Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines
The NYS department of health has provided quarantine and isolation durations for parents whose children have had a known exposure, Covid symptoms, or a positive Covid test.
COVID Vaccination Is Available at MHA Offices for 6 months +
The Covid Vaccine for 6-month-old and up is available at each MHA medical office. It is best that you contact your Pediatrician’s office directly or access the office’s Facebook page for current information.
Below is information about the availability of the vaccine at the Pediatric & Adolescent Urgent Care of WNY (PAUC) offices.
MODERNA COVID VACCINE FOR 6 MONTHS OF AGE TO 21 YEARS
Pediatric & Adolescent Urgent Care of WNY (PAUC) offices
1800 Maple Road, Williamsville, NY 14221 #100
3055 Southwestern Blvd, Orchard Park , NY 14127 #104
Hours of distribution will be from:
Monday-Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Mondays & Thursdays: 6 months to 5 years of age
Tuesdays: 6 years to 11 years of age
Wednesdays: 12 years to 21 years of age
Friday: all ages
By Appointment Only (Book Below)
Pfizer COVID Vaccination Is Available For Ages 5-11
VACCINE CLINIC FOR AGES 5-11 YEARS OLD.
Erie County and The Niagara County Department of Health (NCDOH) are holding vaccination clinics at various locations across Western New York.
Below are 2 options to find COVID-19 testing Diagnostic testing is covered for insured and uninsured clients per the CARES Act. Insurance information will be collected at the test site if the child is covered.
Option 1: KSL Diagnostics
In most circumstances, KSL offers turnaround time of 8 hours or less. No appointment is necessary for testing however you will need to register. Parents will receive an email of the report. Reports are generally issued the same day if collected before 1pm.
You do not need a script from your pediatrician to get tested!
Register your child here for a COVID PCR test.
For testing locations and times go to KSL Diagnostics’ website.
Option 2: MedLab
Go to MedLab’s website here to schedule a COVID-19 test. Drive up service available at some locations and results are sent directly to our offices usually within 24-28 hours.
600 Cayuga Rd, Cheektowaga, NY 14225
4110 N Buffalo St, Orchard Park, NY 14127
2217 Sheridan Dr., Tonawanda, NY 14223
90 Professional Parkway, Lockport, NY 14223
The FDA has approved those 5 years old and older to be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The providers of MHA fully endorse vaccination and strongly recommend that those who are eligible receive it. The booster shot is recommended for those 12 and older, 6 months after receiving the last dose.
Click here to see a handy guide for vaccination.
Summary of recent changes (last updated September 2, 2022)
New booster recommendation for people ages 12 years and older to receive 1 bivalent mRNA booster after completion of a monovalent primary series; it replaces all prior booster recommendations for this age group.
Please contact your office directly for availability.
COVID 19 Vaccine and Pregnancy Updates
- There is no evidence the COVID-19 vaccines aﬀect fertility. There are no scientifically credible concerns.
- The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends vaccination for all eligible people who may consider future pregnancy.
- ACOG states that vaccines should not be withheld for pregnant persons. Current data show no increased risk from the vaccines.
- Pregnant individuals are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 infection, including risk of ICU admission and death.
- There were no safety concerns found in studies in animals receiving the Moderna, Pﬁzer-BioNTech, or Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine before or during pregnancy.
- Ongoing monitoring of pregnant persons has shown no increased risk from the vaccines.
- When a pregnant person gets a vaccine, it may provide protection to the baby.
- If you are pregnant and have received a COVID-19 vaccine, please consider enrolling in V-safe’s pregnancy registry. V-safe is CDC’s smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to monitor for side eﬀects after vaccination.
- ACOG recommends the vaccine be oﬀered to lactating patients similar to non-lactating patients.
The ILI/COVID Working Group of Western New York was formed in response to local variation in approach to the diagnosis and treatment of Inﬂuenza-Like-Illness and COVID-19 in the region. It is a collaborative eﬀort of hospital systems, academic departments, independent practice associations, and insurers. The logos and signatures on this document represent the organizations’ support of this statement.
Legal Notice and Disclaimer: Please note that the information contained in these resources does not establish a standard of care, nor does it constitute legal or medical advice. These guidelines reﬂect the best available data at the time the information was prepared. The results of future studies may require revisions to the information in this guideline to reﬂect new data. This information is not intended to replace individual provider clinical judgment in the care of their patients. Neither this workgroup, or any contributor to this eﬀort, makes any representations or warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided herein or to its use.
Local experts at Kaleida health recommend pregnant and breastfeeding women receive the COVID 19 vaccine as the risk of COVID 19 infection outweighs any theoretical risk of the vaccine. Learn more here.
What about breastfeeding?*
The Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine reports that there is no reason to believe that the vaccine affects the safety of breastmilk. When we have an infection or get a vaccine, our bodies make antibodies to fight the infection. Antibodies formed from vaccines given during pregnancy do pass into the breastmilk and then to the baby to help prevent infections. Since the vaccine does not contain the virus, there is no risk of breastmilk containing the virus.
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends COVID-19 vaccines be offered to lactating individuals similar to non-lactating individuals when they meet criteria for receipt of the vaccine based on prioritization groups outlined by the ACIP. While lactating individuals were not included in most clinical trials, COVID-19 vaccines should not be withheld from lactating individuals who otherwise meet criteria for vaccination. Theoretical concerns regarding the safety of vaccinating lactating individuals do not outweigh the potential benefits of receiving the vaccine. There is no need to avoid initiation or discontinue breastfeeding in patients who receive a COVID-19 vaccine (ABM 20201).
*References: SMFM statement on COVID vaccination in pregnancy
We are proud to announce that all of our physicians, nurse practitioners, and administrators have been or are in the process of becoming vaccinated against COVID 19.
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When Should You Schedule a Visit With Your Pediatrician?
The scientific and endorsed guidelines for a cardiac clearance for return to sports are for children 5 years and older who had with moderate or severe covid illness and children 12 and over who play high intensity sports, regardless of disease severity. This does not apply to school gym classes.
Symptoms matter! Evaluations are to be done no sooner than 10-14 days after the COVID positive test.
If the illness is mild; or no symptoms a telephone visit would be appropriate.
Moderate illness is more than 4 days of high fever, greater than one week of whole-body symptoms, such as chills, muscle aches or extreme lethargy. An in-office visit with your pediatrician would be appropriate.
Severe illness is an ICU hospital admission.
We recognize that there are different interpretations of the guidelines among the various school districts and school nurses which has resulted in some confusion.
Revised January 27, 2022
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