Children’s Medical Group administers immunizations according to the guidelines approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics. These guidelines may change as new vaccines are available. All of our routine vaccines are thimerosal free. Click on the links below to view the most current version of the approved immunization schedule.
Below are the links to the most current Vaccine Information Statements (VIS). A VIS is an information statement produced by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that informs vaccine recipients – or their parents or legal guardians – about the benefits and risks of the vaccine they are receiving.
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Hib (Haemophilus Influenzae Type b)
- HPV – Gardasil 9
- Pneumococcal Conjugate (PCV13)
- Varicella (Chickenpox)
- Influenza – Inactivated
For additional up-to-date and credible information on immunizations visit the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Vaccine Education Center
- When our office is closed, pediatric nurses from Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, AL are available to return calls and offer advice regarding your child.
For medical emergencies, the physicians of Children’s Medical Group recommend USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital. With a new, expanded children’s wing including state-of-the-art equipment and pediatric subspecialists, it is the best place along the Gulf Coast if your child requires an emergency room visit or hospitalization. Although we do not have hospital privileges, we will work closely with the physicians there to make sure your child receives the best care.
Patients are expected to arrive on time or a few minutes early for their scheduled appointment time. If you will be late, please call and let us know and we will try to accommodate you; however, this may require waiting until all other scheduled appointments have been seen. If we are unable to accommodate you, we will reschedule your appointment.
Bring with you a valid photo ID, immunization records, social security numbers, and insurance card. If you have records from another physician please bring these also.
For medical records release forms click here.
Have questions about childhood illnesses, accident prevention or anything related to your children?
Click on the box above to access the only website backed by 62,000 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) member physicians. HealthyChildren.org offers:
- Articles on more than 500 children’s health topics
- An “Ask the Pediatrician” tool
- Easy-to-use search by keyword, topic or age
- Tips, tools, schedules, checklists and more
- Special offers and a free e-newsletter for registered users
*This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. Please call our office if you have specific questions about your children.
The physicians of Children’s Medical Group recognize the importance of early detection and intervention in treating developmental delays. Based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) we include developmental screening tools for all well child checkups for children 9 months of age through 24 months of age.
Children’s Medical Group uses Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) at the 9, 12 and 24 month well child checkups to identify children who would benefit from a more comprehensive developmental evaluation. You will be asked to complete these questionnaires before seeing the physician so please come a few minutes early to these appointments if possible. Due to the publisher’s licensing restrictions, we are unable to post the questionnaires on our website; however, we have posted information about the ASQ-3 system as well as a sample of questions for each age level.
- If you ask your baby to, does he play at least one nursery game even if you don’t show him the activity yourself (“bye-bye”, “peek-a-boo”, “clap your hands”, “so big”)?
- After one or two tries does your baby pick up a piece of string with her first finger and thumb? (The string may be attached to a toy.)
- Does your baby successfully pick up a crumb or Cheerio by using her thumb and all of her fingers in a raking motion?
- Does your baby poke at or try to get a crumb or Cheerio that is inside a clear bottle (plastic drink bottle or baby bottle)?
- Does your baby drink from a cup while you hold it?
- Does your baby throw a small ball with a forward arm motion?
- Does your baby help turn the pages of a book? (You may lift a page for him to grasp.)
- After watching you completely hide a small toy under a piece of paper or cloth, does your baby find it?
- If you put a small toy into a bowl or box, does your baby copy you by putting in a toy, although she may not let go of it?
- Does your baby roll or throw a ball back to you so that you can return it to him?
- Does your child say two or three words that represent different ideas together, such as “See dog”, “Kitty gone” or “Mommy come home”?
- Does your child jump with both feet leaving the floor at the same time?
- Does your child stack seven small blocks or toys on top of each other by herself?
- Can your child string small items such as beads, macaroni or pasta onto a string or shoelace?
- After watching you draw a line from the top of the paper to the bottom does your child copy you by drawing a single line on the paper in any direction?
- After a crumb or Cheerio is dropped into a small, clear bottle does your child turn the bottle upside down to dump out the crumb or Cheerio? (Do not show him how.)
- Does your child pretend objects are something else? For example, does your child hold a cup to her ear, pretending it is a telephone? Does she put a box on her head, pretending it is a hat?
At your child’s 18 month well child checkup we will ask you to complete the Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT). The M-CHAT is a screening tool to help pediatricians with the early identification of children with autism. The M-CHAT does not provide a diagnosis, but can identify a child at risk.
For general information about what to expect at different ages, click on the appropriate link below:
- Baby (0-12 months)
- Toddler (1-3 years)
- Preschool (3-5 years)
- Grade School (5-12 years)
- Teen (12-18 years)
All children do not develop on the same schedule. If you have any concerns about your child’s development, please speak with your physician.