After Testing Positive for COVID-19, Your Child Should Have a Physical Before Returning to Activity
UPMC Children’s Community Pediatrics (UPMC CCP), along with the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Heart Association, recommends that all children who test positive for COVID-19 have a heart exam with their pediatrician at the end of their quarantine before returning to normal physical activity such as gym class or sports. While it is rare, children who have had COVID-19 or Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) are at an increased risk for heart issues and need to be evaluated to confirm they can return to full activity. To schedule your child’s next appointment, call your UPMC CCP office today or login to MyUPMC.
Also, if your child is receiving a sports physical at school, it’s important to let the examiner know if he/ she has had COVID-19 within the past 6 months.
COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available for Ages 12+
All children age 12 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Our pediatricians recommend your child be vaccinated. You can schedule a vaccine appointment by calling 844-UPMCVAC (844-876-2822) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week. For more information, review our Frequently Asked Questions.
COVID-19 Vaccine for Young Children
Studies are also underway to address the use of vaccine for children six-months to 12-years. If you haven’t already done so, please follow UPMC Children’s Community Pediatrics on Facebook to receive the latest updates from us regarding a pediatric vaccine.
COVID-19 Testing Reminder
Your UPMC CCP pediatrician and UPMC Children’s Express Care offer COVID-19 testing for symptomatic and asymptomatic children. If you suspect your child has contracted COVID-19, please call your UPMC CCP office or visit a UPMC Children’s Express Care location near you.
Summer Camp Safety
The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued new guidance to help parents in selecting a safe summer camp experience. More than a year into the pandemic, studies show that camps with proper safety steps in place can greatly limit the spread of COVID-19 infections. Key steps include mask wearing, physical distancing, having smaller groups, and cleaning and disinfecting as part of the daily routine. Learn more.