For Parents of Day Kimball Healthcare Pediatric Center Patients

Nov. 9th, 2009 Public Service Announcement

PUTNAM, CT –Due to the increased volume of appointments to our pediatric practices in Putnam, Plainfield and Thompson, Day Kimball Healthcare has modified its patient scheduling as follows:

  • Well child visits are only being scheduled from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Sick child visits are scheduled daily starting at 10:30 a.m.
  • H1N1 influenza vaccines are available in limited supplies and are offered daily (based on availability) only to the following priority groups at this time:
    • Injectable vaccine for all children age 6 months through 6 years (this was recently expanded from age 4)
    • Injectable vaccine for children age 7 through 18 years with high-risk medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, lung, heart, liver or kidney disease, or who are immune-compromised because of cancer treatment or HIV.
    • Nasal spray vaccine for all healthy children age 2 years through 18 years (this was recently expanded from age 4)
  • If your child is included in one of the priority groups, please call your child’s pediatrician to schedule a vaccination appointment. Your child may also receive a seasonal flu vaccine at that time based upon availability.
  • Vaccination of other adult populations is recommended as vaccine availability increases.
  • The Day Kimball Hospital emergency room will not be giving the vaccine.

Christine Vallee, vice president of physician services at Day Kimball Healthcare said, “We’d like to thank our medical and office staff at our Pediatric Centers for their continued hard work to treat their patients, especially with the increased volume of calls and visits that we are currently experiencing.” Ms. Vallee also shared more facts about actions the organization is taking to get Day Kimball patients vaccinated as soon as possible:

  • Vaccine-only appointments are scheduled daily with dedicated nurses to maximize the number of patients getting vaccines.
  • A waiting list for Day Kimball pediatric patients is being kept for those who are not currently in the priority groups. Parents will be contacted when priority groups are expanded and supplies are available, therefore parents who have already added their child or children to this waiting list do not to follow up with the pediatric offices.
  • Patients with chronic medical conditions who should get the vaccine but have not scheduled an appointment are also being contacted by Day Kimball Pediatric Centers. If your child has one of the high-risk medical conditions listed above and you have not yet heard from Day Kimball, please call to schedule an appointment for your child.

Answers to Influenza and Vaccine Questions:

In order to answer Northeast Connecticut’s questions about H1N1 influenza, we are asking the community to email general questions to flu@daykimball.org. Dr. Douglas Waite will post answers to questions on www.daykimball.org. When available, answers to the most common questions will also be given on brief WINY segments along with updated influenza and vaccine information. For privacy and security reasons, do not send personal or confidential information to this email address. Please be advised that Day Kimball is only accepting general questions in this mailbox and therefore is unable to respond directly to emails.

For all community members wanting the H1N1 vaccine, please keep in touch with your primary care provider to determine when the vaccine will be available through his or her office. You may also visit the Northeast District Department of Health’s website at www.nddh.org for a schedule of public health H1N1 flu vaccine clinics. For additional H1N1 information, including helpful tips for preventing and spreading the flu, please visit Day Kimball’s website at www.daykimball.org and the CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu.