to contain this epidemic.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Omicron update

We strongly recommend COVID-19 vaccination for all eligible adults and children.  The waiting time for booster (3rd shot) has been decreased to 5 months for Pfizer and Moderna, and boosters are now recommended for all those vaccinated, especially high risk, from 12 years up.

Omicron, the newest and highly contagious COVID-19 variant, is spreading like wildfire.  As a result, it has become very difficult for everyone to access a COVID test.  Testing is recommended if:

When to seek care at a hospital or urgent care:

  • If you child has moderate to severe COVID-19 symptoms, including difficulty breathing, a severe persistent cough, high fevers (104+), difficulty moving, confusion, dehydration (decreased urination or wet diapers), or unable to work or function normally.

  • If the advice nurse or your doctor recommends it.

Changes to self-isolation and quarantine recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their guidance for people who have tested positive for COVID-19, and for people who have had close contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19. 

CDC's COVID-19 isolation and quarantine guidance for people who do not work in healthcare

What to do if you're sick with COVID-19

AAP: FINDING WAYS TO KEEP CHILDREN OCCUPIED DURING THESE CHALLENGING TIMES

Families are doing their part to help contain the spread of the novel coronavirus by keeping children at home, which means finding creative ways to keep everyone calm, healthy and engaged in constructive work and play.

Families will face an unprecedented challenge in the coming weeks as their children move schooling into their homes while parents juggle work and childcare responsibilities, and emotional and potential financial stresses.  Keeping children at home is an important part of containing the novel coronavirus so that the health care system does not get overwhelmed, but some families may have a particularly hard time. 

As families adjust to this situation, the AAP urges parents to preserve offline experiences, which help families connect emotionally, process difficult experiences, and heal. While limits are still important, under these stressful circumstances, kids’ screen media use will likely increase. Parents can take steps to ensure that this media use is positive and helps the family and community, according to the AAP.

The AAP offers the following tips, which may be used by media outlets with attribution:

1. Make a plan. Talk with your kids about what your daily structure will be, how you will handle stress, and when you will take breaks from tele-work or schoolwork to relax and connect with each other.

2. Communicate with teachers about what educational online and offline activities your children can do. Schools districts may be able to help connect low-income families to free Wi-Fi or devices.

3. For preschoolers, good options include PBS Kids (https://www.pbs.org/parents), which is sending out a daily newsletter with show and activity ideas.   

4. Use social media for good! Check in with neighbors, friends and loved ones. If schools are closed, find out if there are ways to help students who need meals or internet access for at-home learning.

5. Use media for social connection: Social distancing can be isolating. If kids are missing their school friends or other family, try video chats or social media to stay in touch.

6. Be selective about what your children watch. Use trusted sources to find positive content, such as Common Sense Media, which has been compiling lots of ideas for families hunkering down right now. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/what-to-watch-read-and-play-while-your-kids-are-stuck-indoors

7. Use media together. This is a great opportunity to monitor what your older children are seeing online and follow what your children are learning. Even watching a family movie together can help everyone relax while you appreciate the storytelling and meaning that movies can bring.

8. Parents working from home may need to adjust expectations during this time. But it’s also a chance to show kids a part of their world. Encouraging imaginative “work” play may be a way to apply “take your child to work day” without ever leaving home!

10. Podcasts and audiobooks are great ways to keep children’s minds engaged while parents get things done.

11. Find offline activities that help family relax and communicate. Take walks outside, play board games, read together, have family dance parties. Know which activities spark your children’s interest (kicking the ball around? baking?) and make time for them.

12. Create the space for family members to talk about their worries.

13. Parents - notice your own technology use. When you’re getting too sucked into news or social media feeds and it’s stressing you out, children can notice. Take a break to protect your own mental health too.

14. Limits are still important. As the timeline of social distancing is uncertain, try to stick to routines. Make sure technology use does not take the place of sleep, physical activity, reading, reflective downtime, or family connection.

15. Make a plan about how much time kids can play video games online with friends, and where their devices will charge at night. Challenge children to practice “tech self-control” and turn off the TV, tablet, or video game themselves - rather than parents reminding them.

16. Consider what offline activities are enjoyable for your family.  Help other families by sharing those ideas.

Resources for Families During the Coronavirus Pandemic | Common Sense Media

 

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Informational Video About Current Measles Outbreak

New AAP Car Seat Guidelines are out!

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Important Whooping Cough Information

We'd like you to know that whooping cough, a very serious illness also known as pertussis, is widespread in California.

California law now requires that all incoming 7 th -12 th graders get a whooping cough booster shot, called Tdap, before entering school. This shot is routinely recommended for children ages 10 and older.

Please call our office today to schedule your child's appointment.

Remember to ask us about other vaccines your child may need and bring your child's yellow immunization card to the visit. Thank you.

Check out our Patient Education Section on the left for new weblinks on Vaccine Safety, Internet Safety, and Adolescent Health!

Redwood Road Freeway Exit is now open

If you are traveling from the San Ramon/Dublin area, you can take the Redwood Road exit from the 580.  Make a left from the freeway.  Redwood Road turns into A Street.  You can make a right on 2nd street or Foothill Blvd. to reach our parking lot.

Pertussis (Whooping Cough) Informational Video

http://www.pkids.org/video/STSOP/60_sec.mpg

How do germs make your baby sick? | How Vaccines Work

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sF6Fy4H1JbE