Dr. Todd Harris

Today is Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Both the Duraleigh and Brier Creek offices are CLOSED TODAY due to snow. Unfortunately, this weather makes it impossible to safely staff either office.

If you have an urgent concern about your child’s health, you can still reach us by phone

  • 8:00am: We will sign off our answering service and begin taking calls
  • 8:00am-6:00pm: Phone messages will be returned by one of our nurses; throughout the day, our nurses will be in contact with our Pediatricians as well as our On Call Pediatrician
  • 6:00pm-11:00pm: We will sign out to our answering service who will page our On Call Pediatrician with urgent needs
  • 11:00pm-8:00am: Overnight calls will be handled as usual by WakeMed’s Nurse Telephone Triage service (our On Call Pediatrician is still available should that need arise)

After Hours Care

  • Wednesday’s On Call PediatricianDr. Emily Ross
  • Our On Call Pediatrician manages our after hours care.
  • Urgent calls outside regular hours: 919-781-7490
  • After hours backup number: 919-831-5526
  • Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222

Dr. Todd Harris

Banner Change: Winter 2018 Edition

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

January 3, 2018 – This weekend’s low temperatures have made me feel better about the choice for this year’s winter banner picture (look at that kid in the snow – not a care in the world – we should all be so lucky).

Living in Raleigh, when you think of winter you don’t quickly jump to snow, but – after temperatures in the teens this weekend – snow doesn’t seem like such a far-away, crazy idea.

[Editor’s Note: So it appears today we may see some snow; stay tuned if you have an appointment later today or in the morning]

Flu Season So Far at RCAM 2017-2018

Predictably, we are starting to see more cases of influenza (I would ignore our numbers from “Christmas Week” – many patients are out of town and RCAM had shorter office hours on a few of those days).

As of the week before Christmas, the CDC did categorize North Carolina as not having had as much flu (so far) as other states.

If you look at what the CDC website (click on picture below for link) is saying about influenza activity here during that time, North Carolina estimates were characterized as “local activity” (yellow) whereas most other states were considered “widespread” (brown).

That is nice for the time being but North Carolina probably won’t stay “yellow” much longer. It appears that January and February will likely be months where we see bigger numbers of new cases of influenza.

“OK, I Get It, Flu is Coming… What Should I Do If My Child Has Symptoms?”

Let me introduce you to a very helpful website.

Our friends at the American Academy of Pediatrics via HealthyChildren.org have developed a very handy tool. The Symptom Checker provides background information about whatever illness or symptom you are asking about. It also provides guidelines for when to call and what care to provide.

Here is what the Symptom Checker says about influenza.

The online tools are good for quick answers, but sometimes you need to speak to a person with knowledge in that area (This happened to me with a gift I received this year. There was no instruction manual – unlike many, I like instruction manuals. There was no phone number to call and the online help wasn’t helpful. I really needed to talk to a person with knowledge about the product.).

So – please – feel free to give us a call if you prefer and let’s talk about it, person-to-person.

Big Thanks for Your Holiday Cards

A big thanks to everyone who sent us a holiday card in December. Our staff really enjoys seeing the pictures of our families and patients “through the years.” Some of you we displayed cards going back each year for 10 years. That is some real history.


Dr. Todd Harris

It’s the Weekend and New Year’s Day Holiday, December 30 and 31, 2017 and January 1, 2018

December 30, 2017 – We hope this is a fun, long weekend for our families (apologies to Dr. Owrey who is working this year’s holiday) who are preparing for whatever 2018 brings – the return to school is a big one at our house.

Both the Duraleigh and Brier Creek offices will closed for routine business for the Monday New Year’s Day holiday.

You may have noticed that our holiday hours are much like our weekend hours:

  • Closed for “routine” business
  • Limited clinic available in the morning on Saturday, Sunday and the Monday holiday; call as soon as you can after 9am if you think your child may need to be seen
  • Visits are by appointment only; there are no walk-in appointments available on the weekend or holiday
  • We are available for phone advice at any time if you have a concern about your child’s health

The Weekend and New Year’s Day Lineup

After Hours Care

  • Our On Call Pediatrician manages our after hours care.
  • Urgent calls outside regular hours: 919-781-7490
  • After hours backup number: 919-831-5526
  • Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222

Dr. Todd Harris

When it’s Friday, December 22, 2017

  • Duraleigh office opens at regular time (Walk-Ins may arrive between 8:00am to 8:30am)
  • Brier Creek office is closed
  • Duraleigh office will close early – likely sometime after lunch (update: both offices now closed as of 4:00pm)
  • Friday’s On Call Pediatrician: Dr. Todd Harris

When it’s Saturday and Sunday, December 23 and 24, 2017

  • All patients seen at Duraleigh office by appointment only; no walk-in appointment
  • Try to call soon after 9am if you think your child may need to be seen to talk to the on call phone nurse
  • We are available for phone advice throughout the weekend
  • Saturday’s On Call Pediatrician: Dr. Lily Harris
  • Sunday’s On Call Pediatrician: Dr. Jen Long

When it’s Christmas Day, Monday, December 25, 2017

  • Both offices are closed
  • Christmas Day’s On Call Pediatrician: Dr. Lily Harris will be available for phone advice throughout the day

When it’s Tuesday, December 26, 2017

  • Duraleigh office opens at regular time (Walk-Ins may arrive between 8:00am to 8:30am)
  • Brier Creek office is closed
  • Duraleigh office will close early (sometime after lunch)
  • Tuesday’s On Call Pediatrician: Dr. Emily Ross

After Hours / Holiday Hours Care

  • Our On Call Pediatrician manages our after hours care.
  • Urgent calls outside regular hours: 919-781-7490
  • After hours backup number: 919-831-5526
  • Poison Control: 1-800-222-1222

Dr. Todd Harris

December 12, 2017 – Hello, Raleigh. Welcome to cold and flu season.

Today’s RCAM Flu Update:

We are seeing lots of colds, and – fortunately – so far not a lot of flu. You can see from the table above that our suspicion of flu has risen as we are performing more flu tests but we are not getting many positives.

This matches how the Center for Disease Control (CDC) characterizes influenza in North Carolina as only “local activity“.

We know it’s coming – typically January and February are our more active flu months (this graphic from the NC Division of Public Health shows the last 2 years case of influenza peaked around February 24th).

Therefore, it is important to point out that it is not too late to get your flu shotthe best known flu prevention.

We still have plenty of flu vaccine at RCAM. If for some reason you can’t make it in to see us, here are places where you can still get your flu shot.

Today’s Holiday Card Update:

It is not too late to send us your holiday cards!

 


Dr. Todd Harris

You can’t have a holiday that requires hot stoves, pans of boiling hot water and confined spaces with extended family members without your pediatrician putting out a safety reminder.

Go ahead and add  “Read AAP website about Thanksgiving Safety” to your Turkey Day Checklist :

On Friday let’s be thankful for a safe Thanksgiving.

Go have a #KidSafeHoliday.


Dr. Todd Harris

Winter Holidays Office Coverage

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

November 19, 2017 – Published

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Illness does not recognize holidays, so here is how RCAM plans to be available during the holiday season:

It is our wish to be your child’s medical home – one place where all your child’s care resides or is known.

That means being available for questions:

  • Every day of the year one of our pediatricians is on call 24-hours-a-day for urgent health concerns.
  • If you ever have urgent concerns about your child’s health – you can always call us:
    • 919-781-7490
    • (If there is trouble with the above number, our on call backup number is 919-831-5526)

That means being available to be seen – even if it is a holiday or a weekend:

  • We strive to keep our patients out of Urgent Cares and Pharmacy Clinics.
  • Emergency Rooms provide a vital service but – when possible – we want to help you avoid
  • On weekends and holidays, we will see children with urgent medical concerns beginning in the morning by appointment only (call first – there are no walk-in appointments on holidays or weekends).
  • Christmas Day is the only day of the year that we do not see patients in our office (but we are available by phone all day).

Thursday Thanksgiving Day – November 23

Friday – November 24

  • Duraleigh office OPEN
  • Brier Creek office closed

Saturday and Sunday – November 25 and 26

Monday – November 27

  • Back to regular business hours

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Friday – December 22

  • Duraleigh office OPEN (sick visits only; we will likely check out to our on call pediatrician and close the office early)
  • Brier Creek office closed

Saturday and Sunday – December 23 and 24

Monday Christmas Day – December 25

  • BOTH offices closed
  • On call pediatrician available for urgent questions
  • No office clinic on Christmas Day (atypical holiday hours)

Tuesday – December 26th

  • Duraleigh office OPEN (we will likely check out to our on call pediatrician and close the office early)
  • Brier Creek office closed

Wednesday – December 27

  • Back to regular business hours

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Saturday and Sunday – December 30 and 31

New Year’s Day Monday – January 1

Tuesday – January 2

  • Back to regular business hours

 


Dr. Todd Harris

Shot Box

November 3, 2017 – A belated update about flu vaccine availability at RCAM:

We have flu vaccine available for all patients.

Our most recent update reported that we had not received much of our state-supplied flu vaccine yet.

The package did arrive (its been about 2 weeks – I apologize for the delay in posting the news here on the website) and we have plenty of both state-supplied and private-supplied flu vaccine.

How to get the flu vaccine for your child:

  1. If you happen to be in our office for an appointment, mention to your nurse that you would like your child to get the flu vaccine (as well as any other of your children with you that day who need the flu vaccine). Typically we can squeeze that need into our regular office hours schedule (NOTE: we typically can’t give flu vaccine during a visit to our after-hours sick clinic that occurs in the evenings and on the weekends)
  2. Call 919-781-7490 and schedule your child to come to an RCAM flu vaccine clinic. Right now we have limited appointment slots available but we continue to add new slots.
  3. The flu vaccine is also available at most pharmacies as well as the health department. It is not important to us where you get the flu vaccine, but we generally recommend all of our patients get it.

Dr. Todd Harris

November 3, 2017 – When is the last time a pediatrician spoke up for Burger King?

Well – here comes a very favorable review.

I am giving Burger King 5 stars STAR STAR STAR STAR STAR for the following Public Service Announcement. 

Way to go BK!

Ask your children about bullying. Do they see it? Have they been bullied? Have they ever picked on someone else? Then ask yourself the same questions (actually – maybe that should come first).

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers some good advice here about how to ask and how to stay engaged with what is going on with your child when you are not around.