Thanks for a great virtual walk today!
What Parents Need to Know About COVID Variants
Dear Walkers,

Thank you to those of you who joined us live for our January 2022 virtual Walk with a Doc!

For the January 2022 Nevada AAP Walk with a Doc, we welcomed Dr. Terence McAllister who gave a brief, family-friendly talk on What Parents Need to Know About COVID Variants and then took your questions live.  Watch the replay here.
Guidance on Mask Exemptions in Children and Adolescents
Click here to view the Guidance on Mask Exemptions Dr. McAllister talked about during today's event.

In most cases, a child who is unable to wear a mask safely for medical reasons should not attend school in person, especially in an outbreak setting or in a community with substantial or high transmission.

This guidance does not replace conversations between parents and their medical home about the risks and benefits of individual children attending school in person or using only remote learning during the pandemic.
AAP Parenting Resources
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers parents up-to-date medical information on a wide range of pediatric topics. Here are a few on-point with our talk this month.

Follow these links to learn more (all posts are available in English and Spanish by pressing the link at the very top of each page to change language).
The Science Behind COVID-19 Vaccines: Parent FAQs

Since COVID-19 vaccines were recommended for everyone age 5 and up, millions of children and teens have been safely vaccinated. Now, to keep as many kids protected as possible, a booster dose is recommended for more kids and teens.

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Does the COVID-19 vaccine protect kids from the omicron...

There have been many variants of COVID-19. The delta variant became the most common variant infecting people in the U.S. in 2021. The COVID-19 virus has been changing (mutating) over time. Sometimes, a virus mutates and becomes stronger or easier ...

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Ask the Pediatrician: COVID-19 Roundup

Who can parents trust most when it comes to COVID-19 and their children's health? A pediatrician, of course! You've got plenty of questions. The internet has loads of answers. Unfortunately, though, there's a lot of misinformation out there. For...

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COVID Vaccine Checklist for Kids Age 5-11

COVID-19 virus is still spreading. That's why getting the vaccine is the best thing to do for your child's health. It also helps make sure that your kids can keep attending school and other activities that are so important for their physical and...

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Do Healthy Young People Need the COVID-19 Vaccine?

​ ​​​By Pamela Simms-Mackey, MD, FAAP Yes. If your teen or child is healthy but has not had their COVID vaccine, don't wait. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5 and older.

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COVID-19 Testing and Kids: What you Should Know

Many families are asking if their children should be tested for COVID-19. Testing can be used if you have symptoms of COVID-19. If you are traveling to or returning from holiday gatherings or other events, testing is recommended to screen for a...

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Staying Safe in School During COVID-19

As we've learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, going to school in person is how children and teens learn best. Many students also get vital resources they need to thrive at school. Now, even more students are eligible to get COVID-19 vaccines.

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Long-Haul COVID-19 in Children and Teens

Most children and teens who test positive for COVID-19 have mild, or even no, symptoms. But some are experiencing symptoms more than a month after they've been infected. There's no official name for this yet, but it's often referred to as...

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When All Four of Our Kids Got COVID

​​​By: Gary Kirkilas, DO, FAAP Working as a pediatrician in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, I got used to building barriers against the virus. Each day, I put on my full armor of gowns, gloves, and masks. I also worked to educate families on ...

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Stay Connected to Care
Special Note for Medicaid MCO patients: On Jan 1, 2022, many Nevada families were switched to a new MCO plan to help evenly distribute patients among the four available Medicaid plans in Nevada. Families may have been switched to a plan their preferred pediatrician is not credentialed with.

Not sure what plan you are in? Patients can register for and use a Access Nevada account to look up their current plan.

While using the Access Nevada system, patients should verify their mailing address. Critical information is sent to patients from Medicaid through traditional mail. Missed mail may lead to a loss of insurance and access to care.
Next Walks on
Sunday, February 13 (English)
Sunday, February 20 (Spanish)
Keeping schools open and safe is our first priority, so for now we're keeping our family events virtual to reduce the spread of COVID. When the COVID infection rate decreases, we will resume our in-person walks in Las Vegas and Reno.

In the meantime:
  • Keep walking every day
  • Wear sunscreen
  • Bring water
  • Keep 6 feet from other people
  • For everyone 2 years and older, wear a mask when you aren't vaccinated and can't socially distance

We hope to "see" you at our future virtual walks. We will send registration details and a flyer soon.