Update: Flu Vaccine Recommendations in Egg-Allergic Patients

Because most inactivated influenza vaccines may contain traces of egg, previous protocols for flu vaccine administration in egg-allergic individuals included skin testing, split-dose administration, or 30-minute wait period after vaccination. However, after extensive studies confirmed that the injectable flu vaccine was safe in egg-allergic patients, the Adverse Reactions to Vaccines Practice Parameter was updated in 2013 to recommend that all children with an egg allergy of any severity can receive the influenza vaccine without any additional precautions beyond those recommended for any vaccine. This was most recently endorsed in the AAP recommendations for the 2017-2018 flu season.

New Podcast: Improving Kids’ Health with Outdoor Play

Despite the proven benefits of spending time outside, there are many barriers to getting kids their much-needed time outdoors, including time, accessibility and safety. In this episode, Christopher Renjilian, MD, discusses NaturePHL, a new program dedicated to solving this problem; the unique benefits of nature-based play; and how pediatricians can be ambassadors for outdoor play for kids and families.

Adolescent Medicine Updates

CHOP’s Division of Adolescent Medicine partners with pediatricians and referring providers to promote adolescent health and healthy development of our shared patients. Our physicians collaborate with nurses, nutritionists, social workers and psychologists to provide top-notch clinical care that meets the unique needs of adolescents and young adults. The Division also offers training opportunities in adolescent healthcare for interested clinicians. Find recent news from the Division, including staff honors, expanded clinical services, research news and more.

Updated Clinical Guidelines: Acute Head Trauma

This pathway for evaluation and treatment of acute head trauma in an emergency department setting provides triage and screening recommendations for children with head trauma less than 24 hours after injury. The guidelines include decision rules for children over and under the age of 2, as well as related pathways for cases of suspected physical abuse and concussion care.

Celiac Disease Care Expanded in King of Prussia

The Center for Celiac Disease at CHOP provides a multidisciplinary approach to care for children with celiac disease and their families. This specialized care is being introduced to CHOP’s Specialty Care & Surgery Center in King of Prussia. Patients can now schedule appointments at this location with attending physician Lisa Fahey, MD, and clinical dietitian Kara Feigenbaum, RD, CDE, LDN. Please call 215-590-4616 for additional information or to schedule an appointment.

Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery Services Available in Brandywine

William Katowitz, MD, now sees patients on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at CHOP’s Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Brandywine Valley. He welcomes referrals for patients with tearing or other lacrimal issues, ptosis (droopy eyelid), eyelid, orbital and ocular surface tumors, thyroid eye disease, and other conditions involving the eyelid and orbit. Dr. Katowitz performs surgery at Brandywine, in addition to CHOP’s Main Campus and King of Prussia locations.

Make an appointment.

For Your Patients: IBS Support Group for Adolescents

The Suzi and Scott Lustgarten Center for GI Motility is hosting a series of group support and education sessions for adolescents (12-18) with IBS and their families to learn about lifestyle strategies for managing IBS symptoms.

Find upcoming dates.

Cardiac Center Announces New Team Members

Meet the newest members of the Cardiac Center:

Venkat Shankar, MBBS, MBA, Medical Director and Associate Chief in the Division of Cardiac Critical Care Medicine

New Craniofacial Surgeon

The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recently welcomed Jordan W. Swanson, MD, MSc, an attending pediatric plastic surgeon with special clinical expertise in cleft lip and palate repair, as well as the management and surgical treatment of a variety of craniofacial conditions. Dr. Swanson will see patients at Main Campus.

CHOP Is on the Air

Earlier this fall we launched Breakthrough Radio on iHeartRadio, a station for kids and their families. In addition to music, Breakthrough Radio features healthy tips for everyday life, interviews with CHOP doctors and staff, and patients and families. Listen online at mybreakthroughradio.com, on the air at 1480 AM and 105.3 HD2, or nationwide on the iHeartRadio app.


Call Our Clinician Priority Phone Line

Have you tried our new Clinician Priority Phone Line yet? Call 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467) and press 2 to be connected to the on-call physician or nurse practitioner in the CHOP program you specify. Patient families can also use this line and press 1 for assistance. Find other easy ways to get in touch.  

Referring Patients in Link2CHOP Physician Portal

Link2CHOP is a real-time, web-based portal that gives you easy access to your patients’ CHOP medical records and makes the referral process smooth and streamlined. Log in to expedite appointments and see materials scanned to the chart. If you’re not already using the system, make sure you sign up and get started!  

Contact Us

We want to hear from you! We encourage feedback from our partners. Please contact us at PhysicianReferralSer@email.chop.edu with questions, suggestions or concerns. If you change your address, add new physicians or have any new information you want to share with us, be sure to update your information.

Next Steps
Provider Priority Line: Dial 800-TRY-CHOP and Press 2
Central Fax Line (844-FAX-CHOP)