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Influenza (Flu) Vaccine at RCAM for 2016-17

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

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August 31, 2016 -This image is presented in memory of the summer of 2016.

With traditional calendar schools getting started this week – as we are forced to remove ourselves from our beach chair – whether that is real thing for you or if you are stepping away from some imaginary beach chair – we now face the stark reality of limited time off, kids in school, tight schedules, and… egads… the upcoming flu season 2016-2017.

Beginning September 1st, RCAM has enough flu vaccine supply to begin inoculations for the upcoming 2016-2017 flu season. Please keep reading because there are two important things to know about the start of our flu vaccination efforts:

  1. We have plenty privately-supplied flu vaccine, but – for circumstances beyond our control – we have not received our state-supplied flu vaccine. This does not affect patients who have private insurance (like BCBS,Cigna, United, etc.) or who plan to pay cash for their flu vaccine. Unfortunately, this delay does impact our patients who receive state-supplied flu vaccine – namely, the uninsured and those with Medicaid insurance. We expect to get state-supplied flu vaccine but we do not know exactly when that will happen. We will update when it does.
  2. There will be no Flumist nasal spray-type vaccine offered this year. We will only be offering the “flu shot” this year.

Click here for more details about those two details.

You are free to call and schedule to get your children their flu shot in one of our flu vaccine nurse clinics.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the pediatricians at RCAM recommend that just about everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine every year.



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WakeMed presents a popular and practical program about puberty for pre-teens and their parents (try saying that 5 times fast).

There are separate programs for girls (“Girlology”) and boys (“Guyology”).

Here is a better description from WakeMed’s website about the “Girlology” program (NOTE: “Guyology” will also be offered):

 “When girls learn about puberty before it happens, they face it with greater confidence and even excitement.  This is the perfect time to start healthy, factual conversations.  Join us for this physician-led, mother-daughter program where we will discuss growth & development, bras & bra shopping, hygiene & hair management, nutrition, menstruation, feminine care products, moods and emotions and respect for self & others.”

The presentation is known for being both engaging and factually accurate. Spots fill pretty quickly, so be sure to pre-resgister soon.

As noted in the flyer above, here are details:

  • Wednesday, October 5th
  • 6-8pm
  • Andrews Center (located at WakeMed’s Raleigh campus on New Bern Avenue)
  • You must pre-register here on WakeMed’s website
  • Cost is $20 per pair (parent / parent-substitute and child)


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Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

Written by Dr. Todd Harris

Administrative Professionals Day 2016

April 27,2016 – They have such a tough job – some thankless work for which today we will try to thank them.

Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

Both the Duraleigh and the Brier Creek offices will be closed during lunch while we attempt to make our Front Office Staff feel appreciated at the Kanki!

UPDATE: Sights from Lunch at the Kanki today:

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ADHD Scholarship

February 18, 2016 – RCAM recently became aware of a college scholarship from Shire that selects from applicants with ADHD who have been accepted to or are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.

The details are listed in the flyer above. The student does not necessarily have to be on medication for ADHD to be eligible.

The deadline is March 9th.

Each scholarship has a value of $2,000 and includes 1 year of ADHD coaching services.

Last year there were just over 2000 applicants and 54 scholarships were awarded. Not bad odds for a college scholarship.

Four of the 54 awards given were to students from North Carolina.

Good luck to all of our patients making plans to attend college next year.

Dr. Todd Harris

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January 22, 2016 – RCAM hopes you and your family have been able to stay warm and healthy.

We are sorry we could not open the office on Friday. Please know that it is our sincere desire to keep our patients out of Urgent Cares and Emergency Departments if possible.

In that spirit, we want to let our families know that at this time we are planning to open the office on Saturday at 1pm for appointment only visits (there are no “walk-in” appointments on the weekend). … Continue reading

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January 12, 2016 – 2016 is a landmark year for Raleigh Children & Adolescents Medicine.

It is our 50th anniversary. In 1966 Dr. Bob Fleming began a solo general pediatric practice on Clark Avenue that has since grown to RCAM as we know it today.

Next year carries some numerical significance as well. In 2017 we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of our Brier Creek office.

Almost ten years – that is a lot of pediatric medical care. It also represents a lot of wear and tear on the office itself.

So, starting this week, renovations will begin on our Brier Creek office.

The office will remain open throughout this process. We anticipate it will take about a month. Some work will occur in the evening or on the weekends but work will also occur during regular business hours. We thank you in advance for your patience.