- Adults and children over 2 years old - Thank you for wearing a mask or face covering to your appointment!
- If you or your child are currently QUARANTINED, due to close contact to a person with COVID-19, please let our office know - we will make accommodations to see your child.
- A parent or child who is currently in ISOLATION due to testing positive for COVID-19, should not come to the office unless we have made special accommodations for your situation.
Concord Pediatrics is closely monitoring the pandemic caused by Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We are following all guidelines from the CDC and the NH Department of Health and Human Services. We will update this page frequently as new information become available. (2/4/21)
Please see our Help I'm stuck at home with my kids! and Anxiety Resources pages for Mental Health and Parenting Resources (including tips on "How to talk with your children about COVID-19") if you or your children are struggling.
Scroll down for vaccine information.
Frequently asked questions:
How can I get a COVID-19 Test?
- Depending on your situation, your child can get a COVID-19 PCR test or a Rapid Antigen Test during an office visit at Concord Pediatrics. Read all about our testing options and protocols on our COVID-19 Testing Page.
My child was in contact with someone who tested positive - what do I do?
- Your child needs to quarantine - stay at home for at least 10 days. *See the current Self-Quarantine Guidelines for further information and exceptions to this rule.
- Follow any guidance you get from the NH Department of Health and Human Services.
- Consider testing, even if no symptoms, after day 5 (counting since exposure to the person with COVID-19).
For COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more (total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period), starting 48 hours (2 days) before the infected person has any symptoms or, for asymptomatic patients, tests positive for COVID-19.
Guidelines for testing in these situations have changed as we learn more about the virus. Currently, if your child was in contact with someone with COVID-19, and your child is well, PCR testing (the "long test") sometime after day 5 (since exposure) is an option. A positive test at day 5 or 7 would be helpful to prevent further virus spread, though those results may not be available for several days. A negative test does not mean they will not go on to have the virus. A person could show symptoms or test positive on day 10 or even 14.
What about school, daycare, and sports? "I need a note to return to school."
Public Health guidelines state that a child must be sent home from school (or stay home from school) if they develop any of the symptoms of COVID-19, even if those symptoms are mild. Unfortunately, it is impossible to distinguish the symptoms of a common cold from symptoms of COVID-19 and we cannot write a “return to school” note without performing a COVID test. We can evaluate your child and do testing for COVID-19 at our office.
We are able to provide documentation of previously known conditions such as headaches, seasonal allergies, or asthma.
Find information for those who have had COVID-19 and need a note or "clearance" to return to sports here.
What about playing with friends? Seeing family?
When getting together with someone outside your immediate family (whomever you live with) it is important to have open and frequent conversations about risk tolerance and the degree to which your family is isolating. If you decide to get together with other people - continue to discuss risks and exposures, and be ready to alter plans if the number of infections in our area goes up, or if anyone in your group feels the slightest bit ill. Remember the goal is to avoid Closed Spaces, Crowded Places, and Close-Contact Settings. Being outside, spread out, and wearing masks will decrease your risk.
What can I do to keep my family from getting sick?
Until everyone can be vaccinated, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Stay home!
- Have fun outside, spread out from other people. Avoid Closed Spaces, Crowded Places, and Close-Contact Settings.
- If you or your child is uncomfortable wearing a mask, try on different masks - make sure the fabric is soft, not too thick, and choose straps do not pull ears forward. Disposable masks are now available in stores and online, and may be lighter and more comfortable for some people. Try wearing a mask for short periods of time each day- try it during screen time! Point out masks that look cool, adults and kids who are working and playing in masks, and talk about how important it is to keep people in our community safe.
Should I get the vaccine? Should my kids get the vaccine?
At Concord Pediatrics we are thrilled, and so relieved that the COVID-19 vaccine distribution process has started. Our doctors, nurse practitioners, and nurse are all grateful to have had their first (of two) shots. Our team members in our front office are also getting vaccinated as they are able. Please see the following links for more information on the amazing science behind the vaccines and details about the vaccination process in New Hampshire.
Currently there is no COVID-19 vaccine approved for use in children under 16. As of January, vaccine clinical trials have not yet begun in children under 12 (they have recently started in children 12 and over). Healthy children will not be vaccinated until late in Phase 3b of New Hampshire's Vaccine Plan, and then, only if clinical trials in children are complete. As of now, Phase 3b of New Hampshire's vaccine plan may start in May 2021, but again, COVID-19 vaccines may not be approved for children for at least another 6-12 months. By that time, we will have more data, more studies, and likely additional vaccines. Questions or concerns you have now may be answered or may not even be applicable at that point. So for now, hang in there and follow the science.
- If you or your child is an older teen or in their 20's and an essential worker being offered the vaccine, please see the links below for more information. The opportunity to register for the vaccine comes from the CDC, and for now is coordinated by your employer and the State of New Hampshire. Essential workers should call their employers for updates on vaccine eligibility.
- If your child is 16 years of age or older and medically vulnerable with TWO high risk medical conditions (see below) please call us at (603) 224-1929 to discuss arrangements for your child to get vaccinated in Phase 1b. Those patients 16+ years old with ONE high risk medical condition are eligible for vaccination in Phase 3a.
- If you are a family caregiver of a medically vulnerable child with TWO high risk medical conditions (see below) under the age of 16 years old (child not eligible to be vaccinated due to age) and would like to get vaccinated as a caregiver please call us at (603) 224-1929 to discuss vaccination arrangements for Phase 1b.
List of Underlying Medical Conditions (adapted from CDC):
NH Phase 1b: Two or more conditions
NH Phase 3a: One or more conditions
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and other high-risk pulmonary disease
- Down Syndrome
- Heart Conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Immunocompromised states
- Obesity (body mass index of 30 kg/m or higher)
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus
COVID 19 Vaccine Information for Families from the CDC
Understanding mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines from the CDC
Should I cancel my travel plans?
Likely, yes. For the most up-to-date information visit the CDC's Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel page.
Please see the following links for more helpful information.
- CDC's Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) website for "What you should know," "Latest Updates," and "Information for Specific Audiences."
- NH Department of Health and Human Services 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) website for "Frequently Asked Questions," and the latest updates for New Hampshire