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Our office will be closed Thursday, November 24th in observance of Thanksgiving. We will be open Friday and Saturday mornings November 25th and 26th for sick children by appointment. We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday.
Issue: # 8

       Fall 2016


Why come to PPP for your child's Flu shot?
In recent years the Flu vaccine has been recommended for ALL children 6 months of age and older. Here at PPP we administer 5000 or more doses each Flu season and work to get as many of our patients immunized as possible. The Flu vaccine is effective at preventing the complications of Influenza, even in the years when there is not a great match between the Flu strains in the vaccine and the strains circulating in the local area. We begin giving Flu vaccine as soon as we receive our first shipments in early August, knowing that the vaccine will remain effective throughout the upcoming Flu season.
This year you may have seen pharmacies or retailers advertising that you can receive a gift card or store discount for getting the Flu vaccine there. These stores may care about protecting your child from Influenza, but they are mostly interested in getting you inside their doors, knowing that once you are there you are likely to spend much more than the cost of the gift card or discount.
Before you choose to get your child's Flu vaccine at a store, consider these questions:
  • Will the store enter your child's Flu shot into the state registry of vaccines? Most don't, but we always do. Why is this important? If you child is seen at an Urgent Care center or ER in the midst of a Flu epidemic, the treating physician will want to know if your child has had the Flu vaccine. If you don't remember or aren't with your child, the physician can easily look it up in the state database.


  • Will the store be available to answer your questions after your child gets the Flu shot? No, but we are always available to answer parents' questions about redness, sore arms, fevers, etc.


  • Will the store contact you next year to remind you to get the Flu vaccine? Probably not. We let all our families know when Flu vaccine becomes available each year. We focus on the children with health conditions (like Asthma or Diabetes) that make them more likely to have complications from an infection with Influenza. The store doesn't know your child's medical history and doesn't care if they are at increased risk from Influenza.


  • Will the store be able to answer other questions about your child's health while giving the Flu vaccine? No, they have no healthcare relationship with you or your child. At PPP we are proud to be your child's Medical Home, the one location that takes a comprehensive view of your child's physical, mental and emotional health. We don't just give your child the Flu vaccine; we make sure all their healthcare needs are met.


  • Vaccinating against the Flu is a big part of our mission to keep our patients healthy. From August through the spring we expend a great deal of time and effort getting our patients immunized, offering Flu clinics throughout the week and on Saturdays. Every patient who enters the office for check-ups, sick visits or even just accompanying a sibling is offered the Flu vaccine. We are happy to take on this task every year because we know the value of protecting everyone against Influenza.
Finally, if your child does get the Flu vaccine somewhere besides our office, like a store or at school, please send us a message through the web portal with the date the vaccine was done. This allows us to update your child's vaccine record and make sure we can do our job to serve as your family's Medical Home.

Staff Members Spotlight

Candy Long


Patient Services Representative 


 Candy has been with PPP THIS TIME for 8 years!

Here are some of her favorites:


Hometown: Canton, OH

Hobbies: Fitness, spending time with my children and grandson, reading

Favorite Holiday and Why: Christmas because people are extra nice

3 words to describe you: Loving, Honest and Humble 

Favorite Vacation Destination: Florida 

Favorite Atlanta Restaurant: Cheesecake Factory  

Favorite grade in school and why: 7th grade where I met my first love 

What do you enjoy most about your job and why? : The interaction with the children and my coworkers


 Susan Willson


Registered Nurse      


Susan recently celebrated 22 years with PPP!

Here are some of her favorites:


Hometown: Albany, GA

Family: Husband Bill, 3 children, 3 grandchildren, a dog and a cat

Favorite Holiday and Why: Thanksgiving, because it's about family and giving thanks 

Hobbies: Walks with Bill, Travelling 

Favorite Atlanta Restaurant: Osteria 832

Favorite Vacation Destination: Tybee Island

What do you enjoy most about your job?: The doctors are excellent and I have great coworkers but the patients and their parents are my real joy. I love being able to help and my job is NEVER boring!                         

"At Peachtree Park Pediatrics, we strive to deliver the finest scientific-based medical care to our infant, children and young adult patients in a warm, family-friendly environment. We are dedicated to establishing close relationships with our patients and their families in order to provide comprehensive care"




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